Into The Darkness
Lovely-where is this?
I took this pic while driving over to my folk’s house. Gujarat, India. 🙂
Your parents are Gujararti people? Really?
I was married a while ago to a Gujarati-Dilip Kumar Patel-a jerk of a prince (haha) who I divorced, unfortunately, but his parents, Ambalal and Kamala, were fabulous, though ‘Ba’ was pretty ‘severe’ as a mother-in-law, ‘Bapuji’ was gentle and kind.
Before I continue babbling, tell me if I’m acting crazy because I simply saw the word ‘Gujarat’ and went nutz!
I actually asked where the photo was taken because it reminded me of Alabama-far, far Southern Alabama. I lived in the state for over 8 years.
Ha ha ha.. A jerk of a prince…
Ya I am a Gujarati.. You come to India Often?
Okay, so you do get that stupid joke! Okay, well then, may I tell you a short story about their lives?
Maybe I’ll write the entire thing some day!
Ya please go on..
Bapuji and Kamala were born there, but emigrated to Kampala, Uganda in the 50’s, I think. Was that done a lot then? Anyway, when Amin sent the Indians packing in his lovely way, they both came here-to Florida.
Bapuji spent his entire life trying to regain ownership of his land in Kampala-to no avail. So sad. They were by then, in the mid-nineties, quite elderly and very poor. That government didn’t care one bit about their land, or their rights.
Pissed me off, too.
Anyway, that’s the gist of it.
Why/when did you come to the US? Or are you in India?
Sadly, I have never been able to leave India.. So, I live through other’s memories and pics 🙂
When I see some beautiful images and read some experiences of abroad countries, it’s as good as me being there..
We have an ever growing population and no facilities, so most people often move abroad in search of a better life.. I think India is great if you look at it from a purely naturist point of view.. It’s still virgin and not taken over by modernization.. Every 50 kms you travel, you’ll find different people, speaking different dialects, with different infrastructure and some amazing cuisines.. I love travelling across India in my car.. I have had some really huge road trips sometimes lasting as long as 4000 kms!
Everything you mentioned is amazing to me-I am a sociologist and would love to visit all the different cultures so close together, though I imagine the communication must/would be difficult.
Wow, sounds like one helluva trip-even though I don’t yet know how to convert kms to miles!
Take care and thanks for following my blog!
You too 🙂
BTW, about the story of your ex-in-laws, didn’t the Uganda govt. help with anything regarding their property matter??? How sad? What about their stuff back in India?
Sorry, I am asking you so many question, I feel I flew over this discussion yesterday.
I’ve already forgotten your name, sorry! I AM almost 56, so I’ll use that as an excuse…
Anyway, the Ugandan gov’t did nothing at all to help them regain ownership; Bapuji wrote them every week for, let’s see, 23/24 years.
He demanded his land, home, possessions, etc. in these letters-all to no avail. They had brought all their belongings with them when they went to Kampala, so that wasn’t a problem.
You’re welcome to ask anything/anytime-about this or anything else, I am pretty much an open book.
I’d like to know about you and your family history-you did give me some, but I’d be interested in more, if you wouldn’t mind.
How unfortunate for bapuji to have left his home to find a new one and the government did not let him have it. Damn the government, they always find a way to make your life miserable..
Me and my folks have always been in India. Recently, my folks travelled to Europe for a vacation and they were totally swept off their feet by what they saw.. My dad fell in love with the kind of infrastructure and beauty in Europe. They are humble folks, hailing from a small town in Gujarat and love to travel, so lately they have been visiting many tourist destinations.
I am on the other hand not an ideal child for them, I think. I have never lived up to their expectations and always done my own thing. It’s mostly because I have been in a boarding school since i was 8 years old and have been figuring out things for myself since then and I fail to understand what they want for me. But that’s the case with most Parents and their children. Kids often chose a different path and that creates a bit of a friction between them. That’s my story in a nutshell..
Anyways, What do you think life is all about? I would like to know your perspective on this.
Like a gateway to a new possibility.
Seems like a wonderful place for a tree house!!!!
hehe.. Yeah.. 😀
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