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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Delhi -- Yeh Dilli hai meri jaan.

          "Delhi" is etched in me like a soul in body. A place i find completely mystical and worth adoring. Its in the year 2005, when i got my first opportunity to come in contact with this vibrant and vivid place. It was my official stay for a period of good six months and i remember sharing some of my warmest associations with the city and the myriad reasons why i am so fondly in love with this place. Since then i have never missed a single chance to revisit Delhi.

The only city that talks to people. Trust me Delhi speaks to you. It has a soul. It understands you. You got to have a clear need in your mind and Delhi would ensure that it reaches you violating all pragmatic platforms. I have experienced this feeling and also believe there are many other Delhi Deewane, although staying at places far away from Delhi but miss that "talk to me feel" of this city.

                                   I was blessed for having been staying in South Delhi. Its the pulse of the city. If Delhi has a viral flu or fever you can go to Saket PVR and get the diagnosis. As i mention Saket PVR, I remember the nights that i have spent strolling around the complex. I just love to see the crowd in that place. There is more of movies outside PVR cinemas than inside the multiplex. Going there with my course mates sometimes,  and sometimes all alone to understand Delhi. Sitting on the bench opposite to Mc. Donalds, i have spent hours together noticing how the crowd changes with sessions of time of the same night. From school children to college groups, from Govt employees to business tycoons from saints to high class sluts. All at one place but at different times. The place changes with the sweep of  watch. Some there to hog, some to shop, some for the sake of eye tonic and some for pure business. I have seen many faces of the same people there. I have known people there who never knew me. And I loved them all, as i love Delhi unconditionally.
                              Those drives to Gurgaon and whiling away time at MGS mall. Standing near the parking area to understand what those car drivers do for hours together when their masters are busy spending money inside the mall and dating girls their daughter's age. The shopping trips to SN market, Khan market and Chandni Chowk. The parantha, mommos and egg roll eating sessions in the chilled winters is too delicious to skip a thought. All intact with even the details of which eat street to choose for. The retired old lawyer couple i used to meet at Alaknanda Complex till we got friends. The barber at a local saloon i used to give privilege of cutting my hair because i loved to hear his fictional stories that were cent percent lies but enjoyable.I loved his uber-passion to lie and let others lie.The hawkers, the chatwallas, the cafe coffee day girl at Priya PVR complex.

 I love Delhi for its stolen history. The Tughlakabad Fort with abandoned look and equally photogenic by virtue of its devastation. Nizammuddin for its chicken Biriyani, Purana Qila for love Aaj Kal , the Qutub Minar for its evenings and last but the best "the India Gate". Mere mention of India Gate   sets a breeze to beat summer nights. I had the privilege of witnessing every season under the giant monument and trust me its simply the best thing in New Delhi. I have turned many nights into early morning sitting near India gate with friends and sipping coffee and sometimes ice cream to respect the weather accordingly.  There are still infinite things that i have not mentioned because of memory limitations or privacy issues. But Delhi is a dream city. It can give you best lessons on life and people.  


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thank You 2011

                                                            31st December was not much to celebrate, as the complete year was a  long celebration in itself. A phenomenal year that passed off in a flash. Got so much that i asked for, that I did not ask for but liked it surprisingly. God has been too kind towards me and more grateful than ever. So I dedicate this post to thank all those wonderful people in my life who made this year a special year for me.

                                                                                               *Ignore the order of mentions please....
                                                           My family for being extremely supportive and promising. For accepting more than i ever demanded for, for making my life simpler, for being as cool as "Kya cool hai hum.. kya cool hai hum" title track. Love my family for the unity and integrity of decisions. Thank you mammu for calling me Mama.
                                                          My friends for giving me that arm on my shoulder whenever i needed them. And also for giving those treasured calls, money, treats, fun, pick up and drops, sweater, party @ home, gifts,chocolates from Australia, samosa evenings, bhajji and wada street food.  Railway Station see offs and then stuffing my wallet with currency for journey as i always forget to draw cash at the nearest ATM n turn into a careless beggar. For having the patience to note down my Account number and transfer me funds on time. Frankies chicken roll @ commercial street with Ice Tea even though i promised I wont ask for food on the way. For those horrible waiting sessions at Siemens Electronic City but still great fun.( akhi, poonam,mitu,ritz bhabi, JEBA, narri, Satish Patnaik Saab,Adarsh, Bengali, Varun Sir, Kirti bhabi, babita Chandran, Miti and the list goes on.

                                    Ammu for being an intellectual donor of advice and laughter filled matrimonial of her own matchmaking stories with herself as the lead female protagonist. A friend i can always count on. Nitin Jaiswal for making a comeback to me after 8 years of separation and adding a wonderful weekend to this December. Ajay and SK Sir for the  wonderful late night party and companionship. You form a part of my life now. Ankit Kaushik for his absence, mood swings, abusive calls but still being a true friend.  Randhir Rathore for his friendship n commitment and Rachna for being so warm. Mallik and Tahir for being there with me. Rahul Jha for being a caring friend who wudnt miss a call seeing my slightest troubled facebook status. Ranjan for feeding me like a papa. Narinder n Jasdeep for a being so lovely. Gagan n Navjot for being my friends and inviting me  for a full course dinner. Indradeo n family. Samal and Utpal. Aarti, Upsi, Nikhil n Akhil , Dabbu, Dipayan n Monu Gupta. Niks n Jyoti for being an inspiration, Guari jaswal.  Senthil for so much i cant mention here. I owe you a lot. Janet, sathish , vishnu, Ujju , Jayanto,  suhail for updating their facebook status and being in touch.Shahrukh for DON 2 n rockstar Ranbir, Anna, Team India.

                                      Sonia you are excused from the burden as you are almost me, you are an extension of me so why to thank you.---Sorry-----.

                                      Almighty for giving me all the above mentioned people in my life. For the good health and wealth and a chance to live and be a warrior an Air warrior.


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