Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sweet Nothings

We were asked to write a story in our Communications skills lecture beginning with 'IF ONLY. Before I realized I had a list of if onlies that sounded maudlin and gloomy. As if having a professor hell-bent on making you write, and snooping around to check on you wasn't gloomy enough.

I decided to be positive and modified the list to the extent that now it’s completely different from the one it originally took root from. The only common factor is that it begins with ’I’. After all, its all about me.....;)

I like.......

I like it when it's still dark in the mornings when I am on my way to the college. Nothing beats the serenity and tranquility of early morning darkness when everyone and everything is lost deep in the lairs of slumber.

I like it when I can switch the AC on in the middle of winter and wrap myself up in a blanket and go to sleep like there is no tomorrow. Come to think of it I like it when I have access to the AC 365 days a year.

I like it when my hands are hennaed and we are having chicken for dinner since it invariably means my Dad or my brother will take turns feeding me since my Mom is a vegetarian.

I like it when I dread the walk to the railway station on a hot afternoon and suddenly the sun decides to hide behind a cloud.

I like it when I hope for a lecture to be cancelled and cancelled it is.

I like it when people spell and pronounce my name right. Don’t ask me why but I simply like it.

I like it when the watchman becomes beneficent and lets us have water for a few extra hours on a Sunday because it means I get to sing under the shower and not bother myself with a bucket and mug.

I like it when everyone has to go to work but I get to sleep late since I am the only one having a holiday.

I like it when everyone tries to put my baby cousin to sleep and she doesn’t but within five minutes of my trying the same she nods off. {The secret is my singing. Do I hear the Indian Idol guys at my door?}

I like it when an outing that my friends and I have been planning for months; actually materializes since most of our plans that includes me never do.

I like it when some stranger I see daily but don’t really know smiles at me and then I smile back. Before we know we are ‘smiley friends’.

I like the fact that I have come across a lot of horrible,
exacting, self centered, rude and disgusting people; and I like it even better that I get to spend a lot of time with them, since it helps me appreciate with full intensity the wonderful people who come into my life no matter for how short or long a duration.

I like it that my i-pod has songs belonging to 6 different languages and I can speak only 3 of them fluently. The rest I just sing along with.

I like the fact that nowadays exams mean not having to worry about Mathematics.

I like the fact that I completed two main public exams and only have 1 more left to go while my brother and cousins haven’t finished the first one yet.

I like my unusually large feet - makes shoe-shopping a breeze; always pick up the snazziest pair available in my size which is almost never.

I like it that I get to live in two countries simultaneously even though 300 out of 365 days it puts me in a conundrum that I find difficult to come out of.

I like it that I’ve never seen snow in real life. Just gives me another reason to visit a foreign country.

I like it when my students at my place of social work ask me why I didn’t turn up for a day or two although my initial response is to remind them who the teacher is.

I like surprises, good ones where I am the center of attraction. No wonder I hardly get any.

A cool breeze on a hot day is something I like. The same stands for a single rose that survives for days in just a glass of water.

When someone tells me that I am neither fat nor thin but am just perfect, I like it a lot.

I like playing ‘house’ with my little cousins. { I have a huge stack of cooking toys}

I like it when my brother makes a mistake in French when I  teach him since it means I get to smack him on the head.

I like it that the girl sitting next to me in the train is trying to look at this as I write it.

I like the smell of wet earth during the first monsoons before it turns into disease infested slush.

I like Josh Hartnett, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Channing Tatum, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, The Jonas Brothers, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, George Clooney etc etc etc{ toooo many to puthere;)}........ 
But I LOVE my Father and my Brother.

I like it when people in my family get married since I get to dress up on the wedding.

When a random stranger’s angelic baby bestows a toothless, drooling, pure as love grin on me I like it a lot.

I like it when people I like address me by my nickname or as sugar, darling, sweetheart etc.

When my mom and dad are around me I like it a lot because then there is always someone to give me a hug and a kiss.

I like bikes. The ones I like look great in the showroom and not on my bank balance.

I like it that others love my hair.

I like writing and receiving letters and I like it when I am the first to call up my best friend to wish her at midnight on our birthday.

I like the sound of pen on paper, crunching of dry leaves, breathing of a sleeping baby and laughter full of mirth and glee.

I like the feeling of peace that overcomes me when I tell the truth, do the right thing, be kind to someone and when I write and when I pray.

I secretly like receiving gifts.

The fact that this is longer than I expected it to be and is proving to be inexhaustible is something I like.

I like the fact that this Valentine’s day I finally learnt to love myself.

Yours liking the fact that you’re reading this



  1. WOW falak!!! After every post i read i keep thinking "Man! This is ur best one!!" well you'll just keep getting better huh?? Thats gr8! This blog is so light & simple but yet wonderful! We really should appreciate every single moment in our lives! Quoting SRK "kya pata? kal ho na ho" lol...this blog is SO relatable! Drooling over hot guys, baby's breathing, no maths exams are some of the things I can really relate to..haha! I absolutely LOVE this blog! i just hope that the lady who was reading wat u were writing, turns out to be the one who gives u ur big brk! (if she meets you in the train again that is!) im sure she had a good train journey reading that day!

    keep writing falak!

  2. Hi Falak, another sweet trip down the memory lane to all those who are deeply associated with you. Very nicely expressed thoughts... it is truly a joy when I see a new blog posted by you.

    Glad to note so much of positivity coming out of you. Looking forward to more of your wonderful write ups!!!

  3. Love the way you looked at all the small instances that make you smile n add the extra happiness to ur day... Its just so wonderful to look at tiny things n get that special thrill.. i especially like to hear someone say that i am niether fat nor thin but perfect...which is very rare!

  4. Bev: - Thanks a ton! I still have a long way to go, and the girl I was talking about was a college student :) So sadly no big break in the near future anytime: P

    Lakshmi: - It's going down the memory lane whenever I feel low – and that peps me up. I am happy that my conscious attempt at being positive appeals to all.

    Yohanna: - I'll tell that to you every single day if you want me too. After all I like being kind to people too, right????????? :)

  5. Heyy.. a very beautiful and "peaceful" post. I loved it. I was smiling throughout:):)

  6. Kalyani:- Thank you! That is something novel now... Peaceful huh??:)

  7. I just got two things to say.....

    I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  8. Sparsh:- Just one thing to tell you- Awwwwww,Thanks a lot!:)

  9. Sweetheart i lovvvvvveddd reading this post...i read it makes you feel so good..i dont know why...probabli bcos many of ur i likes,i too like...keep it up darling...its aweome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. if only i could be like you! great work!

  11. THANK YOU so much for getting me to read your blog.... It's worth everything!!!!! I honestly am one of your MANY MANY "pankhas!":D This piece is one of my personal favourites right now!!!! Please keep on writing,cos m sure gonna continue reading!!! Love you loads Falak!!!! Muah!!!

  12. Shruti:- Ha! You called me SWEETHEART! and DARLING!Now that is something I like! Great to know we like the same things:)

    mac satos:- LIKE ME? HAHAHAHAHHAHA! I like the way you played with the word.Thank you!

    Sonya D'Souza:- Oh ho! Sooooooo many phankas here! I need an Air Conditioner right now. The heat is so bad it's killing me:) Jokes apart thank you so much for you encouragement and support! I LIKE it:P

    anonymous jonas sisters

  14. Jonas sisters:- Thank you for all that you did say! Oh my poor brother....... Lucky brats them cousins of mine;)

  15. Hey Palak,
    Sorry for posting my comment so late but seriously you are jus too good!!!! I like the way you described our daily life of getting up so early for the most "beatiful" lecture but i think now that you have described the moring it so beautifully i will have to appreciate the fact. it was really nice to read sort of very peaceful!!!!

  16. i m sorry i dont know how Falak became palak!!!! Sorry!!

  17. well , a nice write -up and for once happy to know that u can see things in a positive manner! hope to see more of posts of the same kind frm ur stable.

  18. Manasa:- Hey, that is really not a problem.Typing errors happen..... It isn't the end of everything:) Great to know i could change your mind about the lecture though.

    black beauty:- I always see things positively;) Only sometimes it is more realistic than positive.The horse is currently busy preparing for the exam race. Will try galloping through it ASAP and come up with a neigh worthy post;)

  19. Falak where r u..........????
    i'm missin ur posts. it's been over a month and no posts! pls come bak soon............

  20. Sparsh:- Really sorry! I know..... Caught up with exams..... Next tuesday I shall win freedom and you shall have your wish fullfilled

  21. Dear falak,
    Lemme tell u wot I Like,

    I u spin words and make a masterpiece dat puts all dose literature freaks v studied in skool 2 shame!!!!

    I u always try 2 c d positive side in evrything!!!!!

    I Like...wen u n bev come 2 my place n v crib of all d math home wrk dat v hav pendin n den eventually land up discussin which jo bro will fall 4 us!!!!

    I Like...wen u bestow me wid ur mature thoughts evrytime i say or do sumthin silly!!!!

    I wen ur always der wen i need u!!!!....

    I no no...I LUV U!!!!!!!!!...

    UR D BEST!!!!!!...miss u loads gal!!!!!!!...jovi....