Monday, June 28, 2010
2) I cherish a dream of owning an elephant, a chimpanzee and a golden retriever.
3) My mom is my best friend, there's literally nothing in my life which I haven't shared with her.
4) I luv chocolates, chocolate cakes, and chocolate icecreams.
5) One thing I am terrified of and have nightmares about is - Spiders. I cant stand them.
6) I wish to adopt a girl, a physically challenged child some day.
7) I luv dancing - on stage, at parties, or in front of the TV. How I wish I had learnt dancing and become a choreographer.
8) I can sing pretty well.
9) I always had an inferiority complex that I am not good-looking, especially because my brother and sister are known to be head-turners. I guess Point (i) is an psychological aftermath of this ! :D
10) I am scared of relationships. I dont think I can get committed to anyone easily.
11) I am pretty fast with computers. I learn fast and love speed.
12) I somehow like Sadam Hussein, Hitler, Veerappan and Osama though I dont approve of everything they do / did!
13) I love wearing a Saree.
14) Though I try put up a serious image in public, I am very emotional and cry easily. (For e.g., 95% of the movies I watch make me cry) ;)
15) I am allergic to Panadol / Crocin / Brufen / Paracetamol.
16) I make friends fast. 80% of my best friends are boys.
17) Recently I figured out that majority of my good friends' are either Geminis or their names start with "S" (my mom & Sis too). Second on the list would be friends named with "R".
18) I had my first crush when I was in LKG and his name was "Vikram" and we broke up because he wanted to see me wear a nose ring and poked me hard with a sharpened pencil!
19) I luv shoes and bracelets and hand bags and shopping. Admit, I often end up buying unnecessary stuff.
20) I luv celebrating birthdays and gifting things. I used to end up crying every year on my mom's birthday because she never found my gifts useful, and I often got scoldings.
21) I want to learn salsa, to play the flute, some form of martial arts and to ride a bike before I die.
22) One place I want to visit is the Congo jungles. I want to spend the night lost in a forest, with wild animals around, petrified that tomorrow may never come. That would be fun.
23) I wouldn't think twice to give up my choice or tell a lie, if that would make my dear ones happy.
24) I once made a new year resolution of becoming a vegetarian. I was a Veggie for more than 3 years, before I gave up.
25) Ever since my 8th standard, I gave up writing with blue ink. I write only with black and feel paralysed when I have to use a blue pen.
26) I have more than 10 pet names - Geethu / G / Gee / Geethol / Umpatti / Tinku / Dingo / Loosu / Paatti / Kosu / Kakkara / Kaappiri / Bobby are among a few.
27) I wanted to become a teacher as a kid - so much was my obssession for chalks and blackboards!
28) I dont want to die rich. I want to die happy.
Monday, June 21, 2010
To the one, who won - waiting years to be mine,
To the one who smiled, and sang and reigned -
True to the core, to these men I had been!
Yet none in my life today, none to be seen
Sometimes I feel that those days were just dreams.
I seem to have grown by bounds and leaps,
For today I hardly have memories to keep!
I no longer seek joy, in a voice that's hoarse,
Nor long for hugs, behind closed doors,
Nor tease thirsty eyes, that ask for more,
Or fall for tall claims, which later leave me torn!
A gesture, a thought, a smile or a note -
I no longer seek from the prospective lot.
My memories bring to life every fight that was fought
So any blush that appears, I ensure is wept out.
With friends to hang out and keep me gay,
With a beautiful niece who seeks company to play,
With a job that keeps my thoughts at bay -
I am happy this way, I am happy today!
Friday, June 18, 2010
I never felt I would last this long.
This is my 51st Blog post.
I never knew I would complete half a century.
962 hits so far.
I never thought people would be interested to know what's happening in my life.
I never imagined that people would like what I've written.
Friends, have proved me wrong.
In this space, I have shared
Emotions I failed to express when I should have...
Experiences that taught me what's right and wrong...
Miseries that forced me to endure longer...
Love that made me stronger...
Friends who with each passing day, grow fonder...
My family which keeps me bonded!
Writing this blog has helped me relieve - my happiness, my anger, my sorrows, my love, my losses and much more!
And right now, I am happy.
Friends, Life is simple, despite its complexities. I hope all of us stop existing and start living!
I hope I get your support, as always!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
There is no reason for me to whine...
I have lost my rhythm and rhyme,
I can only hope to revive and shine!
Alas! I will never be your future
But my dear, you shall always be my past.
The reason is - I still hold strong,
Though I know - You have moved on.
Dont know the reason why love sucks
The reason why all men look shmucks
The reason why I wouldn't risk my luck
Nor leave my heart for others to pluck!
I once had a dream to walk down the aisle
I should be over that thought, in a while
For - there is a plot behind all those smiles
A vengeful lot behind all that style!
A reason to find fault, is all we search
A treason behind it, is what will emerge!
For reasons - you will find no lack, no dearth
And eventually realise the pain was not worth!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It was a bright Sunday.
The clouds were unusually blue.
The birds were chirppier than ever.
And Lakshmi, my maid stood smiling at my bedroom door. That was a usual sight on Sundays.
God! Why do I have to wake up seeing my maid! Wonder what's in stock!
"What's happening Lakshmi? Is your husband back yet?", I asked knowing it would irritate her. One of those sadistic pleasures.
"No Amma", she smiled again.
"Then, what's with the smile?"
"It's just a nice day Amma. It feels good."
That's true. It was a Sunday. Sundays are supposed to be nice.
No client calls.
No deadlines to meet.
But would she know! She just had to come in and sweep and wash.
She had no targets to meet.
No long appraisal forms to fill.
No power-up meetings.
She gets paid, whatsoever.
Lakshmi seemed unaware of my thoughts. She continued to sweep the floor.
I was having breakfast, when she was leaving. Mom told me it was her birthday. She turned 23. I tipped her with a 100 rupee note. Mom gave her a saree - something I had bought and never worn. One of those 'spur of the moment' purchases, which I regretted later on.
Her eyes beamed. She seemed happier than she was a while ago.
I wondered what would happen when a happy person became happier. I mean, what was the highest level in happiness? Was there any measure? Was there an end to happiness?
Mom tipped her another 50 bucks and sent her off.
"Mom! Do you have to be so generous?"
"What about the Rs. 2000 you spent on your friend's birthday party last week?"
"Well... Errr.... Lakshmi is just a servant! And, that's different..."
"No, It's not! It's the same! She deserves it more than your friends."
"Mom, you better keep away from her. She seems to be spoiling you."
"Geethu, I think you should talk to her sometime."
"About what? Advertising and strategic planning? Please! Gimme a break!"
"No my dear! About life..."
"Mom! She is 23. Stranded with 2 kids - a 2 year old with a hole in her heart and a 4 year old. Her drunkard husband ran away with whatever gold she had about a year ago. She deserves it! Who asked her to elope with her dad's driver, that too at 18? She made her choices. Now she has to face the consequences. She is a loser. Where as I - am an MBA graduate, working wih a reputed firm, earning a 5 digit salary, can speak 4 languages, have no kids to take care of, and yeah, I write a blog too! What do I have to learn from HER?"
(Wait a sec! Just this morning I was cursing my employer and complaining about my targets... Who cares!)
"You have to learn time management from her. You have to learn negotiation from her. You have to learn multi-tasking from her. Most of all, you have to learn to smile, from her!"
"Oh! Mom! Please!"
"Geethu, have you realised that you never smile? You dont enjoy your food? You dont talk to me because you are busy on your phone always. You dont ask me if I have eaten yet. You expect my headache to vanish with a Crocin but will bring the house down when you have one!"
"Now, now mom! That is not true. I care for you. I love you. I am your daughter!"
"I know. But you have changed. You just exist. You have stopped living."
"Hahaha! Now, thats a new one! I wonder what the difference is. Anyways, enough of gyan. I need to go for that school mates lunch meet at the Taj today. Have spend a fortune for the reservations. I will be late. Dont wait up."
The car broke down. That too in front of the government hospital.
I hate hospitals. Thankfully there was a mechanic shop near by. Was waiting for it to get fixed, when I saw Lakshmi pass by. Her 2 year old on her hips and the 4 year old dragging behind. The baby was crying.
Wonder what's up?
Do I ask?
No... I dont wanna be late for my lunch meet.
Humanity knocked on the doors of my conscience.
Fine! I will ask her.
Lakshmi seemed happy to see me.
"Amma, the baby has been crying nonstop. Had to bring her in. Can you please come with me to the Doctor? I dont understand half of what she says often."
Oh Shit... No no no! The hole in the heart can wait. My lunch meet cant!
Reluctantly, I accompanied her. Did I just say I hate hospitals? I really do!
The corridor was crowded. Lakshmi seemed to know the place in and out. She led the way. As we waited, patients - with varying age groups, skin tones, wounds kept walking in and out. The only thing that seemed to link them all was poverty, I guess.
The wards seemed to overflow with patients and houseflies. The sight was pathetic. Women crying as they fed their near ones. Men who seemed lost looking at bills. When our turn came, we walked into a small room. The Doctor looked familiar.
She looked the same. Except for a little grey hair.
She looked perplexed.
Not bad! She recognised me, despite my 'rebonded hair', green contact lenses and 'mild' makeup.
"How come you here?"
"Oh! I have come with my maid, Lakshmi. Her kid is sick."
I dint have to ask her the same. I always knew Manju would end up like this. At some NGO or orphange helping people.
"I know Lakshmi quite well. So you are her mistress? She keeps telling me how you have been helping her financially."
(Is it so? That is not me then. I need to keep a check on this! Mom! Let me get home.)
I managed to force a smile.
The kid was still crying.
She was given some injection and medicines.
"That should ease the pain for now..."
"What's wrong with the kid?" I asked for courtesy.
"Well, she seems to be recovering well. A minor operation will fix it forever. Lakshmi has been delaying it for want of money."
The baby looked drowsy with the medicine. The elder one started crying now. Lakshmi looked at me for help. I offered to hold the younger one. A sleeping devil is always better than one that's awake.
The kid was weightless. Slept on my shoulder, clinging on to my hair.
I felt her heartbeat.
Her heart with a hole.
"How much will it cost?"
"Around fifty thousand rupees for the surgery. A couple of thousands more for the medicines."
My phone rang. "Where are you? We are all here. Waiting for you..."
"I will be late. You guys start with the lunch"
"Dont tell us you work on Sundays as well...."
"Listen, I will have to call you back..."
"How soon can we do this operation?"
"I have spoken to my friend who works with a private hospital. I have already made all arrangements there. We can have it done, as soon as the money is ready. Lakshmi has been saving money and handing it over to me for safekeeping. But thats not enough."
I remembered vaguely how mom mentioned she was scared to sleep alone at her house, with men scavenging around for whatever they could loot from her.
"Please arrange for the operation soon. I will bear the expenses".
I thought I felt a heartbeat skip. Was it the baby's heart?
Manjula looked shocked.
Lakshmi's eyes widened.
I was in a deeper shock. What did I just say?
"This baby deserves to live. Please leave the expenses to me".
I said it again.
"Right. I will have it fixed soon".
I was holding the baby as we walked back. The car was repaired. My phone kept ringing. I would have thrown it away, had I not spend a 30 K on it.
I drove back home with Lakshmi and dropped her home. She cried as I handed over the child. I asked her name for the first time.
It meant Rebirth. I smiled.
"Amma, you are a goddess."
"No, I am not. You are. You live happily. Despite your sorrows. You look forwrad to a brighter tomorrow. Your targets in life seem unachievable, yet you never stop trying. You never give up on your kids. And most importantly, you never stop smiling. Thanks Lakshmi."
Mom was surprised to see me home for lunch.
"What about your friends?"
"They can wait."
She was moved when I praised her Sambhar and Cauliflower fries.
I asked her what she did all day and offered to take her out for a drive in the beach, she had been longing for months now.
She noticed the difference.
It was Lakshmi's birthday.
But it was I who was reborn.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I'd be with u now, by your side!
Cos I know I was happiest - when
I saw you flash that smile.
I’d whisper words -
I have treasured to share.
Words that were earlier heard -
Only in my wild dreams, when I dared!
What struck me in a day,
Is taking time to go away...
Those brown eyes, that lovely smile -
I still search for in every other guy!
To everyone’s dismay,
I am gleefully gay,
In my fantasy today
And I wish to be always.
For, as days go by,
When you are no longer mine,
Your memories will remind me -
Our love was divine.