Thursday, December 16, 2010

Accepting reality.............

Sorry guys! Its been long time that I sat down peacefully and wrote something.......... Well I wont say this is the best day to start because when I see outside my window, its a dull, cold, rainy morning and all I can think is of just laze around and slip into a cozy blanket...... But on purpose,I kept my windows open and let the cold wind touch me to refresh me.............

Its been a month of non stop travel for me and Anup. I had been to Pune after one year and the first time, post my parents shifted to Bangalore completely......... It was my best friend Neetu's wedding and was super excited to hear and be part of her celebrations........ When I booked my ticket to Pune, I was happy on one side and sad on another....... Happy because Neetu was getting married and sad because this was the first time ever I was going to Pune and I had to stay over in my friend's house rather than our own........

As the day was nearing to leave to Pune, I felt a lump in my throat.... Will I be comfortable going there and staying with Neetu? No wonder I and Neetu are close friends but there were very few night outs in us since she lived in first building and I lived in last but one building in our colony......Back of my mind, I always wished mom and dad should not have sold our house in Pune..... but it was a known fact from the time we moved to Pune, that one day my parents would shift permanently to Bangalore.... Mind and Heart were not coming to terms with what had happened and not accepting the fact that we don't live there anymore....

The day arrived to leave for Pune..A quick call to mom checking if she needed any imports from Pune since I was on my way...her answer added more pain to my disturbed mind........ "No, Nothing"...... After 20 long hours of journey, I reached Pune station.... I got down and searched for my parents who would always pick me up, when they knew I would be coming... I thought "Stupid mind, mom dad are in Bangalore... Neetu is coming"....... First face to face with reality.... Then Neetu came, we left to her house and I started speaking to her about marriage arrangements and everything ......... When rickshaw walah took a wrong turn, I told him," Kaka, rickshaw Lakshmi road varun kada." I said to myself, " Not bad, haven't forgotten the roads."

We reached our colony, got down and Neetu's mind calculator started working to come to a figure of how much needs to be paid to rickshaw walah... (digits on meter*8)+3................... Neetu's mom welcomed us and then began my actual stay...... For next three days, I started helping Neetu and family to make last minute arrangements for wedding, since wedding was to take place in the house.From labeling of silver items to packing of eatables, it was all pending...I met my friend's mom and brother Rishi (who has grown up tall from the last time I saw him),Teja,Ashwini,& also saw too many parrots in Neetu's balcony.

Just two days before the marriage day, I was lying on my bed and thinking why was it now feeling weird? I am in Pune and know I have just come to attend Neetu's wedding. I kept myself busy throughout the day by doing some or other work and night went in sleeping.... What is it that I am missing the most now even after being in Pune?

I thought and thought and thought....... My heart gave me an answer....  I sent out a sms instantly to mom,dad and Ashok.... Mom called back almost within next 30 seconds and asked what happened? I explained what I felt and she said, she is happy to know that she understood what was situation and why this had to happen.....

I woke up next day, changed the plan and instead of leaving on tuesday( wedding was on sunday), I booked myself a ticket on monday....

Marriage day came. All went fine and we all friends and Neetu's Mama and Maushi managed to manage the guest,serve them food and keep them entertained and also not miss the main functions ourselves.....Marriage was over and then reception too... I went with Neetu to her new home as Path Rakhin( some one who accompanies the bride post marriage on her first day to her in laws house). We were too exhausted to do anything but sleep once we reached... But inside me,I had a chuckle that I am leaving tomorrow....

Next day we came back from Neetu's house.I was supposed to stay with Teju as per original plan. I called her up and informed of change in my plan and she invited me to have lunch with them before leaving.... I went to Teju's place.Teju's building is opposite the building I used to stay. I did not put my head up when I neared my building and then reached her house. We talked for while catching up on so many things we had not spoken of.... Kaaku called us for lunch.. We went to kitchen and started eating. From the place I was sitting, my house was clearly visible through the window. I saw our terrace where we used to keep our big swing. It was there standing tall and blue (dad had left it behind because of its weight and problem of space). I saw Ashoki's room and this time color of curtains were different. It struck to me, house did not look the same ,how I saw it the last time. House number B6/13's owner had changed and also the way it was kept.....


This was the moment... My face to face with reality.....I recollected what I had told my family two days earlier in my sms...it read, "Home is where you guys are..." I loved to come back to this city because my mom,dad and Ashok were staying here....... But even after being in Pune, I was missing something and that was their presence.....Thats why I had the urge to see my family....... 

I smiled at myself, waved Teju and her family goodbye and left for Bangalore.... Usually once a sad Preeti while leaving Pune,was happy to go to Bangalore and meet her family.....

I overcame my fear and learnt that, 'its just not the walls, or the rooms or the house you lived which makes it special....but the people and their emotions with whom you stay, makes you want to get back to that place....and now for me, that is Bangalore'......

3 comments:

  1. :) .. Lovely Piece .. Home is where the heart is .. as DSK's advertisement goes .. Gharala Gharpan denaari manse.. :)

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  2. Good wright up. life is there to learn at every foot step. I am glad that Preeti has started coming to terms with the reality of life, meanwhile I am missing that lovely baby kid whom I use to adore close to my heart. Am I missing her? No, I too have to learn, to come to terms with the reality.
    Papa shekhar

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  3. well this is the best one Preeti... I just couldnt control my tears when i read the msg... It was my Mom n Dad who just flashed inside my mind smiling....

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