Pirates often pointed a gun at chef Prashant Chauhan, 22, during his ten months' captivity in the cargo ship MV Suez.
"Ten months was like hell. Counting death each day is traumatic," said Chauhan, who was among the six Indians (all came back on Friday) on the ship, hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast on August 1 last year.
"If they did not understand our language they would simply pull out their guns and tie our limbs. We could talk only when they allowed us to do so," said Chauhan, who was travelling with his parents to Shimla.
Sounding feeble and traumatised, he said: "I don’t want to remember the time that I had spent with the pirates."
However, in village Laadpur of Haryana’s Jhajjar district, a festive mood prevailed.
"Today is a day of rebirth for my son" said Angoori Devi, mother of Ravinder Gulia.
Gulia was welcomed by his wife, Sampa Arya, three-year-old son and close friends. People garlanded him and children danced to the beat of drums.
He was taken to the village chaupal (market).
The procession that went with him stopped at various temples and other religious places, where Gulia paid obeisance. Villagers, especially women, came out of their homes to greet him.
There was jubilation in Ambala too when Satnam Singh reached home amid the beating of drums and crackers bursting. Satnam told Hindustan Times their electronic gadgets were confiscated and they ate only boiled rice and macaroni.
He expressed gratitude to Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney and his trust, which had raised the ransom amount of $2.1 million.
(With inputs from Rohtak, Ambala and Shimla)