Delayed Connection

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I’m sitting by the window, waiting for a piece of my young adult life to walk in through the door.

As if on cue, he’s wading through the sea of tables and fellow diners.

His eyes light up on seeing me and before the pleasantries, he gives his reason for being late, just like before.

We talk about a million things and fall into an uncomfortable silence when it’s time to leave.

And at that very moment, I realize that I’ve never stopped loving him.

I stare at him in shocked silence, when he says, “I’ve never stopped loving you.”

Linking this to Writing Wednesdays at Write Tribe. Today’s prompt is a Wordle consisting of 10 words. From these words, use a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10 words in the post.

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21 Random Facts About Me

I can never resist writing list posts. When I saw this prompt for Friday Reflections, I knew that I had to do it. And also because, my blog is starving. So here I am with some known and some unknown 21 random facts about me…

  1. I love, love, love reading books. I can read from morning to night and sometimes till early hours of the morning.
  2. Everything, I do starts with a list. 80% of the times it is diligently written in a small notebook and rest of the time in the grey cells. But whatever task is at hand, it’s 1….2…3…4… for me!
  3. I absolutely love tea. And I love to have it in total peace and quiet around me.
  4. I have an OCD for washing things. When I buy something, the first thing I check is whether it’s washable?
  5. Keeping my home neat and clean is an utmost priority for me and usually it takes precedence over cooking food.
  6. I can’t dance to save my life.
  7. I love my gadgets more than my jewellery.
  8. My Me-Time is very important to me.
  9. I can’t stand the drama in Hindi serials, news and reality shows.
  10. I have learnt driving thrice and still can’t drive.
  11. I suffer from foot-in-mouth disease.
  12. My face gives me away even when I stop myself from saying something. Every. Single. Time.
  13. I am very straightforward and believe in cold, hard truth rather than saying what people want to hear.
  14. I believe in power naps and it makes my world a better place.
  15. I am very meticulous or so I like to believe.
  16. I am not very experimental with food. More often than not I’d prefer to go to the same restaurant every time and order the same dish always.
  17. I am fiercely loyal in my relationships.
  18. My tolerance to cold weather is pretty less. I cover myself in layers when it’s pleasant weather for others.
  19. I tend to overthink and overworry!
  20. The only exercise regime that I can follow for long is swimming. Rest, just die a very early death.
  21. I believe in the power of prayers.

Linking this to  #FridayReflections at Write Tribe.

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Ten to One of My Life

Saw this interesting tag at Roshan’s blog and I knew, I had to do it for two reasons.
A- Because such posts are super fun, easy and can be done in a jiffy.
B. Because they make you introspect, think and reflect on a few things and they make you travel down the memory lane too.

So, here I am with Ten to One of My Life…

TEN HOW’S!

How did you get one of your scars? From a snake bite on my toe when I was six years old. Oh, it was a non-poisonous snake.

How did you celebrate your last birthday? With KG and Aaryan.

How are you feeling at this moment? Relaxed after a long day at work.

How did your night go last? Pretty uneventful!

How did you do in high school? Pretty good.

How did you get the shirt you are wearing? Bought it from the End of Season Sale at Pantaloons. Incidentally, the top I picked was not on Sale!

How often do you see your best friends?  Not too often. Though we chat and talk over phone frequently.

How much money did you spend last month? Quite a lot, actually. I must truly not get lured by the word ‘Sale’.

How old do you want to be when you get married? This is not applicable to me for I have said, “I Do” some two decades ago!

How old will you be at your next birthday? Another year older with more greys and perhaps more wisdom!

9 WHAT’S!

Your mother’s name? The first person to like my blog posts on Facebook is my mom. So, go on and check out her name from there!

What did you do last weekend? Went to Shirdi all by myself. Had a no workshop day, so made use of it by visiting Sai Baba temple at Shirdi. A long pending trip!

What is the most important part of your life? To feel at peace with myself.

What would you rather be doing? Being home with KG and Aaryan.

What did you last cry over? Today morning, when I tried calling KG and he didn’t respond to my phone calls. Panic stricken, I called our guard at the apartment to check on him. Repeated knocks on the door and ringing of the door bell didn’t elicit any response from KG and that gave me a massive panic attack which resulted in a lot of tears.

When I finally spoke to him a few minutes later, I wept with relief. And when he scolded me for creating a panic all around and apologized for not taking his phone to the loo, I shed some more tears of gladness.

What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Prayers and Reiki.

What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? Sense of humor, integrity and openness.

What did you have for breakfast? Idli-Sambhar, Upma, some fruits and a piece of cake. And all this in flat 5 minutes because I had to prepare for the workshop ahead. Didn’t do justice to the lavish breakfast spread at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort, at all.

8 YOU’S!

Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Yes

Have you ever had your heart broken? Yes. Many times.

Have you ever been out of the country? Yes.

Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Yes. Many times. I think I excel in this field.

Have you ever been back-stabbed by a friend? Yes. Quite a few times.

Have you ever had sex on the beach? Yes, just the cocktail.

Have you ever read an entire book in a day? Oh, many many times. In fact, I love finishing books in a day.

7 WHO’S!

Who was the last person you saw? My colleagues. No, the attendant at the resort who came to handover the laundry.

Who was the last person you texted? My friend.

Who was the last person you hung out with? My colleagues.

Who was the last person to call you? KG, as we exchanged the happenings of our day among other things.

Who did you last hug? A social hug to a client whom I was meeting after a year! Gosh! I am missing a big warm hug!

Who is the last person who texted you? The same friend to whom I texted the last!

Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to? KG and that was yesterday! That’s another story that I texted “I hate you” to him in the morning for scaring the living daylights out of me!

6 WHERE’S!

Where do your best friends live? In my heart. Sounds too cheesy, but that’s so very true.

Where did you last go? Went for dinner and to watch a Live Band in the resort organised by the client for their employees. The singers enthralled us with beautiful songs from the 80s and the 90s. They had just moved to singing the songs from the newer movies and I made a hasty retreat, for I had to complete this post and sleep early, coz tomorrow is yet another hectic day at the workshop.

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Where did you last hang out? In the Royal Ball Room of the Jaypee Greens with live band and colleagues and some 170 training participants.

Where did you go to school? Sophia School, Kota.

Where is your favorite place to be? Home 

Where did you sleep last night? In the super luxurious room and a very soft bed at Jaypee Greens.

5 DO’S!

Do you think anyone likes you? I think at least a few.

Do you ever wish you were someone else? No. I am happy in my own skin.

Do you know the muffin man? Nope

Does the future scare you? Yes. 

Do your parents know about your blog? Yes. And my mom is usually the first one to like my blog post on Facebook.

4 WHY’S!

Why are you best friends with your best friend? For the bond of non-judgemental companionship, trust and love that we share.

Why did you get into blogging? To express and explore my creative side.

Why did your parents give you the name you have? I was named by an aunt. My father wanted to call me Sanjana though.

Why are you doing this survey? Such posts make you reflect and ponder on things you would not usually do.

3 IFS!

If you could have one super power what could it be? To go back in time and change a few things.

If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you? Yes, definitely!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? Books.

2 WOULD YOU EVER?

Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you? No, because we would have parted ways for a reason.

Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Yes, without a second thought.

1 LAST QUESTION!

Are you happy with your life right now? If I were to rank my happiness on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect, I would rate my happy state at 8. Life’s better than before, certainly and for which I am truly grateful. There are a few insecurities and some stressful things, but that’s part and parcel of life and I am ok with that!

Linking this to WriteTribe’s #writingwednesdays

All in a Day’s Work

55 Fiction

In my mind, I am miles away.

Her voice brings me back into reality.

I see several hands receding and hear some sighs of relief.

With exasperation written over her face, she repeats on seeing my blank face.

I mumble something.

She smiles ,”Yes, that’s the correct answer”, and adds sarcastically, “for some other question!”

Linking this to Day 7 – Write Tribe Festival of Words #5

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Travel Tales

After having woken up at an unearthly hour to catch the first flight of the day, I am now sitting in the airport lounge. With the breakfast done and out of the way, I am awaiting the departure of my second flight which is a few hours away. And I am doing what I love doing the most. Yes, observing the buzz of life around me.

Actually, it all started as soon as I made myself comfortable in my assigned seat in the aircraft. WP_20160528_00_13_14_ProI was looking out of the window and drinking in the beauty of the early morning when a strong aroma hit me. I looked around and saw a passenger in front of my seat opening her lunch box.

The lady was eating stuffed karela (bitter gourd) with parantha. The stuffing inside was secured with a thread, just as my mom does it and this made me smile and crave for food made by mom. Seeing her having breakfast at 6 am and that too before the flight taking off got me thinking. I think she must be a 6 am breakfast lover or must be believing in eating early in order to keep insulin and blood sugar levels regulated while kick-starting the metabolism. Wonder what would be her actual reason to do so though!

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A couple with a 2 year old kid are sitting next to me in the lounge.  As I was chatting with the parents, I observed the kid’s hand. He was wearing a gold ring. I saw a kid wearing a gold ring with his name engraved on it for the first time. I mean, have seen kids made to wear gold chains, bangles, earrings from a young age. But seeing a kid with a ring was a first for me.

 

 

Saw the promotion of Rajinikath starrer Kabali on the Air Asia aircraft.  Air Asia is the official airline partner of one of the most awaited movies of the year, Kabali, and several of its planes will also feature in the film. It seems that in Kabali , Rajinikanth plays the role of a Malaysia-based don, and this seemed like a right brand boosting strategy for the Malaysian carrier, Air Asia to partner with this movie. Interesting!

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Last week, during my travel by the Jaipur-Delhi Double Decker train, I came across yet another interesting sight. The cracked glass window of the train had this sticker…

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I saw such a sticker for the first time, though I have seen innumerable damaged things in the trains.

This train journey reminds me of the scene I witnessed at the railway station before boarding the train. A family of 4 who were standing next to me were chatting and having a good time together. As soon as the train arrived on the platform, young man of the family began saying good-byes to his parents and sister. And suddenly, their laughter ceased as they saw him leave them. I watched them some more from my window seat in the train. Seeing the mother’s silent tears, made me teary eyed too. It’s always harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…

Hope they all meet soon again and have lots of reasons to smile and laugh again.  And I am thinking of me reaching back home too after five days on the road.

Linking this to Day 3 – Write Tribe Festival of Words #5

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Letting Go Amidst Chaos

I am addicted to lists. I’ve sung its praises incessantly on my blog here. Lists, as you know, help to…

  • Stay focused on the task 
  • Remember what you need to do and when
  • Be more productive
  • Stay motivated
  • Reduce your stress levels

As usual, my To-Do list for today is as long as my arm. I am panicking and stressed out as I look at it from time to time. Ideally, it should calm me and give me a feeling that I am in control. But that’s not happening.

Actually, I have an important assignment with a short deadline to chase and I am just not able to start my work on it. The more I am thinking about it, the more hassled is my state of mind.

I pondered a bit on my chaotic situation and realized that it is not the work that is causing me stress. Though the task at hand is challenging but I know I can do it. It’s not the deadline that is giving me panic attacks, because that’s just a time constraint and I was aware of it when I took up the assignment. So, what’s actually stressing me?

Well, it’s the fear in my head. Fear that I’d mess it up or that it might not get approved or that I’d look inefficient or incompetent! And all this is because I want the assignment to be perfect in every way.

What if I just focus on my work and let go of these fears. While the work I do is totally in my control, I don’t have any control on the outcomes. So, letting go of the fears that stop me working on the task is the key. Easier said than done, I know. But realizing it and working on it should bring in the peace in this chaotic state of mind.

As I allay the fears in my head and work on my assignment, you have a great week ahead!

What is your recipe for getting the work done without fears messing up your head?

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Trust

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It was well within his reach. He was tempted to pick it. But looked away the next instant.

A small voice grew loud in his head and in a split of a second invaded it.

He stretched his hand and grabbed it hungrily. With a touch of fingertip, he hurriedly though systematically went about accomplishing his mission.

So engrossed he was that he didn’t hear the bathroom door open. Their eyes met. Hers  flashed with anger, his with embarrassment.

With head in his hands and eyes shut tight, he realized trust, like the soul, never returns once it is gone.

Linking this to Write Tribe’s Write Your Heart Out On The Weekend – #WYHO

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Flying with a Cry-baby #MondayMusings

Last week, I took an early morning flight from Bangalore to Delhi for which I had to reach the airport at an unearthly hour. Sleep deprived and tired from the hectic work schedule, I reached the airport on time and requested the lady at the counter to give me a window seat. Thinking of catching up on my missed sleep during the two hour flight, I boarded the aircraft, only to see a young mother with a child occupying my seat. Sitting next to her was her old father (or father-in-law). Without a word I occupied the vacant aisle seat. Yes, it seemed silly to ask her to vacate the window seat for me.

I settled in my aisle seat and dozed off even before the flight took off from the ground, only to be jolted awake from sleep a few minutes later by the loud screams of my little co-passenger. The face of the lil baby was all red and his eyes all scrunched up but no tears trickled down his cheeks. The mother held him close, rocked him back and forth, and softly repeated some words in his ear, but the child refused to calm down and showed us all his super power of screaming really loudly. And as if one uncomfortable child on the flight was not enough, another one wailed from the back seats. By this time, I gave up on my plan to sleep during the flight.

I smiled at the mother and she smiled back with gratitude. I looked around and saw the other passengers having expressions ranging from disdain and irritation to anger and exasperation. And memories of a flight taken some 13 years ago flashed in front of me when a 45 day old baby shrieked and howled in my arms. There was absolutely no difference in the reactions of the passengers between these two incidents which spanned more than a decade.

We all know that babies do what they do when they want to do it. The babies don’t know how to deal with air pressure and the pain it causes or any uneasiness that they might be experiencing. The only way they know to express their pain is by crying. What’s new or different in that? I am sure every single person and their children have cried like that in a public space whether in a plane or a train or a store or a cinema hall or at a restaurant.

While at a restaurant or a store, one can still go out and distract the crying child in some way, but how does one do that while sitting in a aircraft when seat-belt sign is still on? The parents have limited ways  to manage the cranky child.

Oh, I know it can be very frustrating for the co-passengers, after all it is not their child, but show some empathy to the parent who is all stressed and even more frustrated. She is trying her level best to calm and soothe the baby.  

Imagine, how unnerving it would be to hear the exaggerated sighs and sense the irritation and stares from co-passengers while your baby is howling, wailing and shrieking his guts out in your arms. How guilt ridden you would be when you know that you and your child are annoying other passengers and some are even judging you for it.

I wish people know that they can’t have library-silent, no-wails-allowed flight. It should not be difficult to understand that a child being a child is not the parents’ fault, and to realize that making someone else feel bad will not make you feel better or improve your flight. So, instead of giving a death-stare to the mother and the child, show empathy, practice patience and put on your noise-cancelling headphones and simply deal with it minus the negative drama from your end. Deal?

Linking this to Write Tribe’s #MondayMusings

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Drink Beer for Big Ideas

A few days ago, a friend narrated an incident from his office. The Projects team and the consulting agency were brainstorming for a new project.  They spent considerable time discussing the pros and cons of the various ideas but none appealed to the big boss. Since, it was something urgent, they couldn’t postpone it for the next day. It was afternoon and they all appeared tired but not defeated. While they were forcing their grey cells to come up with some fresh thoughts and ideas, the consultant suggested that they go out for a couple of beers. Almost every one in the room was shocked at the outrageous idea and some even thought that he had lost it.

But the consultant with his years of experience knew what he was talking about. He convinced the 4 member team to step out of the office for drinks. Strictly beer, he reminded them.

An hour later, when they returned back to the meeting room, the ideas flowed freely and some were really creative which were approved by the boss immediately.

I asked my friend about the rationale of having beers at work hours and how it boosted their productivity. He mentioned something about creativity. I wanted to ask him more about it, but my questions were drowned in the crib fest started by the rest of the group. They whined about his good luck of having beer during work hours and how they wanted the same to happen in their organizations too.

Don’t know about them, but the word creativity and its linkage to beer, piqued  my interest sufficiently to seek answers from Google the God.

And as usual the God did not disappoint, in fact  it shattered a lot of myths and also explained why the consultant was right in taking the team out for beer. Check out this infographic to believe it.

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So, next time you experience writer’s block or are stuck for creative ideas for a blog post or a story, or need big ideas for anything, you know where to head. Cheers folks!

Linking this to Write Tribe’s Monday Musings

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