Thursday, December 30, 2010

What a decade...

it has been.... 2010 is about to come to an end and so is this decade... The journey from 2000 - 2010 has been quite eventful for me.. If 90s were all about education, studying, school, college, numerous dreams, friends, Dehra Dun, hopes, carefree life then this decade was all about work, job, travel, love lost, getting lonelier, moving, visiting places, buying house, experiencing life more closely, getting worried about future and moving out of Doon...

If I start with 2000, that was the year I lost my Nanaji and world came crashing down.. This year saw me leaving Doon.. The year also saw me moving into the big city of Pune and start my career. The year also witnessed us leaving our own house and moving to a rented place... The decade has seen a transformation of a young girl of merely 23 years who was scared to move into a big city to a mature woman of 33 years who has travelled alone in the night and to different parts of the country/world...

If I look back at this decade and analyze it, I have gained professionally a lot but lost personally majorly.. Yes there are a few good relations made, but the loss is tremendous. It has also seen me transform from someone who believed in love to someone who is slowly turning into a indifferent, cold, hard person.. I have lived alone, cried hot tears of anger, sometimes pitied, sometimes sympathized and sometimes angry at myself.. Still at the end of the day, I have managed to emerge out of it as strong as I can be, ready to face the brutalities of the selfish world..

A decade ago when I started working and moved to Pune, we had nothing... No money, no house, no security.. all that I had with me was dreams, hopes, zeal to make it big, my will to work hard... It allowed me to stick on... I grew confident of what I did and said.. I have happily cut those so called ribbons of relations, which were fake... People who gave me attitude, got double in return.. Some of them I dont care about any more... There are some whom I have become extremely fond of... They are going to stay with me forever, thats what I think as of now...

The decade saw me travelling to different parts of the country/world, which were extremely satisfying and rich in experience... This was my dream since childhood that once I grow up, I am going to travel to different places.. All the visits were purely for vacation sake... No company paid holidays or work-cum-pleasure visits, thankfully... Thats what makes me even more happier.. I managed to travel to so many places on my own. Of,course there was a lot of planning/saving involved each time, but thats what made it the best...

There are still a lot of places that I want to visit in the years to come.. Hopefully, some of the travel plans should materialize... The decade also witnessed me living alone and managing the house. I started cooking which I never liked before.. Surprisingly, I never learnt cooking as such.. But I found out that I am a very decent cook, whose meals have been liked and loved by every single person.. So I would like to believe that I have acquired the magic of my Mom's hands...

While I know that not everyone gets everything, what they wish for, I also know that God tries to balance out the gaps.. I have been quite unlucky in terms of having good relationship/love but I also believe that there must be something good in that.. God must have thought about it.. May be He wanted me to have other rich experiences before I finally take a breather..

The best part of this decade would be, buying my own house.. The last three/four posts have been about my home, still I want to write more about it.. I still marvel at myself many times for taking such a huge step.. Mom had been the biggest support behind it.. She had been asking me buy one for the quite a few years but I avoided.. Finally when I realized that it has to be now or never, that I took this big decision... One of my distant relative, who is extremely fond of me, someone who is also responsible for giving a flight to my career, whom I respect a lot for her independence and taking everything in her stride said to me: "I bought a house when I was 45 years old, but you bought a house when you are less than 35 years. I am so proud of you. You have done what many boys could not have done." She very fondly calls the main bedroom as Mistress Bedroom as opposed to the Master bedroom.. :-)

So this decade has brought a lot of change in me and my life, some of them were good, some not so good.. But I guess thats what and how life is.. As we step into the next one, I hope to have some more good experiences and move forward.. Just want to stick on with the relationships that are present currently.. About finding love, I am just leaving it as it is...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dont issue any cheque on your birthday...

What happens when you issue a cheque on your birthday...
Ans: When you mention the date, the year is mentioned as your year of birth. The cheque is returned, stating 'Stale Cheque'.

Thats what happened with me a few days back. I issued a cheque for some payment on my birthday. Mentioned my year of birth instead of 2010.. (I guess I am too conditioned to write my exact date of birth as we do while filling up other forms)

Moral of the Story : Dont issue cheques on your birthday.. Or check twice after you have issued the cheque.. :-)

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Heavenly Abode...



I always sing this song :

chhota sa ghar hoga baadlon ki chhaon mein,
asha deewani man mein bansuri bajaye,
hum he hum chamkenge taaron ke us gaon mein,
aankhon ki roshni har dum ye samjhaye.


Infact this is my favourite song ever.. If someone ever asks me to sing a song, this is what I sing.. And now this song has come true in my life.. This is my home.. Like the words say: baadlon ki chhaon mein,it is on the top floor... Love every nook and corner of this home which is now mine...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Life in the past one and a half months in points...

- shifted and moved into my own house.. What a horrendous experience it was with the movers & Packers(again!!!)... We were unloading the stuff till 10 in the night. It was not because of any reason that we had a big house and too much stuff.. The packers arrived after the afternoon and then we finally packed, shifted... By the end of the day, I was almost in tears and half dead.. They charged me double the amount than it was agreed upon.. They refused to unload the stuff till I gave them the money in advance. For the first time in my life, I realized if there was even one guy with me, all this would not have happened. I am not even counting the damage that they did to our stuff.. The whole of next day I and Mom were unpacking the boxes alone, without any help... Its been more than a month but still we havent arranged everything properly..

- Numerous visits by electrician, carpenter, plumber, painter, building engineer, curtain walla have kept us on our toes... Everyday something or the other goes wrong and need to be fixed.. So a visit by one of the service providers.. Its been a nightmare, I tell you.. I am longing for a weekend when I can just relax, without any visit from anyone, without having to visit anyone.. On top of it, we had no maid till the beginning of this month..

- A quick trip to Mumbai in between for 3 days to attend a cousin's wedding. The weather was horrible.. It was humid and it sucked.. I was sweaty, sticky and looked like an oily paratha ... On top of it, there was a reaction on my face, post a visit to the parlour.. Lack of sleep and not enough rest made sure that Mom was unwell post the trip. She had developed mouth ulcer and could not even drink water, forget about eating anything.

- Not sure about the project on work front, till now. I am doing few things, but nothing concrete as such.. Have been dragged into something totally new, about which I have no clue. I am reading stuff from whatever sources I could manage, with limited access to web in office..

- No internet connection for more than a month ensured that I did not reply to emails, messages, no updates on blog.. Friends who did not know about my moving to Pune, have been trying to contact me through FB, but I could not reply to them.. Limited access to web in office and no time at all on any weekend to go and search for a nearest cyber cafe..

- In between all this mayhem, my birthday also came and went just like any other day.. I had thought of going out for dinner with Mom, but then her health did not permit us.

It has been a crazy month for us.. Still we have to arrange our stuff.. My poor cupboard is begging for attention and I am royally ignoring it. I have simply dumped stuff wherever it is meant to be... The real challenge arrives when we need something.. We know its there in the house, but where is it - thats the big question... In between all this, I sometimes sit back and look around... All this is mine.. Its MY house.. Ofcourse there is a big home loan on my head now, but that is a part of it.. No girl, rather no one in our family had bought a house at such young age... I am getting all praises from people around me. Like one of my cousin told me : 'Take it in. Its very seldom that people praise you.' I agree and graciously accepted all the compliments.. :-) Still working on turning the house into a home..