Friday, September 18, 2009

757 : Paint a picture of the days gone by…

I was walking with my mom (today) in Palakkad, a small precinct in Kerala where she grew up, and a place she abandoned 47 years ago. I could see her subdued excitement as she was explaining to us the streets and shopping places, and eating houses.

Of course she struggled with the fact that the place has significantly changed since her growing up days.

Both my grandparents were born and raised here. Both my parents spent some 15 odd years here. No one from my generation lives here. My child would never know that Palakkad is a place on the map, she actually does not need to know.

When I am 61 (will I ever be…fat chance :-))), where will I walk with my child (if ever, again!!)….and what shall I tell him/her.

Maybe I can walk her to the Talao Pani at Thane, during the 10th day of Ganesh Visarjan. My dad used to take me there religiously every year till I was 12, and I have very fond memories of those days. That’s something to look forward to.

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