When my niece was five years old, she had been on a week-long trip to the hills in North India with her parents.
When she came back, I asked her, “So what did you see on your trip?”
After pondering a little, she replied, “At first we went to Delhi”
“OK. What did you see there?”
“I didn’t see anything there.”
Slightly amused, I continued probing, “Ok… then?”
“Then we went to Binsar”
“And what did you see there?”
“There was nothing to see there as well”, she replied unenthusiastically
My amusement was now turning to dismay, “Where did you go next?”
“Next we went to Ramgarh. We were supposed to see snow there, but there was none to be found!”
Now I was really starting to feel really bad for her. “And then?”
She looked up and replied, “After that we came back to Bangalore” and continued with rising excitement, “Here I saw a dog at the airport.” Ending with eyes big with amazement and a huge grin on her face.
Her answer brought a smile on my face. They had actually visited some of the most scenic places in the Himalayas on that trip along with the Jim Corbett National Park where they had encountered a number of wild animals including elephants. But the only thing that actually impressed her was the dog, quite possibly a stray dog, at Bangalore airport. Reminded me of the famous quote, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
Narration By : Ausmita Kaviraj
Photo Credit : Kunal Kaviraj