Here’s To Never Growing Up

by | Nov 2, 2015

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch.

There was a time when children’s favorite drink was Nimbu-Pani and not some black, bubbly mix of ungodly chemicals called Cola. Adults appreciated a simple cutting-chai and haven’t witnessed the Starbucks’ mantra of decaf non-fat, no foam, soy cappuccino with three pumps of sugar free vanilla and two pumps chocolate and extra whip cream. I mean seriously? I have a better shot at being a rocket scientist than decoding that coffee. Back then, Hide-n-seek was more fun than Grand Theft Auto. Every evening the kids escaped to play outdoors and childhood wasn’t lost in the tunnels of the subway surfer.

Everything is susceptible to change and that’s absolutely fine. Jobs change. People change. Presidents change. Relationships change. Facebook statuses change. In some cases even sex change. Few things however should be preserved, for instance, the child inside you. That’s the one thing you should hold on to. At Grassroutes, we encourage people to not grow up.


  • Chase a river to its source – but be prepared to get up-close and personal with water snakes.
  • Rob mangoes – for no apparent reason and gleefully run when chased by the farm owner.
  • Get a fish pedicure – free of cost. Period.
  • Chew on a grass blade – step into the shoes of cows and buffaloes for a moment.
  • Watch the sunrise – trust me there’s no way you’ll miss it, the roosters will make sure.
  • Drink Mahua – and unleash your philosophical self. (It may help you in blog writing)
  • Read your favorite book – by a forest brook, lying under a tree or sitting on a pile of hay. (beware of the bum itch)
  • Take a bath at the well – it’s okay to be in an awkward spot sometimes.
  • Avoid your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, husband or wife – 100% no network zone. Peace at its best.
  • The guys – “take a piss in the fields – enjoy the music”.

Compiled with inputs from Mr. Bahadur Singh. (Name changed for my own sake)

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    • Shriram

      On No. 6.. One of our clients at Gogunda was saying, his rooster has badly lost timing. Starts of at 02:00 a.m. everyday

  1. Tushar Garg

    beautiful post, Richa.

  2. Prashanthi Konday

    I really enjoyed reading Richa, Thanks for the Blog. No.9 took back into memories… me and my friends caught by security 🙂 while stealing flowers in HCU campus 🙂 🙂 .

    • Richa Williams

      I am grateful for your kind appreciation Madame Prashanti

  3. nikitadc

    get number 5 to mumbai 😀


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