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.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Read this on Mum-Del Flight and it seemed to be the most appropriate thing to think and feel about:
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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
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.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
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
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...
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Lansdowne is a hill station in Uttarakhand, India.
It has a history from British days and was named after a Viceroy who governed the place for many a years and was taken aback with its beauty.
Lansdowne is an Army Cantonement area and needless to say, its maintained very beautifully. As a rule, at one time, Lansdowne must not have more than 500 poeple inside its boundaries.
Its only about 225 KMs from Delhi.
Hang on my friends, did I tell you why I deserve to be in Lansdowne yet?
Its a place where no Mobile Networks work!
Can somebody please take me there? Are you listening, A?
Or atleast steal my phone please!!!
Some shades of the place...
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
R: Oh! I feel so good to be home!
A:Yeah, me too!
R: But weren't you home all this while?
A: Home wasn't home when you weren't there...
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As I fly back home early Sunday morning, a lot of things that started in last 2 weeks would come to a halt. I 'd call it - Respite from The City of Joy...
It will be a respite from living alone in a room. A room that has nothing you could call your own. A room, that is only there to serve as a roof on your head, and where you could sleep. Sleep that you squeeze in between work!
It will be a respite from maddening traffic on dingy roads of the city. From poorly managed traffic and from poorly managing traffic police force. From yellow ambassadors, that make a lot of noise and from their drivers who charge you double of what the fair metre shows.
It will also be a respite from hogging at places like CCD, Azad Hind, Fingertips, Honey Da Dhaba, BB's etc. Oh! the list is endless. It will be a respite from chicken hakka noodles as the only good option left while looking at the menu (most of the times). From coffee, toasted bread with butter and black pepper, at 2 PM.
It will be a respite from an-early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise-city, where you dont get to see many people after 6 pm. Respite from a place where most of people work with a laid-back-attitude. The only thing that energizes them at work is initiation of a Dharna.
And finally, this is going to be a respite from Weekends without A
But, the best part of Kolkata: choco-fudge cookies at monginis (I gotta go buy a lot of these today), mishti doi, rosogulla, the Gurudwara where we had nice kesar milk at 4 AM, our funniest attempts at speaking Bangla (no matter how incorrect our bangla was, we all got the accent right!) and sea-food festival at bar-be-que nation on valentines night!
Well, I might have spent all fortnight at the wrong places of the city, however this is what and how it has been all this while.
Already aware of another trip next month,
Yet soaked in an overwhelming respite
Thursday, February 25, 2010
जागे हैं देर तक हमें कुछ देर सोने दो
थोड़ी सी रात और है, सुबह तो होने दो
आधे अधूरे ख्वाब जो पूरे ना हो सके
एक बार फिर से नींद में वोह ख्वाब बोने दो...
With higher-than-ever-hopes of flying back this weekend,
Friday, February 19, 2010
The Fussy Eater seems to have landed at the right place, it seems.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Sagittarian Blogger turns 2 today!
2 years and 53 posts old TSB feels elated.
TSB, I want you to know that you haven't been given the amount of time and attention you really deserve, but you have been thought of every single day. You brought me applauds, cheers and unimaginable appreciation.
To be honest, I never knew I would ever have you, TSB! You are an extension to what I am as a person, you are an identity to me.
You are and will always be special to me :)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thanks, Geets for the excitingly exciting tag, sorry it took me ages to do this, but here goes...
- The update on work front - "Too much on my plate". I have my boss saying this to me atleast a dozen times in 2010, yes, my plate is FULLLLL... and the way I am, I am way too Happiiiieeeee!
- I need to start Gymming before it gets out of control. Guess, the work is to be blamed ;)
- Winters, please go away. I've had too much of you now. Once you're gone, I go gymming ;)
- The Sagittarian Blogger is going to have its 2nd anniversary soon and its appraisal time for my page. Too much on my plate... he hehe...
- The new Mills n Boon is waiting on the bedside for 4 days, wait, here I come....
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Last weekend that we spent, was the first one we were miles away from each other... and it was different, it was weird, it was insane and it was everything it has never been since we've been married!
- Woke up in the evening and stayed up all night.
- I saw a movie for the second time. It was one movie I was so skeptical to see even once.
- As soon as it was intermission time, I ran towards the exit gate in dark, fell down, got up and ran outside again, thinking to get pop corn and come back before the intermission gets over and ended up spraining my right ankle. Too bad! I should have thought its chilling winter and spraining your leg is not at all a great idea! I should have thought you aren't here :(
- Have had 2 visits to Barista, had dark tempt and creme caramel latte, thinking of you..hoping to sit next to you next weekend and do the same
- Scrubbed every tile in the bathroom to shine, and I have outdone you this time ;)
- Strangest of all, updated my status on FB for the first ever time in life...wrote on walls and commented on pics. I have never done this before.
- Chatted with a friend after ages...loadsa girl talk is what we did. :)
- Went out for strolls and not drives, unfortunately the DL is not here yet
- Cried and longed a lot, for reasons very unreasonable to myself.
And then some more...
बीती रात बासी बासी, पड़ी है सिरहाने,
बंद दरवाज़ा देखे, लौटी है सुबह
ठंडी है अंगीठी सीली, सीली हैं दीवारें
गूंजे टकरा के इनमे, दिल की सदा...
जो नैना करूँ बंद बंद
बह जाए बूँद बूँद
तडपाये रे क्यों सुनाये रे
गीत मल्हार के...