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.   

Friday, January 27, 2012

with bricks and beams and love and dreams

As I am inching towards the completion of construction of my apartment, which is still a long way away, these days it’s all about the house. My browsing has shifted from reading all kinds of blogs to those that are dedicated to home styling and interiors. I don’t even know what I will achieve through this random browsing because all the things that I look for and am drawn to are beyond my affordability. Let’s just say at this point my affordability is near zero. Slowly we will get somewhere someday. But today it’s like wonderland for me. I drift there once every day and create a mental map of what goes where, which colour, what texture, furniture, upholstery, drapes, fittings, accessories, appliances, rugs, towels, crockery, dustbin...everything.
When I was in school, we were once preparing for the new-year decoration on the school bulletin board. And I was in-charge of a very prominent quote that had to come in big and bold on that board. I just knew what I wanted. I wanted a 3D view of it and hence decided to go with thermocol (a very common idea), but there was more to it. I had decided to cut out each alphabet and coat it with oodles of gold shimmer. I could picture the scintillating and sparking alphabets on the centre of the board, totally ruling the show. But when we did the cut outs and coating, they didn’t match the impact I had in my mind. And when we arranged those on the dirty pink (why god why?) background on the board, well, those looked pretty awful. Teachers do appreciate when you put in some effort, so appreciation came along, but not the kind I expected. And there was a good reason behind it - that it looked ordinary.
I live in the fear of doing the same to my house. May be I will just leave it at the basic. May be I will decorate it only after a few years when I have money to buy good stuff and professional designer help. But until then I will have fun wandering in my wonderland :)