Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The show must go on..

I've been in Mumbai for about one and a half months now, and each day has been new & different.. I've made so many friends, got a good job profile, got a great place to stay (on the 15th floor overlooking the hills & the ocean)..

To me, Mumbai is (among other views): filled with high energy & a very deep need to make the daily bread - this need is so highly ingrained into every person in Mumbai (whether from Mumbai or outside) and that drives them to get back on track ASAP, no matter what.. "I must earn my daily bread".. "I must survive".. "I must live".. "The show must go on.."

The last 3 weeks in my life - so much has happened, and it still is happening..
-My roomie quit her job (rather she is 'on a break') and went to her hometown - was just getting to know her a lot more when, she decided to leave.. & today, I got a call from another friend, he quit his job yesterday & returned to his hometown today..

-the rains & hype over it - my roomie & I were just as good as stranded without a cooking arrangement or electicity @ home.. we bought the cooking arrangement the next day.. saw a rockslide - we have this huge rock mountain that acts as a pillar to our flat, which started eroding in the rains!!

- a sudden trip to Trivandrum - came to office in the morning at 11am, caught the 2.30 flight out & came back the next day. When I came back, my office PC being formatted - by 'mistake' and I've still not recovered my data!!!..

- my friends/cousins landing up in Mumbai - An,Ru,Nu,Aj & my folks too..

- the riots - the entrance/ exit to my flat was actually locked. Ignorance is bliss I guess - coz, I dont have a TV at home yet, I was so 'pakaued'(bored to death) so, I decided to go catch a movie with friends, and we ended up having a super time @ club IX, which brought together 6 strangers..

- & how can I not mention the blasts?..

All that I can think of now is, "The show must go on.."

17 comments:

Everyman said...

The rudest city, the city filled with good samaritans,the city thast truly never sleeps, the city without a heart..wonder what else Mumbai's been called..

Very eventful true..glad u've outlived them all :)tc

zoxcleb said...

thats mumbai for u... and u seem to be livign it completely.. and dont bother abt the tv.. nothign good is on anyway.. just get a net connection at home.. and enjoy!

Aparna.G said...

@everyman - the city truly doesnt sleep.. the day of the blasts, I was awake at 3am the next morn -and I could see ambulances rushing out on a far off street.. so much has been said & much more done by the localites, whoever said Mumbai doesnt have a heart???

@zoxcleb - I know u r right -I am not 'for it' either but at some point, I guess u just feel disconnected without the TV..

candid diary said...

I can only imagine your city's situation... the phrases like "I must earn my daily bread".. "I must survive".. "I must live".. "The show must go on.." were enough to describe so many untold stories. Unless the whole thing had been such a sad episode agitating our minds I would have said, 'nice post'.

Here is some quote from somewhere
“…shows you the kind of world we live in. Love is illegal - but not hate. That you can do anywhere, anytime, to anybody. But if you want a little warmth, a little tenderness, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to cuddle up with, you have to hide in dark corners, like a criminal”.

Aparna.G said...

@candy - the quote is just brilliant - gives a whole new perspective into a "criminal", "terrorism".. simbly brilliant & profound!!!!!!!!

Aparna.G said...

@candy - thanks for visiting.. Plz keep coming back.. with quotes like these from u, we can al put in our different perspectives & work towards a better world, if possible..

amitabha said...

I visit your blog regularly though this is only the third time I am leaving a comment.
I have been able to visit your blog in spite of the blocks imposed by the authority (that shows my senserity).
I link to your blog from Aparna's 'the variegated sky' and I like your blog.
Keep blogging, emain cheerful.
Dated 19th July 2006.

Anonymous said...

There was typo. What I meant was:
I visit your blog regularly though this is only the third time I am leaving a comment.
I have been able to visit your blog in spite of the blocks imposed by the authority (that shows my sincerity).
I got link to your blog from Aparna's 'the variegated sky' and I like your blog.
Keep blogging, remain cheerful.
Dated 19th July 2006.

candid diary said...

Needless to say candy.., amitabha & the above anonymous are one & the same person.

candid diary said...
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unforgiven said...

The show did take a hitch, this time.
Must give the city kudos though, it has survived through a lot recently.

Vikas said...

hello....

yeh ur right ..show must go on..... this is what life is all about .....keep on moving...coz

"Tough Times Never Last,Tough People Do"

candid diary said...

The show was supposed to go on.

Vikas said...

Many say that Mumbai is a very democratic city--you have the low life and the high life co-existing almost every where.For the guests at the oberoi poolside--the Queen's Necklace at Marine Drive stretching out behind them in a long arc--the darkness beneath the lamp is too far below to be visible.The financial capital of the country plays as hard as it
works.This evening is a time to savour the fruits of enterprise.

i wuld like to add this quote

"Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter, long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best. "

Arunima said...

interesting post. my roomie left another one is joining.

AJ{ax} said...

sis...
how u doing man..spoke to ur mum this morning !!!! what the hell went wrong...?!?!?!? i plan to call u later on today..on mums phone..hope u gonna stick around at home !

zoxcleb said...

hey so how are you feeling now?
me back on bloggin now... have a look at my new space...