We will be shifting out of our current flat at the end of the month. Still haven’t gotten a new place lined up yet. As the time draws nearer, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic about this house which has been home for the past year. So being the ‘list’ person that I am, thought I’d list a few things down of what this place has meant to me and the memories that have become attached to this place:
- I have been flashed more times than I’d care to remember in this house!
- I have done more clean-up jobs in this house than I do back home….
- I threw a lot of things around…very good therapy!
- Worked from home…
- Got through my entrance exams…
- Celebrated my birthday in the best way last year….sleeping (really really needed to sleep).
- Enjoyed a few glasses of Goa wine sent with love from Goa!
- Alcha Bura and Hector came into my life…
- Went to class, returned from class and slept on those precious My Notes!
- Enjoyed the wonders of Slice of Italy, Republic of Chicken, The Rai, Flipkart and Infibeam all from the comfort of my own home….hmmmmmmmm.
- Cried some more.
- Laughed even louder.
- Had plenty of tea parties! (will miss you, our high-flying, soon-to-be New Yorker!)
- Had a slumber party with friends before any of us had moved in! The house was plain, bare, mosquito-ridden, only one mat for four of us but it was the best slumber party ever!
- Fought and argued.
- Kissed and made-up…
- Seen high drama and pathetic low’s…
- Started a blog.
- Started my MPhil…
- Lost over Rs. 400 playing cards…good sobering lesson….
- Lost a grand total of 4 earphones, one cellphone charger, one USB cable, internet cables, two pairs of flats, one pair of floaters, one Puma shoe, one laptop charger (thankfully repaired with black tape!), one Bible, one leather wallet, one pillow, one lovely black sling bag, one clothes rack which has gone rusty thanks to incessant chewing, one plant, a Rs. 10 note, three bamboo mats (nearly threadbare due to chewing, again) and still counting! Phew….
As you can see, this house holds a year’s worth of memories. Some of them have been crazy, some have been happy and some have been totally ‘ughhh’ but all memorable. I will miss this place and the shelter it provided, the meeting point it served as and the final departure point it will be at the of the month. I know it’s just a house move but for me, it means so much more. It’s a new beginning, a new chapter and a time to wrap up these memories in a neat little box and put them aside for a while. Then when some time has passed, you can take them out again for later perusals and look back on them with an incredulous smile and laugh about it….
Thank you to this home and God bless to the next tenants!
Today has been one of those days that start out very bland and then end on a sweet note! >_< Corny? Absolutely!
Not feeling that great, got up thinking and debating about whether I should go to class. Two options lay before me: go to class but possibly fall asleep in front of everyone or walk away at the end not having learnt anything due to my inability to stay awake OR stay home, rest, do something about my throat and try and catch up on readings etc. The second option was what I chose in the end, only to discover that classes had been cancelled! Relief but short-lived as I had missed my seminar. So what did I learn from that? Even when it seems like you got everything you wanted your way, if you wait for a moment and let the dust settle from your ‘woohoo’ dance, you’ll see you didn’t get it ALL.
But the entire day didn’t turn out a loss as a cleaning frenzy gripped me and I went to work (after a long nap in the afternoon), determination seizing every fibre of my being. So I cleaned, cleaned and cleaned some more. What did I learn from that? It doesn’t actually take much time or effort to clean your house and I actually enjoy cleaning! o_O
We had guests over and that turned out to be quite fun. One guest in particular was gracious enough to actually bring chicken and cooked for us!!! Thank you very much sensei! It was a night of catching up, exchanging info and woes (housing to be exact) and being ‘enlightened’ further about the undiscovered history of the Dimasa people of the Cachar Hills. What did I learn from this event? There is a fine line between getting together with friends, having people over and drop-in’s. The first can be fun and enjoyable but it runs the danger of becoming very shallow and superficial and sometimes unfulfilling. The second can give you palpitations of the heart! with concerns over the logistics of the whole thing and can feel very orchestrated. The third, I guess is what I like the best. It’s not pre-planned and often nothing grand. It starts with a spontaneous idea entering your head and you call up a friend and say ‘hey, i’m coming over’ and if the ‘forces that be’ are on your side that day, the hopeful response is ‘sure’! A little bit of food, sometimes just snacks and a few dashes to the store nearby to get stuff and suddenly you’re having ‘conversations’, enjoying each others company etc. So, sometimes it’s the unplanned meetings, the ‘communions’ unsought for that are the fondest, most enriching and most fulfilling moments between friends and people.
Reading a bit from Valerie Hansen’s ‘The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600′. What did I learn from reading that? Legalists of China hated dwelling on the past and ‘ritual for ritual’ sake. Hmmmm, food for thought. Also, sadly, great men are hard to find. I type this in relation to what I read about Minister Shang Yang from the Qin period and how his reforms brought about incredible wealth and strength to the Qin kingdom. The whole point of ‘great’ people, I guess, is that they are rare and very few and far between. It’s a sad misconception that ‘greatness’ is only meant for some. Everyone is meant for it, the problem lies in the fact that: some don’t believe it at all, some believe it but are too afraid to do anything about it and still some believe it and rely only on that knowledge and nothing else to get by. If only everybody could embody the greatness that was meant for them and I mean, good kind of greatness not the kind that turns you into monsters, dictators, orchestrator of mass violence etc. etc. but the kind of greatness which benefits all and serves all, then what a world this place could be! But then maybe none of us would have our names written on any monuments or history books but that’s ok by me, it’s a very small price to pay. ^_^
Well, I promised more pics of our pets and there are some more. The shots of our pets were done in the same day, the ‘fauna’ and gardens were done on different days. Still waiting for Milky to bring her kittens out! But her overgrown ‘son’ cracks me up, he just wants to be carried and cuddled ALL the time!