Know the blogger #3

 

  1. What amazing thing have you done that no one was around to see?

A dance performance  at a state level competition. No one cared to come watch that performance. Even my mother who used to watch all my performances, she did not come with me. I realised that day, that taking it up professionally was out of the question at my home.

 

  1. How different was your life 1 year ago?

I was in Mumbai. And I loved it there. A busy life, with so much work, that I hardly bothered to think much.

 

  1. What quirks do you have?

I don’t think I have any.

 

  1. What would you rate 10/10?

Life!

 

  1. What fad or trend do you think should come back?

Honesty, ever wonder if being honest was in trend?

 

  1. What is the most interesting piece of art you’ve seen?

A lot many actually at houstonphotojourney.com by Elizabeth and Max, but most favourite recently was “The Colourful Wave” by Carol Simon.

 

  1. What kind of art do you enjoy most?

I am sorry, I can’t be specific here. But may be abstract.

 

  1. What do you hope never changes?

I know I’d be wanting something that’s never going to happen, so why hope for something like that. Change is inevitable..

 

  1. What city would you most like to live in?

Mumbai.

 

  1. What movie title best describes your life?

Tamasha.

 

  1. Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

I just bumped into this work, had never even planned it.

 

  1. What’s the best way a person can spend their time?

Travelling and reading.

 

  1. If you suddenly became a master at woodworking, what would you make?

A tree house?

 

  1. Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?

Lonavla. Just to think of sitting near waterfall, near the cool atmosphere, the green hills.. Oh I thought I was already there!

 

  1. What’s the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you?

It’s when my brother was born, that’s the only day that I can’t forget.

 

  1. Where would you rather be from?

I did not quite understand this question. Away from a place or where would I want to belong? Any which ways, I am happy where I am.

 

  1. What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?

I have had to unlearn the basic norms taught to a girl in India. You ought to do this, and not that, dress like this and not that, you can do this, and not that….

Okay, even my life hasn’t been totally perfect, and I am not saying that I haven’t made adjustments as a girl, but I am trying and will keep trying to alter it as far as I can. But I have changed myself and unlearnt the basics girly norms taught to me as I was growing up. And believe me you don’t know how big a task this is! You think you know, but you don’t.

 

  1. What do you look forward to in the next 6 months?

Going out somewhere, like some place that I haven’t been to.

 

  1. What website do you visit most often?

Shopping websites. I live in a very small place where I hardly get good stuff, so I rest on these websites for any kind of shopping.

 

  1. What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?

A luxurious home. (You know the description:-p)

 

  1. Where do you usually go when you have free time?

A café, I carry a book, order a cup of coffee and just get lost in the fictional world. (Until of course someone bumps into me, which is really very often considering my city to be so small.)

 

  1. Where would you spend all your time if you could?

Any hill station or somewhere near the ocean. I guess you get the picture.

 

  1. What’s special about the place you grew up?

It has the amount of greenery you’d never have seen at a particular place. There is not a single road here which is not surrounded by trees. I can bet on that.

 

  1. What age do you want to live to?

I’d like my life to be short. My grandma is alive at 90+ and she is in so much pain, I’d definitely want to avoid anything near to that.

 

  1. What are you most likely to become famous for?

I don’t want to be famous, I’d just be happy if people would say that I did something with my life.

 

  1. What are you absolutely determined to do?

To change at least one person’s belief and their way of looking down on women. Even if I succeed in changing one conservative person’s mind towards women, I’d think I at least did something, even that little change will make me happy. Even if only one woman can be helped by such change, I’d be happy.

 

  1. What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Okay, so by now I think I am just praising myself here.

People have often said that when I dance I can play with my facial expressions, I can dance with my face, with my eyes, that’s what people say, and that I guess if it’s true then is the most impressive thing about me.

 

  1. What do you wish you knew more about?

About the mysteries involved in the past, there ought to be a lot more than we know.

 

  1. What question would you most like to know the answer to?

What is my future like?

 

  1. What question can you ask to find out the most about a person?

If I knew the answer to this, I am pretty sure I’d be a better judge of people.

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Know the blogger #2

  1. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

Every single person who strives hard for his goal is an inspiration to me, especially the optimist ones.

 

  1. What age do you wish you could stay at permanently?

I don’t wish that. It is a part of life, I cannot stop that, I want to enjoy each and every aspect of life, from being naïve and careless to being wise and responsible. I want to grow old and have experienced life. That’s all I want. I do not wish to remain at a place. No, that is not what life is for. Not for me. I’d like to say one day “I haven’t grown my hair white overnight” Sorry I know the Hindi idiom sounds right here. I couldn’t just translate it best. “Dhhop me baal saffed nahi hue hain beta” Hahahah I think that would be fun too.

 

  1. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?

Crime petrol. (related to crime reality)  I used to watch it so much, that I was obsessed it at a point of time, so much so that I started being scared of my own people, of the people that I used to meet often, I wouldn’t even want to go alone at night alone. That is when I realised I had to stop watching it. Being protective for yourself was different, and being over protective, even in your own room was different.

 

  1. What’s your ideal way to spend a weekend?

When I used to stay in Mumbai, my answer would have been sure ‘A weekend trip to Goa’ but since I am no more there, I do not have many options. I would satisfy myself now with a good evening spent here somewhere nearby, possibly a place I have not been to, a movie may be, and then a good dinner. I’d want the next day to just read and write on my terrace as there isn’t much really around here, as my friend Elizabeth has in Houston.

 

  1. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?

My laptop? I don’t know any other ‘luxury’ that I might not have lived without.

 

  1. What is your claim to fame?

Don’t know much about fame. I’d be happy if I achieve my goals.

 

  1. What is something you enjoy doing the old-fashioned way?

Reading newspaper. I don’t like news apps though they update you almost every single hour.

And dating, hate the dating apps too. I mean there are people who can find their soul mates there, but me? No way! I have trust issues with my own people, let alone with some random guy on some dating app!

 

  1. What’s your favorite book or movie genre?

Except for horror I can really pick up any book and read it. And honestly I can finish it too, I mean I am only proud of one thing, I never leave anything incomplete, whether it is good or bad, I don’t know, but I do it. Even if I don’t like the book much, I’ll finish it. Same goes with any other thing too. I go till then end.

 

  1. How often do you people-watch?

Rarely! Only when I travel.

 

  1. What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

That people are really too obsessed about other people’s business, especially in India and also especially women. I mean please just stop it, you aren’t going to feel any good when they do it with you.

 

  1. What’s the best day of the year?

I don’t know how to answer this, but I am happy when I am travelling. But yes, I can say the best day of my life, that is when my brother was born. I was so overjoyed that I lied about an exam at home and missed school. I did get to hear a lot though, but it was all worth it when I got to meet my baby brother just moments after he was born, though they allowed me to hold him only after he was brought home, under proper care of my mother.

 

  1. What subject interests you that not many people have heard of?

Still thinking!

  1. How do you relax after a long day of work?

Comedy shows, and then after a while reading. I am a freak for both like there is nothing more soothing than reading and honestly no one laughs much these days, not the loud ones, only a small smile. I like the natural laugh where your stomach makes that stupid sound, where your cheeks and jaws ache, and tears are just a moment away. I guess very few shows do that but the idea seems nice. And also apart from these comedy shows and series there is pretty much nothing to laugh at, at the end of the day, except of course your own life.

 

  1. What’s the best book series or TV series you’ve ever read or watched?

The shiva trilogy- Amish tripathi

That’s the only series that come to my mind now that was gripping.

And also the Clifton chronicles by Jeffrey archer. I am yet to read the last part though.

 

  1. Where is the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Mumbai-26 hours away by train, lived there for almost two years.

 

  1. What’s the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?

A lot many, I can’t choose one. There have been so many times when I have just gone ‘AWWW’ to the extent of having tears. Like a small baby just not wanting to leave you, when you are not even that good with kids. What must he want form you? What must he have seen in you to want to stay with you, when his own parents were leaving.

 

  1. What is the most annoying question people ask you?

When are you getting married?

I mean if I knew it from now, I’d ask you to ‘save the date’. But I don’t even have a man in my life, then what type of question is that.

 

  1. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with no preparation?

Macbeth.

 

  1. If you were the dictator on a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?

I’d make every woman a queen and give them the POWER to order men!

(Sorry for being so rude to men!) But it’s only imaginary.

 

  1. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Go on a solo trip.

 

  1. Would you rather go hand gliding or whitewater rafting?

White water rafting. As much as I love water, I am also scared of it but I’d still so that.

 

  1. What’s your dream car?

Not so much fond of cars, but I like mini cooper.

 

  1. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?

Travelling.

 

  1. What is something a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get?

Snapchat? I don’t know people are obsessed with a lot of things lately.

 

  1. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Oh God? 10 years? I don’t know what am I to do a month from now!

 

  1. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Udaipur!

 

  1. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to it?

Get a stagnant job. I have been switching places, and jobs so often that I am not sure whether I am even made for a 9 to 5 job!

 

  1. What is the best thing that happened to you last week?

Thinking, give me some time,…

Still thinking!

Honestly last week was terrible, but this started off really great, I am going to tell you all very soon about it.  😀

 

  1. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind, only to experience it for the first time again?

We went on a trip to Goa with my cousins a few years back, I’d love to re-live that.

 

  1. If all jobs had the same pay rate and hours, what job would you want to have?

Wedding planning, or traditional fashion (If that’s even a thing.)

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Know the blogger #1

This idea was initiated by a fellow blogger friend Ajay Kontham, his blog address is- https://www.ajaykontham.in/

He just did this post about “know the blogger” where he has answered 150 questions about him. And I kind of liked the idea, may be we could know each other better this way! So I am going to answer all of the questions that he has sent me here, only I have tried breaking them into sections. I couldn’t have answered all of them at a go. I hope you like what you are reading, and if I start boring you, let me know, I’ll just stop right at that question.

 

1.If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I am too much in love with sleep, to believe that sleep can just vanish out of my life. I have to sleep, I’d probably cheat on my husband with it!

 

  1. What is your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

The cute little black dress that I have. It almost goes everywhere.

 

  1. What hobby would you pick up if time & money weren’t an issue?’

I’d take up dance lessons, that is the only thing that I have never been able to complete.

 

  1. What does your perfect room look like?

A master bedroom, with the ‘princess diaries’ type closet, a balcony attached with a garden view. Not much furniture though. I’d like the room to be spacious

 

  1. How often do you play sports?

Like almost, never.

 

  1. What fictional place would you like to visit?

I don’t know, all I can say is, it’s fictional and I just cannot bring myself to believe that I can visit the place. Fiction is fiction. It ain’t happening!

 

  1. What job would you be terrible at?

Anything related to math and numbers and finance. Like seriously, I can’t handle them.

 

  1. When was the last time you climbed a tree?

When I was six or seven! I made a terrible fall and it was made sure I never did that again.

 

  1. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?

Reading!

 

  1. What is the most annoying habit that you or other people have?

Others- discuss and get too much involved into others’ matters. I mean mind your business why interfere so much in someone else’ private matter.

 

  1. What job do you think you’d be really good at?

Organising and management, and that is the reason I was into wedding planning for quite a while.

 

  1. What skill would you like to master?

Writing!

 

  1. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

As of now, I want to go trekking. I have not been on a single trip for trekking yet.

 

  1. If you had unlimited funds to build a house to live on for the rest of your life, what would the finished house look like?

I am imagining this, right?

Okay, so it has a wonderful garden below when you enter, parking space on the corner, the first floor should have a sitting room, kitchen, a spare bedroom. The top floor has two bedrooms, one for kids, and then a small study (that would sure be my special place.) and then finally a pool terrace beside which I wouldn’t mind a small library. Well I could do with that in the study too, but just the thought of reading beside the pool, hooked me up.

 

  1. What’s your favorite drink?

Coffeeee! Apart from that I don’t drink anything that much.

 

  1. What state or country do you never want to go back to?

As of now I have never left my country, so can’t answer this.

 

  1. What songs do you have completely memorized?

A very old song by Lata Mangeshkar- ‘Lag ja gale k fir ye haseen rat ho nah ho.”

 

  1. What game or movie universe would you like to live in?

I really can’t imagine living in a world completely different form this. Had it been a book situation or a place, I’d say with MR. Darcy at Pemberley hills 😀

 

  1. What do you consider to be your best friend?

Books and journals. They listen to me when I write on them, and give me a lot to learn from them too.

 

  1. Are you usually early or late?

Oh, very easy question. Always early! As if I love to wait.

 

  1. What pets did you have when you were growing up?

I have just had fishes and I still like to feel that I am growing up.

 

  1. When people come to you for help, what do they usually need help with?

Love matters, especially boyfriends! I mean seriously, don’t these people have other problems?

 

  1. What takes up too much of your time?

Thinking, and then some more thinking, and then some more.

 

  1. What do you wish you knew more about?

About myself.

I am still finding myself. I don’t know in which part of the world I am lost, but I sure am!

 

  1. What would be your first question after waking up from being frozen for 100 years?

Why God, Why? Why and how by any possible means, I am still alive with this withered body and this lost soul of mine?

 

  1. What are some small things that make your day better?

Talking to my brother, spending time reading (books and blogs), writing, and a little bit of comedy shows at night.

 

  1. Who’s your go-to band or artist when you don’t know who or what to listen to?

None, specific.

 

  1. What’s the best way to start the day?

As soon as I wake up I put on some soft music on my phone, then I sit down on the bed, and sit and smile. Like really, I do that. Then I stretch myself as far as I can, and then jump out of the bed. This works for me.

 

  1. What TV shows do you like?

I am obsessed with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Apart from that I can watch any comedy series or shows. That’s it no more tv than that. I can’t handle anything else.

 

  1. What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?

Something where they show authors and writers, talk about them, interview them, keep updated about the latest books coming up and basically anything that’s happening new in the book world.

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Late night rains!

I lay on my back, the cool concrete floor lightly touching my body. I looked up at the sky smiling, but dark clouds loomed over me, hiding the shining moonlit night. The cool wind caressed my skin softly and just when my mouth cracked into a tight lipped smile, the first drop of rain water kissed my cheeks. I could see the faintest of stars shining in the sky, which was showering me with the cool splashes of rainwater so late in the night.

“At 2, I think it was really too late.”

Sitting upright, I silently slipped into my room, outside the night seemed beautiful, but inside the dark clouds still lumbered on.

The thought of going back to reading a few more pages of the novel struck me just when I drifted off to a deep sleep.

 

My recent travel through pictures.

Most of you who visit me often must be knowing that I went on a recent trip, so here are some random pictures that I kept clicking on my way around.

Warning: there is nothing much beautiful in it, just some memories captured.

I’ll start with a morning picture.

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This happened when I was truly bored.

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All the good tea with Mr. R

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I did not even leave this cute little toiletries from the hotel.

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Oh, this dessert!!!!!

Watermelon mojito

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Mint flavoured rajashahi paan.

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The heaviest and the thickest chocolate shake that I ever had, it made my stomach so full, and yet I was not satisfied :-p

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My constant companion, a bottle of water, a book and a lip balm.

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Despite everything, the work sheets never left me.

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The to-do list kept piling up the vacation.

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Like these sheets, really, they never left me!!!

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We always cut a cake before we part ways and someone HAS to lick it off, before we even cut it.

Chocolate orange cake:

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Oh, our love for raw mangoes.

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The dessert that we made ourselves at home, with every one contributing something or other, making it a total mess. (It;s ice cream by the way. Of course you wouldn’t see it among the chocolates. :-D)

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Okay, seriously I won’t make anyone any more hungry now, so here goes the last foodie pic. Belgian frappe.

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That’s how I killed time in between.

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The only thing good about the return journey.

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That’s my dearest Mr. R

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And that’s me.. (I love the caption!)

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Thanks for visiting,

Have a wonderful day,

Much love.

 

 

Why was I sleepless?

I was awake the other night, (now at least three consecutive nights) almost the entire night thinking of a person I care about a lot. I thought I would let this go, I wouldn’t make it an issue, but it is and I am unable to just let that pass off. I thought that I’d not make it public, I won’t discuss it with anyone, after all it’s not my matter, it is someone else’s private business but then I am incapable to get it out of my mind, I think either I’d die of guilt, or of anger at the least. I am sorry for violating this person’s privacy, and can just hope that she never reads it.

She met a person a few months back, for marriage- she liked him. He on the contrary refused to marry her with an unsatisfying reason, saying that her grandfather has a serious disease which travels with heredity, so what if? The matter was closed and she accepted the rejection without much thought.

He, got engaged to a girl, and broke off the engagement just in a few weeks’ time, when he eventually found out that the girl was obsessed and mentally unstable. (I don’t care what happened with him then, and what is true and what is not true.)

Oh, this arranged marriage thing!!!

Somehow, these two bumped into each other again, and he asked for her hand, again! This time, forgetting his own reason of not wanting to marry her.

This girl, of course she has some self-respect, she did not want to marry him now. I totally respect her decision on this. But her parents did not; at least that’s what I think. She said no – her mother agreed- her father thought otherwise. He tried to change her decision, she still was hesitant. So his father talked to his brother, her uncle, and now even he was pestering her.

What he said to her was extreme, and that is what is most fuming me.

He said, “You are of age now, and it is high time you get married, you are age is passing, and since you are manglik, I think you should change your mind, and accept his offer. Your luck isn’t that good either, so what do you think?” (This is the exact literal translation from the person who heard it first-hand.)

Like, seriously? You have the right to say that? And you could really listen to that?

She agreed to meet him again, saying that she will say ‘yes’ only if she thinks she likes him. But I knew her decision even before she knew it. I knew she would agree to them, her uncle had hurt her so bad, making it all her fault, I knew she would say yes.

And the night before, her mother called us that she is getting engaged to the same man now. She said that she really liked the boy, and is not saying yes under any pressure. She said she is happy.

I know she isn’t. I want myself to be 1000% wrong here, I want to know that what she said was the truth, that there was no pressure, but there is no way I can know that now. I just hope that she is happy with her decision, and need not regret it later. She is like an elder sister to me, the one which I never had. She has been with me through thick and thin, whenever I needed her, and all I can do for her is hope that she stays happy? I am guilty at myself, and angry at the person who filled her ears with such negativity about herself.

My mother thinks it’s her fault, for not putting her foot down. But no one understands that she was brought up like this, in a conservative home, where girls were told what to do, and live in a specified manner. And she has been moulded into a person that she is now, from a very small town, with the concept that girls are meant to do certain things, that you should not talk up to elders, that there is a certain age for everything, and all other usual norms. Sure she could have said something, before and even now, but who listened? She did say no, once, but who listened? Instead she heard some really piercing words that demeaned her. She was so broken that she just gave in, and people think that it’s her fault. Not everyone can remain strong, after listening to such things.

I don’t know what to say, I just feel or rather I just wish that I could have helped her, at least I could have been with her. But I am very far away, in a separate state altogether. And all I can do for her now is hope that she does not regret her decision, that she did say a ‘yes’ only because she liked him and for no other reason.

PS: Really not feeling good about discussing her problems here, but I don’t know who else would listen? I am sorry for violating her privacy like, I truly am. And I am dead scared for her reading it, I am just hoping that she is busy enough, not to read it.

Confusion

Is it possible to love someone, wholeheartedly, and yet not like the person?

I mean not like his way of doing something, not like his beliefs, not like the way he simply judges other people, simply dismisses other people’s decisions.

PS: Just used the word ‘he’ randomly, it isn’t about any particular man. I am just wondering of it’s possibility. Can this happen, I mean love the person and yet not like him?

Sleepless night!

At 3 AM, I was still awake. I was kept awake, and it seemed sleep had no intention of befriending me that night. It was weird, I seldom have such sleepless nights and yet there I was staring at the ceiling of my room. I tried everything from reading to blinking my eyes continuously to try and get some sleep but the result being, still the overcrowded mind.

Twisting and turning to all the possible sleeping positions, I lost hope and sat upright. What was I to do? I had tired myself with everything and I really wanted to sleep. Sighing, I lied down again, and squished the extra pillow to my face.

After a while, the fan started to make some noise. Honestly, after 3 AM in the morning even my own footsteps would have scared me. I got up and switched off the fan. The weather was cool outside so I thought I could do without it. I was drifting off to sleep, I finally was but something kicked in to my mind, and just like that any possible chance of sleep went away.

I started to feel so warm suddenly I had to get up and switch on the air conditioner. I wouldn’t risk the fan again. But even the sound of the compressor was disturbing me now. I still left it on with a few hours timer, hoping with the cool air I would go off to sleep.

The last I saw the time was 4:30 and then suddenly I woke up with a start at 5:15. I was starting to feel cold. I put off the AC and then went off to sleep but the dear sleep de-friended me again just in few minutes time. At 5:40, I was wide awake again. I was feeling hot!

I risked the fan, and with a screech it went about giving me cool air, but I knew nothing could get me back to sleep, it was a lost hope. I opened the windows and the balcony door of my room, looking at the depressing sky, the sun was just about to come out but the clouds hided him well. The weather was cool outside, even drizzling a little bit, so I couldn’t even go out for a morning walk. And yet I felt warm and the need of fresh air. Fresh air? I was just breathing that, what else did I want? Silently, I returned to my room and slumped down on the bean bag.

To avoid boredom anymore, I put on some slow music on my phone. I had long lost hope for any proper sleep that night. I sat there, looking outside at the beautiful rain, slowly spreading across the morning making it duller and gloomy outside, hiding the faintest signs of sun.

At 6, I made myself a cup of coffee and sat there looking outside, rain water tricking down the tree leaves, falling onto the ground, creating a small puddle.

The cute little boy.

I am the kind of person that never likes to do things alone, I mean I am not saying I will not do it if necessary but I would like some company, if there can be. For instance, if there is a new place in town and I want to try it, I would want to go with someone and not just go alone, eat and come back home. But most of the time what happens is the people you want to go out with are busy when you are free and vice versa, especially when some of them have jobs that really stick them up.

Anyways, so about not hanging around alone; I don’t like that. I mean I have gone to places, sat and ate alone, gone to a café, and had a cup of good coffee alone too, but a given a chance, I’d like the scenario where I would go out with someone, have a cup of coffee/ eat/ drink and have a good conversation, discuss future plans, talk about the funny past.

These last few days after my recent travels have been very stressful, a lot of work but then to de-stress myself, I thought I’ll call up my friend and we’d catch up. But to my sheer luck, she’d say 5:00 and I’d say 7:00 or she’d say ‘Thursday’ and I’d say ‘Saturday’. In short there was no way we could meet up now. And apart from this friend, I really do not have many people here in this town right now, that I’d like to hang out with.

So, in the late evening, I headed out to an amazing ice cream parlour here. I sat at a corner stool, ordered a ‘Naughty Nutella’ and waited impatiently. Just then I saw a small kid sit at the opposite table, along with his, what I assumed, father. Immediately, his father stood up remembering perhaps, that he should order first and then sit at leisure. His son followed too running behind him, and when we he stood beside him, the kid, panting, said, “Oh, I got tired.”

I just couldn’t help myself. I started laughing, looking at the cute little, chubby child who was tired at running about 5 to 7 steps. I immediately recovered when my ice cream was brought towards me, and inside I was screaming at myself for laughing so absurdly. I tried to just vanish away, looking almost deep down into my ice cream bowl.

“What if there was a problem with a child, and I was being insensitive?”

It must have been not more than 10 seconds when these thoughts raced in my mind, and just when I dared to look up, his father too was laughing at this ‘cutest’ child.

“Oh, really? You tired after walking 5 steps, you lazy man?”

He gave me a nod of smile, and the child too smiled embarrassingly at me. He waved at me when he was moving to his table, and just like that I was relieved, pleased to know I hadn’t damaged anything, or anyone’s feelings.

Just then, I thought, it wasn’t that bad after all to go alone and have that chocolate ice cream.

Still, given an option I’d like to drag that busy friend of mine along.