Irony

Irony

They sat on the roadside bench watching the world go by
5 Since one said hello
5 till another would say goodbye
Both wondering to themselves
How slowly life moves
How fast the years fly.

Irony

Irony

‘How was your day’
She asked , lovingly.
That’s all she ever wants to know
He thought , grudgingly.
She  missed being with him every second
He was glad to get away.
That’s the story of their lives
Summed up In One Day.

#TopMoments2015

#TopMoments2015

Half of the 2015 has flown off and before we’ll know, 2016 would be staring at our face expecting us to write all those posts about 20 things we wish we did this year, essentially in the hope that next year is going to be any different or special.

The fact of the matter is. Each year is as good or as bad as the moments it’s made up of . And most often than not it’s the good ones that get away unnoticed and unappreciated when ones looking at life in retrospect.
Hence a Top Moments list halfway won’t hurt anyone right? It just becomes a good foundation to build up on for the rest of the year…and am speaking with a lot of hope and optimism that one does get to add to the list in the coming months.

So here goes!

1.Being @ The Vibrant Gujarat.

Attending something so world class and mounted at that level or scale.. Quite legendary. The exhibition , the larger than life pavilions , and listening to the who’s who from the industry and especially that gentleman who invited us all to visit his country Bhutan bragging about its gross happiness index and all . Hmm talk about doing the new.

2.Mixing business with pleasure at the luxurious ITC Grand Bharat.

It promised unhurried luxury and that’s what we experienced. Lavish suites, personal pools , food to die for , swanky golf course and overwhelming hospitality. A gallery full of pics and almost 2 days of pampering later I knew why we work. Work trips.

3. Discovering the Women only floor EVA at ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai.
Another work trip , another ITC inspired experience , another first ( my first ever impulsive purchase at the Airport – wish there are many more !!) , the excitement of seeing something you’ve worked getting completed successfully that never gets old. Over all – a super happening 24hrs packed to the fullest.

4.Giving loyalty a try !
Ever since I was this enthusiastic intern – flying via Jet was the penultimate aspiration. We associated it with arriving in life. Things have changed. Airline travel is more accessible now and isn’t really a luxury. Infact over the past few years Indigo is what I’ve preferred. But there was something exciting about enrolling in the Jet privilege club and I am now hoping of collecting as many miles as possible – maybe enough to go around the world a couple of time [inspite of the horrible food that they serve. sigh!] but Yay! I have a JP Card with my name on it. Also an ITC card .. so time to get a Credit card too right?

5.My baby goes to school
Literally saving the best one for last. My little one is now a big boy and I can’t believe that he’s growing up so fast. Karate class , learning to ride the big boy bike, visiting museums & planetarium , his first movie , swimming like a pro and ofcourse school , summer camp and his very first school holiday. Looking at everything through his excited , curious eyes makes the world a better place.

More top moments include – taking the Air Vistara , experiencing the gorgeous international airport , Mumbai in all its artsy glory and my very first speaking forum at Gandhinagar. And not to forget the #Travel2015 list continues to grow with staples like Mumbai , Ahmedabad and New entries like Hyderbabad , Kolkata , Lukhnow and soon Jaipur?

The year so far has been full of ups and downs . Quite a few discoveries and re-inventions. Trying to quit some old habits and picking up some new ones.

If the first 6 months are any thing to go by .. many more TopMoments are waiting to happen and hopefully quote a few passionate , enthused blog posts too?

#TopMoments2015,,the WIP Version

#TopMoments2015,,the WIP Version

Almost half of 2015 has flown off and before we ll know it it would be 2016 and we ll be writing all those posts about 20 things we wish we did this year and drawing a list of things that’s gonna make next year any different or special.
The fact of the matter is. Each year is as good or as bad as the moments its made up of .  And most often than not its the good ones that get away unnoticed and unappreciated when ones looking at life in retrospect. Hence a Top Moments list halfway won’t hurt anyone right? It just becomes a good foundation to build up on for the rest of the year ..and am speaking with a lot of hope and optimism that one does get to add to the list in the coming months.

So here goes !

1. Vibrant Gujarat.
Attending something so world class and mounted at that level or scale .. Quite legendary. The exhibition , the larger than life pavilions , and listening to the who’s who from the industry and especially that gentleman who invited us all to visit his country Bhutan bragging about its gross happiness index and all . hmm talk about doing the new.

2. Mixing business with pleasure at the luxurious ITC Grand Bharat. It promised unhurried luxury and that’s what we experienced . Lavish suites , personal pools , food to die for , swanky golf course and overwhelming hospitality. A gallery full of pics and almost 2 days of pampering later I knew why we work. Work trips make it all worthwhile.

Like most good things in life ..  This post is WIP.

Byomkesh Bakshy !

Byomkesh Bakshy !

It starts with a mystical voice singing a lyrical masterpiece but you get distracted with the sights of Kolkata from yesterera  unfolding from one frame to another. That’s Jaanam for you .The song I’d be happy to sit in a movie hall and watch on loop for 90 mins . And that’s how Byomkesh Bakshi has me at the titles. Carefully sketched out characters tumble in and out. Fascinating faces , interesting back stories , fine acting and bang on casting. You’ll forgive them for an occasional over the top scene or two coz surely that comes from knowing they are too good at their craft. I didn’t pay much attention to the story coz that’s really secondary in a movie that’s cinematically first rate. Hats off to the attention to detail and imagination of Dibankar Banerjee who’s love for Kolkata and Quentin Tarantino movies is quite apparent. There are many scenes that leave you spell bound coz of their sheer wit , magnificence or simplicity. ” Sach ke paas  wala jhooth pakadna mushkil hota hai”. “Khoon saaf karna rehne de sirf  chai  banade” ” In babu ka nut loose lagta hai” The smoke – filled coffee houses , the narrow lanes , the retro trams and the idea of re creating a character we’ve all loved as kids. Byomkesh Bakshy is quite a classic but only for those who really value someone’s  passion and intent to create something truly unique. Watch it . Its way better than the 100 crore league movies one fondly calls , masala films.

Its My Choice. An open letter to a judgmental stay at home mom.

Its My Choice. An open letter to a judgmental stay at home mom.

Dear SAHM,

Just like Ms Padukone insists. It’s our choice to be your side of the table or all over the place ( as a working mom) like me. It’s her stoic message to the universe in general that’s inspired this momentary madness . And am finally choosing to really speak my mind to you.

I am a working mom. And trust me most days I end up either kick starting or winding up a mad crazy day thinking if I should just transit to the other side.

I love my little kid. Contrary to what you believe I am not the selfish bitch who’s so busy climbing the corporate ladder that she completely ignores her duties towards the little soul she’s brought to life going through exactly the same process that you did – the anxiety , the panic attacks , the mental trauma and the physical scars included. I am just struggling to keep the two dimensions to my being alive by being a super human being. And that comes at a huge cost.

You think it must be a piece of cake making those fancy presentations ,going on those work trips and having really a semblance of a life beyond the four corners of the house that you’ve dedicated your life to.

Well newsflash. It’s not.

And if you are waiting for an explanation , the horrific details , the juicy gossip that will make your day – Then nope that’s not coming either.

Coz good, bad or ugly. It’s my choice to be this way. All over the place. Stretched to the limit. Finding oneself at two places at one time. Guilt ridden of not doing a decent job at either of them, all the time. But that’s how it is.

I don’t work like its my job and I am getting paid. I work coz I like using the energy I have towards something worthwhile .

I don’t have a kid coz that was expected out of me and its my job to feed, clean , wash and do whatever zillion things we do for those tiny people round the clock . I had a kid coz I knew like most things in life I would be fantastic at being a mom too.

Ditto for you. You had to quit work for a reason that you best know and I at best can respect. Period.

We respect each other‘s choices. Be judgmental about them in our living rooms or bed rooms or in our minds. But you don’t get to be all critical in my face and then not expect ditto and more back.

There’s much much more that I’d like to say but then I think the point is made.

Yours unapologetically,

Working – super- mom

Unhappy us..

Unhappy us..

Better Cars , More clothes , Fatter pay checks. More Fun. More Friends , More ,Better , Bigger . Faster. Quicker.
Are we turning out to be a breed of really unhappy people that constantly crib . About how where ever they are and whatever they have isn’t just good enough? Constantly running behind something or the other , not stopping for a bit for the proverbial ‘stand & stare’’?
We switch jobs , changes roles , choose careers for money. For designations. And even if we do that purely for the kick of ‘something new’ – it doesn’t last too long. Soon enough we are bored and full of remorse. “Oh the distance is too much” ,“The location is so non happening” ,“The office culture isn’t that good” or just the plain old – it’s too boring .
We always have reasons and explanations for not liking whatever we have & where ever we are.
We have excuses that explain why we’d rather be anywhere else than here.

We always wish we were someplace else than here. Right? No .. well here’s food for thought . Don’t we look at our phones when we are at the movies & dream about the weekends when we are in the middle of a meeting. We talk shop when we meet people at social gatherings & gossip about people’s social lives endlessly near coffee vending machines.
It’s amazing how much happier we were when we stayed in those 2 bedroom houses & got that extra TV hour when parents went off for social evenings. Nothing could replace the joy of getting to watch MTV – munching on mommy-made ‘junk food’ . Today , going out for a 7 course meal or having scores of channels to watch and a closetful to wear isnt close to what we desire.

We detest routines – when all through the time when we were the most disciplined was when we stuck to a curriculum – to eat , study , sleep !

But isn’t it true that back then we wanted to grow up so fast we couldn’t wait to get rid of those exams and get those degrees under our belt. Obviously back then – life right now was what we desired.

Its always the same story right? The constant battle between the fast forward or the erase and rewind.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if we could just pause. And GO PLAY in the minute that we are in . Right now?