Just got back from North India for a visit with my old man and his brothers. They still there for a while longer tho.
Wuz a lil more fun than i anticipated. Lots of eating n drinking. We landed in Delhi n headed to Punjab further north to check out the ancestral village. Celebrated my birthday there too!
Funny thing is my dad n uncles (four brothers in total) still have some farmland there which they inherited form their dad (who got it from his dad, etc), which me n my bro are supposed to inherit, but they just gonna go ahead n sell it all.
Seeing as how i dont plan to hang around there, i have no objections.
The villages in Punjab are real cool. I luv d houses – they are quite closed n walled up from d outside, but once u enter, there’s always a nice center courtyard to chill at.
And they all have stairs that lead to the flat roofs that i luv, where they chill. And drink. Or sleep in summer. Mexican-style. Haha
Its basically farmlands as far as your eye can see. There’s usually not a cloud in d sky, not good if u get sunburnt easily.
Mostly grains, like wheat are grown in Punjab. It’s India’s richest state and is its wheat basket. Water for irrigation comes from the Himalayas.
D plan was to stay in a motel in d town nearby, but the guy who’s renting the farmland insisted that we stay in his village. Niice.
So we stayed in a spare house. Thank God there was hot water, coz it’s freezing at night, as winter is approaching.
The guy’s name is Hidayet, and the village is Chopkiti. He’s the sarpench in these parts (village head). They all farmboys here. Hidayet’s wife is an amazing cook!
Quite a cute village, with a lil lake in d middle. Took a walk immediately to check it out, and then realized i had a bodyguard following me everywhere. Felt like Michael Corleone in The Godfather when he headed back to his village in Sicily. Haha!
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