The good and the bad

I miss the good old days when I would blog at the drop of a hat. I needed no motivation to write and the words use to flow off my key board at ease. There was always a push from within myself to write something or the other and I used to immediately do it. Well, it’s not that the words have stopped flowing when I write now, but I feel I need to be more active on this space. Time is the main issue. Now a days I am added up with lots of responsibilities (professionally as well as personally) which hardly leaves me anytime to express myself.  I feel happy writing and still there are loads of things that have gathered up in my head which are just waiting to come out and get settled in this space.

The past year 2016 was a mixed year for me. Let me first share with you the best part of it. I had been to Chicago in the month of Dec’16. It was to attend the wedding of my brother-in-law as well as holidays for me and my family. Thanks to my brother-in-law who threw an opportunity and I was quick to grab it tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-006. Visiting the US with my family was on my pending list from last many years and I am happy that I could fulfill it. Now, my daughter has already decided that she wants to permanently shift to Chicago and she is after me to get this done (like father like daughter tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-100).  We had an awesome trip and did enjoy the snowfall, chill weather, the temperature which was most of the time in negative and once had dipped to -8 Celsius with lots of wind and all the Christmas fever (lightings and offers) all around us. To add to the icing on the cake we had a mini vacation and good farewell to the last year with lots of “masti” with my school friends @ Panchgini, India.

Secondly, last year almost 5 months back my seniors at work gave me a promotion and topped me up with additional responsibilities. This was a surprise move for me. My hard work and dedication towards my profession helped me. This is one of the reason I hardly get time to visit here and have lost contact with blogging. Well, one cannot get anything easily and I am still struggling to get it officially endorsed.

Ok, now about few unwanted memories /moments which I need to leave behind in 2016. Will not talk much about this as they have to be flushed out. This includes parting ways from a few friends due to some misunderstandings.

I many a times think whether a blogger really needs a push from the readers to write more? Or is it about writing irrespective whether your post is read or not. It’s a difficult question to answer like which came first the egg or the hen?

Anyways, I enjoy expressing myself without caring whether my posts  are being read or not. And hoping 2017 will be a great year for all of us.

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Same pinch …..

Two strangers facing each other, our eyes meet, mine to that of the opposite person and the opposite person’s to mine. We exchanged smiles, mine been more wider as I felt so, maybe the opposite person’s smile was wider than mine, I am not sure. We looked at each other’s hand, initially that person glanced at my hands and then noticing that the eyes were looking at my hands I did the same, in complete syncronisation with each other. We both stared at each other almost for a minute trying to adjust our eye’s pupil to get a proper glance of the object in our hand.

No no … this is not what you are thinking. This happened yesterday evening while I was traveling back home in the train. We both boarded the same train, the same coach and from the same station. Once I got in we were facing exactly opposite each other (well, people traveling in Mumbai local trains will understand it much better 🙂 ).

Well, it was the book we both were holding to read during the journey towards home. And I know you will be disappointed to read that the opposite person was not female too. We both were holding the same book to read. I normally have a habit to read during my train journey and once I hop into the train I immediately remove the book from my bag to read.

We both were reading the same book and hence all these exchanges of eye contact and smiles tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-032. I have seen many people reading books while traveling but hardly I have found anyone reading the same book as mine. Couple of times it has happened that people have asked me about the author and the book I was reading at that time but never have I had an experience like yesterday.

Another few minutes of scanning each other we both got engrossed into our reading but the curious person I am, I did not allow myself to settle calmly. I wanted to pinch him hard and say same pinch but I avoided it tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-125. I took the initiative to ask him his opinion about the author and then it all started from how to when to where to who and lots more. Infact the full 50 minutes of our traveling journey we were chatting on all the topics we can think of; books to politics to demonetization to our profession.

Well, it’s the power of the book and the reading habit which helps to friend a stranger no matter which part of the world you are in.

A much needed change !!!

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So as the whole world knows that our PM Naredra Modi has announced the demonetization of 500 and 1000 Rs. denomination notes. This had to come sooner or later as this was one of the main agenda of our PM before the elections. He cannot have broken the trust of the people. Well I am not going ga ga about our PM but I appreciate the move.

As our Banks used to say that now no need to visit the branch and everything can be done through internet banking. Well, this is now proving wrong with the decision of the PM. We have been left with no choice but to visit the banks and deposit/exchange the old denominations with the new. No technology howsoever will help to get the old notes exchanged with the new ones.

Saying this, last Saturday I also visited State Bank of Travancore which is bang opposite my residence to exchange the old notes. I had to wait in queue for an hour to get it exchanged with the new 2000 Rs. notes and that too within the limit specified by the PM. I purposely visited the bank just to get a feeler as how the nation is shocked and rocked by one decision of the PM and surprisingly most of the common man has welcomed this move (as against the odds opposing it).

I am not sure and don’t wanna discuss also whether this decision of our PM will help stop corruption or stop black money been piled up but I am happy to see the change in my nation and people welcoming the move. As the last time when I was just 2 years old, our ex PM Morarji Desai had announced the demonetization of Rs.1000, Rs.5000 and Rs.10000 notes. It was way back in 1978 and I was too small to recollect anything. But today’s experience will give a lifetime memory and stories which we will be able to tell our children and grand children for sure.

Many economists have criticized the move and many have welcomed it too. Will this move of our PM work or will it not is left upon the time to decide.

As of now, everyone is running after the change whereas change is needed for everyone 🙂

Love bound

You open your eyes and you see two glittering gems like eyes, the rays of the gems all over your face, a sweet smile and two beautiful lips waiting to get kissed.

BBBBEEEEEPPPPPP ………. BBBBBEEEPPPPP …….. you are startled by this sound which is not  stopping at all.  You force your eyes to open up to realize that it was your morning alarm and time to wake up. Damn it … your beautiful dream where you were just on the verge of kissing someone broke.

If you are getting such dreams then you are in love. When in love, you get paranoid for the one you love. 24*7 you think of your love, even while you eat, sleep or drink … love is on your mind.

When you are in love …… you feel nervous when you start going out with that person.

When you see your love ….. you pretend to be someone else just to make yourself comfortable.

When you meet your love, you start melting like a wax in a fire.

When you are talking with your love ….. you never realize that it is already the morning milkman ringing the door bell of your home and you were on the phone with your love the whole night.

When you are in love ….. you are ready to do anything and everything, as the saying goes “Love is Blind” and you feel you are the only person proving that the saying is correct.

All of a sudden all the Bollywood love songs are at the tip of your tongue and you can sing any song anytime ….. when you are in love.

When you are in love ….. you have the fear of losing your love, fear that your love might find someone else better than you.

When you are in love ….. you feel your love is deeper than the water in the ocean, more sweeter than sugar and softer than a teddy bear.

When you are in love ….. you feel whatever you are studying is about that person only.

 When you are in love ….. you start finding the qualities of your love person in your adjacent office colleague and all of a sudden you become friendly with that colleague.

You know you are in love ….. when all you do is think about that person day in and day out. You feel that your love is the best person you have met up untill now… according to you everything that person does is right, like that person can never go wrong.

So next time do ensure to keep the alarm off so that you can complete your dream… and you can fall in love with your dream person.

Time-where do I find it … 2

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Time …. Please, please halt … But as the saying goes “Time and tide wait for no man”. This is so true.

So here I am back again after a short break.  Lots of things happening in and around me and frankly I could not spare time to blog anything. Nowadays my professional life is keeping me on my toes and I am trying to balance it out with my personal life too with work on my priority list. So you can figure out that I am just running from home to office and office to home and then in-between trying my best to spend time with family and friends.

Today I had to write something, as yesterday evening when I was helping my daughter to write an essay as a part of her school work she all of a sudden asked me why I have not written any post for a long time. Well, she is one of my loyal readers who makes it a point to read my blog every time I write something.  I just smiled and said I will write soon and hence this had to come today.

I miss my old blogging days where I used to write many things and had no need for motivation from anyone. Truely, during that time I was not that loaded with work and presently my work responsibilities have doubled up and I am drowned in work :).

Many a times I have thought to write something but then I feel that I already have a lot of things floating in my head and might not be able to do full justice to the blog I want to write. Today on the contrary when I started writing, words just start flowing out from my head. I feel nice expressing when I write.

As for where my work is concerned I had a few deadlines to meet and hence was too tied up so much so that a couple of times it has happened that my office landline rings and I am so engrossed in my work that I pick up my mobile and say “hello” later to realise that someone is trying to reach me on my office phone :).

One more instance that comes to mind, I was on a call with my wife and simultaneously officially chatting with my counterpart regarding some issue and I literally kept the phone down without saying anything to my wife wherein I actually had typed bye on chat. Now don’t think I am aging out or losing my senses.

Additionally, along with trying to catch up with time I’m also trying to catch up with my sleep. Waking up early mornings to catch flights returning home late and back to work early next day is eating up my sleep. The only time I can catch up on some sleep or rather power nap is during my traveling time be it train or flight. The moment I get to my seat my eyes shuts off.

But yes time is running faster than we can imagine. Days and months and years are just passing by within a blink of an eye. I vouch to spend more time over here and update my blog more frequently. I will try my best to make my presence felt more often.

This is in continuation to my earlier post “Time-where do I find it”.

In the nick of time

Here I am again getting myself tangled in the world of flying. No no… this time I did not check-into any wrong airport. I have been more careful about the airports after my last experience … traveling woes.

Have any of you have caught a running flight? I did, well, not exactly a running flight but got onto a flight just 3 minutes before it was scheduled  to take off. The flight had already started pushback even before I managed to reach my allotted seat. I thanked my stars and was lucky to board it.

All this happened a few days back during my visit to my Bangalore office (I still prefer saying Bangalore instead of Bengaluru). It was a Saturday afternoon and I had to catch my return flight from Bangalore. Usually I always reach well before time and have managed to chill myself with a mug of beer at the airport. This time too I had thought that I would not break the routine activity. But alas, all these thoughts of mine did not last long. First the goof up from the Uber cab driver in finding the pickup location and then the long serpentine queue of vehicles lined up trying to find its way in busy traffic – shattered my dreams :(.

Well, I have to admit that I had to break all the rules and regulations of the airport starting from the initial security check line to the final individual security check inside the airport. I had hardly few minutes left before the actual schedule departure of the flight and was not left with any options but to surpass all others and run to grab my flight before it took off :). I am sure I must have gotten a lot of swears from people pushed back by me but it was a do or die sort of situation..

To add to all this chaos I forgot to put baggage tags to my backpack and small hand bag and I was sent back by the security personal to get the tags. This meant more chances of me missing my flight and I had a good run from one floor to the next to get hold of the tags.

Once I got my boarding pass stamped, I literally had to run and jump over all the obstacles in-between (you can imagine a similar scene in a Bollywood movie, a hero running & jumping seats) till I reached the boarding gate. Well, luckily for me the boarding gate was very much near and so I made it. Heavily panting I showed the staff my boarding pass and I heard the guy giving instructions on his walkie-talkie “last passenger before door close”.

This time it was a touch and go situation. I just made it in the nick of time to enter the aircraft. I had already given up all hopes of catching my flight while I was on my way to the airport. But thanks to the cab driver who was honking-ponking and driving (rather flying) his car at top speed all the way till the airport.

Well, I feel that lately myself and the airline are playing games with each other giving and giving me an adrenaline rush. But am happy that I have such memories with me which I can pen down and also can narrate such adventurous stories to my family once I am back home.