Wednesday, June 22, 2011


As the dream of most parents I had acquired a job as a software Engineer and joined a company based in USA, it was as if a dream had come true. Here at last I was in the place where I wanted to be. I decided I would be staying in this country for about five years, which would be sufficient to have earned enough money to settle down in India. My father was a government employee and after his retirement, the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat. I wanted to do something more than him. I started feeling homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone cards.

            Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald"s and pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange rate getting happy whenever the rupee value went down. Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have only 10 days of leave and everything must be done within these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight. Was jubilant and was actually enjoying shopping for gifts for all my relatives and friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be talks.

             After reaching home I spent one week going through all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting shorter I was forced to select one candidate. In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get married in 2-3 days, as I wouldn't get more holidays soon and they could not wait long. After the marriage, it was time to return to USA, after giving some money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after them, we (I was lucky and managed to get the visa of my wife early) returned to USA.

                 My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India increased to twice a week & sometimes 3 times a week as she also had to call her parents. Our saving started diminishing. After two more years we had kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked me to come to India so that they could see their grand-children. Every year I decide to go to India, but part work, part monetary conditions prevented me. Years went by and visiting India was a distant dream.

                  Then suddenly one day I got a message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I couldn't get any holidays and was stuck up in the procedures and thus could not go to India. The next message I got was that my parents had passed away and as there was no one to do the last rites the society members had done whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents passed away without seeing their grand children. After couple more years passed away, much to my children's dislike and my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down. I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my savings were short and the property prices had gone up during all these years. I had to return to the USA.

                    My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to stay in India. My 2 children and I returned to USA after promising my wife I would be back for good after two years. Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an American and my son was happy living in USA. I decided that enough is enough and wound-up everything and returned to India. I had just enough money to buy a decent Two-bedroom flat in a well-developed locality. Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is for the routine visit to the nearby place of worship. My faithful wife has also left me and gone to the holy abode

                     Sometimes I wondered was it worth all this? My father, even after staying in India, had a house to his name and I too have the same, nothing more. I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM. Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing. This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these children are losing their values and culture because of it. I get occasional cards from my children asking Am I alright. Well at least they remember me. Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will be performing my last rites. God Bless them. But the question still remains 'was all this worth it? I AM STILL SEARCHING FOR AN ANSWER......

Note: This was not written by me. I received it through a mail from my friend. All credits duly go to the original AUTHOR.

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