dear mama..

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dear mama,

you taught me so much that I don’t know where to begin from.

you lived with great principles and displayed highest artistic integrity.

you influenced me to live in my own terms. and not seek others opinion when it came to important decisions I had to take.

you taught me to make peace with my own mistakes.

you illustrated to me what perseverance feels like.

you pampered me like a kid and treated me equal at several instances.

you taught me what simplicity is all about.

you shared a part of your soul which till date I cherish.

and, the best thing was, you taught me all of this through music. and by being the person you were.

i miss you mama aka kutty paiyya.

| Chingleput Ranganathan (June 3,1938 – July 12, 2011)

from-just-another-rambler.

From my 24 years of living and experiences, I have been exposed to several lessons of life. Here’s an humble attempt to express them through a string of words.

  1. Life is a big puzzle. Times we would have thought that the biggest challenge has been solved and its time for celebrations. Suddenly, the game uncovers newer and better challenges.
    Lesson : Being prepared for these challenges makes the game less interesting. And, not being prepared makes it difficult to play on. Just screw everything and accept that life is filled with puzzles all the time.
  2. READ this sentence aloud. ‘Human beings are complicated. Every single person is unique and this holds good for self.’
    Lesson : We don’t have enough time to understand oneself. Leave alone understanding others and making sense of what others feel from time to time.
  3. Family may or may not be everything. But, remember that you have all the luxury to fight and make peace with them.
    Lesson : Its a universal truth. If your family doesn’t quarrel with you for umpteen number of reasons, be assured, you’re not living a normal life. They can never stop loving you despite the fact you’re the most intolerable-mischievous-disobeying-adamant-demanding-attention seeking person. They have accepted you not for a lack of choice, but because they simply love you. Truly. Madly. Deeply. DOT.
  4. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. You can miss the TV Series. But not the real people who are your friends.
    Lesson : Quoted from ‘To kill a mockingbird’, “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”
  5. Love, Relationship, Commitment, Marriage, Family of your own is a nice, cosy dream for many of us. And, is supposedly a beautiful chapter in one’s life journey.
    Lesson : Believe in your karma. If it is meant for you, it will happen no matter what. It will find its way into your life.
    Dear Women, Don’t settle down before you are completely prepared for it. And, don’t let a relationship define you. You’re to be accepted for who/what/how you are. If your family/friends can do it, the one meant for you will do it too. And, without whining.
    Dear Men, If you find an awesome woman, just be with her. Life wouldn’t be simple. It probably would feel like a complex calculus problem. But, sure will be worth it, when you try solving it.

All these lessons learned above, these are going to evolve even more in time and several more will be added. And, that is life.

2010-12

time surely flies.
2 years since we parted.
to different cities.
to different countries too.

single to committed to married.
status changed.
life changed.
for the better i hope.

but. one thing that still unites.
all of us.
is our spirit.
the undying one.

i will continue to.
reminisce about 2010-12.
everyone of you.
once were part of.

SIMC Pune 2012.
thank you for being the best.
:)

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Click Credit : Rishabh Nagpal

your routine touch-points at johannesburg.

first time at joburg? wondering how to handle your routine chores here? no worries. below is a list of brands that one could choose from for your regular touch points.

1. telecom – vodacom / MTN / cell-c

2. grocery shops – woolworths / pick n pay / foodco

3. medical & personal hygiene – clicks

4. malls – rosebank / sandton city / kimberly / northgate / the glen / morning side glen / morning side / monte casino / southgate

5. indian stores / restaurants – bombay blues (rosebank) / the raj (nelson mandela square) / delhi durbar (near grayston) / curry & spice (morning side glen) / dosa hut (central road, near oriental plaza)

6. banks – standard bank / fnb / nedbank / absa

7. car rental – avis / hertz / europcar

8. electronic shops – gameco / incredible connections

9. gyms – virgin active / planet fitness

10. eCommerce – kalahari.com

p.s : to know more about the mentioned brands, use your preferred search engine. like ‘google’ :D

to break all myths about africa.

even before i was offered to be at south africa,

even before i had decided to take it up,

even before my visa process could happen, 

even before the travel tickets came, 

i heard enough apprehensions from everyone. 

reason being its africa. 

 

till date. 

till this moment. 

i have my folks, friends, strangers, colleagues, 

and everyone in the world, 

asking me one question. 

is it safe there? 

hope you’re not in trouble. 

 

its irony and beautiful. 

to let them know that. 

africa is really safe.

the native people are, 

polite, courteous, kind and loving.

 

that’s what i have felt about being in africa.  

in so many conversations with my close people, 

i have iterated the fact that i enjoy being here. 

 

agreed. i have my homesick days. 

because i have my people too. 

and when they are not here, 

i tend to feel lonely. at times.

only sometimes.

 

to break the myth.

africa is rich in every sense.

its people. who are examples of perseverance.

rich in my eyes with the way they treat fellow beings.

 

my days go incomplete,

if i don’t initiate a conversation,

‘hey! how are you?

good, good and you?’  

with a stranger, 

who with time,  

becomes someone i smile back at everyday. 

a month’s experience in south africa.

1 month has rolled by. 4 weekends happened too. apart from work for which I am here at South Africa (SA), I have managed to savour myself with some exploration of visiting different places in SA.

my first weekend was an experience of kissing-the-sky at Rand Airport. a group of us had gone there to have our breakfast along the runway. some genius amongst us enquired about access to flying and that happened immediately without a second thought. 25 minutes of riding a small aircraft with a cute pilot is definitely not a bad idea.

the following weekend, I, Anjali, Girish and Sumeet drove through gigantic mountains to reach Hartbeespoort. there, we visited hartbeespoort dam, snake and animal farm and went on a cruise and speed-boat ride. around late afternoon, we headed to a cafe for lunch. and it just began to rain and became a brilliant setting for our meal. till date, we have our share of laughter about that day’s rain.

and last weekend, part of nextgen (Sumeet, Halliq, Ashni, Padmini, Vijaya, Chinmay and myself) along with Anjali and Girish adventured to visit Blyde River Canyon. This visit till date is my most favourite one in South Africa because of how nature unravelled its beauty in every frame of our sight. Starting from the 6.5 hrs long journey from Sandton, Johannesburg to stopping by at exotic places for documenting what our eyes were experiencing in front of us – beautiful panoramic views.

best moments were visiting mac mac waterfalls, panoramic views from god’s window, wonder view, upper viewing point, lower viewing point, world’s end view,  horse riding and visiting pothole in Graskop.

given a choice, I would like to explore blyde river canyon once again just to experience its breathtaking beauty.

with all of that, 1 month at south africa has been very exciting and completely adventurous for me. look forward to remaining months of my stay here and exploring newer things.

tataastu.