After living and working for three years in the US, my young friend Joe is now back in India. The emails he sent me prompted me to write a series of articles titled “Be a Lion in your homeland, spit and shit anywhere you want“.
I am now in Elkridge, Maryland, USA. I received this mail 9 days ago and I have reproduced it here after relieving it of certain personal messages. Here it is:
Dear Uncle Raj,
Greetings from Joe.
At the outset, let me convey the fact that I miss you all. There has never been a day or moment that I felt away from my family when I was there with you all.
I’ve tried to have face time with you all to see and talk to you folks, but haven’t been much successful. It’s either the internet connection or my pre-occupation with things that need be taken care over here.
How”s Aunty doing?…. you both make a great pair and have always been a great role model for us all. I’ll wait to receive you both in Chennai. Please share with Aunty that I’m reminded of her “Achaar” and let her know that Grills and Kababs are waiting for her in Chennai.
Uncle, Chennai’s heat wasn’t a piece of cake for me. The amount of pollution and dust and especially the nasty foul pungent odour which I sailed thro‘ in Chennai Central railway station to board Shatabdi to Bengaluru … People are still the same.
Spitting, shitting and littering all around.
No traffic sense, no civic sense, no respect for a fellow human.
I’m getting boiled going thro‘ all these, however, I’m trying to turn my ears a li’l deaf and my eyes a li’l blind to keep myself off from all these.
I’m unable to read your articles these days, coz scarce internet connectivity. I have an Airtel 3G data card with which I’m writing this email while on the train to Bengaluru.
Hope all is well with you. Keep writing.
Love & Prayers
- Be a Lion in your homeland, spit and shit anywhere you want – Part 2: Clamped (tvaraj.wordpress.com)
- Be a Lion in your homeland, spit and shit anywhere you want – Part 3: Keeping your surrounding clean is a sin. (tvaraj.wordpress.com)
- Better to be a Lion… (tvaraj.wordpress.com)