Why I love it here…
1. Very active and an eventful place. Not a dull moment! Well….that would be an exaggeration. It does get a wee bit dull now and then. But, that’s only like 10% of the times. Quite forgivable :)
2. I do not gain unnecessary flab coz I eat only healthy ghar ka khaana. I miss junk food though :(
3. Festivals, like Onam and Vishu, are so much fun and wayyy better with my hundreds of relatives scampering around. Vishu is fast approaching, by the way. People who are elder to me, get the cash ready ;) People who are younger than me, catch me next year as you guys might be knowing am jobless at the moment ;)
4. Rain, rain, rain! Sitting on my basket chair, in the balcony, with a cup of garam garam chai. Aaah! Bliss.
5. If you want to go on a tour, there are so many options unlike in Bahrain. When friends & family decide to go on a trip in Bahrain, we are left with very few choices…which happen to be the same ones as the previous year or the year before that. Sad, no?
6. Shopping in India for clothes is also so much better especially for traditional wear. Simply awesome.
Why I sometimes hate it here…
Coz of the ‘emotional athyachaar’ I have to face in the hands of some relatives. NRIs are considered heartless creatures who are not worthy of compliments, who seem to have a rhino’s skin which can withstand their rude RUDE remarks.
Cousin 1 trots into room in a nice traditional dress
Relative 1 : Oh! You look so nice moleyyy! So pretty pretty….
Relative 2 : What dress! What style…
Relative 3 : Ya…! Like film star only no ?
Cousin 2 trots into room in a nice traditional dress
Relative 1 : Very very nice!
Relative 2 : What dress! What style….
Relative 3 : Ya….! Like film star no..?
And then I enter the room with a 'wary-of-the-relatives' kind of walk dressed in what I believe is a nice traditional dress...
*Relatives scanning me from head to toe*
Relative 1 : Hmmm… Ayyo moleyy! You have lost so much of weight!
Relative 1 : Yes yes! You lost so much. You should gain more
Relative 3 : Ya….! Otherwise you will disappear… *grin*
*Scene 2 *
Relative 1 : I gave this present to C, and one more to D. Such nice kids they are. I love them
*Me looking at relative 1 with a ‘Hey! I didn’t get any presents’ look*
Relative 2 : Yeah, I know. Such sweet kids. Last week, I gave them two churidars each.
*Me gets really jealous, and looks at relative 2*
Me : I DIDN’T GET ANY PRESENTS!!!!
Relative 1 & Relative 2 burst out laughing : ‘You don’t need presents moleyyy! You used to have a job in Bahrain. You must have been paid really well no ? You can get all those things you need no ? Hahahah… You are so silly silly!!!’
2, People pee on the wall of the fence outside the house!! Instead of ‘stick no bills’, we should keep something like ‘Please don’t leave your trademark here!’ signs on the walls. Do such stickers even exist ? :D Just curious. Like I said before, people end up doing things what they are not supposed to do. The next target might be the sticker itself.
3. Scheduled power cuts are ok. But the unscheduled ones can be quite a problem. That too wouldn’t have been a problem if those blood sucking insects called mosquitoes stopped singing into my ears! But the optimistic person I try to be, I tell myself ‘Look D! God has sent you little musicians to entertain you in the dark’. But after just 2 minutes filled with ‘MmMmM’s and injections, I am sorry I just cannot get to like them at all !!
Ok.. I have listed more advantages than disadvantages here! Jokes apart, each country has its own unique charm. Being the person I am, eventually I do end up liking the place I am in. I can safely say I am in love with two countries – India & Bahrain. Both mean so much to me! One place which is my home and the other which was my home away from home…
If you are from India : ‘Jai Ho!’ to our incredibly beautiful country
If you are from Bahrain : ‘Ashat mamlakah al-Baḥrain’ to the place which has suffered and loved me for more than 20 years!