Monday, 2 May 2016

A page from the everyday life of an about to be 33 year old!

“I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone. I find spending an hour or two every day running alone, not speaking to anyone, as well as four or five hours alone at my desk, to be neither difficult nor boring. I’ve had this tendency ever since I was young, when, given a choice, I much preferred reading books on my own or concentrating on listening to music over being with someone else. I could always think of things to do by myself.” 

Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

As March Madness makes way for 'May Mellowness', and friends and family grant a lifelong extension to my license to be mad, for the first time since school I find something to look forward to each day and for the first time 'everyday' seems more interesting than some 'special' days. While there a million thoughts running through my mind and at least half a dozen blog posts (which require dedicated writing time) traipse half-baked through my imagination, I earnestly wish I could freeze a slice of my time and relish it at a later stage in life. While time travel remains a distinct improbability at the moment, I could always mark this great time of my life with chosen reference points which will be my memory aids in days to come. If I were to present a cross-section of my daily activities, this is what it would look like:

  • Enjoying- Summers in Pratapgarh (I know its 43 degrees outside!) and long evening walks 
  • Listening to- MTV India Unplugged (all seasons)
  • Loving- my disconnect (not yet freedom) from cellphone/Whatsapp/Facebook..
  • Learning- to drive around and observe the beauty/architecture of country homes
  • Feasting (my eyes) on- Gulmohars in full bloom and Mahua leaves which appear red in sunlight
  • Relishing- home-cooked 'Litti-Chokha' (typical meal of this part of the country) 
  • Playing- Two Dots (my meditation)
  • (Night time) Reading- David Levithan (all books), Murakami (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)
  • Organizing-Craft Supplies/ Digital files/ Photographs
  • Clicking- Parakeets and Hornbills and Hoopoes flitting about in the fields in the evening
  • Dreading- Return to office in July and managing two kids by myself
  • Hosting- People over lunch/tea and serving meals they do not expect in Pratapgarh (We never host dinners because its kids' sleeping time)
  • Sending- love and wishes in the form of self designed cards to dear friends all over
  • Hoping- to complete my Tapestry of Dreams before younger one turns one
  • Reflecting upon- being emotional and instinctive (and its fall outs) (As Murakami says, "Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.")
  • Smiling- over the little things my kids do and amazed at God's kindness.
  • Thanking- Everyone and Everything that has made all of the above possible


  1. Lovely write up. Should I be allowed to be envious of your routine :) I wanna the recipe of Litthi Chokha :P Love to your little ones. Keep smiling and stay blessed!

    1. Thanks for the reading Rims. You can very much envy 'the routine' unless you agree to come visit us more often. The recipes shall be obtained once its time to pack our bags. Thanks for all your love. Stay glued for more from the hinterland!!

  2. Beautiful... And it drew me in :)

    1. Thank you and your appreciation reminds me it was worth writing it out!