Apr 17, 2009

I & The City

I have been traveling a lot lately. Monday started with boom and ended with a bang!

Although its all coz of work but yes, Delhi draws me a lot and it has always been like this. I am so much attached to Delhi. I have lived in so many places...now when someone asks me where are you from, I get puzzled. Though I say Ahmd coz thats where I am but it doesnot make much sense ....zzzz..whatever

Allahabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad....they all a part of me.
Every place has got a story to tell....

Allahabad where I still remember going to school on the rickshaws which were so cute..those where in 3 sat on this side and three on the other. ..and I still remember how we used to fight for our seat as if our name was written somewhere.....the rickshaw-walla rode it ..we teased him with all names like motu..dunkyyy..how stuppid we were ...singing songs, cracking jokes and making faces :) My favourite teacher is in Allahabad. I want to meet her...It has been many years now. I so much want to visit the city once again....i rememeber one particular street which is known as Zero Road in Allahabad...

Enter Ahmedabad...sense of losing best friend...are u reading this cookie? if yes, i expect a call / post from u..lets fight on this one..what say? :)
mixed feelings on making new friends, new school, new uniform.....gosh i dreaded it for 2 yrs....but yes it was not all that bad... something happened to make it wonderful.....so am happy.

Cut to Kolkata...dad's transfer..and me...whoa..city of joy this time! But could not be here for long...that's the sad part! I remember that sugar n spice store near my home..munched many things there and that particular smell..uumm..can't forget it. How often I and mom went to this humongous new market..very much like the Palika Bazar of Delhi... and Park Street... ride around Maidan...Swabhumi....the famous Durga Puja..the lights...the fun
There was only 1 Maharashtrian family that we knew but it was a great company. And I gave my entrance exam..got busy with books and landed in Delhi

Delhi 10/10....amazing time of my life.
Always had this desire to move out and see the world. Getting out of the shell, is very much important in some stage of life....2 yrs in Delhi made me independent, learnt the value of money, made me understand many things about myself and people.
New friend circle...some getting close some falling apart...

Assignments and projects, presentations and industry visits, movies at PVR and momos anytime! Discos and bookstores...Old Delhi to CP, shopping at Janpath ...I enjoyed them all! Hmm still remember how I and my roomie went to this Art Gallery at India Habitat Centre and looked at these abstract paintings..making out new meanings outta them...just kidding no offence to artists..but somehow I can't make out this modern art...to me art is what touches and makes me think!

Guwahati....leisure days....In between Dad's transfer again..now North East. Frequent visits during vacations. I picked up a little Assamese from Jamuna our maid. Mighty boat ride on Brahmaputra and Bihu festival were awesome!

Mumbai episode started last year...I liked working there as it was so new and so fresh and I liked this change of place. But I did not like my work. I liked it cause it paid but apart from that it was so not interesting. I had to do it beacause I had no choice. Commuting, changing tracks on locals..phew!!!
But Nikita my lovely colleague was so helpful. Yeah she doesnot like me saying thanks..:) but shez a gem
As a child I was fascinated by Mumbai, no charmed is the word... but the dream got over in some days. But overall, it was fine.

Re-enter Ahmedabad...this is called Destiny Inc. I love my new job cause this is everything I wanted to do, and this is the field where I want to grow further.
And it is more special as am with my parents again:)

This is how we get attached to places, people change but the cities remain the same. Thank God for making this journey so wonderful....and keep on adding new places in my life:)

Apr 9, 2009

High on - life, myself n more!

Found out that there is happiness all aound, cribbing n whining sucks!
(observed this before, accepted today)
no more of that from now....and am sticking with this...its hard not to crib but I am good at trying & getting!

and yes, I know that I take pride in whatever I do.....my faith just got reaffirmed!

Apr 7, 2009

The one which touches somewhere deep down!

a beautiful piece from fiction

"You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun—and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.

Every day, we try to pretend that we haven't perceived that moment, that it doesn't exist—that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.

It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists—a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments—but all of this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride andfaith at the journey we have taken.

But when that person looks back—and at some point everyone looks back—she will hear her heart saying, "What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you wasted your life”.

Pitiful are the people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life's magic moments will have already passed them by."

Apr 4, 2009

DAYS Part 2

Good Old Days, full of Love, Care, Happiness and No Stress...

Are you missing those days? Sometimes I do

Doordarshan Logo
Doordarshan' s Screensaver
Malgudi Days
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
Turning Point
Bharath Ek Khoj
Alif Laila
Byomkesh Bakshi
He Man

Vicco turmeric,
Nahin cosmetic
Vicco turmeric ayurvedic cream

Twaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiinggggggg
Washin powder Nirma, Washing powder Nirma
Doodh si safedi, Nirma se aayi
Rangeen kapde bhi khil khil jaaye

Surabhi: Renuka Sahane and Siddharth Kak
Then were 'Mungerilal ke hasin sapane' and 'karamchand' ...'Vikram Betal', etc.

How did one survive growing up in the 80's and 90's?

Our baby prams had the most gorgeous lead based colours…

No such thing as tamper proof bottle tops…

Opening kitchen cupboards was a breeze… as safety locks were unheard off…

Cycling was like a breath of fresh air…

When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery…

We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things …

We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down….It was great fun….

We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner…

We walked to school

We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each other…. How? No one knows…

We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses…. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn't anybody's fault, only ours

We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary drinks, yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.

And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swag from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs...

We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo's, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD's, Home Cinema, Mobile phones, Home Computers, Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc ... BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!!

We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went around the back…

We loved being let loose in the big bad world…without bodyguards…

We played with sticks and stones, played cowboys and Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again…

When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating the same grade…without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors…

Such were the days....

Apr 1, 2009

DAYS - Part 1

Am back from Delhi....my post coming after many days...

and today is 1st April - fool's day..what a day to write this month's first post.

these days r really kewl... i mean we have all sorts of days celebrated all over the world for some reason or other & they become part of our lives..

as for this april fool's day, i remember we as kids used to do so play many pranks with friends and family and it was soooo funn teasing on this particular day!

and then there are some "special" days practiced in colleges these days..like

rose day..where in u gift rose to some one with particualr color symbolising ur relation with that some one

chocolate day...here u give chocolates..for the heck of it!!! u can make this a regular habit and see outcomes:)

mismatch day ..hillarious one..ppl come up with weird outfits...totally fraking fashion sense....but fun

traditional day...beautiful day...to see everyone dressed up in their tradtional costumes..diverse culture show!

and yes there r some more days ..(am using internationally accepted ones..not the Independce Day n Republic Day & festivals over here)

new year day

earth day

best friend's day

children's day

father's day

mother's day

woman's day

youth day

earth day

peace day

labour day

& here are some more which are really unique :

sandwich day

boss's day

dictionary day

black poetry day

talk like a pirate day

miidle name pride day

lantern day

coconut day

dance day

music day

laughter day

hello day

sleep - in day

isn't it amusing?