A family that does road trips together, stays together!
I was practically born in a car! My oldest memory is lying in the back seat of the family Ambassador and listening to my parents sitting in the front seat talk about where they were heading to. The car in question was a family member, an integral part of us and our lives, one year older than me. In fact, I think, we might have cut a cake or two on his birthday!
Deelux and mom
I’d like to believe that my wanderlust has been genetically passed on to me. My grandparents have tripped to the 4 corners of the country, albeit using the rail road, my parents would look for an excuse to bundle up their clothes and food and luckily, me and trip to the nearest forest or a hill station or a beach. Needless to say, I loved my childhood.
One for the road
Ever since, road travel holds a certain sweet spot in my heart. Just mentioning the roads, clicks a button in my head that brings backs memories of adventure, of exploration, of pure un-adultrated fun. The fun car games- the omnipresent antakshari to the counting cars of a particular colour, the pit stops to take a closer look at nature in its glory, the food! To me there is no better way to explore the country other than by road. You can fly to a destination, you can watch rail tracks whiz by from your train, but you can’t beat the sights and smells of travelling by road.
All my bags are packed and I am ready to. Only I am not leaving on a jet plane!
My father had a transferable job, every few years we would pack up and go from one location to another. Our mode of transport – by car. I remember one such road trip where my parents, my grandparents, my 1-year-old sister and I just upped and drove from Trivandrum in Kerala to Mumbai. In the 80’s that was a 5-day trip, without the luxuries of online hotel bookings, or tolled expressways, or even proper sanitation facilities. But without an exception, all of us were gung-ho about doing his. My dad and I still consider this as one of the most memorable trips we have ever undertaken. 5 people and a baby in a 10-year-old ambassador travelling over 2000 kilometers! Bliss.
When you do such trips, you learn a lot. About yourself, about your family, about nature, about rules, about your car, about patience. Like the time we plugged a hole in the radiator of our car with hamam soap and bubble-gum! Or like how we could change a tyre when punctured in under 5 minutes, like how a jackfruit leaf can be quickly made into a spoon for ladling curry on to your plate and a million other things.
It’s an old adage that a family that eats together, stays together, for me, a twist – A family that does road trips together, stays together!