The Move

Posted: November 2, 2017 in Life as I see it...
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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to move back to the city. It wasn’t that I loved my home any less but to live away from society is a challenge in its entirety. There are daily struggles that one has to go through even to maintain the home and hearth. After quite a lot of deliberation and cajoling we succeeded in convincing our parents to give up their recluse- like lifestyle and return to the city. For twenty- two long years, they had been dwelling at the farm. It was home, it still is.

After looking for it high and low, we finally settled for this new place – a penthouse apartment that accorded my parents their much- needed space in addition to being a lot more convenient to us. We gradually started visualizing the home that it would turn into. All efforts went into making it the space that all of us dreamt of.

Moving in, though demanding & stressful, was the easy part. What we feared, were apprehensive about, but at the same time looked forward to, was getting used to the people, the newness of being around a lot of people, of dealing with them on a daily basis. I was wary of my social skills, for one. Having stayed away for such a long time might have rusted whatever little people skills I had, to start with.

The people in our building all looked happy and welcoming yet there was a sort of breaking (back) – in required. We got the perfect opportunity to meet and greet and test our social skills outside our immediate community when we were invited by new flat owners moving into the building, just a fortnight after us.

It was a pleasant experience and everybody seemed to genuinely like and respect each other. I had heard my mother speak about neighbours being more family than families ever are but it was the first experience of the sort. Ours being a new apartment building, we were all trying to get to know each other but there was an openness, a comfort, a will to establish and build up new acquaintances.

There are so many aspects to moving in and settling down. Not only does one need to get used to the novelty of the new abode and its surroundings but one also has to adjust to the unbeaten and untrodden schedules and paths that lie waiting.
It is a happy coincidence then, that our move is working well for nearly all of us. The freshness of the routine, the zest to face each day that brings with it disparate experiences, recommencing the activeness that life was just a couple of decades ago, recapturing the beauty and essence of city life once again, are all things that we hoped for.

What the Move has made me realise is that deep down, under the veneer that we had on for twenty odd years, we are all people’s persons. There is a profound and unfeigned affection for people that runs right beneath the parched stratum of our personalities.

I hope the move does us good. Looking forward to many happy and content years here. May these be the verdant grounds where new and everlasting memories take root..

Comments
  1. Shweta Jain says:

    Beautiful expressions…… congratulations to you and your family
    Shifting , changing home certainly includes change in lifestyles.May your house turns into a home soon and gives you everlasting memories.

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  2. priyanka bagadi says:

    Really Lubhi…Neighbours being more family than families ever….wonderfully expressed..Welcome to your dream house

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  3. Reetu says:

    “MOVE” is always challenging, n our society always welcm n loves the loving n caring persons. Uncle n Aunty r so adorable, that any one can hardly skip their beautiful smile…………and of course the way u express your feelings is simply SUPERB……Stay Blessed, dear

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  4. नीरज सक्सेना says:

    ऐसा ही हो, इस हेतु अनंत शुभकामनाये ।

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  5. Vaishali says:

    A good decision to move into the city…..I am sure you’ll all enjoy living here, surrounded by so many warm neighbours.

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  6. Vijaypalbishnoi says:

    Congratulations ..my lil sis, uncle n aunt hope u find perfect environment for your new start..may this new place bring good health & prosperity.

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  7. Monika Raghuvanshi says:

    Welcome to the city…I m sure u will enjoy more being surrounded by people and convenience of easy approach to places and people…

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  8. Nidhi says:

    Well expressed ma’am
    Detachment is one of the most important thing to learn
    A place where your have been for 22 years and then shifting to new place is nostalgic .
    All the best for your dream house

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