This video is about the trip we made to India in the summer of 2011. We had a special trip to a resort in Raichak this time. It was four families – my brother’s, sister’s and Sharmila’s brother’s. Six kids and eight adults. First time, all the kids and the siblings were together under a roof in a really really long time. The following videos capture some of the magical moments we had.
“Jhna Chak Chak”
“Raichak Boat Rides”
“When Adults Became Kids”
“Raichak Kids Talent”
After a week with my parents, now the next four days are focused on the next two generations. At a quiet riverside resort with all siblings of myself and Sharmila and all first cousins of Tasha and niki. Last time Sharmila and I had all our siblings and their spouses together was …. Never. The kids are ecstatic. The four of us are getting a good chance at getting in touch with our roots!
Intrigued at protests in India. A yoga guru with official income of $220million a year (unofficially much more), owns an island off Scotland etc is the lightning rod for standing up against corruption and money stashed away abroad. Closer home, dad rails against politicians and nepotism and then next day he urges me to come back to india as a head of a company – so many of my poor jobless relatives can get jobs.
Well, that was my week with my parents. My best time each day was waking up at 4:30 to sit with my parents for a couple of hours in our garden. Drinking tea, watching the daybreak, enjoying the flowers, occasional question and answer but mostly quiet – just enjoying each other’s company. No doubt we were all wondering how many more such days we will have. The loudest conversations, indeed, were the silent ones.
Dad is suitably impressed by iPhone. he is astounded that the piddly device can show the route to my sisters house (gps), show the current temperature, stock price, news satellite picture of his village and so on. But he is disappointed that I do not know what the “I” stands for in iPhone. He thinks I am covering up my ignorance by saying it does not stand for anything
Tomorrow’s project: run to a small neighborhood to follow up on a clue I found tonight. Trying to locate a friend from my first grade… Hoping the neighbors won’t shut their doors on a shaven-head madcap in shorts running aimlessly in small streets. That sight has to be only as common as orderly traffic on indian roads… Arghya Sengupta, if you remember me from Mrs. Shastri’s class, here I come tomorrow…