Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flashback Years

As I roamed around the streets A grew up in, surrounded with people who have never forgotten him despite of all these years and distances, I silently envied his childhood today.

A has spent his childhood years in Mumbai, has tons of friends who found him back, thanks to the social networking sites, while as per all of them, he had conveniently forgotten them. Stories of long cycle – rides, of building brick houses for stray pups, of stealing coins from mom’s purse to bring the pups some milk, of jumping on to grab fresh berries from trees during summer vacations, of unending hours moving about aimlessly and playing pranks on people of all ages and temperaments – it all came alive as this bunch of storyteller friends circled around me and kept going on and on. The film reeled in front of me as I shifted to a flashback movie like thing.

A week ago, when the news to my Mumbai Trip was broken out to A, he was definitely less gloomy compared to what it has been like in cases of my past work-trips. Why? He instantly started planning how I was supposed to spend my Sunday there! Though I only had a few hours, he came up with a long list of places he wanted me to see… his home, the play ground they never wanted to vacate, his school, his friends- young ones, old ones, remembered ones and forgotten ones…

While I was getting ready to step out of the hotel, I started feeling empty from within. I came to realize that while all thru the evening, everyone would be talking about him, A would be at least 1400 kilometers away, if not more.

The only way to reconcile with my heart was to sooth him by saying my eyes would still see him, jumping around in the park wearing that naughty smile on his face and with a mischievous mind. He could be running away from mom or hiding at a friend’s place so dad can never find him… so he could escape a beating!

While I went around to see all the places of his choice with his friend, he followed us virtually, with those flashback years reeling thru his mind…


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brajmohan said...

childhood memories... always amazing; and of a loved one... simply awesome. :)

the-sagittarian-blogger said...

@ Braj

Agree to you completely. I have been writing about mine all this while and didnt want to lose the opportunity of jotting down some of his!


Metallica bhakt! said...

you should have informed!! I could have taken you to the other places too!! :) but I am assuming you had very less time!!
Trust me nothing beats the childhood that one has had in this city! Right now the dirty Juhu beach that we had seen to the lovely new one now to sooooo many things! I love this city!

the-sagittarian-blogger said...

Hey MB!

Thanks so much for the invite! and you are right in assuming how little time i might have had in last 7 days :)

but dont worry, i have been to the city about 4 times already and have been around, but obviously the different ones only you could have taken me to...

For now, all i know is that i fly back home tmrw night and dats it!


P said...

:) what an endearing post sweety :)

the-sagittarian-blogger said...

@ the Blah Queen :P

Thanks :)