The adventure begins…
“Dad, I want to go see dadu (my dad)”, Natasha told us back in October when I was headed to see my dad in India after his brain stroke and paralysis. That was an uncommon request. Both the girls used to like India for all the cute cows and puppies on the street and the lovely cousins but never quite got comfortable with the dirt and traffic and pollution (relative to where they live, that is). Plus they usually got sick trying to adjust to the local food and water.
After coming back from seeing dad, Sharmila and I started frantically looking for four tickets to India during the highest traffic season. About three days later, we found something that would work for us. But not before we had a brainwave. If we were going to spend all that money for all of us to go to the other side of the world, why not take advantage of the fact that I am off work and Tasha is going to get busier and busier with her college and internship – and make a full adventure of it?
So, here we are. After five and a half years, together as a family headed to India. From there, we are going to see two more countries – Indonesia (Bali) and Thailand (Bangkok). Then, we will go back to India again to visit my dad (we have noticed that he likes that I come often rather than for a longer period necessarily). And then back home!!
The adventure got a rather early push with the airlines messing up my seat and two of our suitcases which we are not sure is actually going to make it along with us. That said, they were all understaffed on Christmas day and they did get my original seat back. Just to be safe, I am packing up all the freebies they are giving in the flight 🙂 🙂
Like every trip, this trip has its goals too. But instead of who I get to see, this time it is all about what moments I can create for the two daughters. I want them to spend time with my parents, Sharmila’s parents but most importantly, I want them to spend time with their cousins. In the past, it used to be a sheer delight watching the kids – separated by language, customs and age – somehow overcome all those barriers and play together. They had their own way of communicating with each other.
I would also like to take them around and show some of the old spots for Sharmila and myself. I hope that they will remember in years after today some of the history Sharmila and I shared. I know today, I wish I knew more about my own dad and mom’s history.
Finally, and this is a special one for Natasha – she will get to see her old college room mate in Bangkok!!
Intersection points… here we come. With the suitcases or without!!!
Have a great trip! Please say hello to the family!
Safe travels! Have a wonderful trip!
Safe travels!! Have fun.
Safe travels. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, Mark and the family
Have a safe trip, Kaku kemon thake Janas !!!
Have a safe trip and make lots of memories!!
Safe travels! Enjoy making memories!!
Sounds like an amazing trip in progress! Enjoy and looking forward to pictures of your parents !
Wish your Dad a full recovery. Enjoy..
Amader ekhane sabai ke niye ashish.
Have a safe trip!
What an amazing and blessed thing you can do – travel as a family and let your Dad enjoy all of you. Have a beautiful time – make lots of memories and take lots of videos. It’s the one thing I wish I did more of ❤️
Happy new year and many more happy intersection points
Safe travels! May all the stars align perfectly!
Safe travels and make great memories!!
Make the most of the trip.
Welcome all of you to India
Quite an itinerary!!!!!!
Enjoy, safe travels
Safe travels. Give my regards to your family
Have a wonderful time … we are having a lot of fun visiting and catching up ..,
Have a great trip!
I hope you enjoy your trip to India. I also hope your dad will be feeling better soon.
Have a GREAT adventure!
This is certainly the best gift your Dad will ever receive. Safe travels.
Safe travels Rajib and Sharmila. Hope your father feels better soon Rajib.
The luggage did make it!!
I will put that in my 2018 list
Have a safe journey
Welcome home rajib. Enjoy the trip together
Merry Christmas Roys! Have a great vacation!
New year greetings to you and family and welcome home . God bless you all . May we see Rajib with more such intersection points in 2018 .
Most welcome to you and your family in India
Enjoy ur trip!
Welcome to India
Welcome … interesting that we are all here at the same time
Welcome home….to all of you
Happy holidays .wish we’d catch up for old time sake
Where do you live now?
Are you in Durgapur now?
Yes .Durgapur .In city centre. Very close to Bony’s father’s place
what is the address?
I will come see you as well probably 8th or 9th Jan.
you probably mean 9th or 10th
Yes we’re there.All of you are most welcome
I was in Durgapur yesterday. Did not have your address. But Sharmila and the kids will be there on 9th and 10th
My mobile no 9333900233
Address 4/15Central Park
City centre (Doctors Colony)
Perfect. I will give it to Sharmila. I will see you in March
Loved this flight and the service…. we had close to 4 hrs of turbulence… not fun . Hope it does not happen on the way back
Asansol same old House
Landed? Or Middle East in transit – since 6 hrs ago u “Liked” the last but two post?
Have fun Sharmila and Rajibda!! Waiting for all the photographs.
Happy holidays and a great new year ahead! Welcome to India, between we are in Pune these days, so if you are planning to come to this part of India, do let me know. Cheers
Happy Holidays to you and your family