Thursday, December 31, 2009

31st December, 2009 - a Blue Moon Day

31st December, 2009 is definitely a date to remember for me. It happened to be a blue moon day and an eventful day for me, both for personal and professional reasons. My love got the green signal from my girl friend’s parents. On professional front I was informed that in the New Year I will be getting to play a new role. I felt as if I was on top of the world. In the evening I had met my girl friend and walked hand in hand and also asked her to pinch me hard because it was an unbelievable feeling for me. I wanted to confirm that I was not dreaming. She did the honors and I was assured that it was a reality.

Our first meeting happened online in Orkut.  Soundlight a strange and different name sent an add request on Orkut. I wondered why but still went ahead and added her. The next day she happened to be online and I asked her the reason for adding me. She said that we had lot in common. I went and checked our mutual friends list and realized that we had 4 friends there. Two of them happened to be my childhood friends. One of them happened to be my ex-colleague. Then on we started chatting each day and with each passing day our friendship grew. She happened to visit my blog and was impressed and I liked the way she analyzed my articles and came up with questions that made me think.

One fine day over chat I gave her my cell number and we started forwarding sms and talking too. Our first meeting happened thanks to her birthday. I wanted to give a special gift that no one else would have given her as she was a special friend [not yet my girl friend :-)]. I gave her a hand written letter to her outlining the events that happened from the day that she added me in Orkut. I have done this only for a few special people in my life. She was mighty impressed and told me that she has never received such a special birthday gift. Since I was not sure how she would receive this gift, I had also gifted a wind chime and a chocolate [a backup gift you can say…….:-)].

After this meet, we started meeting quite often in the evenings. With each passing day I was getting closer to her as we had similar opinion on most topics that we discussed. Yet, I was holding myself back from taking our friendship to the next level. She was giving subtle hints indicating that she has fallen for me. I deliberately ignored those.  I know it was not appropriate to do so but this act of mine was prompted by bitter experiences in the past. She also communicated her feelings through a common friend but ensured that I do not figure out that she was involved in any way. The subtle hints gave way to a direct approach by her and I was put in a spot. I asked her for time to think and one fine day I said a yes* to her. That asterisk besides yes is not a typographical error. It implies that it was a yes but conditions apply. I do not wish to disclose what those conditions were. However, she had some valid questions raised against those conditions to which I didn’t have an answer and the yes* gave way to a YES.

On 28th December, 2009 I informed my parents about her and presented my case. I insisted that a horoscope check need not be done because I didn’t want to lose her for any stupid interpretations of planetary positions in the sky at the time of our birth. They were a bit hesitant but they knew that if I take a stand I am not someone who will budge. She informed her parents too. However, her parents were inclined to do a horoscope check. When I came to know about this I became concerned. My girl friend too insisted on not getting a horoscope check done. However, her parents had their way and a horoscope check was done. Luckily, even the stars were in our favor and 31st December, 2009 happened to be that special day when her parents gave a call to my parents to decide further course of action.

I am looking forward to the year 2010 to open a new chapter in my life with my life partner. I am sure each passing year will be filled with romance and love that only grows with time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

This one is for a social cause

Sunjit Saluja, a friend of mine who was my colleague, happened to connect with me on chat today. He gave me the following link and requested to vote for his idea:

Please check out the link and if you think it is worth voting for his idea, please go ahead and vote. Also, share it with your family and friends. This is for a noble cause and hence I feel we should do everything possible to support it.
Sunjit has taken this noble initiative because fewer than 1 percent of the approximately 70 million disabled persons in India are employed, which leads to economic disadvantage, denies rights and limits opportunities for the disabled to play constructive roles in their communities. He is part of an organization that focuses on making a positive difference to the disabled section of our society by taking care of training and placement for them. We Indians have yet to learn to be sensitive towards the disabled section of our community. They too have a right to live a dignified life and not be dependent on anyone. If we could help them get a job that helps them earn a living they will definitely feel motivated. Such motivated souls will surely make a positive contribution towards the society at large.

Sunjit’s organization desires to reach out to individuals and corporations for aiding their noble cause. I am sure one click on the “vote now” button at the above link will make a huge difference in aiding Sunjit achieve his plans.

I have already voted and have requested my friends to do so. I would request visitors of my blog to be generous enough to vote for my friend. Of course, you need to vote only if you are convinced with the idea. If you need more information before deciding on your vote, then please post a comment with questions you may have and I will make sure that they get answered.

Let us collectively work towards bringing about a positive change in the society.