I somehow used to always feel guilty if I do not visit my home in Kolkata to meet my parents, relatives and family before I do any trip elsewhere.
When you are working for Corporate, your leaves are limited. I used to save all my leaves to be in Kolkata during Durga Puja (First Priority) and then take my parents along with me to Bangalore to stay with me for a couple of months. Then plan a visit to drop them home.
I missed Kolkata so much that sometimes I used to visit this place thrice a year. The usual arrangement was train (4 days to and fro) and 5 days stay. That was good enough to restore my energy for the mundane in Bangalore. So if there was a holiday, I took 4 leaves that week, clubbed the weekends and managed a quick Kolkata visit. This has been the standard pattern for over a decade.
So when friends planned trips, I had to first ensure, my leave for Kolkata trips are intact before I committed for any other trip.
Now a friend in Jhansi booked a flat there and she asked if I can visit her anytime soon.
I never quite had Jhansi in my agenda. She kept pitching me the idea that we could do Agra etc. (which she had done multiple times already) I thought my leaves are too precious to be wasted for this destination sacrificing Kolkata. But my friend was definitely worth a visit and she had a wonderful cute daughter I would love to spend my time with.
So here is what I did.
Bangalore – Jhansi – Agra – Jhansi – Kolkata - Bangalore by train.
I reached Jhansi around three thirty in the morning and my friend had come to pick me up in her car. We chatted to glory, we had a history and were partners for many ventures. I spent the whole day exploring Jhansi – her daily life.
They drove me to the layout where they had booked their flat