Friday, August 24, 2007

Hope...

That things will look up, that every day wont be as bleak as this, that clouds do have silver linings...
That some day you will stop wanting, stop hurting..
That some day you will be happy and realize that its forever..or finally learn that happiness is an illusion.
That you will be the strong practical person you need to be, move on..
Or maybe the phone will ring.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Of birthdays and balloons

Went to a kiddies birthday party last night..I was compelled to..the birthday girl being my 5 year old neighbour who had been informing me since a week that her bday was coming up..Needless to say that I felt out of place..the other invitees being roughly as high as my knee..But it was fun enough. Brought back memories of the scores of such parties i attended as a kid..it used to be quite an event in our social lives then.
Dressing up in your best, finally getting a bit of that red lipstick your mom wouldnt let you touch, hanky pinned safely to chest to look after runny noses..singing happy bday with gusto (until the part where you name the bday boy/girl where everyone got self-conscious and fumbled and went a little out of tune.) An uncle bursting the baloons above the lucky boy/girl's head with an 'agarbathi' to much applause. Then you made a bee-line for the plates being passed around. A slice of cake, potato wafers, some 'chivda' , a Maharashtrian dry snack much like our chanachur and a glass of the inevitable Rasna. Why a soggy-looking banana had to be a part of this otherwise nice feast is something I couldnt fathom..
The embarassed bit about the bday song still happens. The snacks are minus the banana now (thankfully) and coke has replaced Rasna. The gifts are more innovative. I saw a 3-year-old sidle in and present a pack of Maggi to my delighted neighbour.The high point of the party, for me, was listening to some long-forgotten nursery rhymes..here's one I particularly like..
Hot cross buns, hot cross buns,
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns..
If you have a daughter, give it to your sons..............(er..ok..)
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Potty about Potter :)

Finished HP some days ago..I must say i was a wee bit disappointed..didnt live up to the "grand finale" expectaions...but thats another discussion. There is this feeling of sadness..like i am about to say goodbye to a buddy..There will be no more browsing through HP fansites, no more trying to second guess Rowling, no more debating about how its gonna end..
I often come across people who seem amazed that any adult could be a Harry lover.
To these Potter critics, I just have one thing to say....read before you decide to run anything down as fantasy and "kid stuff". Agreed, everyone doesnt have the same taste in literature. But a well-written book is a well-written book! Period! And Rowling hasnt merely written a book..she has created a whole new world, complete with explanations and history. The story isnt a fairly tale like many would have us believe..it is ultimately about good triumphing over evil but in a very unpatronizing and contemporary way. Rowling refrains from ever getting preachy and i guess that is what makes kids (and adults) take to Potter.
To me, it was more than filling up slow hours. It was something which kept me occupied and sane in my most troubled times..nothing else was this engrossing. Harry Potter has seen me through break-ups and my entire "i am getting nowhere" phase..Harry shall be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, (besides giving the collection a re-read and hoping for sequels) I shall guard it with care and hope to hand it over to my kids some day..watch it make their world magical as it did mine..
Untill then...... nitwit, oddment, blubber, tweak!!! :)))

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sittin' here with loads of work on my head..10 p.m already..I need something. Dont know what.
Rest? Coffee maybe? Tequila? A dart gun? A time machine? A miracle? A clone?
Maybe I just need to keep going...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Excuses..

A visiting card as a page-mark
A cd with songs you dont want to hear
Excuses..
Taking the long route to avoid traffic
Switching off lights 'coz its dusk
Excuses..
False pretences
Unfinished sentences
Fill-in-the-blanks
Refusal to hang up
Endless smses
Untouching caresses
Soundless laughter
Deafening silences..
Excuses, excuses

10 Commandments at Work!

These are tried and tested, people. You woudn't want to find out the long way ;)
Thou shalt
1) Understand and accept that 10 a.m is 10 a.m..but 6 p.m means the clock is running fast..
2) Not reveal that you have nothing to do in the evenings..chances are your boss will find some more work for you, with the air that he is doing you a favour..
For similar reasons, thou shalt not reveal that you are an early morning person either.
3) Recite "peace and forgiveness" to yourself when he tries to lecture you on a mistake you made..only you know that it wasnt you, it was him! You hadnt even touched the drawing!
4) Understand that 'perfection' is a verb when its your work..its an utopian notion when its his..
5) NOT dig up a lip-liner from your overfull handbag when asked for a pencil :))
6) State the reason for your ill health..subtle references like stomach cramps are not taken by ignorant males..but once said, it goes a long way ;)
7) Understand that 'we' made the mistakes...but 'i' got the idea...
8) Understand that its no use reminding your boss about the time you took work home to help him out whilst trying to apply for a leave..Temporary amnesia has nothing to do with age..
9) Remember to turn over the calender on his desk every month on the first..(or wait till he does it to collect your paycheck)
10) Never point out to him that his cabin is all cluttered..or you will find yourself in a different profession before you can say "unfair!"