New Place! New Life!

If you are wondering where the hell I have been for the past couple of days, then I consider it as my blogging responsibility to tell you of my whereabouts 🙂 . Well, for the past couple of days, I had been involved in what I would like to call the 2nd major shifting of my life.

The first one was conducted when I was too young to realize what the hell was happening. But God has His own ways of making sure that one gets the taste of something that he/she so not desire ;).

And this time around, the taste was not all so sweet. Even after availing the services of the Movers n Packers, it was in all senses of the word a traumatic experience to make them pack all the stuff that my parents had accumulated over their professional life.

To our relief, we didn’t have to do them on our own, courtesy the same guys, but there is a price that everyone has to pay whenever one doesn’t really want to bear the responsibility on one’s shoulders.

And the price that we paid was in form of damages to certain precious possessions. However, sometimes on one hand where there is disappointment, on the other hand God makes sure that there is enough available to compensate for the liabilities incurred.

We were really pleasantly surprised by the Grandeur associated with the kothi/bangalow alloted to my father, which was built during 1950s. With a fireplace in the drawing room coupled with the huge amount of space available outside the house, it was in true senses of the word, what my friends call a dream house.

It is but natural to feel like a king, beholding the palace that was staring right in my face. And to put the icing on the cake was a party that followed the same evening in one of the oldest and the most privileged clubs in the city.

The first day went by in a flash. It was only on the second day, that we decided to tread the path to normalcy. Coming back to real terms, things started to take a U-turn with the logistics and the household chores becoming an issue.

Courtesy, the kind of country that we are living in and how easily labour can be got especially if you happen to be working for the government made our lives easy.

Today, when I got up, I felt a bit lonely with no friends around me and with no plans that I use to make with my friends in Lucknow. While in thinking mode, I decided to step out in my garden outside.

As I said earlier, God has His own ways of correcting/normalizing things. And there He was playing his part. What I saw write in front of me was a visual which would have brought a smile to the faces of anyone who would have seen the same.

Five small squirrels (my kutkuts from the Lucknow days) were happily playing in the garden and a dog (whom I have given the name Bageera from the famous Jungle Book) was sitting next to a tree.

In a couple of hours, I had found new friends. Life seems much more enjoyable now and the adventurous spirit in me is again beginning to take its toll on me.

I am sure it will take me to some place but what, when and where it will be as much a mystery to me as anyone else.

One thing though that I surely need to do is to prepare myself to explore what we all call Life.

Source for the Image:http://www.imagesofasia.com/html/india/bungalow.html, http://www.flickr.com/photos/35110249@N05/4982629840/

Raining Cats and Dogs

Its not often that you get up after hearing the reverberating sound of the cloudburst. And today was one such morning. To my delight, the rain Gods had taken over the charge and were all out to bring some relief to the ever increasing temperature that had hit the city in the past couple of weeks.

To give me company in my garden were all sorts of animals and insects which one can imagine in an ambience provided by a domestic garden. And my favourite amongst them all, kutkut, the little squirrel that I have talked about in my previous posts, was present along with the other animals.

By the way, kutkut has increasingly become fond of me and is not anymore scared to come near me. I guess, thats how animals tend to develop relationships with people, taking their own time and by treading a cautious path.

On one hand, where all the above was bringing smiles to my face, on the other hand, I was extremely upset to see the state of drainage system in my city, which is by the way the capital of the largest populated state in India, and can be taken as a representative of most cities in India including the metropolitans, when it comes to getting affected by the rainy season.

It was disappointing to see the man holes over flowing and the streets getting clogged with water, finding no way whatsoever to escape the bitumnious and concrete pavements. As a result, one could witness long traffic jams in the centre of the city during the office hours. People could be seen arguing and abusing due to incidents like water being splashed on their clothes.

There are some amongst us who have already given into the lack of responsiveness on part of our administration. And then there are some who keep criticizing the administration, primarily the Municipal Corporation for not doing what they are supposed to be doing.

What surprises me the most is that every year, the same situation is repeated, yet no one seems to be able to provide a solution to this periodic problem. Is it due to lack of interest on part of our administration or is it just because they aren’t capable of providing a solution to the problem?

Whatever might be the case, I am sure that there are enough funds which, if appropriately used, can definitely provide the much needed relief to the people during the Monsoon season.

But is our administration listening?

Source for Image: http://ikanbela.blogspot.in/2010/04/tips-for-installing-and-maintaining.html, http://www.megamedianews.in/index.php/61008/rains-continue-in-dk-water-clogging-at-several-places-in-mangalore/

Being Human

I have taken this title from Mr. Salman Khan’s Foundation to express a point that seem to have got lost and seems to have got confined to a particular section of our society.

A couple of days back, I was browsing through Facebook when I came across a couple of lines that my dear friendDeohad written on the plight of animals in our country.

To give you a background on the same, Deo and I have had innumerable discussions on the same topic. To bring out a revelation, personally, I am a bit scared of dogs, so whenever a dog tries to come near me, I tend to back off from its territory bestowing on it the right to enjoy the fruits of right to territory (as humans would like to put it).

On the other hand, Deo, as any other animal lover, would play with the dog or make sure that the dog is given its full due for being born on this planet Earth.

When I compare my behaviour to Deo’s I can’t stop myself from wondering as to what is it that makes me so scared of dogs? What is it in me as an individual which has resulted in me becoming averse of the same?

Is it because of my genes, which has been transfered in my family from generations and  which makes me genetically averse to the animal ? or Is it because I have had some bad experience in the past with the animal? or Is it because I have seen some dog going after its prey, which at times happen to be humans?

Whatever might be the explanation of my fearing the animal, does it give me any right to take out my angst or frustration on the animal having seen a dog in my neighbourhood? Worst are those amongst us who hit a dog or any other animal with a stone or stick for no reason whatsoever.

Does this kind of behaviour reflect on our personality suggesting that may be we humans, who are supposed to be the most evolved amongst all species are losing the very touch that makes us who and what we are?

Is it a reflection on the increasing hatred and intolerance in our society? Is it an indication of the increasing individualization and self-centredness? Is it because we have become so selfish that we don’t want to share natural resources and their benefits with anyone?

What we must not forget though is, that we as humans are the only species on this planet who can make a real difference by bringing a small modification in the way we perceive our nature and in the way we have become so used to the consumptive style of living.

The question that needs to be addressed is:

Do we really want to behave like humans?”

Source for Image: http://aboutnicigirl.blogspot.in/2011/01/being-human.html