T- Woes

Am sure it would have happened with many of us before,

Just a day back, happened with a close acquaintance,

Flight day-after and you get a message from the likes of GoAir it has been cancelled,

Assuring that your money would be reimbursed,

What a relief? huh!

But what about the plans you had made contingent on this very flight?

Hotel bookings etc.

Next best thing,

You go online again to book another flight,

Being very careful its not the same airline,

To find that it’s double the cost of the initial booking,


You are left with little options but to book this one,


You are now all set to move ahead in life.

Am sure the airlines had their reasons for cancelling,


It might feel very unfair,

To the extent that you feel exploited and helpless in many ways as a traveler,

You blame the airlines for being unethical and irresponsible,


All this blame game brings no relief to the grieved.

I sometimes wonder, what’s the way out!

Source for the Image: https://www.icicilombard.com/blog/travel-insurance/ti/debunking-common-travel-woes


Ad Hoc Zindagi!

I have always been a very big fan of ad hoc decision making throughout my life. Planning has always looked so boring to me, personally. The kick and the pleasure one gets in an ad-hoc implementation is much more than what you can possibly get via a planned implementation.

Some of my friends tell me that it can’t go on forever and ever, which is true to some extent. But till you are able to do so and till the time you have an apetite to sustain such trips, then why the hell one should be laid back in taking that one step towards something which will remain with you forever and ever.

Some even say that its a sheer waste of time and money. After all what’s there in roaming around alone. What is this kind of fun that is very much incomprehensible to them?

Well! Some things are there to be felt and not talked about or explained. 😉 Either you feel it or you don’t and this is one such thing which needs to be looked at not from the perspective that our brain tends to provide us with but from a perspective that our heart tends to provide. 🙂photo-full

And sometimes it’s not all about losing or winning; it is also not about those materialistic things and pleasures of life that we tend to preserve for centuries without really getting the pleasure out of it and undermining the purpose of preserving the same.

It is also not about getting hitched to what the norm is; what is normally done by the majority; what might be the recommended thing to do; what might be the most sought for thing to do at a certain point of time in life.

It is much more than what I have mentioned above. It is life personified. It is the happiness and the satisfaction you derive from being close to the nature that is more important than anything else in life that you can possibly perceive or think of.

I know that this can’t go on forever and ever and there will be a time when I will also do the normal. But you never know what lies in the future. And who can deny the possibility of me getting lucky with respect to be able to spend sometime such as this in the future ;).

All that I would like to say, as of now, is Three Cheers to Ad-Hoc Zindagi ;).

Source for Image: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ricleichtung/ad-hoc

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/

Break Time!

Yesterday, thinking that it would indeed be a surprise for my dear friend Saty when he would listen to my latest revelation, I decided to call him up:

Hi buddy! Guess what! I am taking a week off.”–Me

“Ya, I knew it. In fact, I was wondering why you hadn’t given me the news earlier. A week has gone by and I was really worried whether you are alright for not having told me about your latest travel plans. Being a guy that you are, its always a break time for you. So What’s new in this? 😉 “–Saty

“Come on man! I don’t roam around so much. After all, everybody takes a break, right!”–Me

“Of course! Everyone do take a break but not so often and certainly not every week.”–Saty

“Well! I guess it’s a hereditary thing. I can’t help it. Its a generational thing and how I can disrespect my forefathers for breaking the tradition.”–Me

“Ya! Right! As far as I know and I certainly know this that no one in your family is as ghummakad as you are. So, stop blaming your genes for your ghummakad virus that has hit you since you left India.”–Saty

“Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! But haven’t you heard that life is a journey and is meant to be such.”–Me

“Ya, I have heard this before, of course from your Highness at least a hundred times before, for everytime you try to convince me as to why it is absolutely necessary for you to go for an outing, you use the same philosophical line from your very own dicitionary and throw at me as if it was a Cupid’s arrow.”–Saty

“And everytime it works, right! 😉 “–Me

“Well! Well! Well! “–Saty

I stopped Saty before he could carry on with his well’s for I didn’t want him to go on and on with blah blah blah anymore 😉 .

After having finished my conversation with Saty, I thought of pondering over my latest travel plans. But on second thoughts, who cares 😉 , for I am all set to take off for a week and would come back after a week’s time.

Till then keep rocking for there is and there will be no such thing as life. So believe in living it to the fullest 🙂 .

Source for Image: http://lookatmyhappyrainbow.blogspot.in/2011/04/break.html

The Journey

The last outing that I had described in my previous post was indeed a very inspiring one, the evidence for the same is very well reflected in the decision that Saty and me made last night.

Since the weather was getting more and more pleasant by the hour, the two vellas of Lucknownamely Saty and myself decided to go for a drive and have some delicacies for which my city is so famous for.

While we were very happily about to implement our culinary plan, the love for our karm bhoomi reignited once again instilling in us revolutionary thoughts of hitting the road once more in two consecutive days.

And there we were treading the path which would lead us to our destination. With a child like spirit, and with Saty jumping around in the car while the rain Gods showered us with their blessings, it was truly a rocking journey.

And guess what, to give us company from Unnao was my dear friend shikari, who by the way is all set to get married this very month 🙂 .

Soon after we were found on a dhaba located en route to Agra. The dhaba treat lasted for another couple of hours and at sharp 3 a.m. we started our journey towards restoration of normality in our lives and it was only around 5 a.m. the whole procedure of restoration could be completed.

I used to wonder that life is a journey but never did I think that it would turn into a collection of the trips and tours that I undertake every now and then. In any case, I love all my journeys and am sure that the best is yet to come 😉 .

Source for Image: http://www.yoga.am/2011/07/11/experience-the-journey-called-spirituality/