Monday, October 03, 2005

The Bye-gone Era

In the era when sources of entertainment were restricted to doordarshan, playing cricket and trying out grandma's recipes, guests coming home would be like a blockbuster entertainer, especially for the kids at home.

But more than the actual story of guest-meets-host and the coffee intervals, the most interesting part used to be the process of bidding adieu. It would first start with one person of the leaving party getting up, fingering the car or bike keys out of his pocket. But the rest of his family would suddenly pretend that he were invisible and continue with their banter. Then after a feeble protest, the rest of the family scattered in the kitchen, terrace and mangrove in the order of decreasing age would assemble and exchange last minute gossips and jokes. Soon, the key bearer would again make a pretext of looking at his watch. Then the topic would steer to promises of calling up, keeping in touch and giving kumkum. Then slowly everyone would amble towards the gate richer by a huge bag of home made goodies. After another round of farewells, the guests would finally leave after a huge gust of wind. If you are wondering what the wind was, it would be the collective sigh of the hosts with -' Why leave in such a hurry?'

But in recent times, I can't help grinning to myself when most of the guests come home and leave before I can even say 'mississipi'!

10 comments:

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

sometimes u just wonder where all those good times went by !!! i think the number of times i get to go home is lesser than the times guests drop in at home !!! hmmm....c'est la vie !! :(

kray said...

Oi is that doll display thing over?!!

Hemamalini said...

@neelam..looks like somebody is getting home sick..but when you go like a guest im sure you are treated like a royal one:D...but remember the present would become the 'those good times' int he future:D

Hemamalini said...

@kray..no it has just started:D

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

yeah...bang has made me more homesick than BITS ever made me feel !!! :(
i would rather be the host than the royal guest at home...but no chances of that happening now i guess !!! i think we are all born with this tendency to revel in the past !!!! :D :p

Hemamalini said...

@neelam...yes..a working life somehow lacks the verve of college..by the way, arent u goa-ing for the puja hols?

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

not goa-ing for the pooja hols...!!! goin home for diwali....just cant wait for it :))

guilt said...

Happened to read your blog ... great going! :)

Memories of a girl, her bro, her granny and me on a 5E just drifted by.. time flies!

Hemamalini said...

@guilt..Yes,time flies:)also of muthiah's rickshaw to psbb?:D

guilt said...

Yups! :D