1. It’s the third time i saw Rekha madam since the beginning of new era. She was going North.
2. I also observed Dhaniram, just outside the school number two with a bag in his hand. He looked solemn and he was going towards East.
3. Shveta is leaving for Udaipur today. We met in library when she arrived here. It was a long discussion. She was facing East then. I went to see her in the field where i had just begun with the cleansing of area around the iron pillar before goons started scathing me about my boundaries. I love fields and greenery and yet farmers and residents and businesses have conflicts. My chat with her was brief as she needed to pack for her departure. Happy journey.
4. Ankit Mishra appeared when Shri went to eat something for she was hungry. We had a discussion about Vishnu Sahastranama and the bill against which agitation is ongoing.
5. I read newspaper online at bus stop. Shahdol seems to be a strange connection as yesterday i wrote a birthday wish for one of my classmates who was from that place.
6. Shri wrote an article which had many grammatical and spelling mistakes. She’s good at exercises when we do them after syntax is shown to her but to employ it in practice needs practice which she hasn’t done enough. I pursuaded her to keep a journal and read my blogs regularly to learn new words.
7. Class with Rohan was fun this morning. I am supposed to be more strict with him and make him memorize more words and numbers. Five rupees per hour. His parents aren’t happy with progress he has made so far.
8. Say no to child labour. There was a guy in white carrying a gas cylinder. This is what we should be known for:
“Population explosion and child labour.”
1. If there were gems in our OIST batch: she was the brightest among them.
2. She looked handsome. Being from Carmal Convent she could speak English fluently. All boys were in love with her. All boys! No exceptions!
3. After not-so-good stint in the first semester where Amit Chaurasiya got first rank: Swati got a whoppingly huge score in the second semester. I got seventh rank. I wondered if she even knew about me.
4. Being versatile and dramatically talented-she used to get bored easily. She could dance(Nach baliye…) ; could mimic on stage(Irrfaaa…n pataan…) could command respect from everyone and could score well on CAT aptitude tests when it was no longer college academics which interested her.
5. Talented people get bored easily. I had no respite but to regularly attend college. OIST campus was beautiful and spacious. My attic on the first floor in Chhatrasal Nagar was not enough to make me feel serene. I used to meditate for many hours: day-after-day and year-after-year in that campus. Seeing her used to be the reward of my meditation.
6. The day they were ragging juniors: our batchmates: i went to library to show my passive resistance as well as to utilise my time well: to my astonishment Swati also came to library followed by Vyas(who certainly was jealous of me!)
7. She was the first one to wish me Happy Holi in the third semester. The words kept ringing in my years for many eons to come. Being a damsel she lived near Apsara Talkies. We had only couple of meetings in which i read some poems to entertain them. There were four of us that day: the day Jishnu declared I was going to be a new founder of a new religion.
8. She kept appearing in my dreams. She was bold. Truly a genius. I don’t think she was a great reader but definitely- she used to watch lots of TV. Had braces on her teeth for a while. When I used to take biography of Napoleon to class which Ankit Jain used to read with me: she also began reading some books. Like mobile ring-tones in the third semester: i don’t think it was a mere coincidence. She was reflecting our kinship.
9. It was only on the last day i looked at her face. I looked at it without shame or trying to hold anything back. Our head of the department and some other students were present. She laughed.
10. Strangely: she didn’t accept my friend request on Facebook later on. Maybe she never saw it. She was charitable and might have adopted a boy or a girl. She was ambitious: mocked our getting selected into Cognizant as “sadee see company mein ho gaya”: I was barely sustaining myself then. I thought to myself: “here we part.” She must be a millionaire by now!
11. Strangely: I can’t form her image in my mind. Only some memories. Mostly sweetest. She kept coming to my dreams. Did I say that already? She was Aditi Billore of our college. My enlightenment rendered me incapable of creating images. There’s no build-up. No sin. I can’t muster images.
12. I wish her a very happy birthday. Whether she liked me or not is as much of mystery as anything else. But she seemed to have it all: leadership skills, charisma, brilliance and beauty. May you reach the heights you aspired for wherever you’re!
13. This post might put me on radar of Vyasa, Gautama, Yogesh, her brother, her husband and other fans: but you know : I am past that phase. Have fun!
Gratitude to mean is a game changer. I wake up each day no matter what mood I’m in I’m grateful. Then I must pour tea right from the pot into my mouth to achieve my caffeine buzz. I don’t drink coffee so I need jolt as I’ve been sleeping horribly. I say my morning prayers and evening ones as well, as saying out loud five things I’m grateful for that day. Here’s my list that ties into together with
Lizzi and the gangs weekly TTOT. Even though I didn’t make the linkup due to a tech glitch I still wanted to share what’s making me thankful.
I’m thankful for these lazy days of summer and feel sadness that they will be ending soon. I keep reminding my son’s that the days off are dwindling and we must pack in as much fun as possible. So trips to the river, park, playgrounds, and water gun fights in the backyard are of the upmost priority.
I’m thankful that my oldest the Captain had a great time at his hockey camp. It was his first one and he did well and respected and abided by his coaches rules. That’s not always easy for an almost ten year old so I’m very proud of his manners displayed and the friends he made.
I’m thankful that my youngest the Mad dog enjoyed camp as well. He had a little friend to play with during the week and we had fun going out for breakfast and watching his brother on the ice. He’s doing very well with his socializing and initiating play which was one of our goals for behavioural aid plan.
I’m thankful for the sun shining finally! We had a very rainy month of July in my part of Canada so to be out and feeling those healing Rays makes me feel my happiest. My poor flower beds will need to be attended to this week as the weeds are choking them out after that monsoon they had to deal with.
I’m thankful for having my book reviewfor Fatherhood- Dispatches from the early years up on the parenting site Lose the Cape that I contribute to. I follow the author Andrew B. Scott on social media and he was happy with my review of his book and shared it on his social media. Big fan girl moment when I saw that!
I’m thankful for having a clean organized home after trying to get back into the swings of things with a more consistent routine. Laundry has always been my nemesis but I was allowing it to get out of control and feeling guilty if I spent time doing anything else. Ie: working, playing, reading, and writing. I’m happy to share there’s only one laundry basket to put away tomorrow as I was catching up on a book review I had to do.
I’m thankful that I was able to get the review East-the novel by Peri Hoskins posted today. I had everything ready to go and then I lost the information and all my hard work on a WordPress app glitch. So I did my best to retrieve and ended up starting from scratch. I even had it written as a draft too, but technology isn’t always my friend.
I’m thankful that the author Peri liked my review and we had a pleasant chat about writing and gathering fans from all over the world.
I’m thankful that I got to spend time enjoying the Olympics and the closing ceremonies made me feel so excited and proud of all the athletes. I thought this was a unforgettable and incredible Olympic games. There’s so much talent amongst these athletes and a lot of them are so young. I look forward to watching the Para Olympics in September as well.
I’m thankful I could think of ten things to be thankful for as some days have been long and I’ve been short on patience and need to get myself to a chiropractor and massage therapist so I can kick my grumpy morning moods to the curb. Enjoy your week ahead and take time to be thankful for your blessings. ❤️