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Dawn over Abu Dhabi, on the way back
Dawn over Abu Dhabi, on the way back

I returned from India

It was an unplanned trip, to attend to a family matter. Most of it was very boring. The smog kept me indoors, so couldn’t go for long walks. I’m off TV, so no time to waste there either, and I have no friends left in Karnal to go visit.

Reading was my only escape. I read Anita & Me, and Sapiens, and re-read a bit of Thinking fast and slow. Also read 3 issues of The Economist. Separately, read a 100+ articles in Instapaper.

I even had time to update the AcceleReader for Instapaper Chrome extension with a new feature, despite working on a really slow internet connection.

I met old friends

The visit did end on an exciting note though. On the evening before the flight, I met up with my friends from undergrad for dinner.

I had no clue what to expect. These were the people with whom I spent most, if not all, of my first 3 years of college. And yet I hadn’t seen, or spoken, to most of them in last 5-7 years.

I’ve long believed that friendship is just a bunch of shared experiences. Friendships are kept alive by creating these experiences, or reliving them. What sort of friendship would it be when we haven’t even met or spoken for better part of a decade, and not created shared experiences for even longer?

I’ll just say, I’ll need to revisit (refine?) my understanding of friendship a bit. Continue reading In other news…

Guardian of my galaxy

My boy is so good. Dunno how I’ll survive in this wicked world without him.

He just defended the house from a pigeon who dared to sit on the conservatory roof.

That was 15 mins after defending Dudley from the blue van lady who was trying to steal him (Ds day care pickup 😂)

All this hard work in just first 30 mins of being awake.

So much work! No wonder he’s always tired and sleeping!

It’s 2 minutes past midnight, and everyone has already been asleep for a while. Except me.

I had a productive day. Say down to work after breakfast, and except for a late lunch, and to pick up lil R from the station, didn’t move till dinner.

Gorda and Chewie had a good day though. They went for what looked like a happy walk in the sunshine. He got to play with his neighbourhood friend, Soham, in the evening. She got to do stuff she likes to do -clean and arrange stuff, and then chat with lil R.

I was in front of a monitor almost all this time.

Now all three are deep asleep, while I plot tomorrow’s actions. Tail runner at the Guildford parkrun in the morning. Hopefully, some Eggs Benedict for breakfast later, then a few hours of work, and maybe another run in the evening.

Given that Gorda let me work in peace all day today, it seems quite likely that I’ll get none of the above tomorrow, other than the park run. Wouldn’t be a bad day either way ☺


P.S.: just about a week remaining to Brighton Marathon, for which I’m woefully under prepared. Trying to drown myself in work, love, fights and TV to keep my mind off it 😦

Listening to a playlist of about 20 songs…

Listening to a playlist of about 20 songs while working. The only time I get stuck is when these few lines come up once every while.

Ma ne khat me kya likha tha
  Jee tu jug jug ye likha tha
Chaar pal bhi jee naa paaya tu

Yaaron se nazrein mila le
  Ek baar tu muskura de
Uth jaa saale yun satata hai kyun

Dunno if it’s me missing Ma, missing friends back home, missing home, or just the actual words used. Need to delete the song from playlist if I wish to continue working without getting any more senti… :(

A literal translation of the lyrics for my non-Hindi speaking readers:

What did Mom say in her letter?
  Have a long life, she said
But you didn’t even live for 4 moments.

Look into friends’ eyes
  Smile once
Get up bastard, why do you bugger us so..

Context: One of 3 close friends living in a hostel is seriously ill and the other two are praying/singing for him to recover.

Song: Jaane nahin denge from the movie 3 idiots