Saturday, May 14, 2011

You Know You Are in Rajasthan When...

A recent trip to Jaipur took me down memory lane.. A place I spent all my childhood summers..

You know you are in Rajasthan when,
You get off the aircraft and walk to the terminal...
You come to baggage lounge with only 1 flight landing in the past 2 hours...
Outside the airport, you suddenly miss the honking of cars,
And you miss the rickshaws and taxis...
You get home braving the sandstorms...
When a cooler instead of an A.C. is suddenly a luxury...

You know you are in Rajasthan when,
You meet with innumerable uncles...
And aunts waiting to stuff you with delicious meals...
The houses are huge...
And you can probably play hide and seek and not be found for days...
Innumerable cousins whose names you cant remember...
And guests come and go as if it were their house...
When a cup of tea is always available in the kitchen, 24x7...

You know you are in Rajasthan when,
Traveling by rick is rare..
Where everyone has their bikes or moped or 'luna'...
Where ICSE and HSC disappear...
Where NCERT textbooks can be found in every store...
Where every person claims to know about VK Bansal...
Where if your name is Ankit Gupta, you will do well in IIT for sure :P
Where notebooks are still called 'copies' and term 'textbook' is non-existent...

You know you are in Rajasthan when,
You go out to a store and bump into a distant relative...
You go out to dinner and bump into a bunch of your old friends...
And you treat each other as though nothing's changed :)
And families still go out for meals together...

You know you are in Jaipur when,
You go Gaurav Towers...
And see it change from a tower to a full fledged mall...
The basement video game parlour is gone...
And there's a bustling supermarket instead...
You call a friend and realize all your childhood buddies are still in touch...
You make plans to meet and no one ditches them...

You know you are in Jaipur when,
You feel you've left Rajasthan far behind...
The place is spick and span clean...
The roads are concrete and there are actual working signals...
But the driving sense is still crazy..
And people dont really mind others driving on the wrong side...

You know you are in Rajasthan when,
You go to the movies and people are not fighting to get in...
But there are shops outside selling tickets illegally...
And policemen drinking tea next to them...
And you know somethings will never change...

You enter the theatre and suddenly,
You've traveled miles!
The sandstorms are history,
The seats are comfortably plush,
The air-conditioning is on full blast...
You enjoy a movie filled with whistles and cat-calls,
Remembering the familiar scenes...

But once the movie is over,
Out you are on the street again,
Honking horns, cattle on the road...
And you know for sure,
You know you are in Rajasthan... :)

This ones for all those who have lived, studied and spent time in Rajasthan... You know it!