|Bethel Lodge (standard:travel stories, 2955 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Aug 20 2011||Views/Reads: 1414/833||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Young Juggernaut experiences while visiting temple town 'Tirupathi' and Meteropolitan City 'Madras' or 'Chennai' with his cousin Laxman.|
Bethel Lodge Subba Rao Visiting maternal uncle and grandmother in Hyderabad in summer was only vacation Juggernaut with siblings experienced each year away from their home. The carefree vacation lasted almost two months intosummer each year since Juggernaut knows himself until he was in late teens. Unable to leave his medical practice for such a long time, Juggernaut's father joined his family only at the end of the vacation to bring his family back home. Over a period of time during the annual summer vacations, Juggernaut learned from his cousins how to ride a bicycle, fly a kite, and tasted meat and beer for the very first time and learned to understand local language of Urdu. On occasions, Juggernaut visited his paternal uncle living in a nearby town on weekends. The trip was short, just over 30 miles; as the bus enters the small countryside town, the air was full of sweet sugarcane that predominate the fields on both sides of the road. In the small town known for producing sugar Juggernaut's uncles was well known doctor. He was as protective of his children as Juggernaut's father; nevertheless, Juggernaut enjoyed spending time with his cousins on weekend trips under the strict supervision of his uncle. Unexpectedly, one day Juggernaut's father announced that Juggernaut with his older brother Srinivas were taking a trip with their cousin Laxman to Holy City ‘Tirupathi' to visit Lord Venketeswara and then travel to nearby metropolitan city of Madras (now Chennai). Juggernaut was then in early teens and his brother Srinivas was 3 years older than him; cousin Laxman was 25 years older than both Srinivas and Juggernaut. Apparently Laxman was planning to make a pilgrimage to visit Lord Venketeswara and Juggernaut's father in spite of his over-protective tendencies trusted his nephew Laxman to take along his two young sons to the Holy place ‘Tirupathi.' Juggernaut and Srinivas were excited about the trip though were not sure about cousin Laxman; unlike with other cousins they never spent that much time with him. On occasions, Laxman visited his uncle particularly when he needed free medical care for his family. It was only on those occasions, Juggernaut and his older brother Srinivas met cousin Laxman. Armed with an aura of self confidence, Laxman spoke softly and on occasions burst into a loud laughter while listening to others. Click here to read the rest of this story (470 more lines)
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