January 11, 2012

Bienvenue!

It seems like only yesterday that I was home, in front of the television, wrapped in winter clothing with a hot pizza and an Absolut – celebrating the end of 2010 and bringing in 2011. The year has somehow flown past and it only recently struck me that I will no longer be able to upload pictures to the Facebook album ‘2011 – Part Deux’. I’m already facing problems with writing emails dated 2012 – but the year is here, nevertheless. Ten days have also passed since. Google’s zeitgeist 2011 video, beautifully reflective of the year gone by. Bienvenue, new year – I have quite a few plans for you!

December 26, 2011

The last 2011 weekend

There’s an outburst of ‘Our offices are closed for the holidays’ emails – it’s definitely that time of the year. Even though I didnt get a tree, a present or even a cake, this weekend was happy and full of people and a few of my favourite movies on television. Friday evening began with meeting Pisho, who was here all week for the Ranji trophy match which his team won. It felt really nice to meet some family – made me realise how lucky people living at home were. No amount of independence can equate to the warmth that homes exude. An extremely rushed cab-ride from The Oberoi, I finally…

December 2, 2011

Reel Christmas

The last month of 2011 has begun and it looks rather promising on the entertainment front! Although for most, in India, Christmas is not really a huge deal – we have our own set of elaborate festivities to deal with. I’ve never seen or been a part of authentic Christmas celebrations – the ornate trees, carols, the traditional meals consisting of roast turkey, served with roast potatoes, parsnips; not to forget the glorious plum cake and Christmas pudding! Most of these are yet only a reflection of my imagination shaped by the beautiful words of Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Dickens and JK Rowling among others. How I would…

November 30, 2011

Shaadi Mubarak!

2011 has been big on the weddings front. Two very close friends and a brother got hitched and I’m very fortunate that I was able to be present and collect my own share of happy memories with them. Ridhima-Bhavya in May, Shoi-Bulan in July and most recently, Riki Bhaiya and his Jabalpur bride this month. Amongst a variety of speculations on whether I would be or should be able to attend the November wedding, I decided that regardless of what happened in the past, such functions are times when the entire family comes together and if possible one should be present. Thus began my four day expedition from Gurgaon to…

November 21, 2011

Cruising through…

Mobility is critical in the world we live in. Depending on others for any given thing is no less than imprisonment. The pangs are deeper when one lives an ‘independent’ life, has to take most decisions alone and is forced to battle through smaller and relatively large instances by themselves. It is almost criminal to not be self sufficient in most areas. Which brings me to how significant driving is. The need felt the most desperate for the past year and half – my stint in Gurgaon. Prior to this, Pune and Kolkata didn’t pose problems as the cities are extremely well connected and public transport is affordable and comfortable….

November 18, 2011

October

The past month has been such a rush. Ever since I got back from home, I was welcomed by an avalanche of work-related madness. There was the first Indian Grand Prix which the whole team was excited about. From the moment we pitched for the account, and won it, we realised that this was the biggest event that the country would witness in this year. Frequent drives to and from Greater Noida, being caked in dust and dirt at the circuit, numerous press conferences – each one surpassing the previous in its magnitude, helping the client to shift offices to spending some hours simply doing nothing were a few of…

September 16, 2011

September of Surprises

The month has been the highlight of the year in ways more than one – just got me thinking on how many surprises it was holding. Personally, I’m not very partial to surprises; Although I enjoy creating the environment for people who enjoy them but for myself, best they’re kept away. Guess this is one of the attributes which contributes towards making me the abominable bore that I can sometimes be. I prefer to refer to IMDb before any new movie I watch to be sure of the plot, the same with books – so its clear that I take no fancy to any suspense whatsoever. Lately, I’ve been exposed…

September 8, 2011

Buoyancy

I feel I’m finally ready to narrate the experience which will be the highlight of my annual out-of-country vacation. The immediate action might have been majorly inspired by the commercial blockbuster, but I’ve always been deeply passionate about the ocean and watched countless documentaries and been in awe of those who were able to muster their courage and take the step. Scuba diving. Despite the innumerable constraints that Muscat poses, I was determined to brave the big blue and my unnerving galeophobia to prove to myself that indeed, darr ke aage jeet hai; In my case, jeet = renewed confidence. Having done most of my research while seated at my…

September 4, 2011

Down “Under”

I find myself on the verge of doing one the most exciting of things that I have ever undertaken. Exhilaration quotient is high. Updates, as soon as I find my legs. And arms.

August 30, 2011

That Feeling

Living in the oblivion that I have, for the past goodness knows how many years, its almost like I have stopped feeling. There are moments when I laugh, others when I find myself melancholy. Some moments just pass by – without creating much of an impact. Nothing seems to have touched my heart for a long long time. This trip home was meant to be special. I had intended it to be. I would get quality time with Baba with the oncoming Eid holidays and I would see Dada. Having being a single child, I have seen the pros and cons of being, well, single. My ideal sibling in my…