[Found this one lying in my drafts. I wonder why I never posted it!! ]
I was in the San Francisco Bay Area for a week in July and what a beautiful time to visit the place! Lush greens interspersed with the flowers depicting the vibrance of beautiful colors… aaah! It was like a dream! 🙂
I was staying 10 mins walking distance from my work place. Considering that I hate walking, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I would actually look forward to those morning walks! It would be breezy enough for a thin jacket. Light sunshine accompanied by cool breeze always made my mornings lovely! 🙂
Those were the most hectic 6 days in a very long time… Early morning meetings ensured no time in the morning… while tons and tons of friends and colleagues in the Bay area ensured no lunches/dinners were had in solitude.. Love them all 🙂 Would be back home by 930-10, tuck myself into the soft bed and sleep while watching Late night show with George Lopez. Actually this is the guy who first told me about rants of Mel Gibson. I did not know how serious they were until Lopez ripped apart the actor in only a way that he can!
A week went by in a jiffy. But, I made myself one promise: I will come back again and this time, with Noobie by my side! 🙂
As eventful as the last Karvachauth was, this one turned out to be pretty smooth! 🙂 I hear from friends back home that spotting Moon was a difficult task, some women in fact ended up not catching a glimpse at all!! 😦
All in all, I had a great day and trust me when I say this, reading last year’s Moonlit Chronicles actually kept me gleeful and energetic throughout the day 🙂
I was born and brought up in India – I studied, built myself a career, got married in India – It was only recently that work took me to different parts of the world, but as they say you can take an Indian away from India but you can not take India away from an Indian. I have and will always be unabashedly, undoubtedly, a true blue Indian!!
You speak a word out of the line, and I will not sit down and listen. I will stand up and fight – defend the honor of the Nation that made me who I am!
So, when media all over the world (Especially Indian media) was thrashing the country black and blue over its underpreparedness to host the Common Wealth Games, it was a surprise (and sometimes a shock) just observing fellow countrymen’s reactions! Ah, not to mention pretty amusing at times! Now, these are some of the things that happen if you are staying outside India.
You desperately try to fit into the new culture/society. Suddenly skirts become shorter and holding hands/PDAs become more acceptable.
Cooking your own meals is as rare and uncommon as clean and traffic-free Indian roads – Fridges are stacked with frozen food of all sorts. Who has the time to cook these days?
You start alienating/dis-associating yourself from anything “Indian”.
Having said that, m glad not all go through these transitions 🙂 while, some very seriously do!
So, coming to CWG, it was pretty interesting to note everyone’s reactions. To put it mildly, “ashamed” and “embarrassed” were the most commonly used words… the others words pretty much dont matter. The message was clear: People were ashamed of being identified as belonging to a Nation where the toilets werent clean and dogs soiled the mattresses meant for the athletes. Oh how tacky! How would they face their firang team mates the next day at work? Oh! India had really put them down!! Oh, how shameful!!
The pictures released by bbc were discussed – Shameful – Corruption was blamed for everything and anything that went wrong – Disgusting – Kalmadi should be hanged – India unprepared to host such a big event – Shameful – Where has the tax-payer’s money gone? – Disgusting – All athletes backing out – Shameful – Not just reading but forwarding lewd insensitive remarks on the situation – Disgusting
At the same, I found many who had complete belief. And this is all they had to say:
Yes, we screwed up. We went disastrously wrong with a lot of things. But, let us stand united, and put on a great show! This is not just my country’s reputation, but “My” reputation at stake now. If I can not actively help in the process, I can do my bit by not bad-mouthing those who are putting in an effort
I have only one question for all of you who felt let down: If you have a grih-pravesh or a house-warming party at your new house, and I come in a few days early, uninivited, click the pictures of a house still being readied for the big show and put it all over the place for people to laugh at. Would you want your family members standing by your side and condemning the act or joining in the ridicule, pelting stones at you?
Am I just being a romantic or does that make sense?
1,180,178 souls have seen the world through my eyes :)