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...


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I deserve to be in Lansdowne!!!

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

A 320 brings me back Home!

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

Respite from The City of Joy

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

The Anthem from the City of Joy

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

From The City of Joy

(The post was typed on MS Word on Feb 16 however being posted today due to lack of a lot of things, one of which is TIME!)

The Fussy Eater seems to have landed at the right place, it seems.

Last 5 days have been great, work wise. I lost track and was back on track before it was too late. But the stay has been even greater because of the kind of Food. Not that I have developed taste for Bengali Food, but I have loadsa options so I don’t miss dear Delhi. The only thing that I am missing about Food is Cooking it myself! The cook at this guesthouse told us stories how some Punjabi guests made great Rajma Chawal during their stay… pitching us to do the same too…

Had a great dinner Valentine’s night. Tried veg sushi too, though didn’t like it much. Would definitely go for other variations sometime.  Chicken Hakka Noodles is the new staple diet these days. Had a great time with boiled egg sandwiches, cheese balls and coffee the other night (Read 4 AM).

Catching up on some bangla too… words like “tada-tadi” (quickly) and “lebu” (orange fruit) have some funny stories attached to them.

Though I am carrying lots of Mills and Boon Romance, but have hardly had a chance to flip a page.

The FM stations here seem better than the ones in capital. They play all Bangla, Hindi & English! Most Bangla songs that I’ve heard seem to have same tunes as the Hindi ones, so nothing sounds Greek and I start humming the Hindi song. :D

Got this PJ SMS this morning from A:

Handle this PJ…

Who is the leader of ducks?

Ans.: Frog


Because, he is MainDuck!!!

You know what that means?

To me it means, the Frog back home is waiting to be kissed ;)

Homesick but Hopeful,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

From an airplane window

Has it ever occurred to you, that you boarded an early morning flight, high on caffeine, with sleep miles away from you, and with all intentions to catch up on sleep while on board…?

Friday morning was one such morning for me…

I so love to be on a window seat, it’s hard to explain! And then the view as you go up and high, higher, and higher… Seeing roads below on the ground, roads as thin as lines on your palm…

Checking in, I settled for the last seat of the A 320 machine, I knew its one seat you couldn’t recline on, I still took it because it was the only window seat available…

Seat next to me was still vacant when they said – boarding full - but the man on aisle seat was one scary figure. Long white beard on dark brown skin, and a paunch…

And then, off we flew… I get a sudden high the moment I realize front wheels have left the ground… is it my love for airplanes or just the excitement of the flight, I am yet to know that.

For the “nth” time, I pictured A waving at me when he saw me off at the airport. The embrace, the look in his eyes and the silence between us…

Once the ground was too far, I shifted focus to the clouds. Sky was the deepest of Blue, but the farthest point showed signs of an early sun. In a few seconds we were above a thick layer of clouds. They looked fluffy and soft. There was a point when all I wanted was to jump off the plane and land on the fluffy clouds. I think the only thing I wanted to survive this landing was Flubber… you’d know what I mean if you have seen the movie…

Spotting another airplane at a distance adds up to my excitement all the time. When I saw one this time, I imagined that someone from the other plane must have noticed us too, and would be glancing just the way I am.

As my gaze shifted from that to the distant sky, what I saw, I think, I won’t get to see again… I saw the Sun rising, coming up gradually, nothing extraordinary about a sunrise, except this was a close-up!

Few minutes later, I noticed the famous Howrah bridge below while I gorged on the Chocó-almond cookie, we were about to descend and I was moving towards the beginning of an indefinitely long stay away from home…

From the city of joy,

With tears welled up in eyes…

Already Homesick…


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday TSB!!!!!


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

Tag Time!!! "5 things on my mind right now"

Thanks, Geets for the excitingly exciting tag, sorry it took me ages to do this, but here goes...

  1. 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!
  2. I need to start Gymming before it gets out of control. Guess, the work is to be blamed ;)
  3. Winters, please go away. I've had too much of you now. Once you're gone, I go gymming ;)
  4. 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...
  5. The new Mills n Boon is waiting on the bedside for 4 days, wait, here I come....


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

To A, with Love...

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.
I did it all with a single thought all the time - I dont want another weekend like this!!!

See, what distance from you does to me???

सुन रही हूँ सुध बुध खो के कोई मैं कहानी, 
पूरी कहानी है क्या, किसे है पता
मैं तो किसी की हो के ये भी ना जानी, 
रुत है ये दो पल की या रहेगी सदा... 

जो बरसे सपने बूँद बूँद 
नैनो को मूँद मूँद
कैसे मैं चलूँ
देख ना सकूँ 
अनजाने रास्ते...

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...