My life for the last 9 years has definitely been an in-depth study on Change. In retrospect, it has actually proved that everything happens for a reason and a lot of these changes have been incredibly good to me. But change, while its happening, is chaotic and draining. So after one and a half years am back living in the US, close to the city I tearfully bid adieu to on this very blog. A city, I have come to love, unabashedly. It’s like meeting a loved one after years of separation, there is an excitement combined with the fear of awkwardness. Has the separation been too long? Would she still be able to hang with me? Will she recognize me? Do we still have things in common?
So it was only fitting to go back to the very same spot where we said our goodbye’s and where I pledged to return soon. On a warm spring night with the desperate hope of trying to recreate magic, after one and a half years,we met again. She dressed up in her absolute best and glistened all over. Just like I remembered her, party boats floating down the East river decked out with little fairy lights, barges tugging out the city’s refuse, lesbians in love stealing little kisses under the twinkling lights of the Brooklyn Bridge, dog walkers and late night joggers, the sound of slow moving traffic on FDR Drive, and the city itself – all aglow! Beautiful! Some of the names on the doors have changed but the streets are the same. There is change all around and still it is extremely familiar. The giant hole where the Twin Towers once stood, is now where the tallest building in New York City is – One , World Trade Center. The city stands – resilient and proud. Just like I left her, she returns to me looking like herself and definitely feeling like herself – exuberant, irrepressible and electric.
Arthur Schopenhauer sums its up best right now – “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.”
Meanwhile, if you are interested in reading about the city of Chennai – where I was born and is the birth place of Modern India in many ways – do pick up ‘Tamarind City’ by Bishwanath Ghosh on Flipkart or Amazon or in book stores in India. Lovely book about the city I am from and the pictures in the book are by yours truly. If you are in Delhi then do try to go for one of these meet and greets with the author – http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150962433810519.472811.654300518&type=1