Do things really change??? (Part – 2)

This is in continuation of previous post – “Do things really change???

 

Take an example of “Honeymoon”.

Honeymoon, since the historical times, was a tour of newly wed couple away from people to get to know each other well. There are references to ancient times, since which time it is considered to have come into play, which suggest that since 16th century English people started this tradition of Honeymooning. But even before that, Indian elites used to go for “Bridal Tour” with relatives and friends after marriage.

Honeymoon simply described the period after wedding which is considered to be sweet as honey. And this period wanes, fades away as Moon, in a period of a month or so – hence Honeymoon.

(Reference: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon)

 

And consider 20th or 21st century’s example. Newlyweds still go to honeymoon, though the superficial aspects of honeymooning have changed (it’s different issue that these days couples go to exotic places to click snaps and upload them on Facebook). Honeymoon is still a way of knowing your partner mentally, physically well.

Well think this way, newlyweds don’t need to go to exotic places or get away from home to enjoy honeymoon. It can be enjoyed at the comforts of your home also. In old times going out could make sense, clutter of people around all the time, fewer rooms to have privacy – but with ample space, privacy and no clutter of people around, people still prefer to go to different place for honeymoon.

If we think of the reason it is quite simple, the newlywed people need space and privacy to discuss various things and get to know each other well. This is the underlying motive behind going out for honeymoon. It was there in old days and it is still the same.

 

Do things really change? Or our perceptions and methods do? Does underlying meaning or motive of the tradition change?

 

 

 

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Bangalore – Either You Leave Office Early or Late…

Yes, in Bangalore either you leave the office early or late, but never on time 🙂

There can be n number of reasons why you would want to leave your office early or late, generally when you work in Bangalore. The pattern generally depends on whether you are married or bachelor. I would quote the obvious reasons for these conditions in this article.

If you are married then you would leave early, say at around 05:30 PM. And if you are bachelor, it is exactly other side of it, you will stay back some time and then leave at around 07:30 – 08:00 PM. Now the reasons behind both the occurrences and situations are same, not so surprisingly.

 

1)      The most common reason behind this is you don’t want to see or hear yourself ranting about traffic by standing still at one point for about half an hour. That would be complete waste of energy, isn’t it? Vehicles move inch-by-inch in Bangalore from 06:00 – 07:30 PM.

 

2)      The other most probable reason being, “it might be raining in Bangalore”. Because every alternate day, it rains here in Bangalore irrespective of the season. So you would not want yourself to be traffucked and then get drenched.

 

3)      Third reason is your boss leaves early because he wants to spend some time with his family. So you think “why not stay late and surf internet in office?” Because generally offices have high speed internet connection. Now the thing is that, most of the sites you would otherwise wanna surf like Facebook, software downloading sites and Social Networking sites are blocked in almost every office, but still you can surf the reading material there with coziness.

 

4)      Fourth reason is, either your girlfriend or your wife (yea, that’s also a possibility) works in your office only or some other office and will be joining you while heading home. Then also you might stay a bit late.

 

5)      Another common reason can be you are heavily loaded with work and your boss has asked you not to leave the office until you finish the work. In such circumstances it becomes inevitable, though without any choice, to stay back in office and finish up the task.

 

6)      If you like to drive on semi-empty roads and like to drive with above average speed, then also you might stay back a bit and leave office at around 07:15 PM. That time most of the roads start evacuating and you won’t get much traffic then. And you get license to drive at the speed of 70-80 Kmph.

 

There can be other reasons too but then these are pretty much the highlights of general trends in Bangalore.

Stark Questions – Awkward Moments…

It was another day on Facebook. These days I don’t come on Facebook much, but was there to upload pictures we took when we had a tweet-up in “Hard Rock Café”, Bengaluru. Now this article is about people’s mentality. Can’t there be a simple relationship of “Friends” between a girl and boy? Is it must that it should be named as “Girlfriend or Boyfriend”?

 

I understand the anxiety of knowing whether I am committed to someone or not, but then there are other ways of asking it. Should it be straightforward “Is she your girlfriend?” question? You can ask, “Who’s she” and if she is my girlfriend then I have no shame or reservation of keeping that a secret from world. Why would I be hiding that I have a girlfriend? Mark Zuckerberg has given me an option of showing “Committed” in Facebook status. Wouldn’t I disclose that?

 

It becomes awkward on mine and my friends part too when such questions are thrown straight into our faces. Guys don’t embarrass me and my friends.

1)     There can be a simple relation of Friendship between a boy and girl.

2)     And I am NOT committed yet. So I am single and ready to mingle. 😀

tweet-meets…

Since some months now, I am following Twitter like anything. I guess there are evolution phases of “Social Networking” that we have seen since some years now. First to show his spread was “Orkut”, then came “Facebook” and the last one was “Twitter”. Though one can say that Twitter and Facebook entered the social networking game at almost similar point.

But let me tell you frankly, once the social network grows the need to be in contact with the friends and pals keeps on increasing. And so does the need of keeping it simple and yet elaborate. In this regard what I have found is, Orkut is becoming obsolete from Social network. When you are new to networking, you choose Orkut. Then once you become pro, you choose Facebook and when you become master, you choose Twitter. Some may disagree with me, but this is my perspective.

 

Anyways, I am getting distracted from my subject and need to come back to point.

Yesterday while leaving office, I saw a tweet mentioning a tweetup meet at certain place. I thought why not join them, as I am new to this city I will get to know some people and hence my social network will grow. Let me tell you, building a social network in cities like Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi is becoming more and more important.

 

So I replied to that tweet asking when and where the meeting is going to be. She told me the address and timing. After coming from office, I hurriedly got fresh and went for the meet. Somehow found the place in 20-30 minutes and there I was, chatting with them in a coffee shop.

 

That was an awesome experience I had recently. Meeting total strangers is a thrill one should experience every single day. The more you meet strangers, the more meaningful your life becomes. You come to know about different aspects of life and you can introspect and establish what you have and what you need to have in your life.

 

 

Special Note: I hereby thank “Satyadarshini Sharma” { @sandtree – Twitter } for making me realize the beauty of sharing small things and making way out for emotions. Recently I was experiencing myriad things (good and bad both) but never shared them on this blog. But after reading her blog http://satyakadarshan.blogspot.com I realized how much I was missing the fun. Thanks again Satyadarshini ji 🙂