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The Pictures

So my little expedition has some good parts too, and that I am going to show with the unprofessional photos here.

The foodie me will definitely start with the photos of the deliciousness.

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And now comes all the traditional Gujarati accessories, Of course I wouldn’t return without getting something from it.

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The beautiful lake.

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Some pictures from the zoo.

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Birds giving me all kinds of poses

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Some garba dancing to the beats of water drum

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Because it was dear cousin’r birthday: (Or we just needed a reason :-p)
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Me twirling around:

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Well, there is always certain kind of madness with us-

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And yet, I am happy that I am back, in time for Diwali.

 

 

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A tragicomedy: a play in 12 days.

“To (be able to) laugh at our misery is the only way we have found of coming to terms with it.”

 

Day 1:

Hey, so when are you planning to come?

What for?

Dude, I am getting engaged! We are having a grand party here. You have to be here. Don’t give me any reasons.

I know and I will be there, just send me the dates, and I’ll let you know how can I arrange things. I wouldn’t want to miss it for anything.

Day 2:

I will reach right before the day of your engagement. This is all I could do in such short notice. My work is all jammed up and any day before that would be really difficult. (And expensive)

Okay, no problem! All that matters is you’d be here on that day. You are my only girl, babe!

Day 3:

Since I am going so far I might as well visit my brother. He has just gone to this new city, and a surprise wouldn’t harm anyone. I think he’d be glad.

Day 4:

The stay extends up to a week long, making me return after Raksha Bandhan. What best gift for my brother than a surprise visit on this day?

Day 5:

Buying of gifts for this pretty “bride to be” and my brother.

Day 6:

Trying to finish all the work, literally all the work that could not wait for a week, and also everything that couldn’t be done by anyone else instead of me! And believe me the list went on.

Day 7:

A little bit of shopping for myself.  I wouldn’t want to look like someone not invited to that grand celebration of that lovely couple.

Day 8:

The rain persists.

Day 9:

Doubt of plans.

Day 10:

I am sorry darling; I don’t think I can make it on time. There is water everywhere. The streets are flooded, roads are jammed, there is barely any movement. The officials have warned everyone around not to get out of the house unless very urgent. The airport is almost submerged, and even if the flight takes off there are pretty chances that they’d land me on some other city altogether, if the situation worsens. I don’t think I can manage so much hassle now. It is really difficult to travel so far now.

Why do you stay so far?

I know, I understand but this is clearly not in my hands, it is an act of god. (Pleading my case as if in a court.)

I don’t know you have to be here. You always have reasons.

When have I last made a reason?

I don’t know, you have to be here.

I wish I knew how to swim, I would then surely be there. (I risked a joke.)

Okay, you don’t want to come, don’t come then, even I won’t attend your engagement.

Seriously, I wish I could come; it’s really not in my hands. After such disastrous delayed flights even my parents wouldn’t want me to travel. I am sending you the picture of airport, tell me if you still want me to come.

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Okay, I got to go now; I am getting a call from ‘him’.

Okay, take care babe; I am really sorry that I am not able to come. (Oh God, what about the money that I wasted on booking tickets and now cancelling it?)

Day 11:

Back to work, which I think I completed in advance. (Oh wow, for the first time running ahead of the deadline.)

Day 12:

Writing this and trying to get her to receive my call!

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My brother being the only one who did not know what was to happen, and what never happened! (Saved, I guess from all the extra drama!)

And that’s how …#10 (Finale)

I just couldn’t leave the same day. Not after everyone bidding us adieu. I simply could not pack my bags again and leave the very day and separate from Miss. B and Miss. R too. So I decided to stay the another day. At least one more day with them. And hence the three girls had a gala time. A girly day with a little shopping spree, movies and all the street food. Food is the best part, right?

 

The day just went by, in a flicker. How can time fly so fast, I mean really, how?

 

And that’s how I left, aloof from everyone. It wasn’t the end though. I was not travelling home. I was travelling to yet another city, four hours away towards east. I have some work there and then finally I will be home.

 

It was time to leave all the fun time behind and get serious about work. I had two back to back scheduled meetings each day. And I had no idea when those two days just flew by and it was time again to travel.

 

By then I was so exhausted that I just wanted to reach home magically. But as I was so, so far away from home that if I traveled by train it could take me more than 36 hours to reach home. And my luck, I did have to travel by train leaving me even more frustrated and exhausted. Not so much fun anymore, right? Specially for a person like me who hates trains. But what could I do except to succumb to it and be stuck in that train for 36 hours.

 

I was left there in the train, missing my brother. My vacation ended and the reality hit back hard. All the fun ended and it was time for routine work.

 

And that’s how I traveled from Jamshedpur to- Kolkata- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Rajkot- Banugar- Jamnagar- Morbi and then finally back to Jamshedpur. I had the taste of the big city as well as the smallest village, the peace and the havoc, I stressed on work and had the time to enjoy myself too. It was all an excellent experience.

 

A time worth seizing. A lot of memories gathered.

And that’s how …#9

We woke in the afternoon. Yes we were so tired and drenched after the late night/ early morning party that we slept till 1 o’ clock in the afternoon. Everyone was still tired and had no intention of waking up, hence making Miss. B play her usual smart card. She switched on the gardening pipe and sprayed all of us with the cold water. Everyone was wide awake now. And then started the game of playing with water.

 

No one remained dry, everyone was sweated in that cool water during the hot afternoon, Mr. R, Miss. B, Miss. R, Mr. B, Mr. H, my brother, every single one of us. Oh my God! We did not leave any chance to enjoy and have a blast with each other. We danced and we sang with that artificial rainfall and no one realised that, that beautiful morning awaited a sad ending.

 

We played till 2 o’ clock and then each one of us rushed to the bath rooms. And we all were seated for lunch at 2:30.

 

We did the little packing of my brothrr and Mr. R post lunch and we killed some time clicking last pictures with each other. And then the clock struck 5.

 

Miss. R, me, my brother and Mr. R, we all left with their bags, even Mr. H decided to leave then. We reached to the bus stop and were all so nostalgic that no spoke until the bus’ horn went on. It was ready to leave.

 

Unwillingly, we ushered their luggage into the trunk and they settled on their seats after the final good bye. The bus left but we waited for Mr. H’s bus and then even he left leaving behind me and Miss. R. Honestly even her presence made me feel so, so good right then. In fact I felt the ice already melting. Our relationship warmed up in those two days. And that’s how my brother and Mr. R left us. Mr. R back to his work and my brother to his college.

 

PS: He got into the college that he interviewed for and they gave him instant joining. And he just left me. I had no chance, even to digest the news that my baby brother will not live with me anymore. I did not even realise that when I left for my vacation, that I would not find him at home when I return.

And that’s how …#7

Somehow I landed up with the amount of time to think about ‘The thing’ post the long interview of my brother and the extended wait, the travel and meeting the other people.  It was actually nothing and yet a lot of thing for me. It was something that was related to Miss. R and now that I was at her place it was more difficult not to think about it.  What exactly, even I don’t know. It all started with a bad incident followed by a lot of dramatic issues. It was literally nothing but grew to something really serious, an extremely bad experience, some really harsh words spoken on her side. I never repeated them, as I never had the courage to speak something so piercing. I know, words spoken stay with us, they can never be taken back.

 

Miss. R behaved as if nothing had ever happened, so I took the same road too. Why dig out old matters, right? I thought it to be rather easy but it turned out to be more complicated despite everything I put in  to forget  the past and be normal. And you know, what? I did. I succeeded.

 

From then on it became quite easy to mingle with even Miss. R. The only problem was that I know that I will never forget those hard words. Only, I can learn to live with it.

 

So all of us together. It was a once in a blue moon kind of thing. And we were pretty sure that we would have a great time.

 

And that’s how I realised that sometimes, forgetting the past or at the least leaving it in the past is the best thing to do. But I will somehow still remember the ‘past’.

And that’s how …#6

I had no time in the morning to even think about all the Mr and Miss’ so as soon as I woke up in the morning I rushed to get ready and woke my brother up. Everything planned changed since then. My brother was to come directly today but he surprised me yesterday and so everything has to be rescheduled.

 

I could have flown home right after I completed my work but I stayed only to be with my brother. Today, his college scheduled an interview for him and he has been really tensed regarding it and hence I had decided to be with him on this day. The interview was at 11 but the tensed me dragged him to the office at 10:30.

 

We were already impatient and restless by 11 o’ clock. Still we remained seated hoping only we would get it done with. All the Mr and Miss’ were at home chit chatting, waiting for us. Time ticked by and our restlessness increased by every second.

11:30….

12:00…….

12:30……..

1:30…………

2:30…………..

3:00… and the interviewer called him in.

 

Waiting for so long had already drained our energy and patience. All we wanted then, was to get it done with. And as soon as we were done with it, we rushed home. The interview had lasted only 15 minutes but had taken us our entire morning to mid day. I mean does someone even realise how much patience it must have required to wait for so, soo long? I mean, 4 hours. What happened to all the value being given to time?

 

Anyways after this long tiresome event, we went home and ate something. It was a really exhausting day and there had been no time to even think of all the unwanted matters.

 

In the evening all of us, Mr. R, my brother and everyone else decided to travel another two hours westwards, to Miss R’s place. And this was the thing that I was trying to avoid.

 

But I think I had to deal with it.

 

We reached her place by 9 and were greeted, real pleasingly. Her parents were waiting for us, and I being honest I can never believe their hospitality.

 

And that’s how I realised that it was time I left things behind now.

And that’s how …#5

Today was even interesting. I must say with each passing day I am enjoying my trip to the fullest. Today was no exception and yet an ultimate day. But I guess it all has come to an end rather very shortly. I could do with few more days, but I think I  have to be satisfied now.

 

So, what happened today? Well, the day was going by smoothly enough until the evening. We had a planned schedule, we thought we had one more day to ourselves and then we will go to our respective works the next day. We both had important scheduled meetings the next day. And then we’d leave. The trip would end.

 

But my dear Mr. R did have surprises. It was so unexpected that for a while I remained stuck to the ground, stunned.

 

We were there sitting in the lawn, sipping tea and I suggested going on a walk. But he wouldn’t budge. It was absolutely against his nature and then something weird happened. He just smiled and left, went upstairs and shut himself in the room. When I followed him, he came out of the room as if nothing was cryptic. He simply said, “I am not in the mood to go out today.”

 

And hence I opened my book and started reading my current novel. It was after only ten minutes that  I heard a car barging towards out door and pushing the horn to its extent. We both rushed to our door. Mr. R was smiling widely, picking up the bags from the trunk, welcoming everyone and I was the one remained frozen, stunned, knowing not how to react.

 

Mr. H, Mr. B, Miss. B, Miss. R and Mr.T were all exuberant and ecstatic. Even my brother was with them. How, Why? I had no idea. After the moment of surprise passed even I was extremely happy. I had no idea, no words how to express what I was feeling. And so I just smiled and welcomed them all into our house.

 

And that’s how our gang  was back with a bang that day.

 

But I defroze soon and we went on bike rides in the cool, calm air, enjoying the empty streets, and the sudden come back of all of us together.

 

I was happy, I really was but there was one thing at the back of my mind constantly hitting on me. I have no idea what am I to do of that particular matter. How am I going to deal with all of this.

 

I thought I was on a work vacation but now this? How am I to deal with this now???