Apr 5, 2015

Empty Pockets



The day started with an enriching tea followed by delicious Poha and Jalebi. My mom is the best in cooking them. I teased my newly wedded wife Nimisha that she just couldn't be better than mom in this, and she made faces. We had planned a visit to Akshardham Temple in Delhi, and left the home at 11 am to reach there on time.

The convenient service from Delhi Metro did not let us deter ourselves to a visit to Delhi from Gurgaon. Although it was a holiday, but one could never predict busy roads in Delhi.



I am not a frequent visitor to temples, but Akshardham is one such temple which is also famous for beautiful gardens, exhibition and good food. Considering mom's choice of a temple, wifey choice of lush green gardens, and my choice of food delicacies, we narrowed down our plan to visit this 40 year old Akshardham Temple.

Mom and Nimisha were happy with the view from the metro. They both, as this was their first visit to Gurgaon, had not been to Delhi in a metro, and so they smiled and gave a I-saw-this-first-time look on seeing Malls, Water Park and other buildings while enroute to Delhi. We got down at Rajeeve Chowk to change the metro from Yellow Line to Blue line. Rajeeve Chowk  is one of the busiest metro stations in Delhi that handles 5 lac visitors daily. Unlike Huda Metro Station, from where we boarded, there we had to stand in que to board this metro. I  regained my lost excitement on looking at their smiling faces, even when they had to stand in que.


We reached Akshardham Temple at around 1 PM, by an auto. Temple was 2 kms far from the nearest metro Akshardham station, even that was named after the temple which had  the beautiful and mammoth structure, very visible from outside. We also expected that there were going to be eye-partying things inside.

 I was aware that everybody had to deposit bags, but was not sure about cellphone. To my surprise, the security check in took more time than check in at airports, and they wanted everything to be deposited except for money and hand wallets. I was kind of exhausted even before entering inside. Mom and Nimisha were waiting happily outside and I, on seeing them, too got charged.



I did realize after some time that I was not actually walking with any weight whatso ever, as there was no cell phone, no bags inside my pocket and on my shoulders. I was walking with empty pockets, and it was so relieving that I could not express that instant feeling.


I generally get frustated when I  don't have my cell phone, but that day I was happy to be relieved from it. We entered inside, and there was this chily breeze that kept blowing our hairs away. There were very beautiful gardens, with round and elliptical shaped trees and plants. There were different designs of all geometrical shapes, and all were very well maintained. The air inside was so clean, and was actually incomparable from what you breathe in outside.

The temple was so gallantly decorated and the pillars inside had intricate crafted designs on them, depicting different forms of God and history of the temple in itself.


There was one more good thing favorable to us was the food without onions and ginger. My mother didn't eat either, and this was the only place where everything was without them. She did taste almost everything out there, and was happy to eat such a good onion-less food outside home.


There was also an exhibition centre and a water show inside the temple, but later we realized that the watch on my wrist (and not on my cell phone) was reading 4 pm.We were getting late, and so we decided to skip them. Those 3-4hours in the blessed environment of Akshardham Temple, with the people I love the most in my life were the best and most rejuvenating hours that I had ever spent in a very long time.  There was no better time than spending it with your loved ones.I didn't realize that I was also tired  as we had to walk a lot inside the temple, but even than I was happy and fresh at the end.


We  got out, and I finally switched on my cell phone after four hours.I was back to my life of technology where I sometimes weigh more importance to the person in that small screen rather than the one in front of my eye lids.....Haha..




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Oct 19, 2014

Diwali on the doors.....



Diwali......The moment of togetherness.....The happiness to be cherished lifelong.....The lightening of the fun in everyone's heart...

Diwali, one of the most joyous and entertaining day of my life, is on the doors. Diwali is a day when I spend good times with my family and friends. It, to me, is a day that gives a sense of newness to everything around and is a  time to spark the friendly relations with everyone.

I remember as a kid, that it was school which would first make me realize that Diwali is about to come as there always were Diwali Holidays in the calendar.I remember that my father would get me two sets of new clothes for this day and I would  wait for the time when we would go to buy all types of colourful crackers. We would haggle with the shopkeeper to give us the maximum discount so that we could buy more and more crackers. For us kids there use to be two types of Diwali as Choti Diwali and Badi Diwali, and we would buy separate crackers for both of these days. All the friends use to gather at one place to light up the crackers.
long duration holidays, and which got its mention as

The Diwali Puja also use to be special as compared to other Hindu festivals. There use to be so many flowers and sweets, and there were  unique traditions that were only followed on this day. Infact everything use to be unique with this day. This day would end up with smile on my face and happiness in my life.


                           
The sense of Diwali now has changed a lot, and it is this IRCTC site that makes me realize first that Diwali is knocking on the doors. We now try to finish all the pending works before Diwali, so that nothing sbould keep us bothered during the Day. The holidays have become lesser now but that excitemnt of feeling happiness and sensing the newness in everything remains the

same. I would reach my place one day prior to Diwali, and would catch up with friends to plan something after the traditional Diwali Puja. I would also get some gifts for my lovely nephew and nieces.

I now see Diwali as the day when all the family members get to one place to celebrate the day. The puja, sweets and crackers is obviously the part of this day but now I also see this to live that moment of togetherness with my family and friends. This day, for me, has now become the right time to sort out differences amongst family and friends, and glow up the new hope of fun and love for the next year.



Many people now also await this festival for its auspicuous nature , as every industry, business and shop would give offers on their products. Some of my friends are buying cars, some are buying home appliances and some are looking forward to buy gold on this day. I too am looking forward to buy something big on this day, afterall I also would like to create that feeling of newness on that day.

Its four days left for Diwali, and the moment I step in the market I sense that festive feeling on everybody's face. I see the air in itself turns festive when Diwali comes around.

As everytime, I also am excited to float in this air of festiveness and live that moment of lifelong happiness and togetherness on this one day.


I HOPE YOU WILL DO THE SAME AND CELEBRATE GHAR WALI DIWALI.






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Sep 21, 2014

As Simple As It Can Be #7




This is the seventh one in the series that describes some of the basic traits of life in its simplest form.


Self confidence  



This unbeatable personal trait is the only required ingredient to achieve anything and everything in life.


Orthodoxy


This, now a days, pertains to a chunk of ancient customs with unknown origins in every religion, which the orthodox people fear if not followed would instill the traits of anthropophobia in them.


 Addiction



Addiction to anything, in most of the cases, help people in fighting out the moments of fear in their day to day life.


Sweet 16


Sweet 16, often known as the age when love-buds cultivate, is also the age of finding oneself and trying to take power of one's own life.

Courtesy of contemporary people



This is generally bestowed to others to grab and munch a good favour in return.








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Jun 22, 2014

Overload


Book Review:  Overload
Author: Arthur Hailey


This book, the moment I picked it up, got loaded on and captivated my thought process compeletely. Arthur Hailey, like in his other books, crafted real life characters with which one could connect very easily and could actually visualize some of the instances happening in one's life. There is one catch, you have to belong to that particular industry which he had so well researched and described in his books, and if you do not belong to that clan then his books could  help one know, upto certain extent, about the lives of the people who live in those industries.

Overload is one such Hailey's book where he had delved into the lives of the people working and living in the power industry of California.The challenges that the power industry brought to its employees, to the state and finally to the people of the state were very well penned down, and one could sometimes feel that-"Oh, the industry of my state does this, all are same and crap everywhere". This common and true view point of the general people was, from  the beginning, inborne in the story. The amazing part was how the author took this view as base and changed this thought of general people into something which was close to reality.

The first part of the story revolved around the functioning of the power industry, the illicit relationships of Goldman and the media view point of that industry. The second part got us into plot when a revolutionary group "Friends of Freedom" came into picture and set down their disarrayed revolutionay motives infront of the power industry. The third part got all the pieces in place, changed the view point of the public for current scenario of power industry in California, and everything else sorted out including Goldman's illicit relationships.

Reading any of the Hailey's books makes you feel like you are living your life with his characters, and you so very easily make the connection with them. This is the reason that each of his book is unparalleled,unique in its content and worth reading.




Apr 20, 2014

Mom n Me






Mom

Who wakes me up early in the morning,
Puts my head on her lap,
Plays with my hair,
And floats her affectionate hand on my face


Me

Who doesn't care for any alarm,
But wait for mom to wake me up
And to feel the eternal love in her lap
I pick up her hand and put it on my face.


Mom

Who makes the best cuisines in the world
Let go her tastes and choices for me,
Plays all the foolish games with me,
And fights even with her better half for me.


Me

Who can eat at the best of the places outside
But come  back to Mom to satiate hunger,
For every delicacy that  she makes
Becomes the best and delicious with her touch






Mom

Who first read my books to make me study
Skips her office to help me finish my homework,
She remains awake to just give me milk and nuts overnight,
And, without fail, wakes me up early in the morning for school.


Me

Who is dependent on mom for everything
For schoolbag to books to lunch,
For motivation and love at midnight,
And, her love is the only alarm clock that I have had.


Mom

Who wants to be my friend now
When nobody is her best friend,
Who likes to know all my funny escapades in college
For she wants to live another college life with me.


Me

Who doesn't want to share my pranks with her,
And just can't share my girlfriend names with her.
Who start getting irritated by her caring demeanor
For I perhaps have become old enough to take care of myself








Mom

Who wishes that I get all the happiness
Even when my calls become less frequent
And she just prays to god for my wellness
And success in every phase of life


Me

Who realizes every instant in the outside world,
That Mom is the best friend that one can ever have,
Who now knows that mom was always right
In her teachings, and her sayings about the world and life.


Mom

Who wishes to see me happy in my life
Who likes to be affectionate in the new family,
And wants to give lessons to the to-be mother,
To blend my life with eternal happiness


Me

Who wishes to give happiness to the love of my life,
And be affectionate and loving to my mom
For whom I am the love of life,
And adds meaning to her(mom) life