Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Since am still indulging myself in the Diwali atmosphere and there is a general feeling of happiness and contentment in me, this list is of things I love. Ok, I'll even admit, I got inspired seeing a similar post on Pixie's blog.
1. A baby's toothless grin;
2. Someone you care for and miss calling out of the blue;
3. Being part of a Mexican wave in a cricket match at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium;
4. The Friday before a long weekend filled with nice things to do;
5. Leaving office on a weekday evening and finding the roads mysteriously free of traffic;
6. Lying to S about my ETA home from work, beating it by a huge margin and seeing her smile;
7. Receiving a gift; even better, giving a gift; :-)
8. Playing cricket with ollllddddd building friends after ages and still experiencing the same thrill;
9. Discovering a old, much loved but forgotten book somewhere at home & reading it again;
10. The smell of freshly brewed coffee & tea;
11. Tiny little puppies, blind but very much alive!!!;
12. Going to my college campus and sitting on the same bench in the ground where we used to sit after bunking classes;
13. Sitting in the Siddhivinayak temple close to my house in the afternoons; it is so peaceful that all troubles seem to dissolve;
14. The feeling just before going on a long vacation;
15. The feeling just before reaching "home-sweet-home" after the vacation;
16. Holding S's finger while walking in our colony or even crossing the road;
17. Knowing my parents are proud of what their sons are doing;
18. Feeling the sand under my feet on a Goan beach;
19. A night of Pictionary with close friends with a lot of cheating thrown in;
20. Waking early on a holiday, waiting for the others to wake up with a good book in hand;
21. Entering the house and smell the aromas of cooking food and guessing the name of the delicacy;
22. Sitting in a train with loved ones on my way to a destination I have never been to before;
This is not a tag but its always good to read this kind of list for different people. You realize that you actually love so many more things which may not have come to the fore in your own list. So go for it and let me know when you write yours! Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali (belated) and a great year to follow!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This is one of the closing dialogues in one of my favourite movies: The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers, spoken by Sam Gamgee to Frodo Baggins. And it never fails to touch me, however many times I hear it.
In today's world, everyday one hears mostly about terrorist acts in some place on the globe. There are everyday acts of crime taking place in broad daylight. Administration is going to the dogs. Politics is supposed to be one of the most corrupt professions in the country. And corruption has not spared any other professions too, be it sport, medicine, industry, cinema etc. Most of our cities wallow in filth, bad roads, bad infrastructure; you name it and you will find it. Rural India and in some cases urban as well is still rife with instances of dowry burnings, female infanticide, child marriages. In our metros, youngsters are going the way of rave parties, drugs, underage sex and every such vice which is considered "hip" and "cool". Citizens complain of lack of basic amenities, crowded roads & public transport, of how the government is not doing anything at all to better the situation. In short, its chaos everywhere you look.
In the midst of such times, it is so very easy to get disillusioned. Its very easy to get cynical and go with the flow. The feeling of "does it really matter what I think, what difference does it make anyway" supercedes everything else. And one more brain, one more heart falls into the trap of so-called civilization as we know it.
The answer is NO. They are the same as all of us. They are no different in any possible way you can think of. Its only that they believe in the fact that there is still a chance to make a difference, to bring about a positive change in the system. That small things go on to contribute to the larger whole. That we are still not beyond redemption. Which is where the line I started with comes in.
This is the line I get reminded of when:
1. I see a baby's toothless grin
2. A completely unknown person gives me a hand to pull me into a running train
4. A brash collegian driving a vehicle at 90 kmph stopping to allow a old lady to cross the street
5. Seeing a little girl sell flowers or some such thing at a traffic signal & still have a dazzling smile reminiscent of a Bollywood beauty.
6. The way Mumbaikar's reached out to help stranded people during the recent and not so recent catastrophes like the July 26th floods and the Mumbai serial blasts.
7. How one can always find 2-3 helping hands ready to help you push your stranded vehicle.
8. The motive for the umpteen number of individuals who have devoted their lives solely to make this world a better place to live in.
All these and many more splashes of bright colours in an otherwise drab and flawed world make it worth the effort! Because every little deed contributes to the larger good.
Let us also make an attempt to add some colour in whatever way possible. While on its own, it may not be something significant enough to be noticed by the whole world, at least within our own self we would know that it was all worth it and someplace someone would have a smile on their face! :-)