Home is where family is: Nanded homecoming
Posted by srijita das on August 9, 2017
It’s been quite some time since my parents moved out from Nagpur to Nanded and I rested back in this same city for my studies. Summer holidays seem to be approaching, and I have been packing my bags from already for a month with excitement extending to a next level. My bus tickets were booked online for 24th April with Travelyaari, and I preferred to travel with Saini Travels.
Finally, the day arrived, and I reached an hour before, to the bus-stand with a tummy full of butterflies that only craved to taste the flavors of my mom’s food. The joy to see your parents after almost four months, stepping into a new home and just the thought of exploring a brand-new place gave me Goosebumps all over my body.
My bus arrived at about 8:45 PM and I hurried into the bus and reached out to my seat. My sleeper seat had a cozy quilt that comforted me throughout the night, and so I fell asleep very soon. I moved the curtains by my window to peek outside, and it just filled my soul with delight when I saw the street lights shimmering all through the roads. The moving long tarred highways constantly reminded me of my approach to a new home in Nanded much away from Nagpur.
By 4:00 AM, the bus hit the Nanded bus station, and I immediately bounced out of the bus and landed in an alien land where seemed very unfamiliar. In the beginning, I only saw strange faces walking past by me, but that was a sacred moment of love, the instant I saw my dad waving. He drove me home, and I enjoyed the ride while this unknown city welcomed me with a cool breeze that tickled my cheeks and played with my hair.
Well! You know, what next. I was home getting pampered with all that flooded emotion and food which I had to miss for over a period of four months. In fact, it was a little too much to see the mom that always yelled at me for being a mess has now turned kinder towards me. Every time she sees me, her eyes turn soggy, and that pretty well conveys how much she has missed me all these days away.
Dad offered to take us out on a long holiday to Dubai, but I declined since in this vacation I desired to explore Nanded and places around my new house.
That same evening, we went to Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Gurudwara, the most famous pilgrim center of Nanded. The entire complex has been well maintained with clean floors and walls in spite of people thronging the place every day. The one best part was its ‘Langar’ that happens throughout the day and night. So, ya there no, “NO” for food to anyone coming to this Gurudwara.
Another amusing custom that I observed here was that the free drinking water is served in bowls and not glasses.
We had also been to the Fort of Kandahar, that is located on the outskirts of Nanded and is amazingly gorgeous. I love visiting historical sites as it somehow takes me on time travel, but this fort is exceptional. I had traveled to a lot of other fortresses in Maharashtra and other parts of South India, but this one is the show stopper. The fortress is all surrounded by fantastic views of the lush green pastures, hills and other water bodies. These picturesque views that I was surrounded with gave me an experience of life.
My return to Nagpur from Nanded is after four more days, and so I have decided to spend these remaining days with just mom and dad.
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Srijita is a travel writer and is currently on a mission to discover and write about lesser known destinations. She attempts to reach out to the world and talk about her experiences she had while adventuring into the woods or sometimes in the waves of an ocean, in her blogs. She loves to eat everything edible and dreams about touring the world.