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Saturday, 17 September 2011


You know, am kind of a person who learns things by observing people around me!! be it friends,relatives,cousins,aged,even the drivers of buses i daily travel in or the simple corn-walla!! i don't know why,but as long as i can remember my mom yelling at me for the mistakes i have committed, i would just nod my head and say yes,without understanding the deeper love and concern and most of all, the hidden meaning or story in every mistake or suggestion!! little did i realize that grinding theories into my head is not my cup of tea!! when i was a little girl, spending my summery holidays in my grandma's place, our neighbors had an old watchman called salim-bhai!! i still don't understand the concept of old people guarding homes or organizations!!! anyways, he was a jolly-good fellow!! he was short,white bearded and a toothless smile worth putting up for the close-up ad!! he was deaf,so i learnt the sign language from him..he used to come daily on his old cycle and guard the house and also ours!! the best part was his singing!! he used to sing songs for my aunt, whenever she used to offer him a cup of tea... he used get dramatic and dance and sing with all his heart till he turned pink!! i was totally floored by his cheerfulness,be it good or bad,he always had the 1000-watt smile plastered on his face!! sometimes,i insisted that would give him tea,hoping he would sing me a song!! but he never did.. instead, she used to mumble some praises for me...i couldn't understand a thing.then time passed,my summer holidays grew into summer coaching classes in school, and life moved on... salim bhai left the job owing to his age... he never said a word to me about life, never philosophized about anything but still,he touched my heart,somewhere along the line i got my positive attitude from him,no matter what,smile always!! and i love him for that...he taught me punctuality,importance of time...he taught me that you don't have to be perfect to be happy!! similarly, even my vegetable seller was a frail,old man. he used to come bang on time of our lunch and my grandma used to complain!! in that few minutes of our barter-system, he used to inquire about my school and friends and stuff and even offered me raw mangoes once in a while, he somehow knew i  loved them!! even today,when i see him, nothing has changed!! he still offers me raw mangoes...again, relationship keeping from him...its funny how you trust people you hardly know and completely believe them!! then there was a cloth-seller who used to come on his cycle every two months with cotton materials on his cycle... he used to pick out the perfect colour  and design for me and narrating stories of his village... calling my baby, he used to sometimes just spin out stories to scare me if i was not eating my vegetables or didn't pay interest...looking back now, there are a lot of people who i owe my nature to... i try to learn patience from the cloth seller who religiously took out all the materials and if we didnt like any of them,put them back on without any complaint.. trying to learn the desire for knowledge from grandpa who still has a million questions a day!!!lol...trying to learn to love your work no matter small or huge from salim bhai... and trying to learn to irritate people like my neighbor's 2 year old son..ha..ha..well, that's all for today, will learn to shorten things like my friends do...:):):) but this blog is dedicated to all those people who indirectly have taught me some basic values and integrity!! thanku guys...will miss you...:):)


  1. nicely written.......can you please give me salim bhai's number.......btw you don't require to shorten things like your friends do u are doing great.......

  2. I loved what you wrote...and its actually true that we learn a lot from ppl around us...
    and yes, dont shorten up things...its better this way...
    Do join me and share ur experiences on