Not so good friday!

Some days are just annoying, irritating, exasperating, infuriating, tiring and maddening. Each and every task you take up or that falls upon you like Newton’s apple, has to go wrong. Are the stars to blame, or is it the wrong note set at the very start of the day, that propagates throughout the day, spoiling it in its entirety? Whatever be the reason, today was one such day that pestered me and forced me to rant about it aloud.

The day commenced with mild headache. It was probably the consequence of browsing through the mobile phone, as soon as I opened my eyes. Oh, but don’t I do the same everyday? Yes I do, but who knows, may be today I opened my eyes some degrees wider, a second or two before they could accurately adjust to the pricking bright light :|. I soon realized, this headache is not letting go of me so easily; it is here to stay.

Why do people eat apple in office bus? Can’t they spare 5 minutes from their super tight schedules and eat it at home and then board the bus? Or can’t they just excuse me and find any other seat that is not in close proximity to me? That crunching sound is too irritating and believe me, I could hear it even with my earphones on and songs played at highest possible decibel, my phone could emit.

Next, I met an annoying person at the bus bay. When your head is being continuously hammered from inside, all you wish for, is silence and peace and not any infuriating conversations.
Waving at me from a distance, I could actually envisage him saying “Hello, I am here to spoil your peaceful walk to the office building.” After an obligatory Hello, I said I have an important phone call to make, thinking he will walk away and leave me alone. But No! He decided to ignore my ignoring him and continued to walk. Plus, I had to make a forceful call to someone too.

Headache was now getting increasingly onerous. Checked my bag for a packet of Crocin tablets, but there wasn’t any. Hurtled straight to the chemist shop in campus, only to find it closed, scheduled to open 2 hours later, leaving me with no alternative but to bear the pain. Coffee, food, eye exercises – nothing could budge the pain. It probably loved being my companion.

Why are all the meetings planned far away from your building only on the day you wear heels? Wearing a pair of heels in a frenzy, proved to be completely dreadful today. Meetings with insufficient lead times, make your planned work go for a toss. Plus, when you have headache and leg ache they seem even worse. Additionally, if they end up handing over no brainer documents and sheets to complete, nothing can sound more terrible.

Needless to say, all the additional work made me stay late at work. At the end of the day, I was so knackered that I couldn’t even entertain the thought of hitting the gym. Guilt and regret that comes from inability to go to gym, when the scale has just started going down is beyond explanation. Hope those who have gone through this will agree.

To end the day on a less negative, if not on a positive note, I decide to grab a soothing cup of frappe from nearby coffee shop. Ah, but there is a fly in the ointment yet again! There is no one to serve me, the person supposedly has gone to collect a courier. I am sitting here, waiting for him, for more than 20 minutes now, penning my painful day down, but there are no signs of his return. I think, I should just leave now and accept today is not my day.

The day was a far cry from conventional Friday. Though it was an awful day, upcoming weekend appears to me like a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope it helps replenish my levels of positivity.

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Destiny!

Today post workout, I start feeling a bit dizzy. I think of just giving up on the long walk to bus bay to catch office bus and decide to book a cab instead, to quickly reach home. Gym is around 5 – 7 minutes walk from office gate, so I just book the cab, as I head out of the gym and start walking. As I begin walking, the feeling of discomfort starts growing and I finally decide to sit back and relax for a while on the nearby bench and not create a scene by collapsing somewhere in the middle of the road, that too in office premises.
Cab has already arrived, I get call from the driver “Madam I am here, I can wait for maximum 5 minutes. If you don’t come by then, cab will be cancelled and amount will be deducted.” I tell him to cancel as I am unwell and cannot reach in next 5 minutes for sure. He calls me again in a minute. “Madam there is some problem with the mobile application. I am unable to cancel, but I am gone, amount will be deducted when my application starts responding.” I say okay and disconnect.
I drink some water, relax for a while and then head straight to the cafeteria. I feel better after eating and it is almost the time for the next bus, so I finally take the next office bus to get back home.
After I reach home, I get a call from an unknown number asking if I am okay, as the cab I had booked has met with an accident. Taken aback by the news I answer “I am okay, I had to cancel the cab as I could not reach in time.” I am not in position to ask any further questions and I just hang up.
I don’t have any more details on the gravity of the accident or where it took place, all I know is I was blessed and saved from a mishap today and that the “destiny” has played a major role. I realized that the things that you are destined to, do happen no matter how hard you try to stop them from happening and vice versa.
I was saved from an accident, while I was disturbed by a mere feeling of discomfort. I did learn a lesson for sure, to not moan about petty things in life.
To believe in God; he does see a bigger picture, while we all can only see a limited part of it.
Sometimes the reasons behind certain circumstances in life aren’t revealed in a jiffy, but in longer run as the truth unfolds, we do realize that everything happened for good. Trust His decisions and gracefully accept what is in the destiny.

Tigers of Kanha!

Last few days were spent very close to nature. Had been to Kanha forest to spend extra long weekend, take a break from tedious routine, breathe some pollution-free fresh air and to be honest, see and photograph at least a few tigers. Must say luck did favour us this time, could see seven tigers; of which one did attempt a kill in front of us, another came walking head-on and one so close that we could have even touched him if we wished to.

Serene Sal forest:

As soon as we entered the forest, within an hour, we heard few alarming calls of a deer. We waited there and this magnificent guy emerged out of the dense Sal trees in less than a few minutes. The very first tiger, in the very first safari, he is named MB2. One of the 3 cubs of famous Mahabeer tigress, this one is around 2.5 to 3 years old.

In the same safari, spotted 3 cubs of tigress Dhwajandi hurriedly crossing the road.

On the same evening, after spending all the time looking for some stripes, we were finally happy to meet MB2’s sister MB3, enjoying her evening stroll, just 5 minutes before leaving the park.

Day 2 was a complete disappointment, as we could not spot even a single tiger.

Day 3 was the last day and did make up for Day 2. We were lucky to see tigress Neelam actually attempting a kill. She took more than an hour, keenly observing the kill from a distance, slowly and steadily heading forward and finally pouncing upon it.

On the way back, we saw tiger named Chota munna walking towards us from a distance. He was tired and panting, must have walked a lot. As we moved a bit more closer, he decided to take a break and sat down on one side of the road

He was truly the show stopper, perfect way to end the amazing trip.

Few other clicks from the trip:

Jackal

Vulture

Turtle

With memories of Chota munna, Dhwajandi and Neelam still lingering in mind, I resumed work today, excited to share the stories with friends and colleagues. Four days were spent without any network coverage or wifi connection, but they really did serve the purpose well. We returned feeling completely refreshed, ready to restart with a new zest.

Ginger tea..!

Written for ttt_official’s poetry promt ‘Ginger tea’.

You heal my heart,
broken totally apart,
like hot ginger tea,
on the red throat be.

With the warmth you give,
all the cracks you sew,
my heart does renew,
To explore horizons new!

Out comes your caring anger,
Like spicy side of ginger,
when I deny getting through,
how can I then, not improve?

You know me inside out,
There is no doubt,
I love you too,
You are my mother true!

Tadoba safari tales!

Like every year, last year too we did visit Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve located at Nagpur, India. We had 6 rounds of safaris, that turned out to be quite fruitful. In addition to several birds, barking deers, monkeys and other common animals, we had wonderful sightings of a leopard and few tigers.

Here is the image of the leopard, sitting on the same tree for hours. Finally we left the spot, but he refused to leave.

The next set of images are of very famous tigress ‘Maya’. We were about to miss this awesome sighting by a minute, but in turn ended up having the closest sighting ever.

The gypsy guide and driver were too confident after a few alarm calls of a deer, that the tigress would surely come to that particular water body. We patiently waited for her at the spot for more than 30 minutes, but there were no signs of her. Even the alarm calls stopped and we all thought there is no luck today.

“Let’s go explore other parts of the forest.” Our guide signalled the driver.

Driver turned the engine on. In order to make a U-turn in the narrow area, he drove the gypsy straight, more towards the water body. This is when we heard another deer alarm call and there she was, peeping through the bushes:

We were told not to move even an inch and intrude other photographers. We happily agreed to it. She walked towards the water

Sat there and drank lots of water, gave few wonderful poses.

and then left. This was one of the closest and most beautiful sightings I have ever had. We were extremely lucky that day.

On the last day of our trip, weather started changing instantly during the evening round. It was about to rain. This is when we spotted a pair of sub-adult cubs of another famous tigress named ‘Choti Tara’, having fun, playing with each other, enjoying the soothing weather.

and here is the mother ‘Choti Tara’, keeping a watch on them from a distance.

Here are few birds and other animals from this trip

Though we missed seeing another one or two tigers just by few minutes, I believe 1 leopard and 4 tigers is good enough. Expecting more would be pure greedy. It was a great trip, to stay in my as well as my laptop’s memory forever.

Unclosed chapters!

Some chapters in heart remain unclosed,
Pages rolling back and forth,
Bringing back the memories old,
Some unwelcome, some totally worth.

Familiar perfume or line of a song,
Is totally enough, to drag you along,
To people or places, you did once belong,
Giving you joy or hopes forlorn.

Scenes keep playing in a single skit,
Sulking or blushing, like a teenage kid,
Your face looks flat or completely lit,
Memories are sweet, some bitter bit.

Chasing old chapters is not a good bet,
They are to be browsed and then sinply left,
If you dwell in the past, you will surely fret,
Leave them behind, foot forward you set!