It was an independence day, that people around us started worrying about the water level which goes on increasing at a fast pace due to high amount of rain received and opening of dams which forced people leave their homes. We were still confident enough that we never thought of water affecting us which made us along with our grandparents and family members stay in our own homes.
Things went on to be worse on the next day morning, that it was around 4 in the morning, I got a call from my cousin that water has reached our gates. It’s only then, we started shifting things to upstairs and somehow managed to make our vehicles to the foyer. Even though we decided to stay in the upstairs, as the water kept on rising, we were forced to leave our homes taking the necessities with us. We crossed the road which had water till half of us, get into the railway tracks infront of our homes and proceeded towards our grandpas home situated in a hill like place.
From their onwards, I have started experiencing things which I never had in my life. As many people had to leave their homes, experience tragic moments and get sheltered under various camps opened over the entire Kerala region, we were lucky enough to be in our own homes. The three days which we spent there was like never come back days for me. We had their people from young kids to elderly grandparents, all from our own family, whom we used to visit and spot frequently but never thought of spending days under the same roof.
Days started with the helicopters flying over our heads and went on with the fear of water which kept on increasing, but we were safe as it was a high altitude area. Our area has now formed into an island where we had mostly our family members and neighbors. Our fears were overtaken by the fun we had there, the kids with whom we were engaged throughout the days, and the time we had for our cousins and family members. Everyone was free from their busy schedules and had enough time bothering about nothing and spending time with us. That was the time when I thought of a joint family and how badly our generations have missed it .!
When our generation are busy with the unhealthy lifestyles and leading a life away from our grandparents and elders, we fail to impart things which only they could give us from their experiences. The incident of my niece calling her grandpa for the breakfast as we were all around the dining table having our food and her grandpa, my dads brother entering the scenario made my eyes wet. She is just 2 years, and the way she communicates which we hardly could recognize was a heart touching moment and that is something our generation kids miss these days and could be considered as a big loss to the coming generation as well.
There are a lot of things which nothing could bring us, we gain when we live together as a joint family. When we get to interact with everyone in the larger family, the chances of kids getting in to the wronger direction is restricted, our stress and anxiety starts vanishing, makes us engaged throughout the day which helps us stay positive and motivated and a lot more which we fail to get, when we leave them behind and find another life, no matter how rich we live or how good we earn.
It’s a fact that not everyone could lead such a life, but amidst the busy life, we should find time to be with our parents and family members that our kids should be brought up in a way they get enough interactions with them. In today’s world of vanishing relationships, let us work towards strengthening our family relationships and succeed in it. !!