"Dad!Won a Flipkart Voucher again"
"Oh! Wow!Reminds me..my retirement day is approaching!Will you pen down something on my behalf?"
"Of course yes dad!"
And I came up with this :)
"33 years passed by. In a city, I entered, as a complete stranger, stranger to the culture, weather, and people. And now when I look back, I see how smoothly it all went by. Needless to say, it was all because of the people like you. I came here, more than 1000 kilometers from my home town, not knowing how will I be able to get acquainted to the culture I was almost unfamiliar to but with just a little dream. A dream of serving as a Hydrologist in one of the driest (pun intended) states of the country. These many years and all that crosses my eyes when I glance back is beautiful relationships created with the most friendly and co-operative people. Not just me, but the get-togethers', be it somebody’s birthday celebrations or celebrating the success of our children, all of it also made my family feel at home.
Today, as I stand here accepting a whole new phase of my life termed as ‘post-retirement’, after serving the Water Supply board for a period of as long as 33 years, I am absorbed with mixed feelings. One hand I wonder how would I feel when I wake up tomorrow morning and will have nothing to rush for and on the other hand I seem to be enjoying the thought of a lazy morning sipping tea discussing and talking with my wife about everything that we may have missed in all these hectic years of the life.
All I take from this journey is the happy memories I’ll forever cherish. Thankyou everyone for being a part of this amazing journey and hope to stay in touch with all of you."