Tuesday, May 24, 2011

memories...

Hello everyone!! We’re back to namma bengaluru from New York and everyone’s been asking “how does it feel to be back??”

It always feels good to be back home. Yes, Bangalore is what I like to call home now :) When I came here in 2004 (it’s been almost 7 yrs!) it took me some time to start liking this city. I was still in the transition phase from college to work life and Hyderabad seemed anyday better than Bangalore. But it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the city - a metropolitan minus the madness of big cities! My first job, some lovely friends, marriage, first home (though rented but it still is home!) and now first car...there are lots of memories with the city. No wonder no other place comes even close when I think of settling down somewhere. Also sis and bro-in-law staying here was an added incentive to be back!

So here we are back after 3 years and it now feels like we had never left the city...it was just a short holiday trip and now we are back to the usual life. To think of it...it was an amazing holiday...probably my best till date!

I haven’t been missing NY as such but there are lots of lovely places and memories that do come to my mind whenever I think of the place.

--The wide multi-laned streets and highways with cars all around. Driving was so much fun there!

--New York skyline especially its view from our window.

--Broadway- just strolling on the street and watching various stores and people from all over is good enough to spend an entire day.

--Times square with lights all around. Almost all movies have some scene that reminds of the place.

--Window shopping on 5th avenue... all the high-end designer stores...their VM, display, merchandise everything is a must see.

--First few days of spring and people with all sorts of colorful clothing on streets. The excitement of spring coming after a long winter is there on all faces. In fact, the entire nation - from streets to stores to parks to trains - everything seems to celebrate the arrival of spring.

--Beach trips - the best part of summer :)

--Long days of summer - even the sun seems to celebrate summer and doesn’t want to set in!

--Fall colors - an entire color palette can be seen on a single tree! It’s the prettiest time of the year. People plan long trips just to enjoy the fall colors all around.

--Barren trees in winter - suddenly the trees seem to start preparing themselves for the long long winters by shedding all their leaves. One can’t imagine such colorful trees can turn so barren in just a month’s time. But that’s the way they survive the harsh winters.

--First snow showers - It is the best part of winters. Everyone comes out to play in the snow -making snowman, hitting each other with snowballs, just clicking pics...it’s so amazing!

--View from the window after snow - It feels no less than a dreamland...all trees, streets, houses, cars, everything covered in white.

--‘Snow days’ at work – this one’s silly but it gave the same high that we got during ‘rainy days’ in school ;)

--Though depressing but black and brown jackets on streets in winter. No other color could be seen during entire winter – just people covered in jackets, scarves, boots and even face masks!

--Holiday season- that was another fun part of winters with red n white all around. Return of 'josh' in people even in the crazy winter could be felt – thanksgiving, Christmas and the ‘holiday shopping’ associated with it.

--Christmas music on radio and long drives in winter just to listen to the music :)

--Lots of places nearby but best is Niagara falls – loved it so much that I had to dedicate an entire post to it!

The memories are endless and i can actually go on and on...but I guess I should stop here now...rest some other time :)
‘The world is a book and those who do not travel have read only a page!’ Now I can claim to have read at least a few pages ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Baby -- My Life !!



Wanna see how time flies?? Have a baby!!

I still remember when Nishu was about to come in our lives.. the anxiety,nervousness,excitement was there for almost a year and finally the time came to go to the hospital..every minute spent at the hospital waiting for his arrival seemed so long.. and then he decided to make his grand entry into this world..the look on his face..bright wide open eyes, pink lips and oh so delicate skin! I was afraid to even pick him or hold him fearing that anything might hurt my baby. I’m sure every mom feels the same for her child, but he seemed to be the cutest,prettiest,loveliest baby I had ever seen!

Seems that he is growing with every blink of the eye - from lying calmly, to moving hands and legs, to smiling, to cooing, to holding hands, to grasping toys, to rolling, falling and now crawling… It's all just amazing! How someone so dependent on you starts learning things one by one and will finally be able to lead a life on his own..even then he will always be my baby!!

Six months have literally flown away and now I can't imagine a day without him around. How were we living without him earlier?? He seems to be just the perfect fit for the family.

It's just the beginning of a long long journey of learning, playing, teaching, scolding, laughing, fighting..etc. for both of us and I’m enjoying every bit of it…

I remember a poem here..(couldnt translate it in english so here it is in hindi)

मेरा नया बचपन

बार-बार आती है मुझको मधुर याद बचपन तेरी। गया ले गया तू जीवन की सबसे मस्त खुशी मेरी॥
चिंता-रहित खेलना-खाना वह फिरना निर्भय स्वच्छंद। कैसे भूला जा सकता है बचपन का अतुलित आनंद?
ऊँच-नीच का ज्ञान नहीं था छुआछूत किसने जानी? बनी हुई थी वहाँ झोंपड़ी और चीथड़ों में रानी॥
किये दूध के कुल्ले मैंने चूस अँगूठा सुधा पिया। किलकारी किल्लोल मचाकर सूना घर आबाद किया॥
रोना और मचल जाना भी क्या आनंद दिखाते थे। बड़े-बड़े मोती-से आँसू जयमाला पहनाते थे॥
मैं रोई, माँ काम छोड़कर आईं, मुझको उठा लिया। झाड़-पोंछ कर चूम-चूम कर गीले गालों को सुखा दिया॥
दादा ने चंदा दिखलाया नेत्र नीर-युत दमक उठे। धुली हुई मुस्कान देख कर सबके चेहरे चमक उठे॥
वह सुख का साम्राज्य छोड़कर मैं मतवाली बड़ी हुई। लुटी हुई, कुछ ठगी हुई-सी दौड़ द्वार पर खड़ी हुई॥
माना मैंने युवा-काल का जीवन खूब निराला है। आकांक्षा, पुरुषार्थ, ज्ञान का उदय मोहनेवाला है॥
किंतु यहाँ झंझट है भारी युद्ध-क्षेत्र संसार बना। चिंता के चक्कर में पड़कर जीवन भी है भार बना॥
आ जा बचपन! एक बार फिर दे दे अपनी निर्मल शांति। व्याकुल व्यथा मिटानेवाली वह अपनी प्राकृत विश्रांति॥
वह भोली-सी मधुर सरलता वह प्यारा जीवन निष्पाप। क्या आकर फिर मिटा सकेगा तू मेरे मन का संताप?

मैं बचपन को बुला रही थी बोल उठी बिटिया मेरी। नंदन वन-सी फूल उठी यह छोटी-सी कुटिया मेरी॥
'माँ ओ' कहकर बुला रही थी मिट्टी खाकर आयी थी। कुछ मुँह में कुछ लिये हाथ में मुझे खिलाने लायी थी॥
पुलक रहे थे अंग, दृगों में कौतुहल था छलक रहा। मुँह पर थी आह्लाद-लालिमा विजय-गर्व था झलक रहा॥
मैंने पूछा 'यह क्या लायी?' बोल उठी वह 'माँ, काओ'। हुआ प्रफुल्लित हृदय खुशी से मैंने कहा - 'तुम्हीं खाओ'॥
पाया मैंने बचपन फिर से बचपन बेटी बन आया। उसकी मंजुल मूर्ति देखकर मुझ में नवजीवन आया॥
मैं भी उसके साथ खेलती खाती हूँ, तुतलाती हूँ। मिलकर उसके साथ स्वयं मैं भी बच्ची बन जाती हूँ॥
जिसे खोजती थी बरसों से अब जाकर उसको पाया। भाग गया था मुझे छोड़कर वह बचपन फिर से आया॥

- सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान