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  • My son-in-law has been in Canada since the beginning
    of March. On the 8th ,my daughter went there, both will
    return by the end of this month. My daughter left very early
    on the 8th morning and was there by midnight; the other
    side of the world and about ten hours behind us in time :)

    Thinking about this,I was reminded of what my grandfather,
    my father’s father, had written about his journey from his
    village,a place called Polya to Madikeri, about 60 miles away.
    He and his family were going to the ‘girl’s’ house for his wedding.
    From Madikeri they had to go to a place called Somwarpet.
    The year was 1916.
    The wedding took place in Somwarpet, near Madikeri.
    Those were the days when there were no buses or cars. People
    either walked or went by bullock cart.
    My grandfather,his parents and other relatives set out from
    Polya, at a good muhuruta (auspicious time), four days
    before the wedding. There were two bullock carts to take
    them to Somwarpet.

    They started out at night.
    By morning they reached a place called Sullia, twenty miles
    away. While reading his Memoirs , I could just imagine two
    bullock carts going at a leisurely pace, with a lantern hanging
    in the front.
    It reminded me of the movie Teesri Kasam.Raj Kapoor and
    Waheeda Rehman travel in a bullock cart all through the
    night. Raj Kapoor tells a story, through a song :)
    The whole day they rested in the house of a friend .

    That night after dinner they started again. Early next morning
    they reached Sampaje, twenty miles away.
    There they stayed in a relative's house the whole day.

    That night, they set out after dinner. By morning they reached
    Madikeri,twenty miles away.There,they stayed in my grandmother's
    uncle's house.

    After a whole morning's rest, after dinner that night, they left
    for Somwarpet, eighteen miles from Madikeri.
    They were there by early morning.

    The wedding took place the next day.
    Forget all the problems and setbacks on the way and just
    imagine a full moon night.
    I don't know whether it had been a full moon night but I think
    it must have been :)
    Two bullock carts with lanterns going along a mud road and
    all the world asleep.
    It sounds magical.
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