Bye Bye 2010
Last year, same time I set some goals, jotted some experiences during farewell of my year 2009. Like every year, this year passed like a bullet, with many news bulletins to share – professional as well as personal. I will try to keep it in a flow with my share of happenings from Jan to Dec, 2010 but still it is advisable to try finding the order in my chaotic year.
January, the start of 2010 with high hopes, and resolutions. I had a great time with SRK at new year’s house party, and continued to enjoy with my colleagues, Fitness First friends and party mates. January went like a breeze of cool air with nothing much to wither or tied with tether at the very start of 2010. Oh ya! I was actually looking for a professional switch, and the process actually went slow but well. By the end of January, I was kind of sure of wishing adieu to Bangalore, and moving to Hyderabad (the place I started my career 5 years back – what goes around comes around).
February was a farewell month, as here I was in my notice period counting my days off. I was supposed to leave in Feb end to a new journey, but left in mid of March due to some professional commitments. These days, I enjoyed food, parties, and lots of final days ceremonies. And, not to forget – tons of movies (fresh and back logs) & shopping. And, yes I was a little too frequent to langars in Gurudwara.
In mid of March I joined Deloitte (Deloitte & Touché), a firm where my dreams are supposed to be framed, and the thrust driven enough on a nitro boost. Oh my dear March, I spent the most of you in learning, trainings and welcome programs. Difficult to believe, but I for the first time was wearing formals 4 days a week. Last 5 years, in all the companies (product based) I could wear anything, as long as my mind is sharp enough to reflect my ideas in code & scripts. But, this new frontier made me a suited man, from a bermuda boy (I wonder if this responsible “looking” formal attitude paved the way to what happened in July).
Unbelievable but true – I walked the ramp just after joining the firm. For the first time my height being complemented apart from Basket Ball player expectations. There was a show and I had an amazing opportunity to participate, even though I was 15 days ‘new born’ baby in this firm. Thanks to amazing people – Nikita (you are so sweet), Ankita (an awesome pal), Anu Mathew (great & generous talking machine). That was an amazing experience, and what can be better for social networking in your firm, than being a part of awesome party to begin with.
April and May were quiet quite and more of the victims to Soda Pop Fizz (SPF) syndrome where the fizz subsided, and the sweet irony of life came through – Work + Work + Work. So, I have no such memory which can fail to fall under the NDA & confidential documents I signed. Shh .. No Comments. Apart from the hushes of professional life, I had a great time with a new pal – Anil Sahoo. A very strange guy with some hobbies a match, and some are just uff! There were times when we were looking for flats, houses etc. – the same old story of a new place.
Oh June, I have to separate you from other months just because you are my B’Day month. Yes, apart from all happenings of professional and personal fronts, I had this single day of June where I was born again (not like a phoenix, but surely a resurrection). I enjoyed at home with a small party at Shanghai Chef inviting Alka, Isha, Bhumi, Anu. And then a strange party with two friends and some “masseuses”. It was a strange party that crashed pretty early due to shortage of liquids. But overall, the day went smooth and fine. I had a relaxed day :)
July – The month that changed my life. A new chapter to my the book of my existence was being written. 18th July, I went to meet a girl – a girl my parents selected, and were kind of confident that I will approve her too. And, things went smooth. She was (even “is”) pretty, caring, respecting and humble, understanding … The one, that can accept me to be her husband. We had a long conversation and I dropped her home late in night. I could witness a smile of approval on her face which means the decision was pending on my side. As with any bubbly young birds, we chirped long hours, wee times, and after 48 hours – I agreed on changing the course of my life, and sharing it with her. It may not be love at first site but in some hours – Yes! it was magical feeling that pulled me.
Now, a new chapter was being written and will continue to be a part of my life till this life leaves apart. Every single month was adding chills to the spine, shiver to the heart, anxiety etc. A mixture with uneven quantities of fizzes and fuzzes generating sparks of curiosity and warmth of togetherness. August went like I don’t even remember. I checked my watch and it was already September. Or may be I was too eagerly waiting for September, that August just flew by waving a hand, but not holding it too long.
September 5th was not only the Teacher’s day, but the day I had to exchange a ring with her. Yes, it was the day of our engagement, and rejoice of ending our bachelorhood. Oh now I remember, August went in selecting our rings too – more you see, more you get confused. As goes with stereotype myth of arranged marriages (expecting a nervousness), nothing happened with a dull, nervous face. On the contrary, everyone were so excited, sparked & charged up. We were gossiping all the way even on the throne of our kingdom! Pity on the cameraman, and videographer that they had to adjust so much. But anyways, it was a feeling I can’t express in words as the words are limited to vocabulary (love, happy, very happy etc. most awesome), but the feeling was beyond it. So, its better I should tie the feelings in the threads of words.
October, the month of love and friends. I just remember the happiness I had post engagement and being teased by people. It’s a strange feeling, with blushes on face, butterflies inside you, goose bumps every now and then. It is magical. Mr. Shakespeare surely should have framed a word for it, if he ever felt it. Let me call this RR feeling (Rishi-Rhea). I may sound like a bird chirping a typical romantic movie but these dialogue writers haven’t left anything for us to show & say. What can I do? I can keep on writing and jotting when it comes to what I feel being in love, being engaged, being the lucky one to find my better half. So, if you need more information, please look into my eyes. Period.
In parallel to the happenings in my personal life, the professional life was going a little bit topsy-turvy (may be coz I was busy opening the doors to a new life & a new beginning). I met many new people in the office and/or in Hyderabad whom I can hold close to me in the years to come. The acquaintances varied from striking a “Hi-Hello” deal on a road just like that, or a party or even an office training. But, the memories are sweet and great. These are the people that shield you in harsh times, hold you if falling apart, lift you when drowning, comfort you when life nails you and I have been lucky to find some of them. They are my pride in all the strides of life. Befitting the logo – Neighbors’ envy, owner’s pride.
A special mention of 3 amazing friends who were bestowed in my life during this phase of love sail – Tanu, Sirisha (See-Saw) & Siddharth. This doesn’t keep the rest at bay, as they are still the very much part of my charisma but I mentioned them for the very important moments they have shared with me. Tanu (my local guardian – a silent hush hush), Sirisha (a human who can reside on cacao tree and feed on the seeds – a confused yet declarative soul), Siddharth (the network, networking guy). They are more than my colleagues, my pals.
November, the month I have been waiting for. The month, I hummed the marriage vows. The month started with shopping sprees, party invites etc. And, why not? It’s my wedding, and everyone is invited. Me and my fiancée went on shopping for wedding dresses, reception dresses, bookings, farmhouse decorations, and perhaps everything that is involved in wedding parties. We were the bride and groom, we were the event managers, we were the hosts, and we were the dancing couple. The D-Day was 18th November, our wedding day (mark it for wishing us at the anniversary) and 19th being the day to party and share the happiness with many more people. To be short and precise – all in all, a rocking time, a great feeling and 2 weeks of togetherness with friends, families, relatives and many more. A season of flowers, dance, laughs and joys all clubbed and gifted in my life in a single month. That’s what I call a happy life. The later days of November, we spent as a couple. A couple holding hands in all thick and thins of life. A couple who may have their share of disagreements, but still firmly holding on each other. A couple who are not tied in the bond of marriage, but rather don’t want to leave each other in the tides of life. A relationship raised on acceptance of ‘as we are’, making it the perfect bonding without expecting us to be the perfect beings.
December, the last month of the year. A time to party as a token of thanks for a great year I had. We had a great time with friends at a house party. Thanks to Tanu, Sirisha, Naveli, Alka, Isha and Nikita for their amazing presence. You rocked the day and we all felt good.
In all smooths of ongoing times, one sudden day, something came as a jolt. She has to leave me here, and go back to complete her internship. She had to go back to her native place, and complete the clinic schedules. I was surely depressed, but I tried not to let it effect her shifting, as that will make her feel worse. My job is to neutralize the negativity, to be smiling and accepting it. Smiling to comfort her, assure her that I will take care of myself but yet she will be missed from the depths of heart.
And during these times, I finally paid a visit to Bangalore to meet the old missed friends (Sujit, Danya, Havisha, Abhishek, Sini, Krish, Ram …). Here it was – 3 days spent in parties, travelling, and food extravaganzas. Amazing time it was, and I wish to thank everyone for taking out time to flourish the old memories & fragrances. The last week of December, and I am all set to have the year ending party trying to fix somewhere half-heartedly. My wife, my love is not with me. I felt bad.
The door-bell rings, and there she is! Oh-my-God she surprised me, and I am standing speechless without a wink or a blink. She travelled all the way to spend new year with me. I am honored, I am heavy hearted with emotions, and light hearted to see the one who can feel it. Thanks my love, and the magic wand was again on my head doing it’s marvels.
2010, an year full of surprises – professional and personal. An year that changed my life in many ways. An year that made me a better human, a better man, a good friend and a lucky husband. As with every year, this love filled year comes to an end too, and with my love with me .. a new year sprouts out. Welcome 2011. I wish everyone, nears and dears, the ones who love me and the ones who envy me – A very happy new year with a warm hug. Wish you all the happiness, success and may you have the best of health and life this year. Amen!
I have had my share of good and bad experiences. Don’t feel like I have only had happiness served in my platter of life. My meal was assorted too, some spicy and some sweet. I just forgive the bad times, and responsible circumstances and/or people and then prefer to forget the forgiven.
I have shared the experiences which I remember “now”, and may have missed many which made me smile, made me laugh at certain times. This doesn’t mean they don’t matter, or haven’t been appreciated. If I could, I would have preferred to jot every moment I experienced in last 365*24*60*60 seconds of my 2010.
I love you all and forgive me if I missed you here. It simply means, I still miss you.