The first post of Recap series had featured my most precious picture from January this year. Moving on to the memories created in the next two months, I realized that both these pictures had a feeling of a homecoming for me.
The month of February saw us visiting my father’s ancestral home in a small village called Balia in Bengal. My father had spent ten years of his childhood in this village before moving out to a town for higher studies. He finished his graduation from a college in the same town and then shifted to Calcutta for his post-graduation. After becoming the University topper, he chose to return back to the same small town and join as a Lecturer at his alma mater. I have never seen a man so content to give up lucrative offers and opportunities to stay close to his family in a place which gave him a sense of belonging. Even today at the age of 70, he ensures to visit his ancestral home at least once a month to meet his eldest sis-in-law and my cousin brothers. This February, we decided to take our toddler to Balia to let him have a feel of the emotions that define his maternal grandfather. It was a delight to see him enjoy and explore the place which still retains some memories of the bygone era.
Staying away from home for sixteen long years had made me give up on some festivals while yearning for a return back home during the others. The last decade saw me shuttle between Bangalore and Mysore. Somewhere in between, Holi – the festival of colors had lost significance in my life during this period. But this year, when I had consciously made a decision to introduce my then two and a half-year-old to a lot of traditions and festivals that I have grown up celebrating, Holi couldn’t have been left behind. The organic colors managed to bring a huge smile on his face as we united as a family to soak in the happiness and savor the delicacies.
I hope that you are enjoying this recap series as I bring out these selective slices of my life. Stay tuned to know why I call April 2018 as one of the most special months in my next post on 16th Dec.