bringing the house down

I was saying earlier that I’ve lived in just one single house all my life. At that time I’d not really imagined that that wouldn’t be for very long!

We are finally executing the long long pending plan of my mother’s generation in rebuilding the house from scratch, to replace it with something new, modern and sophisticated! :mrgreen:

Its an exciting project where the whole family can look forward to a more comfortable residence.

Kind of sad to see it going down though, considering so many countless memories of having lived in it! A part of Madonna song’s lyrics seem to fit here…

This used to be my playground (used to be)
This used to be our pride and joy
This used to be the place we ran to
That no one in the world could dare destroy

At the same time, do we get too caught up in the rebuilding of houses? Well, this man Gautama Buddha had done pretty much the same as well, though at one point he finally destroyed it to never rebuild it again! 8) And then he declared…

For countless births have I passed through this cycle of births and deaths, seeking the builder of this house, but in vain. Sorrowful indeed is this cyclic repetition of births.

O builder of the house, I have seen you; you shall not build the house again. All the rafters are broken; the ridgepole is shattered! My mind is free from all impurities, having attained the extinction of all cravings!

5 Responses to “bringing the house down”

  1. JD Says:

    Pretty cool photos! Keep us posted on how things go, I am certain you can build a sanctuary-home that will keep your mind at ease 🙂

  2. msanjay Says:

    thanks JD 🙂 photos were taken from a neighbour’s terrace. Construction should take quite a while, maybe a year or so!

  3. bellur ramakrishna Says:

    sanjay, remembered the old kannada saying (both are happening at almost the same time in ur life!)
    best wishes for both

  4. Usha Says:


    Building your home sweet home is indeed a delightful and exciting project which you sit back and narrate it to others later for years, (:-)) My own experience). Only thing is, i hope you will have lots of patience to handle the contractor and workmen. My best wishes for a successful project.

  5. Aruna Basappa Says:

    I tried posting a response but seems like nothing is happening. Can you try for me please.

    Hmmmm….wow. I typed up this long response and no I did not copy the message before I submitted and yes I lost it. Anyway, I will try to recap what I wrote.
    I almost had to do a double-take when I saw the picture. I could not recognize the angle you took the shot from. So many memories we shared in that lovely SUMATHI Complex. Even before phase 1 construction of our homes, remember the “THOTA” in the backyard. Those guava, fig, mango, jasmine creeper, coconut, sampige trees. I can still picture it. What sweet memories we had. All us cousins camping out with Ajji and Tata every summer. Those are the memories that will always always stay with me. It is very sad to see the house come down.

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