Friday, June 11, 2010

We Must Love Someone

Read this on Mum-Del Flight and it seemed to be the most appropriate thing to think and feel about:

We must love someone,
if we are to justify
our presence on this earth.
We must keep loving all our days,
someone, anyone, anywhere
outside our selves.
For even the Sarus crane
will grieve over its lost companion,
and the Seal its mate.

Somewhere in life
there must be someone
to take your hand
and share the torrid day.
Without the touch of love
There is no life, and we must fade away.

 Ruskin Bond


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flashback Years

As I roamed around the streets A grew up in, surrounded with people who have never forgotten him despite of all these years and distances, I silently envied his childhood today.

A has spent his childhood years in Mumbai, has tons of friends who found him back, thanks to the social networking sites, while as per all of them, he had conveniently forgotten them. Stories of long cycle – rides, of building brick houses for stray pups, of stealing coins from mom’s purse to bring the pups some milk, of jumping on to grab fresh berries from trees during summer vacations, of unending hours moving about aimlessly and playing pranks on people of all ages and temperaments – it all came alive as this bunch of storyteller friends circled around me and kept going on and on. The film reeled in front of me as I shifted to a flashback movie like thing.

A week ago, when the news to my Mumbai Trip was broken out to A, he was definitely less gloomy compared to what it has been like in cases of my past work-trips. Why? He instantly started planning how I was supposed to spend my Sunday there! Though I only had a few hours, he came up with a long list of places he wanted me to see… his home, the play ground they never wanted to vacate, his school, his friends- young ones, old ones, remembered ones and forgotten ones…

While I was getting ready to step out of the hotel, I started feeling empty from within. I came to realize that while all thru the evening, everyone would be talking about him, A would be at least 1400 kilometers away, if not more.

The only way to reconcile with my heart was to sooth him by saying my eyes would still see him, jumping around in the park wearing that naughty smile on his face and with a mischievous mind. He could be running away from mom or hiding at a friend’s place so dad can never find him… so he could escape a beating!

While I went around to see all the places of his choice with his friend, he followed us virtually, with those flashback years reeling thru his mind…


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tag Time: T20 Questions

Read this on a blog I stumbled on, liked it and here it is, for you to read and pick up!

Q. Who in your phone has a heart after their names?
A. No one, I'm very lazy at that

Q.Would you be able to date someone who doesn’t make you laugh?
A. Lets not do things you'd end up regretting later :)

Q. Are you happier now or three months ago?
A. I was happy then, I'm happy now.

Q.What was the last thing that made you laugh?
A.It was a funny video on FB - A commercial made for a Cheese Brand. Here's the link.

Q.Do you think you’ll have the same best friend a year from now?
A. We,ve been the best friends for years!

Q.What was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
A. Ahh, the tummy still aches... (It was morning by then though)

Q.Anyone you’re giving up on?
A.Staying away from home, I am the most hopeful right now, for a lot of things :)

Q.Have you ever thrown a cell phone in anger?
A. Thought of a lot of times, honestly, did too a couple of times. (Threw it on the bed though!!!)

Q.Is there someone who you can spend every minute with and be happy?
A. Need I name him?

Q.Who was the last person you hugged?
A. Hugged A, 9 days ago.

Q.Does everyone deserve a second chance?
A.Not always

Q.Is there someone who meant a lot to you at one point, and doesn’t now?
A.Yeah, a great deal of people.

Q.Have you ever lost someone who meant a great deal to you?
A.Same as above, please

Q.Have you ever received a text message that made you cry?
A. Many

Q.Are you lying to yourself about something?
A. A few, Weight loss is one!

Q.Last person you went to the mall with?
A. Rakesh

Q. What’s special about today?
A. Its my 10th day away from Home.

Q.What does your last message say?
A.It says:

Arz kiya hai, Zindagi ka maqsad hai sabko pakana,
Wah Wah, Zindagi ka maqsad hai sabko pakana,

A For Apple,
B For Banana

(Sorry if it was a sad one)

Q.Connection between you and the last person who text messaged you?
A. Too deep to explore :) 

Q.Last person you had a conversation with on the phone?
A. Spoke to A, with a dear friend and bro on conference

So that was it! Enjoyed as much as I always do at completing tags. I want you all to pick it up, lemme know once you're done. I enjoy reading tags equally. (You listening, Geets?)

If you don't blog, leave me your answers in the comments!!!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dear Navin, Get Well Soon!

Navin Mistry (Johnny), while travelling to work last year, April 4, had an accident, injuring his head. Multiple surgeries were performed, and to release the pressure caused by swelling in brain, skull caps of both left and right hemisphere were removed.

Few months later, Navin had to be discharged from hospital since he had developed a hospital infection.

I briefly met Navin during my last trip to Mumbai and then when he came to perform in Delhi about 2 years ago. Oh how can I forget to mention, he's an awesome Salsa dancer!

To name a few gradual improvements in Johnny,

  • He would smile at you if you have been really close to him. You'd see a sad face if he notices you are sad.
  • He likes to watch "Prison Break" - his all time fav TV show.
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is another show her sister makes him watch.
  • Group of friends visits him daily, talk about happy times together and see his reactions.
  • Suraj & Meenu (his siblings) want him to watch 3 idiots, they think it will make him happy.

Having come this far, Johnny will be taking another step towards a normal life this week. Docs operate on him to put the skull caps back again.

Without thinking of evens and odds, I pray for the Best!!!

You can read more about it here and here.


Monday, March 29, 2010

The exile has begun...

जाने तू कहाँ है, उड़ती हवा पे तेरे पैरों के निशान देखे
ढूँढा है ज़मीन पे, छाना है फलक पे
सारे आसमान देखे

Every time I stand in the balcony of my room on the first floor, and look at the door of the adjacent house, I imagine it will just open and you'll come out... this will really surprise me!

ओट में छुप के देख रहे थे,
चाँद के पीछे पीछे थे,
सारा जहाँ देखा, देखा ना आँखों में,
पलकों के नीचे थे...