Up and Down

I was on a trip to Hyderabad for 2 days. I am always so gaga about the place, that it sometimes gets on the nerves of K. So I call it the city which cannot be named ;)

I had asked Dino to book the rooms for us... and strangely.. the guest house itself was a pleasant surprise. Since Dino is awesome at underplaying his talents, he had said not to have any high hopes on the place especially since I was paying one grand per day. I somehow thought, the room would be one with the bare minimums - satisfying only one criteria I had stressed upon - cleanliness. But then when I reached there - it was neat no doubt, but was a good piece of construction as well. The wood work of the room was very tastefully done which was a treat for the eyes :) And with a tv and well functional ac - and a very BIG and beautiful bathroom(the tiles were too cute which depicted dolphins taking a splash ) - what more could I ask for?

Once refreshed I ventured to visit pals at my previous firm. It felt different, but not weird. I wanted to meet so many folks, there was so much that needed to be said and expressed in the short time. I could literally feel how I and my friends were literally rushing on the words. There was really too much to talk. I always feel that no matter, how much you talk over the phones, how many hours you spend over messengers(even if daily), there are so many thoughts which come over when you actually meet the person. Mundane things seem to jump into the forefront, demanding immediate attention and the conversations just go on. And once its time to say the good byes yet again and depart- one is left with so many more thoughts- and a hope - ok next time.

Going back through the same lane of the office after 5 odd months made me very nostalgic. Some how - afternoons make me nostalgic. During the weekdays, I am so ensconced in the office environs, that I rarely get a chance to take a peek outside. So the days I do get an opportunity I dunno why, I fall into a reverie. Every person passing by reminds me of some by gone days. As on that day, I saw a person hurrying across the street with a file. And I was reminded of my last day in that office, when I was scurrying around getting a demand draft done to pay off my dues to the company and then the whole evening of my penultimate day at Hyderabad zapped through, making the heart ache.

Evening it was time to meet my ex roomie. The easy camaraderie that we always shared was bang in place. And though I did most of the talking during dinner cos her throat was in a shape, it was a real nice time. Shes passing through times which are topsy turvy times, but then shes the same hard core optimist that she always has been! I was feeling a bit jittery that she was passing through all that she was passing through, but then she never did as much as get a crease on her brow!!Wish you much better times ahead roomie dear..... The darkest hour is just before the dawn( The dark knight :) )

The next day I had to attend my friends wedding. I wished I could be near her all the while and I could be with her for the entire duration of the ceremonies. But then I was starting back home on the same day and I had to scurry off after being at the wedding for some 3 hours. This friends wedding was a big deal at her home. It was being a bit tough finding an alliance for her. But at the end, it all went on fine. I could see the glow of satisfaction on her moms face, which nearly brought me to tears. I know she was in the midst of too much, to be aware of the events, or of the transition she was stepping into. But when I left from the wedding hall, the feeling was of regret that I could not be with her for longer and happiness that she was "settled".

As I started back, I was a bundle of a lot of emotions. Each part of the city somehow evoked some memory. The malls reminded me of the joyous evenings, some sections reminded me of the road I used to take for the CAT mock tests, the street that led to my house made me reminiscent of the quaint life there.... Phew! I cant pen down all that I felt I suppose.

If I would have written this post yesterday, it would have had sadder intonations. Cos, I stepped into a house without my niece. She was with us for 3 months and then yesterday poof! suddenly she was gone - leaving some used clothes, her smell of milk, the smell of dettol( she was all of 3 months only :) and went back to her dad s place yesterday), her empty cradle which brought both K and me to tears and a deafening silence. The house used to reverberate with her cries, with footfalls to rush to her, with endearments to pacify her. Yesterday all that remained was a lull.

I just thought, this too will pass. Time is undoubtedly the bestest healer.
So I am in much better spirits today though I miss my dear chutki dearly......


I second your point on the fact that a house actually paints gloom when a baby leaves that place. Especially little ones who are less than a year when they leave a place, they take away all the joy and happiness along with them :(

No wonder they are called as "Bundle of Joy from GOD", and its obvious that the void creates some pain in our hearts. Anyways, thats how life is :)
Rushabhh Gandhi said…
I completely agree with Satish...
I was going to write something else but his thoughts mesmerised me....:)
Ekta said…
its alwways nice to come back to a place uv had soo many great memories with...
Am glad u had fun...!
Nitin said…
hmmm .. so did u had Paradise Biryani....
well there are some places that always keep a part of us with them :-)
Glad you had a good time :-)
Amrita said…
@Nitin- I aint a biryani fan :|
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nostalgia :)
i guess every time we move on , we take some part of our past with ourselves.
how nicw it is to meet old buddies , those who know how & what you were , before you became what you are now :)
Abhishek Khanna said…
Hyd is an awesome place..

Whenever i visit there, my list of places to see
1) hyd house
3)chaar minaar and market near it
4) there was another biryani heaven i forgot its name
5) mera hone wala sasuraal
:D :D :D :D
niceee post!!! yeah and which place did u stay in hyd...do share that info as well...and yeah nice to hear that you had a good trip :)
Chaggoholic.... said…
Hey grt memories i lived thru u in ur post.Thnk u fr a nic post like this.Kp writin....
Parisbuggy said…
Wow! Nice post. It reminded me of my misery when I saw the empty guest room when my cousin and his family, and later my brother left after visiting us. You can hear voices and laughter..Thats the hardest part of having visitors. They leave.
Swapna said…
i woudl have loved it if u were with me the entire two days 26th and 27th..that had been a dream...anyways..u were with me on the important day...thanks !!

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