Badtameez Dil !

14 Feb

A short auto ride from home to office … less than 2 km … You pay the auto driver – rush into the office building – screaming high-spirited Good Mornings and Hellos across the room, all buckled up to take the day by storm and woo the toughest of the clients with your skills  …

Switch on the computer – type in the password – reach out for your bag –  “Damn! Shit! How can it be?” – you squeal.

You cannot locate your mobile phone – An instant – and each of those positive emotions change into PANIC! … You frantically search your bag, pockets, dial the number again and again – switched off – mentally rehearse your journey from leaving home to reaching office the millionth time to ensure that you were carrying the phone in the auto. You gather a crowd of people with your drama – 

And by now panic compounds into DISTRESS !!

I am sure you can relate to that feeling – as if the clock has stopped ticking, you feel handicapped and lost and think how are you ever going to make it through the next few days and more !!

To my utter dismay, I am great at losing things and have gone through the above scene quite a few times!!

And the most humorous episode (in hindsight, of course) was when I actually could not hold back my tears while in office – that was the sort of attachment I held to the little gizmo! 

My ‘oh! so emotional’ excuse was : “It held my memories – precious photographs, messages from loved ones, blah, bah, blah.”
And I am sure, this is the case with a lot of people today.

And still more humorous part is that ironically, I do not even remember those photographs or messages today 🙂

On the other hand, I have vivid memories of the best moments of my life – to the extent that as and when I want, I can relive them as if they are happening right in front of me, with me – I can sometimes, in my fantasies, travel back in time even to when I was five or six !! 

Rolling in the rain, Papa patting away to sleep, the crazy photo-shoot with friends, the compliments, that special message, the romance with nature (with the chirping birds intact), seeing your sister as a bride, mummy’s special smile reserved for you, look and feel of love in those eyes, the first book, the best jalebis .. well, the list has no end.

Ah! And how I felt I lost a chunk of my heart when I lost that phone

This tiny realization reaffirms my belief that it is not in the overt where life and love lies – Real people, Real experiences,Real stories, Real talks and Real emotions – those make home in our hearts forever – doors of memories ready to be knocked, whether we are with others or when solitary so that we can relive the times and those words again in our minds, through our imagination – our inner lenses! The moments that take us into haven of day-dreams!

And those are real memories that transcend time – captured forever in our sub-conscious, not the ones captured in a gadget.

Jee, Dil toh badtameez hai – Bina samjhe boojhe – kaheen bhi kuchh pal ke liye cheezon se dil laga leta hai !


So, at the end of the each day, go pull yourself away from the demons of daily ordeal you may have faced and make sure you gather moments to be treasured your whole life. Of course, do not forget to gift others some memories too … !


P.S: It is just a co-incidence that it’s the day for celebrating love (pun absolutely intended)


8 Responses to “Badtameez Dil !”

  1. priyam February 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Loved it Bhaw!:D

  2. Mahabir Panigrahi (@MPanigrahi) February 15, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    True.. but i believe these gadgets are also help us to keep/ store/ record those small happy moments which will give us this memory as a vivid one for future and i vouch everyone will agree these store moments will make us laugh/ cry every time when we see it. So being in this digi world which makes our life complicatedly easy, enjoy it with these gadgets. 🙂

    • Bhawana February 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      🙂 Yeah, just that these memories be best built with real experiences !
      But I cannot really argue with the photographer, can I ??


  3. Anshuman February 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Things have recently changed for me on the mobile phone front with me loosing my beloved Nokia 2300.
    But yes, loosing your smartphone does make you re-evaluate your priorities in life….. apart from curling up in a corner of the house, reminiscing on all the things you could have wasted your time on, if you still had your phone.

    • Bhawana February 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

      🙂 I would say just get back to your 2300 – That was your charm Anshuman, honestly !

  4. Pushkar Karn (@Pushkar_Karn) February 14, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    True ! One can only capture an event or moment through a gadget…not how one felt at that precise moment…only our mind has the ability to capture that. If the mind has not recorded the feeling properly it won’t come back no matter how many times you revisit the moment captured in your gadget.

    • Bhawana February 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Yeah – and so silly of me to not discover it earlier 🙂

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