Friday, March 28, 2008

Being a twenty - something

I received this today and I am sure this may be comforting for almost everyone in their twenty's to realize that everyone has their own share of questions and challenges that pop up in their mind and everyone has some of this currently stuck in your mind as you reading this.

No one has their life figured out, but sometimes people tend to think they have and rather than looking within them and facing it they go seeking outside of them. We have one or more of these floating in our heads at this moment. But that is natural and I hope most of you feel at peace that you are not ALONE in this quest. I wish you the best in your journey in exploring and experiencing these.

Being a twenty - something:

It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn't know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you don't recognize is that they are realizing that too, and aren't really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at what you are studying or your job... and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn't. One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure.

You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you. Or you lie in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone decent enough that you want to get to know better. Or maybe you love someone! but love someone else too and cannot figure out why you're doing this because you know that you aren't a bad person.

Getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic. You go through the same emotions and questions over and over, and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans, money, the future and making a life for yourself... and while winning the race would be great, right now you are scared just to be a contender!

What you may not realize is that every one reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

To dear Prabs & Kavita...

Big day for the lovely couple - marks the start of something new & important.

May this moment be the start of living your dreams together.

Congratulations - I wish I could have been there with you at this moment of celebration.

Miss you both - but cherish every second of this ceremony today

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A comedy of errors...

This happened on my flight to Tunis via Milan. So once our flight landed in Tunis and was taxing around - it stopped for a min. And ofcourse, the stewardess announces - not to get up. But ofcourse, who listens to them? So a couple of people stand up and the stewardess (only 3 in number serving about 120 of us) started to shout saying them to sit down.

But then once again the flight moved, and after another min it stopped again (however the clear msg said do not move until the plane completely stops and seat belt sign is off)

But there was one guy sitting diagonally to me, he was well dressed in a suit so wouldnt expect it from him - but well, he looked as if he wanted some fun.
So as to provoke people to again get up, he started to play with his seat belt - fastening and unfastening making the clinking noise. The third time he did it - people thought that its time to get up - and people started standing up. What happens? The stewardess again get up fuming and telling people to sit down. Seeing this, the dude breaks into a cackle and everyone started laughing - was such a hilarious moment to end the flight which wasn't the best one with no vegetarian food on the flight (although ensuring that 2 days in advance and the only answer to me being - "too bad it got over" not even asking if they can serve something else or have at least a comforting tone) But well, go Alitalia (at least the luggage arrived in one piece)

Besides that, the conference has started off on a good note. Tunis is pretty, its interesting to see a few locals that I met in the Global Village chit chatting about Tunisia and how it is for them to live there. They were extremely excited to see an Indian (they watch Bollywood movies every single week but hardly any Indians in this country). The place is not as warm as everyone imagined to be. I hope the sun shines even more brightly through the next few days - definitely need that after escaping the Zurich weather.