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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 875 --> Oh So Early

Certain legal matters which were supposed to start from Monday have been idefinately postponed. Nothing to worry about but sadly thats how most of the legal framework in this country works. And with so many millions of cases pending, there is actually a 1 month summer holidays for the judges, so the courts are shut for 1 month. This, in a country, where if the courts stop taking any more cases and actually work on finishing the pending ones, it would take them 300 years. God, indeed bless India. So Monday went by as smoothly as it could go. Tuesday was May 1. Traditionally holidays in most parts of the world, being labour day. But my office is not shut. On the contrary, some of these public holidays are block days in my office. It means that if i take a holiday during this day(and if its not a life and death situation), at best i could loose on 4 days of salary. At worst, i could loose my job. Strange are the dynamics of some work places. It was also the last working day for a colleague of mine who is joining another company for brighter prospects. I only wish Mithil, all the best for his endeavors. On Monday night i was kind of hungry after work so i went and ate some nice enchiladas at a nearby Restaurant. Yesterday, again, after work i was hungry and ate some nice dosas. Result, today morning i had a slightly upset tummy. So i went to office on a lunch of Apples and Mangoes topped with Milk. Felt detoxed. I was almost not going to office today but i made a wise decision of going. Because i had certain unexpected work that had come in office, which if i had delayed, would have taken atleast 1 and a half days to complete. Fortunately everything has been done much before time and i could relax. In a case of intercommunication from my side, my dinner was never made and once again, i had to eat out. Guess will have to take it very easy till the weekend, as being a birthday weekend, i will be eating a lot of junk food.
You know, for the past 2-3 years, i was always wanted to write something. I had chosen to keep a dignified silence on this topic but i need to clear some things out. Many people, I know, have been jealous of my trips around the world. My spendings. My Lavish lifestyle. They think i shouldnt be spending so much and saving for a rainy day and deep inside, they want to do all the things that i do but because of monetary reasons, or rather the lack of it, they cant get themselves to do it.
See, my parents, and their parents, and their parents, worked their asses out so their grand kids and great grand kids could enjoy a good lifestyle. A lavish lifestyle they couldnt enjoy. I am not a spoilt brat. I know the value of their hard earned money. I have a simple philosophy. Work hard and enjoy harder. And thats exactly what i am doing. And all the valuable assets and wealth that has been accumulated and created over the years by them, have been taken care of, more than even our lives, by Scrooge and me. And we will ensure that our future generations get to enjoy even more than what we did, but with their feet on ground. One of the main responsibilities that my forefathers have taught me is to enjoy life but ensure that the capital is taken well cared of. And thats exactly what we have been doing and thats exactly what we have done.
My great grandfather was not a rich man by birth. He had to work his ass off in an Italian Bank in Sudan and then as a humble tea merchant in Bombay to make ends meet. My dad's dad used to sell plastic toys and accessories near VT station. My mum's dad used to walk 1 stop in order to save 5 Paise Bus Fare. My Dad and mum have always ensured that their kids get everything that is possible within their means. We have always been given so much freedom by our parents that we have never ever misused it. Infact in the last few years that my folks were around, it was us who used to get angry on them for indulging in certain extravagant spending. But all said and done, if i have got to enjoy this luxury, its because my forefathers worked hard. If people can not get to enjoy what i am enjoying, then clearly its your family that needs to do some soul searching and not me.
I am not ever going to show off my wealth, but i can surely let my detractors know, that dont make the mistakes that your forefathers did.

And in the end...a poem for that someone i love:-


Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving,
O, but with mine, compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find it merits not reproving,
Or if it do, not from those lips of thine
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments
And sealed false bonds of love as oft as mine,
Robbed others' beds' revenues of their rents.
Be it lawful I love thee as thou lov'st those
Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee.
Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows
Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
By self-example mayst thou be denied!

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