Thursday, November 14, 2013

Auto Driver

My colleague travels in an auto rickshaw every evening to reach home from work. I have heard her complain quite a lot on the drivers on how rude they are and stuff. This is very normal in Bangalore. I usually don't fight or even argue with the drivers and do have lot of patience with them. But there has been days when I've felt like calling the cops to complain. Anyone who's been living here has had a bad experience with the auto drivers at least once.

But today the same colleague of mine told me about the driver who dropped her home yesterday. He is 88 years old ex army man, who's Hindi was the best she had heard from anyone till now. He was very nice and spoke well to her. His elder son works in the Navy and the younger one works in Bangalore as an Automobile Engineer. Stays in Banashankari with younger son. He told my colleague about how his sons are unhappy about him driving an auto in Bangalore. He does it as its his passion. He wants to be a driver till his last breath. Its not for money as his sons earn quite well and also gets house rent. He loves being a driver and it keeps him active.

I felt so good hearing all this. Thought someone like him don't really exist and its only in the movies or books where we come across such amazing people. Knowing they really exist makes me feel so good. Also inspires me to work. There has been days when i just want to quit my job, read books, watch movies, sleep for more than ten hours. 

Hearing bout people like this driver makes me look lazy and old. Am i not passionate about my job? Of course i am. Laziness has not come to his mind ever. Else he could just stay home all day. But he won't 'cos working keeps his mind active. And this is absolutely true. Sometimes during the weekend when I'm home doing nothing, i feel i've not given any work to my mind and its had good 48 hours of sleep.

This was the right time to hear about the driver in my life. I am so inspired. All i want to do is work harder and keep myself active and occupied.

Would like to thank my colleague Sutapa Dey for telling me about the driver. Hope i get to meet him one day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

He's here finally..!!!

Eight years and I'm still getting used to my niece's tantrums and fights. God just gave me a nephew to start all over again. This fellow seems to be just like his sister. Started with his drama right from day one. Sleeps whole day and keep his mum awake along with his grandma whole night. I spent a night with him and have understood how loud he can cry and scream. Its been four days and he's made people run around him every minute.

But he's so cute. We forget everything else around him. His angry face is making us smile. His screams and cries make us think of ways to calm him down. All i want to do around him is take as many pictures of him as possible. His black eyes look around the room and stop at where there is maximum light. Oh. I can go on writing about him. :)

Here is the new addition to my family.
Saying "Hi" to his sister who's clearly very happy.:)