Friday, January 07, 2011

Celebration Continued....

With the ending of my last blog as I had mentioned the planning and propositions for celebrating the 31st December of 2010 harrowed my head for a while..I will now continue with the sequel of actual events that took place…So..hold on to the seats to a retreat to ‘My World’ of celebration.

The year honestly ended on a very strong note, where I cannot agree more ‘Will and Perseverance’ shall reap you success; if not today then tomorrow. And so, it did BF got a great job offer, something that we had been hoping for a little while now and so, got to spend the early evening of 31st in full ‘ishtyle’..sitting in the car in front of a dosa vendor on the road to Bandra Kurla Complex and chatting up our school days. All the reminiscences just brought a smile on both our faces..somehow..we just missed being children again perhaps.

Post crossing the never ending queue of cars on the Western Express highway on my way back home, I took almost two and a half hours to cover the distance of about 3 kilometers…phew!! An awaiting house party at a friend’s place was next on the cards. Reaching home, about an hour left for the midnight, realized I was already dead tired to do anything else..forget a party. After a while of cajoling by my friend, finally landed at her place to see..’The Amrit dhara already flowing’. With a group of about 12-15 people it was indeed an awesome jam session. ‘Sheila is jawani’ and ‘Munni badnam’ burnt the dance floor. The alter ego of our own selves had a peek-a-boo. The dark and brighter side of personalities rocked the dance floor.

Finally, when the lemon slice did the magic, did I realize I had to sleep as it was already morning 1st January 2011. A heavy head and tired legs finally gave in..sleep did the rest. The sudden mental alarm of sandwiches calling me woke me jostling to an immediate action..’Eat something immediately to get a hang of that stupid hangover’

After the speedy shopping of the necessary items to make some 50 odd sandwiches and a host of other knic-knacks, did I realize that I had an hour and a half left to prepare, make, wrap and transport the eating items to a group of children waiting anxiously.

Living an independent and self reliant life came to my rescue. Efficient and effective ‘Plan of Action’ made within seconds, with an immediate calculation of minimum time required to prepare, make, wrap and transport a single sandwich which multiplied for 50 plus sandwiches would roughly take me little more than 2 hours. Eventually, chopping, slicing, meshing was happening at a speed, for a moment thought..Thank god I just have two hands, anymore would have really created havoc.

4:45pm 1st of January 2011 was the time; I entered the children’s home, and was greeted by a huge group of kids with a look I simply cannot put to words and describe it. Breaking the ice to say a ‘Hi’ was a mixed feeling of anticipation, joy and fear of being ‘not welcome’. The initial 10 minutes of the 50 pairs of gleaming eyes, trying to study my every moment was definitely stressful. However, the next 2 and a half hour was a separate bundle of experience and sheer joy.

We played, we chatted, we shared, we mumbled, we grumbled, we laughed and screamed and exchanged chemistry, I honestly cannot describe. I had fun ..sheer fun in a very very long time. The smiling faces and aura that I experienced that day, I can say friends..nothing compares the joy of a hug by a kid where the purity can make heart skip a beat. I loved spending that time with those kids.

Keeping aside the so called, do good for the society ‘Cliché’, I humbly and modestly just went there to have fun, and I did have it all…mind blowing fun. Coming back home had hardly any more strength left to move my feet. A heavy doze of sleep was the remedy that could heal me. And so did I take it..slept like a child with no worries in the world.

An experience, which was more valuable and priceless than hoping and expecting from people, who talk, meet, greet, treat when it is convenient for them or if you could only adjust your plans that can fit theirs.

I felt the pinch and experienced an aspect of life, I had read until now. A learning to take forward is…reminding myself each and every time I feel let down and left out, I have a group of kids who would embrace all the worries and make me sweat it out playing throw-ball with them.

Celebration Time!!

After an over exasperating contemplation of what would I be doing this new  year’s eve, I have to share that eventually I have planned and have implemented a perfect one, which will remain in my memories perhaps till the time I hit the grave.
With all the hoopla around me and various options available, segregating through them and pick the best idea as close as to near perfection was indeed quite confusing. Dodging the mind games, emotional atyachars and all the melo-drama, I have decided to spend the first day of the year 2011 with a group of children..more precisely street children who are under the care of a children’s home.

I had actually been planning to visit this children’s home for a while now, but as we all know, when the heart is not ready no matter what the mind says or vice-versa, implementation of any idea is simply ‘Time Pass’. And then, we all the time go to great lengths to justify, why the idea was not successfully implemented and weave amazing stories around it.
Anyways, coming back to my new year celebration, I have really thank my boy friend (…yet again) for helping me use my grey matter to a more satisfying solution and definitely helping me cover another milestone to self discovery. I had initially planned (..and earnestly wanted) a romantic evening with him and for a change talk about us and not how work is happening. But like we have all experienced at a point in time in life…life is not (..mostly) how you plan it, he was not interested in any dinners or outings and sorts like that, as for him it is just not a ‘Great’ idea.

Well, after a few hours of wallowing myself in pain of being totally set aside of something that I was really looking forward to in a long long long time; the zestful and never say never attitude kicked in and then came a tight rap (..invisible one) on the face and all the wallowing just stopped. Took the appointment from the sister in-charge of the children’s home and discussed what all I would like to do and why I want to do, to which the sister simply did a handshake and said..I like your idea go ahead!

After taking down the subtle details that I would need to take care of while interacting with the kids, the itinerary and the menu was made. Home-made sandwiches, some cola-cola bottles or maybe home-made tang, wafers and some ‘chiki’ or maybe some chocolates are going to be the eating items. Some spot games with some gifts and a small gift hamper for all these kids (..almost 50 in number) is what I have finalized.
I was amazed that my new year would be simply rocking and so much filled with fun. The saying ‘Company matters’ just got scribed into my soul forever. I just could not agree more ‘An idea can change your life’..sometimes forever. The anticipation of spending the time with the kids was just like waking up early morning before sunrise and getting ready for a school picnic.
Sometimes, a ‘No’ can really inspire some eventful episodes in life and these episodes further inspire to share and connect with just not the world around us but most importantly ‘Us’.

Celebration!! be continued…

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