April – Fool, Exams and Apocalypse…

April

April reminds me of “April Fool“. It wasn’t just a day, but people used to make fool of others for the entire month of April. Besides being April Fool’s month, it is used to be a month of examinations in school, even that is April Fool in a sense. You would anticipate a set of questions to come in the question paper and a complete different set of questions would stare at you from down under, as if saying April Fool.

April also reminds me of a “hoax” similar to 21 December 2012. I don’t quite remember the date, but I was in hostel, away from home, just for the preparation of 10th. One fine day, everyone started saying that one XYZ day there is going to be a flood which will submerge the whole world.

One April’s day, the

World threatened to end,

We were just fourteen,

with all the life to spend.

/\/\/\

Staying far away from,

parents and home,

we dreaded the water,

covering the dome.

/\/\/\

We wanted to be ready,

to face the end of the World,

be with parents,

in mother’s lap, and curled.

/\/\/\

But that was not to be,

we were left with pals,

holding each other’s hands,

waiting, when the Earth stalls.

/\/\/\

But it turned out to be,

yet another hoax,

the World chose to continue,

the cat was not out of the box.

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The year was 1999. It sent chills down our spine when we heard of this said apocalypse. We bunked classes, lunches and everything. But are glad that it was just another hoax. It was the biggest “April Fool” anybody would have pulled on such a huge mass 😛

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Written for Month of the Year Writing Challenge – Season 3

December – Just A Pat And That’s All…

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कैसी है ये गुत्थी,
सुलझती ही नही,
जितनी बार सुलझाया,
उलझती ही रही.

दिये जलाए पथ पर,
बुझाने ये अंधेरा,
आशाए जाग उठी,
पर डरे ये मन मेरा.

एक हाथ पीठ पर,
मुस्कान दिलासा भरी,
जगमगाए दिये दिल में,
इतनी सी अपेक्षा मेरी.

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This is the time when whole year has gone by. Various events happened in life – some good, some bad, some life changing or some sad. December is kind of “sleeping time” when we lie down on our bed and deliberately or unknowingly think about the day gone by. This is the month we do the “retrospection” and do the balance checks to see if your debits and credits match or not.

An year is always a mixed baggage. We can’t have a completely bad or completely good year. It has to be a mixed bag. Sometimes we might feel we are being weighed down by the wrong turns life has taken and that’s when we need a “pat on the back” encouraging us and instilling some hope in us about brighter future.

December has given me such a person who, no matter what happens with me, will always “pat on my back“. No donuts for guessing who the person is. It of course is my MOTHER. Thank you so much mom. If it had not been for you, I don’t know what would have been my existence.

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Written for Month of the Year Writing Challenge – Season 3

July – Birthdays and Memories…

July

Aah. The special month of the year has to be “July”.

Yes, you guessed it right. I am a July Baby 🙂 But that’s not all. Some of the good news in my life have come in this month. The very first being my birth, of course 😉

 

05 July

The day I decided to descend on this Earth (Damn, the USA beat me by one day 😦 but no worries Algeria and Venezuela are my siblings :-P). The day when God decided to make my parents happy, again. They day when my sister was gifted with a sibling. The day when my journey towards the ultimate goal of my life started. The day when my prior good and bad things took shape and a judgement was passed deciding my fate.

(Note: This is also the birthday of my college crush 😉 Sadly she couldn’t become part of my life. Sigh)

July is the month of birthdays for me. Cousin brother (11 July), cousin sister (12 July), my ‘lucky’ nephew (26 July) and of some other friends too.

 

07 July

Tanabata” – Japan celebrates ‘make-a-wish’ tradition on this day. The dates across the nation may vary, but the celebrations are started from 7th day of 7th month.

Two deities and lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, are separated by Milky Way and are allowed to meet only once a year – according to a legend. The custom of celebration is interesting. People write their wishes, poetry on tanzaku and hang them on bamboo. These bamboos are either set afloat in the river or are burnt at around midnight or next day.

(Reference: Wikipedia)

 

25 July 2005

31 candidates were shortlisted from a huge pool of 600 odd aspirants, after an aptitude test, by a very good MNC. This chap (points at self) managed to secure a berth among those 31 candidates, went through with the interview and almost got selected (as unofficially confirmed by the interviewer). But….

 

26 July 2005

All Mumbai roads were jam packed. The drainage overflowing some feet over the roads. Cyclists and bikers finding it impossible to wade through the water logged roads. Car engines giving up the fight. Buses somehow managing to move inch by inch. Locals, Mumbai’s veins, came to a standstill. People trying to help those who were stuck. First floor of many apartments completely under water.

Mumbai was ‘flooded’. People not in Mumbai didn’t take the risk to come inside the city. In fact they couldn’t  Among these people were my recruiters. Away from office for the whole week. In the meantime, another company took over 51% shares of this company (in which I was almost selected) and decided not to increase the task force.

Thus answering my “But…..”

 

26 July 2006

Morning 10:00 AM.

My cousin is just blessed with baby boy moments before.

My mobile rings. A friend from college is at the other end.

Friend: “Prasad, our results (B.E Final Year) are out”, with ecstatic voice.

Me: “How much you got? And what’s my status?” with mix of anxiety and ecstasy I asked him.

Friend: “Dude, you hit the jackpot. You have passed with distinction” and I didn’t listen to any further conversation. How could I? 😛

Thus my nephew is “lucky” for me 🙂

 

08 July 2010

First day of my first job 🙂

And you know what the best part about it is? – I got this news on my birthday 🙂 i.e 05 July 2010. A long journey, till the retiring age or maybe stretching even further, has started. The joy was even more because I got the joining after an year from the date I was supposed to join. Phew.


July is thus a joyful month of birthdays and memories. Looking forward to many more such cherishable moments in coming Julys. Why just July? In every months 😛

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Written for  Month Of The Year Writing Challenge – Season 03

February – Sour n Sweet Memories

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10 February 1995

The fateful day when I lost the sky from over my head. And I was too young to understand the consequences of this loss. Over the years, time has made me realize the intensity of this loss. But time has also cooked me, in his absence, to be like him. I am still in the process and myriad things yet need to be imbibed for me to be like him.

It’s been over 17 years now that my father is not with us. But I still remember playing cricket with him in the front yard as a kid. He bought me the whole cricket set and he used to play with me. He taught me Sanskrit, Bhagvad geeta, singing (though it’s hereditary) and showered huge love on me. I have some traits and mentality, which mom says I have picked from him.

A silver lining (optimistically and positively) amongst all this gloomy past is my mother has been the best father a woman could be. In fact a tad bit better. So I would say I had 2 layers of sky above me. Even though I lost one layer, the other layer has been tough like 2 layered sky since then.

1 February 2010

The day I started the journey towards having a sweet and awesome friend. It was January 2010 when I asked her what’s her birth date. At first she refused to tell me anything about it. After conversing for some time, she reluctantly agreed to let me know her birth month – February. I still tried to prod the path and know the birth date, and she was like “You will come to know”.

I even tried to threaten her by saying “If you don’t tell me the birth date, I will wish you for the whole month (on Twitter)”. She didn’t fall for this either and instead was very happy at the prospect of getting wished for the whole month. 😛

On the 7th day of February, she told me it’s her birthday and I can stop wishing her (as I now know the date) if I want. I kept my word and wished her for the whole month anyway 🙂

She then went on to became my very good friend and the saga of friendship grew stronger.

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P.S.

14 February

Another thing about February is “Valentines Day” – the month when cupid injects the love potion into the some and increases their bodily temperature. Sadly whatever bodily temperature increase has happened with me was self injected. Cupid couldn’t find me up until now to inject his magic potion. Sad but true. Hope in the coming Februaries cupid find me 😛

21 February

Marathi is my mother tongue and I am very much proud of it. Now you will ask me what’s special in 21st February? And why I should be proud of my mother tongue. Well, UNESCO on 17th December 1999 declared that 21 February be “International Mother Language Day“.

February is thus a sour and sweet month for me…

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Written for Month Of The Year Writing Challenge – Season 03

January – The Past and Future…

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To retrospect what’s gone,

To plan the upcoming,

To cherish the past and,

To expect better future,

Is JANUARY.

Image Credit: Google

January reminds me of December, when I decide (firmly) to create New Year Resolution but seldom abide by it. So was the January of 2011. One winter morning in Delhi, feet mostly in socks, two layers of woolens and hot cuppa coffee in hand, I sat in the misty portico warming my brain with what resolutions I can create and follow. (I don’t have to mention it separately that most of them have gone for a toss :P)

  1. I kept a goal in front of me – To read 70 books in 2012 (I hate myself for reading only 15 😦 )

  2. Maintaining a Balance sheet of Personal expenses – I followed it for some days, but the intensity faded by the coming day

  3. Invest some amount at least in stock market – Forget about investing, I hardly had anything to even save 😦

I have managed to follow some resolutions religiously though, but not many worth a mention.

Sigh. Let it be. I think this year too in December I will create a Resolution – 2013 sheet and will try to follow it religiously 😛

The January 2011, specifically will remind me of Gurgaon. The chilly weather, fog all day long and bike rides in such a weather and the quilt I used to cover myself with to keep me warm. Also not to forget the “makke di roti and sarson da saang” – this still brings water in my mouth.

It’s almost December 2012 now. Time to look forward to January again, this time January 2013 🙂

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Written for Months of the Year Challenge – Season 3