Theme: Expats

The NRIs

The NRIs, Non-resident Indians

When they come to India,

What do they feel

Landing at the airport,

Should they move to their home

Or return back?

 

Where their home,

Who the kith and kin in waiting,

How the tale of adjustment,

Meeting people,

Searching for old acquaintances?

 

How the house left behind

Or bequeathed,

How their connections

Old and new 

To be renewed or to be started?

 

Where the people who used to be

In the house,

Who the caretakers

Or on rent,

Where the landlord,

How the whispers taking place?

 

A guest in his own house,

A liability for the caretaker,

For how long to live

Or memorize old acquaintances,

Only faint memories linger on....

 

The sojourn is going to end,

Time too is drawing closer

As he has to return back

For the stomach, food and employment

As long as money is in the purse

The stay will be enjoyable, but till when?

 

When he gets over nostalgia, 

Homesickness dismantled,

He gets ready,

Starts packing to go,

Searching for the passport and the visa 

To be kept in the shirt pocket

To reach the airport to board some flight. 

 

Saying goodbye to all,

Friends, relationships, acquaintances,

Ta-ta, bye-bye

With nostalgically yours,

Flying high, taking to wings,

God knows

Which is whose home,

What draws it for whom and for what? 

22-Oct-2022

More By  :  Bijay Kant Dubey

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