Monday, 12 January 2009

When you go home after years

Well, after almost two years of not visiting home, this new year's eve, I managed to be at home.
When you go back home after such a long break, you are faced with certain situations as follows..

  • You come to terms with the fact, that your room has been taken over. Nothing is the way you remembered it to be, for better or for worse. You can't find anything any more, you may even need to ask someone to help you in finding your bed.

  • People inside and outside of your home have diametrically opposite views when it comes to your physiognomy. While everyone outside agrees [quite accurately] that you have gained weight, everyone within the family feels you are perennially starved, malnourished, ready-to-die-of-hunger-any-given-minute.

  • Result of the above inference by the family : You are force-fed all kinds of good traditional food that the family has painstakingly prepared for you [and therefore you cannot refuse]. This usually results in a 10-11 course meal four times a day!

  • You feel the need for a secretary. With so many people to meet you are in serious shortage of time. You have to meet all the elderly relatives [and there's quite a lot thanks to our large family] lest ,you know...

  • You find all television channels have conspired to air the worst programmes in the very duration you are at home and have access to television. All adverts about the amazing movies/ programmes that will be shown in that month uncannily have broadcast dates that are after the day of your departure.

  • Ditto for all the happening gigs in town. They have either happened or will happen after you leave the city. It is as if, for the time being the city has decided to stop all activities just so that you can enjoy unsurpassed tranquillity.

  • You are pampered till you start developing a guilty conscience and then pampered some more.

4 comments:

  1. interesting post ......though i go home often...i also experience some of the things u have mentioned here..like getting fed like anything..and having to meet people....and when one is married like me...there is an added problem of having to attend all the various pujas organised by mum's friends circle!!....

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  2. I totally agree on the aspect of my room being taken over. And it irritates me no end. Its like the safest haven of mine has been obliterated from the face of the earth.

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