What makes a place feel like “Home”? I would say its people.
For all of 8 months I stayed in US – I was in Columbus Ohio. Having gone all alone for the first time in my life, not having any knowledge about the country and its ways – I was really scared. Would I really be able to manage the tough job on hand as well as set up home?!
I needn’t have feared. I had friends who made life in Columbus a memory of a life-time. I was picked up from the airport by not 1 or 2 but 6 people! (Can you imagine after a 22 hour flight, having left all your loved ones back home,how it feels to be welcomes by so many friends?) Took me to Anup/Lakshmi’s home-fed me, and in the days that followed helped me set up home- from scratch. And they all came again to pick up hubby from the airport-exactly 1 month later.
And what to speak of the lovely dinners had together, the late night movies and shopping at walmart, playing cards and “raja rani kaLLa police” 🙂 until wee hours of the morning. And to top it off – Anup telling “ghost stories” at that hour! :-O chatter chatter and chatter – with no care in the world. Of course come weekend-plan to go out somewhere-anywhere. A new place to eat (or old favourites – Donatos Pizza or Mexican Chipotle), some sale to check out or if nothing just meet in someone’s home for more gossip… and cook together – reminds me of the ghee rice by Raj, Pav bhaji by Aravind, Saabudaana kichdi by Keerthi,bisibeLebaath by Divya and not but not the least-the daily chai and poha by Lakshmi. What did I do? Just tea somedays in the evenings ;-p – yeah -escaped easy…
Some one’s birthday? Anniversary? Oh yeah! We have to have a party-or at least the whole gang gathered @ 12 to make enough noise to wake up the neighbours 🙂 And of course the tennis matches and swimming lessons by KK and Keerthi. Thanks to them-I can manage to swim the breadth of a pool now *hehehe*
Everyone asks – Do I miss US? Of course-who wouldn’t – with all this fun…Would I want to go back to US? Yessss – if its Columbus and with all these friends still
I have to accept I am blessed.