There are 6 homes in a compound.. Definitely, not the congested ones as in todays residential villas. It may take around 1 to 2 kids’ minutes (they won’t walk, no.. they can only run ) to reach the other end if a kid starts from one end of the compound. And many such compounds before you reach a main junction. None of those compounds are segregated by todays kind of stone walls, instead there had some natural walls decorated with hibiscus, henna and all. (It was our hiding place while playing hide and seek….shhhhh. ) And a route in between. And we had a pond also there in our compound. There was a field on the other side of the pond. We go there after school hours, do fishing and do all kinds of naughtiness with mud and water….
The houses are still there, the pond is still there, the remains of the field is still there, but definitely not that 8 year old girl..
Time passes, we also have to move with that. Or else we should have to travel in the speed of light to put a pause for time..