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Time seems to be a big Red Bull fan, it not only runs but flies. I vividly remember the day when kids were born and today, they have come back home after attending some students’ education fair. Both have made up their mind for what they want to study further and where. They plan to go to London. One to study economics and other one medicine. Until yesterday, they wanted my help in deciding what to wear for birthday parties and what to order at restaurant. And today, they are taking such important decisions by themselves. Of course, they have kept their darling dad in confidence. “Ye sab ki mili bhagat hai”. “Meri to koi value hi nahi hai.” Time flies!

London School of Economics

All my arguments have failed to convince them that Delhi also has all world class colleges, and there is no need for anyone to go anywhere. Whatever they want to study, they can do it here, right in front of my eyes. Looking for someone to support my plea, I called Pratima. She can probably make them understand my point of view or I thought so for two reasons one as she is a mom too and second, she is my friend and I wanted her to speak with Suvin. But, surprise oh surprise! Suvin seems to have corrupted entire ecosystem. She is also siding them and trying to convince me back. I am so not ready to let them go away, no one comes back once they leave home. Why are they doing this to me?? I have asked it so many times to myself.

Imperial College, London

It’s been a few days now, and I have understood that all this is not going to help. The time has come for our little birds to leave their nest. The process of submitting admission forms, document and other bells and whistle has started. Both the kids have received scholarship for their courses. Although not 100%, but still a respite. The only condition Suvin has put in front of them is, they will have to take student’s loan for the remaining admission fees. They readily accepted. And right now, if I ask them to stand straight on their head, they will do that also. Horrible adulthood!! They just want to go and live their dream. I am happy that they can be independent. The planning phase is over and now it’s execution time. We both are going to see their college campus, and other arrangements. One of Suvin’s relative is settled in London he has suggested some residential areas near campus. We are planning to rent a flat where they can stay together and we can also drop by whenever we want to. Apart from telling my parents about Suvin and I, sending these two abroad has been the toughest and most challenging project. We leave tomorrow morning. Everything is ready, even looking at their packed bags at the door is making me wanna cry. Moms are foolhardy, aren’t they?

World’s busiest Airport – Heathrow

We landed at the huge Heathrow Airport. It is HUGE!!! There is a lot of walking till we reach the baggage counter, then immigration, then an underground tube to South Kensington. This where Imperial college is situated, where Ketki is planning to pursue MBBS. For accommodation purpose we will see something midway for both of them, somewhere like Belgravia or St. James Street. Let see. We have just landed. The flight was good, yet tiring. We have go go to colleges see the campus, get the joining formalities done, buy essentials. So many things to be taken care of, I am not moving back from here, till I am sure they will be good by themselves.



This blog of part of #A2Z Challenge, there will be 26 blogs in this series all the blogs are in continuation. I am writing them from Z to A, as the story also flows from Death towards life. Hope you enjoy knowing Antara’s journey.

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This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. Sonia Chatterjee

    I can almost feel for Antara. Tuneer started his school since yesterday and I’m already feeling so lonely without him. The kids and Suvin have opted for London and now she has no option but to give in.

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      Yes, but parents have to keep sacrificing for happand dreams of kids. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Madhuri Lele

    When kids are grown up then let them take their own decisions. That’s the good parenting.

  3. Mayuri Nidigallu

    It is never easy for parents , when children fly the nest. Love how you’ve showcased Antara’s anxiety.

  4. vidhya29

    another inspiring post! Loved it

  5. Abhijit Ray

    Great post with greater news. What can be better than one kid going to Imperial College and another to London School of Economics! Bright kids. Thrilling journey of life begins.

  6. Vartika Gakhar

    Very relatable post, Ujjwal. I know how my parents felt when I and my brother left home for higher studies. Loneliness is haunting.

  7. Satya

    Very well written post👍👍

  8. nooranandchawla

    Here Antara sounds exactly like my mom- how much she pleaded with me not to study in London! Thankfully my father convinced her 🙂

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      Many things in Antara’s life are finding place in your life😁😍

  9. Sanjota Purohit

    Once kids are grown up they are not ours. How bitter is this 🙁 This also made me feel sad for my parents. We just get busy in our world and think one phone call is enough for them.

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      Yes… Parents always give with only one expectation to get love in return

  10. Gleefulblogger

    I mean really!! You have such bright kids, both have taken uo world’s best colleges. Amazing job there mommy.
    Yes, seeing kids leaving nest can be heart wrenching but that’s what life is.

  11. Frédérique

    Yep, not easy for parents, but so great for kids!

  12. Sharon E. Cathcart

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post. Becoming empty nesters was more difficult than we anticipated as well.

    Sharon E. Cathcart
    O is for Opéra Garnier #atozchallenge

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      It is indeed. Kids are family who go ahead and have their own family leaving parents alone. Its phase of life too. Glad you liked it.

  13. Harjeet Kaur

    Empty Nest Syndrome…tell me about it! Husband passed away, struggled to give the kids a strong foundation and both flew away, I know we cannot clip their wings and they have to fly but it is very tough to cope…For Antara, it is a story.

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      I feel for you.lots of hugs to you dear. You are doing great for yourself, i follow your writing.

  14. Shilpa Garg

    Empty nest syndrome hits moms the hardest. But they have to sacrifice that for the growth and career prospects of the kids. Sigh… such is life!

  15. My niece is visiting this week and it seems each visit the talk turns more and more to college and what to do next. She still has a year of high school left, but all I can think about is where did the little girl go that I couldn’t get off the swings.
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    1. My Words My Wisdom

      I will surely Visit your blog. Kids grow up really fast and we dont realize when they move from blabbering to career talks.

  16. Varsh

    The babies are going to nest one day. Even if we know this it is never easy to see it happen. Antara will cope, I’m sure.

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      Yes… She has too. I am sure even our parents have gone thru this phase.

  17. aditi

    Mothers keep worrying and fathers think from wider angle. Good post👍

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      yes that’s why fathers become friends after certain age and mom still remains protectors

  18. mahekg

    Moms are God’s best gift to mankind. Her sacrifices and love go unnoticed but trust me every child realises it at one point in time. So feel for her.

    1. My Words My Wisdom

      oh yes there is no replacement for a mum, they know kids even before kids know themselves

  19. shravmusings

    The babies are going to leave the nest one day

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