Travelling by bus at 7:00 in the morning through the roads of T.Nagar, which, by the way, is where I stay now, I pass by some of the once-very-familiar streets and roads. My memories go back in time to when, as a kid, I travelled on the same roads on a rickshaw to go to school. North Usman Road, Habibullah Road, Periyar Road, Thirumalai Pillai Road, G.N.Chetty Road, Jeeva Park, Dr. Nair Road, cutting across Pondy Bazaar to reach Thanikachalam Road. The roads would be as empty back then as they are at 7 in the morning now. I used to commute in a non-motorized rickshaw when I was studying in kindergarten and later in a motor rickshaw, that too in what was called a ‘kooNDu rickshaw’. Today, rickshaws are almost extinct.
It is only when you are walking on a road or when there is not much traffic on the road that you can pause to see the buildings by the side of the roads. Our family paediatrician’s clinic, the bakery where my sister and I used to regularly buy cakes from when we were kids, the building where a provision store used to be there, the shop from where, after passing by and seeing a set of building blocks on display, we pestered our parents and got it for playing 🙂 , the street where we lived, Vivek & Co., Hotel Residency which seemed pretty huge to me back then… Nostalgia strikes!
And what else can make you more nostalgic than seeing the house where you lived when you were a kid! My husband and I had gone to a street that is next to the one where we used to live. Having come this far, I wanted to see the house. As I was busy recounting the names of people who lived in each house, I missed seeing the house properly and we again drove through the street once again so that I could see the house! I realized that in my mind I had imagined the street to be much longer than it actually is and that was one of the reasons why I had missed seeing the house in the first place.
Even as I am in the process of getting settled into a new routine, I am happy that it is only to an area that is familiar to me that I have now moved to.