Tuesday, November 3, 2015

So long...

“When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of crying. I don't know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, "Sleep tight, ya morons!" I'll bet I woke up every bastard on the whole floor. Then I got the hell out. Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck.” ~JD Salinger

Read 4 years back, did 4 days back. Sometimes moving on is just important, but that does not mean what's left behind is any less dear..

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Boondon se baatein..

Ran to the terrace in yesterday's rain.. and felt so liberated. One may wonder how much more liberated do I need to feel. But then you need to let your hair down sometimes. As far as i am concerned, only too happy to do so when no one's watching :) So yesterday's rain was perfect! Satiating and rejuvenating.. Wonderful! :)

Song of the day:
Tu sun iqraar mera..
main karoon intezaar tera..
tu dil tui-yon jaan meri..
main tenu samjhawaan ki.. 

You're missing out if you haven't heard this one yet. Listen to this, and come back and thank me :) 

Monday, September 23, 2013

yeh na socha tha kabhi.. itne yaad aaoge tum..!

I can feel the silken touch of your cool moisturized fingers, smelling of Ponds, on my face. You sitting in your gown after a shower, hair neatly combed and tied, face glistening, a slight smile in your eyes and on your lips.. and you singing "jab hum na honge to ro ro ke duniya, dhoondhegi mere nishaan.."

On my way down to see you last week, all I could think of was the phone calls I did not return, the messages that i replied after hours, the phone calls I did not make, and the things I should have told you, and the things i should not have said.. the patience i did not keep on occasions.. It was very important for me that you knew those were no measures of my love for you. When I met you in the hospital you recognized me, paused on my face, and smiled at me, I had that extreme sense of satisfaction. I can't tell you how glad I am that I met you before you left. That smile was so important, that last goodbye was so very important. 

I love you and I cannot tell you how much I miss you! Rest in peace Amma..  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Birthday!

This was written a good 12 years back for one of my best friends then, now and forever! 

Iya, this is for you. Happy Birthday! 

I had to search very hard to find this, but I could not think of a better gift for you on your birthday (that came free of cost! ;)) 

In the heaven camp:
The machine has stopped producing, the fault is terrible 
We will have to stop production for a while, we are out of raw material
When the creator got the news he asked,
"Which raw material did not last?"
They said it was the main
Out of all the things, they ran short of Brain!
He went hysterical.. and then thought for a while
And said - "well, go product a girl!
A boy without brain - too much of a pain!
Girls inherit some wit, and if this is indispensable, so well, be it!"
So to compensate the shortage, they had a deal
In place of brain, they doubled her appeal
The added extra eye-lashes, they added more color to her lips
And thinking they were doing such good job
They even added some extra to her hips!
Shoulders were made slender
Touch was made tender
Unusual colored lustrous hair
Height - average, complexion - fair..
But the upper department was empty and hence
Temper was poured in abundance
And after this effort they thought the battle was won
It was the fourteenth of July, nineteen eighty one
So in the next train down, they booked a berth
And sent this miracle to the dear Earth
Girls envy her, guys try to woo
Ladies and Gentlemen, thats Ms Iya Bhatia Malhotra for you!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yeh na ho to kya phir bolo yeh zindagi hai..

"And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? 
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

Gibran, who else. Came across these lines while looking up some other piece of Gibran's work, and needless to say, loved it and completely agreed with it. 

On a separate note (or not entirely), met an old friend after a really long time. Nothing like meeting an old friend and picking up the conversation from where you left off. Had the best week! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

All the joy at city of joy!

I am a good traveller usually. I am fairly decently traveled, for someone my age and sphere of work, and do not have hangups about trips. But a business trip to Kolkata, for the second time in one month, was giving me some, very minor but still some, headache. The thought of outside food, laundry, daily commute to and fro, and not being able to browse from home (this has become such an inseparable part of our lives) was making me feel sick from a day before the travel. I was trying to ease myself but sudden flashes of kolkata airport, which is one of the most badly managed airports in the country, was stressing me further. Let me be fair to Kolkata airport first of all. One, I do not have to sit their for hours that I need to complain, and secondly, it is in this shape because the new airport isn't yet up and they are still operating out of the old airport. And this sure is at par with the likes of Bangalore and Hyderabad old airports. Guess I just had set a mood against the travel and thus all these forced concerns.  

But I had to travel so I did. And guess what, I came back a happy visitor! With a world of appreciation for the city! Kolkata still has some english charm about it. It has something to offer to everyone. And to top it all I met the nicest of people this time around. Believe me these morning chai sessions were so relaxing as well as energizing that I looked forward to the mornings, including the monday morning by the way. Evenings were relaxing and the nights very peaceful. As one of them rightly said, a place gets a name good or bad because of its people. I experienced lot of warmth and the best of Kolkata hospitality. I had the best street food in a long time.  Got to give it to Kolkata and the people. 

I even got a chance to go to one of the local carnival. Splendid! I have carried some cute little typical mela stuff back home with me. Pity that I could not stay another day, else I would have caught the brand new mela in town that started on day I came back. I am up and excited for the next trip, whenever it comes up! 

the multitasking gemini mind :)

It is no secret that I like watching movies only in theaters. I like watching at least one movie every weekend which I was unable to do for the last few. And today I watched Agneepath. While watching this movie I realized why I like coming to the theaters for the movies. Because it gives me solitude in crowd. It gives me license to cut myself off in a crowd. While i watch the full movie quite intently, my mind still throws forth thoughts that i keep eluding. In the middle of dolby digital surround sound and the light and the colors reflecting brightly I have a parallel thought running about how I have lead my life. What was right, what wasn't quite, what was beautiful and what wasn't so much. And then there are moments I keep confidently believing that I have erased from my memories, but guess it does not work that way. And all this happens while I am also comprehending the movie. So it is like that place for me where I sit and get entertained, and can meditate with open ears and eyes as well.  So I pass through all kinds of emotions, but almost always come out recharged and refreshed, ready for the next outing.

On a side note, I liked Agneepath. I have not seen the old one and this might have helped because I did not have comparisons running in my head.