How rich are you ?

Over a random conversation with my brother, we bumped into the topic about how richness and happiness are related and how they vary from person to person.

A quote that I came across recently : “That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

Then I tried to recollect my recent and latest pleasures :

There’s a cousin of mine who’s technically not my cousin but son of my cousin. Honouring the ages and to keep things simple , I prefer to call him my cousin. He did his Intermediate studies by staying at a hostel in the city where I was doing my schooling. Naturally he would visit our home occasionally and I developed a bond with him. He went on to do his M.D and is now a successful dentist. Though we have got our own set of priorities and are busy with the daily routines and hardly get to meet each other except for the occasional gatherings, he remains to be one of the closest ones. When I went to visit his clinic to get one of my teeth treated couple of weeks ago, he checked it, narrowed down the problem and handed the case over to his junior for further treatment. She did as directed and at the end made a statement “I’ll go and inform Sir and come back”. As silly as it may sound, that word “Sir” from her mouth made me smile and my chest swelled with a bit of pride.

There’s another cousin (technically son of my cousin), at whose place I spent a considerable part of time as a child and as a teen and shared countless memories. Same case, we are both busy with our own schedules but he too remains to be one of the closest ones. His wife got operated for removal of uterus last month and I went to their place taking A along with me to see how she was recovering. We chatted for a while about everything under the sun. After some time, one of the cousin’s daughters handed me a packet of cotton candy. Looking at the question mark on my face, she said “Nana said you like it and asked me to give this over to you”. And yes, another smile came up !!

I hope to enjoy many more such little pleasures that would make me smile and I wish to make many more people around me smile more often than ever….

Let the happiness spread and the richness grow….

The case of the missing sock

The series of events in chronological order :

I emptied the pair of socks to be washed from a cover and threw the cover into the dust bin.

I applied detergent to the socks, washed a little and then put them into the washing machine along with other clothes for refined washing.

After a couple of minutes when the clothes were ready to be put into the dryer, I asked A to execute the job for me.

I started picking one after the other from the dryer and towards the end, I realised that there was only one sock of the pair of socks and the other was missing

I checked if it has fallen off from the fourth floor while drying out the others and I found none on the ground floor or the intermediate ones. I found my washer and dryer empty. I rechecked the ground and other floors. Same. Empty.

I asked A, to extract the missing piece of information , about how many of the pair of socks had she found while transferring contents from washer to dryer. She replied one.

Now that was strange. I vaguely remember applying detergent to two pieces and not one but again lately I have been suspecting my own memory. So I couldn’t be sure of anything.

I left the matter there as I couldn’t do anything much except for drying the lone sock.

I put the washed and dried sock in it’s place thinking of the possibility that I might lose one sock of another pair on another day and maybe I can pair these together 😉 The two pairs are slightly similar 😀

Next day, before putting out the trash, I checked the dust bin to ensure that the cover, that contained the pair of socks earlier, was indeed empty.

Last Friday, which was after about a week or ten days since the above incident had happened, I noticed something unusual in the dryer, between the tub and the container holding the tub.

I moved it to get a clear picture and then found the answer to my unsolved mystery.

With the help of a stick, V removed it slowly and passed it over to me.

I smiled to myself, washed and dried it again and united it with the other half that was patiently waiting for this one !!!

Then Now Later

It has been exactly a week that A started her 10th grade. She regarded it as her last first day at school as the chances are highly likely that she might be leaving the school after this academic year, for her further education and entering a junior college. To Where, For what, Is it confirmed and How are some questions we keep evading for now for we don’t have any concrete answers to any of them.

Back to the original point, I keep wondering how hugely our current thoughts have transformed when compared with the ones that originated nine years ago, on her first day as a first grader at this school.

Then : Will she miss home at school or get along well with friends and like the school ?

Now : Will she miss her school friends too much or manage to maintain the friendships even after departing ways ?

Then : Will she want to have home food or like the school snacks and lunch ?

Now : Will she miss her school favourites like cutlet, rajma etc or plan to attend alumni reunions and satisfy her cravings ?

Then : Will she be scared of her teachers or like them ?

Now : Will she miss her favourite teachers or make a point to connect with them whenever possible?

Then : Will she get lost in the huge campus or enjoy it cautiously ?

Now : Will she miss her campus or narrate and cherish anecdotes of her adventures ?

Then and Now, our thoughts might have transformed completely but the thoughts remain as such and have not vanished and will most likely continue to remain in the future too and may take an entirely new shape 😀

Dear A, If you ask for my tuppence worth, I would say, make new friends but keep the old friendships going on, explore new places but revisit the old ones, build new memories but relive the old ones.

Just keep on adding with no replacement !!!!

One of it’s kind feeling

If I were to join a new company, although I would have been excited about starting a new phase, I would have been nervous about how I would fit in and how the new environment would match to my liking.

If I were to go the same workplace as everyday, it would have been a regular routine with no big difference.

The feeling that I had experienced last Sunday in anticipation of Monday and the feeling that I experienced on Monday, the actual day, is one of it’s kind. I entered the office after two whole years. It’s a huge time !!!

Getting ready to go to office in proper attire, carrying laptop, walking through the office building, using lifts and access cards, having proper human interaction with support staff and colleagues, being greeted by warm smiles, hearing sounds in reality, each and every part of that day was exciting !!

I hadn’t worked for most part of the day except for attending two meetings. I talked and talked and talked to my heart’s content and had coffee and ate lunch. That’s it, the whole day went by in a jiffy but the warmth I experienced and the memories I made from that day will stay close to my heart. And there were hardly any people at work that day, the total count must be around fifteen. I wonder how it would feel like to experience the feeling of getting to meet everyone at once !

Anyways, that feeling of that day is just one of it’s kind of a feeling !!!

Little joys

Morning 9:30 to around evening 8:30, the day at work has been fully packed today with back to back meetings, identifying and fixing issues in the last minute, trying to bring all the commitments to a closure rushing through lunch and comfort break too, as today is a big deadline at work. I felt so exhausted by the end of the day that I had asked A to prepare Maggi as dinner for me. Wrapping up the day’s work and A bringing over my Maggi coincided and it was such a joy to relish it.

Ah !! The joy of being served dinner prepared by your daughter !!!

An hour later, A asks me if we can finish watching an old Hindi movie, Yeh Jawani Hi Deewani, which we had left midway a week ago. Turning on the AC, we finished watching the movie together.

Ah !! The joy of watching such feel good movies with your loved ones !!

A rough day with loads of hiccups doesn’t necessarily have to end the same way, little joys can put a perfect ending !!