It is a beautiful, sunny day in Scotland today. This weekend I have no schedule. There are things to get done, but they can wait. I spent the morning doing my favourite things – reading, drinking tea, listening to music. On my random YouTube playlist today, an old memory came on – Na Tum Jaano Na Hum from the movie Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (don’t bother watching it).
I am trying to remember how old I was when it came out? 13? Right in the middle of my ‘I am in love with Bollywood movies’ phase. Right before the strings of my life unravelled.
The music took me back, back to the little Indian girl that I was, that I am I suppose.
Fast forward to 2013, I am in Auroville, Tamil Nadu. Breakfasting at Afsanah Guest House. It is simple. Everything is simple. Life itself has one purpose and one purpose alone – eat breakfast.
I make my way through my seeded bread, pineapple and watermelon when a couple come towards me – is the breakfast just buffet? ‘Yes’ I reply – and they’ve put out a table for you already.
We introduce ourselves, and I learn their names to be Sharon and Gerome. These two strangers will touch my life in a way they probably will never know.
It transpires we are all heading to Chennai the next day and we decide, as only travellers do, to share a taxi and make our way together.
I am grateful for their generosity and hospitality to travel with me. I feel safer in the knowledge of it. I trust that my instincts are correct and warm to them almost instantaneously. Their story, I want to know. My curiosity is peaked, Sharon has come here for some yoga respite. At breakfast she tells me, she wasn’t sure what to make of Auroville when she first came, but it’s growing on her. She tells me, she went through some tough times a few years previously when she learnt she could never have children. I look to them both and think, they would make great parents, I am sure of it. Her sadness sits with me.
We breakfast, make the necessary introductions, where are you from, where are you going conversations, what journey are you on, why alone, and agree to meet the next day for what already promised to be an interesting journey.