Wait, did that really happened?


Yesterday, I had to travel back to hometown for which I needed to board a train at 15.07. But unfortunately, I left late from office and things started to go in a funny way. Reached railway station from office, boarded the local train, came to the main station. After reaching, the first thing which happened is everyone’s Bollywood dream.

I’m running late, the train which I need to board is in next 3 minutes, I need to grab a ticket for which I need to withdraw cash and my bag’s buckle gets locked out in a some girl’s sling. Duh! What a moment it was! The time stopped, violins in the background were playing Perfect by Ed Sheeran. We both smiled and we were already in love with everything falling into place, right after it. I skipped my train we both sat there on the platform and our eyes did all the talking. It was the best moment in my life. We spoke for a great time before I boarded the next train. The first thing which struck my mind was, “Wait, did that really happened?” Butterflies were everywhere!

BS! That didn’t even happen in reality my bag got stuck in her sling, I pulled out my bag, instantly and ran towards boarding my train and when the girl tried to make that awkward ‘I’m sorry’ smile my only answer was “Ch*t*y! hass matt, bag nikal muje late ho raha hai” (Idiot, pull out the bag I’m getting late). Staying in Mumbai simply makes you value for TIME much more than anything else and especially for the hilarious Bollywood BS! Yeah, I boarded the train (Fortunately, otherwise that girl would have been roasted badly in my head!) and came to my hometown on time.

Yeh hai Mumbai meri Jaan!
(This is Mumbai, Love!)

Peace! ~ αm


Last 36 hours…


I’d quickly wrapped my meetings for the day and I was free by second half so I called few of my friends to see who is free to catch up for the new movie justice league.

Fortunately or unfortunately only one was free, she was ready to come for the movie. We both reached the mall I quickly took some munches and headed towards the multiplex. After entering in she started going in one screen, I asked her “The movie will start after 15mins why are we going in right away?” “Actually Milu, we are not going to watch Justice League, we are going to watch Qarib Qarib Singlle.” She replied and bang I lost my temper I should have realised it when she said will book the tickets I didn’t realise it was a trick which she played her. Her intention for booking the ticket was to make me watch a Bollywood movie rather than going to the Justice League. (P.S.: So guys if your female says she will book the ticket never ever trust her, it is a trick to watch some romantic Bollywood movie). She literally dragged me into the movie only in one term and condition I’m not at all paying for the movie and dinner, later on, to which she agreed.

Ok, here is the twist in the article the movie was actually good after a long time I really enjoyed a Bollywood flick. Actually, I’m in love with Parvathy Menon, a perfect South Indian lady with brilliant expression. (P.S.: Guys sometimes, I repeat sometimes let the girl decide some random Bollywood movie, you never know you may fall in love with the actress and get a new celebrity crush in your life.)

So after the movie my friend had to leave for Bengaluru to meet one of her interior designing customers, she asked me if I can join her I gave it a thought and her bribe that I will get to some real South Indian beauty on the trip made me influenced to join her. She quickly checked that is there any seats available for the same bus in which she was travelling fortunately got one slot, two different berths but the same bus. After boarding the bus did little maska pani to one double bedded passengers they agreed we move to there seats and the craziest journey of my life began. We started off around 8 o’clock from Mumbai had the food we parcel on our way and started binge watching FRIENDS. By the time bus took its first halt for refreshments around 12 in the night we had already completed season, but the fun part was the fellow passengers who had seen us laughing all this time gave us some ridiculous looks for laughing on the top of our voices in a public bus. We both controlled our laughter over the looks which we got.

After the bus started again towards Bengaluru we continued our binge-watching but this time we got complains from the passengers so we eventually we wrapped up the episode and decided to sleep. My phone started ringing at 7 o’clock next morning I disconnected initial few calls and the 5th call was from my dad I can’t disconnect this one so I answered the call, “Where are you? Why are you not answering to mom? Why was your phone not reachable from last one hour and which is the service provider replying in some South Indian language?” I was bombarded with some questions. Before I answer them dad reminded me of the Pooja was on very next day at 8 in the morning back at Nashik, and before answering to all the previous questions I realised I’m screwed royally this time. “Dad I’m headed to Bengaluru right now for some business work, I had fallen asleep so didn’t answer mum. Yeah, I’ll make sure I’ll reach tomorrow before 8.30 am.” I quickly lied to dad. But he is my father he knew my marketing region is no longer is in South so he said, “My dearest son, you no longer work in the southern region so stop making me fool and as of now do whatever you are doing but reach tomorrow quickly, you’ll tell me truth tomorrow after Pooja.” “Uh! Okay, dad.”

I panicked out and called a friend of mine, asked him to get him the fastest and cheapest way to reach to Nashik. He checked out buses, train and flight none of them was helpful for me to reach, buses had an awkward timing, one single train to Mumbai which took 24 hours to reach which would leave Bengaluru at 7 in the evening and flight tickets were expensive to make me broke for a couple of weeks. I’ll criticise this ahole some other day for now just consider it was a wrong decision to call him and seek to advise I took he simply asked me to skip the Pooja back at Nasik.

I calmed down myself, called maa and see if the pooja can be postponed at least for a couple of hours to which maa initially scolded me later said she can try to postpone at least for one hour only. That’s all I wanted at least that I thought so at the particular moment. I called up old contacts at Bengaluru, he said he will try to get me some arrangements to reach back as soon as possible.

We reach Bengaluru at 1 pm, she visited the site of the customer I started calling several people for making an arranging vehicle to reach Nasik in next 20 hours, that’s 9.30 am. Got cheapest option to take a private cab till Pune which was charging us nearly Rs. 6,000, to which we had to other option to agree as the next bus departs from Bengaluru is at 3.30 and we had to leave the city in next 30-45 mins. We agreed I took snacks and few cartons of juice while driving to the site of the customer. 2 o’clock we started off with huge traffic in front of us. A real test of patience can be seen only in such situation where every minute counts and you are stuck in traffic.

3.30 we reached Nelamangala By-Pass 15 mins delayed than the usual time that what the driver informed us. My phone rang, Incoming call… Maa… “Hello beta! so are you coming tomorrow or we should complete the pooja without you?” “No, I’m already on my way back home. No need to worry I will surely reach Nasik by 9.30” I replied her back. “That sounds interesting if you by then. I surely have to distribute sweets throughout Nasik” she said in a sarcastic manner, “Not so funny Maa.” I replied.  “Son you have created this mess for yourselves I’ll simply enjoy the whole show as of now. Bye!” “Bye.” the call got disconnected. I felt like maa is playing “Khatam Kahani” from Qarib Qarib Singlle in the background.

The driver was a professional one just a right Angel for us at this right moment. He drove a perfect speed with proper safely switching the lanes. In all this, we both were now helpless just wait and reach Pune safely and calmly. The E.T.A. to reach Pune was 4 o’clock in the morning, and then catch another cab or bus till Nasik. Whichever was first available for us to reach.

We started playing the songs of the iconic movie, Dil Chahta Hai. No matter what the situation is songs from this particular movie perfectly blends in the car journey. We started sharing different stories of the several trips which we had been individual or with someone. The driver also joined in telling stories of his several journeys where his customers have travelled. Laughed our hearts out on the several incidences which we came across in last 24 hours and what more is in line for us to experience.

We decided to take a halt for 15 mins at the very next restaurant. We came across few restaurant before deciding the decent one, we quickly took our refreshments. Now, this the important part, the bill amount was 536₹ and when the cashier swiped the card he made a transaction of 356₹ I realised this as soon as he handed me over the customer slip, the first thing I asked the driver and the friend is to leave the restaurant as soon as possible. Agreed, a difference of 180₹ is not that huge or we can’t pay that sum, but getting a free discount in any form will always be joyful if you know how it really feels. The driver and my friend didn’t realise what exactly happened at that particular moment but after we rushed out of the place I told them the discount benefit we got making us a shoplifter without actually wanted to be one, at this moment. It has the same feeling like the irritating the local shopkeeper outside your college where you have shoplifted few chocolates just to tease him and having fun in getting free chocolates will always be joyful.

I somehow convinced to the driver to let me driver for certain stretch, I really can’t skip the idea of not driving a car when I am on the highway and grabbing this opportunity was simply great. The Mumbai-Bengaluru highway has been a great road which I have seen many times but driving on it was simply more fun. My friend started to play Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill”

But I can’t wait to go home
I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way
You make me feel
And it’s real

These lines were the perfect catalyst to make us high on the trip, even though we both visit Nasik regularly.

As night comes closer and we both were tired as hell from this long journey we eventually dozed off around 9 o’clock which was way earlier than we expected. Around 3 in the morning I woke up with a jerk that I missed out the early bus to Nasik. The driver assured me we are on right track and but kinda late like 30 mins or so. I came up the front seat and let my friend occupy the last seats completely. We reached Pune, Nashik Phatta around, 5 o’clock which was nearly 45 mins delayed from the E.T.A. which we had initially. We got fresh up at one of the local restaurant, adieu the driver who was the Angel for us (surely have to be in contact with him) and took the very next bus direct to Nasik.

7.30 am my phone starts ringing, Incoming Call… Maa… and my heart skipped a beat. “Good Morning Maa…” I said as I answered the phone call, “Good Morning so are you attending the Pooja or not?” Maa quickly questioned me. “Of course Maa, I’m about to reach by 9.30. I have left Pune a long time ago.” I replied to her question. “Wah! That’s great see you soon beta. Bye.” “Bye Maa.” It was the tiniest achievement which I was going to achieve in next couple of hours.

9.30 got a call from Dad, asking the same question that is I am attending the Pooja or not. Running late due to useless halts of the bus delayed me to reach me on time to Nasik, I said I’ll be home by 10 o’clock maximum, to which he replied “Let’s see, we are starting the Pooja hope you reach on time.” and disconnected the call.

And finally, I reached home by 10.05 am I think so because this paragraph is being written a day later after all the things being handled. Even though the Dark Side was strong making sure I don’t reach Nasik on time I somehow managed to reach home nearly on time because the force was with me. Really sorry for that Star Wars Puns, but this trip was the craziest one which I ever did. Period. Even my friend has reached home safely and called up the driver to know about his whereabouts he got another customer back till Bengaluru but he didn’t have the fun while going back like he did with us.

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. – Jack Kerouac

Peace! ~ αm


Me and My Shadow | 4


Previously on Me and My Shadow

The Blueprint

Maya had a handful of thoughts running in her mind with the pen drive which Tej gave her back when they had their beautiful lunch. Even though she had the pen drive with her it was kinda difficult for her to open see it as she was scared that the data in it would have meant something really different than what she was expecting.

She didn’t try taking a look at what is inside but used to just mingle around with thoughts. Many times she even plugged in but did not have gut’s open it. Maya herself was shocked by her own behaviour regarding such simple thing.

She looked at herself in the mirror decided to simply put the thoughts aside and concentrate on the thing which she wants to do in her life. She decides to give a final thought on how she will ask for the permission from her Dad regarding the factory which they owned but is currently shut down. She has few ideas which are running in for that place, she is looking forward to making it in something exclusive so that she can concentrate on the dream she is chasing for.

Maya finally gathers all the courage and leaves for her Dad’s Office. As she arrives read the huge name on entrance “Maya’s Dune Resort”. And she started to get those extra privilege services after all this resort was her own, she was the owner of this magnificent hotel. After getting into the hotel every staff member was greeting her with all the amenable gesture and finally she reaches her Dad’s office and as usual, he was busy in managing something, and why won’t be busy 31st December celebrations were on adjacent week itself.

Seeing her daughter waiting for him, he freezes all his work and calls her in. He was happy thinking that Maya was ready to join him in hotel business line but he didn’t recognise she was here to ask him something.

“Dad, I need a small favour from you?” Maya, asks him.

“Yes, tell me.” He answered.

“I know you won’t be keen what I am asking for but can you let me use our factory?”

“Umm, can I know the reason for the use?” His happiness suddenly disappears as her daughter has asked him this same question before she left the house.

“Sure Dad, and I assure this time I won’t leave the house even if you reject my proposal. I want my working space, Dad. For doing all my stuff like designing, my small research and development lab kind of thing, and need to start filling my paper works for all this work too.” Maya answered.

After a short silence between them, he finally agreed to Maya and said, “OK. You can use the factory for any use you want but assure me you won’t take any wrong step this time.”

“Dad, I’m going to fit security cameras as I’m looking for expensive equipment in R&D lab, if you want you can take a feed at your office too. It will be a bonus for the security of equipment and as well as you will be assured of actions.” Maya tried to assure her dad this time she is full of energy and at the same time isn’t looking for trouble.

“Done. I trust you my love but…” quickly replied her Dad but had a little trouble telling his views about her concern. “Yeah Dad, I know what you mean to say I’m giving you the complete picture of what I am doing, I’ve lost your trust and I’ll regain it in a rightful manner.” Maya knew what she was doing so it was easier for her to give that confidence to her Dad.

After both of them agreeing on the terms they discussed, Maya was full of joy and had decided to call up the equipment manufacturer for her little lab and headed to a furniture store and computer to get her all the things she needed. The joy of getting her dad’s approval was way too much then she had expected.

That whole day Maya was out ordering several things from her new place of work. Later at night when she came home her father saw the happiness of Maya making him realise that it was correct decision that he took for factory this time. In the following days, Maya was pretty much occupied in the setting up of the place, she wanted to start the actual work from the New Year, giving her life a new start. All this time she was having the blueprints of the work in her thoughts but now it was coming up true.

In the meanwhile Tej was not sure what was going on with Maya she was not in contact with him. Tej assumed that the project he shared was the reason behind Maya disconnection with him. It was until Tej got more upset when Maya called him up on Monday afternoon to confirm things regarding the class they were having that evening, she spoke about the class but didn’t spoke a word regarding the pen drive.

In reality, Maya had forgotten about the pen drive altogether in her own happiness. When they met before class that day Tej understood that something great has happened with Maya just by the glow on her face. Soon, Maya told Tej about all the things which happened in the last couple of days. Tej’s heart sank as Maya did not pull up the topic of his project but at the same time he was happy about the happiness of Maya.

It was just 2 days left before 31st December so Tej was occupied a lot at the hotel still Maya insisted him to come to the factory for seeing the blueprint turned into the reality of Maya’s small dream. When Tej visited the place with Maya, he no longer could control the ignorance he was having regarding the things which he had in his mind, so Tej asked her “Maya, did you go through the pen drive?” after this question Maya realised that she altogether forgot about the pen drive. She apologised for the ignorance but Tej seem to be off the mood now so he asks Maya to give back the pen drive and Tej soon leaves after collecting the pen drive.

“Tej! Tej! Stop!” yelled Maya as she saw him walk out of the factory door. “Give me the pen drive, I’ll go through it right away.”

But her requests went unheard, Tej had already left!

Maya knew that she had disappointed the only person who actually cared about her. She even knew that she really had to do something to make it up to him. New years’ eve wouldn’t be complete without him. She stood leaning on the door thinking as to what had to be done next.

She obviously wanted to know Tej’s plan but first she had to get her friend back!

Peace! ~ αm ft. @365days365stories

Me and My Shadow | 3


Previously on Me and My Shadow

The Treat

“Mumma…” Maya called out to her mom in a melodious voice.

Maya’s mom was shocked to see her daughter smile early in the morning. It had been a pretty long time she had woken up to Maya’s smile.

“Mumma could you please make a nice masala tea”, Maya chirped as she started applying butter to her break.

Her mom quickly started preparing the tea and suddenly felt wrapped in the warmth of her daughter’s arms.

Maya was hugging her mom.

“Maya, my dear, what is the matter with you today?” Her mom asked her.

“You remember Tej? I’ll be meeting him in a while. We were even talking over the phone last night, and I’m really looking forward to spending today’s day with him. It’s been ages since I’ve felt so much at home”, said Maya as she gasped for breath. She was so excited that she even forgot to breathe.

Her mom was so happy for her but at the same time a little bit worried. Her daughter was entering unknown territories which she had no clue led to which place. *typical parents*

On the other hand, Maya was jubilant and excited. She searched her entire wardrobe and got out her most lovely dress. The black one piece that had been saving for a special occasion. That day she decided to let her hair loose and even applied some kajal in her eyes. Maya hadn’t felt so beautiful in a while, but today she was in a mood to doll up.

Maya grabbed her keys and her phone and bid farewell to her mom. She then sat in her car, put on her seat belt, turned on her phone and then called Tej.

She then sat in her car, put on her seat belt, turned on her phone and then called Tej.“Hello”, said Maya.

“Hello”, said Maya. “Hello? Have you seen the time?” came Tej’s voice from the other side. “You were supposed to pick me up at 10. It’s already 11 and to top it your phone was switched off.”

“I’m sorry, I overslept. I’ll be there in 15 mins” Maya said and hung up even before Tej could say anything.As she said, she was at his place in 15 mins, and he was waiting for her.

As she said, she was at his place in 15 mins, and he was waiting for her.

Maya had dolled up, but Tej had decided to ditch the jeans for a comfortable pair of tracks and an incredibly loose t-shirt.He sat in Maya’s car and looked at her in surprise, “Hello, madam? Are you going to some party?” asked Tej. “No. I was just feeling pretty.” Smiled Maya.

Then Maya drove him to a charming restaurant about an hour away from their home. They had never been here. He asked her as to how did she know about the place. Smiling, she said, “I had a life before we met Tej.” This restaurant was among the fancy ones. The types we go on a special occasion.

“Maya, you could have at least told me we would be coming to such a place. I would have dressed up accordingly” Tej said in a hushed voice. “Don’t worry Tej. The owner of this place is my dad friend. No formalities required. Chill.” Maya comforted him and tried to make him feel at home.They ordered lunch as per their wish. Surprisingly Maya’s and Tej’s tastes were completely different, yet they got along so well.

When the bill came, Tej leant in to grab it, but Maya was quick.“My treat!” She exclaimed. “But why? And from when did you start giving lunch treats?” Tej asked, confused. “Just. There is no compulsion that you will pay always. Let me pay today.” Maya said. Tej chose not to argue with her and let her do as she wished.

On their way back home, Maya stopped by the river that flowed through their city. “I want to look at the sunset,” Maya said.

“Okay”, Tej said. As it is today’s day was dedicated to Maya. So he thought it would be a good idea to do things that made her happy. As they sat along the banks of the river and waited for the sun to disappear over the horizon, Tej put his hand on Maya’s shoulder and again looked at her. This time Maya also looked right back into his eyes. He then put his hand in his pocket and brought out a Pen Drive.

On the pen drive was scribbled the words “Project MAYA”.

“This is my dream Maya. This is my life and only you can make it happen.” Said Tej.

“Why such a mystery Tej? Why can’t you tell me what is it about?” Maya was full of questions.

“I need you to go through each and every file in this pen drive. This, Maya, is what will turn our lives around. This is the wake-up call, and there is no better person I would want to be a part of it.” Tej said in a serious voice.

“Okay, I’ll study it. And yeah, I’ll always be there without you no matter what” Maya promised and hugged him.

Maya knew that she was right when she thought that Tej wasn’t in love with her. In fact, there was a wider picture of it. She just wasn’t able to see through it. But how could she even have, Tej has always been the mysterious kinds. What she was sure of was that now that he had opened up, her life was bound to take an entirely different course.

As the sun set, it was time for them to get home leaving the past behind while walking towards a bright future.

That night, the air in Maya’s room was filled with confidence and faith – self-confidence and trust in her best friend, Tej.

Attraction? Love? Lust?


We all have a day or other where we will be having or have a connection with a person of the opposite sex. But what was the connection really? Of Love? Lust? Or Attraction?


This happens to any active person at least most of the time in the day. So that awesome looking guy who has the girl’s class or on the hot girl just passed by the man who gets the woos! But sometimes this attraction is not just temporary but more intense than the usual one, where we are seeking to gain the full attention of the other one and turn our attraction into love or something more concrete. We chat, talk, and stalk to gather each and every piece of information of the person so that we succeed in every single way having the hardest battle to fight for converting that Attraction into Love. But at the same time, this could be the worst phase where we try to get the best result out of our hard work to get that particular person’s whole and sole attention and love, we may end up being into some other soup altogether and making us doubt ourselves. But this should be a good point for us that we have received a rejection but this most of the times result into sadness making it undesirable for ourselves and for any others. But many take it in a positive way and try to keep improving them continuously.


On lust, endless words are shared, this is more sort of a feeling mixed with your physical desires but just being libidinous is not essential for an actual relationship, it’s more than that. An understanding of that particular necessity of a human being. Most of the people are really shy to open on the lust side thinking what all labels would be attached to their name because at the end of the day our name is the only thing which we care about rather our feelings. I certainly feel that one should not hide our lust but at the same time should know certain limit till one share those feelings because we are not on earth to keep screwing around people for it. Rather the impression should be made so special that one does feel completed after sharing the bodies and getting a sense of completeness altogether.

For any particular person, it should be the last piece of all the jigsaws, but I’ve beheld certain stories where this was the stage before the feeling of attraction drops, just because the situation they are fallen into and stories do have a happy ending. Yeah, this cannot actually happen to each one of us, but it does happen.


It’s time to drop that essential light on the road which lies between Attraction and Love. “Love at first sight” this is the worst line I’ve ever come across because it should be said “Attraction at first sight” no one can fall in love just by a single sight it requires a certain period of time after which we start loving the person. So what’s love then? It’s a mixed feeling for sure in which we are attracted to the person as well we have a different type of attraction and lust level altogether. It’s a feeling which makes smile at any given time or situation. It is just that feeling where we know “everything gonna be alright” if you think that person is there in your life. One can portrait love in continuous fashion. Certainly one can only feel it perfect as per their definition of love, but the simple definition can be applied to everyone’s definition that’s “Happiness”.

When this happiness is achieved one will be forever attracted to that person and at the same time will have great satisfaction in the lust they share for each other.

By now you must be thinking what the big picture is in all this? The answer is we all are stuck in a situation where we believe our lust is our love, we are trying to fool ourselves into thinking that the physical satisfaction we are getting is the actual definition of love which ain’t the reason of our love. Our hormonal changes lead to some different ball game altogether. We are attracted to someone and then we directly jump to a later stage of lust and think we are in love, but that isn’t true we only satisfy our physical needs rather our emotional needs, making our lives more complicated than what we really have. Giving our physical require more curb than our emotional one leads to many deteriorations in one’s life.

The frequency of the one changing partners is way too crazy nowadays making it hard for us to really understand our feelings and making every other feeling tangled into these feelings. These three emotions carry one of the feelings together along the side of it, that’s “Caring“. Caring is the supporting actor in all these three movies of our feeling. Without that care, none of the feelings can really be successful each in their own perspective.

So next time when you are attracted don’t directly jump to final need, first be attracted fall in love with person’s minutiae then complete yourselves with the lust in a genuine way rather than to show off in your fraudulent social life which just a virtual space with no base.

“Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other” – Rainer Maria Rilke

PEACE! ~ αm