View Full Version : BEDROOM FLAT... Must read ...

02-22-2008, 09:29 AM

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in Software
Engineering and joined a company based in USA , the land of braves and
When I arrived in the USA , it was as if a dream had come true. Here
at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I would be
staying in this country for about Five years in which time I would
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. I told my parents that I have only
10 days of holidays and everything must be done within these 10 days.
I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight. Was jubilant and was
actually enjoying hopping for gifts for all my friends back home.? If
I miss anyone then there will be talks. After reaching home I spent
home 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 will not get anymore holidays. After the marriage, it
was time to return to USA , after giving some money to my parents and
telling the neighbours to look after them, we 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 in a
week sometimes 3 times a week. Our savings started diminishing.
After two more years we started to have 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 can see their grand-children.
Every year I decide to go to India . But part work part monetary
conditions prevented it. 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 thus
could not go to India . The next message I got was my parents had
passed away and as there was no one to do the last rights the society
members had done whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had
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 had enough and
wound-up every thing and returned to India . I had just enough money
to buy a decent 02 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 temple. 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 I am alright. Well at least they remember me.
Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbours again who will be
performing my last rights, God Bless them. But the question still
remains 'was all this worth it?'
I am still searching for an answer................!!!!

02-25-2008, 11:09 PM
..:-)..hmm..true..indeed..it is what you call "Bitter reality"...good one ash...

02-26-2008, 09:04 AM
nice one