I am a first generation American who has been blessed to visit my parents’ home country of India twice in my lifetime. While I often blog about the perfect Prada pump or styling myself for the opera, the truth is, my family comes from a place that is much more beautiful than any material thing. Years of dreaming, believing, and working hard, has grown our roots in the USA strong but our roots from India much too far.
On my last trip to India, at the tender age of eighteen, I returned to the village of my grandfather’s farm in Gujarat. As I walked through our generations-old corn grove, one hand touching the plants as they do in the movies, I heard stories I’ll never forget.I heard stories about how my grandfather would host weddings in our farm home for the young couples in the village. I heard about how my grandmother would harvest milk from the buffalo and fresh vegetables from the field to cook breakfast for her children. I heard about how my father and his brothers would climb into the trees to hide from my grandmother as she came looking for them at dusk. It felt like I was walking in the footsteps of childhoods-past.
These moments taught me that life always gives you what you need. Many times, the feeling of “home” is not created by being at home. It is created by the memory of what is home. Of grandparents. Of siblings. Of family traditions.
As fortunate as I am to hear these stories, I know that the habit of storytelling is hard to keep alive. The busier life gets, the harder it is to stay in touch with family from “back home”. Most people still depend on phone cards to call their grandparents and relatives. And depending on where in India you are calling, they may not have cellphones or internet service to receive your calls and messages. My grandfather’s village had just a couple of landline phones.
This is why I love Comcast’s new XFINITY Voice Unlimited service. By simply downloading the XFINITY Connect app I can use my mobile phone to make calls to India. Through the app, I can reach my family wherever they are by calling their cellphone or landline any day, any time. By making it easy to talk to family in any part of India, Comcast is helping all children and grandchildren literally “keep the lines of communication open”. Story telling just got easier.