Thursday, October 13, 2011

2 ½ things that came around last week

wake-up, work, home, sleep....wake-up and the circle repeats. Interesting and familiar as it may sound, life sometimes gets sedate. The physical circle becoming smaller as the days in winter and the virtual ones... bigger, seeming like the soap bubble we were so used to in our childhood days, ultimately getting difficult to maintain as it grows.
Decorations, visits, crowded markets are a must at this time. October does start with a nice festive mood. So you wake up every morning with a new decorative idea, or a plan to visit the market and in some cases welcoming relatives (which is as usual such a fun thing to do). Simply put there is some or the other thing/news on mind these days. As I recollect the last week that I lived, it seemed that the week was in much more than a usual hurry and I was left gasping... some moments were rather enjoying while there were others that were good enough for life (professional or personal) to stop momentarily.

The 1st part
I started this festive month welcoming a few relatives, my in-laws and then my maternal aunt and uncle. The only bad thing about your dear ones visiting your place, is that the stay lasts only a few days..never surpassing a week. With just 3 of us in the house, its always a fun with people visiting during celebration/festival time. These visits make even my car happy. With a dull routine of home-office-home nearly all days of a month, it gets to roam around the city a bit more. At least the visits to the railway station and/or airports seems a fun to my sx4. 
This time around though, the visits included a visit to a residential society in Gr. Noida. Couldn't stop myself mentioning the security procedures required to get in to the society. I was required to call the ppl I was visiting and let the security staff talk to them for a  confirmation. Once they were satisfied, they issued me a visiting pass and just as I started to change gear to proceed, I was asked to leave my driving license with them. Surprised myself, I asked the guard again as to what he meant. Smiling he explained, they keep the DL with them to be returned when visitors present the visiting pass on their way out. I agree, it was my first such kind of an experience for both me and my car.
It already was taking ages to enter the society when the guard informed me that if I stayed in for more than 3½ hrs, I will be paying some parking fees. Pheww !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally we were able to enter the society. On my way in I couldn't help but admire the way the interiors were maintained. Half an hour of stay and I was ready to move back. On the way out, I must admit I was impressed with the security arrangements in this society. If we all could be patient enough with the procedures employed, life inside the houses would be at least one worry less.
In the last 9 or so yrs, I hardly remember a time when I had these many relatives visiting during the festival time. To quote the message I posted on my fb account "Seems I forgot how it is to have elder's' in the house on pooja days....Feels awesome!"
It was simply awesome!!

The 2nd part (RIPs)
Tragic news of Steve Jobs biding bye to this world. Got to know the news on fb, as I was too busy to be reading the papers or following the idiot box. The world owe a lot to this man, who alone was capable enough to change the way the world communicates. So much the irony (Steve may be loving this though), that people were reading the tragic news on iPhone/iPad....devices that were the revolutions induced by the man himself. With people poring their messages for the genius that now may be busy designing the apps for the heaven world..the best that I liked was the below one:
"Three Apples changed the world: the one that Adam ate, the one that fell on Newton, and the one that Steve Jobs created."
Just as I was closing this part of the post, there cam another tragic news. The Ghazal maestro is no more. Can't remember since how many tears we have been humming the master pieces written/sung by Jagjit Singh. Who can forget the 'Tum itna jo muskara rahe ho...' or the 'hosh walo kp khabar kya....'. Music and words that were so so majestic, yet so simple. For the 42 yrs of singing that we know him, he bought the ghazals to our living rooms. Its sad to realize that the magical voice will sing no more.
RIP both of the greats and I close this part with the best comment that I read about these two loss:
"God! You called Steve because you wanted an iPod, and now u want ghazals in it?"

The ½ part
During the Dussehra days its like a dream to avoid the traffic jams, either on the way to office or back. The best part you see all the melas and multi storey like effigies of mythological characters, ready to be burned as part of the ritual on the Dussehra day. Every day on my way back from office, I would notice the effigies and think that this year again it would be fun to be part of the gatherings when someone dressed up as Lord Ram would send a fire arrow right in to the chest of the Ravan, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran effigies. Unluckily though, as it turned out, the wish for this year remained just that..a wish.

Sorry Mr. Ravan..couldn't be part of your death events this year, and am very sad to have missed it. Family is more important you see. Will try to be there next year, to see the evil burned to death and see a whole lot of goods triumph it is every year. Hopefully the recession will go away so we will be able to see all 10 heads of yours rather than the mere 3 or 5 this year. And also a few more crackers, I am sure this time around it wasn't that noise as we are used to from the burning evil effigy. 

Leaving you to ponder with the QR for this post: 


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