We are going to Rajamundry on a three day holiday, I announced at a get together of my close friends and relatives little expecting their surprise at the choice of our destination. “What are you going to do there for three full days, We are sure you will get bored’ they echoed.
Not one to be put off by the impression of those who have visited this cultural capital of Andhra, my husband and I set out on our over night journey by the Sarkar express, reaching Rajamundry at 9.30 a.m. I realized for the first time how time flies if you are in the company of co passengers who not only have common interests but display the same kind of enthusiasm to get to know one another’s work and share their experience.One of them, a gentleman from Delhi was an education consultant proceeding to Bheemavaram and another was a well known lady author/journalist traveling with her family. Sometimes the topic of conversation draws people to participate in the exchange between individuals. Interestingly it was the husband of the lady seated in the bay area who happened to overhear my mentioning the name of the composer Tallapaka Annamacharya in some context wherein he informed his wife that a subject close to her heart was being discussed. She immediately joined us making the exchange even livelier and topics discussed more wide ranging. A couple seated opposite were keenly watching, their gaze turning alternately at the three of us. I couldn’t fathom their reaction as they were silent all the while we were engrossed in our own world. When wishing good night we were pleasantly surprised when they said they felt happy to have had such elite company of learned people. ‘We got to know a lot of things from your conversation’, they beamed.
…..(to be continued)
N Meera Raghavendra Rao