Reality checks    #MondayMusings

Reality checks #MondayMusings

I wiped my work table with a dry cloth to remove the dust accumulated on it.  I gingerly took out the laptop and its accessories from it’s bag and placed it on the table.  It has a month since I worked on this laptop due to my vacation.  With a heavy heart tinged with boredom,  I connected the laptop and started it.

As I sat in front of the laptop and waited for the 1000s of unread emails to load,  I felt even more disillusioned.   I had taken this vacation after two years and the month had just sped by.  I had planned to write everyday,  research a bit of history,  work on some outlines.   But when I reached Kerala,  I realized there was no internet connection where I stayed.  Mobile internet was negligible.  It would connect sometime in the middle of the night and load my messages.  I thought about the endless hours stretching in front of me due to no internet.

The boys had serious withdrawal symptoms.  They were appalled that there was no wi-fi,  but not able to connect on the dongle was the last straw.  Everything happens for a reason,  I thought.  I hoped the boys,  and I,  get over the no internet phase.

I put my blog posts on the backburner and plunged into the lazy joys of the vacation.  With nothing hanging over my head and no deadlines to meet, it was a breeze.  Soon,  I was too much involved in the day to day living.   The cousin’s house we were parked in had about 20 people across all age groups between 82 and 7.   No internet meant, the kids got along with each other and played.

But,  they did spend a lot of time speaking to their friends on their mobiles and I wished,  if only the network was also limited.

I can promise you I did not learn anything new,  or did anything significant.  I just lived.

And now I wish,  I can turn time backwards and relive the holidays again.

The e-mails are still loading and I start filtering to read only the relevant emails as I get back to work mode.

When was the last time you went on a really long holiday?


18 thoughts on “Reality checks #MondayMusings

  1. A whole month without Internet? That sounds difficult, but also glorious. Just like old times. It’s been a really long time I have had such a vacation. Need to plan one soon. Though I am aiming for 1 week first. Baby steps. 🙂

    I am happy that you got a chance to get away. We all need such breaks. But I am even happier you are back. You’ve been missed. 🙂

    1. It was a bit difficult with no internet. But, not much needed as I was not working. If you are working and with schools on, it will be difficult to stay away from the internet. One thing I have done is blocking internet during the night time. Now need to extend that to a bit of evening time too.

  2. Lata, this post makes me want to go back in time and relive my childhood vacations when real connections mattered more than virtual networks. I haven’t had a ‘real’ holiday like that in like forever!

    1. Kala, I think we can still go back as we have had a childhood with no mobiles and no satellite television. But, for the new generation, it is a bit of a problem. They may get bored in a few years. We did get bored with TV, so there is some hope. Another recommendation, when on holiday, use limited internet.

  3. We are so dependent on the Internet these days that with no connectivity it’s almost a part of ourselves lost. But the beauty of vacationing with family and the stress free surrounding of a place like Kerela is that you give in and relax and start to enjoy the disconnect.
    I haven’t had such a holiday in a long time. A month sounds so so good!

  4. My last vacation was a week long and while I kept wishing it was longer, there were moments when I felt even that was too long!

    It’s true that no internet can be good, a sort of cleanse that we could all use. But we’re so used to checking our emails and everything – it’s like we’re mules who can’t imagine what it’s like to take a break from work!

    1. Thanks Sreesha. I feel I still need to go on vacation. Maybe a 3 month break will help me.

  5. Much as the Internet is a boon it is more a Bane as it eats into our quality time.
    You have had a great time in Kerala so cherish the memories and let the email download at its own pace

  6. Good to see you back, Lata.
    I haven’t had that kind of a vacation in many many years! Oh! I remember now! It was the same month I started my blog! December 2006! Wow more than 10 years! But I agree. “Just existing” wasn’t so bad.

  7. I didnt go to that type of vacation from a long time. Happy for you. We are planning a trip to Rocky mountains next month and I hope it will br peaceful without internet as yours.

  8. I haven’t been on a really long vacation in years. The last was 3 weeks off. I wish I could take a month off and go away. Your vacation sounds great to me.
    I hope the kids get to know each other well. The bonds formed in childhood are pretty strong.

  9. I know what you mean. The first few days without the Net give us such withdrawal symptoms but then one begins to enjoy the peace. I am amazed at your sons though – that they adjusted happily. Oh let them talk on the phone – kuchh toh karenge bechare bachche. I think having a large number of people around them would have helped. Love the idea of a holiday like this.

  10. Wow! A month without the internet is a blessing. Sometimes I feel it sucks energy out of us.
    I have never taken such a long vacation and maybe I would love to 🙂

    Lata – Just this morning, I was thinking about you. That I haven’t read from you in a long time. Happy to see you back 🙂

  11. This is a holiday I am jealous of…living in the moment and free of social media or net connection…indulge in conversation, nature and reuniting with people that matters. It’s been long that I haven’t taken a holiday and badly need it.

  12. Your holiday seems so stress free and happy. I had gone to meet my son in Toronto last year and it was the best time I had in a while.I had wifi but I didn’t need it 🙂 Loved spending time with him. We need such breaks to rejuvenate.

  13. How long since I last had a real holiday? About 8 years! We went on holiday to a chalet in the Drakensberg Mountains for a week and it was so relaxing. Since then, any times away from home have taken the form of a weekend with family or attending meetings. Driving Along a Desert Road

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