Good Times…

Extended travel trips, and I am in the midst of one, gives you the opportunity to see life in general, as well as your own life, from multi-faceted sides…it often leaves me reeling whilst trying to absorb…rethink…appreciate…understand…relate…reformat…to all the vistas one is privy to…be they of the visual or personal kind…this is a learning experience and process like no other…the exposure…perspective…consciousness…provided by this view is ‘non pareil’…given one is willing to accept and embrace the fact that “minds, like umbrellas, work best when open”…

A ‘first’ for me on this trip was a long…very long…non-stop flight from Dubai to Dallas…a ‘first’ I was really not happy about…long flights are just not a preferred mode of travel…frequent stops are the norm…and my all time favorite dream of the “Beam me up Scotty” scenario was all I could literally dream about! For someone who has been traveling right from the word go…I was born in Moscow when it was still the USSR…this comes as a surprise, but I think age is a contributory factor, as is the fact that travel, whilst it has gained from the levels of comfort and technology available, has lost the graciousness and charm of yore…

A  sixteen hour flight just sounded too daunting and I was being ostrich-like by neither thinking about it nor discussing it with anyone…luckily this reservation about long flights is well known to my family and friends! It seems to have worked…I willed myself to think that…”this too shall pass”…and it did…the saying that often we have nothing to fear but fear itself has made a valid point…

After a brief stay in Dallas with much loved family members…Vancouver, a city well known for its heightened ‘livability’ factors… was the next destination ! All the preambles to Vancouver and its environs were not only justified but well merited…the city has delightful overtones and undercurrents of British and European influences…is large hearted in its welcome to nationalities of all denominations…is comfortable in accepting international languages resonate in its metropolis …and is truly home to very many, whose passport country originally was not Canada! What it brings home…in homes very far from what often still remains ‘home’ in one’s heart…is a gracious and warm welcome…an unusual commodity these days! 

 The beauty of its surroundings is in turn soothing and breathtaking…quite idyllic…and ideal for walking! It nearly succeeded in turning this non-walker into one who actually enjoyed this activity…nearly! This trip also helped establish a more personal and much appreciated and heartwarming contact with a fellow blogger! Meeting with so many younger members of my family in this far away land from ours…brought home forcefully the extent to which our family alone is helping the TCK family’s burgeoning numbers! Above all…it was spending time with so many loved ones in this beautiful city…celebrating this togetherness with good times of love…laughter…gluttony…shared memories…that helped make it the blessing par excellence that it was…


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mal
    May 09, 2012 @ 05:11:56

    Ah, wouldn’t we all prefer the “Beam me up, Scotty” experience…but then when we hug our loved ones settled abroad makes the inconvenience of a long trip all worthwhile! Glad you enjoyed your time with your near and dear ones, Shama.. 🙂


    • shamasheikh
      May 10, 2012 @ 04:41:50

      Absolutely Maleeha…the joy and exhilaration of seeing loved ones at the other end of such long journeys makes it all so worthwhile….although that never stops me from still wanting the ” Beam me up Scotty” scenario…:)

      The Canadian leg of my trip was wonderful ….am now with my daughter in Dallas…such a joy and blessing…

      Thank you and God bless…


  2. souldipper
    May 09, 2012 @ 20:40:26

    Teleporting! Yes, Shama, may we live that long to experience it. The world of travel targets youth who can still curl up like a pretzel and sleep through conditions we’d protest if our livestock was subjected to such torture. I agree, where did the charm and elegance go? Remember when notices would go into newspapers: “Shamasheikh will soon be embarking upon an extended family visit in North America. Visiting first in the United States, followed by a number of weeks in Western Canada…”

    I still have a clipping from our paper when a friend and I sailed to Europe as young women.

    No matter the terrain, it’s so special that you were able to re-connect with family and rejuvenate irreplaceable familial love for one another. To see the genes extended to toddlers, to know the reasons for ageless attitudes, to innately understand and share the intimacy of DNA – it’s so fascinating to observe these facts and swell with quiet joy. The fact that you enjoyed some of the terrain, is a bonus.

    It was good to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how you were faring…


    • shamasheikh
      May 10, 2012 @ 05:19:54

      Ah Amy…Teleporting…just the thought of it is so exciting…however I don’t think that is quite on the cards…:) but then again…maybe that is ok…nowadays pretzels…who knows what future travel would require 🙂 After the charm and elegance of yore…newspaper notices…leisurely crossings…dressing for dinner…maybe teleporting back to memories will do…:)

      Am in Dallas with my daughter and my precious grandchildren till the end of the month Amy…yes these times of reconnecting and rekindling of familial ties is a special time and I feel very blessed at being able to do so…

      It is always wonderful to hear from you Amy…you just say it all so perfectly…
      God bless


  3. eof737
    May 14, 2012 @ 03:47:23

    Loved Arindam’s post about you!
    ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ *˚ .ღ 。*˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…Sending sprinkles of Love to You: Happy Mother’s Day! ˚ ✰* ★˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥


  4. shamasheikh
    May 14, 2012 @ 04:54:09

    Thank you so very much…Arindam is such a fine and generous spirited young man…
    Am so happy you came by and helped me find your blog which is very inspirational…look forward to reading more…

    God bless…


  5. Arindam
    May 16, 2012 @ 07:40:56

    Have a great time with your dear ones Shamaji. These are the special moments which makes life worth living. My elder brother stays in USA. So I can understand how does it mean, to be with those people who are settled abroad. 🙂


  6. shamasheikh
    May 20, 2012 @ 16:11:41

    Thank you and God bless Arindam…
    Yes, these are very special times…being with loved ones…storing memories…feeling so very blessed…the Good Lord is very kind…


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