You move out of the country in the quest to make a life. You work tirelessly day and night. You manifest your vision to make your parents proud. So was the case with Gaurav Sabnis, an Associate Professor of Marketing in the US whose recent tweet has struck a chord with Twitteratis out there.
First time booking business class tickets for parents to visit us here from India.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) May 17, 2022
Feeling extra grown up.
Finally able to afford a flight in which parents can stretch out and sleep. Mom dad were still like "kharcha kashala ugich" but I put my foot down. 😍🤗
Coming from a humble background, climbing up the ladders of a career to reach a point where you can finally afford to give your parents the most premium experience is a moment and a feeling like no other.
I'm especially excited for Mom to experience a long haul international business class 777 journey for the first time. She finds joy in the smallest things in life. She's gonna be like an excited kid when she lands.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) May 17, 2022
Dad will be like, "Bed. Good. Wake me up in New York 😴"
Mom is a hardened traveler. Dad is a retd highway bridge engineer. So from her 20s, she has done all kinds of rough, bumpy, even dangerous journeys, often with us 2 kids in tow, with a smile on her face. So she finds even economy class air travel full of things to be happy about.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) May 17, 2022
Joys of little things that matter much!
While many friends' parents complained about food in US, my not-even-eggs vegetarian mom was so delighted at the ubiquity of @SUBWAY, and how it's fresh & made to order and toasted and full of options, even in the randomest highest exits in randomest rural America.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) May 17, 2022
Gaurav is just recalling his experience from years ago. But, what is sad is that even though the public toilet situation in India is better than before, we still have a long way to go.
As a dude, whenever the bus stopped (just twice or 3 times), I could and can just run to the nearest secluded corner and pee. My mom, like any woman, doesn't have that luxury in India. And absolutely didn't in the 80s & 90s when things were even worse toilets wise on highways.— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) May 17, 2022
And some people agree with it.
Big joys, actually. It's hell for us women when we travel.— Kaveri 🇮🇳 (@ikaveri) May 17, 2022
The plight of women travelers is still no different in India. In many places even the men's restrooms aren't clean enough. Yes, not even in 2022!— Anup Mankar (@anupmankar) May 17, 2022
But, twitteratis are all love for this heart-warming post.
This thread made my day! That love,that joy, that feeling when you do something 'big' for your parents is precious. And then to sit down next to them and hear them talk about it or typically not talk about it!— Jyotsna Mansukhani (@jmansukhani) May 18, 2022
Our small gestures make our parents happy. Moreover, the joy of meeting their children overshadows every discomfort.— Maneesha Goel (@GoelManeesha) May 18, 2022
Tipping my hat 🎩. Just a thought of ur mom stretching her legs, giving me misty eyes 😇. Who we are and what we are, all credit to mom and dad. They sacrificed so much to give us so much.— erdoctrader (@erdoctraderA4M) May 17, 2022
Nicely articulated. I hope your Mom/ Dad enjoy the business class travel. 👍 It is surely a privilege to book tickets that will allow them to stretch their legs in a long flight and come home after they've been taken good care in the flight.— Nandhini • (@nandhinihere) May 18, 2022
Parents can crib about the expense all they want but we know that they'll relish the experience.
Typical mom thing to say but they will be secretly happy and in awe of the services and pampering they will get. Hope they enjoy to the fullest and have a safe journey!— Dr. Radhika Tonsey (@radzzzzster) May 18, 2022
Put your foot down so they could put their feet out. Good show, parents deserve this consideration on long haul flights.— G S SHRIDHAR (@ushrit2020) May 18, 2022
Wow! It is indeed a special feeling and parents will always say why spend so much! I felt the same way when I had bought them a flight ticket from Bombay to Calcutta. They had never been on a flight before :-)— Yossarian's Mess (@YossOrrian) May 18, 2022
We can all sense that feeling of happiness and pride to be able to do something for those who have devoted their lives into making our lives.
I loved this thread Gaurav. So many things so many Indians can identify with. Wishing you and your parents a vwry happy time.— Vidyottama (@VidyottamaPS) May 18, 2022
Very relatable,safe travels to your parents...— Sagar Adhalikar (@radhalikar) May 18, 2022
To give joy to your parents is the ultimate gift to oneself.— Sonali (@SonaliDalal) May 18, 2022
Wow! Great! Safe journey for your parents! This must be one if the happiest and most proud moments for you! If I was you I would consider it as a great achievement in life! Stay blessed! 🙏— Ansu Datta (@ansudatta) May 18, 2022
This is so beautifully written that I could feel your excitement as I was reading it. I hope your parents have a wonderful experience 💛— Anoushka❣️ (@ImDahAnoushka) May 17, 2022
Gaurav sabnis... Moist eyes reading this. God bless you— Sangeeta Reddy (@SangeetaReddy4) May 18, 2022
If this is not happiness then what is?