So long, Qatar..

I’d be lying if I said that I never thought I’d say goodbye to you. Because, I understand that if you’re in the Gulf, you’re never really here to stay forever, right? From the day you leave your home country, you step out with the firm resolve to come back one day. And yet you learn to embrace each domain you set up with the same kind of vigour and excitement as you would your new home. And when it’s time to say goodbye, you wonder where did all the time go? So while I did know that I’d be saying goodbye, I never knew it would be so soon!

We have had the most memorable 6 years here! A roller coaster ride with its fair share of ups and downs but every bit cherishable that will always be etched in our mind.

You know how much I hated you when I set foot on your soil first. I didnt have very many friends. I was an emotional wreck after having plucked myself from the comfort zone of my previous base which was Muscat. But today where I stand, I know I have made the best of friends, the fondest of memories here for which I can never thank you enough.

It was here that I learned to be more accepting of whatever situations and circumstances that I was faced with. You gave me lot many moments to introspect as a resident, as a parent, as a fellow being. Oh and it was here that I got my license! It was here that I learned to drive sane despite the insane driving that you have been (not so) famous for! 😀

You will always be special because it was here that R & I created our most precious gift from God. Namnam. For her, you have been her home. After every vacation to her grandparents’ and cousins’ , no matter how happy and thrilling her moments were with them, the one line that she never missed saying as soon as she got back in here was,’ Ah! It’s good to be home!’ 🙂

She learned to sleep on her own here, you know! It was here that she ushered in a new chapter, her first foray into school life. It was here that she lost her first tooth too! You have given her so many wonderful moments to learn, to experience, to grasp and enjoy!

And now it’s time to move on..again.

I have no idea what’s in store for us in the next sphere that awaits us. I can only hope and pray that it as exciting, as memorable and as special for the three of us as it has been here.

We will miss you!


On another note, as part of a blogging feat followed by some ego-boost, let me note that Perceptions has been listed in the Directory of Best Indian Blogs.


And also here’s a link to an interview that I gave to Indian Moms Connect more than an year back. Its a short interview, but my very first. Hence very special :). It was a tough year for me on a personal level because of which I was mainly off blogging. So I couldn’t journal this special occasion here on this platform then. But as they say it’s never too late 🙂


From one house to another

Dear New House,

I know you are all set to welcome your new family. And very excited too. But I cant even begin to tell you how sad it makes me to see them leave( and a bit jealous too). With so many constructions happening around and the building in which I am set heading for one too, I knew this day was to come. After all I cant expect them to endure the blaring construction sounds like I do! I can still withstand the nuisance as I’m made of cement and bricks! They are mere humans.

However, today when I see them pack and get ready to move out, I find it very hard to accept that they will no longer be staying with me. They will no longer be MY family. Although that doesnt make me love them any less. And I know they will not stop loving me too.

I was a mere house when they came to reside here. With their love and care they turned me into a home. They infused life and soul into me with their memories and beautiful moments. The most prominent being the one where R&D first discovered they were going to become parents. I remember how excited, overwhelmed and thrilled they were. I was as elated as them. I was so happy for them!

I’m witness to the moment when R came back from office and shared the news of his promotion to D and N. I’m witness to the moment when D first got her license and she was jumping around telling the world about it. I’m witness to the day when Namnam started going to school. I remember how lonely D felt that day with Namnam finally stepped out of her cocoon. I remember feeling as lonely!

I know I have not always given them cheerful moments. Like when I decided to grow some pests like cockroaches, ants and flies, I remember how angry they were at me. The teeth-gritting, the fist-punching are still fresh in my memory. It was only when I let them get rid of those pests that peace was restored!

I shudder to think what would have been the scenario if I had decided to grow rats!! 🙄

Every time the building lift acted up and they had to climb 5 floors up to come to me, I could feel the curses amidst all the heavy-panting of breaths directed straight towards me. Or when the shower-rod broke or the water-pipe leaked or the kitchen shelf-handle popped out, the furious glares were hard to miss.

But at the end of the day what made the difference was that I was still a part of their life. I was still looked after and much cared for. And I know how much I mean to them for all the wonderful time they had while they lived with me. Even when they are packing and getting ready to go now I know they will miss me just as bad as I will.

Today when they are on the way to come to you, I wish they like you instantly and are able make as many beautiful memories as they did with me. BTW, if R tells you that he and Namnam are the saner and more adorable of the three of them, dont believe him. With time you’ll realize soon enough that D is as sane and as adorable, if not more!! ( Oh, no I’m not being prompted by D or anyone to say this, believe me, this is my own observation 😛 )

Oh and yes, let me warn: DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT GIVING THEM A HARD TIME. I’m right across the street, so I’ll be watching you.

With all the best wishes

Old House