Josna Rege

278. Going Back, Coming Home

In Stories on January 31, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Having poha for breakfast this frigid New England morning, housebound of necessity due to the global pandemic, and returning to work after a travel-free sabbatical, I remember returning from my last trip to India, nearly seven years ago.

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Even though I have lived in the United States for more than forty-four years, when it has been more than a few years since I last managed to get back to India and England I always start to go a little crazy. Crazy as in scattered, ungrounded, unsure of the rightness of my feelings and responses. Of necessity, my return visits to the countries of my birth and childhood have been irregular and infrequent (by my best count, thirteen to England and only six to India), so I can’t pretend that I am meaningfully part of the everyday lives of my friends and relatives there. And yet I still feel a strong need to reconnect as often as I can, to recalibrate my life, cool my fevered brow, take the pulse of people and places dear to me, and return home on a firmer footing, with renewed clarity and sense of purpose.

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