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Time: 5:50 AM- Day 1 of Thanksgiving Break
You think it’s ridiculous to be awake at this unearthly hour, especially when it’s a break- yes, I do too. But this is one in a series of awkward nights I have been having since the past week..
Tonight I got up with multiple dreams- one about some material deliveries being screwed up on the production floor at work, one about saying good-bye to a friend who was leaving Davis for good and one about Thanksgiving two years ago amidst snow and Fall-colored maple leaves!
I left the light in my room on again – goodness, I’m dreading my PG&E bill this month!
I spent $300 on this IKEA bed – why can’t I sleep !!
Anyway, no work today, so I get up, make myself a cup of white choc mocha and open my laptop.. Email checked, Facebook checked, blog updates by friends checked, NPR news checked.. Apparently, Sharad Pawar was slapped today by a Sikh guy today at some function in Delhi- it’s all over the news and Facebook and the guy is being applauded by one and all. Agreed that someone like Mr. Pawar completely deserves being treated like this- he is one of the most corrupt officials the Indian government has ever seen. But is slapping him in public going to make him control the rising prices of agricultural produce in India? No. Is he going to feel guilty and confess all his crimes to the police? Definitely not. Harvinder Singh vented out his frustration, but the result of that is a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow- go figure! It, infact, takes all the attention away from the real issues that need to be tackled and gives these politicians reason to make a mountain out of a molehill..
Talking of mountains, this Kolaveri Di song is turning out to be quite a rage in the country- I’m amazed by the amount of jokes and caricatures that people have come up with already. To be honest, it is quite an addictive song- I can totally imagine it being a hit on drunken night-outs with college friends. The Indian audience is so unpredictable- on one day, the top favorite is a song with lyrics as beautiful as- “jo bhi main, kehna chahoon, barbaad kare alfaaz mere” and the next week, “white-u skin girl-u girl-u, girl-u heart-u black-u” is rocking the charts.. Click this link for a hilarious Kolaveri 101 run-down.. While we’re on music, I have to say- I absolutely love Mohit Chauhan- I think he has the most soulful and romantic voices I’ve ever heard!
It’s weird how our work influences all other aspects of our life too. I remember, when I was doing an internship with Price Chopper (it’s a grocery store in upstate NY, like a fancier Walmart), I always called fruits and vegetables “produce” because that’s how they were classified in the warehouse. I’m a scheduler now and I just realized that every time anyone says one week, I instantly think 5 days because that’s what we use in our day-to-day calculations.. It’s not a bad thing, of course.. I love the fact that some part of my brain is always thinking about projects at work and how to handle them etc.
The seasons are changing here so fast! There was hardly a Fall and it’s Winter already. It is lightly raining outside and there are leaves all over the road- in shades of green, red and yellow- they look so beautiful! I love the holidays and the festivities associated with them- there are times when I don’t like them as much, but I still love them for the most part. Diwali, Christmas and Thanksgiving are my favorites and I cannot even choose which one I like better! Festivals to me are about lights, gifts, good food, friends and family, traditions and togetherness.
I remember, last year, this time, I was in RIT preparing for my thesis defense! Time really flies! Yesterday, two of my friends “celebrated” their pre-wedding anniversary which means that they are getting married on this day, next year! On that note, two of my best friends would be married by this time next month! Time is flying at the speed of light !! What would I be doing this time next year?!
I saw this image one day and it really formed an impression on my mind. I think I think too much! 😛 I should stop thinking and start doing. These intermittent sleepless nights have forced me to really outline the things I am doing wrong in life and what I need to change. I think I have come up with a few contenders and have taken up two projects which I hope will help me better the current situation. Let’s see how they go..
Okay, so I know I just said I’m not going to think too much anymore- but one last thought- I was talking to a friend about loneliness the other day- this girl has the most amazing lifestyle ever- a great job that she loves, a very active social life, the opportunity to pursue her passions, friends, interests that keep her motivated, financial stability- nothing terribly wrong on the face of it- and still she told me that she leads a very lonely life. Is it possible to have people around you who care about you and still feel lonely? If loneliness is a state of mind, then it probably never goes away, regardless of where you are. People compare their lives in India and the US and say that the lifestyle in the US is very lonely. But if you’re staying away from your family in India, isn’t that the same as living 3000 miles away, at least on a day-to-day basis? Yes, you’d be in the same time and geographical zone which does make communication a lot easier, but maybe it would still be a lonely existence…
Ohh I just realized today is Thanksgiving- maybe I should sign-off with a few things I am thankful for, in the spirit of the season..
For one, I am thankful for the people in my life currently- believe me, I know what being lonely is, and it is not fun. And I have come a long way from that. So yes, as I always say, people matter and I am thankful for the ones in my life.
I am thankful for great bosses- no, my boss doesn’t know I blog, but again, I have had my share of bad bosses and so I am genuinely thankful for being blessed with a brilliant one this time around!
I am thankful for change, when it is needed. And I am thankful for things staying the same when we seek comfort in the familiar.
And I am thankful for Mohit Chauhan.. :):)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂