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One bedroom flat...(heart touching)

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  1. t_sireesha04

    t_sireesha04 Junior IL'ite

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    Every person those who r far away from their parents for jobs should have to read this hearttouching mail !!!


    ONE BEDROOM FLAT...


    WRITTEN BY AN INDIAN SOFTWARE ENGINEER..
    A
    Bitter Reality


    As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in
    Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the
    land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA, it
    was as if a dream had come true.


    Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I
    would be staying in this country for about Five years in which
    time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India.

    My father was a government employee and after his retirement,
    the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.


    I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling
    homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and
    speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
    cards. Two years passed, two years of Burgers at McDonald's and
    pizzas and discos and 2 years watching the foreign exchange
    rate getting happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

    Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have
    only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within
    these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
    Was jubilant and was actually enjoying hopping for gifts for
    all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be
    talks. After reaching home I spent home one week going through
    all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting
    shorter I was forced to select one candidate.


    In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get
    married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After
    the marriage, it was time to return to USA, after giving some
    money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after
    them, we returned to USA.


    My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she
    started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India
    increased to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. Our
    savings started diminishing.

    After two more years we started to
    have kids. Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl, were gifted to us
    by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked
    me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.


    Every year I decide to go to India… But part work part
    monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting
    Indiawas a distant dream. Then suddenly one day I got a
    message that my parents were seriously sick. I tried but I
    couldn't get any holidays and thus could not go to India ... The
    next message I got was my parents had passed away and as there
    was no one to do the last rights the society members had done
    whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed
    away without seeing their grand children.


    After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
    dislike and my wife's joy we returned to Indiato settle down.
    I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my
    savings were short and the property prices had gone up during
    all these years. I had to return to the USA...


    My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to
    stay in India... My 2 children and I returned to USAafter
    promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

    Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
    American and my son was happy living in USA... I decided that
    had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India... I
    had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom flat in a
    well-developed locality.


    Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is
    for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
    has also left me and gone to the holy abode.

    Sometimes

    I wondered was it worth all this?

    My father, even after staying in India,

    Had a house to his name and I too have
    the same nothing more.

    I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

    Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
    This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these
    children are losing their values and culture because of it. I
    get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well
    at least they remember me.


    Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will
    be performing my last rights, God Bless them.

    But the question
    still
    remains 'was all this worth it?'


    I am still searching for an answer.................!!!

    START THINKING

    IS IT JUST FOR ONE EXTRA BEDROOM???

    LIFE IS BEYOND THIS …..DON'T JUST LEAVE YOUR LIFE ……..
    START LIVING IT …….

    LIVE IT AS YOU WANT IT TO BE …….
     
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  2. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi
    A real heart touching story...........
     
  3. vase

    vase Senior IL'ite

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    It is a good one! With the dollar going down, this story can actually become a "reality" :-(
     
  4. anukvs

    anukvs Senior IL'ite

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    Hai,

    I read the same thing in "Mangaiyar Malar" . Very thought provoking indeed.

    Anu
     
  5. sumi9712

    sumi9712 New IL'ite

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    very touching story, got tears in my eyes.
     
  6. aquamarine

    aquamarine Senior IL'ite

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    hi,

    a very sad story....but i would like to say that i loved your signature quote......good one..


    warm wishes,

    aqua.
     
  7. Jananikrithsan

    Jananikrithsan Gold IL'ite

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    Sireesha,
    Lovely touching post. It teaches us so many things that are so near but which we fail to notice in life.Thanks for posting.:hiya
     
  8. padmavathi m

    padmavathi m Silver IL'ite

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    sireesha,

    it was a very good post ................but we realize when everything leaves, which is too late......................

    love
    padma
     
  9. Jithiks

    Jithiks Gold IL'ite

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    Hi Sireesha,

    Such a wonderful and thought provoking post. It brings us down to the harsh realities of life when we go chasing after our dreams and desires!

    Makes us to take a hard look at our life and priorities!

    Jithiks(Krithika)
     
  10. Nandshyam

    Nandshyam IL Hall of Fame

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    Loser.. I blame the individual who cant make right decisions at the right time, fell for the monetary likes. I dont pity this guy at all. There are N number of people who make the right decisions and leave all the attractions here and go back!!!
     

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