It has been a good 4 days at the village, in nepali terms “Gau” where my family originally is from and my birth place. To be honest, I am surprised how much I am enjoying my stay despite the constant electricity & fresh water shortage.
My grandparents have finally decided to settle down and so, finally getting to build their dream house next to the one that raised their children and for the first 4 years, me.
Thank god we have a back-up system at our new house that recharges using solar, which comes in handy when power cuts off, so we can still manage basic accommodations such as the ceiling fan (which is a must for Nepal’s Summer) and the lights around the house.
I can’t pin my favourite part but… One of the thing about staying here is the fresh air & water (when it’s available)! The water comes directly from the mountains and is filtered naturally… So you can only imagine how pure it is!
That’s the view behind our place and I can never get tired of seeing so many greens and rice fields everywhere! Also, my grandfather is a superman; he grows corns, guavas, lemons, chillies and so many more at our backyard!
Okay, I guess I lied, my favourite would definitely be just chilling and killing time with my grandparents and Pappy, our little furry family member!
There’s Pappy and my grandpa! He sincerely has a soft heart for animals!
When asking my grandma to smile, there’s the outcome. She always replies, “how do I smile? Like this.. Eeee?!” and goes laughing about how she doesn’t have the teeth to do so! Haha!
We also get a lot of love from our opposite door neighbour (a kitten), meowing at our doorsteps, unfortunately, Pappy’s sworn enemy.
Another amazing thing about going back to the village is discovering gems that hold so dear memories!
For instance, our old kitchen is literally the place my mum gave birth to me! Of course, the kitchen was more traditional back then, but can you imagine??!
Another thing is going through my things (Thankful my grandparents still preserved them as it was!), even though I cannot recall everything, it’s fun hearing stories related to the objects. Heres a picture of me I would like to share… I was probably around 3 at that time!
My hair was a mess, it didn’t start growing until later. I guess the one thing I can say is that I’ve had pixie short length hair once in my life ! Also, my mum always complain about the fashion disaster caused by my dad in that picture!
I am in love with this place and so glad I got to come back and revisit my childhood! It’s funny how a lot people call out to me when I’m out strolling with the family, “Roshani hoina yo?!!” (Isn’t this Roshani?!) in complete shock! So many unfamiliar faces but amazed after all these years they still remember that little child!
I cannot even begin to describe my experience here but through this short sharing, I hope I can remind myself the beauty in simplicity that’s so rich in this field full of emeralds!
I hope you all are having a wonderful experience this summer!