Where do you go when you need solitude?
Usually to my room. I live in a small 3 bedroom apartment with my folks therefore it’s not a big gap like how we had it when we lived in my parents big house in Thrikkakara. My parents mostly stayed on the ground floor and I had the top floor all to myself for many years after my sister got married and moved out. There were 4 rooms there, 3 bedrooms with bathrooms attached and 1 common room/library/computer room.
That’s a lot of room and here it’s just a single room. But it’s still a place of solitude and if my folks are not at home – either they are staying over at my sister’s place or in Chalakudy or visiting relatives in Bangalore or Trivandrum – it becomes the equivalent of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. When I cannot get that from time to time I have to find alternative sources.
But that is expensive. I would like to book a hotel room and other than room service, I don’t have to meet anyone for the 2 or 3 days that I can afford to stay in there. That gives me some peace and quite and I hope I can do again soon. Because I need it.