Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday with Morrie

It was a pretty awful lonely weekend. Everybody seems to be going home for the festive season, while I am stuck here in this godforsaken city, working like a maniac. I was planning a solo trip to Ajanta Ellora during Diwali, but had to cancel it because of work.

I am so sick of the computer screen that I decided to spend the weekend doing something completely self-indulgent, and yes, away from the screen.

Of course, there is nothing more uplifting than SHOPPING! So yea, I spent a very satisfying five hours in the mall, buying completely unnecessary stuff at prices I can’t afford. Dear showrooms, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT assume for a moment, that just because it’s Diwali, you can fool people into buying overpriced clothes for sentimental reasons. I was completely aware that the dress I bought wasn’t worth the price tag, but still I bought it, well, because I WAS DEPRESSED. Anyway no regrets. At least I can look pretty at work while I sift through slide after slide of gibberish. Not that it matters; almost the entire floor is on leave but still I like the smell of new clothes on me.

More importantly, I did a LOT of reading these two days. What with the assassination of Gaddafi and my complete ignorance about the dictator’s whims and fancies, I had a lot to catch up on. At times like this, I do appreciate why my dad calls me UNEDUCATED. Besides, for a change I read a good book. Lately I had been reading a lot of junk dished out by Indian ‘writers’ (because someday I aspire to dish out similar junk), so I had almost forgotten how it felt to read a really good book. Thankfully, this weekend, I found one. “Tuesdays with Morrie” is no highbrow literary masterpiece, but it sure is a breezy read with just about the right sprinkling of humour, philosophy and candour. And oh, before the book became a worldwide success, it was rejected by several publishers and one went as far as to declare that the author didn’t know how to write a memoir! So I guess there is one thing common among publishers across geographies: STUPIDITY!

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long”… as you say, Morrie Sir!


Smita said...

Even am feeling so very depressed!!! Need to vacate the place where we are staying & finding a new place is trouble. No diwali mood this year :(

Nefertiti said...


two words: RETAIL THERAPY!!

But yea, I can imagine. Moving can be a pain. But happy diwali anyway.

Carpe Diem! said...

Hey, sure we don't know each other. But, if on festivals/ important days, you don't have anyone to celebrate with, drop me and email and you could celebrate with my family. :)

Also, have read some really good stuff lately, if you want to try: The first two books of the Shiva Triology by Amish T, Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and some comics I bought from Comic Con.

Good luck and Happy Diwali! :)