Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This winter did not get to me this time

Come November, and I get the november blues. I think of the next 6 months that will be spent whining about the cold, we being confined to the house, and basic restrictions on many "things to do". The gloomy weather got to me last year, and I think that I was suffering from seasonal depression. No sun, no fun.

However this season was very different. It is the end of march and the winter is no where out-of-sight. We friends often discuss how long the winter has been, and how cold it is. And I dont know why my view would stick out as a sore thumb from the groups. I would say, it hasn't been that cold, its okay......

At home I asked my husband then, that has the winter been that bad this year? He said "No".

I was wondering why the winter did not get to me this time. Actually this winter My husband and me decided that no matter how cold it is, we will not stay indoors. we will go out in the evenings like the way we did. And thats precisely what we did. And somehow now that spring is knocking at our doors I realized that the long treacherous winter is gone.

Unfortunately for us, when we went to Chicago over Good Friday weekend, it snowed like crazy. We still decided to move around, and did not let the snow get the better of us. Well probably thats one thing I admire about Chicago (or may all big cities). People don't stop doing their things because its too hot or cold.

I think that it was my personal battle against the winter, and I won it this time. Last year I lost miserably.

My trip to Chicago

This is about my trip to Chicago during the easter break. My brother's friends had decided to meet up at a club and he said that we come along as well. My husband and me are acquainted with a few of his friends but not that well, so we were apprehensive about going. But I had a great time there. There were about 7 girls and all of us danced together, no boys. Wow... it reminded me of college times. It was a lot of fun. So I think that next time we go out here in Indy, we girls can have fun on our own. And that makes me thinking that when will have our girls' nite sleepover again. The last one was so much fun. So my friends if you are reading this lets plan on one soon. Girlfriends are indispensable.

Chicago reminds me of another funny incident. We all had gone to the signature lounge in the Hancock tower for a drink. I had heard that the view from up (95th floor) there is great, and why pay to watch chicago from SEAR's Tower when you can have a drink at the signature lounge. Well even though I had been up the SEAR's tower, another view of Chicago from up-above never hurts. Since it was a saturday, there was along line for people going to the lounge. When we reached, all seating near the windows (a window table is a great place to sip a cocktail) were gone, and we didn't want to wait for any other opening. So we sat at a table in the middle of the room. People were getting up, going to the glass walls, peeping down on Chicago, and coming back to their chairs.

There was this couple seated on a table next to the wall. The guy had ordered a Champagne and I think that he was there to propose to his girl. The girl was dressed for the occasion. It was amazing how people create their own space while being in a crowd. The guy was holding the girl's hand etc etc.... However there was an Asian family, not Indians, who were standing (literally towering) over their table to get their photograph being clicked against the backdrop of Chicago skyline.

They seemed interesting a little unusual so we were looking at them. We were feeling a little bad that they were disturbing the couple on their big day. And they were posing for the photographs, posing again and posing again and I think that they never stopped clicking photographs. They were blissfully unaware that they were barging into someone's private space and ruining their evening. Now come'on, from how many angles can you capture the view of the SEAR's tower. At one point, you will saturate. But I don't think that they had that feeling. It was as though they were hell-bent on getting their money's worth.The guy gave the ring to his girl with two people standing over his head. The girl accepted the ring with two people (plus a baby) looming over her head. I am not exaggerating, the asian family stood in the same spot, and clicked photos against the same backdrop for around 25 minutes. Made we wonder how much does the 'third world people' still hold on to our "Survival of the fittest" motto and always on the move to getting maximum output.

Different ideas that I wanted to blog about

It's been so so long since I wrote something on my blog. Its not that I didn't have ideas but I didn't think they had enough substance....

Like I wanted to write about Jodha Akbar- there were such mixed feelings. Such a long movie, but I couldn't blame the actors. I think that the director was to blame for he thought that every thing he directed was so precious that it could not be edited. I think that some scenes could have been taken off. Also there wasn't any coherent theme in the movie. It was a good buffet... but don't we always get tired of buffets. It wasn't clear if he wanted to demonstrate Akbar's greatness, Jodha's strength of character, the love between Jodha-Akbar, the political instability at those times, etc etc.... Anyways Jodha Akbar is long gone and most people I have known have liked it...

Then my friend had said that she was waiting for me to write about JUNO. After I watched the movie, I didn't have enough motivation to write. I had heard so much about the movie that frankly I didn't feel ga ga over the movie. Its a good DVD watch. Also it is directed by the same guy who directed 'Thank you for smoking'. I liked his earlier movie and Juno is good as well. The manner is which teenage pregnancy was handled was very positive. No blaming the victim, a supportive family environment, available resources etc etc.

I also wanted to write about the winter. I think that I will pull myself and write about that.

What else-- ya I also wanted to write about the anxiety that I faced when my sister was giving her boards. Wow.... there is just so much pressure. She is done with that and there is even greater anxiety about where next? The expectations on children put them through a lot of stress and I think that guardians sometimes blur the fine line between being supportive and encouraging to being over-encouraging (for lack of a better word). My sister's very good friend's cousin brother committed suicide in Pune a few days back. She has been so troubled after hearing it. She repeatedly said that how can someone have the courage of hanging oneself by the fan. After hearing this I suddenly wondered if I ever crossed the line between being supportive and over-zealous sister wanting her sister to excel.

I also wanted to write about my friend's daughter sanskriti..... Every time I see her she makes me so happy. Trust me that child is divine, there is just so much peace surrounding her (touchwood). She gives the word Tranquility a face. We all have so much fun playing with her, and not once does she makes us realize that she does not like our company. She smiles in between letting us know that she is reciprocating our feelings....

And yes, I wanted to write about a few incidents of my trip to Chicago .. so will do that on a new blog.