November 3, 2013

Light It Up!

The festival of lights is here  And there is no better place to be than home  This year, the Rangoli is almost perfect The refrigerator is stocked with sweet delights Happy Diwali, everyone! Thank you for the tip, Naween Bhaiya! Ma, attending the finer bits Supervising. The prayer room Just like last year’s one 🙂 Chakrabortys say “Happy Diwali”

January 28, 2012

Yellow!

Three days at home at I feel as though nothing was ever wrong with my life! A few familiar faces, the smell of fresh laundry drying crisp in the sun, the sound of the typical Calcutta cycle-rickshaws honking as they glide past, almost everybody knows you around the lane you live in, mishti and lots of it – makes for such a refreshing change. In Bengal, it is customary to say that we have thirteen festivals of importance to celebrate in twelve months – so no matter when you land up here, at least one celebration would welcome you with open arms. Today was Saraswati Puja – an occasion to…

July 27, 2011

Paint it Red and Blue

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have, for quite a while been making movies which appeal to audiences with absolutely ordinary, even mundane lives to break free; they have been screaming out ‘One life, live it to the fullest’. Be it the original college boys in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, or the superbly inspiring Hrithik Roshan story in ‘Lakshya’, the musical muses in ‘Rock On!’, to the most recent of bromances in theatres now – there is a strong message embedded in the gentle storytelling, an enviable camaraderie and the most breathtaking of locations which make them must watches and definitive DVD purchases! From the time the movie began, I began to…

December 22, 2010

Living in Colour

The organisation I work for professes a philosophy by the name of ‘Living in Colour’, the crux of which is to be able to maintain one’s work-life balance. Increasingly, over the past few months I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am at work. There could be a variety of reasons as to why. For clarity and as I have always maintained that this is a forum where I more often than is normal, talk to myself. So here goes: • I really like the ‘swanky’ new office. It has a glass façade and a lot of sunlight! Not to forget fancy graphics and orange couches •…

October 27, 2010

Almost half a year in black and white

A lot has happened over the months. It is almost the end of October and I am overwhelmed by the fact that I have spent the past 6 months being employed and so far, been doing okay. The cliched ‘corporate’ was meant to be this big, bad world which was to remind you, visually, of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. So far, there have been bad days, days when I have wanted to throw myself off a cliff, days when I have wanted to throw others off a really high cliff (tied to a cannonball, of course); but overall, it feels good to reiterate, I’ve been okay. Today, I heard the most…

August 9, 2010

Weekend update!

Spent almost all my time looking for an apartment in vain. Not to miss not having a vehicle to drive one from broker to broker, an apartment with violently violet ceilings to another with only the first layer of plaster in place. Frustrating spelt out in caps. I hate being a nomad. The irony lies in the fact that I have been raised in the Middle East. However, i have never had it so difficult to find a decent place to stay. Costs keep soaring onto unimaginable levels and my mind is constantly tangled into labyrinths leading me nowhere. Another two weeks to move out of my dingy one room…

March 23, 2010

Insomnia of sorts

I was always the person to pride myself on the amount of undisturbed sleep I could get. Always poking fun at people who said,‘I just cannot get any sleep’, seems as if, recently I have been cursed by the entire lot! The last week has been the craziest, as mentioned in earlier posts. Staying up late into the morning, and sleeping more than halfway into the day. However, I have decided to change this cycle, knowing that this is rather short lived, and I would be a part of a rigorous grind soon, and should not get too used to this life of sleep filled luxury. So night before last,…

March 1, 2010

Ami Kolkata

I have been most productive in my Kolkata mini-break. a) Have been making calls to all random organisations to allow me to come and make a presentation to them to recruit a few batch mates, in a little above slave labour rates. b) Have been taking appointments with my gynae, dermatologist and family physician to ensure I haven’t grown any new ailments. I don’t think I could deal with any more, at least for the nest 20 years! c) Have celebrated Holi with cousins, in Kolkata for the first time. All these years, we did the mad colour and water routine with friends. With family, it was much more civilized….