For those of you who have been following this blog, you would recall that in my last post almost three weeks ago, I had written about moving from Muscat to New Delhi after having lived in Oman for over 24 years. You might also recall that that I was emotional about the thought.
To re-visit exactly what happened, we left Muscat on the 1st of March on an Emirates flight via Dubai and after a three hour wait, boarded the next flight to New Delhi. Must confess that our hearts were heavy and we were all mentally and physically fatigued as we had had a really hectic and busy few weeks-both on the social as well as personal fronts. Saying goodbye to all our friends wasn't easy and leaving the place we we had called home in the Hatat Complex Muscat, was a deeply emotional experience.
Here are some glimpses and shades of our last morning in Muscat and the journey to New Delhi.
Our parents are all happy and we are particularly glad about this as my father in law is not keeping well. In that sense, it is a great opportunity for all of us to try and spend as much time as possible together and in some measure, try and alleviate the pressure that my mother in law had been dealing with since he had a mild stroke on 31st December, (2014). Even my parents aren't exactly young anymore and have health related issues,but seeing the almost permanent smiles on their faces as they have absorbed the fact that we are not in Delhi on a mere holiday but are here to stay is well worth any parting pangs that we may have felt as we left.
On another note, since our move to New Delhi was a deliberate and planned decision taken over a period of time, we have had the opportunity of building a home in Gurgaon and are now in the midst of the very interesting but time consuming task of doing up the interiors. So to quote -There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about the fact that change signifies that we're moving forward, living better, and giving ourselves the chance to be the best we can possibly be."
And here is a glimpse of our new home in Gurgaon, India which is really a 'work in progress' and the work entailed on its interiors will take us at least three months before we can actually move in on a permanent basis. But as we are all aware, 'Rome wasn't built in a day and we are well aware of the fact that there will be many challenges before we can finally settle in comfortably and say, "There is no place like home" but thats no real issue and without sounding cliched, I'd really like to say that slow and steady really does win the race'!So there it is-The story of how we have affected change in our lives and started over, started anew. Only time will tell how events unfold and what happens from here, but I would like to close by saying that two weeks later, we are very glad that we did what we had always thought that we should. Its truly been a memorable journey and we will always consider Oman to be our second home Most importantly, we have come back full circle to our homeland and even more, to the city where we originally belong, Delhi.