Nobody today writes blogs that give updates about their lives. Ok some of you still do but they are mostly few and far in between. There was a guy called ‘Ok’, so full of himself, like the rest of us, who used to update his blog with tidbits on when he slept, what he ate and who he thought about that day. We don’t do that anymore. Remember summer of 2008? Or maybe at the end of spring when it all started. Count how many of you were there? Maxdavinci, Anantha, Maami, NRI Maami, Shenoy, BPSK, Preeti, Mayth, Sthita, Nandini, Drenched, Rads, Arun Sundar, Chutney. People like buddy, Idling, complicateur too joined but that was a bit later in the year I think. I know where all these people are but the fun in the blogs and blog comments space is all gone like the rum. There was a recession at the end of the same year all over the world and who knew, it apparently affected blogs too. Like cutting costs in an institution, we decided to cut words and characters and shifted to Twitter. Hell, you know it’s arrived when even Amrita ends up joining Twitter! It’s great fun alright, but then like the mysterious Don Draper once said, “Nostalgia – it’s delicate but potent. It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.” More on this man later.
The actual recession ended up spoiling a lot of things. Not in the long run, just the immediate after effects. I did write about having returned to India around April ’09 but then deliberately avoided personal updates on the blog. There was a bit of initial struggle and things not working out for three or four months. It was a good time though to be back in India after about 2 years and enjoying all the royal treatment that usually follows. Around September ’09, you could say I got what I wanted. It actually turned out to be the best possible outcome after about 10 months of agony(Ok I didn’t exactly live in a closed room these months, but what’s there!). Things picked up from there and the general cycle of friends and movies during weekends, family get togethers etc. continued. It was like college all over again because most of the friends are here in Chennai and I just picked up from where I had left off. Around the same time, got an awesome opportunity to write for The Banyan Trees through Nivi. I’ve been writing a column for them monthly and we just completed one year with our latest issue. I got my first car.
This became a full fledged movie blog for sometime. I had the freedom with respect to time, that was lacking in grad school, so I made full use of it to exercise this undying love for films. The personal updates and nostalgia posts stopped(thanks to not being away from home) with the topic of films and film analysis taking over. This also meant I stopped reading. One of the first things I did on returning was become a member in Eloor Library at T.Nagar but that card was gathering dust till recently. I got into films and heavily into TV shows. Beginning with 24, which I got addicted to during my idle days in New Jersey, it was followed by Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, House, The Wire. The Wire! What a show that was! Like it has been said a million times before, it puts about 99.99% of television to shame. Much recently, Mad Men. Don Draper jumps off the screen as the coolest guy since James Bond. Interesting that we track Don Draper’s life during the same decade when Sean Connery walked into Fountainbleau Hotel. He came across as an amalgamation of Bond and Hank Rearden/John Galt at first. But ultimately, Don Draper is an absolute original. I’ve hit the pause button on TV shows to get back to reading for now.
Twitter became big during this time. I’ve been on it since my Spring ’08 at NC State, but then I was only following the familiar crowd. But now it’s huge, almost everyone you meet on the road is on Twitter. A bunch of us here in Chennai got introduced to a gang we would have never met, if not for Twitter. That has gone beyond tweetups to weekly meets and cuts! I end up being with family or college friends sometimes, but I do drop in every now and then when I can. But all things considered, a great set of people to know, these guys. Only problem, I don’t do this often thanks to some sort of family based event or something that keeps cropping up at regular intervals. Now that’s another aspect which has it’s own pros and cons.
When I returned, I started living with my parents after a gap of six years. It’s great. We moved into a new home, one that we can call our own after living outside Chennai in quarters etc. for about fifteen years. To have mom’s food on everyday basis and just be able to do things together. But it can also be said that I got caught living with my parents in the wrong side of my 20s? I hope that’s not an irresponsible thing to say because I think it’s one of the first stages in life when you want to get away. Also coupled with the fact that I got too used to living independent, all on my own. A tricky situation and I can bet two of you reading this blog would say, “Welcome to our world” or “You have a long way to go..Wait for it…”. I also know which two. One aspect am at the opposite end of the graph with my parents is the concept of savings/investments. I’ve just not been tuned to live like that. Most of the time I’ll be like Kathadi Ramamurthy in Ayya Amma Ammamma, talking about his father in law, “Adhu edho insurance form ah kuduthutu sign podu, sign podu nu sollitu irundhudhu“(Sorry, no translation, but you get the drift). Now I can’t go tell them that Don Draper says, “I live like there is no tomorrow, because….there isn’t one.” I’d be kicked out of the house. Who was it that said anything about being born alone and dying alone?
(The song above is something I can relate to, the most. At any point in my life. So far.)