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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 opportunity.
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 some thing 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
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 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
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 neighbors 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
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
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
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
all these years. I had to return to
My wife refused to come back
with me and my children refused
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
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
I wondered was it worth all this?
My father, even after staying in
Had a house to his name and I too
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 neighbors again who will
be performing my last rights, God
But the question
remains 'was all this worth it?'
I am still searching for an
IS IT JUST FOR ONE EXTRA
LIFE IS BEYOND THIS …..DON'T JUST
LEAVE YOUR LIFE ……..
START LIVING IT …….
LIVE IT AS YOU WANT IT TO BE ……:-)