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Friday, April 22, 2005


Come with me..
To strange lands with familiar scents,
We will find the treasures we once sought in places we knew all but too well.

Come ...
and we will find lost desires,
buried deep in the moist soil under the shade of the green lushness.

Gloomy Friday. Clouds dampening the joy of the end of the good week. Every minute seems to stretch out to eternity. The very opposite of a Monday minute.

Bunty Aur Babli. Bollywood's latest offering. I loved the songs. I loved most of all the title. Puts a smile on my face right away. Its unassuming. The very un-coolness of the two names makes it so very interesting. Every Indian must know a bunty or a babli. "Pet names" not nick names in India are soo common. Everyone has a pet name. And that name sticks to them all through their life. And is used not just by family but often by the entire neighborhood. And is upheld by most people with great pride.

Which reminds me of the immense joy it brings me when my mom comes online and my messenger blinks "Raga". Or when my darling sis comes online and it screams "Raggiee.. Laddoo". Similarly Sammy, Viddiee, Revaa, Siya, Jachi, Badda... all babbliings of baby talk that become part of our identity, our relationships, and assertion of deep love hence forms of endearing addresses.

Remember K3G ? I don't blame anyone for not remembering. Quite a forgettable movie. But kajol in that movie.. the loud dancing punjabi from chandni chowk... ? I met a woman exactly like her. Not the least bit inhibited. Talking in hindi in a punjabi accent. Talking in English in an american accent. Very annoying at first you slowly realize that she has a big warm heart and no ill intentions in her non stop chatter. Grown up in a overprotective environment.. breaking into a jig at the smallest excuse.. loudly singing punjabi songs.."angrez ban gaya hai mera beta.." she says as she caters to her son's demand of pancakes over parathas for dinner. I can imagine her being a Babli at home.

Snehi for a long time wanted to be called "Bubbles", I cant imagine why. But honest to God she did and she did try insisting but gave up eventually. But she has always addressed her boyfriends by equally annoying names. "Bubbles" is getting married a week. Thinking about it I am overwhelmed with emotion. My dearest friend of 15 years...I wish I could have been there. We I guess never really grew up for each other until the moment I actually saw her wedding invitation in my inbox signed off as come soon and my husband and I will be waiting to see you. Boyfriend..Fiance.. all fine. Husband ..... :-) I smile and I know that Snehi to me is not just Snehi now , Snehi is now Snehi and Atit. And from that instant on I love him as much.

Come....
Time will stand still held by the setting sun,
The winds with hold their breath and the waves will pause in anticipation
Deep in the music of that silence,
We will find the answers to all the questions we never asked.






3 Comments:

  • Well, meet the one person who has never had a nickname in life and is quite happy about it!

    Originally @ Apr 22, 2005 17:10 PST

    By Anonymous Parth Y Pandya, at 4:09 PM  

  • Probably you'd like to read how someone else expressed it. I know you wont be there to feel this way but still --
    http://crazypiyu.blogspot.com/2005/02/memorabl e-wedding.html#comments

    -- Akshaya

    Originally @ Apr 24, 2005 00:54 PST

    By Anonymous Akshaya, at 4:09 PM  

  • Hmmmm... it made me feel really really sad that I am going to miss it...

    Originally @ Apr 25, 2005 16:55 PST

    By Anonymous Who else !, at 4:10 PM  

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