Adios Amigo

The strength of my family has come down by 1 ( only physically ofcourse ) … The most energetic member of the family … The most adorable and the most selfless … Well he is no more with us anymore … The stupid parrot that has seen 3 springs along with us has completed his term … He is gone … And unlike last time , when he flew away , I could not even hope for him to fly back in the next morning … because it ain’t possible … He is not coming back … Gone … Never to return ..

Now I very well know the reason why he was behaving so abnormally since the last few months … Why was he sleeping so much … Why he was no more the energetic sonic he used to be … Why was he not attacking people with the same exuberance he used to display earlier … Why was he so reluctant to leave his cage … He had grown old … 3 years is a very short life span for us … But was certainly long enough for the particular species he belonged to …

I always prayed to God to grant him a natural death … painless … the one everyone wishes for … And that is the very thing he got … But the thing that is really bothering me is that I could not see him for one last time … Neither was he able to see me … I was told that he was continuously repeating my name in his last moments … the thing he never did unless I was physically present or was on a call …First time he was calling me in my absence … Hoping against all the hopes that I would apparate in somehow ..!!!

Last week I decided to blog about him … after 3 long years something struck me that I need to share this story … I did the same … And within a week the hero of the story expired … Yes he was certainly the hero … and I just played a side role …

Everyone’s voice at home was clearly lacking energy when I talked to them … After all they spent 24 hours with him … And must be missing him like hell … Coz he was the one who kept the spirit of the entire place on such a high … I can’t even imagine how the house would be like without that stupid bird shouting at the top of his voice … the entire day long … without any reason … without any motive … just babbling around coz he loved to do the same … waking everyone up as soon as the first ray of Sun kissed the Earth … scolding my mum even if the food is a minute late … eying my sis suspiciously … trying to make out if she was eating something without giving him his proper share … debating with my dad on every possible topic that he could think of … And welcoming me at vacations and bidding a proper goodbye everytime I came and went …

Everytime when papa will be making his way back from his office … He will unintentionally stop at the shop he used to buy him something or the other to eat … and then will realize that its of no use anymore …

Everytime when my mother will be serving everyone food … she will , out of the habit , serve some for him too … in a plate that was much smaller than the other four … and then will realize that the food will only go waste …

And my sister … well she was the one he was closest to … Its going to be real hard for her to learn living without him … She has already been crying for the last two days … When he stopped moving after his final words , she was unwilling to let him go so easily … Hoping that he was sleeping and would suddenly fly away … But it was not to be …

She was always very reluctant to agree whenever we planned a vacation … trying to make one excuse or the other … In reality she was worried about who will take care of him in her absence … Well now once he is gone she has nothing to worry about … and no more digging out excuses … But I know she would have preferred no vacations in his presence to vacations in his absence …

My father would be no more troubled by cleaning his cage and all the mess he caused … But I know he would have preferred to be troubled than this lack of duty … anyday …

My mother would no more be disturbed in sleep by his timeless squawking … But I know she would have always preferred an interrupted sleep to his absence …

And when it comes to me … I remember just one thing when I think about him … That little innocent creature … lying in my palms … looking at me with his tiny eyes … thanking me in his own language … The language I understood so well … The language I am going to miss very very badly now …

Rest in Peace mate … you were an awesome buddy … and I would like to thank the crow who attacked you and arranged our meeting … Destiny they say … Yes you made me believe in destiny … You were certainly the God’s gift to my family …

I can proudly say that he was , is and will be the most energetic and fearless bird I have ever come across …!!! … Dead you might be … but only physically … and we all know that very well .. Don’t we ???? … 🙂 🙂 🙂

More about him – http://www.indiantripper.com/a-parrots-tale-2/

The D Day

As The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many path and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

~~LOTR


The D Day is finally here …

All the toil … All the hard work … All the expectations … All the speculations … All the hype … Everything … and I mean Everything comes down to this …!!!

135 minutes of make or break … In a way the most important “mock test” of this entire session …But whatever may happen tomorrow … It won’t suppress the role CAT has played in my life … not even a bit ..!!!

This is going to be a very special morning for me …!!!!

A Parrot’s “Tale” 🦜

Going back down the memory lane … Three years back … It was just another hot and humid summer afternoon of 2007 … I was preparing to leave Lucknow to start my college life … And then it happened … I heard something fluttering in the balcony … At first instance I ignored the sound, assuming it to be some random bird who might have stayed behind, given the absolute heat at that time … But the fluttering continued … accompanied by some random chirping … Then I decided to go and check out for myself what was really happening …

The scene that I encountered then is still very much vivid in my mind … Just around the flower pot, I saw a dirty and sanguinary creature flapping its wings, trying to find a proper landing … At the very first sight, I was totally confused about what it really was … maroon colored … with whitish spots all over the body … not even sure how to fly …

I expected him to behave rationally … to fly away at the very sight of me … but going against my logic, as soon as he saw me … he came straight towards me, running with all his might … and didn’t hesitate for a moment when I let my hand in front of him to hold on to … That little thing was lying on my palm, helpless … looking at me with his tiny crystal eyes … nudging my fingers with his small underdeveloped beaks …

Then I realized that it was not any random maroon-colored bird … But it was a parrot … only a few weeks old … and he was completely soaked in blood … Must have been attacked by some crow I believe … It was quite obvious that he didn’t know how to fly … And that scene still flashes in front of my eyes as I am writing this down … The way he was looking at me with such an affection … He, obviously, assumed me to his savior … and though I don’t understand bird’s language … but still, I am very sure that he was trying to thank me with his random and totally powerless squawking …

I brought him inside and was quick enough to do all the first aid I could have thought of … I was home alone … and was waiting for everyone to come backso that I could rush this little creature to doctor … In the meantime, I presented him with all types of eatables I could think of at that time … There was nothing remotely close to bird food in the house … Giving it a try, I gave him everything ranging from rice to biscuits, wheat to bread … And boy was he hungry … He ate anything and everything … The way he was wrestling with the loaf of bread ….made me fall in love with him … He looked so sweet … so cute … And I knew that I am going to do everything I could to save his life …

Two weeks passed by … father had arranged for a temporary cage for him … Everyone in the family was emotionally attached to him by then … 24 x 7 I kept him in my room and he was the center of attraction for the entire crew … With all the love and care, his health improved … And by the end of the month, he was fit and fine …

And then it happened …. My father had a mini-conference with me one day and told me what needs to be done … Even I knew that there was no point being recalcitrant … The bird needs to be sent to the place it belonged to… But he was so small … How would he take care of himself ??? .. From where would he get his food ??? … What if some evil crow attacks him again ??? ….

All these questions kept striking my mind all through the night … I had to board my train the day after … And though I was too emotionally attached to him to let him go … I knew that this was the right thing … I took him to the terrace .. set him free … He cat-walked out of the cage … climbed to the top of it … and stared at me as if asking “What am I supposed to do now??” … Along with me he learned how to play with the ball … He learned how to tear apart anything he could get his beak across … He had already started talking like a small kid … mumbling all kinds of random words … But there was a thing I was unable to teach him … I couldn’t have possibly taught him ho to fly properly ( like a bird and not like a shooting star ) …. I couldn’t have possibly taught him how to live without someone to feed him … This was the thing he had to learn himself … And this was the reason I was letting him go … Even if I hated the entire idea to the core ….

Two days had passed by … He was already gone … I was lying in my hostel room, thinking about that bird when my cell suddenly rang… It was my sister on the other end … And she was as elated as I was on hearing the news … My parrot was back … And this time he refused to go … Even the father has to give up now and had agreed that we could pet him … We had a new member of the family now …

And quite aptly he has become a part of the family by now … He calls everyone by a particular name … For some inexplicable reason, he calls me “Mummy” …. And I don’t have a single complaint with that … More than 3 years old, he talks all kinds of weird things … Whenever someone scolds him, he takes care to scold him back … He starts complaining if not fed or provided with bath at the right time … For some peculiar reason, he is very hostile to outsiders … And can tear them apart if not controlled …

And whenever I return from the hostel during the holidays … he looks at me the same way he did when we first met … sitting on my palm … thanking me for saving his life … with all the gratitude … with all the love … with all the affection … !!!!!

PAN IIT 2010 Conclave

PANIIT 2010 Conclave was planned as a kaleidoscope of activities – participants had the unique opportunity to tap into the experience of globally recognized thought leaders, to learn from peers in a collaborative learning environment, and to check out their perspectives with eminent panellists and speakers. Several informal entertainment events scattered during the 3-day event encourage vibrant interactions, networking opportunities and a chance to reconnect with friends.

The event was scheduled from October 29 – 31 at India Exposition Mart , Greater Noida . I was lucky enough to be one of the few selected bloggers who were invited to the event as a part of the media . The theme of the event was “SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION : OUR NEW INDIA”

I was unlucky to miss out on the first two days of the event ( courtesy : my internal exams ) and hence missed out on a chance to hear from some of the eminent speakers like Sheila Dixit , Sam Pitroda and Kapil Sibal … But I am glad that I decided to turn up for the event on the final day as the conference was a real gem plus the exhibition was something that really caught my attention .

I was really looking forward to hear from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ( Founder , Art of Living Foundation ) , Nandan Nilekani ( Chairman , UID Authority of India ) and Dr. Montek SIngh Aluhwalia ( Deputy Chairman , Planning Commission ) who were the most awaited speakers on the final day .

The day started with a plenary session on “Good Governance : A key to empowerment” … CWG fiasco was the most talked about topic in this session … Everyone targeted the corruption and inefficiency of our structure in dealing with the corruption at such a large scale  …

Shailesh Gandhi ( Information Commissioner , RTI ) blatantly said that “Our system is not designed to deliver” …. He  made it very clear that in order to progress the Government and the citizens have to be on the same side … And unless we bring into the system RTI Act 2.0 , things are not going to improve very much …

Another speaker at the event , Mr. Arvind Kejriwal literally blew apart India’s anti corruption policy … He said the problem lies in the fact that the powerful committees we have are not independent … while the independent committees are just not powerful enough … An Independent Commission against Corruption is desperately needed at this stage … Every statement that he made was greeted with a huge round of applause ..

And the session concluded with the arrival of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar …. The hall was absolutely full for his session … The Art of Living is what all of us strive to learn …. and everyone expected to hear a word or two from him … When asked a question whether man is trying to play a God … He calmly replied that “God is not a person .. Its an energy ..!!” … He advised everyone to “See life on a broader perspective. You are much more than your qualification.” …..

After Sri Sri’s session , I had a look at the exhibition area which was as eclectic as it could get with a perfect combination of art , science and technology , innovation , people standing for social causes , few great minds and an awesome viewership . One of the things in the exhibition area that really caught my attention was Daksha – an IED handling Robot . Its a Remotely Operated Vehicle that handles and destroys hazardous objects safely . We will be able to see these in the market very very soon .

Apart from Daksh , the paintings and the craftwork at the exhibition were something very much worth mentioning . Plus there were a number of new technological advances and people standing up for social cause through innovation that I was unaware of ( and most of us would be , for that matter ) . I will blog about them too , pretty soon .

Overall , it was an awesome event . Seeing at the stature of this event , I actually expected many more people to turn up for the event than who actually did . Even the hashtag #paniit2010 was not buzzing across twitter in the fashion I thought it would be . But I am positive that the next edition will attract a lot more of viewership and the event would be even more magnificent . Thumbs Up for PanIIT 2010 Conclave .