He asked ‘What do you do for a living?’
She smiled ‘ I live.’
This is a small, brightly painted verandah I stumbled upon on my way from Siliguri (in West Bengal)to Pelling (in Sikkim), India on my recent tour.
10 th January comes in every year with a lot of excitement and fun. It’s my best friend’s birthday. The girl I have known since I was 3 years old. And it’s her first birthday since she moved to the USA.
I miss her. She has been everything I ever needed. There’s no one who understands me better,and with all the cracks in me,still loves me just the way I love her! She has been my partner in crime and my savior in crisis.All the shenanigans we plan, and all the unplanned craziness that follows us whenever we are together,wherever we go…there’s never a dull moment with her! This is probably the best day to tell her how much I love her, and how much I wish to see her : be happy, laugh enough, be healthy, go crazy, love unconditionally, dare to dream, and work hard to realise those dreams, travel a lot, take splendid photographs, let go of grudges, be insightful, be sensitive, and well of course,at some point come back to India 😉
Sheetal, you are the best thing that happened to me,the best friend I could have ever asked for! Love you to bits.
Wishing You A Very Happy 27th (sorry,I’ll join you soon) Birthday!!!
I knew there was a hurricane in some unrelated-to-me part of the world. But I hadn’t expected it to affect me. As I walked down the road, unsuspecting,unprepared… it rained on me. I could see the road ahead of me was getting dark and the rain was only getting heavier. I tried finding rhyme in the shower,to make my journey tolerable. But I couldn’t! The sudden screeching lighting scared the shit out of me for a second. But I realised it also helped me see my path. Even though I have always been scared of lightning, since childhood, I knew it was my only saviour right now. There was no point in fighting it. I had to befriend my enemy, grow over my fear and see the other side of this coin.
As the heavy raindrops continued hitting my drenched hair, my fingers started getting numb. Another lightning, and I knew that I was half way there. Already? Not bad, I thought to myself.
I suddenly started enjoying the rain. Kicking the small puddles along the curb, I finally found the rhythm in the rain. And strength in the lightning.
No matter what time in the year,what phase in your life,the untimely rain will always try to boggle you down. The challenge is, not always being prepared for the rain; what is life if you are over cautious after all? The challenge is dealing with the rain. Never mind if you get drenched,let yourself be poured upon by life. The challenge, and the beauty is, continuing on your journey,no matter what. The challenge is enjoying the journey,no matter what. And emerging stronger, every single time.