Saturday, January 26, 2013
The last 3 days have passed by in a whirl---in many ways these have been introspective,ruminative and in parts very enjoyable!!Getting rid of many old things adds a new slant to one's perspectives--and sometimes clears some old,addictive Cobwebs.In my case sifting through old stuff, drawers I usually hesitated to look through has left me feeling mentally lighter and physically tired but not unhappy.The result has helped me remove a lot of Clutter---and let's be honest---left me loads of Space to store new Stuff---which I won't for I like the feeling of having additional Space!!!
In Mumbai, Space is at a premium--and today's Flats come with a lot of built in features--which they have recently incorporated into their Floor Plans.That is why we had to resort to various kinds of ruses to store stuff---going vertically higher seemed the only solution!!In all these upper Drawers--very hard to reach without a ladder----a lot of stuff found it's way and because it was out of sight it became forgotten and proceeded to collect several layers of Dust and just rusting away!!On Thursday I opened two such drawers---and came across a collection of my old Steel Utensils? which I had salted away because in actuality though these had outlived their usefulness--but I just couldn't bring myself to throw away!!!Well the final outcome was that all these got thrown out--and the Space got taken up with Stuff I need on a day to day basis.This includes a collection of Magic Mop Fabrics---which Sudhir and I had bought in L.A. a few years back for Vanita to swab the Floor with daily!!Well finally Vanita has it--and the look she beamed at me while telling me how good it was to use showed me that it was Money well spent!!!
Another new Routine we are trying to set is our Walking Routes.Previously we'd go round and round our Building Complex--a necessary but irritating prospect.To complete 1 km. we had to walk around our Complex 5 times---this was a route that Sudhir had driven around to get me the exact measurement----and mentally exhausting after a while as the large number of Rounds tired us out--while not really clocking up much Mileage!!Since Thursday evening 3-4 of us have finally taken our courage in our hands and struck out a beautiful Park on the Sea shore nearby--30 minutes of walking at an even pace gets us there and we sit there enjoying the view of the Arabian Sea and the refreshing Breeze for about 20-30 minutes before starting back home.In another 30 minutes we are back home--recharged and refreshed.The only drawback--it's boring to do it alone because that is when the length of the entire Walk gets to one!!Let's just hope it becomes a Routine--doing it even 4 times a week would be sufficient!!
Today has been a mix of Nostalgia and Memories--as it was our National holiday--our 64th Republic Day!!Since childhood it had been my dearest wish to attend this Event personally--but somehow it never came to pass.Now since 1983 this Event gets televised--and since day one of it's being made available I've never missed a single telecast!!Sudhir would just shake his head at me helplessly as I sat there---- crying copiously into the various Handkerchieves he kept handing me---the huge flood of Pride that swept over me literally making me weep!!Last uyear I just could not face this---so I took off for Kolhapur--along with Ritu and Kunda---to spend the long Weekend there!!Today I decided not to run--and collecting a few Napkins next to me sat down and watched the whole Telecast once more.It was painful but it also was self educating as well.It taught me that there is no place on Earth where I can go--leaving my Memories behind--I just have to stand my ground and face my fears--and today I did manage to do that.
So I watched---and wept--both out of Sorrow and Pride---the former for the Vacuum in my Life and the latter because it felt so proud to see the show of Strength that India set forth!!As always it is these few lines that incapsulate my vision for my Country from a song by Allama Iqbal written in pre-Independent India.The words are truly inspiring and if we learn to live by what they tell us--nothing and no one can stop our Progress!!The last Verse of the Song "Saarey Jahaansey Achha Hindostaan Hamaara"--teaches us about Religious Tolerance and Brotherhood and says this----
"Mazhab nahin sikhaataa Aapas mein Bair rakhnaa(2)
Hindi hain Hum(2) Watan hai Hindostaan Hamaaraa
Saarey Jahaansey Achha Hindostaan Hamaara
Hum Bul Buley hain Isskey yeh Gulsitaan Hamaara!!"