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All I see is darkness. In that, what I mean to say is, I see nothing. I hear screams. Screams of fear. I grope around to feel something – anything – familiar. My feet crawl across the uneven ground, centimetre by centimetre, asseing the land above which I stand and move ahead. I twist and turn my head hoping the darkness lies in the direction I face, not with me. My heart pounds within my chest, the heartbeats getting louder and faster with each slide of my foot. I spread my arms, my fingertips aching for a touch of familiarity. They feel nothing. Slowly and steadily I move forward. Screams. I still hear them. Blindly I move towards it. I lose my balance as my feet slip into a grove. I let out a yelp and fall down. Feeling and freeing my feet out, I stand up and move in the direction I think, is right. The screams have subsided. I feel a hand wave across my back. I turn around to grab the wavering arms. “I found you!” We exclaim and grip each other’s hands tight.

As instructed, we wait there for a minute or so. Finding company, my heart fades its beat to a normal pace. Someone approaches us and says “I will guide you through”. She places my left hand on her left shoulder and my partner’s right hand on her right shoulder. With her guidance we moved, with mixed sense certainty and doubt. She informs us about the a flight of stairs winding down before us. We feel the shoulder sink down. We let out a synchronised cry. I lift my right feet above the ground and slowing bring it down. Unable to find ground at the expected height, my brain sent out signals indicating my fall. I scream. My guide tells me there are still a few centimetres before my feet touch the ground. I follow her instruction. As my sole touches the rocky step, I let out a sigh. She informs us there are still about 10 steps, of varying heights before we reach level ground. I curse under my breath and condition my depth perception deprived brain. I start hearing a lot of cries again. With a few more instructions, curses and a foot sprain, we reached level ground. We walk a metre or two and halt. Our guide slips our hands off her shoulder. Our blindfolds are removed. I look at the clear blue sky and the surrounding trees. Viewing a familiar sight, I am flooded with relief. I look around and see others steadily moving in to where we are. Their faces distraught-I am sure mine was too.

As and when the blindfolds were removed, huge exclamations were heard. I am sure they were of joy, of accomplishment, of having survived the darkness. Once everyone had their blindfolds removed we were asked to assemble around our guide forming a circle. She asked us us about our blinding experience. Responses ranged from thrilling to frightening.

We were being taught about the importance of sight. We were on a school outing. This was the most exhilarating learning experiences I have had while on a school outing.

What made me write this today was an incident today morning. On my way to work two or three blind folks get down at the same bus stop as I do. They need to get to the other side of the road. And this road is always bustling with traffic. Usually anyone getting down at their stop helps them cross the road. If no one does I help them get to the other side of the road (I am bad at crossing roads). Today, I was the only one getting down the bus along with one of blind person – let’s call him X. I helped him get down the bus and waited for the traffic to slow down. I look towards my left and saw a second one of them – let’s call him Y – a little further away, get down a different bus and assumed someone getting off his bus would help him cross the road too. (The dumb me! *Facepalm*). So I look the other way and while making casual small talk with X, wait for a clear spot to slip through the other side. He says he works at a call centre, gives me directions to his work asking if I could drop him off there if I am heading in the same direction. The traffic slows down, X and I cross the road. I turn around to see if Y has come through too. A crowd of college students are crossing the road and again I assume someone has helped him cross the road too. The road past the bus stop cuts into another street via three or four steps. I help X get past it and a little further into the street, past the under construction area – cause it’s Bangalore. I look back, still no sign of Y. I tell X to have a good day and head back to the main street. I find no sign of Y on my side of the road. I look past the traffic, divider bushes and crowd to see Y still standing in the bus stop asking help from strangers and hoping someone would help him cross the road. No one did! I was infuriated. How could no one from such huge a crowd not help him cross the road?! As I moved to cross the road in traffic. I saw a guy walk towards him, offering to help him cross the road. I waited for him to safely cross the road onto the street leading to the street where I dropped X off. I went my way, infuriated.

Empathy is getting rarer. All he would have asked you for was to cross a busy road, not buy him a iPhone X.

*Random trivia*:

A months back a cousin of mine told me about a restaurant which supported blind people. The restuarant had blind chefs and waiters. Customers were asked to be seated in a dark room with no lights. They would be served in dark. They are too in the darkness, relying only on there tactile senses. I would love to visit this restaurant.

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To the 24 hours #9 – Catapult

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Catapult


 

Today 23/05/2017

It might seem strange,
How each wrong turn,
Catapults you,
Onto the right direction.

Cheers for the right mistakes,
To the 24 hours.

Year gone by 2016

Yo guys! Wassup?

This year has finally come to an end. Time for the year end post.

If you regularly follow my blog then you must have been disappointed (or happy) to note that there were far fewer posts this year than compared to last year or the year before that. If you didn’t notice don’t worry cause even I was blissfully unaware of this myself. I had a vague idea that the number of posts i wrote had declined. I didn’t bother myself with the details. Until, I read someone else’s year end blog. WordPress generates these awesome fireworks animated reports, which shows different stats of the blog for that year. This year however they haven’t generated any report *atleast not yet*. Initially I thought they did and I didn’t receive a notification about it, cause my blog had a bad year. After a google search I realised that they really haven’t released these reports yet. So wordpress bloggers had to fallback on the default simple stat page of the blog. This someone else’s blog that I saw had a positive correlation between years, number of visitors and views. At this moment, abandoning all reason and logic, I had a sudden desire to go to the stats page of my blog and see a positively correlated graph. All that greeted me was this:

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I literary LOLed watching this. What was I even expecting?!

If you notice this years graph has had almost a threefold decrease. So what was I upto? Thats what this post is gonna be about.

YEAR GONE BY -2016

First and foremost I entered 2016 while i was in the final semester of my engineering degree. This implied I had a series of deadlines to abide by, exams to attend, work on my final year project while trying to enjoy and collect as many memories as I possibly could from the final four or five months I had left to spend with my friends and classmates at university. We didnt have many subjects in the last semester but I thoroughly enjoyed the elective lectures sitting in the last bench of the class with my friends. *To all the last benchers of economics class* 😉 😉 . All in all engineering came to an end and the mission I set out for, four years ago was finally completed.

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So what comes after a bachelor’s degree? Most of my friends went on to pursue a master’s degree, while I chose to work. Frankly speaking, I do miss the student life. But work life ain’t bad. The only thing that irks me – sometimes – is the travelling. If you wanna hear more of my rant on travelling to work please click here.

By the time I came back home I used to be tired. The only thing I could do was watch videos (youtube, re-watch seriers, netflix and chill). Some new good shows I watched this year were House of cards, Mr.Robot and the crown. I watched a few episodes of an old Hindi TV series called “fauji” -which translates to soldier in English. This is proclaimed to be one of Shah Rukh Khan’s best performances. It was a good show. Don’t quite remember why I stopped watching it.

All throughout the year I didn’t read much. Maybe three-four books. To while away time on my way to work, I went book shopping last month (like I didn’t already have a huge TBR list). Started reading one book and from nowhere I am now simultaneously reading four books. And my friend sends me this (almost accurate):15590299_10154198353343379_4143644123021386392_n

I wasn’t being creative on the literary end, so I thought I might as well do some art to keep the creativity alive.  These are some of my masterpieces this year 😛

Said tata-goodbye to social media for quite some months. Felt good. Thought I am gonna come out of this internet “social” media crap, sober. Who am I kidding? We are all addicted to it.

A lot of people have told me that my laughing-style is weird and that i can’t control my laugh. This has landed me in sticky situations too.  Nonetheless, I love laughing. To everyone who made me laugh/smile this year. Thank you.

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Hope you all enjoy creating happy memories in 2017! 🙂

Oh and yea.. Don’t abandon reason and logic, be confused, most important of all – keep smiling, stay happy, stay safe and peace! 🙂 🙂

No earphone project

If you are in your late teens, twenties, thirties, forties or fifties and your usual place of residence is earth, it is highly likely that you work to earn a living. To work you move from your place of residence to your place of work (Unless you have a work from home job or live in your office). To reach your place of work, you travel. More often than not your place of residence and place of work are gonna be at polar opposite ends. If you have the pleasure to live and work in the Silicon valley of India, well your patience is about to be tested. The journey to the centre of the IT hub, can easily take anywhere from one, two, three hours depending on the source and destination. To spend or efficiently make use of this time people resort to do different activities.

So what do people do while on commute via public transport?

  1. Procrastinate, do nothing, think, stare out of window : Day dreaming while travelling is the best! Cause you don’t know how time flies.
  2. Work work work work work : I have seen people pull out their laptops from their backpacks so quick. Its almost like a reflex like as soon as their butts come in contact with seats – swoosh – the laptop is out! For the rest of the journey you will find them stare at the screen, type / bang the keyboard with either uncontrollable delight or frustration.
  3. Sleep : A lot of them are sleep deprived. Cause the only way to avoid peek hour traffic is to wake up early and be early to office. Some company buses go around different locations to pick up employees, so the route is longer. To compensate this sleep deprivation, people sleep in the bus. This too is a great way to pass time.
  4. Read newspaper : These are the people you thank when you need to start a conversation with your boss / colleagues to avoid awkward silence. Usually I find people flipping pages of Business Insider, Economic times or TOI. You have an edge only if you sit on the seat behind the person reading the paper. Then you get access to full view of the paper without being judged. But if you are sitting next to them you are gonna be annoyed AF with them flipping pages.
  5. Read books : Cool people. Ain’t saying more.
  6. Watch movies / TV shows : These people are just hell bent on breaking their necks.
  7. Phone calls : Some keep their conversations low – that is great – got no issues there. The problem I have is with loud freaks. It feels like they are announcing something rather than have a conversation.
  8. Listen to songs / radio : A majority of people fall into this category. Some of us have tiny noise induced earphone, some of us noise cancelling in-ear earphones, while some others have huge noise cancelling headphones.

That’s about it. My travelling activities are usually a combination of the first, third and eighth.

I don’t know how this works in rest of the world. But in India, there are individuals appointed to halt buses at random locations and check if every passenger in the bus has bought a ticket or not. If you haven’t bought a ticket, either you will be fined or the conductor who didn’t issue the ticket will be fined. Once when I was on my way to work, ticket checkers came in to check on the tickets. I had my headphones on which meant I was in my own world. Apparently this guy checked tickets of all the passengers in the bus and they were waiting for me to hand out my ticket. I was blissfully unaware of their mere presence. Suddenly, I see a hand being thrust right in front of my eyes. Only when I remove my earphones do I realise that I am being asked to show them the ticket. At that exact moment, I can’t find them! Now everyone is staring at me, some are angry the bus is on halt and they are getting late for work, while I am starting to phase out into a hyper panic mode. Alas! I find my ticket, show it to the checker and breathe a sigh of relief. Few minutes after the incident I am wondering why am I listening to music all the time on the bus. My favourite song comes up on the radio and I forget about it all.

On my way back as i pulled out my earphones from my bag, I have a flashback of the morning’s incident. I have my earphones in one hand and my mobile in the other. I look around me. Everyone more or less has a earphone in their ears. I consider how boring the journey back home is gonna be if I don’t have my earphones on. I decide to give it a try. I mean, if I really get bored i do have a working earphone in my left hand and a phone with seventy percent battery in my right hand. Guess what? The ride back was not that boring.

So I decide not to plug in the earphone on the next day, the day after that and the day after that. So for three days straight in a row I did not use my headphones at all (YEAH!). I always had my earphones with me – just in case I needed them. Not using them while I had it, gave me a small sense of accomplishment. The origin of all sounds were at least three two feet away from my ears (except when I got calls). Its not like I didn’t listen to songs or watch YouTube, I did listen to them but on loudspeakers, at a volume that did not annoy my co-beings in the universe.

I wanted my streak to last a bit longer but annoying co-passengers, what can I say.

Here’s what I thought while I was on a break with my earphones and even later.

  • You don’t have people getting annoyed at you cause your ears are earphone-less and people don’t have to repeat sentences a hundred times before you can finally comprehend what is happening or being said
  • You are more aware of whats happening around you (Unagi 😛 )
  • You have more control over yourself than you think you do
  • The world around you is more interesting than you give it credit for
  • You only listen to what you wanna hear

I have done this ditch the earphone a few times after that incident and plan to continue on doing so. I am calling this the no-earphones project”.

In other news, if you are an Indian you will probably know this.. the weekends here aaaaand Deepawali is right around the corner! For those who are unaware of what Deepawali is, its a festival of lights. Some dumb morons confuse it with the festival of noise. I hope i don’t need to use ear-plugs to block out the loud sounds.

Wish you all a happy and safe Deepawali!

Year gone by 2015

The year 2015 officially comes to an end today. The past year has been everything i hoped for and occasionally things i didn’t hope for. What is life without a bit of everything?

 

It has been remarkable eventful, educational (in more than one way) and surprisingly memorable – for all the right and the wrong reasons 😛

 

I would describe this year as the almost deadly roller coaster ride that i am happy i enjoyed and survived. Most of it had to do with me entering the final year of my bachelor’s degree (Which implicitly causes a series of chain reactions), being social and the rest to “shaking it off” – like Taylor Swift asked us all to. It has definitely been a year of self reflection. In terms of realizing what I stand for – morally and professionally , building self respect, exploring new possibilities, jotting down goals and big chunk of it to identifying the people who make my life worth living and being thankful to them.

Also, I completed a whole year of blogging!! I never thought i would be able to make it.

In the end I would like to say that I am happy to be alive along with my loving family and friends, believe in a better future and a better world!
 

I wish this year has lesser disasters, lesser hate, lesser accidents, greater success, greater prosperity, better health and loads of love. Happy New Year!!

 

I am gonna leave you with this famous dialogue. I know most of you will be sick and tired of hearing this by now.. I am gonna say it anyway.. This new year MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! 😋 😁