Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dear Mr.Right.....

Dear Mr.Right,

First of all, you're obnoxiously late in finding me. So that makes you quite a bit of a wrong.
Thanks to your being busy with something, which CANNOT be more important than me, I'm doubted of having a secret affair (What am I starring in? A romantic suspense?)/waiting for someone who'll in the end drop me like a hot potato/ thinking a bit too high of myself/ being insensitive/ being completely unrealistic etc etc.

I don't blame anyone for accusing/ doubting/ being exasperated by me. But YOU! I'm angry with you for taking so much time to find me. And Yes! This dramatic hate letter intends to scare you and prepare you for some serious trouble in the coming months. I'm quite tired in my search and have decided to be a bully when I find you.So here's how you'll make up for being late and making me go through this ordeal of family,uncles-aunty's and random people raising eyebrows at my "status quo",

1) You'll read ALL of my blogs, right from the first day that I started writing here and post a comment on EACH one of it. Just in case you think you can get away by glancing through them, not happening ( Talk to the hand)

2)You will either have to buy me gifts worth four months of your salary or give me a cheque equivalent to that. Yes! Money matters. (Straight face, I'm not kidding)
Vini said she wants a gift too because she had to bear with my search and endless stories about a "you" who's imaginary even now. Get real! Cant sustain this saga too long. There's a family drama full throttle happening in the background, that's a tough one to avoid too long.

3) Once you find me, please arrange for an extra cheesy "Be mine" moment. I like all elements of a Yashraj movie and am not apologetic about it. You'll kind of have to live with it.

4) I will be extremely moody,mean,sarcastic and rude to you for sometime. You're at fault for not being able to trace me in this small world and because of that I've had to look like a fool/snob/bad daughter/wierdo more than once in front of more than one person. So I have already earned the ticket to being a brat with you and you've lost the right to stop me from being one.

5) I'm noting this date because the drama in my life is at its peak right now. If I trace your history into having fun (god save you if there was a chick around) in this phase, I'll make your life pretty miserable. I hope you're whining,sulking,weeping and depressed in some corner of the world. Why should I go through the drama alone?

So, Mr.Right, please get real now.I cant explain a non-existent creature (you just earned that crass title) to people without sounding supremely lame. And ya! Read the list again, I wont compromise, either on you or on the list.

Esha !
Crushed in between all kinds of aunties,fat men,thin men,women clad in burkhas, girls swaying to music on their headphones,boys flashing their blackberries (EVEN in that unbelievably jammed train), I gasped for breath.
"Oh shit! If Dad finds that inspite of all the warnings I've booked tickets for a second class and this is where I've landed up,I'm so dead!" .

Tap Tap. I felt someone tapping on my shoulder. I turned to see a hideous man asking me to move my bag away from him.
"Madam, lagta hai aapka bag. Udhar upar rakho"
I felt like punching him with my other hand and throwing him on the upper slot instead. Here I was fighting a battle of wits and weights to move even an inch and this scrawny fellow wanted me to move my bag it seems.
Thankfully the guy flashing his blackberry came to my rescue, " Give me your bag and check your seat number."
Thanks blackberry boy! The hideous man meanwhile kept complaining, "
Kya Madam. Udhar jagah hai na.Rakhtey kyun nahi"
"Chai Chai, side side side, chai chai" .
Side? Kidhar side? This is no different from a local train. Chai Waalas don't ever step into a local train. I thought they understand that!! (huh! Blah! Angry! Flustered)
Okay! Enough!I mustered all the energy within, pushed,shoved,nudged,punched and bravely fought my way towards my seat which was "three compartments" away.
Level 1 crossed: Whew! Relief!
This level looks easier, less crowded. I crossed a huge man and his tiny girl-friend/wife with her head on his chest murmuring something.
Romancing in the train!!!! In a normal day,I would have swooned at the sight(thanks to my love for cheesy romance).But today! The frustration in me was at an all time high and noone romances when I'm flustered! Ooops!My bag
"accidentally" hit them spoiling the moment.Even before I could bask in sadistic pleasure god gave it back to me as a rugged bunch of paan-chewers jeered,"Madam, yahaan jagah hai. Baith jao!" (Laughter)
Sadistic pleasure replaced by indignant anger.I told myself to ignore and move on.
Level 2 crossed
The final level looks clear. There's hardly anyone here. I guess people had settled in by the time I reached the next compartment and was more than relieved to find a bunch of girls around. Whew! No more hideous men tapping at my shoulder or Paan chewers leching.

As I settled into my seat and felt the wind blowing on my face, the chronicles of the previous compartments turned into stories I couldn't help laughing at.

No wonder India and its jam packed trains are a writers delight!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A moment in Time...Blessed and Overwhelmed !

A couple of hours before we pack our bags to leave Mc Leodganj,the phone rings and we both look at each other with a fading flicker of hope to meet a man.A man who's the face of Tibet, a man who's revered by millions, a man who's greatness stretches across the globe and whose teachings on love and compassion touches lives everyday.
Even while I was playing excuses in my head to justify why it wasn't meant to happen,I saw Savi's face lit up as she passed the phone to me. The next few hours were a blur.When I say we went into a frenzy of excitement, I really mean it! Did we just manage to get a personal meeting with "Dalai Lama"??? OMG! We did!!!

A security check, 12 delighted faces and non stop chatter."So we're among'st the only blessed twelve to get a personal meeting with him! How did we get so lucky! We hardly tried! I love Vini for making this happen!What do we ask him? Oh! The security said he'll just give his blessings and not speak to anyone.We just get a few seconds.How would it feel to meet a spiritual person of his stature at this proximity"
As we watched the other two girls awestruck and go speechless, we knew this was no ordinary person. You could feel his aura from a distance........ His holiness as they called him...........

He draped the white scarfs around us and asked something which sounded like, "Are you from Defense? Where have you come from?" I could hear Savy saying, "Mumbai". All
this while, I was too awestruck to even utter a word. Just remember smiling ear to ear endlessly and experiencing an emotion for the first time, an emotion I was yet to find the right word for.

This question I'm looking an answer for,it may be silly.Should I ask?But I've been wondering about it a lot lately.Should I ask??Okay! I'll ask!

The next second, I found myself saying "Can I ask you something??"
"Yes Yes!!" He answered with a warm smile and sincere expressions.
"Do you believe in soulmates ??"
He looked around not sure of what my question meant.
"Is that a friend??" He asked with a puzzled look.
Savy managed to help with, "someone more than a friend"
I saw a few attendants stepping towards us and felt some movement around. There were people translating the question in Tibetan trying to explain the question to him.
I'm assuming they tried interpreting it to the best of their capacity and understanding.

He said something like, "My whole life is dedicated to ma
nkind and spreading peace"
Didn't get an answer to my question but got a tight hug instead from his holiness. A moment in time which completely froze as I felt tears welling up in my eyes.
As I walked out, this word "overwhelmed" found its meaning in the truest of sense.

A force beyond my understanding and an experience for a lifetime. All the theories about positive vibes, aura and blessings turned into an experience that one moment. An unforgettable snapshot in the pages of our memories.....A moment in time...Blessed and Overwhelmed!