Time is such a unique phenomenon. It has spanned millenniums, generations, dynasties, families. And still it is unstoppable. That’s the beauty of time – it never stops. But if it gives me the power to travel in time, I would prefer to go back to past, since I am one of those who believe in ‘Old is Gold’ phenomenon. While choosing the time, I would prefer the much heard glorious time of my family, i.e. pre-partition India in West Punjab.
Both my paternal and maternal side was from that region. Since childhood, I have heard a lot about the life out there. Both my Nani and Dadi used to narrate about their heydays during my childhood. In fact, these were one of the best stories of my life. Their possession of gold in heavy quantities, social stature and wealthy lifestyle always made me think; what if I get to visit this location and unearth the crude realities faced my families.
Besides looking at their lavish lifestyle, my main quest would be to find out more about their existence by my own observation. Which otherwise would be impossible, since I would not be able to see my grandmothers and grandfathers in their youthful days.
Would I have befriended them, or gave them insights to leave the place safely, before the attackers come and forcefully take out all the family members out of newly built Pakistan in 1947. Who knows, I would have even helped those in need by taking necessary items like food, clothing, tents to help those in need.
I won’t say that my presence would change the course of history, but that journey in past would surely bring me closer to my roots.
Where would you travel, if given the power to go back in time? Share your views with me in the comments section.