Apr 12, 2018

Feeling Excited

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I was standing outside the Italian cafe, waiting eagerly. A few drops of sweat were prominent on the forehead. Probably the humid weather was to be blamed. It could have been curious as well. It had been almost five long years since I had met Ananya.

I saw her standing at a distance on the other side of the road. She crossed the road to reach the cafe. A small tuft of hair accentuated the pretty look. Her flawless frame could turn many heads to see her.
She greeted me with a smile and apologized for the little delay. Out of the anxiety, I didn't bother about her being late. All I cared at that time was how I would be taking it forward.

We took the corner table. I wanted to avoid the crowd at all costs. We were escorted by a very courteous waiter. He made us sit comfortably and left. A lot of silent looks were exchanged between me and Emma.

A lot had changed in our lives since we had last met. She looked different physically. Age had turned her skin slightly dull. Dark circles under her eyes clearly depicted lack of sleep. She always loved to work. She loved to be overburdened by work. I constantly nudged her not to take much stress but failed to impress her.

Emma sipped on the water and gave a little smile. Maybe, she wants me to start talking. Finally, I broke the silence.

'How are you, Ananya? Long time!'  I asked as I placed the glass after taking a sip.

'Yeah. I am good. How are you? Where have you been all these years?' In the meantime, the waiter came to take the orders. As a regular visitor, I knew that I would be taking the Ai Frutti di Mare Pizza, my love for seafood. I was not surprised by her order. She ordered Pizza ai Funghi e salsiccia, just as I expected.

'Love for mushrooms still?' I winked to ease the tension.

She smiled. 'Yes. You remember?' She seemed surprised.

'I still remember the risottos, the pizzas, the Spaghetti, you liked a lot of Mushrooms.' I said.

'And yes, olives too.' You love them on your Pizzas sometimes. Don't you?'

'Are you trying to flatter me?' She asked as the waiter placed the pizzas on the table.

'Like I used to do?' I was just curious to know what was going on her mind.

She remained silent for a while. 'I know you were secretly after me.' I had a strong doubt about it.

'Don't you still have the doubt?' I felt at ease as the conversation was progressing.

I also felt that Ananya was also coming out of her shell. She was coming out of the walls that were holding her back.

'I do. In fact, I know you secretly love me now as well.' She said.

'Then why didn't you give an indication that you knew?'

I was taken aback by her reply. I decided to go deeper. The intrigue was building in me.

She continued. 'I wanted to see how far you would go.'

'So, did I go till you wanted me to go?' I straightaway jumped in between cutting her next sentence she was about to speak.

'If you want to know the truth, yes, you did.' She was telling the truth I could see that in her eyes.

'Then why didn't you come with me?' I was getting impatient now.

The conversation was going on an interesting turn. I was getting excited now.

'You remember, I told you that there is something that I will tell you after leaving college?' She said without blinking her eyelids.

'Yes.' I pretended as if I remembered. The fact was, with time I had forgotten this.

'Well, I guess the time is now.' She wiped her mouth with the napkin and pushed herself back on the chair.

To be continued.

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Apr 2, 2018

Loving this Loneliness

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Waiting for you, so tired
Playing the games, so hard
Figuring out the rules still
I want to win this badly

Taking out nothing, but
Taking in everything
It doesn't work like that, love
Expectations hurt sometimes

Remember the times
When we cared of a few dimes
Now the millions don't please you
Yes I give you everything, darling

I asked it several times that
If you love me then let me know  
I wanted you to be all ears, but
You were no ears

Moving closer or away, so confused
Need to roam your mind
But that I would like to do later
As now, I am loving the loneliness!

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Mar 25, 2018

Every Drop is Essential

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save water initiative by Livpure

Ever since I have realized the importance of water in life, I have been involved in saving water at my personal level. I was such a fool when I used to ignore the taps that were left open accidentally, leaking showers et al.

All such instances wasted a lot of water which could have been used for some other purposes. In India, drinking water availability is one big factor that affects many.

In order to solve the problem, it has to be a collective effort and not just a single man or a small group of people but a large community should come together to enhance water conservation initiatives.

As per my own personal experiences, I believe people can do the following on the personal level to help save more water so that it is available for the future generation.

1. Fix all leakages in the homes and offices

By fixing leakages, I mean to really fix the issue and not just by blocking or stopping the leakage by using external blockers. If a tap or shower is cracked or broken get it fixed once and for all or replace it.

2. Make use of residue water

Most of the households and offices have ROs installed. The residue water left after filtration process can be used to wash utensils or to wash clothes other than drinking.

Instead of allowing it to gush down the drain, fill it up and make use of it.

3. Don't take more than you want to drink  

This one is most important of all. In most of the households, the water is wasted as we take more than our thirst. We fill the glass full, take a sip and throw away the remaining.

This habit needs a change with immediate effect.

4. Spread Awareness 

Spreading awareness is the step to be taken by the educated people to make the people understand that why water is so essential and should be saved.

This way, people who are wasting water will become alert. They will stop wasting water and will then try to conserve it.

Following the companies who take corporate social responsibility such as #CuttingPaani initiative by Livpure to understand the importance of water in present and future, dive into actual facts and figures etc. will also help in solving this problem. For instance, a large number of people (63 million) don't have access to clean drinking water India (source).

With water, our world is beautiful. Save water because every drop is essential!

Have you taken the step of saving water? Do share in comments below.

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