MAY 24.

A year.


Colourful times

Splashes of water and blaring music have been my weaknesses for don’t know how long. And combine this with a festival of unrestrained fun and that should make me the happiest person on the face of this earth. Its holi today and I can only feel thrilled and excited about the wild times I’ve had on this day.

Some of the best Holi days I Would say belong to my graduation and post grad years. It was the second year of graduation in pune and we were a group of 5 roommates. I used to stay in Hanumannagar close to Symbiosis and in around that area there were hundreds of paying guests and apartments occupied by students. So no doubt holi was one of the most vibrant and crazy days. Around 8.30 all of us woke up to the shouts of holi hai. We all ran to the balcony and found the bunch of familiar faces staying two blocks away. They all were waiting for us to join them. After some 15 mins we joined the group and began our customary stops to every house collecting people in the group and smearing their faces with gulal and water.Festivals are the times when whether you know someone or not you just get together to revel in the good times and spirit of the festival.

Holi without dance and music was absolutely unthinkable. So we all decided to head to Ganga Retreat for a rain dance treat. Quickly everybody arranged for the cash and left for the party. And do I need to elaborate, the music was just right. From Jai Jai shiv shankar to, Rang barse to Babuji. We had a blast. And holi without bhang would have been a crime. A few gulps and we all were set to rock for the day. Around 2.30 all were feeling famished so we left the party to grab a quick bite and then head home to get cleaned up. We were so tired from all the dancing and yelling. When we all reached home while we were awaiting our turn for the bathroom to be available, I go,” D I know you think I am drunk but I am not drunk” and then I kept laughing. And then at regular intervals I kept repeating it and bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter.

So finally after we all got cleaned up and I had a laugh to my heart’s content we all decided to take a small nap to ease out our tired bodies. Around 7 when we all woke up we had a hazy feeling in our heads and felt so sleepy. Not just that we were all feeling hungry again. So we got ready and left for dinner at Koyla. It had just opened then in pune so thought it to be a good try. After an elaborate dinner we all went to S’s place where the entire gang from college had gathered and we stayed up all night chatting, drinking and eating (yeah eating was a mode of entertainment for all of us).

Those were the times when little moments spent with friends would set everything right for you. Today all of us are in different states or cities busy with our jobs but an occasional phone call or SMS would always find us discussing the good times we shared.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holi.

Whooooshhhh….blow away the dust!

Was going through the lot of unread mails in one of my gmail accounts. Yeh I have a handful of email accounts, out of which I use only gmail frequently now. Ok so as I was going through the unread mails decided would leaf through all the mails instead of the unread only-so eventually i scraped thorugh read, unread, new, old ALL of them. A gradual click by click movement through the inbox kept unfolding the moments, stories, professional correspondence, altercations shared with the entire network of friends, bloggers and acquaintances and also quite a few romantic snippets shared with TD (ofcourse a major chunk of that remains guarded in the yahoo IM :D ).A whole lot of CoS (Center of Significance- oh called it so for the want of a better word that would describe the moments, people, contexts that have been significant in every phase of my life.Be it momentary or long lasting. Lol…CoS is so like a typical MBA. Jargon Fetish!!!!! Ok so the CoS that I indentified would be:

  • Oprah – This was when i was home after graduation and was a devoted audience to her talk shows at 2p.m every weekday. Felt like an Ultra modern chick and so empowered ;).Yuppp guys laugh it out. But I was very ignorant then. But yes, that does not disocunt her good work though. She is quite a self contained lady and i really admire her for that. Well was so impressed was i that i joined her book club – The Oprah Book Club.not that i did much after that. After sometime and till date it has just crammed my inbox and those are left untouched with the entire inbox page glaring with those dark black mails indicating unread new msgs.
  • Job Sites – This indicated the phase when I was through with my first year of MBA and was already beginning to get anxious about getting a good job. Considering that i don’t belong to the IIM cadre i had to but obviously be a lill more worried than an IIM grad for a decent paying job . So while i was preparing for my Summer internship presentation i was also scouting for the kind of vacancies available in the market (yupp thats how we talk about the jobs and their supposed dealing space -The corporate Sector).
  • TD – This was the most cherished phase of my life. A void that can never be filled by anything or anyone. A complete dream-like existence i had then. Though TD is no more- in my life and otherwise, time spent with him will be treasured by me forvever. No matter how dream-like it was, You were my poison Silly Baby!!!
  • Rupsi aka Rupal Patel- Woah!!!! This was like a phase that i can very safely put in the category of the Stone Age. Lol this was when i refused to grow up and got all wild and cheesy about my crush on Brett Lee!!(Oh no no…u got me right.It IS Brett LEE…dnt think just cuz i was 20 i would have been sensible.Nope….i was head over heels in love with Brett!!!! And Rupsi aka Rupal was one of my friends from the online Brett Lee fan fraternity :D.
  • Vinayak – This one falls in the second year of my MBA just before the placements could begin. He was my pune friend’s colleague.
  • Placement Cell – Oh being a late entrant in the placement cell… i was filling up for S and SP as they both fell ill. So the mail box has correspondences exchanged with the companies and the students.
  • PGDBA batchmates – Yeah…this was like just one of the small reminders of some great association shared with few PGDBA students.
  • Pranav– The Blogger friend – This was before i joined my MBA and had come across his blog…wasnt a very regular reader of his blog. Though a comment on one of his posts got him msgng me on IM at 2.30 in the morning. And ofcourse this was when i had nothing to do but be awake all night!!!! Though its been almost 2 yrs now since i heared anything from him.
  • Unkymoods – Oh…this was when i had just begun blogging and had one of the graphics from this site put up on my blog to represent my Confuzzled self. Had registered through this gmail id.
  • Abhishek -My DPS batchmate – we were school friends.Found him through orkut. He is the moderator for one of the DPS community.Exchanged a lot of emails before i finally met him in mumbai when he had come here for his training.
  • Arijit Dasgupta – My roomie’s bro – Another acquaintance from my roomates in pune. We are in touch on and off even today.
  • Vendy (my pune hostel friend) – A few mails shared with her after she shifted base to US after her marriage
  • Pallavi (my KV-NTPC batchmate) – A classic case of lost and found and lost again. We meet accidently on orkut after some 7 yrs. Since my dad belongs to the para military force i have changed a lot schools.So we did have an exchange of few emails of discovering and rediscovering each other and then for some reason lost touch again.
  • Moko – the constant in my life...a few mails from her after she went back to South Africa after finishing her grads. MAils during this phase from her were like having her back after a deadening silence.
  • Milind Sir (my summers project guide) – Few official mails sent to his id from my gmail id(only cuz interns wernt given a dedicated Outlook id) during my internship with worked-reworked excel sheets!
  • Starred job vacancy mails-Again a supplement to the earlier JobHunting phase.
Oh boy those were so many CoS’s and so many chapters in my life. Some of the chapters were clsoed for good…but today as i went through those mails i felt the urge to msg all of them and reconnect with them. Had sent a mail to Rupal and have got a reply already. Feels so good to be able to know that people who meant so much once and who were lost over time but are safe now and happy and prospering and so alive and kicking!!!! With so much changing for them and so much changing for me.
Its like beginning a new chapter again, but…. with the old characters and a new story line.