I travel to Delhi tomorrow. After almost eight months of living away from the madness. And while I can’t claim Pune has been particularly sane, I have been away from the morning Metro rush, the honking cars outside my house, and the slight chill in the air that starts coming in this time of the year. But madness, really? This evening, randomly, I realize I have actually missed it all!
It has been so long since I sat in the big terrace at home, amidst the potted dahlia plants, listening to the fluttering of birds’ wings and the conversant afternoon wind. I haven’t met my cats in a really long time and am paranoid about how they may have actually forgotten how I look. My old reading chair, where I sat all through my childhood, holding a book and a big bowl of snacks, has been abandoned all this while. In fact, while I have been away in Pune, commuting from home to work to home, the Durga Puja pandals have already been put up. The thrill of spotting the pandal canes, the tenting material and the decorations in the big trucks, has been lost for ever.
Every year on Pujo, I go home to a super excited Mom who can’t wait for my flight to land. She has in place for me a gigantic wardrobe and an entire collection of snacks from the general store across the street – yes, even those wacky-sounding chips and cupcakes. So much so that the man behind the counter actually keeps pestering her with “When is Baby coming home?” when I am not around. We sit together in the balcony, swinging and munching away, while the late October sun pretends winter is still too far to be thought about.
Sometimes, I think, sighing is therapeutic. Life moves on faster than we are prepared for. We can hold on to so little. But notwithstanding the passage of time, my little home in Delhi with Mom hustling and bustling about to fix me a glass of cold coffee, will always be my haven. When I land in the Delhi nightlights tomorrow, the skies will be from yesteryears and the wind will be from memories come alive. It will be just like it always has been.
Damn i saw this so late.. are you still here ? If so , Meet me 🙂
Damn, damn. 😦 I always miss this. It was such a crazily delicious time at home that I actually made the digital detox successful! Without even trying!
Hope you have an awesome time! I am so thrilled reading your post!! 🙂 🙂
Hey Arch! 🙂 I did have an awesome time but it went away too soon…Time really flies when you are having fun!
How have you been?
Have a great time!! I am also back to Delhi after 4 years and yet unsure how much of pujo I would be able to enjoy!! Damn Corporate Life!!
Damn corporate life indeed! So much fuss about holidays and deadlines and what not. When is the time to stop and smell the acclaimed roses? 😦
🙂 the good old delhi.. yu know delhi has a special place for me tooo because my flight to india always lands in DELHI 🙂 so yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to DELHI
have fun debs and enjoyyyyyyyyyy your stay
When are you landing here next ??
2016 for sure … 🙂
Sounds super. Let me know well in advance so I can create a super itinerary for you! 🙂
I am not sure yet Nimue but sometime in the next summer, hopefully. Will keep you posted for sure.
How are you doing? ❤
Yayyyy to Delhi. Double Yayyy to Delhi! 😀 🙂
Delhi will always hold a special charm for me too. I am longing to go back already!
Ah! My roomie was a Bengali from Delhi and your narration takes me back to her excitement 🙂 Enjoy this colorful time!
Wow! Bengali roomies from Delhi can be super fun, let me tell you. 😛 😀
I had a lovely time Prajakta. How was your Dussehra?
It was the best day of my life so far 🙂 More on that later
Wow! That sounds splendid! Touchwood. 🙂
Aha! This post makes me nostalgic and reminds me of the few days in Delhi that I loved. I did romance the city. Enjoy homecoming for there is nothing like that:)
So true Vishal. Homecoming is a very special feeling – one nothing can quite parallel. Hoe was your Dussehra weekend? What did you do?
Ha!! Not much…I mean no offence..don’t really believe in Dussehra..yeah reading and usual stuffs.
I am sure the “belief” factor is indeed questionable these days, Vishal – too much evil around and not much “good” wiping it away. 😦 I essentially enjoy Dussehra/Durga Puja for the fooood. Oops. 😛
Same here. There are some fest that are endearing. You just said it!!