Hello New York! I’m back to spend the rest of the summer here. My trip to India was so much fun. I stayed in the city of Kolkata, my hometown, for six weeks with my lovely family. Nilesh, my brother, and I were literally inseparable. He camped in my room the entire time. My parents went all out for me. They made me my favorite dishes; they took me shopping, to the movies, and most importantly, spent a lot of time with me. It’s been six days since I have been back and I still feel their absence around me. After all, home will always be home. My grandmother is here with me in New York right now, so I can hold onto her for the feeling of home. It makes me feel better. There are tiny things about Kolkata that build up to big things~ having Naan, Paneer, Tarka Dal (Indian bread, cottage cheese, lentils, etc) in the Dhabas (local food stalls on the roads), Chai (Tea) in Matkas (Pottery), going on long drives by the water front (Ganga River), and most importantly, doing all of this with the people I love: Mom, Dad, and Nilesh.

I’ll go back to India next summer, so until then I should focus on my college work, my life here, and my friends. I am looking forward to spending the next month here, doing lots of things in the city! If anyone has any suggestions on what I can do in the city, please feel free to leave a comment. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

Signing off,


28 thoughts on “BACK HOME AFTER A YEAR!!

  1. That was a very sweet thing you shared with us! I can’t imagine being so far from your family, and yet, you’re doing a great thing by going to college! Stick with it, focus on those studies, and keep those sweet memories close!

  2. This post is so heart warming. Your trip sounds so exciting! I’ve always wanted to go to India. Maybe some day. Enjoy the rest of your summer! I’m looking forwarding to reading more of your posts as well. Thank you also for the kind words on my blog.

    1. Thank you so much. Family is definitely a warm and fuzzy subject. India is a beautiful country, you should definitely visit it. It is full of heritage and breath-taking palaces/forts/hills. Enjoy you summer too! 🙂

  3. Its always great to go home! I’m off to my parents tomorrow. Not a different country, but still, 3 hours away, so it doesn’t happen often enough!
    Enjoy your time and experiences away, and cherish the time you have at home too! 😊

  4. Nothing says home like the food you know, the smells that trigger head movies and the comforting arms and hands that picked you up and helped you mix and stir and “help” cooking when you were a kid, now welcome you back into the fold 🙂 Beautiful families make beautiful beings -I mean the beauty on the inside, but I’m pretty sure you knew that anyway 🙂

  5. I live aways from my family too. Not even grandma here with me. I can relate to how much you can miss your family. I hope you can spend as much time with your family as you wish. By the way I love indian food and have some very nice Indian friends.

  6. I just attended my brother’s college graduation two days ago, and there were several students from India receiving PhDs. I wondered how often they were able to go home for a visit, and now here I am reading about your visit home!

  7. Such a lovely experience to share. I don’t think it matters how far away from family we are, even mine are a couple of hundred miles away and they may as well be on the other side of the world as I can’t spend the time with them I’d like to. But these separations make us value the connections so much more. For things to do in NYC, I’ve only visited as a tourist so did all of the touristy things but I follow a guy on You Tube who vlogs each week and he finds great things to do which don’t cost tons of money, he goes on hikes just up state, he joins in city streets and has been horse riding in the Bronx.. his name is Jacob Carlson this is his vlog it’s filled with things to do at the weekends.

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