Bad News

Bad_newsI had some bad news today.  This afternoon,  I heard that the wife of a manager had died. Not that I knew him well (being my boss’s boss’s boss), but he invited us to a party for Chinese New Year and was very cordial. That was pretty much the only personal contact I’ve had with this person.  Yet to hear that his wife died,  struck a deep chord in me.

Later that evening,  I had my second bit of bad news – a dear uncle had been diagnosed with a growth in his brain. And doctors were advising him to get it removed as soon as possible.  But being the brain, we were all skeptical about the surgery.

It got me thinking about how much we take life for granted.  We keep making grand plans for the future,  when we don’t even know if we will exist the next day.

It’s just that an illness or a death puts everything into perspective – daily squabbles with your partner, bad marks in school, fights over a silly dish not having been washed properly, and so on. Do any of these things matter when your loved one, the very person with whom you fight so much, has been diagnosed with something serious or life-threatening? Why doe it take a diagnosis or a disaster to bring us to our senses?

Shouldn’t we live each day as if it may be the last we get to spend with our family? Why not call each other more, ask about their day, enquire about ther health, instead of finding non-existent ‘problems’ to fight over, or imagined slights to ponder and turn into an issue? In this fast-paced life, don’t forget the people around you, your family and loved ones.

Living each day as if it were our last doesn’t mean we utterly stop planning for the future. Instead, what it means is – we live in the present, hope for the best and plan for the worst.


Galaxy, Galaxy, which art thou?

A few weeks ago, I was pointing out the moon and the stars to my Little One. Once he had mastered those creations, I moved on to a more abstract concept – the galaxy.

To start off, I asked him, “Do you know which galaxy we are in?”

And his confident answer –  “Yes, Samsung Galaxy.”

That’s the power of advertising!

Living up this Summer at Lakshadweep

With 2 weeks’ vacation, I am planning to head to the exotic beaches of Lakshadweep this summer, with my best friends – Kyra and Elena. Kyra and Elena, the eternal Sunshine girls are fun-loving and the perfect pals to have around during a vacation. We have already booked our stay at the exquisite Agatti Island Resort at Lakshadweep.

Our travel plans are ready – pack a bag with the bare minimum of clothes (after all, who wants to sashay about in sari and salwar-kameez at a beach resort?) for two weeks. Make sure we have packed our Lakmé Sun Expert – no girl in her right mind would step out without the trusty Sun Expert at her side. Get our plane tickets and off we go into the tropical island paradise to have our fill of sun and fun for the next two weeks.

I can’t wait to frolic about in the white sands and turquoise waters of Lakshadweep. We are planning to cruise around the coral reefs in a glass-bottomed boat, build sand-castles (kiddish, I know, but where else can we be kids but at a beach?). During the evenings, we will relax with drinks under the swaying coconut palms while listening to the guitar music strummed by Kyra, and dance around bonfires.

Just like in the movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara”, each of us have a chance at a daredevil beach sport. Mine is to go parasailing in the beautiful waters. Kyra wants to get in some water-skiing experience under her belt; while Elena has roped us all into trying out scuba diving. Yep, this summer is going to be as exciting as they come. And I have  spoken to some others who have already been to Lakshadweep, and they say that the instructors are eye candy.

Mmmmmmmmmm…..I have a feeling that this summer is going to be THE BEST summer I ever had.


This post was written for The Lakmé Diva Blogger Contest at Indiblogger.


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