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Monday, 29 August 2011

Abandoned

It was a hot afternoon sometime around May and i had to go visit a doctor. I still had some time so i decided to take a stroll outside as it was very suffocating in the waiting lounge (I needed some air, not that i njoy being in hot sun !)

I heard a faint voice, it was somenbody crying, as i followed it i saw a little girl (must be around 4-5 yrs of age) lying on a pile of sand (some construction work was going on there). You can imagine how hot sand can get under the sun ! So i rushed to her asking why she was crying and why she was lying there but she didnot reply. I asked her about her parents but still no reply !

So, after much persuasion she only told me that her mother wasn't there. I looked around and not seeing anybody handed over a ten rupee note to her and told her to do whatever she wanted with that and sensing that she was hungry i bought a banana for her as well. I investigated a little from the people working around about her parents and came to know that she didnt has a father and that her mother was a housemaid. She was off to work.

What i fail to understand here is that how can a mother leave a child so young without anyone to take care of her ? Answers can be many - justified to some and not to others. We can debate on the possible solutions for that woman but you never know under what circumstances she had to leave her kid ! Anything would've happened, horrible things would've happened. I am sure she has her reasons but we should not forget - "Human being is the strongest of all creatures but only after they grow up, a human baby is the most fragile, helpless and vulnerable of all"

Friday, 26 August 2011

This is my new number !

"This is my new number. Guys plz save it and be in touch."

U know what i replied ?!@#$

"Yeah Superman ! I saved your number"

No seriously ! How common is it that people send you messages about their new number and forget to mention "whose number" ! I am sure at the time of sending such a message they are far too busy in letting all their friends know about their changed number that they totally forget about telling them their name.

Here are a few examples -

"Hey guys ! This is my new number ! Cheers !"

"Hello ! U can now reach me on this number !"

"Hi people ! M available here now ! Lets rock !"

"Please save my new number. Take care n have fun."

And the best part is when confronted with the question "Who is this", they'll reply -

"Loser its me !" (Oh yes! Its u ! James bond !)

"Its me ! U idiot ! How can you forget ?" (I cant get to remember in the first place)

"Dont talk to me again" (I cant unless i know whom m talking to )

"This is it ! U always behave like this ! This is frustrating !" (Yeah ! Same here !)

"Come on ! How can u talk to me like that !" (Of course i can ! I dont know you !)

And all the while my mind keeps on screaming - "Abe naam to bata de"
The bottom line is friends always take friends for granted (It also includes "must-be-dead-by-now" friends)

P.S - The "This is it ! U always behave like this ! This is frustrating !" message was a girl's message !

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

This too shall pass

An ironic phrase as quoted by the great poet, philosopher and writer William Shakespeare holds a thread of hope for the miserable and a heart sinking feeling for the hopeful !


Last week while on a trip to Jodhpur i saw a perfect example depicting it. Rain was pouring (Monsoon is here) and i was visiting countryside, it was a pretty beautiful weather (least expected in Jodhpur and a rare occurrence near Jaisalmer). As happy as i was, i started conversing with the camelboy (An eight year old owner of the camel that i was riding) stating how beautiful and rare such weather is here and hoping to get a similar response.


To my astonishment he said - " Yahan to madam aisa hi hai, jab monsoon khatam hoga tabhi tourist ayenge dec., jan. mein kuch kamayi hogi" (Tourists stream in after the monsoon season during december and january and the income starts coming in).


And i thought people in a place like that can only hope for rain but he proved me wrong. They are hopeful for the rain as it brings vegetation for their cattle and a relief from the scorching heat, at the same time they wait for the monsoon to get over so that their income from tourism starts coming in. Its ironical but the phrase "This too shall pass" holds so much significance for them.


Their entire life revolves around this phrase ! Have you ever wondered about the significance of this phrase in your personal life ! If not - start it now and keep me updated !