Monday, December 27, 2010

Looking Back....2010

On this date last year,27th December,2009,I was a very excited person.Mom-Dad had booked tickets to Bangalore and we were to spend New Years' together....I had turned down all party invites and made elaborate plans to spend time with my parents.But,due to some reasons,their trip was canceled and no passes being available at the last moment....I was invariably left to spend the 31st of December alone...
when the clock struck 12,I welcomed 2010 by wishing my laptop A HAPPY NEW YEAR....

Now,on looking back as we draw closer to the end of this year,I guess a glum start led to a gloomier year on the whole...
Though this year did give me a share of joys....those were overshadowed by the gravity of the bitter experiences....the worst being the first-time admission to hospital in a critical state....Overcame it,Thank God for doctors:-)

If asked to rate the year on a scale of 10,in terms of goodness,I would give it around 3-3.5...yeah,that's how bad it was...but the best thing about 2010,as I can say now,it seems to have run away very fast and all its memories are fast fading..

So standing on the threshold of another New Year....here's looking forward to having fond memories from the beginning itself....planned a rocking start(I am off to God's Own Country....KERALA) so that the saying 'Well-begun is half done' holds true and next year when I write a "Looking Back" blog,there will be lots of smiles:-)

2011 surely looks exciting....WISHING YOU AND EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011.....!!!!Enjoy...and Keep Smiling!!!:-)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Courage or Stupidity?

In front of the building I stay,is another building,behind it is a railway track and beyond that is a bus-stop.Whenever I have got to catch a bus,I go around 4-5 buildings and walk for about 10 mins to reach the bus-stop instead of taking the 2mins route by crossing the tracks.That's because I do not think crossing railway tracks is the right thing......but then there are certain people who do that regularly and in fact argue..."What is there to fear"....makes me wonder whether they are being courageous OR plainly stupid..!!

There is,I think,a very thin line between courage and stupidity.

Like for instance,diving in the sea to save someone from drowning would be an act of courage..but diving in when you yourself don't know swimming is stupidity...

It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you...

It can also be argued that certain circumstances can lead us to do something that might be illogical as such....but are done on the spur of the moment without putting much thought...
Only results can tell the difference...whether an action was of Courage or Stupidity.

If a man tries to jump the gap between two cliffs and succeeds,thats courage,but if he fails,it will be termed stupidity.

In between these two also...I think there is an aspect of being adventourous...where risks are taken,but the dangers are also taken care of....or in other words,those are calculated risks:-)

All I am trying to say is that....its your life...enjoy the adventorous ride....but Take Care!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dutifully Done!

I travel to Powai everyday for work...and if its a normal working day,I have become used to facing a traffic snarl at 2-3 points on the way....but though the vehicular traffic moves slow,it at least moves.

So when one day I found myself in a deadlock kind of situation(one car couldn't move till some other moved which was stuck because of the first car and something like that),I was highly surprised and on questioning the cause for the chaos,I got the reply "Aaj mama nahi hai!!"......which actually is a local lingo to convey that "there's no traffic policeman".

That statement suddenly made me realise the importance of  policemen in our lives.

Though,I know it has become very convenient for most of us to casually assume that our system doesn't work,all policemen are corrupt,negligent towards their duties and are ready bribe-takers and so we kind of disregard them,we could spare some thought for some who might not be so....

The traffic policemen for instance,get fully drenched in the rain or continue to stand in the scorching heat of the sun because it is their duty to control the traffic...Also, the policemen whose leaves get cancelled for special bandobast duties during festivals or a high-dignitary visit,might tend to feel a little cranky at times.They too,after all,are humans.

So next time you get caught breaking signals or any other law and encounter a cop,just don't simply harbour harsh feelings for him,he might just be doing his duty or in corporate words he would be "performing the task assigned to him"....:-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What the heart wants.....

India's most loved man since a long time,apna Sachin Tendulkar:-),is very clear of his retirement plans.He says, even after more than 20years of playing international cricket(not to forget that all his life,he's played
cricket only),he still enjoys playing the game....and will retire when he feels he's not enjoying it anymore.

Cool,I hope he enjoys it forever:-)

But what is interesting(and I must confess,a little enviable) is that he is not yet overcome by the monotonousness of his source of income.I,on the other hand(though again, there's no scope for any comparison between the two of us;)),cannot boast of such feelings for my work over a long period of time...but since that's where the cash flows from,there's no running away from it.

So,I try to engage myself in various activities whenever time permits to keep myself a little pepped up.But there are two things which I am wanting to master from a long time....but still am at a not-so-confident stage.
They are:

1>playing a musical instrument(keyboard to be specific)

2>perfecting my car-driving skills

I had joined music classes twice,but somehow or the other,such circumstances would arise that I would stop attending them and I would lose track and practice.These days,now and then I try to play whatever I have learned till now....

The other thing,of being a good car-driver,should be more easily achievable.The excuses of not having my own car and not getting the car for practice since dad takes it are just that,lame excuses.All I need to do is get up a little earlier than usual and go driving...but as you must have guessed,I continue sleeping.Still,I do set the alarm daily..am trying:-)

Having said that,I guess all of you will also be having something that you really want to do....so while I await my day of playing the keyboard in front of an audience and driving on the expressway in the fast lane:-),go
ahead and do share what is that 'SOMETHING' you really wish you could do...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hopelessly Hopeful!!

A new season of KBC(Kaun Banega Crorepati) has just begun and I try to catch up some of its episodes as and when I can.More than the factors like general knowledge improvement and the charisma of Mr.Bachchan,what draws me to watch the show is the presence of people like me,the common man,who arrive there having nothing with them but a hope in their eyes....a hope to do well.

'Hope' is a term that we all often use much casually,but as a sentiment,it holds a very important place in our lives.

Every morning we hope to have a good day ahead....
After putting in hard work,we hope for good results....
Always,we hope for the well-being of our loved ones....
and so on....

But the best thing about HOPE is that it is devoid of any negativity.Even in the darkest of times,once you choose hope, anything's possible.
Whatever we hope for,the outcome always seems positive and leaves us with renewed enthusiasm....such is the magic of hope.

So when Albert Einstein says “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow ”,it could well mean that however the past or present may have been,we could always look forward to a good future:)

So people,don't lose hope ever because in all things it is better to hope than to despair.

As for me,I have heard "Walk with a hope in your heart,and you will never walk alone".....
I try not to walk alone!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Most of us,I am sure will remember that scene from 'Dil Chahta Hai' when towards the climax,Akash(Aamir Khan's character)looks at some college students and imagines himself and his friends in that position...well,filmy as it sounds,it happened to me too..:-)

Stuck in a traffic-jam,I spotted outside my car a group of schoolgirls,laughing carelessly and having a great time...and my mind shot back to many years ago,when I too,with my "gang" used to have a gala time with each other...:-)...and then began the series of remembrance of events and fun-times I had with each of all my friends...and set a broad smile on my face!:-)

I am reminded of a quote which says "Friends are God's ways of apologizing for our families".....In this,lying beneath the jest, what comes across is that friends are nothing less than our extended families....just that in this case,we get to make the choice.

We all have friends and a lot gets talked about friendships...mainly about true friends,real friends,friend in need etc.,but for me,friends are first of all someone with whom I can be myself. I don't have to be the boss, the smart person, the fool. With them, I can shed the masks and be who I naturally am, because I know they accept me as I am,just as I accept them in their raw and unadorned state.

All my friends,from school,from college,from office(yes,not everyone remains a colleague...many become pals:-)) are so wonderful that this blog could well be dedicated to them......mass-bunking,assignments,movies,trips,dandiya nights,parties,impromptu night-outs and many more such crazy fun times are something to be cherished forever... I surely do so:-)

Finally,as Charles Lamb puts it,"Its the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have the nonsense respected."....so heres hoping that the nonsense continues forever....

Cheers!

P.S:If you are smiling now(like I am)...Mission Accomplished!!:-)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meter Down!

Recently I came across an article about the auto-rickshaws in Mumbai...The writer of the article had described what might have been his experiences with the auto-wallahs....but frankly even I could relate to them completely and am sure most of you who travel in autos not only in Mumbai,but also in other cities in India will agree to have had similar feelings.

The auto rickshaws serve as the perfect choice of  transport for those who cannot afford a vehicle of their own yet prefer to avoid the mad rushes experienced in trains and buses.But this choice doesn't always seem right,especially when encountered with the following kinds of auto-wallahs.

Described below(w.r.t the above mentioned writer) are few types whom you might encounter when trying to hail an auto....this would be only the act of getting in the auto.....the scenes after that of discussing(read arguing over) the fare,doubting the meter reading etc demand to have a separate blog written on them:-):-).....so those will be later.....For now,lets get started:

First, the Interviewer: 

You: bhaishab Goregaon jaoge?

Driver: East ya West

You: East

Driver: Station ya Gokuldham?

You: Station

Driver:  Kidhar se jaoge, Link Road ya Aarey Colony?

You: Aarey

Driver: Kyun……Aarey ka rasta kharab hai…

A conversation with him continues like this and yet he may refuse to ferry you if he is not satisfied with all your answers.

Second the Refuser: Imagine a scenario. At 8:30 am in the morning there are four to five people waiting for an auto, eager to pounce on any empty one that comes their way.
Exactly at that juncture an empty auto emerges, much to the excitement of the passengers.

First Person (with hope and enthusiasm in his voice): Seepz…….

Auto Driver: Flashes a smile and says ‘Nahi, Seepz nahi jayenge’

The second person felt that this was his divine opportunity and screamed with ecstasy: Kanjurmarg!

But his joy is also short lived as the driver refuses him as well. In this way the driver refuses everyone, irrespective of the direction and distance of the journey. At the end of it all one is left to wonder whether the auto driver intended to ferry passengers or was he out on a joy ride all by himself?

Third, the ‘Move On Guy’: He is a refuser with a difference. Typically when he approaches a customer he would slow down his auto and give the impression that he is keen to take you to your destination.
But the moment you spell out your desired location, he simply shrugs his shoulder, picks up speed and goes away. Just like that, no verbal refusal nothing.
If you are new to the city you may feel that by mistake you have uttered a word that has very grave consequence in the local language.But as you gradually get used to the city you would realize that it is just a special way that the auto driver uses to refuse the passenger.

Fourth, the Chatter Box: He is the over enthusiastic and over friendly driver you are likely to meet during your way home on a day when you are particularly tired and you intended to take a nap during the ride back home.
The topic can be anything: from Rahul Gandhi’s adventure in Mumbai locals to the driver’s heroics in heavy rains or may be his own son’s stupendous performance in college.
Whatever may be the issue you can be rest assured that you will not have any of your coveted sleep during your way back home.

Fifth the ‘Engaged’:
So it may so happen that during a spell of monsoon you might get drenched from top to bottom but an auto that has parked itself right in-front of you refuses to accommodate you. The official reason being that the driver is already ‘engaged’ to a customer who will come any time soon.You would wait for a long time in that rain but this driver will not budge an inch as he remains firmly committed to that elusive customer....phew!

He surely could teach a lesson or two to those who talk of showing/avoiding commitment.....;)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ganpati Bappa Morya...!!!


The 10-day Ganesh Festival has come to a close with lakhs and lakhs of devotees bidding adieu to their beloved Lord Ganesh.
 
The kind of joyous celebrations that go around during the festival and also during the preparation for the festival are so gripping that when the final-day of VISARJAN(immersion) arrives,we tend to feel gloomy at the thought of separation from our 10-day guest....I have felt it every year.....The only thing that raises spirits somewhat are the chants of "Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Yaa"...
 
In ancient times,the celebration of Ganesh Utsav was limited to being a family affair till  Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual festival into a large, well-organized public event.Tilak suggested the installation of large public statues of Ganesh in pandals(pavilions), followed by the submerging in rivers or sea, the statues of the deity on the day of Visarjan(Immersion).
The statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees.
 
But,over the years,this event too has acquired a commercial face and is seen by some as an economic activity.
 
The traditionally used clay for making the idols has been replaced by the cheaper and easy to mould Plaster of Paris.This material does not dissolve easily in water and releases harmful toxic elements in water which harm the marine beings.Even more dis-heartening is the sight of these undissolved idols being thrown out of the water on the shores the next day.
 
What’s the use of the worship that hurts Lord himself and results in his extreme insult?And if Visarjan symbolises taking away the misfortunes of the devotees,won't those be back with the statues??
 
Reacting to such a scenario,many govermental and non-govermental organisations have introduced the concepts such as Green Ganesha and Eco-Friendly Ganeshas.

These ideas are slowly but surely being adopted and lets hope that in the coming years,the festival will be celebrated with the same enthusiasm and lesser of adverse effects....

For now,I am leaving you with a few images that capture the spirit of Ganpati Utsav....Enjoy!!


Welcome!
Ghar-guti Ganpati
Lalbaugcha Raja


See You Next Year..:-)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Not So Typical....!!

I was born in Mumbai.....and brought up here as well.........what I mean is whole my life,i've stayed in Mumbai....except for around 2 years while I was working in Bangalore (or Bengaluru)........:-)



The stay away from home introduced me to many people from different parts of India......and also to a statement that initially surprised me and then started to confuse me.....almost all the people I newly met(thankfully not all..:-)) had this to say "oh,u r from Mumbai...but u don't seem to be like a typical Mumbai-girl"........!!!!


 YEAH RITE,i would think,coz i am not a regular at discos,don't smoke or drink and don't go around crushing people under my car while driving insanely in the wee hours of night...!!
 But wait,....is that what all people living in Mumbai do??What about those who use the public transport everyday to reach their destinations,enjoy their JUMBO vada-pav with great relish and aim to reach home on time only so that they are able to leave on time again the next day??Aren't they being typical??
We know it takes all kinds to make d world.....so in any place there would be all sorts of people....




Then what really is being "typical"-of-a-place??
How can the place of living determine a person's attitude???
And what about those people who grow up in many places....where are they typical of??




Yeah.....there are certain things that are typical...like



The joy of getting your first salary.......:-)
Cactus in deserts and sand on beaches...
The sweet fragrance of mud after first showers of rain is typical and so is the odour coming out from a public toilet......;)




Examples like these are abstract or are objects and are typical because they would always be same....but the concept of people being typical-of-a-place is too twisted for me to comprehend....



So amidst all my confusion of how to be typically of a place....I guess I rather take the satisfying option of just being myself......or should I be "Typically-Myself".....eh???:-);)

Friday, September 17, 2010

so here it is....my first blog..!!!

Going by d blog name..ders a chance dat u mite think i hav made a spelling mistake...but frankly,PEACE of mind is not wat i m seeking here...nor is it sumthing u will get here :-)


So wat shud u look forward to on dis blog???


Nothing much actually.....or probably lots of things........dats to be seen in d coming up days.....but one thing's for sure....I,sumtimes having jumbled thoughts and sumtimes clear point-of-views will be sharing wid u a PIECE(or sumtimes pieces) of my mind.......which hopefully u will enjoy!!


So long then....


Take Care....


Ciao...:-)