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First visit to Native place

Finally the much awaited first ever trip to my native place ended with lots of good memories in my mind which I will never ever be able to erase it.

The feeling of being part of that place made me feel nostalgic. Our ancestors and great grandfather’s had lived there once upon a time. Today we have nothing of ours in that village. But the type of hospitality and warm welcome we got from the fellow villagers was very much a surprise package to me. Many people know my father very well as lately he has been a frequent visitor to our native place. Being my first visit to my native place made me feel proud of it.

As my earlier blog had mentioned, the curiosity in me of wanting to know the types of houses and what will people be doing in the village was very much within me. Although what I had pictured in my mind was a typical village which we use to draw in our school life in our drawing periods with mud houses and lantern hanging out side; people gathering at ‘chowk’ for daily ‘gupsup’ (gossips) with their hookah in their hand has now changed. Bricks and stones houses have replaced mud houses, proper 24 hours electricity has taken over oil lanterns (thanks to the Gujarat government for providing electricity and water at such interior places). Cigarettes and ready-made pan masala have replaced hookahs too.

My wanting to know more type of nature made me enquire more about my native place. The total population staying in that village is approx 3000 people and there are approx 700 houses in all. The area spans around 4 kms in diameter. People have big houses of their own typically 300-500 sq vaars (incase you don’t know what is vaar then 1 sq. vaar = 9 sq. foot) and also have lots of empty land which they use for farming seasonally. A typical house will have a ‘verandah‘ (a typical open gallery), separate place for cattle (mostly cows), a big living room and minimum of 3-4 bedrooms 🙂 .

Although we had a very short trip and we just spend a couple of hours in our native place but the feeling of freshness in the air with almost zero pollution, smell of cow dung (still used for cooking as well as for farming purpose), sound of cows mooing, dogs littering around, muddy roads, small lanes and the sight of tractor make you feel on top of the world. Such environment and feeling one will never get to see in any metropolitan cities.

The type of life people living in village really keeps me guessing if I have to stay for one week in village then how will I survive. Everything is slow-moving. It seems like God has pressed a slow motion button. Our mind and body will not get adjusted to such slow-moving life easily. I feel that we are the ones who are running around for everything and end result is we are gaining nothing but living a stressful life.

For those interested to see the pics which I have clicked, please scroll down to see more.

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Hoping for many more such visits in near future 🙂 .

Native place…. what is that?

This is something I cannot describe and a bit challenging for me. The reason being I never have been to my native place till now. We are originally from Gujarat …. a remote village named Thaniyara which is approx 16 kms from Junagadh district in Gujarat.

My father was born in Thaniyara. My late grandfather migrated to Mumbai somewhere in mid 1950s and got settled here. I was born and bought up in Mumbai. So now we have no roots at all in the village. Even no ancestral home or any property exists which could had made us visit the native place atleast once.

So why am I writing all this? You guessed it right. I am visiting my native place along with the family for the first time. This has created a big excitement inside me. Not only myself but even my daughter is pretty excited to visit it. I can clearly see how she is eagerly waiting to go there. She is just counting how many days left for the trip. Everyday she mentions about the native place and asks me lots of questions; like how is the place? which hotel we are staying over there? what type of restaurant will be available? will we get idli, dosa, pav-bhaji to eat? And I have to explain her that Thaniyara is a small village with not even proper tar road and hardly any public transportation available to reach. There are no hotels or restaurants as such and we will be staying at Junagadh.

I tried google of my native place but could not find any more details or any images too. So this keeps me wondering on how will my village look like? Will it be typical small types where the houses are made of mud and oil lamps are the only means of getting some light during the night? Do people gather in a “chowk” (a common place which is usually in the middle of the village market) during day time playing cards with smoking hookah in their hand? What will be the total population of the village? All these open questions has help to develop a picture in my mind which I also am waiting to see myself.

With all this and lots more in my mind I am looking forward for a maiden exciting trip to my native place.