It was the same old lousy morning I was lying on couch watching a suspense thriller movie all alone. It was just going to get revealed who the murderer was and suddenly my dad jumped in front of TV and blocked my view. I shouted at him ‘dad please side you are spoiling my movie’ and he shouted everybody please gather in the hall, Lela my mother and andrew my younger brother came running down and my father said I have an amazing news for all of you, I have planned a trip to my hometown for a whole week. I said ‘is this your amazing news for which you spoiled the suspense of my movie’ and as always my mom said angina this is not the right way to talk to your father. Then my dad said in a bossy manner ‘ I don’t want to hear anything and we will leave for the village tomorrow sharp 5 in the morning because it takes 8 hours to reach there so we have to start early’. I knew my dad would never allow me to stay back for a week and I could not give any excuse of my studies because it was my summer vacation which he was spoiling by driving us to a village. I was not at all interested in this village thing I mean who would be interested to go to a village when your friend’s family were going on an exotic vacation but then it was my father’s family who lived in that village whom I have not met since 10 years. All my packing was done and it was night in no time.
So now the time arrived when we were all set to leave. Andrew was very excited about this village thing but I did not give a damn. We sat in the car and the long journey started I had my earphone plugged paying no attention to anything my family was saying, they wanted me to sing the stupid journey song and some time passed and there were so beautiful scenery we could see on our way which changed my mood a bit and forced me to unplugged my earphones. I opened my window and put my head out, closed my eyes turned my face into the wind and it felt like the breeze swept along my skin in an invincible ocean of exultation and suddenly I knew I was alive. It was looking like wind had the plants and grass attached with it and the wind was making the grass and plants dance in the way the wind wanted to. It was so pleasant to watch to them dancing their way. With the breeze, the leaves hanging on the trees making that sound it is called rustling in technical terms but it seemed to me that they were banging into each other and were enjoying the breeze and having fun with one another.
When I looked up on to the sky I saw the clouds were looking so heavy carrying water in them and it looked like they were about to burst out. Lighting in the sky was so frequent that I was feeling as if I am the celebrity and sky is paparazzi who were trying to click my pictures continuously. The birds were flying in the sky enjoying the breeze to the fullest. Then I realized a drop of water from the sky fell on my head and eventually it started raining heavily. I pulled my head back in steadily and started closing the window when I suddenly realized why should I close the window, why not experience the rain, anyways it’s just water and that too natural water, half way of closing my window I opened my window again got my head out of the window and my mom said ‘close the window angina rain is making everything wet inside and I said mom ‘it is just water’ and again started enjoying the rain.
The rain was falling on my face and it felt like someone was tickling my face, my eyes were closed and at that moment. I realized that being online throughout the day and traveling in a/c buses or cars are making me miss out on these thing that actually make me feel good and relaxed. I was having an intrapersonal communication that in the race of becoming the best we work hard day in and day out. They can be youngsters who want to get good marks or look the best or they can be adults who want to earn more and more in all these things the main thing that a person forgets and the most important thing is to ‘live’. Slowly and gradually people are becoming like robots people only breath because it is necessary to survive but they never feel their breath and I have no right to point on others because when I have to go to a party and it starts raining I never stay and enjoy the rain, I always complain why does it rain when I have to go to a party.
While I was thinking about all this my father said we should stop and eat somewhere because still there is a lot of time left to reach and as he was saying this we saw a small restaurant it was way too small and as I was the tantrum queen in my house, my mom said to my dad do you think that agnina will eat here. But I gave my mom a very unexpected answer that ‘ yes, how can I miss out on this, I would love to eat here, it will be a new experience for me and everybody got off the car giving me a startled look.
We sat there, the restaurant did not even had proper place to sit he just had a small table and dirty rusted chairs and the funny part was after seeing the condition of the restaurant everybody looked at me as they thought that I would throw a wobbly at them after seeing the condition of the restaurant but the opposite happened and I politely asked the waiter to clean the chairs and table and sat on the chairs thinking about what to eat. I said ‘what are you staring at come sit and eat’. So there was no such thing as menu they only had different kinds of stuffed chapattis. We ordered some chapattis and the best thing about these small restaurants that they are not miser when it comes to what they are serving to their customers. Like when the chapattis came butter was literally floating on the chapatti and they stuffed them so well that it was mouth-watering. When I sliced them and started eating them, it was just melting in my mouth.
Now it was just few hours to reach the village and I felt totally different, my thinking and attitude towards life had changed at least for now. After so much of enjoyment I fell asleep and after few hours I heard my mom saying get up agina we have reached. Slowly I opened my eyes and I saw big tress, I saw huts and everything was so green and beautiful. When I stepped out of the car the breeze touched my face as if it was patting on my face. I met everybody, everybody was so happy to see us and we stayed there for a week and had a lot of fun. I realized that there are plenty of things to do in this world except staying online and socializing online. This journey had a huge positive impact in my life.