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A decade and more

10 years 7 months.

This is the longest I have stayed with anyone in my entire life! Go figure! (Feel free to read meaning into it).

Couple of days ago, I bid adieu to my colleagues and my day job. I carried home all fond memories which included all the exe’s and current. Getting footloose at annual parties, binge drinking with fellow partners in crime on sea-shore, realisation of the fact that I will not field in any cricket match ever, gossip-chat-discussion-laughter friends, indulging in short sweet tooth craving outings, travel dumb charades buddies, exhilaration after trekking 1440 ft height fort (leaves me gasping for breath even now), the  brainstorming during presales projects, faith of my junior team members, opportunities bestowed by the now global HR, friends from IT who were an SOS call away, humbling CSR activities, fulfilling creative pursuit workshops.

This last one though had the rest of the organisation going green with envy. Just a few of us folks were the chosen ones for this workshop. We got 3 weekends to destinations far from the city, clicking photographs, dancing around campfire, star gazing on dark nights, with all expenses paid. Well, but this was the general slightly exaggerated impression and we all let them believe. In reality, it was a lot of hard work for long hours, multiple assignments and introspection not for the faint hearted!

Now that I am not billable for some time, I returned to my half read book. Below is a quote from it-Mirza Ghalib A biographical scenario.

Hazaron khwahishen aesi , ke har khwahishen pe dam nikle

Bhut nikle mere arman, lekin phir bhi kam nikle.

Posting some pics with us all, the people who matter to me from this past decade long journey. Even if you are not in the pics, you are fondly remembered. Please know that!

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Party-We celebrate and how! 

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Honoured- Only pic sharing same frame with The global HR

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We indulge- Food, desserts…weight! whose watching?

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CPW Workshops-In pursuit of happiness?!

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Trek-Climb every mountain, ford every stream…

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The morning after-Still fresh, coz we didn’t sleep

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Popcorn time-In support of regional movies and a dear friend

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We won-The only match I played in

Travel Companions

I glide through the fragrant earth, unending fluorescent green streaks contouring the pathways, drape myself in this finery, to walk towards thee. We are here together, on the edge, looking beyond the velvety valley and the pristine cerulean sky.
My adulation is unearthed, like dewdrops glistening in the tangerine rays, you deserving of the pedestal where I see you. My eyes seek the promise, which our hearts have known all through. The path is as clear as the small rivulet glistening over the gravel as we choose to be companions.

We walk together to another town and capture the diversity and humility of the inhabitants, as per our sensitivity, guiding each other but not obstructing, separate but within hearing range, performing and accomplishing the same goals. The end of the day we meet satisfied we lived our dreams accompanied by our sensibilities and desires.
My fascination towards you stays intact more so as we stop to sense, smell, taste and breathe the same air, sharing the same space.

We travel again to journeys beyond, take the path lesser known, to explore, experience, live another life, than the one we have known.

Therapy Central

I wonder if  nicotine withdrawal symptoms appear after you have quit successfully for more 5 months. Coz what I am going through now, sure does feel like that and much more. I am trying to rack my memory for how I handled tough times “before” the addiction. Sigh! Sorry low bandwidth it says.

Probably it is THE season. I know  handful of people who are in this same zone. The do-not-rub-it-in-else-I-will-strangle-you-for-any-thing-which-may-or-may-not-be-your-fault. If at all there is a zone. Retail therapy-tried. burned a hole in my pocket. Self pep up talks-tried. saw more of myself in the mirror. Friend suggested Vipassana. I know I will run away from there, or flood the entire centre with tears (heard that is what people do while they are at that). This weekend is friend+happy hours therapy. If this does not work! I dunno what will.

But then I always say, this too shall pass {and like how many years ago did you say that? asks the devil in my voice} shift-alt-del the voice. Fight I shall! Or as gaizabonts says I’d Like to be Monk Someday.

Friends

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Early sunday morning. ringggg…ringggggg…ringgg

“Hey!”
Helloooo! Basking in glory! What are you up to?
Feigning innocence “Nothing”
“Ah Nothing. Don’t I know you better!” Giggles and some more giggles later, the conversation ends.

The day begins. Smile on face knowing you have someone to watch your back… always!

Best Friends. A blessing!