Leaving home was not easy for me. My father who wanted me to study in America died before I left for the USA else this painting would have been the setting of my farewell from India. Within the first few weeks of my arrival I came across Norman Rockwell and his paintings which fell in love with instantly. Each painting is a poem and a slice of American life. “Leaving Home Ties” particularly stuck a cord with me. I must remember to frame this and place it in my office.