Happy Onam 2008...
Until today I did not realize how priviledged I was at the UIC, and before that at the IIT's, as a student!
I was feeling too good this morning and came to work a bit early. The weather liked me and I liked the weather. Nice bows from the tree branches flattered me!
I was happy and happier because all of my computer terminals were working. Then suddenly I met a few Malayalis celebrating Onam!
After many many years ( something that was common for me at the UIC), during the lunch break I ventured out for a stroll towards the park! One is always worried about the issues!
Clouds were moving back and forth, making me say "Megher kole rode hensechhe (Beng.)" Winds were blowing reminding me of the windy city. I remembered the birds opposite to the UIC medical library where I spent almost ten of my youthful years! The trees and shrubs were bowing in gay, and I was trying very hard to remember the name of the street in Chicago I walked through for five long years ---- but in vein!!! I I was vaguely recollecting couple of poems by Mohit Lal Majumdar ---- but forgotten now!!
I was wondering if I would ever be back to the Harold Washington Public Library, since I won't be able to pay the expenses for even one day!! When I was very young, I had promised to go back to one small town within a month of my departure ------ and I have not done that yet, even after 35 years !!!!!!!!!!!
I now know how free I feel once in a while!