I sat alone in my new room. I’d tried calling up my parents but they were unreachable. Keeping the phone aside, I lay my head on the wall backing the bed. Outside in the living room, I could hear the other girls, both my age, my new flatmates, talking and laughing. I wanted to go out too, but I didn’t know them. In fact, I didn’t know anyone in the office, or in the city. I had only one friend in the crowd of tens of thousands of people camping their lives in the city. The friend lived with her newly wedded husband and I couldn’t even think of intruding into their space at this point in time.
Someone knocked on the door. I hurried to get up and open the unlocked door. The girl at the door, Maera she was called, stood there with a smile. “Come for dinner,” Maera said. “You guys carry on,” I replied, my stomach rumbling with hunger but hesitation creeping up and taking over. I had lived in a joint family and barely ever ate alone. But I didn’t know them either. Wouldn’t it be as good as eating alone? But Maera still stood there, arms crossed, and declared, “You must be hungry with all the shifting today. Come on. I’m not letting you eat alone.”
I smiled a small smile, thanking her in my thoughts for forcing me to eat. I needed energy to carry on without my family here. That night I slept soundly on the sofa while talking to my parents, until Maera came along in the middle of the night, tip toeing so as to not wake me up and then woke me up. “Come we’ll take you to your room,” she said softly, pulling me up. On my bed, I slept better.
A few months had passed. I still spoke to my parents’ everyday. And I still passed out on the sofa at nights. But now Maera and I fought to sleep on the sofa! I cuddled up in her lap as Maera sat and read a book. I was busy on my phone while she ran her fingers through my hair every now and then. “You know you should adopt me,” I said. “What?” she asked, stunned, keeping her book aside. “You should adopt me!” I repeated. “Why should I adopt you?” she asked, laughing and reading again, not even paying attention to me any longer!
I was cranky and hungry. I had had a bad day at work. I fought with a friend. I was not even PMSing yet. Even my hormones couldn’t take the blame yet. Maera sat me down and asked me,”What happened?” “Nothing,” I replied, waiting for someone to stop me in my tirade of lashing out at the world! “Sit here,” Maera said, her face grave, sitting me down on the floor between her knees while she gave me a head massage.
Half an hour later, I had offloaded all my worldly troubles into her ears and she’d filled mine with what little of worldly trouble advice she owned.
I found in her a friend, a reminder of the love of my family, a corner to my worldly troubles, a shoulder to rest on, an adopted parent! Maera found in me an adopted child. Yes, she may not admit to it, but she did.
Dedicating this to my (almost admitted, but not yet owned) adopted child! To hours of introspective discussions, shared love for music, long unwinding walks, cuddles and head massages, getaways at 2 am and gazing starry nights! Stay happy! ❤
The outgoing winters always have a track record of leaving me fumbling with a runny nose or a sore throat. As expected, it happened this time around too. But what happened next was un-thought of earlier. In one of my impulsive phases, I shot a question at a few friends.
The answers left me speechless and also glad that for a change, I caught a cold which didn’t affect my brain. Or did it?
The question was : If I cut my nose, will it help me get rid of my cold?
Person 1 : “You surely won’t be able to breathe.”
- That sounds like my answer – 90% of the time. But I was in the 10% bucket right now. So that’s not coming from me today, at least.
Person 2 : “I tried to Google it. But I couldn’t find anything concrete.”
This is my favorite answer! From my favorite person! And for you, all I’ll say today is :
Person 3 : “No. Mad woman!”
- Okay! I got you. Jeez. Relax. I am not really going to cut my nose off, irrespective of how much I’d like it to be sharper and longer. But, nope, not cutting it off!
Person 4 : “Drink some ginger juice. Steam some water. It’ll help get rid of the cold.”
- Nah, this one ain’t a doctor. But this one worries about me, sometimes a little too much to get the humour in the question, probably! Just saying. 😉
Person 5 : “You could try it. If it works out, let me know as well. I’ll join the club.”
- Someone help me out now! It’s important this one joins my club! She is after all, my sister! Yes, the craziness runs in the blood!
Person 6 : “Definitely!”
- Surprised, I asked the person another question. “What do I do with the blood?” Yes, there was a response. “Pass it off as pomegranate juice and give it to someone to drink!” Speechless!
What would you say to me? Go ahead, sharpen your wit, improve your humour and answer me.
P.S. : The cold’s gone now. The nose is still there. I wonder if Voldemort is jealous of me. 😛
What is one of the perks of living with friends and in a city which has innumerable weekend getaways around? Simple! Weekend getaways with friends. Okay, I promise the rest of the post is more sensible. 😉
After culminating the latest one, I thought I’d pen down some travel trivia for you to go bonkers over!
- No matter what clothes you’re wearing – shorts, skirts, full pants, or even pullovers, people will stare! And this happened to me at 5 in the morning, at a little eatery by the highway where we went to enquire if there was a decent washroom we could step in! Thanks to the cold, I was so covered in layers I could barely see my skin, yet they were staring. Still wondering why.
- Oh India and public hygiene! At which hour shall thee improveth? The bladders of women are tested to their limits and liquid diets are a strict no-no. Petrol pumps have never been more interesting and highway eateries more scanned. All for a place to answer nature’s call.
- When buying food for a trip, remember even if every one refuses that they’ll not eat fruits, they will! When hunger strikes, the count of apples and oranges will reduce. So be an angel in disguise and buy those for everyone!
- Also, if you go to the beaches, like I did, pick up those shells! There’s no better memory of a beach you can collect. Assuming with naivety that you wouldn’t want to carry along sands or dead crabs or seaweed with you as memory!
Picture Courtesy : Nitesh Jain (my footwear hasn’t been captured so well before!). 😉
Trip Courtesy : Mukesh Agarwal! For the consistently stupendous and amazing planning of our getaways! Your ‘coolness’ knows no bounds! 🙂
Finally coming around to a proper b’day dedication for you!
I still have to figure out why I disliked you in the beginning, so much so that I wouldn’t want to pay attention to you. But the tables turned soon. You should thank me for that! 😉 You get too much attention these days, too much for your own good! And I don’t mean just from me.
You’re a good friend to have, trustworthy to the core, too practical for even me to comprehend at times and entertaining like none other.
Here’s a small wish for you:
May you get bored less often,
May you start with Sherlock Season One!
May you keep winning cricket matches,
And less of those Tinder matches!
I hope to keep brewing trouble,
And see you rise from the rubble!
May your whites take you to success,
They make you look good, I confess!
May the love never diminish,
Before you get bored, I’d rather finish!
Happy birthday! To the guy who’s guided me when I couldn’t make decisions, who’s supported me when I needed a shoulder, who’s never asked for an iota in return, knows which promises to fulfil and which he can get way with breaking!
You’re not perfect, and well neither am I.
But we can keep giving it a try. 🙂
P.S.: In the age of smartphones and 13 MP cameras, how do we not have enough pictures?
So there’s a music run in my city today and I’m all geared up to go for it! Why, eh? Because I love music. And I try keeping fit, or at least that’s what I tell myself!
Considering I’ve not run more than once in the past month or not done more than 25 pushups in as many days, it’s easy to comprehend the disappointing state of affairs.
But who cares? I’ll still go for the music run. In fact, I’m going for it while typing this out.
Now just because I didn’t run in the run-up to the run (see what I did there!) does not mean I am not excited about it! I am.
I decided to go for a jog every day in the last week. Did I though? Well, mail me and I’ll let you know. I swear my reasons are genuine!
I ordered myself a new set of track pants for the event. They arrived today after I left for the run!
I also ordered a pair of new running shoes. The order got cancelled. How is that my fault? I reordered. They should be here next week!
The chocolates we were supposed to eat before and during the run have been gobbled up already! Well, Bangalore traffic gives me hunger pangs. And engulfs me with sleep. Hence, the blogging.
Wish me luck! Hoping my emergency contact won’t have to be invoked! D, you know what you gotta do if that happens!
Isra, I wish someday I can run like you! Until then I’d appreciate help getting off the couch from any runners we have in the WP family. Or any closet runners too! Wait. Closet runners? Who might these be? Oh they’re runners who don’t ‘come out'(to run)! 😉
Four days ago, I was awkward, silent and judgmentally observant. Four days later, I am lively, chirpy and still observant but not judgmentally! Oh and 104% tired!
What happened in these four days, you ask? PIXELS ~ the photography club at the company I work in. They organised a three day trip to Kodaikanal, Madurai and Rameshwaram and those three days have by far been the best in the last couple of months! Except the family reunion, of course! Jeez Mom, don’t doubt my love for you fellas! 😉
Waking up to such scenes may be difficult but when you have friends to capture them for you, there’s nothing better! 😉 Kodaikanal at 13 degrees Celsius in the morning is the best way to wake up to! Until you realize that the geyser in the bathrooms doesn’t necessarily spout hot water.
Sightseeing had never been this interesting! With so many cameras clicking around me, for once I didn’t have to bother about capturing places. I only had to live through moments in the best way possible.
Sometimes you meet the most unexpected people in the most unexpected places. Period.
The names of the restaurants, schools, colleges we came across were hilarious! Apart from these, a few that stood out were Booty’s. And the *drum roll begins* ‘American University of India’.
From temples to beaches, parks to caves, waterfalls to forests – we covered it all. And the one most obvious thing which I couldn’t manage to squeeze in? Shopping! Such a relief, I tell you 😉
And that right there is how each of these talented photographers’ create magic! The Pamban bridge connecting Rameshwaram island to the Indian mainland is one of those marvelous pieces of architecture that we’re forgetting about.
Three days of fun has never been called long and short in the same sentence! Until now. To each of those who came together for this trip ~ thank you for making the heat, the hunger, the pain, the sleeplessness and the wait at the temples all bearable! 😉
The blogger over at Just A Small Town Girl nominated me for a quote challenge recently. Go check her blog out, y’all!
- Post on three consecutive days.
- You can pick one or three quotes per day.
- Challenge three different bloggers per day.
Have you heard of the Daily Odd Compliments? I am not sure if they quite fall in the category of quotes, but these are some of the best ones I came across recently :
Did they bring a smile on your face? Did they remind you of someone? Go call them and tell them about how awesome I am! Leave me a note and I’ll thank you in the comments! 😉
Picture Credits to DOC website!
Here’s right back at ya, mate, for just being you ! (Your birthday’s too far away for a birthday dedication! And you just cracked your Chartered Accountancy exam today. So, I think the timing is just appropriate!)
I was lost, wanting to be found,
I was expecting help from someone profound.
In you strode, with your humour and brains,
Breaking all rules, and everything that bound me to chains.
For long you’ve been around, some way or the other,
You’d crop up in my talks, with my brother or mother.
There were rumours of us, which had us in splits,
Your antics with staplers and laptops had me laughing in fits!
Times passed and I thought we’d go our different way,
But that’s when we came closer, what do I say!
You’re adorable as the brother, the uncle, the friend,
Always with a smile, a helping hand, a clear head.
I was lost, wanting to be found,
I was expecting help from someone profound.
You stood by, watching me, with patience,
A misstep here and one there, and you’d drill in sense!
P.S.: By the way, Deepak, you do realize you need to treat me after this, don’t you? My fellow bloggers will agree! Don’t you agree, folks?