I think for many of us the most wonderful years of our life would be childhood. The years that we spent carefree, without worrying about irritating bosses or if we would be able to pay off the EMIs next month. When the only thing on our mind was to have fun! And of course to pass our annual exams but that was only during the months of February-March when the exam fever was on. Life was not as competitive as it is now for school children.
I used to love the 2 months holiday for the summer season, when unmindful of the scorching sun and heat, we used to spend the entire day roaming around the paddy fields, playing games, plucking ripe, succulent mangoes from trees and relishing the sweetness. We were a gang of five, my cousins, my brothers and I. And every summer season, we were packed off by our parents, to our native place in Padubidri, which was a small coastal town then and now a bustling city.
And when the heat was too oppressive for us, we stretched out under the shade of the giant tamarind tree and read the comics borrowed from the local library. I imagined myself to be one the children in the Famous Five gang, out on an adventure along with my pet dog. I guess my attachment to books is also partly because it reminds me of the happy, sunny days of my childhood.
A few days back my mother informed that this house where I grew up, where I spent some of my happiest days of my life was going to be sold off. And I felt an ache in my heart. An inexplicable urge filled me to see the house one last time before it is demolished. I know it has been lying around abandoned for quite a few months now. But still it is a part of my childhood, it is a part of my happy memories and it has been around for more than half a decade.
It feels like an era has finally come to an end. As I book my tickets to visit my hometown in a hurry I know that things will never be the same. I wish I could just safely tuck away the happy memories of the glorious days of my childhood and visit it whenever my mind strays into the dark alleys.
If ever I was given a chance to time travel and revisit my past and then I would absolutely love to go back into my childhood when days were spent frolicking under the sun and the nights under the cool breeze with moon shining brightly. Oh, such glorious days they were!