Coming Home to India After a Long Time

Sruthi Korlakunta
Change Your Mind Change Your Life
5 min readApr 8, 2023

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The local road transport bus network that peddled me round town. Photo by author.

Mom and Dad look slightly older every time they pick me up from the airport. Though I video called on a very regular basis, the real picture still surprises me with every visit.

I am at the bottom of my energy levels after a 13-hour flight in economy class. By the time I land, all I want is to get out of that air travel world in which I was for 20 hours now.

When I see my parents on the other side, I remember that they have been actively tracking every step of my journey through the night. Actually even before I started to pack and actively think about my time here.

Mom has tears in her eyes. But shamelessly, I can’t reciprocate. It hardly feels like an emotional journey after the actual one.

Photo by Motamarri Phani on Unsplash

LinkedIn and the media always have me convinced that the world has changed immensely in India, and that Hyderabad is a bustling hub of modernization and development.

So I always return with anticipation. And it always looks exactly the same as the last time.

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Sruthi Korlakunta
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

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