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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Homecoming

Went yesterday to my cousin's daughter's birthday. She's grown to her 6th year milestone this year. All the while I was there, she was gushing with the minute details of her month long vacation at our hometown. While driving back home I could not help but go through the memories of my visits there.

Its 8 years now since my last visit. Earlier we used to go religiously every year. It was one of the few things I looked forward to along with the summer vacations. The spirit of adventure at that time could not have been any better in any other place for my age. Going to our hometown was like going back into time. Playing in the muddy slush of the paddy fields, bathing by a small stream, catching a few fishes with obscene contraptions (obscene because I used to be naked, while using the towel to filter out the fishes from the water!). They had all kinds of domesticated animals in the houses we went visiting. Cows, dogs, hens, duck and cats to name a few. And if I was lucky to lay my hands on the young ones of these, I would spend the entire day carrying them around. A few chicks actually died due to my rough handling (grandpop told me later that chick's body temperatures are less than humans, so u should not hold them long). Got bit by a dog, mauled by a cat and kicked by a calf. Climbed all kind of trees. In short, did all the wildest things within the 1 wonder month.

Then I joined engineering college and after that the visits came to an abrupt end. While I was at college grandpop and grandmom expired, so by the time I passed out there was nothing to go back to. Getting a long leave in a s/w firm is a tough ask, also used up the few leaves we get for local adventure. I know I have been a lousy pig.
Yesterday however I felt a strong urge to revisit my ancestral house. Old memories have started haunting me, my roots are calling me again, and By God I will go back once more. If not this year then definitely next year.

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