ALAKH NAA BUKHAARE, JEHRHA SUKH CHHAJJU DE CHOBAARE - which translated in English means East or West Home is the Best.
As I had mentioned in my previous post, I was out of Delhi from 3rd of this month till 8th when we returned. I had to go to Chamunda Devi in Himachal Pradesh to attend marriage of my younger brother’s daughter. Though they do not belong to that place but had to perform marriage there as boy’s family stays close by there. My wife decided at the last minute to accompany so I opted to go by car. Our son suggested that I engage a driver but I preferred to drive myself as this could be our last time to have an outing together. It was about 600 kms drive covering plains and hills. I did not want strain myself, so we covered around 200 kms per day.
On way out we halted at Ambala on first night and then in Pathankot on second. On third day we traveled to destination which was mostly hill driving. We stayed the night there. Next day we started back with one night at Pathankot and then second at Ambala. At both these places as well as at Chamunda Devi we had comfortable accommodation with all amenities available, including my few CHHOTAAS of Old Monk pre – dinner at intervening halts. But it was only when we got back home on the 8th that I found real comfort which lead me to mention the saying in the opening of this post. No matter how good facilities one has at other places, it is HOME which actually makes one feel comfortable. It was only after reaching home that the driving fatigue caught up and made me take it easy for a couple of days to recoup. I do feel that at my age it is normal.