Times have changed, and so has the title. But, it is still the same place where reflections of my colorful thoughts are scribbled. They are sometimes crazy and sometimes deep, but most often they do make sense when I pause and take a moment to write.
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Day 214: A celebrity dinner date : Obama Sathyabama :)
A hypothetical situation calls for a dinner date with someone who is a celebrity. Yay! That sounds good. Actually speaking, I would love to be that celebrity with whom someone else can have dinner :) But as of today, the insignificant me gets to choose someone who has made a significant contribution to the society and is treated as a special and important person in this world (or at least the world around them). So, whom do I choose? Well, that is a tricky question. Even though I have a list of celebrities whom I follow once a while, there is no one that I appreciate or love fanatically. Yes, a lot of them inspire me- a few long gone, a few still making waves, and a few who are the newbies. But I have never felt this urge to go and meet them or say hello even if I bump into them (I have mostly seen, at a distance, Indian celebrities from entertainment industry during travel). However, one couple have always made me want to meet with them. Now, if I happen to get a chance in the near future, I would love to meet the President and the First lady. There is something about the Obamas that make me want to say hello and have a meaningful and intelligent discussion some day over dinner. Now, if you ask me what would we discuss, I don't really know but I am sure the conversation will be about the vagaries of human life (meh!), the play and game of politics (aaavoo!), and probably something about life in general ;).
But anyways, if that scenario comes true I will be ecstatic for sure.
Today is Chingam 1 (to be read as onnu). It is the new month according to the lunisolar calendar. This month is also called as Avani and Shravana. So, why is this month special? This month marks the beginning of the festival season back home and the it is fun to have small celebrations through the months until mid- December. It is also the month of Onam (Harvest festival in Kerala).
The first festival we have this month is the 'sacred thread' changing ceremony for men/boys who wear that. This is followed by usually the birthday of little Krishna and then the elephant-head god, Ganesha. Then comes Onam followed by the beautiful month of Navaratri or Durga Pooja. So, the big set of festival season is here and here is a wish to all of you on Chingam 1. Wishing you all blessed and excellent months ahead. Have fun!
Bucket List. A term that has become popular much after the famous movie with the same title in 2007. The term would have probably taken after the euphemism 'kick the bucket', which was again popularized in the movie, 'It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world'. The 2007 movie was a massive hit and how would it be not? It had Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the lead. The term was meant to have a list of things you wish you can do before you leave this world.
It is like a goal list that can evolve as you grow and change perspectives in life. I used to have a wish list that worked as a to-do list mostly like a work list for short-term goals. However, off late, I have decided to make one and keep it as an ever evolving list.
The first one on my list as of now (that was from the past too) is to get my biggest degree in life. Hopefully I will tick that one off my list soon.
Do share your thoughts on your list and how do you plan on getting it all checked out.
"What are the most beautiful things in this world?", asked a little child.
"Ah! well, the list is long, really very long." , said I,
Do you have the patience to listen and hold on?
"Yes, I do", said she.
I smiled, "I will first tell you all that I have been told,
and then will narrate all that I uphold."
Listen, oh, little girl,
I was told it was in places to go by a long way,
Like the light blue shores in the Caribbean isles,
and the beautiful Icelandic summer nights.
It was also in the streets of Tokyo,
and the serene charm of Canadian winter snow.
Some said it was the street food in Bangkok,
and yet others claimed that it was the chaat masalas of India.
The haute couture in Milan fashion show,
or for a few, the royal palaces of big Europe.
I was confused just like you, for,
all these are places afar very distant from my present home .
But what if I wanted to enjoy a few beautiful things,
should I go this far or are they just wi…