Friday, June 19, 2009


The Blue Bus

I clearly remember, there were two kinds of PTC busses in Madras then. The old, rickety, blue bus and the relatively newer, more aesthetic green bus.

Every Saturday, my mother would take me to Nungambakkam in a PTC bus, to my maternal grandmother's house. Back then, green was my favorite color -- maybe it was due the better looking green bus...I don't know. Naturally, I preferred travelling in the green bus. Luckily, since the blue busses where being phased out, there were more green busses than blue busses and it was rare that one gets to travel in a blue bus.

One such Saturday, when I was eagerly awaiting to travel in a green bus, the blue bus arrived. Despite my strong objection, my mother insisted that we get on to the bus as it was getting late. Once I got on to the bus, something happenned...I could not tolerate the fact that I was travelling on a blue bus and I cried for an hour, continuously!

Over the course of my life, I have recollected this incident with amusement. The source of amusement being, how 'naive' I was in my younger days.

Wrong! Nothing has changed over the years. I still have fixed notions of happiness. I would be the same person, until I realise that happiness is just an intinisic quality, not contingent upon the "travelling in a green bus".

oh, I can vouch for your naivety.
Words like 'naive' and 'innocent' are reserved only for the "cute" and the "young". 'Ignorant' is the word for somebody older (and uglier).
don't torture yourself in this pursuit of intrinsic happiness, da.

No da...I am just observing.

Moreover, The very act of expressing should only relieve the 'burden', even if it is there without my knowledge.
that's also correct. :)

I agree! The realization of the fact that one's life is a product of one's choices and not circumstances totally changes the way you look at everything...
Nice blog. U made me nostalgic relieving my childhood in good old madras
rationalization - the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason, However stupid and unreasonable that something might be.
dei, i think it is time you wrote something. is nothing inspiring you or are you 'working' too hard?

i will blame it on instant-orgasmic facebook status updates

in the absence of orgasmic facebook updates, it is incumbent on you to update your blog. i suggest you start with your misdemeanours on new years eve :)

ha ha....done

just noticed ur comment as i was updating the blog (had turned on comment moderation to reduce the viagaries of the comments)
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