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Friday, January 30, 2009

I've Been Away



I made a quick trip to my hometown to visit my parents and
my mother-in-law. It was short but hectic and I bumped into
many familiar faces. Connecting again with relatives and
people from my past made the trip all the more worth-while.
And somehow the thought about giving time to near and
dear ones turned into a reality. It was on an impulse that
I went, not long after I'd visited my sister in Dec/Jan.

My beautiful hometown called Haflong, was enveloped in a winter
haze. Even the hills, those blue hills that I love so much,
was not visible during my five-day-stay. But one scenic spot,
the Haflong lake, was serene and resplendent in green.

23 comments:

Mildred said...

I've been a little worried about you Kanak. Glad that you enjoyed your visit home with friends and family. This sure is a lovely photo. I recently posted about our state botanical garden and wish you could tour it with me - I always enjoy you taking us one tours of your favorite spots. I'll be away from blogging for a little while but I'll be visiting with you dear friend.

Linda Lunda said...

I have missed you!!! Wellcome back.

Linda

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thank you Mildred. Connectivity to the net is very slow so I didn't put in much effort there. I'll be at Nalley Valley, as well as at many, many blogs as I don't want to miss out on anything. It's always wonderful to be back. See you soon.

Hi Linda, thanks a ton! I'll be posting regularly now.

HelenJ said...

Hi Kanak, I have just found your blog and I really enjoy your nice pictures, and the stories you tell. I will keep on following your blog.
/Helen

walk2write said...

I'm glad you are back to share your thoughts with us, Kanak. I've missed you! That lake looks lovely and so are the ferns growing in the tops of the trees. I'm wondering if they are like Spanish moss and mistletoe which grow in the trees here?

Susie said...

That looks like such a peaceful setting Kanak. I'm glad you got to visit with your family. I'm sure everyone enjoyed seeing you as well.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I'm happy to see you back, Kanak! Hope you are well these days after spending time away from home.

Carla said...

My what a lovely lake! Good for you going and visiting! I'm glad you had a safe, fun trip:)

tina said...

I've missed you too. I sometimes write blogging friends to say hello to them but never want to seem a pest, so sometimes I don't. I figured you'd be back. Where is Haflong in relation to Assam? It looks very tropical. Welcome back!

Rhonda said...

Kanak--the river is just beautiful..makes me want to spend time there. Welcome Home!

perennialgardener said...

Welcome back Kanak. I'm glad you had a nice visit with your family. Those photos of the lake are just gorgeous!

Titania said...

Welcome back to cyberland Kanak.I am glad for you to have spend a great time with your parents and your relatives. I always love it when I go back to Switzerland to meet up with my sister, cousins, extendeded family and lots of friends.
This does not really belong here but I thought you will love it and have a good laugh. My grand daughter just celebrated her 6
birthday. She told me, they all went to a Restaurant that serves Indian food. I asked her was it nice and what did you like best.
Fabi said:" Yes, everything was very tasty but I really liked the
"Puffadams"!

Sue said...

Welcome back. I like the pics you were able to get. That's a pretty area.

Anonymous said...

Enchanting! Living on the west coast, surrounded by the verdant Western Ghats, the northeastern part of the country has always beckoned me. Now, your post has added a sense of urgency to it!
Shailaja

Sunita said...

Hi Kanak! I did wonder where you had disappeared to. I thought that you were caught up in the children's exam-time mania thats taken over my own life now :D
Haflong looks beautiful! You must really miss living there. I wish I could spend some time there some day.

Kanak Hagjer said...

HelenJ, lovely to have you visit me. I'll be over at yours often. Thanks.

W2W, so glad to be here again amidst familiar 'faces'. Every time I'm away I often think about what might be happening in all my blogger friends' lives/gardens.

The ancient trees of my hometown have always fascinated me. Like the ones you've mentioned, there are several others that grow in clumps or trail down the gnarled barks.
So happy to read your comment.

Susie, yes, they did...Earlier we would meet often but old age and failing health make travelling such a bane! I'm happy I took this opportunity to be with them. Thanks.

Thanks Jan. I'm fine and still in the glow of a 'feel good' phase. Caught up with a lot of weeding today..back to my daily grind:)

I did, Carla, I did. Glad to read your comment about the lake. Thanks.

Tina, thank you. Haflong is in Assam and is about 365 kms away but the bad roads and terrorism are enough factors to keep people away. The terrain is hilly and picturesque. We took the train this time and the route took us through deep gorges and many tunnels. The route was built by the British more than a hundred years ago and is still considered a feat of (railway) engineering.

Assam has two hill districts and Haflong is the headquarters of one(North Cachar Hills).
Recently, my mother-in-law fell and got hurt in the knee. She's 80 years old. Although my father is a cancer survivor (lung and throat) his health has been on the decline for the past few years.

There's a slight variation in the weather of Haflong in comparison to Guwahati. It is cooler and summer evenings are generally pleasant. I know I should have posted saying that I'd be away...... but I'm so touched by your message, and others' too.

Thank you Rhonda. Love hearing from you!

Racquel, thanks. I just can't wait to post!

Trudi, thanks. I can understand!! The place where you grow up has an eternal charm. Mine is a short distance whereas with you, it's traversing continents!
A very Happy Belated Birthday wishes to Fabi. I'm glad she liked the Indian food in the restaurant. She must've liked the crispiness of the papads.

Hi Sue, loved reading your comment. Thank you so much!

Hi Shailaja, to me, the Western Ghats sound magical. I'll be posting some more pics in the coming days. If you have a blog do let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Sunita, I hope so too. You'll love it! Exams will be in Feb so I could take time off to visit. For the past so many years, I've always visited Haflong during the summer months. Winter, I realise, is very dry and windy. Five days isn't enough to visit family! The days simply flew. There'll be a few more posts on my hometown.
Glad to read your comment on Haflong.

tina said...

Best wishes for your mother in law's knee to heal. Haflong sounds cool and what a train trip.

Elaine said...

I've really enjoyed looking at the photos on your blog. They are just lovely. I love to garden myself. Since I'm a new blogger I haven't done any blogging about my garden yet but I plan to soon. The climate here in Phoenix Arizona is very mild in the winter and we're enjoying temps in the
70s this week so I have been outdoors a lot getting some planting done in the vegetable garden. Your landscapes are very inspiring and I'm certainly glad I found your blog.

Wendy said...

What a beautiful pic. Looks like a tropical lagoon! Glad you had a good trip.

Roses and stuff said...

It's nice to re-connect with your loved ones, isn't it? The picture of the Haflong lake is so nice.
Katarina

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Tina.

Hi Elaine, so glad you visited. And thank you for all your kind words. Would love to read about your garden, that is, once you start blogging about it.

Just got back from your blog and loved your 'Show and Tell'. I'll be there again and catch up with your earlier posts. Thanks once again.

I did Wendy. Thanks...see you soon.

Thanks Katarina. It was wonderful, to say the least. Happy to read your comment.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi dear Kanak and welcome back, I'm glad that you had a nice time with your friend and family in your home town. It looks very nice, what kind of trees are they that makes the hills 'blue'

xoxo Tyra

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Tyra, glad to 'see' you here. It's the distance of course, lol. The ranges that are closer are always green!!