April 6, 2013

JLT

An airport trip where I had lots of time on hand was the reason behind this post. It was lying in my drafts for months and today, while I was looking at planes fly overhead from the windows in my cubicle, it felt like the right time to publish it.  *** Airports stir the most peculiar feelings in me.  There are tears, laughter, confusion, fear, excitement and hope with a tinge of the comic thrown in. Flying alone for the last decade has given me the rare opportunity to observe thousands of people in this diverse ecosystem. The nervous first time flier, the almost irritatingly arrogant business traveler who will…

December 20, 2011

Bomb(s)-A(w)ay?

Mumbai became one of the 2011 destinations this month as I travelled for one of my most mundane yet heavy revenue earning clients. I’ve never really warmed up to the city, yet I thought I should give it another chance. By the end of two nights, I was blessing the lord to be able to return to Gurgaon and my beautiful office. One might ask why – to be honest, I’ve never really identified the soul of a city to be synonymous with the bustling traffic, maddening crowds or even infrastructural marvels – its a little more than that. To me, the feeling comes from the people majorly influenced by…

November 30, 2011

Shaadi Mubarak!

2011 has been big on the weddings front. Two very close friends and a brother got hitched and Iā€™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…

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…

July 4, 2011

Time of My Life

It never rains when you want it to. Life is unpredictable, as are the people who form it. That seems to my biggest problem with it. Why cannot we stay still for a while, why cannot things that have taken months and years to perfect, not rest a little for a moment ā€“ just so that one can admire the effort put into creating them. The older and the wiser tell me that this is the way of the world, that this is what is meant to be, this is what is necessary for the circle of the life to go on. My profound thoughts deeply triggered by the number…

April 30, 2010

Bari

An air conditioned room, a cane rocking chair, uninterrupted supply of calorie and non calorie food, parents and not a worry in the world. I have been talking about changes throughout the past month – this seems to be the biggest leap I am about to take. Tomorrow, I board the flight to Gurgaon; a place I have not known at all, to people I have known for a little while, taking the largest independent step in my entire life. I feel a little shaky, but I know it will all be okay, with time. My father just spent the last three hours talking about things he learnt in life,…

March 27, 2010

Change is here to stay

And just when I thought that I was finally getting used to our hill campus, the city of Pune, the fact that one should not bother at all about anything happening at all in college, apart from the gossip of course! The day before, my road transporter friends from GATI came and picked up my suitcase, trunk, sack, shoe rack and 2 cartons which are labelled ‘Destination Gurgaon’ and another suitcase and Baba’s old wooden table, ‘Destination Kolkata’. Two crisp thousand rupee notes less from my wallet, my room and cupboard looking stripped, the happy thought of not having to lug a heavy bag to Muscat, and a deep sigh…

March 6, 2010

Travel and News!

I am back in Pune. I hope this is last time, fingers crossed to my unending saga of a backlog per semester! Flew back from Kolkata all by myself. A first timer again. The horrid 5 hours and 15 minutes flight via Delhi, was made worse by a delay in takeoff from Kolkata. Although it gives me a lot of kicks that in one journey, the aircraft takes off and lands twice! Double paisa vasool =D, this time was rather mundane. I had 2 Manipuri women sitting beside me. The lanugage barrier, and lack of subjects to talk about left them asleep most of the time, and I was absorbed…

September 6, 2009

Aluminium Railing.

The feeling of being a nomad, has lived with me for years now. It often feels that people take the simplest things for granted. Since I was a child, the concept of airports has thrilled me immensely. Be it, the mundane annual trip from Muscat to Kolkata every year during summer holidays. The whole process of making lists and shopping for everyone in the family, packing, the duty free shop at Seeb International Airport, aircraft take off and landing, the stale food of Biman Bangladesh airlines, and later Royal Brunei airlines, the delays ā€“ was all a part of the excitement. With the days however, things changed. It has been…