Friendship Lost #4

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i dial her number

and cancel before the bell rings

who knows

if she is doing the same

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Only true friends would do this…

After making a mistake of coming back to US alone without Isha and Kiaan, I was sitting alone in my living room, three pints down, feeling lonely, missing my family… when Tyagi called.

“Dude, you back?”

“Yup.”

“What doing?”

“Getting bored, alone.”

“Why?”

“Isha and Kiaan will join after 3 weeks”

“Come over here.”

“What will we do there?”

“True, it’s kinda suburb. I should come over there then.”

“Cool, here we can have fun in NYC.”

“Hmm, let me check flights.”

“Awesome, but check with your wife and kids first.”

After few minutes…

“Okay, I am booking fights tickets for tomorrow.”

“Wow!”

“Will come back to family by 31st noon.”

“Awesome, man! Send me flight details, I’ll pick you up.”

“Sure. See you tomorrow, bro!”

“Whoa!!”

I picked him up from Newark airport on 28th Dec 10 am and dropped him back on 31st Dec 10 am. And we had all the boyzzzz fun you can wildly imagine. wink! wink!

I don’t have lot many friends but I am proud of the ones I have. They are not just for namesake. They actually care. And this is what true friends do. Thanks Tyagi for being one of them!

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At Times square NYC

Flashback Friday #5 – Friendship

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hanging out in hyderabad almost seven years ago

we don’t talk

for weeks

but

when we do

we laugh

not smile

not giggle

laugh

like literally

our hearts out

till stomach hurts

we laugh

and

that

fills us

for

the next few weeks

to go

Flashback Friday #3 – Friendship

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during one of the lunch breaks in Singapore, we found a hot chick to click

in

high tides

and

low

you

always stood

tall

beside

me

like a

torched

tower

blessed to

have

your light

from

across the shore

help

my boat

from

stumble

and

keep

our friendship

blooming

like a

spring

flower

This is how I invited my friends for my wedding

After three and a half months of marriage, while scrolling down to my old e-mails, I happened to jump over my wedding invitation I sent to my close friends.

Feel like sharing!

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Dear Friends,

I won’t be bachelor anymore in a few days. You understand the gravity right!!!

My parents are really elated about this happening and to express their immense happiness, they are throwing a grand party named ”Ayush and Isha wedding ceremony” on 18th December, 2011 at S.G.M Gardens, Meerut. I will be delighted to have you at this auspicious ceremony to shower your love, blessings and yes, genuine support, so try not to give me that ek-aur-bakra-katta stares and smiles at the party, alright ;)

Before my d-day, they are giving me one “jaa-ji-le-apni-zindagi” type of day which happens on 17th December, on which I would love to enjoy my last bachelorhood moments dancing and drinking with you all. On the same day, after I’ll be drunk, they are planning to have our wedding rings exchanged. You know what I mean.

Scanned Card having details of both the ceremonies is enclosed in the mail. Just confirm you are coming single, with spouse, with boy friend, with girl friend or with girl friends. I would prefer the last option for 17th ;-) Accordingly I will make arrangements for your stay. And after admiring the invitation, kindly click on the reply button to acknowledge it ;)

So, be there guys! I am looking forward to your presence!

Love

-Ayush

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Some of my friends’ responses:

‘creative invitation. loved it!’

‘enjoyed reading it. will surely be there and give those looks :-)’

‘very toughful. well written!’

Lady Luck

Change is the only thing that is certain in life, long time back I heard or read it I don’t remember. But, I do remember that I didn’t believe it then, for my life was a constant. Like a line with an HB pencil: straight, plain and without shades. Just a simple boring line.

I was getting up at 10:30 in the morning, working in office from 11:30 to 8, having lunch at 1:15, coffee at 4, popcorn at 6 and dinner back home at 8:30 while watching tv, talking long distance to Isha (my girl friend then, now fiancée) while walking in the balcony, convincing her that we would be together and getting tensed myself that how would we be, coming back to my messy room and studying for my examination till 4 in the morning, having cold drink and namkeen in between and finally, crashing to get up again at 10:30.

No change. No variable. Only constant.

And a few months earlier, I heard my mom saying something about Lady Luck which means a woman brings luck and changes your life but I didn’t believe that as well. Indian moms generally say this to get their 28 years old sons to get them married ;-)

Then one fine day I got engaged to Isha.

The very next morning, an email was waiting for me in my official mailbox to inform me that my very long-awaited US Visa has been processed successfully. My manager gave me an exciting news that I am hand-picked by the US manager to work with them in US for a few months. After a few weeks I flew to meet Isha and we had the best of the times. First time we met in zero-tension air with no discussion on our future, for we both knew it will be wonderful now. There was just happiness. Some weeks later, I got a mail from my US manager appreciating my work and in the same week I got a more-than-expected raise in my salary.

I bought a car and was enjoying driving. Every weekend I was out for shopping, both for my US trip and marriage. The same time which was running so slow had started flying. Isha came down to Bangalore over a weekend and we shopped for 25K in just two days and that only for me. And in my last week in India, I flew to Chennai for a night for Visa stamping, then flew to my home for two days for wedding dress shopping, and then flew back in a morning to catch the US flight the very same night. And, did all my packing in the middle of all this. The halted life earlier was on a rollercoaster then, and I was living the every bit of it.

Oh yes, now I believe Lady Luck is true and changes life without knocking – positively for me :-)

rishtha.com

The title of this post is the name of one of the five serials telecasted under YRF (Yash Raj Films) television. I believe quite a few of you have heard about it, if not seen, and if you are my family or any of my close friends, you must have seen and loved it after my continuous exhilaration about it :-)

Yash Raj Films joined hands with Sony entertainment television and it was indeed a big news, and though I have always loved watching 24 and Prison break seasons non-stop back to back, I confess my ignorance on that news as I’m not much into hindi soaps and serials.

It was just another night few months back, when I was wandering aimlessly from my living room to kitchen to balcony to my drawing room. My brother was off to sleep as usual at 11 pm i.e. 3 hours from then. Yeah, you calculated it right; it was 2 am ;-) and I happened to switch on my television, when first time rishtha.com caught my eyes. I can’t explain in technical terms what I found so different in that first glance, but it was something new, fresh, something out of the usual league, and I watched repeated telecasts till 5 am. I thoroughly enjoyed it and next few nights watched all its previous videos from Sony official site.

rishtha.com is a story of two friends, Isha Mirchandani and Rohan Mehra, who have started a marriage bureau (rishtha.com) few years back and their business is rapidly growing. Both are rich in their late twenties completely enjoying their life, but are totally opposite in every aspect and always keep fighting, though mostly friendly fights. Isha is very sophisticated, beautiful, mature, and intelligent woman who believes in pure love, healthy life, and perfect work, whereas Rohan is a stylish hunk who is flirtatious, plays around, lazy goose who loves coming late to office, but a very good friend. The other two characters, Huzaifa Ali, CEO of rishtha.com, a fatty guy whose only love in life is his work, and Ruchika, PR head, who is ultra modern, very sexy and stylish women who has a huge history of boy friends. All four of them are real good friends. The other evident characters are Isha’s widowed dad, his girl friend Naina, and Rohan’s brother who has left his highly paid job to become Yoga instructor.

Now in each episode, rishtha.com people meet new clients and a part of story revolves around these clients’ lives and part around these main characters’ lives, and their family and friendship, but the actual magic is how in the end of each episode the stories get intermingled somehow giving a subtle message about love, life, human behaviour et al. And episode after episode the story is touching almost all aspects of human life, nature, and feelings such as loneliness, infidelity, friendship, love, lust, et al in a very beautiful and catchy way.

rishtha.com brings a breath of fresh air giving break from those regular saas-bahu or politics driven soaps. But sadly last week, the last episode of season 1 was telecasted, and the last scene was Isha and Rohan falling in love. Now I’m desperately waiting for season 2. No idea when it’s scheduled to be telecasted. Just wish to see new episodes soon.