Saturday, May 5, 2012

India



Hyderabad. A scorching 42 degrees Celsius. A brain melting, nausea ridden fortnight. Sometimes a little guilt ridden and chokingly nostalgic too. For leaving behind the alpine grandeur and a home that already appears a little blurred in my memory-scape. Red and yellow clumps of gulmohar, perhaps the only spots of colour in this heartless, sprawling jungle of concrete. Hi-tech City, they call it with love and a strange pride. Bereft of life and charm, gone is that old city of Nizams. Five years! It sure is a long period of time. For money-minting builders and tree-chopping maniacs at least. We had once left this place and how heartbreakingly, only to come back and find it shockingly altered. What was once familiar has become intimidating now. And perhaps a little taunting too. One of the most uncomfortable feelings, may be.

I hope to dig some remnants of the old world glory, of the lanes and bylanes once steeped in history and dipped in tales. But not today. With the house hunt gladly done away with, it's mission 'salt to sofa' for the moment. Setting up another home, lining up another set of dreams. Life!

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  1. It sounds like you've not reached the stage at which all your sighs are of relief and pleasure at being, once again, in your own nest. Culture shock happens when we return home too - have been through that four times on returning to Canada after years away. You will find the Hyderabad of your memories and the new one in which you will find your own, altered, comfort level. Until then, the salt to sofa endeavour will probably take enough attention to knock the edge off the other feelings.
    It was good to log on and see your post - welcome back to blogdom!

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    1. Thank you for the heartwarming welcome. And as always, your words have given me that much needed assurance and encouragement. You are right, the reverse culture shock is overwhelming. But I'm hoping the 'getting settled' process will take care of it.

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  2. How lovely to see you posting again. I am sorry that Hyderabad has changed in five years. Drastic change is difficult to cope with. I will keep you in prayer.
    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen, that's very kind of you.

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  3. Welcome back to the blogshere. Transitions are difficult not doubt. Nest building is a good focus. All the best.

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    1. Thank you, P.K. It definitely feels great to be back!

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  4. I am glad you’re back! Changes are always difficult. Maybe you need time to acquire new habits and to appreciate the new face Hyderabad.

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    1. True Celine, it's time that'll do the trick. And probably with a little effort from my side too, I'll soon be back on the track.

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  5. And life will soon re-adjust itself. It is difficult to accept a changed place which once one cherished for its simple and natural order :)

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    1. Zahir, your comments always cheer me up! You are right, it's difficult but I shall continue to hope..

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