Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ye jo desh hai mera - this country of mine (India)

So this is my first post in 6 months...just so you know the last post that I did was in New York and right now this post is being written from Bangalore, India.

Its already been 6 months in India, so many experiences and many more stories that I can share. I will slowly think all of them through and eventually write them down. Most are funny, the way I saw things in India and some insightful even.

To start off this blog again,

I seriously thought to myself... heck we cant have that many relatives, but alas we do and its not ending at all. People get married and new relationships are formed and more aunties and uncles are included.

Even the 1st month had not passed by in India, I had attended marriages of two of my cousins. Just being there at their wedding was like a trip back memory lane. Hoards of people with each blink of an eye passing and conveying their hi's and hello's to me at a dizzying pace.

Who are these people I wondered - are they all my relatives, where am I??? I dont belong here at all. I dont know these people.

During the same month, I had visited lots of people and along with visiting each and every relatives house comes the oh so symbolic tea drinking ceremony. If we don’t drink atleast tea in one’s house, they get upset and feel that I have somehow insulted them.

Dont get me wrong I dont mind drinking tea, infact I love tea/coffee but uggh I began to loose the love for tea/coffee because of the way it was prepared; that heavy milky concoction ladled with lots of sugar. Not all was lost though, I finally had to step forward and tell them exactly how to make tea or coffee especially for me :-). I know what you are thinking, oh yes the american going there and demanding stuff to be done for him. It was not that way at all, i just didnt want to lose my love for tea/coffee.

Speaking of tea and coffee, that is for another post which I have in mind about my love for coffee/tea. Just thinking of having a hot cup on a cold breezy evening with clouds hanging over like a bedspread over the soft skies feels soo warm and comforting. hmmm..

Now where was I, yes relatives lots of them…not all of them are as annoying as I first had in my mind while coming from NY. Some are quite nice in their own merry ways. Though they were nice, dealing and getting used to all of them and their personalities was quite a challenge. I feel now that since I have been here for 6 months, I have adjusted pretty well. Got along with them, finally be able to feel them as part of my family and see myself as one of them.

I think being born in India does this to you, the fragrance and the soul of India seeps inside your blood and though you lose touch with it while you are in some other country, it still lingers and waits for the right opportune time to reveal itself. Hmm am I making sense or am I just copying the thoughts that came when I was watching the movie Swades. I believe I am currently living that movie.

Yeh jo des hai tera this country of yours
swades hai tera is your motherland
tujhe hai pukara and is calling out to you
yeh woh bandhan hai this is a bond
jo kabhi toot nahin sakta which can never break

Mitti ki hai jo khushbhoo tu kaise bhoolayega how can you forget the scent of your earth
tu chaahe kahin jaaye you can go anywhere
tu laut ke aayega but you'll always come back
nayi nayi raahon mein dabbi dabbi aahon mein in new paths, in every sigh
khoye khoye dil se tere to your lost heart
koi yeh kahega someone will say

Nice song isn’t it. If you want to hear it.. you can click on this link. Swades songs

This is like me stuck in the middle when I go from bangalore to chennai in a local bus :-)


John : ) said...

Awesome work man! Love the tea comment! Maybe we need less sugar cuz we're already sweet enough :D

Yasmin said...

You know what the funny thing is? Whenever I hear that song, I think of you :). It totally suits your situation...

Siyaah said...

Well said! Stumbled on your blog, as your post was featured on blogbharti...

indscribe said...

umda likha hai. homecoming is always great....aur shaadiyon meN shirkat se lutf do-baala ho jaata hai.

Irfan said...

John... so true, we do need less sugar cuz of that.

Yasmin: I know, so many different experiences after being in NY for so long.

Siyaah: Thank you and welcome to my blog.

indscribe: :-) thanks even though I didnt understand the last part of what you said.