Last weekend was the first time ever that I left the kids behind to go away for a trip. It was made worse by the fact that Anurag was sick with cold and a fever when I left early Saturday morning. It was a 3 day work related trip where I got an opportunity to be part of a village micro planning exercise organised in a remote tribal village that has been partially displaced by the Dimbhe dam in the Bhimashankar Hills.
It was hard to be away knowing that Anurag wasn't well. There were no phones or cell phone connectivity where I was, so it wasn't possible to call (except getting some messages from home through people that arrived later). At the same time, the visit was an incredible experience for me, and the stay was most memorable. When I got home on Monday evening, I was greeted with lots of hugs and kisses from the boys, which soon turned into a fight for attention. Kabir had managed well in my absence but Anurag was not in a very good shape. I had to take him to the doctor the same evening, who thought that Anu was suffering from separation anxiety! In any case, he's got much better now. And in spite of all this, I am really glad that I went.