In medias res

Moses

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Moses is a cook at Bed & Chai guest house in Delhi. He is this calm man who spoke softly at the breakfast table. I have seen him talk fluently in French, English and Hindi with the guests. Today he approached me and asked, “neenga Tamila?” And both our eyes smiled widely. Moses left Vellore in Tamil Nadu in 1974. He has been a cook at the German, Israel embassies in Delhi for many years. He has also worked in Tel Aviv and Italy. But he has not visited home even once in the last 40 years. He smiled when I asked him why? A brief pause continued. “Ippo ammava paakkanam pola irukku (I feel like seeing my mother now).” Some bonds never die.

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