Thursday, December 31, 2009

its fun to write with some vodka in your blood !!!!

So it’s officially 2010 now! This is my first post of the year and I am very high and happy so that means it’s a good start to the year.

I am just back from the New Year’s party that we had been planning since a week - Friends getting together, music, food and lots and lots of vodka.

Suddenly during the party I see my past walk in holding the key to my future.

After a while everyone is suddenly absorbed with either their better halves or someone they just found for the night and I am wondering (and believe me after 4 vodkas the power of wondering becomes 100% more acute) what am I doing here?

I have some wonderful friends there – friends I have made recently and some who have been there for a decade and I see them happy and I feel happy but I also feel something is missing.

There comes a time in life when you feel it’s just right to embark on a new journey. I look at the beautiful full moon tonight and it tells me that the time is now.

So I pick my bag and grab my jacket and leave.

Is change here? I don’t know, I don’t see it (wish I could though) but I feel its somewhere around, just waiting for me to discover it.

After so much hype about New Years(even on my own blog and numerous facebook updates, and the pains to look good, fit into the sexy dress and then not even get a picture taken : ( ) tomorrow will just be another day, time in itself does not know the difference between days and months and years.

Time just IS.

Tomorrow might be the day when a new job opportunity arrives or the person I meet on a flight is the person destiny sent for me (it’s a before sunrise, before sunset fantasy! – sexy, oh very sexy ethan hawke where are you?), tomorrow might be another party where I feel old and my feet ache and I vow never to party again till another weekend arrives with promises of a better party.

Tomorrow might just be MY day.

And until then, here’s wishing you a wonderful 2010 and a beautiful decade.

Live everyday like there’s no tomorrow because one day you will sit down and realize time just vanished. Life just went by, a decade zoomed by and you just flew along.....

Happy New Year and decade lovely people.

Love you all.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cheers to that!

While I raise toasts to the year gone by and the year that we are going to embark on with highly philosophical undertones (read the last post here) I thought of listing down some snatches from the year gone by.

Happy times, memories that will last for a long time....

  • Falling in love, it’s beautiful for the time it does last. The butterflies in the stomach, the anticipation, the wait, the long conversations, coffee cups that get empty hour after hour, sunsets that have a whole different meaning, the little touch, the stolen glances, the queasy feeling, the way so many things are said without saying a word. Falling in love, it is beautiful. Falling out or breaking up is memorable in its own way. Suddenly there is a different queasiness, butterflies in the stomach like the ones you get during maths exams, words that never come out and just stay stuck in your head, eyes that never meet again to say anything else.Love in any form remains memorable for the extremeness it takes us to. And for that extremeness this year takes the cake.
  • Traveling abroad for the first time (does Nepal and setting one foot in Pakistan at the border count?!!) if someone tells me that it doesn’t excite them that they are setting foot abroad for the first time then I will laugh at their face because it’s a big lie. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t been super excited to land in another country, stare in awe at the swanky airport and exclaim, WTF under their breath. Anyhow, I exclaimed a big WTF when I entered an immigration window for the first time because I was troubled by Visa officers for some crap. All I could think at that time was this - ‘akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai’! LOL
  • Spending time with Reyankh, seeing him grow from a little tiny thing to a person that walks and kind of talks!                                                                                                                                                  I would look at him when he was around me and think that kids should never grow up. But every day I would wait for him to do something new. The day he painted his face with lipstick or when he painted all the walls in the house and we painted along with him remain memories that will last a lifetime. With him emerged three more children and one adult - My poor brother who spent time controlling the extravagance of affection towards our bundle of joy just so that he doesn't end up a brat (which mind you means utter rubbish when it comes to nephews and grandchildren, that advice is for other peoples naughty kids!)
  • Friends – losing some and gaining some. Some that grew with time and some that came and went like they never ever even were. 
  • Evenings at coffee day watching the world go by. And few evenings at Zen cafe(I just love that place)
  • Almost all the Saturday evenings this year spent at the farm! 
  • The night I got my tattoo
  • This time in Bombay when J and I sat on Bandstand for an hour and we hardly spoke, we just stared at the sea and some weird couples doing weird things! and then we laughed so hard that we cried
  • My weekend trips to Bombay which now always start with breakfast at JATC, a ritual of cheese omelets, bacon, sausages, waffles and coffee (BLISS)
  • An evening that was spent playing darkroom after 20 years!
  • The day I bought my short denim skirt, it was liberating in a way that requires another post to explain its depth 
  • Rediscovering painting out of the blue and making some awesome paintings!
  • The day the blog was compared to Tuesdays with Morrie, actually every time someone clicks on a ‘like’ button on my blog FB link or comments on the post it makes it memorable for me. (so please do this more often !)
  • Mastering the art of making Khow Suey, for which I remain the undisputable queen!
  • M’s wedding for several reasons – Chandigarh (a city I have come to adore), winter, re-discovering chai, the opulence of a Punjabi wedding which I miss in this city (the aunties and uncles, the rich food, the servants running around, marigold flowers, dholak and funny songs, the dancing, the drinking, the drinking, the drinking, the drinking !!!.... )
  • S and K’s wedding for making me remember that good things do happen. I have probably never been so happy for two people at the same time!
  • Christmas lunch for the realization of the beauty of friendship that evolves through so many different levels to become one that is held by strong hands of destiny and probably on some beautiful plane stays on forever
  • Painting my poster wall (which now is gone because we painted the whole house) :(
  • The day my bank account reached a desired figure, it’s not much but its mine. 
I know there’s probably so much more which I can’t remember right now. I would love to hear some snatches from the readers and what made this year memorable.

Write in and let me know, maybe I will remember some more!

Till then, as a very good friend signs off and I borrow this one from him, Cheers to life!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A toast to the 365 gone by and the 365 yet to come...

It’s been quite sometime that I updated the blog. I have been in a kind of slow state of mind. Numerous efforts of penning down thoughts have been wasted in vain. The end of the year generally does this to me. My time and thoughts move to contemplation of what has been, what could have been and what can be.

For me this year has been the year of acceptances and realizations.
Apart from what it has taught me, it has made me accept a lot about myself and people around. I have shifted from denial to reality through some bad and some good things that happened during the year.

  • I accepted to myself that everything has a shelf life including friendships.What you can do however is replenish them from time to time if you want to savor them as you grow older.

  • I accepted to myself that I am someone who will always love more than the love I will get back. I will always pour my heart out till I am completely empty; I will fall, hurt and be in pain but I will stand up again, heal my heart and move on.I learnt that I have an amazing capacity to love, and that’s just the way I am, so there’s no point changing that.

    • I accepted to myself that age is something I cannot run from. Each year I will look different, maybe a little older. I will not be able to do the things I did when I was twenty five; I will not be twenty five again. I will also never be twenty seven again so all I can do is cease the moment today.

      • I accepted to myself that bodies change with time. And so it is ok to throw out old clothes. They don’t need to hang in the closet with a hope of someday I will lose weight and wear them.

      • I accepted to myself that all fairytales don’t end up happily ever after. Sometimes fairytales don’t even happen the way you hoped they would.Prince charming won’t come on a white horse and sweep you off your feet; you might have to walk to him.

        • I accepted to myself that some fairytales do come true for certain people and with all the pure happiness I feel, it’s ok to feel a tad bit jealous.

        • I accepted to myself that I have been and I guess will always be confused of what I want out of life. I will change my career preferences, my cocktail preferences and color preferences as I grow up and as I realize that life has so much to offer.

        As the countdown to 2010 begins, I look back at the very long journey I have treaded and a longer one that lies ahead.
        I shed so much – I discard, wrap and throw some precious and a few unwanted things, relationships and ties that now just remain memories.
        I look at friends getting married and I wonder when did we grow up?
        I let go of old memories to make place for new ones.
        I know its time to move on.

        I wish for a better tomorrow and even though I know I might make the same mistakes again I pray for the courage and strength to endure them.
        I pray to find the ability to take risks and make changes without the fear of what lies ahead.

        Even though it flutters endlessly I pray that next year my soul finds an abode to settle.

        And to everyone who stumbles on this blog, I wish you lots of love and light.

        Sunday, November 22, 2009

        Strange Strangers

        Strange strangers we become
        Walking down the same path
        Silence doesn’t speak anymore
        It’s vacuum all over again.

        There was a you I used to know
        I don’t see him anymore
        Is he lost?
        Or did I forget him?

        With fierce knives and scissors
        We delicately cut what used to be us
        No reason, no plan
        Strange strangers we become
        Walking down the same path
        Never to meet again.

        Saturday, November 21, 2009

        Quests and conquests - The sometimes perfect life !

        I have been trying to think of an awesome opening line for this post because the reason to celebrate is awesome but anyways ten minutes of typing and hitting backspace is enough. So I give up.

        The news is that finally, yes finally I have found a pair of jeans that fit!!!
        The search for the perfect jeans is finally over (Ok- they r not perfect pefect (they have the funny white/grey fading lines on the thighs) – but they fit me just right)

        They are not skinny in the bottom – they fall straight!! Yes they still make those ones apparently.

        I spent a bomb, but they are so worth it.

        So I walked into the Esprit store just to kill some time and there they were staring right at me with ‘try me on’ eyes! The very sweet store manager told me that I should try a pair with a 28 inch waist (you know the feeling – the one in which you ask for a 30 inch pair with a queer face and look down because you are ashamed of the number 30 and someone says the magic number : 28)

        You obviously know the other feeling when so very smoothly a pair of jeans slide up and fit. You turn around in the mirror, look at your ass and smile. Bliss.

        That feeling is like the satisfaction of digging into a gooey chocolate cake. (Bloody irony!)

        Anyhow, I celebrated my purchase with my quest for the perfect butter chicken in Ahmedabad by trying yet another Indian eating joint (Curries @ SG road). And I was disappointed yet again.

        Did I ever mention that I am in search of perfect butter chicken in this city and so far no restaurant has come close to the buttery sweetness of what you relish at places like Pandara road in Delhi or even Zaika and Kareems in Bombay.

        What does a butter chicken and dal makhani with butter naan craving, die-hard Punjabi do in Gujjuland? The only choices one is left with are overpowering onion and garlic red gravies with paneer, vegetables or chicken in the name of ‘Punjabi’ cuisine. (Why is everything red and with paneer Punjabi?)

        Someone please tell them that red gravy with lots of onions and rajama chawal is not Punjabi cuisine and neither is a salwar kurta called PUNJABI DRESS.

        Are we digressing here? From the celebration of the perfect pair of jeans to butter chicken to my anger on Punjabi dresses?

        Whatever, its Sunday morning rant time! : )

        Yesterday I also saw one of the crappiest movies in recent time – Kurbaan. The performances were good (except Vivek Oberoi who should stop acting) but the plot sucked. Such a sensitive issue treated without a strong story is a shame. I liked Kareena for a change and Saif is hot but the botox is too much in the face. Is he having identity issues of dating a girl young enough to be his daughter which have lead to the overdose of botox?

        Anyways it’s good to wake up to scrambled eggs (the ones made with lots of onions and tomatoes and cooked in milk so each bite literally melts in your mouth) and fried sausages with pancakes to follow... background music of an odd combination of Jack Johnson and Kishore Kumar and a thick Sunday paper to last a couple of hours.

        Life sometimes is perfect.

        And the search for perfect butter chicken continues.....


        Thursday, November 19, 2009

        Of giving’s and taking’s

        "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." – Khalil Gibran (The Prophet)

         comic relief for a sensitive post ! : )

        There is this little thing about selflessness, it brings joy. Now this might be very selfish thought in itself but many a times the little acts of selflessness actually bring pure altruistic joy. Those few countable moments in one’s life are what make this life worth living.

        In the past one hour two very strange things happened. I came home to find out that the cycle of one of the painters working in the house was stolen. A daily wage worker, he earns Rs. 100 a day and without a means to commute would spend Rs. 50 on travelling.

        These five people have been in and out of my house since the past fifteen days and if the laws of sociology have to be considered we have become a close group of people.

        I could not bear look at this man. His eyes were truly sad. And it was not just his eyes but a face that was pulled down and broken.

        I have often wondered why certain people suffer so much and why many of us don’t even realise anything and live our lives taking everything for granted. (Rules and laws of karma maybe)

        This is certainly not the first time I have acted kind on a whim. I gave this man money for his cycle without a thought because I knew those eyes would haunt me forever.

        9 out of 10 people around us have eyes that are sad. Eyes that talk but are never listened to.  Eyes that wake up each day with a hope but sleep tired and exhausted.

        We forget so often to look into these eyes. They are all around us but we never have the time.

        I switched on the television and on the news was a story on 26/11. As the date draws closer news channels are gearing up with stories for maximum TRP’s. This one however was truly touching. It showed the plight of the ‘real life hero's’, the ‘real givers’ our Jawans, posted at the Gateway of India.

        Living in shambles, forced to use public toilets, sleeping on the cold hard floor expected to protect the country from terrorists.

        These are the same people who fought and gave up their lives to save the nation from probably the biggest terrorist attack in recent times. These are the people who gave and continue to give selflessly, something that each one of us holds so dear to us – our life.

        Giving is so relative, a couple of thousands can’t compare to a life.

        Yet on some spiritual plane it all adds up to a simple act of selflessness and pure joy the act brings.

        The prophet is one of my favourite books. Effortlessly Khalil Gibran manages to weave the complexities of life into simplicity.

        Read here the chapter on ‘GIVING’.

        Monday, November 16, 2009

        Weekend Chronicles - 3 (from reel to real life)

         Another crazy weekend (more like a nonexistent one) leads to another post on the weekend. I have a strange feeling very soon the blog is going to be called the weekend chronicles! Tuesday thoughts now happen on Monday mornings!

        I also feel the post format is changing. I have started writing more about myself (in person) which feels good (till now at least) that’s why the poems and articles are now interwoven with what is happening around me.
        I don’t know what the people who follow and read the blog like – so let me know : )

        Back to the crazy weekend...

        I got my room clean and freshly painted with two RED walls on Friday evening!!! I was skeptical about the red but it looks super cool. I spent all of Saturday picking up, moving and arranging furniture. I have a new cupboard (but honestly still no space) believe me, am not hoarding, still there are just so many clothes!!

        All of Sunday and till Monday morning we were shooting for a new TVC in Bombay. I came back in the morning and have slept all day. This explains the reason for a late night post.
        Shoots are always fun and they give you a lot of time to think. I always wonder about the life of a junior artist in the film industry when I look at one at a shoot.
        For one shot there were some 14 ‘extras’ ironically without whom the shot is incomplete so I wonder why they are called ‘extras’ in the first place. The sincerity in them is commendable. For a second of fame they give their 100%.

        Fame is so important. Success is relative.

        I am looking at a very gujju looking man in a very shiny bright suit being instructed by one of the assistant directors to stand/ then sit/ stand again. Obediently the ‘extra’ does as he is told. He is so scared that when he sits, he doesn’t remove the bag that’s lying on the chair. He adjusts. His eyes show such fear of losing the quarter second of screen presence (which might lead to his big break later) that he won’t take any chances.

        Bombay – my city of dreams. There is not one person who comes to this city without a dream. A million ‘extras’ roam around this city each day trying to find their own route to fame.
        Finally the model arrives (she is not very pretty in reality) but make-up transforms her. The lights make her beautiful and I can’t help but wonder and notice my own physical flaws. When I look at the model in the monitor all I can think of is my very fat nose. Because I know its make-up I can shun the thought of my fat nose after a second of self pity and laugh but the 14 ‘extras’ don’t. Each one has that hope and that dream in their eyes to someday be that ONE person in front of the camera.

        Fame. Who doesn’t want it? Yet how many of us struggle day and night for that quarter second of screen presence?

        Most of us just give up without a fight. Or we fight and then in time give up. Paulo Coehlo can keep writing about fighting for your dream and turning lead into gold but how many of us are real warriors and for how long can we be warriors?

        We all have a tipping point, what do you do when you tip?

        Sometimes we become ‘extras’ in our own personal lives. We are thrown out of the frame and all we can do is ‘adjust’.
        The director is calling the shots and we don’t even know if in the final film we will ever show or were we there just to be a part of the crowd?

        I am not being a pessimist here but I will agree that I am falling prey to the pitfalls of a thing called destiny.

        I have come to realise that sometimes ‘your all’ is just not enough. Sometimes the ‘time’ is just not right. That you can keep trying again and again to make things right yet they will be stuck in an irksome limbo.

        Every day is a struggle to move up from being the extra to the lead actor to finally someday the director.

        Every day is a new role, a new act where someone else calls the shot.

        Every day the lights change and with each layer of pancake a new mask appears.

        Every day is a hope that it would be the day when fame would be right there for grabs.

        Every day is a fight for maximum screen presence in a sepia toned frame.

        Someday, maybe, somehow. 

        Wednesday, November 11, 2009

        Bombay Meri Jaan !!!!

        So I am back from a nice long weekend in the only city I call home – amchi Mumbai. : )
        Each time I visit the city (since I left it the third time in 2007) it speaks to me.

        Strange right, have you ever felt that a city/ a place can communicate with you?
        Bombay does that with me.

        I was very low of the ‘hope quotient’ when I arrived in Bombay this time. However it didn’t take me more than 2 hours to get back on my toes!

        Hope comes from strange corners.
        • Two of my favorite people got married (to each other) there were times of calmness and times of chaos; a wedding however small is a wedding after all.But at the end of the day when you stand back a take a look from two feet apart, the picture always appears flawless.The bride fell ill and the make up man played truant, but at the end of the day, when the bride and groom stood together it was a perfect picture.A hope fills around every wedding, a hope for perfection, a hope for something called love and a hope for togetherness. 
        • I met a lot of old colleagues and friends at the wedding. I realized what I have been missing out on since the past two years.Advertising in India is defined by Bombay. Anywhere else, you are pretending to be in a make believe world of advertising.If you’ve been there once it doesn’t take two minutes to blend right back in. The booze is always flowing; the group is always the last to leave the party. In a two minute conversation you can talk of your career, the weather, Mayavati and who slept with whom.I miss the vibe, the zest and the passion that advertising is supposed to have and is very sadly only available in Bombay.
        • I ended the weekend with a long brunch of sushi, dimsums and ice-cream and a stroll on Hill Road which I absolutely love doing! I have not yet found jeans that fit me right. I totally revolt against skinny jeans and skinny people. Despite the efforts at the gym the skinny jeans still make my legs look like barrels!To make up for the jeans fiasco and the fact that leaving Bombay always depresses me, I managed to make my last meal special with awesome roadside, hand dipped pani puri at Band Stand and whole wheat, extra juicy burgers at Gostana (I highly recommend this place to all my fellow foodies – its tucked in a small lane opposite the Bagel Shop in Bandra and makes the most scrumptious, juicy burgers ever)

         Love the blue colours and Jimi Hendrix posters

        Bombay just makes me feel so much better about life.

        There are clearly two kinds of people in the world for me – people who like Bombay and people who don’t.
        I have no clue why the latter even stays in the city when they hate everything about it – The traffic, the rains, the crowds….

        People who like Bombay however have a way of making their way around the twists and turns of the chaos.

        I simple love the weird small things about Bombay – (Read more here and here)
        • The look in everyone’s eyes – it varies from tired (in the local train) to lost (in traffic) to hope (while looking at the sea) to love (coochie cooing on Band stand rocks) to happy (when you buy the random book from a child at the traffic signal)
        • There is so much emotion in every moment; most of us are busy criticizing the traffic to even notice that
        • The fact that there is no distinction between proximity and space in this city
        • More men than women stand outside Salman’s house hoping to catch a glimpse of his biceps.

        I can’t wait to get back. It is difficult to live in this city – The rents are too steep, the slums sprawl at every nook and corner, commuting is a hassle.
        But there is no other place where you can walk with a million people and yet be on your own.

        Till I’m back..... my city, my love… Here’s to you!!


        Thursday, October 29, 2009

        Tu jaane na .....

        Words that touched my heart and my soul... (to hear click here)

        कैसे बताये क्यों तुझ को चाहें यारां बता न पाएं
        बातें दिलों की देखो जो बाकी आखें तुझे समझाए
        तू जाने ना, तू जाने ना

        मिल के भी, हम ना मिले
        तुमसे ना जाने क्यों
        मीलों के है फासले
        तुमसे ना जाने क्यों
        अनजाने है सिलसिले
        तुमसे ना जाने क्यों
        सपने है पल्खों तलें
        तुमसे ना जाने क्यों

        निगाहों में देखो मेरी जो है बस गया
        वो है मिलता तुमसे हुबहू
        जाने तेरी आखें थी या बातें थी वजह
        हुए तुम जो दिल की आरजू
        तुम पास हो के भी
        तुम आस हो के भी
        एहसास हो के भी
        अपने नहीं
        ऐसे है हमको गिले
        तुमसे ना जाने क्यों
        मीलों के है फासले, तुमसे ना जाने क्यों

        ख्यालों में लाखों बातें यूँ तो कह गया
        बोला ना कुछ तेरे सामने
        हुए न बेगाने भी तुम हो के और के
        देखो तुम ना मेरे ही बने
        अफ़सोस होता है
        दिल भी यह रोता है
        सपने संझोता है
        पगला हुआ, सोचे यह
        हम थे मिले उनसे ना जाने क्यों
        मीलों के है फासले, तुम से न जाने क्यों.

        Tuesday, October 27, 2009

        Tusday musings - Drugged, random thoughs

        In office on an idle Tuesday afternoon awaiting changes in layouts with a strong anti allergic in your blood, what do you do????

        You pen down random, random, totally and utterly random thoughts….

        Read on….

        * I have the worst cold ever; all I can think of is hot chicken sweet corn soup. The kind in which lots of corn flour has been added and the egg looks like puke so you need to put lots and lots of soy sauce till the soup becomes black. Yes, that’s exactly what I am craving for.

        *I am reading the Lost Symbol since a week and I can’t believe I have carried on a Dan Brown book for so long. It’s not a patch on The Da Vinci Code. He keeps repeating himself and goes on tangents that have no connection with the actual plot.Robert Langdon is weak. The sheer brilliance of him in the earlier books is gone. I think it’s the Tom Hanks effect; he was so lost in the film adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons that his lose acting skills have rubbed off on the character here.

        *I absolutely love the new Limca jingle.(can’t help much as it plays on everyone’s computers all day) Not very fond of the ad though. The first one was a master piece. The playfulness and twang (my word for a naughty/emotional/playful blend) of the Sushma Reddy one lacks here but the music as usual sticks.

        *I have 340 friends on facebook and I talk to none. It’s a pity, social networking is supposed to bring you closer but I don’t see that happening.
        I love checking out my news feed – status, pictures and links. I don’t remember the last time anyone wrote on my wall or I did on theirs.
        Pity, sigh. : (

        *I highly recommend watching Inglorious Basterds. Tarintino just gets better and better with every film he makes.
        Call me a sadist but I love the way in which he displays blood. There is always such ruthless, raw elegance in each frame where anything to do with murder and blood is concerned.
        Simply beautiful.

        *I am trying very hard to rise up and forgive the inglorious bastards I know but it is not happening.
        How long does this process take?
        The one that involves – mistrust, betrayal, hurt, anger, damage – anger, anger, anger, pain, hurt, pain – letting go, forgetting, moving on…..
        I am still on stage one and the spiritual pep talks are not helping.

        *Spiritual pep talks remind me of Deepak Chopra on twitter. The man can talk. He tweets every second. My twitter page is full of his tweets.
        Honestly, I fail to understand most of them because he blabbers too much.

        *I am very touched by some sweet messages about the blog. (esp. Z and J) I am glad to bring a change and provoke thoughts which have been whiling away in your heads. But People please comment on the blog – don’t mail me/ sms me or comment on gtalk.
        Some of the small pleasures in my life include reading the comments on the blog page     ( :- D )

        *The air is changing and I love this city during these months. I must admit though that I am over this place now and the time has come to move on but the weather is making it so much more bearable.

        The avil effect is kicking in and I’m high. : )
        Its time to check some layouts and go home to my bed and pillow and sleeeeeeeeeep just to later wake up to hot, steaming soup.
        Aaaaah, the very simple pleasures of being ill. : )

        So until more random thoughts,

        Sniff, sniff, cough, cough !!!

        Sunday, October 25, 2009

        The weekend chronicles

        Crazy week and a crazier weekend. Have lost and gained so much this week. The new post had to be on eye openers.... read on ...

        :) :) :) 

        Weekend revelation 1
        I sit across the table from an unassuming gentleman in a tiny, pink tiled room and while he blabbers incoherent words in an ancient language I try to focus my attention on the wall pasted with numerous pictures of God’s and Goddesses. The smell of incense is thick and overpowers the aroma of bhetki being cooked in the neighbouring house.
        I feel almost surreal. The man is reading out my future as the ancients have written it.
        At one point, I almost laugh out loud. I can’t help but notice the irony of his predictions coinciding with recent events. That makes me want to laugh and tell him to shut up. I go on listening though, hoping that something he says will give me hope.
        He sums up the session by telling me this is my last birth and therefore the reason for all the troubles, I need to clear my karmic debt to everything and everyone.
        After that it’s simple bliss. Moksha.
        This happened yesterday. A quiet, long rickshaw ride later, I came home and tried to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.
        If someone spread out your entire life right in front of you in a mere sixty minutes, would you put up your hands and give in to destiny or would you fight and challenge it, simply to change it?
        If this is my last birth and I don’t get another chance to experience and learn then I have wasted enough time.
        There are still the Greek islands to discover, too much sushi left to eat, sky diving to be done......

        Weekend revelation 2
        There is not much you can do to ease pain. You need to let it sink in, slowly.
        You need to wait for numbness to take over.
        Things that make the heart ache are something like that too. You just have to believe, you have to see what stares at you with naked eyes. You have to let it engulf you till you are submerged in its powers and then you wait. You wait to forget. You wait for it to ebb.
        Change happens in its due course. (Karmic debts I guess) and comes back a full cycle.
        But sometimes what changes cannot be undone. Sometimes what you lose is lost forever.
        Sometimes years of trust are broken in a brittle moment of truth.

        Weekend revelation 3
        Even if it’s momentarily, there is nothing that can’t be cured with a little Billo Rani and vodka.
        I spent a couple of hours last night dancing on cheesy, cheap Hindi item numbers. Three vodka peg’s to forget that I am a horrible dancer.
        Friends without any Karmic debts, just me and the stars..

        Weekend revelation 3
        As I write this, I am also watching qayamat se qayamat tak on TV.
        In a weird, sort of crazy way watching this movie today makes me think of the past. The twenty seven years that have gone by.
        This movie is eventful in a lot of ways – it is one of the first movies I watched on the big screen, the first time I fell in love (aamir khan) , the first time I cried for someone else (when they both die), the first time I thought of the concept of eternal love.
        The weekend started with someone predicting the next thirty five years of my life and the weekend ends with a flashback.
        I don’t have the guts to count what I have lost and what I have gained. I fear the losses might precede the gains.
        So I let that be.
        The past twenty seven years have been eventful, joyous, sad, happy all blended into one.
        I suddenly realise that the astrologer hasn’t told me anything that I haven’t experienced.
        The next thirty five are going to be eventful, joyous, sad and happy all blended into one.
        I just might be smarter to live them with a smile.
        Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla have just found abode in the middle of nowhere and they are happily singing a song....
        I can’t help but fantasize about a similar situation. Eternal, crazy love, an abode in the middle of nowhere and fighting for who you love. Perfection.
        And then soon after, the villains arrive and perfection dies.
        A tear rolls down my cheek.... as always.

        Friday, October 16, 2009

        Remember cupcakes?

        Remember when you were a child and a tray of freshly baked cupcakes was kept right in front of you. That moment when you looked at that tray and smelt the choco-cocoa, creamy, hot cakes was one where nothing else in the world mattered.
        Everything you wanted and ever needed was right in front of your eyes. It was Hansel and Gretel in real life minus the witch. Everything after that would be happily ever after.
        As grown-ups the cupcakes grew scantier and the often moments became once in a while.
        Everything that was wanted and needed was not available on a tray, kept in front of your eyes to feast on.
        You learnt to fight for a tiny piece, to cut ends for one single bite. You learnt to scram, save and struggle for your potion of happiness.
        Cupcakes all of a sudden were compartmentalised. Cupcakes were not happiness on a tray anymore.
        You needed to choose how big a bite of which cupcake you would eat.
        And suddenly, you realised that you couldn't eat cupcakes anymore. Your body refused to take in anything remotely sugary.
        Suddenly happily ever after seemed like a distant dream of hot, creamy cupcakes in a distant past.
        Do you remember this happening to you?

        The irony of love

        Found this beautiful image on the net -

        and then I found a longer version -

        Monday, October 12, 2009

        Happy New Day !!!

        Inked, engraved and enlivened

        Has it ever happened to you that you lose a part of yourself in the humdrum of life and then just like that, one fine day it all comes back. You are yourself all over again. Maybe for a moment or for a day but that feeling, the feeling of being whole again is the biggest high you can ever get.

        Being impulsive, spontaneous and unplanned used to be natural for me.
        Life and its expectations, me and my expectations from life, people, work, the stress of  always running late for work, heartbreaks and heartaches, the anxiety of becoming fat, the worry of failing, the sense of loss etc made me very guarded.

        I don’t know when it exactly happened. That moment in which I trapped my carefree, artless, raw soul into walls I built for myself. I forgot that it was ok to be impulsive, to be free and to be myself.
        My soul subjected to such torture, lay dormant. Too busy to even look at myself in the mirror I forgot about it being all alone behind deep, thick walls.

        This whole deal of being guarded came with its perks; it made me feel old and made me anti-social.
        None of this is my inherent nature but I played along
        Fighting the world was enough; I didn’t have time to fight with myself.

        This weekend after declining three invitations for dinners and parties, I was ready to sit at home, watch crappy Saturday night TV and aimlessly browse the internet. A friend kept insisting that I come and meet her and her boyfriend, whom I had never met. Having let her down so many times already I decided to make a short visit. One drink and I would get back home.

        The conversation was interesting, I was drinking slowly and after meeting people I adore I was at ease.
        My friend’s boyfriend happens to be a tattoo artist and the conversation obviously was revolving around that when I told him about the tattoo design I have been carrying around since forever but have never had the guts to get it done (it also happens to be significant in my to do before 30 list)

        He came up with the idea of doing the tattoo right then. It was 1.30 in the morning. I was sane with only half a peg of whiskey and coke in my blood.
        I have no idea what came over me, I don’t even remember thinking too much.

        I agreed.

        At 3.30 in the morning, I had my tattoo.

        As each drop of ink pierced into my skin something else, somewhere evaporated.
        Each prick of the needle pulled out a brick of the deep, thick wall and engraved my spirit that had suddenly woken up.

        It wasn’t just about the tattoo or the symbol that means so much; it was about what the whole experience was doing to me.

        Cho Ku Rei is a Reiki symbol. It indicates strength, power and energy with a direction.
        What has always attracted me to this symbol is its meaning that all the energies of the universe reside at this point (where it is drawn)

        People feel that it takes big events in life to wake one up from deep slumber. I believe that everyday there are moments which give you the choice to either wake up or lay dormant.

        Impulsively, without much thought, getting the tattoo in the middle of the night, just like that was a moment for me.
        A moment to wake up my soul and be alive again.

        Tattoos always have a story and a reason behind them. My tattoo has given me a reason to look forward again.
        With the universal energy engraved in me forever I doubt my soul will ever sleep again!

        It is my new day, my happy new day.
        And not to forget the tattoo -  immensely sexy! ;)

        Note: The title credit for this post goes to my good friend A. I have read this as your status message since so long but Saturday night was an actual new day.
        The credit for going through with this also goes to A and S, thanks for pushing me.

        Friday, October 9, 2009

        Miss Almost, Miss Maybe, Miss Halfway

         People who know me well know for a fact how difficult it is for me to stick on.
        I can’t stick.
        I can’t stick to a career or to a job.
        I can’t stick to a city or to people.

        A lot of people feel I have commitment issues. I feel I just like to experience.

        God however is naughty.
        I think He/She likes to play with the naughty ones.
        Ones like us.

        Does it happen to you that you are faced with choices just when you have made a decision?
        Does it often happen that you have set your mind to do something and be right and suddenly out of no where temptation appears?
        You take a step to eat that cake and realize that you are leaving millions of chocolates behind?

        I have often pondered on why I can’t stick.
        I see everyone around me comfortable, settled in lives they have either succumbed to or are trying to settle into. Most of my peers are getting married, having babies, going places with their jobs and living content (I hope so) lives.

        I have been one of those who have always wanted more. The kinds, who suck from the straw till the last moment and make ugly noises just to get the last bit of the strawberry milkshake.

        The ones who feel no job was ever made good enough to exploit their talents. They have so many talents that they discover a new one everyday and then forget where they started from.

        I am sure there are quite a number of ‘ones’ like me.
        ‘Ones’ with whom God plays mean, fun and naughty games.
        Restless, twitchy, forever seeking souls.

        Faced with life changing decisions at the moment, I have suddenly been gifted options.
        I can choose.
        I have been given the gift to choose.

        And suddenly, I don’t want it.
        I like the limbo, I like the chase and I like the unknown.
        I like being almost,
        I like being maybe,
        I like being halfway.

        Note : This post is inspired by the lyrics of the song - Miss Halfway by Anya Marina check them out here

        Tuesday, October 6, 2009

        Don't tempt me, Please!

        (Photo from cartoon stock - Just to express how I feel!)

        Not being able to buy a pair of jeans in my size (read here) and a bad stomach infection gave me the motivation to join an exercise class.

        Now I am not a person built for gyms. I don’t find any pleasure running on the treadmill, staring outside the window and looking at passing traffic.

        I also don’t find much pleasure in looking at brawny gym instructors bursting out of their tee shirts.

        There isn’t much pleasure if you may please in picking up weights and making funny faces at yourself in the gym mirror.

        While I was flirting with the idea of how I could lose weight, I ended up joining a few gyms, yoga classes’ et al. None of which lasted long enough.

        Last week the weighing machine gave me the jitters. I now know how people who fret about their weight feel. It’s not just about the fat; it’s so much more –

        * All the clothes I have in my wardrobe that I will not fit into anymore.

        * The numerous others I will see hanging on pretty shelves and I won’t be able to pick up.

        * The way chocolate mousse will scream the letters FAT in big, bold letters each time I will look at it and drool.

        * The way I will feel each time Kareena Kapoor will show up in a movie or a magazine with her bloody size zero figure.

        Shocked and shaken, I have now enrolled myself in a group exercise class.
        My legs and arms haven’t stopped aching since the past three days. But there are some perks –

        * The class is full of 18 year olds with so much energy. I feel old but I also feel the need to be young.

        * The gym has awesome showers (does that matter, yes!!!) There are even hair dryers in the showers, fancy that!

        * Just below the gym is Chocolate Room with all those awesome chocolates and Bikaner wala with piping hot jalebis, what better test for my will power can I ask for?

        I am two classes old and I already feel thinner (at least in my mind)

        I pray for motivation and strength to get through this.

        I pray to all the cup cakes and chocolate mousses in the world, don’t tempt me. Please.

        I miss so much !!!!! - Tuesday musings - 2

        On idle Tuesdays afternoons like this I miss –

        •Fruit plates at the Linterland office. That guilt - free something to eat during the 4pm hunger pang.

        •Afternoon movies at Gaiety- Galaxy, anyone who lives in and around Bandra knows about the G7 multiplex. I miss watching movies with some old charm around them.
        Wooden seats, air coolers, popcorn in packets and bottled cold drinks. Also unique to G7 is catching a glimpse of the Anil Kapoor look alike usher.

        •Sleeping. Aimless, no reason afternoon sleep that later gives you a groggy head.

        •The NCC canteen in Pune, where I have spent so many idle yet fun afternoons sipping Onjus and munching on wada pav which strangely only at the NCC canteen is served with delicious Sambhar.

        •Long, sleepy edits at VideoKraft (an offline studio in Worli, Mumbai)

        •The 15 minutes after school got over and there was so much energy outside the busses, at the cycle parking lot and the canteen. That’s when I caught a glimpse of the hottie I had a crush on. : )

        •Shopping spree’s @ hill road.

        •Burgers @ fast track at the NFC community centre market in Delhi. They were awesome especially while bunking boring 4 hour long radio classes.

        •Unlimited beer buffets @ Sports bar.

        •Sangrias and pasta @ out of the blue.

        •Blueberry muffins @ the Bagel shop.

        •Watching Bold and the Beautiful once in 6 months at 3 pm and catching up just where I left it.

        •Day dreaming.

        •Making travel plans to remote islands in the Mediterranean.

        •And so much more…..

        What do you miss? write in and let me know : )

        Monday, October 5, 2009

        Tuesday musings - 1

        Today's blog of note features a very interesting blog -

        I found this amazing quote there -

        "She was bold, and yet she was reserved. She was sensual and girlish, but she was never coy ... she projected ... a vitality and freshness ... demureness, that suggested ... she was in charge of herself and not to be had." - Paul Fees

        Beautiful, isn't it?

        Saturday, October 3, 2009

        a small journey

        We met, we never spoke, we spoke, we became friends, we became best friends, we loved, we fought, we hated, we didn’t speak, we became aloof, we missed each other, we forgot each other, we met again, we fought, we hated our guts, we lost touch, we met yet again, we reminisced, we regretted, we became friends, we spoke, we became best friends, we met, we loved.

        We, never left.

        Friday, October 2, 2009

        If I could learn ...


        If I could learn just that I could be so much calmer.


        If I could learn just that I could be so much more grounded.


        If I could learn just that I could be so much more positive.


        If I could learn just that I could be so much happier.

        I wonder...

        Sometimes I wonder when we can’t please everyone why should we even try.

        In order to please people we end up forgetting to please our self.

        Is that a happy way to live?

        We are born with relationships, relationships we don’t choose, relationships we are obliged and obligated to.

        We end up making however through life, relationships that we base on our terms and conditions. Ones we can decide to keep or let go. There are no obligations to those.

        The funny part is that throughout our lives we try to please those who are connected to us through a social norm we had no say in.

        The funnier part is how much ever we try those are the people whose expectations we will never be able to fulfill.

        Those are the people we will keep trying to please but somehow it will never ever be enough.

        But we will still try,

        Imperfections will become perfections.

        Pride will be dead and ego gone.

        And slowly we learn,

        Life itself, at the end of the day was never our choice to begin with.

        Wednesday, September 30, 2009

        I need some answers

        Even when you know there is nothing like plain black and vanilla white, why does grey become so comfortable?

        Are coincidences planned to basically screw up all the plans you ever made?

        Destiny is a comfort zone or is that the way it was always meant to be?

        When suddenly everything is crystal clear in your gut and everything around you seems perfect why is it right then when you start questioning the perfection of it all?

        Why are you scared to believe in your happy ending?

        Back from awesomeness.

        Some things that classify as awesomeness –

        Splendid weather
        Great company
        Mutton cutlets
        Fried bacon
        Chilli vodkas
        Long drives
        Amusement parks

        I’m back from my long weekend break to Bangalore. Renewed and refreshed.

        I love Bangalore. It starts with the weather. You can’t help but be in a good mood. One doesn’t sweat, there is no scorching sun, you can walk… you can smell the breeze.. it just doesn’t get any better.

        Bangalore over hyped airport though I must say is just too bloody far. It takes ages to get to the city which does have a traffic problem.

        Apart from that, the traffic (thankfully I don’t drive) and the fact that everything shuts at 11pm which is a damper everything else about that city rocks.

        So a couple of things we did - a day trip to Bhimeshwari, which is a fishing camp close to Bangalore. The drive was beautiful, lush green coconut trees, huge and brightly coloured god statues and not to forget shady looking eating places.

        The second day we went to Wonderla, an amusement pack 25km from Bangalore. This is an ideal place to discover the lost child in you, unless of course your body has given up and you finish the day with a bad backache.

        There is a cover charge – around 600 bucks per person with unlimited rides. So you need to spend sometime here.

        The rides are super fun and crazy. You are tossed and turned while you scream and abuse.
        It is the perfect outlet to release all your energies and pent up stuff. The maximum I can do its laugh and scream at the same time with eyes closed.

        I could not eat much because of my crazy stomach, but I did live on liquids. What kind of a holiday is it when you don’t have beer at 10.30 in the morning? : )
        We did go out to eat though – There is this interesting boutique restaurant called 100ft on the 100ft road. I love the way restaurants and stores have been blended into homes. The whole feeling is so quaint and charming.

        Kosheys is again somewhat like Martins or Mondegar in Bombay. Select menu and classic food. The mutton cutlets are to die for. We got there for breakfast and stayed for around two hours. No one asked us to move or hovered around. It is a perfect place to relax and catch up with friends on a Sunday or a holiday morning.

        Bangalore is definitely a city I would love to live in. next stop maybe??? Hmmm… that is some food for thought !

         Check out the pics below -

        Crazy ride at wonderla

        Awesome finger chips at 100ft 

        The river at Bhimeshwari

        Tuesday, September 22, 2009

        spilt milk !!!

        Isn’t it ironical that we only cry over things that gave us the most happiness at some point of time.
        It makes it impossible to go back to that memory and relive the happy moment because the journey there means passing through the pain.

        So you continue to be in a state of limbo you just don’t like.

        Some ironies of this thing called life … I just can’t decipher.

        Friday, September 18, 2009

        I am back !!!!!!!!!!!

        On 9 out of ten occasions when I look at the watch since the past two months the time is always in same numbers – 11:11, 13:13, 12:12

        Someone once told me that it’s a sign of change coming your way.

        But change never came.

        So I changed.

        Sometimes it takes several roller coaster rides for you to throw up. To clear your system, get over the queasy feeling and get ready for the next ride.

        And now change is everywhere…

        My first post after ages, the blog has a new look – pure and pristine.
        Ideas are flowing and finally meeting logic.

        My favourite quote (also at the end of the blog) says – “change, but slowly because direction is more important than speed.”

        With a hint of direction and some hope I walk ahead.

        The time on my watch is now 3.33.

        Eerie, isn’t it?

        Change is now.
        Change is here.
        Change is me.

        I’m glad to be back.

        Tuesday, September 1, 2009

        That plain vanilla laughter...

        Flying can be a hard task, especially when you don’t know how to land.

        They say child is the father of man and a child today is teaching me more about life than anyone ever could.

        Watching my one year old nephew giggle uncontrollably at nothing makes me wonder when was the last time I or anyone I know did that.

        I miss plain vanilla laughter.

        The one in which you laugh from your stomach, you can’t breathe and you feel the laughter will kill you.
        The kind where every inch of your body laughs and you become all pink and purple.

        Its not that we don’t laugh or have occasional fits of uncontrollable laughter, we just wait for reasons and instances to do that.

        Most people I know and I included wait for opportunities to be happy. We live from weekend to weekend, holiday to holiday. We wait for the promotion, the hot date, the birthday, the breakup (reasons to get drunk and make a fool of your self) to FEEL.

        So Rey walks around without a care in the world, smiling to himself and pleased by accomplishments like climbing a stair, shooing away an uninformed pigeon. And he’s happy.

        There are times I watch him and I pray to myself that he sees an adulthood that’s perfect in everyway.
        An adulthood that lets his innocence be a part of everything he does.

        Adulthood used to be a milestone that we all couldn’t wait to cross. Our entry into the big, bad world. The big, bad world that we didn’t know at that time was actually a big, bad world.

        Monday, August 17, 2009


        Jiska bhi chehra chila, andar se aur nikla......

        Wednesday, August 12, 2009

        Things that fit and things that dont!

        Like every other person I know including the anorexic variety I too cannot sustain a ten minute conversation without talking about my or the other persons weight.
        The conversation varies –

        “How thin/fat (the expression of surprise is the same of course!) This top makes you look!”
        “We shouldn’t eat this, look at the amount of cheese”
        “I am going to start exercising tomorrow”
        “OK, last time and then I’m on a diet”
        “Look at her, how she can eat so much and be so thin!”
        “I just haven’t found the right exercise for me”

        Despite the same drab conversations day in and day out I have never really fretted about my weight. I just fantasize about how I used to look three years ago. I also earn enough to keep changing my wardrobe every six months. So I adapt.

        Or so I thought.

        Two years ago on New Years Eve in an expensive satin plunging neckline number I was congratulated on being pregnant. I thought empire necklines were for us, the ones who suddenly, out of the blue developed things called love handles.
        Things that the boyfriend called something to hold and the friend called the onset of an era that has no return.
        I didn’t know how to react to the drunk thirty something slob on calling me pregnant. I swore never to wear that dress again. Or anything that spelled empire line.

        I was wrong of course, half of the clothes in my wardrobe are now empire line. The things called love handles have only increased and well, weren’t empire lines invented for fat pregnant women?

        I was adapting. Changing and accepting till a couple of days back when I went to buy jeans.

        Have I ever mentioned how difficult it is for Indian women to find a pair of jeans?
        Do the jeans makers realize that Indian women are like amoeba? They change shape depending on age, clothes, time of the day and region (ever wondered why the north easterners are so bloody thin and us punjus are well…. Whatever!!)

        So I browse through 15 shops on hill road and there is NOTHING in any one of those 15 stores that can fit a normal Indian woman.
        The ones that are thin till the waist and then God just moved on to the next one and forgot to finish the remaining part.
        What do these ones do???

        I don’t know how to adapt anymore! People have started shying and calling me,-
        ‘Healthy and happy’ and started saying, “just don’t put on anymore weight, you’re perfect”.

        I can’t change when the stores are flooded with skinny jeans meant for non existent anorexic women or very fat aunties who don’t have mirrors in their homes.

        I can’t accept that I have crossed the thin line between thin and healthy. The very thin line that defines our daily lives, whether the day will be happy or sad, whether we will feel good or crappy.

        Disappointed I sit in a rickshaw and go to linking road.
        This street loves me. This street has shoe shops.
        Shoes are loyal. They love me. They never make me feel crappy about eating that chocolate pastry.
        They don’t want me to change, accept and adapt.
        Shoes just fit.
        Shoes let me indulge.
        Shoes are my best friends; they are always there to tell me that despite what happens to my waist size, they will never change size.

        And suddenly everything just seems better.


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