“Home is where the heart is”. So goes the saying. To think of it, what exactly is a home? Maya Angelou, the famous poet, says, it is “The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Gladys Hunt, a noted author, defines home as “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” True indeed!

For us, home is from where all our stories begin. We build our life from this haven that provides us the shelter we need from rain and sunshine, both literally and figuratively speaking. However, we tend to lose the understanding of its importance amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily life. The outside world keeps us so busy that we hardly get a chance to appreciate the peace and tranquillity this very space provides us.

The recent Corona virus menace and the consequent declaration of social distancing and lockdown have perhaps taught us a lesson or two about how fragile we are amidst outbreak of a pandemic and how blessed we are to have roofs on our heads. Our homes have ensured that we, along with our loved ones, stay safe. They have stood between us and the disaster. They have provided us the necessary protective armour to fight this deadly virus. What more can we ask for?

George Augustus Moore had once said, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” Perhaps we have all travelled the world in search of safety and security, which are right within the four walls of the space we call home. This dire situation has taught us how safe it actually is.

A home is probably more of a feeling than a space. It is where we feel safe and secure even when hell is breaking loose outside. It is where we feel loved and cherished even when the whole world is up against us. Does that ring a bell?

It’s time we thank our homes for what they have given us. Thank you, Ghar! Because of you, we are all here, able to lead life that we could have easily lost.