Facts and Fiction, International, P U Krishnan, Travel

You are in USA boss

“Regupathi Raghava Rajaram…” “Sare jahan se acha..” “Jana gana mana…” I was chanting these mantras, sitting on a bench in the park minutes after I bowed my head before the Lord…or rather the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Indian embassy in Washington DC. We came across other embassies as well while we were on our way to the Indian embassy. But our main agenda was to see the White House and the memorials around the president’s ‘palace’, apart from the Supreme Court and other buildings connected with the administration of the big country, the USA! Surprisingly, the city was calm and charming surrounded by parks, neat and broad roads and sidewalks. The sky scrapers associated with modern cities were few and far between. I was more interested in the history of the city rather than the geography.
Then came our visit to New York by train. Here again, rural ambiance overshadowed the expected boredom of modern cities! But appearances were deceptive. The moment we reached New York, we had had the taste of a gigantic city which forced us to say, “you are in USA, boss”!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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