Saturday, December 09, 2006

The World This Week

Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, "The World This Week" was one of my most favourite programs on Television. It used to be hosted by Appan Menon and then Prannoy Roy. It talked about news from various cities of the world and in those pre-liberalisation days, I used to stay up at 10.30-11 pm in the night with my dad to watch it on Doordarshan. Some nights, I would fall asleep watching it. I was fascinated by the diverse range of people in this world. I followed some of the news. I did not follow some of the news. But I remember watching with bated breath as they showed pictures of the various cities. I loved seeing foreign cities.

Today, I complete my first week outside India. Well, almost...

A call from nowhere and a chance out of nowhere and bang! I landed in Tokyo, Japan.

I took the Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai to Narita, Tokyo with a brief stopover/transit at Singapore. The flight was uneventful and I had decent company on the first flight, while I amused myself by learning Japanese number system on the second.

Singapore Changi and Narita, Tokyo airports are truly amazing airports. Big and systematic.

At Narita, I converted some foreign currency to local currency and booked a seat on the Limouzine bus to Shinagawa Prince in Meguro. The bus ride took 1.5 hours and get this: there were announcements on the bus apologizing that the driver was taking a different route to the one originally planned, owing to rush hour traffic :). Amazing... The drive was amazingly smooth and one didnt even feel the traffic jam...

From the Shinagawa Prince hotel, I had to take a cab to my apartment building at the Ichi Mast Life Apartment. I reached by around 8 PM. With loads of baggage, I was finding it difficult to carry it in. Megumi san, one of the representatives of the Ichi Corporation, which owns the Apartment block in which I live, helped me with the keys and with the baggage upto my apartment. She also told me about the ways to use the various appliances in the apartment. My apartment is a small one with a section for the kitchen, the bath and a bedroom. After living in a big house, this was something of a shock :)

The first night was rough. I was a bit homesick and being away from home for the first ever time in life, I decided that let's screw the future. Im getting out of here in 3 months flat. I missed my mom, my dad and my sis and just wanted to get back to living the way I had been. But the next morning onwards itself, I felt better and after some thinking, it struck me that one progresses through life and the only constant is change. And one cannot live forever in a protected environment. Anyways, I took it up as a challenge and decided (in my own arrogant way) that "No! I will not bow down to the circumstances. Come what may. I shall live out whatever time I have here, and live it well."

I can cook to save my life and generally can adjust wherever and in whichever manner needed. All that remained was learning to manage the house. One thing you learn as a Software Engineer is to pick up multiple skills very fast in a very short span of time. I shall always be very thankful to my field of work for that.

The first morning after itself was spent in purchasing household items and setting up the home :) My friend, Prakash, who has been living here for 3 months, was shocked by the amount of things I purchased on Day 1 itself. I must tell you that I have had very, very helpful and caring seniors here, which has lifted the pressure somewhat and made life a lot easier.

Thats all for now. Will definately post more in the coming days. This new phase of life is really exciting. Another step towards some goal that The One Above must have destined.

P.S: I started writing this post on the 1st of December and I am posting it on the 9th. I am having a great time in office :)

Song For Tonight

Papa Kehte Hain - QSQT

Papa kehte hain bada naam karega
Beta hamara aisa kaam karega
Magar yeh to koi na jaane
Ki meri manzil hai kahan

Papa kehte hain bada naam karega
Beta hamara aisa kaam karega
Magar yeh to koi na jaane
Ki meri manzil hai kahan
Papa kehte hain bada naam karega

Baithe hain milke sab yaar apne
Sabke dilon mein armaan yeh hai
Wo zindagi mein kal kya banega
Har ek nazar ka sapna yeh hai
Koi engineer ka kaam karega
Business mein koi apna naam karega
Magar yeh to koi na jaane
Ki meri manzil hai kahan
Papa kehte hain bada naam karega

Mera to sapna hai ek chehra
Dekhe jo usko jhoome bahar
Gaalon mein khilti kaliyon ka mausam
Aankhon mein jaadu honthon mein pyaar

Banda ye khoobsurat kaam karega
Dil ki duniya mein apna naam karega
Meri nazar se dekho to yaaron
Ki meri manzil hai kahan

Papa kehte hain bada naam karega

Periappa, I miss you very much... You were one of the kindest and most lively men I ever knew. I am sorry I wasn't there...


Anshul Agrawal said...


Nicely put thoughts n experiences... even i was able to visualize sum of the incidents, which you mentioned here...

I knw hw it feels when u r out of ur home for the first time but life continues to move, & so shud we !!!

Anonymous said...

so which company do you work for dude