Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thailand

Prateik Babbar is hot. Check him out in the new GQ magazine. The shoot happenned in Phuket. Phuket is such a lovely place. I think whole of Thailand is beautiful.
Amazing people and really beautiful place. My experiences of Thailand are all due to a very close friend who lives there. I have been with her family and friends and all were so welcoming. So Bangkok,which the world knows for different reasons is one homely place in my mind.I have been really lucky to know such a wonderful friend from there. I met her in my first year of the college. We were hostelites and took time to know each other. Once the bond was formed, there was no looking back. With her I got a whole fresh perspective in life. How they were Indians who had moved from Pakistan to Bangkok during partition.When all girls were thinking about marriage, she was talking about going to a Thai university and starting her own business.So much clarity and what a vision in such a young person.
They all almost talk Thai at home and love Thai food.We had attended a wedding there. Watching Thais of Indian origin and the Indian Thai mixed children dancing to the beats of the dhol in the temple compound with the Baraat arrived was a sight firmly etched in my mind.
So the reason I went to this college was because of an my mother s friend s sister in law who had visited from Mumbai and told my Aunt and my Mom to send me to Mumbai for further studies and this college in particular. She had explained all the advantages of making me see the whole wide world.
Last night I met that Aunt at a wedding and I thanked her for recommending me the college twenty years back. She was shocked and said' Really????' When I thanked her again she said 'I must have suggested so many things to so many people and no one has ever thanked me for anything till date.' I felt so complete acknowledging her for the contribution to my life.
Someone wrote That recession is a chance to reconnect with what we need rather than what we have been conditioned to want.

2 comments:

  1. Your friend is your needs answered.
    He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
    And he is your board and your fireside.
    For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

    Kahlil Gibran

    Thank you Parul for reflecting on life, friendship, places and people so beautifully, positively and warmly.

    Believe it or not, there's been series of event (which we'll talk and laugh at later when we meet). I questioned myself many times. I read your email, found answers to my needs and am back at peace with myself.

    God bless you Parul, J and your lovely girls.
    Love
    Rittu

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  2. I still remember the awesome food we had with rittu in all those restaurants in bangkok!

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