We are nothing without our past. Most of us have migrated from rural areas to urban settlements for a better life. Our rural life is our past that stays with us like our own shadow. We are rural folks at heart. Our past could not dictate what we wanted to be but our past keeps us company what we become. At the time we left the village we belonged to, where we had some cherished memories and where forefathers lived their full life, it did not put any conditions, it did not pull us back, it did not shed any tears, it did not take a promise from us to return one day. On the contrary, it helped us grow as long as we were there and then waved at us with good wishes when we left. Many went far off countries –thousands of miles away from the roots –like a banyan tree growing high in the sky but rooted deep in the ground. We all have a past simply because like water flowing in the river is never the same our present also becomes our past in no time. Our past comprises of our parentage, our roots, and our experiences. Our parentage can make or mar our life. We are lucky to have caring parents who despite their limitations made our childhood easy and laid foundations for our future. Still, millions of less fortunate know nothing about their parentage or have only some bad memories of them. Our roots can also make or mar our life. We are lucky to have grown up in the place of our birth. We had undisturbed surroundings where peace and calmness prevailed. Still, there are millions of people who get uprooted from their known surroundings due to man-made wars and nature made calamities. Nothing much could be done about nature's fury. Depending on our parentage our actions are affected by our upbringing. A good upbringing is the first condition for becoming a good human being. A bad upbringing is the first challenge in the way of becoming a good human being. It is difficult to expect an urchin living a street life to become a good human being. Exceptions are there in both cases. No sapling can grow strong roots without proper soil, water, air, and sunshine. The Gardner works as parents. No Gardner, no growth. Our undisturbed surroundings during our growing times make a huge difference in our life. Children who are uprooted from their natural surroundings are traumatized much more than the adults. For understanding the meaning of all such uprooting is beyond comprehension. For healthy growth, a healthy surrounding is necessary. One shudders to think about the kids who never stay at one place for long as their parents have to move at short intervals for one reason or the other. This is a mixed bag of good and bad experiences we carry with us all the time. It is easy to say that we should keep this bag as light as possible by dropping the bad experiences, but this is just not possible.