Saturday, 8 April 2017

The blue sky at night.

Life for a woman, at times, can be on a constant run. Another day has come to an end and it feels as if it has slipped away like a breeze (except that of boring afternoon. Why summer afternoons always have to be boring?). Stopped by the table to pick my medicine when, suddenly, I noticed something peeking from my balcony net door (Read further. It's not a horror story). I paused with the medicine box in my hands. Kid was waiting in the room but I thought to slip into the balcony for a minute. It was the shadow of moonlight falling onto the floor of my balcony that oozed the longing to steal a minute.

As I stood watching the sky, which might be peeking from every window and every balcony net doors of many houses at this point, the cool breeze calmed the rushed senses. Thankfully there was no lizard soaking in the moonlight. To my surprise, the sky still has a touch of light blue. It should be grey or black but no. It appears to me blue right now. It's nice! To encounter a little miracle, the blueness out of a predicted blackness. 

Kid is asleep now and now I am sitting in the balcony, stealing more one minutes. I am glad that my house is far away from the hustle and bustle of city. It's tranquil in here, the kind of solace a soul can ask for. It is good for so many things. It's going to be ten of night yet I can vividly hear two aunties chatting merrily while having their walks downstairs. I know them. Such little muffled conversations are like gentle little ripples in the ocean of peace. I know I should go to sleep too. Night always has to end to give a head start to another day. But I want to sit for longer, turning one minute into an eternity, may be? Only that it is not possible. 

Why? I ask. Why it is not possible? If you think freely, eternity sure is made up of these little one minutes. In other words, you can say, one minute is the unit of an eternity. So if I can't have a big sloppy overwhelming eternity at this time, I still can have little ones...little blue eternities. And it's enough. 

See! A peaceful surrounding makes you creative. Now let me say good night but not before I steal another little blue eternity. :)

Friday, 7 April 2017

If you can bring a smile and glow a heart with happiness...

You never go downstairs enough to have that walk. Terrace usually seems to do the job but sometimes when you have miss out on a neighbor you are expecting to talk to, the heavens slide down and you decide to amble on the earth.

And then I met three lovely aunties and we all got into a fun light conversation. The evening was sultry yet the laughter and unexpected companionship were embracing. In the middle of somewhere, one of those elegant ladies said,

"I saw her one day. She was running. When I asked, she said she was going to your book club. She looked so happy saying that." (Yes! That ongoing conversation was about my book club - Pick'A Book Club - For Kids - that I run from home, at home every Thursday.)

I heard in silence as the last comment drenched me with a strange kind of happiness.

She looked so happy saying that.

But it was only then when those ladies left for their homes and I re-picked up my ambling once again that the remark got my complete attention. It brought a little peaceful smile on my face. Often I am in the receipt of very positive feedback about my book club and the way I run it. Even this morning, a bunch greeted me. But the remark came from that neighborhood aunty got completely under my skin. It's probably the best compliment for my efforts and energy and thinking that I put for my book club.

I reminisced how usually I used to get bored when I had to attend my tuition and extra classes, when I was little. Kids usually don't like sitting and reading books. But it's not the same for my book club. Kids actually do feel happy when they leave their houses to mine, just so to read, eat something nice and get indulged in discussions, Guest Talks and other cool activities. The platform that I give them when the reading slot is over, they share their experiences too! And they look so delighted doing it!

It's true you can't make everyone happy but if you can bring a smile on a kid's face and glow her heart with the happiness, you know there is something real in life to cherish, to celebrate in silence and finally you light up with a smile yourself.