Note: By guest here, i meant a person who stays at your place for more than 2 or 4 days 😉
Recently,happen to watch this movie,Atithi tum kab jaoge? which made me ponder over few things..
During my growing years, our house always had lot of guests at any given point of time in the year..my Mom always plays role of a perfect host..so,being at our place,guests always felt at home.There are so many relatives whom i know only by their name or face..but if i try to get into the details of who’s who? then it gets more complicated to remember the exact relation with that person 😛 E.g. My Aunt’s cousin sis’ nephew sort of relations 😉
But in the last few years life has changed dramatically,in bigger cities like Mumbai, Delhi, B’lore where both hubby n wifey are working 5/6 days a week to make their living..its highly difficult for them to have an unannounced guest in their nuclear family.People just do not have time for anything else in life but work and other priorities.
Well, the point is, those were the days(say around a decade back ) when people were still affectionate towards each other,most of the Women were NOT working as they are now (Like me)..and there was strong bonding between every relationship..I remember waiting for summer/Diwali vacations which we used to spend with our cousins from maternal/paternal side..In fact the entire neighbourhood in my maternal/paternal family also had their respective guests(sis’,cousins) at their place..So this was common to have guests for several days at one’s place that time. And the Atithi was really treated like God saying “Atithi Devo Bhav”
In my case the same vacation routine followed every year till i completed my 12th std. education and got busy with higher education. Now-a-days,post marriage, i do not have time to even visit my parents for more than 1 or 2 days..busy in my own world you know 😉 Though I am a social animal, love people n like chatting with them a lot..i enjoy being in company of people but now, my profession,struggle with work-life-balance have enforced some limitations on me 😦 which completely makes me feel bad.
So,neither people have time to entertain guests at their place nor they are interested in being Guest to somebody..See Atithi’s are so so rare today 😉