Always We Hope — Lao Tzu — Interesting and true .

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Always we hope someone has the answer,
Some other place will be better,
Some other time, it will out turn out.
This is it.
No one else has the answer,
No other place will be better
It has already turned out.
At the center of your being you have such answers,
You know who you are
And you know what you want.
There is no need to run outside for better seeing.
Nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being
For the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart and see the way to do is to be
Abide at the center of your being

                                                              —Lao Tzu

Belated Birthday Wishes !

 

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These few words that I pen down are not for you. They are for me. I feel free when I clear my cluttered mind – I feel light. The air feels fresh – the mind is at rest.

Don’t you feel good after you clean your house, after you clean your office desk? Don’t you feel organised? The same applies to me once I write. Once the thoughts are expressed, it begins to take a form, I begin to feel good and organized.

I am just a cluttered mind who loves to write. You can judge me by what I write but you cannot ask me to stop writing!

Cleaning up the Clutter completed one year a month ago. I forgot to share it for no apparent reason!  So here is wishing this space and all its readers a belated happy birthday!!!

 

She is mine!

So this time around my ramblings are not about Mumbai, the rains or the current craze – period. Its about her. She stands tall amongst her peers, dressed  in a black little dress with some beautiful frills at the end. She is from the Europe and travelled miles to be with me in Mumbai. She is my umbrella !

A couple of months ago, when the company that I work for decided to send me for training to Spain (Seville). I did my usual research on the internet about the climate during my visit, the necessary things that I should be carrying etc. Google did help me out with a lot of information but it forgot to let me know that it rains or rather drizzles in Seville during the said period and that I should be carrying an umbrella. I have no grudge against Google since I would have never had her, if I knew about the rains since I would have carried an umbrella from India.

So on the first day of office at Seville, dressed in a white crisp shirt and a nice formal skirt I set off to the office which is about 15 minutes’ walk from the flat where I stayed. The climate was cold but I loved it after the heat that I was enduring in Mumbai. The day went well. On my way back as I was enjoying the sights around, it began to drizzle. Confused with the climate change and partly angry with Google for not letting me know of the rains, I took shelter at a coffee shop. I definitely did not want to wet my new white shirt and more importantly fall sick.

After some time I set off to find a shop where I can buy an umbrella. I was disappointed to know that the only shopping market I knew of did not have umbrellas. Tired, exhausted and drained of (a) walking (b) trying to explain that I need an umbrella in broken Spanish I ended up at a medical store. Out of desperation I asked the lady at the medical store if she sells umbrella. Though surprised, she gladly pointed out to a tiny shop across the street and indicated that I will get an umbrella at that shop. Thanking her profusely (‘muchas gracias’ – hundred times!!), I set off to the said shop. And behold my eyes fell on her – the minute I stepped into the shop. I did not ask for any other options. Within a few minutes she was mine!

She helped me through the rains in her hometown. At the end of the training, as I was packing my bag, I was sure she shall travel back with me to India even if I had to leave many other things behind. And so she travelled back with me from Seville – Madrid – Dubai – Mumbai tagged as ‘fragile items’ so that she is well taken care of. But as I was reunited with her at the baggage counter at Mumbai I realized that she has suffered some injuries like a little bent. Nevertheless I was happy that she was with me.

In Mumbai she was safely tucked inside the cupboard until rains began. Now with the onset of rains, she is my constant companion wherever I go.Her beauty has been appreciated by many. I forgot her in a Meru cab a month before. I tried my level best to hide my disappoint of loosing her since I was with someone.  Thankfully the driver took pains to come back and return the umbrella.The other day as I was walking up the stairs in the train station she slipped off my hand and had a very bad fall. Thanks to the stranger who saved her from more injuries. She is with me despite all the trouble and she is safe.

She shall definitely remain with me through the monsoons and I hope to use her for the coming monsoons as well.

I believe in not having any attachments to materialistic things. Guess she is an exception to it! After all, she is mine!

One down!

A!
A!

 

A – a cleanliness freak;
B – one who manages to adjust with and helps A;
C – one who hardly contributed anything to the cleaning process of A;
D – one who persistently created more work for A.

For the past two years the four were inseparable. They bonded over various matters. A& D bonded over fashion and brands. A& B bonded over food. A& C bonded over lack of money and lots of sleep.

A was the partner in crime for B- be it to hog on junk food, go partying, do massive shopping or watch horror movies.

A stood by C in times of need. They teamed up against B and D for watching soap serials.

A helps D de -clutter – be it be her mind or her cupboard!

Yes – the post  is about A.

The reason for the post is because the A has bid adieu to the City of Dreams. The happy bit is that she has left for good and to pursue her dreams.

On behalf of B, C & D,  I wish A all the best in her life. Keep cleaning wherever you go!

We will miss you.

P.S : Though not connected with A in any way – I had to write this. Current craze – period won the Vanitha Film Award for the Best Actor :). He is indeed here TO STAY!