Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chai kitli -- The meeting place

Believe me when I say - the conversation at a 'chai kitli' is more interesting than any 'current affairs' news segment. That is what my friend told me when we were having tea at, of course, a tea stall or better, 'chai kitli.' There is no denying the fact that the best and open conversations happen over a cup of tea. You sit at one of these road side tea stall and just listen to everything being talked about. There not one topic which is left out or not discussed.

Like just a couple of days ago, I overheard a couple of young guys discussing Indian politics, in their own way. The discussion was not only funny, but really illuminating. They were discussing how the next assembly elections would effect Gujarat. Who would be elected this time? Which party has the best chance? Who would be the next CM? More intricate details like which party could be the deciding factor etc. But this really got me thinking, these two guys are really discussing some very important issues. And not only that, they actually know what they are talking about. The question that I asked them after this (yes, I just couldn't hold myself back!), "Would you vote in this assembly election?" And the answer was equally thought provoking, "It would be my first ever time to vote, but can we get 'none of the above' as an option?"

This is just one of those thousands of amazing conversation we have at tea stalls. Some are illuminating, some result in arguments, and some other are just plain rubbish. But that is the beauty of a tea stall! No context needed. And you get to listen to some honest opinions of people who matter.

Long live 'chai kitli'

Sunday, September 16, 2012


I don't know what is it with blogging. I start, I stop, I again start and it is just that. Writing is not my forte but I always thought that I'll maintain a blog because I want to air, if nothing else, at least my opinions. And you know, opinions are like noses; everyone has one.

This time though, I am thinking I'll stick around. I observe things and I would like to paint those observations in my words here. It'll be fun. I still don't know why I am writing this post, but well well, if sometimes it is good not to know why you are doing something.

Amdavad to Baroda

What is so special about this? This is a regular routine for countless people everyday. The people who 'up-down' everyday for job, may be for studies. Or someone like me who commutes every now and then between these two cities. So what's so special? The specialty lies in the fact that there is nothing special about it and yet, this whole journey has a beauty surrounding it. People have become so busy that they miss out on some of the best scenes and arid yet green pastures of Gujarat. There is nothing special about crossing Mahi Sagar River, nothing special about a couple of Poultry farms, nothing special about the farms which we pass on the way, or for that matter, the two citisque towns that used to be part of journey between these two cities but now are completely bypassed (thanks to Expressway). It is such a regular occurrence for so many people that no one even notices this is a journey anymore. This regularity defines our overly repetitive life where we miss the beauty of the journey because of the destinations where we have to reach. Most people sleep through what could be amazing experience. 

This is so analogous to our journey of life. In our life, we miss so many beautiful moments just because we are in a hurry to reach our destination. Life is a journey to be enjoyed. When did we forget that?