He reluctantly gazed upon every stone which read the name of the family standing brightly outside every house he walked past. All the way up to the claustrophobic packed tiled lanes of the unknown walled city. A worry never left his brow, even after knowing the way back to his home, why does he still feel lost?
I hope you are well & taking good care of yourself. How’s everyone back home? I hope dad is doing fine & still enjoys his morning walks & comes home to tell you that world has changed so much around. How’s aunty? Still cribs over her daughter in law?
Last evening I thought of you, Maa it made me feel worried. I am sorry Maa I had to leave you alone, but what to do these days they say everything in life comes with a price tag. So just trying to buy a few smiles for you. Last evening I was wondering is there anyone who gives a patient ear to your innocent stories these days? Or have you stopped reciting them? I wonder who sits on the slab of that kitchen while you cook for us. Does the joint pain still bother you Maa? I have a big place here, sometimes it gets quiet, but I watch our last trip together & it all gets fine. I still laugh when I see dad spending the whole day trying to catch one single fish. You remember that Maa? What a day it was.
I miss you here, the peace of resting my head in your lap seems like a distant dream. Maa I feel cold sometimes & the sweater you weaved for me gives me so much comfort. Though I still feel pink Color isn’t for men, but it’s better than anything out there. I have to tell you this, I guess I finally found someone. I’ll tell you about it when I’ll be home. Though she isn’t as pretty as you are but would work. Don’t tell dad about it, he will start asking about the whole dynasty of the girl & you know I am bad at that.
I must tell you I have learnt so much already now I can even make breakfast for myself. Though the eggs burn everyday but I try my best. I get food from from restaurants everyday but the taste of your parathas still relishes on my tongue. How do you do so much for us Maa? How? How do you end up being a super woman always ? Huh? I still don’t know which is you favourite cuisine, I guess I was so stupidly engrossed in life that I never even asked you which is your favourite colour? I am sorry Maa for being such a selfish kid.
You’re the best Maa & you deserve all the amazing things Maa not the worry of shedding kilos because you just don’t know how pretty my mom is, I love you maa , take care of yourself and take your medicines on time, I know you forget them always.
New Delhi, India