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Friday, April 29, 2011

Vacations have begun in India

The arrival of mid-April is the time when schools and colleges finish with their terms, examinations and all, and close for the summer break, which is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 months in all. I still remember that when I was a schooler, my school used to wind up around the 11th of April. Most times, due to the financial problems my father had, we would stay at home, though a few times, we did take small trips to places around my home city Mumbai; for example, we went to Pune, or Matheran, or places similar to these. Once or twice, we went afar, such as our trip to Aurangabad/Ajanta/Ellora and one trip to Kapadwanj, our native place in Gujarat, where we stayed for over three weeks in our ancestral house.

When I had daughters of my own, they studied in a school that did not allow children the same privileges we had; the school would continue to function till the 1st of May, when the report cards would be given out and the official vacations would begin. Considering that the children had already finished their final examinations nearly 3 weeks ago, the school management's insistence bordered on obstinacy at best and a kind of devilry at worst. I remember how bored my daughters would get, and how stupid it all looked. Both of them have now completed school, but the school in question continues with the same policy it had in those years when my precious kids went there.

Vacations are also the time when people go out of their home city, and as a result, there is a sharp fall in my professional work. Today has been a dismal day, with hardly any patients in the clinic and barely a few calls on the cellular. With such practice, it becomes difficult to maintain internal calm and be philosophical about money.

There is news brewing at the home front, and I will share it here when the time is right. In the meantime, read on ...

3 comments:

Larry Ghomes said...

We love your thinking because you say fact about India Vacations. Tours is a big factor of my life, excellent post in my point of view your blog is amazing, good job keep it up.

Yasmin said...

Hi Taher
Not been blog hopping for a while but stopped by today.
I've just come back from a short trip to Mumbai,my first in 10 years. Gosh it sure has changed a lot esp the traffic. Chaotic to put it mildly.
Anyway wanted to say kapadwanj is my mum's hometown too. In fact my mama's son still lives there...Poonawala is his surname.
wishing you & your family a happy new year.

Ella Moxon said...

All school situations are changed as competition is growing fast. In my teen age I spent my December vacation on India trip. I do remember I visited Goa and all beaches are crowded with maximum Indian tourist I guess that time they were enjoying their Christmas vacation.