Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Dubai BlackBerry Chronicles


I started writing the Dubai chronicles when I moved here and somewhere along the way Dubai became home and the chronicles went kaput.  Familiarity breeds contempt and it also breeds complacency (and not in the good way).  While I was searching a nice profile picture for my Face book profile, I stumbled on my BlackBerry picture folder.

Now the strange thing about clicking pictures from a mobile phone is that it’s so in the moment and then its forgotten...

Looking at the pictures today I felt a story unfold in front of me, I saw a me, so different just 11 months ago.
Therefore, I decided to do a little photo story, some memories captured in extreme low mega pixel but remain very close to my heart. Each one a step forward into today. 

The night when I took the flight to Dubai, hours spent with people I love, two small bottles of wine and a box of After Eights...

 It was small but it was this view that bowled me over and still does. 1205, Dome 1 will always be so special...

 There were numerous evenings spent looking at sunsets with endless cups of coffee while I was searching for my place in this city...

 The joys of having your own place are the joys of stocking alcohol ... I discovered the joy of 'a drink by myself '

 The little things that make a house a home... my twinkly lights have become synonymous to home.

 Rare occasions with fresh flowers (an everyday feature back in India) lots of idle weekends with no television that helped to re-discover the joys of reading, writing and FB stalking!

 Numerous, frantic calls made to mom asking how 'this in the photograph' is cooked! I learned to somewhat enjoy cooking ... (though still not extremely fond of it)

 Dressing up, dressing down...

 Lots of girl night outs, bonding and gossiping .... This one particular night has fond memories... and lots of empty wine bottles!

Dubai has such awesome sunsets and it has a beach ... could I ask for more?

 Right opposite from where I work, always an amazing dream.. an amazing inspiration

 Happiness comes in small doses, to me it will always come in a Cold Stone cup cake..

The joys of doing nothing ... a weekend getaway to Abu Dhabi that was perfect

 Building furniture ... now that's a job, but taught me something simple... I didn't need a man (or a carpenter) to form a new life!

 Spending time and getting to know my nephew, so much a child can teach you that all adults put together cannot..

 A place that will always be close to my heart for a lot of reasons -  Nasimi beach @ The Atlantis ...

 A dream came true - I watched Bryan Adams live! I sang, cried and smiled. This was a moment when I realized the fruit of my hard work.. a day comes when you are in a perfect moment, you are where you once dreamed to be ... and yes, that's 'heaven'

My newly discovered hide out in Dubai - Cafe mOre .... the sunsets are to die for, love the all day breakfast and fat, fat pancakes!

There's always light.... it sometimes just hides and we cant see it. Dubai taught me a lot more... 

We make new friends, not easily but we do and at times.. we discover friends in people we just knew...

You have to give in a little to get a little...a city never becomes home unless you allow it to.

And in the end it has taught me that there is always a reason and a season for things to happen... there is always hope.. and as someone very close to me blogged - 'Someday someone will walk into your life, and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else'.


Here's to hope, dreams and a lot more memories we still need to make...
With love and light!



11 comments:

Komal-Nishka said...

and finalllllllllly cometh the moment of love to the city, you gave it a chance and it didn't let you down.. :D I'm so happy Aanch having you here :D

SAURABH AIL said...

I have good memories of your journey in Dubai...the moments where you were so perplexed about where you leading, quite reminded me of how I started in Dubai and yearned for a friend. But life was always so busy here that you never really find someone to always latch onto.

You make new friends. You always will. Just remember the old ones. 'cos not all new friends wud have seen you perplexed and given a solution. That's what I learnt from Dubai.

It's a good story Aanchal. Now buy a Canon and write a book :)

Aanchal said...

@ komal ... it would never have been possible without friends like you .. the thought stemmed from what we discussed of how we really trully spent time now... how we become friends with people we just 'KNEW' :)

Aanchal said...

@ saurabh .. needless to say those memories are so warm and at times you dont even want to think about them ... but thats what i mean by 'you do make new friends' and i made new friends in you and a few others.... life has its plans and reasons ... nevertheless somethings always remain close to heart.

about the cannon ... its my bday in 6 weeks and i am starting a 'buy aanchal a DSLR fund' so you are welcome to contribute :)

Trupti Shetty said...

Really beautiful Aanchal...It makes me wanna visit Dubai...

Abhijeet said...

its beautiful

Abhijeet said...

its beautiful.... yo sethi yo...

Aanchal said...

thanks Trupti .. you must visit :)

Aanchal said...

thnanks moni

Kiran said...

I remember how perplexed you were just a few months ago and how much you wanted to come back. But I also knew you had the grit to make it work for you. I am the happiest for you..and proud...ever so proud!!!!

CHEERS to LIFE!! said...

1st of all how are we doing in regard to the xls sheets made before leaving the home before this home.......

and yeah just one life, enjoy it as much as you can.... like someone said once dont take pictures, capture the moments..... dont live life kingsize, Live Life King Style!!

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