Saturday, July 6, 2013
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Me - ( trying hard to convince him) BA has had its passengers stranded at the Delhi airport for 4 hours before take off and did not offer any food ( tried the food trump card, hoping it would do the needful). And if we take AI, we get points that could possibly be used on Luftansa, and also good FOOD!
Return Journey - The so called BA Jumbo Jet that hubby dearest was dying to travel on - had just about enough leg space for him, an AWFUL meal served at 5 a.m. ( we boarded the flight at 3 45.) - and did not allow us to check in an extra baggage of 2 Kilos - although we were well within our baggage limits ( 23 Kilos) . Entertainment had three latest Hindi movies - Viz. Kahani, Ferrari ki Sawari and a third movie that I had never heard of.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
As they smiled - brightly as ever
Seated comfortable in spacious chairs
Their inviting looks - filling the air
I could almost hear them whisper
Amidst the loud travelling banter
Tempting was how they started to seem
Their curves as fresh as they could have been
I cursed them and firmly responded -
Do whatever you think it takes..
But you will not get me today!
My mind has travelled far beyond,
And does not intend to return for long!
All they could manage was a chuckle
Watching my feet as they dragged me
My heart desperate to exchange plesantaries
Depriving my mind of its newly defined mantle
Their grin of conviction got on to me,
Only to convince me to give them another chance
I decided to stop by to say a quick hello
As always - they made me happier than before
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Scotland - Edinburgh - heavenly....I feel as if I am reliving my Enid Blyton days, each time I visit the place. My respect for Enid Blyton has simply grown and I highly doubt whether any other writer could articulate so beautifully in their writing.
J.K. Rowling proved to be a blessing in disguise to the Elephants cafe.....the cafe today has bagged a spot in all the tourist pamphlets in Edinburgh as the birth place of Harry Potter!,and therefore is making some big money.
The English almost despise the Scottish - they think they are dumb! And the Scottish think the english to be way too snooty. ( sounds like Ind - Pak eh?? )
Whatever be the case, I think the Scottish are friendly - well at least they look it and seem it - (cannot quite say it with any certainity considering I barely understand what they speak )....at times seriously wonder whether my English teachers went wrong!!
Who says there aren't beggars in the UK!! Talk about a well groomed lady sitting beside the cathedral, wrapped in an expensive looking Woollen shawl,hugging a sweet looking pet dog and with tears in her eyes. I was astonished to see the same lady sitting in the same place an hour later, with a latest best selling novel in her hand and a Starbucks/ frasers coffee glass in front of her to collect the coins. How cushy can life get - I enjoy my novel, while people fund me to do so!! But I must give it to those young lads at the station subways, for the wonderful music that they play to earn their bread....some of them show sheer brilliance in their music and they by no means could be categorized as beggars!
I need a place to stay....I go to the rental office, they ask me for my bank account details. I go to the bank to open an account, and they ask me for a UK address proof, my rental lease contract copy or utility bills in my name ....What would poor me who just landed in London a couple of days back do? I explained to the executive that I am married to so and so person and the contract is in his name, and here is our marriage certificate for verification. The response - but that is in your husbands name, we would require it or utility bills on your name... (me to myself - what a donut!!!.....where in the world would i get those after being here for 2 days!)
Glad that I came prepared, I hand over my passport. The executive then asks me for another proof. I provide her with my driving license, but apparently that isn't accepted. I then provide her with my election I'd card issued in India. But apparently that is not accepted either......Appalled!! And confused!! And felt completely degraded ....I couldn't help but wonder, whether this was all the respect that the card issued by the Government of India had!
London is one place, where banks will hesitate to convert your husbands account into a joint account....you see they are so concerned that the wife will choose to run away with all the hard earned fortune of her husband, when they get divorced. (and we being such dimwits in their eyes, are not aware of the fact that every advance account would imply a service fee of seventeen pounds.) Believe it or not, it took Hubby dearest and me almost an hour, spread over two weeks to get the customer service executive to convert the account into a joint account......here is the irony - the customer service chic happened to be an Indian who just had just moved into the UK a couple of years before...
Talk about manners, alright - we Asians or Indians relatively lack the finesse and the smooth talking abilities that comes naturally to a majority of the Brits.......but they sure are way better at blowing their nose ( LOUDLY and CONTINOUSLY ) and letting the whole world know how bad a cold they have - oh I stand corrected - 'FLU' it is.......wonder if that is considered gentlemanly or lady like!!
Pink hair,pornographic telephone booths, ladies wearing almost swimsuits on a chilly friday night where the temperature hits 0 degree, a license for television, contracts for everything, safety pins for 2 pounds :O ( in India it is Rs. 2), dirty roads here and there ( sadly some of the dirtiest areas happen to be inhabited by Asians- Indians and Lankans), same fares to commute by rail or air....Welcome to London :P
Sunday, February 6, 2011
A vague thought- farfetched and beyond possibility
Smiles, a sense of relief….things seem light.
I reckon it is the power of faith
That instantly makes one’s life bright.
God sure does have his strange ways!
To teach and take you to bay
To show you – life is all shades of grey
Not black and white as you wish and pray.
You try to forget, you try to forgive,
Nothing really seems to happen
When you do it for your sake, for
Somewhere along, it invariably would be fake
The day you forgive for God’s sake,
And surrender with all you can give,
Hoping things in life get even.
Things suddenly seem to brighten.
The strange air you that you then feel,
Is something no one can steal!
He sure does make time heal
With love, learning and the best deal!
When you look behind,
All you can manage is a subtle smile :) ,
Try and control your wandering mind
And leap towards the next mile!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The biggest learnings, that I could pen down, even in the state of sleep deprivation would be :
We are never alone. God is always walking besides us. Give him a chance to speak, and be his audience. You will get your answers.
Friendship is one of the world's most beautiful relationship. Cherish it.
True friends are those who stand by you at all times, pull you up when you are astray from the right path, empathize when they cannot do much, but help you wade your way without getting judgemental about you or any one else.
Sometimes the best way to be happy in life is to let go.
Treasure those people to whom you really matter; not for their selfish reasons but out of good will for you.
Emotions are like glass. Very brittle. Handle with care.
Faith, Prayer and hope are the three pillars on which life revolves.
Life is not about yourself and your happiness. Make an attempt to make a difference to people who need you. Life would be worth living.
It is always better to go somewhere where you are wanted rather than go somewhere where you want to.
Always remember - Life may have been slightly unfair to you. But you have always been more fortunate than a lot many.
Health is the biggest wealth. Not many are blessed with it. Learn to appreciate it.
After life, a good family is the biggest blessing that you could be born with. Never let go of them.
Respect others for their decisions/opinions, though they may not be right or in line with your expectation.
If you judge yourself by your intentions, do the same with others. Do not judge them on their actions.
Will end with my first learning - We are never alone. God is always walking besides us. Give him a chance to speak, and be his audience. Have faith in him. The Holy Spirit would always be a guiding force. God will take care!
A huge list, if due consideration is given to the fact that I have been sleep deprived. Nevertheless, do add to the list, if you have any interesting learnings to share.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The clouds draping the sky
Beautiful yet filled with gloom
Life awaiting its bloom
There always is beauty in joy...
Something that sets the heart cry
Whoever thought of beauty in pain
To be quiet, simple and plain
Your mind feels fragile
Everything seems futile
Embrace life with a smile
Things will pass by in a while
Slowly you will realize
Life does not generalize
That time certainly does heal
And ensures you get the best deal
Simply hang on in grace
With a smile on your face…..