Wednesday, July 7, 2010

One Bedroom Apartment

I found this in my mail today morning, and thought it was worth sharing. Food for thought for all of us in this mad materialistic cut throat world. When you have  a few minutes...

A Bitter Reality

As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in
Software Engineering and joined a company based in USA, the
land of braves and opportunity. When I arrived in the USA, it
was as if a dream had come true.

Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I
would be staying in this country for about 5 years in which
time I would have earned enough money to settle down in India.

My father was a government employee and after his retirement,
the only asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom apt.
I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling
homesick and lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and
speak to my parents every week using cheap international phone
cards. Two years passed, two years of fast food at McDonald's and
pizzas and 2 years watching the foreign exchange rate getting 
happy whenever the Rupee value went down.

Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have
only 10 days of holidays and everything must be done within
these 10 days. I got my ticket booked in the cheapest flight.
Was jubilant and was actually enjoying hopping for gifts for
all my friends back home. If I miss anyone then there will be

After reaching home I spent home one week going through
all the photographs of girls and as the time was getting
shorter I was forced to select one candidate and get 
married in 2-3 days, as I will not get anymore holidays.

After the marriage, it was time to return to USA, after giving some
money to my parents and telling the neighbors to look after
them, we returned to USA..

My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she
started feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India increased 
to twice in a week sometimes 3 times a week. 
Our savings started diminishing.

After two more years we started to have kids. Two lovely kids, 
a boy and a girl. Every time I spoke to my parents, they asked
me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.
Every year I decide to go to India... But part work part
monetary conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting
India was a distant dream. 

Then suddenly one day I got a message that my parents
were seriously sick. I tried but I couldn't get any
holidays and thus could not go to India ...
The next message I got was my parents had
passed away and as there was no one to do t
he last rights the society members had done
whatever they could.
I was depressed. My parents had passed
away without seeing their grand children.

After couple more years passed away, much to my children's
dislike and my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down.
I started to look for a suitable property, but to my dismay my
savings were short and the property prices had gone up during
all these years. I had to return to the USA...

My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to
stay in India... My 2 children and I returned to USA after
promising my wife I would be back for good after two years.

Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an
American and my son was happy living in USA... I decided that
had enough and wound-up every thing and returned to India... I
had just enough money to buy a decent 02 bedroom APT in a
well-developed locality.

Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the APT is
for the routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife
has also left me and gone to the holy abode.

I wonder was it worth all this?
My father, even after staying in India,
Had a house to his name and I too have
the same nothing more.

I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.

Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these
children are losing their values and culture because of it. I
get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright. Well
at least they remember me.

Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will
be performing my last rights, God Bless them.

But the question
still remains 'was all this worth it?'
I am still searching for an answer.................!!!



  1. stark reality...
    quite touching it is..

    we all have a hollow dream and we seldom realise that just for something extra, we end up losing quite a lot.

    anyway thanx for writing and that too after so long

  2. Yup, reality bites!
    and yes, ive been away...was caught up in many things. shud b more regular now reading blogs and updating mine too

  3. I got this in an email forward a few yrs back. It really is something!!!

  4. yea masood, reality can b harsh and very uncomfortable to come face to face with.

    I got ur tag. Will do it soon. Had been away for a long time.

  5. i would want to say more - but yes, this is an unsettling mail :(

  6. Yuvika, yea i know. set me thinking...the whole day snatches from this mail came to mind.

    Chowla sir, u have seen life much more than us and come across such cases.
    We just live in very testing times.

  7. Gosh that's sad. Shit and here I am envying people in bigger houses than mine!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  8. sadly there is no end to our desires.

  9. Made me think!!

    Good post Maria..

    Will definitely share with people around me , who will be my husband only :P

  10. That was good.Story of most expatriates living abroad.I think it is better applicable to those living in the gulf.In the US,at least you live a life of freedom.
    I have seen people toiling here for the whole life,on the hopes of settling down back at home. They live in the cheapest of accommodations,and buy the least expensive of every thing. In fact they don't live a life here. Finally,they manage to make a house in India,in which they never live.
    Sad stories make good writing