Do it alone…

I was a little apprehensive,i had never done this before…i had seen lot of people doing it before,and i always wondered how and why they did it???

Well,don’t put your dirty minds to work…im talking about shopping alone!!! Yes,untill recently,i had never gone all by myself to get anything…well except groceries or medicines! ‘Shopping’ alone…i was completely alien to the concept.I had to get books the other day…and i had waited for quite a few days because i didn’t have company,but that day i was so bored,and annoyed and just nothing else to do…i decided to go alone.And i was glad i didn’t stay back home that day.It is not bad as it looks…going alone somewhere,and definitely for buying books.Firstly,i was really glad that bookstore was stocked with books by Indian authors,i have a thing for them and always end up buying Indian books rather than classics!

i like to take my own sweet time…well,for everything, but esp for picking up books.And this time around,there was no one to push me!i peacefully went through all sections,and read synopsis of more than a few books.Neither once did i feel like taking someone else’s opinion as to how would he/she find the book.It was oddly peaceful…the whole thing! i also thought that online shopping was taking away this…the satisfaction of smelling the book,feeling it in your hands before actually buying it…i had missed this for such a long time!
i had a good time all by myself,and me being completely a ‘friends and family’ person….i thought i needed this.i loved the silence and placidity of the bookstore and i also ended up buying better books(yes,by Indian authors) than last couple of times.I have shed my inhibition about doing things alone…i have rather started to luxuriate in it.i also happened to travel alone this week and yet again,i realised the joy behind it.I soaked in all the coldplay and Pink Floyd and Nirvana….looking throught the window,seeing the countryside zooming by…peaceful!

I think everyone should try it…for the sake of true contenment.Next time around,when you really want to do something and you don’t have company…realise that it’s a great opportunity!!!Go ahead,do it alone..And you’ll find better things…

(P.S. : For my guest blogger,you will have to wait a little longer)

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Jinx is broken…finally!

Finally the burden is off my shoulder!!!Now I can sleep with peace….the spell has been lifted, and I promise myself never to bring it back!!!

It had been quite some time (I wouldn’t specify the period, it’s just too embarrassing), that I had not finished reading a book…a half read book was my nightmare…but lately I had grown immune to that too!!! Every night before sleeping, I used to be gripped by fear…I used to nibble at my nails, look at the pile of books in my shelf crying out to be picked up and be gobbled in…I used to look in all directions….is anyone seeing me ignore these poor creatures…and with a guilt, used to succumb to my cozy bed!!! I used to be such a reader, but lately had just lost the want to feel the thrill that reading is!!

Was I picking up the wrong books? Was I too busy to take out time for reading? Was I exhausted for reading…well to hell with the reasons (or rather excuses)!!! They don’t mean anything now, now that the jinx is broken…finally!!! And it would be only unfair to mention the book that helped me  go back to sleep peacefully!!!

Superfreakonomics it was!!!

And thanks to Sheetal too, who gave me her copy!! This book is unlike any book I have read! Though it filled with statistics and inventions and research, it is at no point even close to getting boring!!! After reading this book Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have gained another fan, and i…I have gained peace of mind! I’m just glad to take out the bookmark out of the finished book…and hereby promise myself that I would never ever leave another book I pick up unfinished!!

To reading….cheers!!!

Have you ever been through such a phase??? How did you get over it?

sweet addictions…

Each one of us is addicted to something or the other…and i am no exception.Infact,i am a perfect example.Like hundreds and thousands of others…i am addicted to my cell phone,to pink Floyd,my books…but today i discovered a new addiction that i have had for a long time,but it just dawned upon me now…my lip balm.I started using this carrot flavoured lip balm some 2 odd years ago, and have been using it since then… EVERYDAY!!!Be it any season,15*C or 40*C…i have to have that balm in my pocket.In winters,it had become such an obsession(which i wonder now,how i never noticed) that i had bought 4 tubes of the same balm and placed it in the pockets of my most used denims…for the fear of my lips turning dry…and no lip balm to the rescue!!!God frobid such an emergency situation…(i had in mind the word ‘catastrophe’…but that would be just too much exaggeration).Even now,when lips dont flake,mentally…mine do turn dry and my hand reaches out to my pocket…i dab on some balm every 2-3 hours.Today when i reached work(on time by the way!),out of no need,put just pure addiction,i reached my pocket for my precious lip balm just to realise…damn it!it wasnt there!!!i was restless all the time….almost panicky!That was when i realised of this wierd addiction i had!My mind kept going back to the lip balm…where did i keep it?in yeasterdays jeans?or somewhere at home…or did it fall out of my pocket on way to work here….

Finally when i needed i pen…around tea time(i mean coffee time…another of my addiction,on which i will elaborate some other time…and i hate tea),i opened my bag……and there it lay…at the bottom…in that lost corner!i felt rejuvenated at its sight…grabbed the balm and dabbed it on to my lips..and some more,to compensate for all those dry hours!!!And with perfectly moist,shinning and smiling lips,i went back to work,enjoying being that imperfect ordinary person…with sweet little addictions in life!!