Monday, April 23, 2007

Summertime

The gory incident at Virginia tech last week took Minal Panchal from mumbai as one of its victims. I followed her profile in myspace and that left me disturbed. Because one evening she was laughing and chatting with friends in internet world and the next afternoon that very space had people posting condolence messages for her. Life's like this?! I am glad they deleted that profile. Would have been too painful for friends.

For those of you in India, not staying in cities, Load shedding would now be a part of daily routine. Most of the places, electricity is out for more than 12 hours. It is year 2007 and we are putting Satellites to space, making long range missles, and spending billions of dollars with it. Wonder why our government cannot spend some money on much needed welfare of providing basic amenities to the people? How much and what does it take to put this load shedding issue on priority? This is just not right.

With temperatures soaring past 85F this weekend, I can finally feel the arrival of spring/summer. This also reminds me to talk about what I did last-10s summers as tagged by Cuckoo. I have promised Starry that I would be taking her tag first so this is not exactly a tag.
About summer time, unlike most, I didnt get a chance to spend vacation far off away from my town. No beautiful resorts, no hill station. Beaches yes, but they were around my place if that counts.

During school days, I spent most of my vacation playing around with friends all day. During college, there was vacation but all of it was spent for class assignments and getting ready for job/career-in-waiting. Nothing interesting there, same usual books stuff mostly.

Apart from that usual ritual, Summer time also(and almost always) meant getting a chance to attend shaadis in relatives and friends place. I loved that the most because that is where I learnt/get to flirt;) Sometimes helping friends and sometimes being helped. Always, looked forward for shaadis. Funny thing is over the time, when I really wanted to be in such shaadi occasions, work pulled me far apart and now shaadi for me is very formal.

Then there was our regular trip to village farm where we would enjoy plucking green mangoes and other fruits. There were lots of fruit trees in farm but over the time, they are dwindling in numbers. Just love those moments.

Finally, One thing I really love about summer vacation is big family getogether. Neices, nephews numbering in 10s just making house go wild. Still it is fun. Talking of gettogether, I would be in India for couple of weeks next month.

There is one more update on personal front which I think I can share here. For those of you with sharp memory, few months back, I said I was supposed get married in May as per family ultimatum. After lots of convincing, family has agreed to keep year end as timeframe. I know I will coz I promised them this time :)

19 comments:

Keshi said...

Yes Minal's story is a very sad one. But it's also a good one...cos she died in the midst of achieving her dream...studying to become an architect. Lets celebrate her short but meaningful life.


Summert is great...my fav season. well we r in Autumn now :(


** I said I was supposed get married in May as per family ultimatum

MG why r u 'supposed' to get married. I mean shouldnt it happen when ur ready and when u meet the right person? Just asking :)


Keshi.

DumBum said...

hey... minal and every one else... every person hu died there hd a story... hu knws it wud end prematurely and its always sad when that happens... and painful to deal with... i wish their families hv the strength to move on...

summer is an awesome season... nt if ur in maharashtra tho... wich is y im glad im in siliguri!!! escape to darjeeling is easy [:P]

and i agree... y r u "supposed" to gt married? it'll happen wn ur ready... and wn the time is rite... pushing it never really helps...

Ayshu said...

Minal's story is v sad!The media's hype around these issues is getting overboard these days!

Priyankari said...

Minal's story really left me dumb...

Loadshedding a big prob. too. No one than a Calcuttan knows this better...

Congratulations for your marriage (though dont really have a sharp memory, still got to know it now)

Princess Banter said...

Awww you're right... one good thing about summers is that it's the time for families to get away and spend some time together. That was what I looked forward to the most during summertime when I was a kid. It was picnics by the beach with my family -- and now that we're all divided by oceans and continents, the memories remain in my head :)

pria said...

Her story is really sad and all cut short off by some demon.

Summer is always fun to get away meet fmaily and friends. I think last time u said u got engaged right. Congrats buddy.

Mumbai Guy said...

Keshi, Mann : I was given that chance to meet someone, anyone long back. I failed twice :)

Priyankari : Will keep your greetings safe until my w'day.

Princess : I missed few summers to be with family over the last many few years. But this year, am there with them. Thanks for your comments.

Pria : First have to find someone to get "engaged". Didnt say before, might have said am gonna.

priya said...

MG: Sorry, little lost somewhere.

Sush said...

The entire incident was heartbreaking one and Minal's one hit closer to home.. may their souls rest in peace..

I loved my vacation too, I just wish I had granny back to go to the village once again..

Accha bacchoo to shaadi ka laddoo postpone horaha hai.. no probs.. December bhi door nahin :))

Mumbai Guy said...

Priya : No need of Sorry. Atleast not on this ;)

Sush : Kya Kare. Faith - I think.

Maverick said...

great to hear abt ur summer n my piece of advise, get married in summer :)

Keshi said...

u didnt fail...it wasnt ur match.

Keshi.

Protegeoflife said...

wow yes its really sad to see such masscare but y just worry abt minal all children had parents i feel sorry for all and nbnice post

DumBum said...

yeah... u dint fail... jst tat d tme was off...

Mumbai Guy said...

Maverick : Advise taken ;)

Keshi, Mann : That was so sweet. TY.

Protegeoflife : Didnt worry just about minal, was just talking about internet influence.

Cuckoo said...

Hmmm... We Indians have almost similar summer time. Isn't it. :)

I know I will coz I promised them this time :) That sounds interesting. ;) Are you coming for ur engagement ?

Thanks for doing the tag but you never told me & I didn't have you in my reader also. And so I am late here. Sorry. Actually waited to know abt it. :(

What I generally do is just knock at the door of the tagger to tell that tag is done.
You know what I mean. Link to my blog where I have tagged you (or the main site http://cuculus.blogspot.com) so that people also have a chance to see where it has come from & I also get to know of your tag.

Thanks once again.

ishita a said...

hi haven't been arnd blogs in a long while...so missed a couple of posts here i see...

VT was terribly sad and shocking... these things will never ever make any sense to me...

I got here wundering whre u were and why u disappeared after accepting the invite? ... is everything ok? drop me a mail if at all u have a prob getting there...

thanks...& tk care

Krithika said...

Hi! how're you?? long time..n that's good news..ur going to get married..here's wishing u loads of luck!!

Mumbai Guy said...

Cuckoo : Sorry couldnt notify you about the 'tag'. As for engagement, think that will happen somewhere during year end after I find someone. This trip as usual to be wid family.

ishi : So Sorry, couldnt be in touch. Was travelling. Will mail you.

Kritika : Thanks for your wishes. Need'em.