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Leftovers from Valentine’s Day

Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is here to stay in India. Though it is an imported festival, this, by itself, should not stop ultra-conservatives from savoring the wonderfully delicious feelings and sentiments it arouses. The idea of being the occupant of a special place in someone’s heart makes you feel tremendously valued. It makes you feel good, positive and the sheer joy of this feeling percolates into the other aspects of your life too…

If you haven’t already, just try giving a rose to someone you fancy and watch how that person’s face lights up with a huge smile or a naughty grin…

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Between Jobs…

On 16 November 2017, I lost my mother. Next day, while participating in the death rituals at home, I learnt through the office whatsapp group that I had lost my job as well and someone else had already joined in my place! These events were not entirely unexpected, to be honest, but their close timing within a gap of just 24 hours placed me in the kind of situation that I was just not ready for.

I was like someone benumbed. Brooding and grieving were now luxuries that were out of question. I now had a far bigger worry, to find a new job. It was a matter of survival and a big challenge, as automobile industry is going through a very tough phase these days.

Unlike the Bollywood heroes who comfort themselves, when badly cornered, with the thought “Mere pas Ma hai,” meaning “My mother is with me,” I didn’t have this consolation either.

But you’ve got to keep moving somehow; that’s what my Mom always said. So I consoled myself with “Mere pas Daddy hain,” (meaning my Dad is with me). I began my job search by posting lots of job applications daily like someone gone crazy. I spoke to a lot of people and asked them to help. Some of them went out of their way to support me and cheer me on. Soon enough, I began getting invited for interviews.

I had no idea when I was going to get my next job, so I tried to save money by avoiding last-mile transport and walking as much as I could. A walk of a kilometer or two, I discovered, didn’t give me too much pain and actually helped me build up my self-confidence.

And one day, I had 2 interviews lined up, both very close to Delhi Metro stations.

The first one got me an offer. It wasn’t good enough, but it was something to fall back upon just in case nothing else worked out. It filled me with hope and worked like straw for a drowning soul.

My next interview was near the Huda City Center Metro Station, Gurgaon. I reached there about 2 hours ahead of the scheduled time. I spent the first hour picnicking on a bench outside the station under the soothing winter sun. I slowly ate my home-made lunch while watching people moving about in the station premises…I felt absolutely liberated. I was no longer anyone’s slave, I reminded myself. I was a free person, far away from the office cameras, mean, scheming subordinates, and manipulative bosses.

Well, like everything else in life, my picnic hour too ended. I got up and began my last-mile walk to the interview venue…I walked in a leisurely manner, like a tourist, on a sight-seeing tour and I clicked several pics on the way…

Those pics are given below…

Ferocious pigs…

A worried bull, clueless, indecisive, uncertain, like me…

Appproaching twilight…

The second interview happened as scheduled. It was in a plush, elegantly designed office. The best part was the rangoli with colored plastic beads…See below…

Nothing came out of it though, except for the tactful we-will-get-back-to-you-soon answer. But I didn’t feel disappointed. I felt happy and peaceful. When I came out of the lift, I noticed a bunch of pink Bougainvilleas clinging to a fence. They looked ravishing, like a young lady on her night out, leaning on the arm of her beau…

Well, sometimes, I guess, you have to remain content with just being alive, being able to watch days change into nights, nights into days, the sun, moon, and the stars.

On 12 December 2017, I finally got my next job. It’s not exactly the kind I would have accepted under normal circumstances and I am not even sure for how long I will be able to keep it.

So I have simply stopped planning ahead…It’s now, this minute, this moment that matters…Nothing else…

Professional Honeymoon

Whenever I move on to a new company, I always make it a point to click all the photos of the surrounding landscape in the beginning itself; because that’s the time when the bliss and peace in your heart gets transferred to the pics and the effect you achieve is absolutely amazing. Later on, when the negativity of office politics and work overload begin to seep into your system, the last thing you want to do is click photos of a hopeless place. The sooner you quit, the better it is…

Here are some of these pics…

White Hibiscus, a very uncommon variety. I never saw one before. You usually see the colored ones.

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Red Hibiscus, quite common, but gorgeous all the same…

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A collection of red roses in the pantry…

A crane-like bird. I don’t know its name yet.

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And now some pics that will always be my favorites. I clicked them when I was on my way home in the evening. They reminded me of Robert Frost’s famous lines, “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep/But I have promises to keep/And miles to go before I sleep/Miles to go before I sleep….

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Rules Of Nature

I recently planted two Lobia seeds into a flower pot lying idle in my balcony. I got a pleasant surprise a few days later when two tiny green plants raised their heads through the brown soil. I wasn’t sure whether they would survive.

Well, not only did they survive, they turned into two individuals with distinct personalities of their own. I have named them Mukesh and Anil.

When the cool drops of rain fall on their big, green leaves, they remain erect and continue to stand proudly with their heads held high .

While Mukesh, the one on the left in the above pic, continues to spread aggressively, sprouting more and more stems and leaves, Anil is more focused on producing flowers which will subsequently drop and give birth to more lobia beans.

Mukesh probably has a long term plan and may even suffocate Anil to death while Anil is only concentrating on the present and trying to do its best under the peculiar circumstances it is caught in. Anil faces a threat from the ants too. They have already started nibbling its flowers.

Which approach is better and who will be more successful? Death is inevitable, but who will go first? Only time will tell…

Copyright: Jasbir Chatterjee

Monsoon 2017, Delhi

We Delhiites have much to be delighted about in 2017. Monsoon has begun earlier this time; in June, instead of last week of July or first week of August as in previous years. So we didn’t have to bear the sweltering heat of summer for too long.

Here are some photos. 

A rainbow inside a car showroom! Can you imagine that? I never saw anything like this before during my last 13 years in the automobile industry.