I visit my parents at least once every two years and I always have a blast every single time I go back. For a lot of people who live pretty close to their families, this is not a big deal but if you live 12,000 miles away from home, it is.
Let me give you 7 reasons why you should visit home.
1. Getting treated like a prince or a princess :
when you don’t go home for a year or two, your parents, relatives and friends want a share of your time and you get treated royally everywhere you go. You never get this much attention. :)
I stayed home for 10 days and almost had close to 20 dinner invitations. I felt bad to turn some of them down because I had no time. Worry not, they all came to my house to see me, so it felt great. You had to check out the free swag I got from my parents, uncles and friends. There was this one time when we visited a temple in Tirumala where the average wait time was 8 hours, and we barely waited 20 minutes. See the strings they pull off for you?
2. Mom’s cooking = heavenly :
Seriously, if you are a single person like me, living with roommates, eating crappy frozen food, going home is heaven. My mom makes pretty much anything I want and the best part is that they all taste so good!. I even get bed coffee. How freaking awesome is that?.
Basically, this is how a typical day at home goes for me. My dog wakes me up at 6 ish (usually licking my face). My mom brings me coffee to my bed. Mom makes a list of groceries to buy for dinner and gives it to my dad. Right after breakfast, I get juice or some sort of a fruit salad. At 11, you get a brunch meal and lunch at 2. Lunch is usually rice based and heavy so you might want to take a nap. After my nap, I wake up for tea time!. Dad gets home at 6 ish and my mom starts making dinner. Dinner with all my favorite dishes will be served by 8. How awesome is this?
3. Personal chauffeur :
Driving in India is a major pain in the ass and my parents always let me have a driver to drive me around everywhere I go. What’s not to like about this perk right?
I don’t know if you have driven in india, but it’s really hard to adjust to the crazy driving. The scary part was that I used to drive like that and I can’t do that anymore. That ride from the airport to home is one of the scariest things ever.
4. Access to your Dad’s liquor cabinet :
Does this need any more explanation?
5. Looking back :
Sometimes, I like to look back at the things I did when I was a kid, be it my science projects, stamp or coin collection books, my exam answer sheets or my drawing book. Looking back at them, gives you a sense of who you were, how you grew up and how horrible your handwriting was (thank god for computers and fancy fonts these days.).
6. Relax and unwind :
Usually, when I go on any vacations, I tend to be active and adventurous like going on hikes, meeting new people, going out, travel from one city to another. Basically some sort of planning is involved. I tend to forget all that when I go home. All I can think of is to sleep, eat, relax and the cycle continues. I don’t check work emails, answer phone calls or messages. My blackberry stays off!. I am telling you, there is nothing better in the world than to just DO NOTHING, especially if you work all the time.
Every single time I go home, I go to my parent’s farms in the village where there is fresh air, clean water, endless paddy fields (most people don’t know its just rice fields), mango/coconut farms and so much natural beauty. I can sit in such a place for days without getting bored or tired.
7. The look on your dog/cat when they see you after a long time :
Priceless, I mean absolutely priceless. I wish I have taken a video of my dog jumping all over me after he saw me. Folks, you won’t have anyone miss you that much. Ever!.