January 30, 2012

Teen Times

So young so damaged!
That's my first thought on seeing today's generation. Oh yes! I just got 24 :D But no the teens really are living a messed up life. They don't have the privileges that we had. Good or bad, I don't know but I certainly feel we were glad.
Remember how we played the real games. And oh! By the way my generation had the much talked internet and computers at home but we lived; we lived with the real games, the real friends and real time with the parents.
Little did we know of war, the terrorism and the politics. And let's not start on how we did not understand what sex, depression or rape meant.
Oh did we ever have something like cyber bullying? Nope! We had real people to fight with: mostly same aged. We could compete. The only danger was that on losing, we would be considered worth-laughing-on.
We could and we did trust blindly. We didn't knew what cynicism was and we believed in the power of innocence. Remember how puppy eyes got us everything. Oh by the way, I tried last week. They still worked ;)
I loved it then how I didn't have a phone. I loved giving my parents the worries of "Where the hell is my little girl?". yes as you can by now read I was oh wait! I am a brat.
I am glad we had all the chocolates that we could. I am thankful that little did we care about those calories and also, that we did not know of the 'zero figure'. Oh and cheers to the mani-pedis, the waxing or the hair coloring that I did not know till I was 20.
I loved it how we could test the set boundaries, question authorities and give our parents and other elders the time of their life :) I know even today the kids can, but wasn't it all just different? I like it how we get to be selfish now, while our teenage was not even close to what one can call as mean. We were good to people; and little did we know of what the bad world was.
And not to talk about how easy life was to us. Scoring 90 meant everything and today even 95 is less! For us the adolescent years were filled with emotions, changes and some responsibilities. Today it is more of stress, peer pressure and success. So kids today, I do not blame you for increased suicide rates or the crime. We shall understand that what we sow, we will reap.
My fav. part is of not having to 'earn my way through'. I never needed pocket money because this brat had an unlimited supply of 'controlled' money. Also, I cherish the fact that teenagers today are doing a lot for the society. I wish we did as much and so did a generation before. The world definitely would have been a better place for these teenagers. As they say,
"Feel the fear and do it anyway!"


January 24, 2012

Seattle Diaries

I am no travel expert but yes I am the opportune traveller. And this post talks about my weekend trip to Seattle, WA, USA. (Phew!) So I would call an ideal journey as reaching Seattle on a Friday noon. Seattle's airport - Tacoma International is well connected unless you choose to drive. From the airport, there are transit buses to downtown. I liked the city's downtown worth staying. It is not as crowded as Chicago, LA or NYC but is equally beautiful. There are some good places to put up. I stayed at The Westin. My first suggestion would be after you reach your hotel, to relax yourself and have a good dinner at the Waterfront. There are some good options, my choice was Elliott's Oyster House. Caution: It is a bit on the expensive side and almost a NO option place for vegetarians like me but then it is those perfect fine dining, great ambience places that you want to go to. Another thing to do on waterfront is walk; it's fun! Or you can always come back and blame my sun-sign, the water sign, Cancer for this. To me, the best way to start your Saturday is with a coffee at the original Starbucks right next to the Pike Place Market followed by buying fresh flowers from the locals. There is nothing like self-pampering and Seattle offers that well. From fresh produce of fruits and vegetables (trust me the strawberries, cherries and apples are must try) to bakeries (oh! the cakes) to sea-food vendors to the most remarkable artists - all on one street at Pike Place Market. Yes, I am a coffee person. So like me if you need to have another coffee after all this shopping, check out this place called Local Color. To be honest, I was attracted by the line 'Art, Coffee & more..' - well I needed to find out what more was. It was nice - good music, nice decor and wonderful hospitality. I liked the sandwich as well as the coffee. Oh! And they had free Wi-Fi! That's bingo for me. Following this, one could either go back and relax or take a ride on one of those ferries. As one of the local pointed out, no trip goes complete without them! There are a good number of museums like Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Flight. Also, the Aquarium and the Public Library are much talked about places but I am really not into all this so I skipped my knowledge gathering part. The evening to night transition would be incomplete without a trip to Space Needle and then a feast dinner. Sunday mornings can be left for the choosy option - while I choose to laze around, one can go to numerous parks that Seattle has to offer or hey! a stress buster could be to shop around. They have good stores too. Amidst all, don't forget to take your flight back home.. because I almost did! =)


January 05, 2012

There is a lot more about you..

There were times when I told you how I feel there is something heart-pumping about you. Tonight, I want to let you know there is a lot more about you.

There's a lot more about you,
that makes me laugh more and more.
Something about your smile,
that nothing can ever defile!    

There's a lot more in that 'I care''s,
and how we stand together to take all the dares.
Something in the comments and texts
In the way you treat me above the rest!

There's a lot more to how you act tough,
that makes me believe more and more in us.
You walk past me, my way.
That's how you make my day!

There's a lot more fun in those jokes,
funny or sarcastic - without you they're the words that choke.
I enjoy when I use words to attack,
It is sad if you won't smile back.

There's a lot more about you,
that makes me dream more and more.
Something about us,
that is meant to grow! ;-)


January 02, 2012

New Year thought

Some things just end up becoming a must! Like a bed-time coffee is always romantic; getting drunk on New Years' eve is the forever tradition; hoping India win in an away series is so wanted and not reading about Kolaveri or about Team Anna is so impossible :-) 

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