What Do You Miss Most About Home? These 15 Answers Will Make You Nostalgic
“The Greek word for ‘return’ is ‘nostos’. ‘Algos’ means ‘suffering’. So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.” ― Milan Kundera
Do you feel that the night sky is not reading your thoughts as it used to in your homeland? Does the breeze touch you the same way it used to? Do you feel that the moon is no longer having ‘that’ soothing effect?
How badly do you miss those small lanes and the open fields that are witness to your childhood playtime? From sharing tiffin in school, to poking your batch mate for answers in the examination hall – does those memories still bring a smile on your face?
If modern-day globalisation has given the society better professional, educational, and technological opportunities, it has taken away the ‘ghar ka’ feel. With relocation becoming an extremely common affair, nostalgic vacuum is a persistent problem for most.
Here's what 15 young professionals living away from their homes miss most. See if any of these match your miss list.
From the horse’s mouth
“I miss the evening sessions in ‘boudir cha er dokan’ with my friends. The continuous supply of inferior-quality milk tea amidst heated discussions ranging from politics to football, the ‘khata system’ (monthly payment system in the teashop), and the fight for a free biscuit – I miss them all. Those really were the best days of my life!”– Shubhro Banerjee, US (Sr. Datawarehouse Developer at Home Away)
“I miss those evenings waiting for dad to come home so that we can have "chai pe charcha" as a family, followed by a game of ‘ludo’ (an indoor game). I miss my mother trying to sneak up on me during the designated study hours to ensure that I wasn't whiling my time away reading anything else apart from the textbooks, which was very often the case.”– Minakshee Das, Bangalore (Senior Analyst at JP Morgan)
“I miss waking up to loud alarm, my dad actually continuously screaming to get me off the bed. But on a more emotional note, I miss him waking me up. I miss hanging out with my friends”– Richa Devi Bajracharya, Bangalore (Assistant Content Manager at MakeMyTrip)
“I miss the rain and the cool winds. I miss my mother nagging me off bed, to study. I miss the ‘dad jokes’ that my father loves to make. I miss the pork momos, the chowmein, the rolls, the chats, and the thalis. But most of all, I miss my mother’s cooking. I miss my friends, my brothers, and my cousins. Basically I miss home”– Rahul Pathak (Network Analyst at Accenture)
“I miss the younger me – the more arrogant, direct, and innocent me – fighting with my younger sister for the television remote. Now whenever I hold my remote, I wish I could hear that loud protest from my sister one more time.”– Sagar Sarkar, Pune (Software Professional at Infosys)
“Of all the things, I miss the long lazy days when it is raining in my home town. Life comes to a pleasant standstill due to the continuous pouring. In such times, enjoying a cup of tea with hot samosas or pakoras with the entire family is something that I miss. I miss the relaxing and laid back times of a small town. I also miss the festivities back home, where we generally have longer holidays and more days of enjoyment.”- Mercy Barkakotty, New Delhi (Journalist)
“I miss the slow pace of my native land. From the sunrise to the night sky – everything at home seemed so different and beautiful. I miss the delicious snacks that my mother used to prepare.”– Pritam Jana, Kolkata (Manager at Essar Oil)
8. “I miss my mother scolding me out of bed. Miss the dining table conversations. And mostly, the secured feeling you get nowhere else but home.”– Mayurakshi Barua, Mumbai (PR & Communications Professional at Edelman)
9."Not setting an alarm to wake up in the morning. Not paying bills. Discussing politics, social news, and sharing funny anecdotes with my dad. My bed and my room with its lovely view.”– Udita Purkayastha, New Delhi (Account Manager)
10.“I miss my pets, my room, the secret drawer in my bookshelf, and of course my family. I miss every bit of them”– Riddhi Pratim Banerjee, Kolkata (Project Manager at TCS)
11.“I miss the sudden bike trips with my childhood friends. I miss the smell of my homeland.”– Kajal Bhattacharyya, Kolkata (Journalist)
12.“Here comes my miss-list. The food (all kinds of local greens and freshwater fish). Then the rain and the magical greenery of my homeland. Thirdly, the late-night long drives. Last, but not the least - my dog”– Angshumala Kalita Borah, Mumbai (Content Editor at Prime Focus Technologies)
13.“Rain. Mother's garden. Morning walks near riverside. Puchkas. Windy nights. Among many others.”– Mukuta Das, Delhi (Consumer Researcher)
14.“I miss the street-food of my homeland the most.”– Sabyasachi Samaddar, Pune (Consultant at Accenture)
15.“I miss my friends, food made by my mother, and my cycle.”– Arunavo Banerjee, Kharagpur (Research Scholar at IIT KGP)
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