Let me start with my favourite quote from dead poets " whatever this world says.. believe me.. Ideas and words can change this world!!".. beautiful words indeed!!
I try to remember my childhood days when I was a kid!! I remember the walk from my house to school.. all the way I occasionally cry that I dont wanna go to school!!;
I remember the cricket ground where we used to play cricket all the time!! I remember my old house.. made of red tiles.. not the concrete new one!! I remember the
goose berries we collected we collected from the tree in our back yard.. and incidentally sucking honey out of the wild flowers that used to grow behing our house (
my mom taught me that!!).. ha ha ha..
I remember this particular incident particularly ; it rained well.. Me and my sister were walking back from tuition to home.. the kid i was.. the water was came till my knees.. and then this man appeared with some weird raincoats for both of us; weird plastic coats with pink roses printed on it.. with an umbrella in his hand(I was scared that dogs might when i go wearing that.. ) Speaking of the man who came with those coats.. he was always there for me!!
He came to me whenever its possible with eatable packets and chicken when I was in hostel.. he came to visit even when i was in college in north.. he turned up when I was screening my first film!! the man who pushed me along with him to himalayas.. and i fell in love with them.. may be the best moments I ever had were my adventure days..of all the things the human values I learnt from you..were something no one can ever teach me!! this bond is something I cherish.
My friend ; guide ; my hero.. and my father.. you are simply the best!!
Ofcourse we had our differences!! he is typical in education and forced me to study a lot!! I am a rebel.. I believe in an education that comes out of free thinking..
Just some days ago he was telling me ; I should have pushed you to US.. I told him.. I would have been just one more kid..who sends greeting cards to his parents than to be with them!!.. we argued.. all the same.. we forgot it after some time!!
On the retirement day.. I wish a beautiful after life.. may be some social service and may be in exploring new places!! I wish you good luck!!
I must say my core adventure spirit came from you!! thanks a lot for everything father.. You are one the guys I would call a Dude..lol
I understand what it is to work for 30- 40 years in a place.. that almost becomes your place.. I understand what it is to miss it.. all the same.. time comes we need to leave something.. we just leave..
I am glad I was there when people were praising about your sincerity!! ( A railway employee that too a ticket collector who doesnt take a bribe is no joke!!); of your knowledge ( reading books is the legacy I took ).. of all the things the spirit of adeventure.. even his friends were speaking of his love to travel.. gangothri; yamunothri; kedarnath; badrinath.. amarnath!! rajasthan.. awaiting for manas sarovar!!.. good luck with everything!!
I wish I could become a good chap like you!!