Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I was watching one of the last few episodes of HIMYM (How I Met Your Mother for the uninitiated) and a few dailogues resonated the very feeling I get when I think of the people who are important in my life.
People drift apart. That is a fact. Even when it isn't intentional, even when we sincerely try to make efforts to stay in touch, even when there isn't a fight involved. Because life happens. And priorities change. And this. And that. But on the other hand, there are only a handful of people that really matter to you and you would know who they are if you asked yourself. Hang on to these people. Best possibility, if they reciprocate, then you would probably have whatever you wanted right next to you most of the times!
That said, I am also quite happy with the way the makers of HIMYM are tying up the loose ends (though some episodes of season 9 weren't great) and entering the grand finale in a fortnight's time. Whatever be the quality of the show today, I have always liked it for the narration and for the sometimes whacky sometimes believable relationships and hardships that the main characters have gone thru, and the way they stuck around each other for close to 10 years. Now, those would be the kind of people to hang on to!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I was trying to analyze the lyrics of this amazing song. It is true. No matter where you go in the world, no matter how much you love travelling, it is always a pleasure and might I add, safer feeling, to go back to that one place where everybody knows you, where you feel you belong, where people have the same problems that you do and you smile with tears in your eyes and say "yes, misery does love company", where everybody knows your name!
I just felt like I HAD to mention this one episode of FRIENDS that has a reference to the Cheers theme song; Joey goes to London with his friends to attend Ross's wedding to Emily, and within just a day, he starts feeling homesick, and there you see him watching an episode of Cheers and turning sad as soon as he hears the "where everybody knows your name" part of the song.
In these places that are ours, people face the same challenges, they have the same jobs, they share the same joys, they like the same food, they breathe the same air, they have the same aspirations...as we do. And that helps us create a comfortable environment around us, this safety net or bubble around us. When thrown out of such an environment, the popular phrase "fish out of water" is used, because that is how one feels, like their safety bubble has been burst. Now, there are people who like to challenge themselves and so try going out of their comfort zone time and again, on purpose. For them, the emotional connect to places or people that we call our own, would not be as high as others.
I went back to visit my workplace of almost 8 years a few days back, and this song fits that situation to a T. Everyone knows me there, understands me and my background and are glad to see me. Know what the best part of such places are? You can recreate them. Of course that takes a lot of investment of time and interest, but you can turn your new place, like a new work place, or new apartment, or new city halfway across the world, into your own and lo and behold, it now becomes another place where EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME!
Monday, February 17, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
- To let go of tensions and stress, if at least for a little while
- Hone inherent talents
- No other plans have been made that clash with the “Me” time
- Cellphones and other technologies that can distract the person are kept as far away as possible
- All other things needed to hone talent are easily and readily accessible
- Writing (Yes, it definitely tops the list!)
- Watching reruns of my favorite serials/sitcoms (FRIENDS of course tops the list
- Practicing Yoga
- A new hobby of mine lately, cooking!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Imagine this: Wherever you see, the surroundings have been dipped in sepia tone. You feel like you are either looking out thru tinted windows or wait, is this reality or you're looking at a huge photograph in front of you? Nah, it's real. You see people moving. Wait wait. They aren't just moving, they seem to be rushing; as if in a hurry to reach some place; as if in a hurry to escape an impending doom. There are all sorts of two-wheelers: Activas, Pulsars, Hero Hondas, Bullets even; are the four-wheelers left behind? Of course not! You see the big ones and the small ones: From Zens to Vernas to Dusters. What is that? Wow, a lone cyclist desperately trying to find a lane to pedal away. Lane? Whom are you kidding? Those things don't exist!
And who can forget the big brothers of all? The buses and the trucks with only one thing in common...err…no two things in common. One: They don't let any of the smaller vehicles get ahead of them and two they have conductors or cleaners or whatever you call them, with their hand outside the window, trying to make sure their first motive gets achieved.
You see people from all walks of life. Most of the two wheelers seem to be from software companies, or at least they seem so as you notice their bags; one says Wipro, the other IBM, and another Accenture, of course there is SLK too.
The sky seems to be dropping down with the weight of the clouds. "I have to drop dead now, I can't take the weight anymore" it seems to cry. The dark clouds look like a menace waiting to happen. You feel you've seen enough when you hear loud sounds of an approaching ambulance behind you. The sound seems to scare you out of your wits and for some reason, your heartbeat and pulse quicken, much like someone you know is in that ambulance, fighting for life. But you don't have time to think of all this, as you have to make way for the ambulance to pass thru. As an educated and compassionate individual, you first try to stop the traffic from the perpendicular lane, shout at the others behind you to move quickly to make space for the ambulance; and in the end, use the dirtiest slang words you know at people who take advantage of the space and speed behind the ambulance.
As you reach closer to your destination, you feel safer and calmer. The tint still exists, but, you feel a sense of closeness to the color now. Yes, the sun has set, the birds are returning to their nests and so are you; to the comfort of what one calls a home and family.