Changing Times & Lifestyles


Had a long conversation with my next door neighbor aunty… We have been neighbor for past 25 years as we came to this neighborhood almost together… Conversation started when she asked if my sister has reached US… We were talking for a long time & both were surprised to know a lot of things… She was telling people lack time for each other these days and we are not sure what our neighbor are upto these days… She was telling what I use to do in those early days… I hardly remember many as I was 6 years old & my sister was 3 months old :)…

A lot has changed in this two and half decade… When we came to this newly constructed our house during 1986 we had a good community… Almost everyone knew each other & there use to be a lot of community events conducted by our Welfare Association… One example was when I fractured my legs I was visited be a lot of neighbor to wish me quick recovery…

But these day we hardly have time for each other… Even community events are lacking patronage… I (mostly everyone) know new entrants into our neighborhood… Even with people I know it would be a smiley gesture and a reciprocation from the other end; we have no time to even stop and have a small conversation…  I was shocked to know lot of my friends with whom I played have been married with kids…

I’m not sure where are we heading to… We are looking like aliens to our own neighbors and I’m not happy with this new culture…

Saw my Childhood Crush


It was a very drowsy day as I worked form home… By evening I got fed up and wanted to move out & as always I can’t think anything other than a movie… Booked tickets for Rio-3D at PVR Cinemas… But was late for the movie by 10 min and I was a bid frustrated as I felt the day had not meaning… But the God has kept something for me to get excited…

When I came out for Interval break I saw my girl (now women) with whom i had great crush… I was in my class 7 and she was in her class 6… She was a tiny little angel for me who lived in my neighborhood… Everyday I goto a our association play ground to play cricket & she comes there to play with her friends…

I’ve always tried to make come connect with her and felt like talking to her… But I lacked the guts to go talk to a girl and am the same till date… Then one Christmas I heard someone asking my mom “Where is Anand Anna?” and when I walked out it was this girl… She came to me & gave me cakes and she left… I was a bit upset but was too young to feel low for a girl… But what saddens me is I’ve not conveyed to her that I had a crush on her and that was not the relationship I was expecting from her…

Then they left our neighborhood and I lost touch with her… Then after 16 long years I saw her in the theatre & she came with her husband and her kid… I noticed her a while back but I was not sure if I’ve to talk to her… But she recognized me & asked if I’m Anand… Only consoling thing was she called me by my name and not ANNA… It was a brief formal conversation enquiring about my parents & sister and vice-versa…

She didn’t introduce her hubby or kid who were watching everything… Also she said Kid was excited to see the movie and she left without passing her contacts… Nor I was interested to ask for her FB or Mobile contact…

I had crush on many of my classmates, neighbor girls, travel mates and I’ve never conveyed my feelings to them… Till date I’ve been a coward… Not sure if girls will take it with pride if I open-up :)… Hope I can meet all my lady crush often…