Sunday, October 03, 2004

Here she goes ... Again...

better late than never...

this post was to be up 2 days back but as soon as i pressed the publish post button - the dreaded dns error popped up and there was no way i could go back to the previous page. 45 mins of deep thought vanished in a puff of carelessness...

hence this once bitten naivette at blogging is following the safe path and getting this on notepad first..

what was previously entitled "friends, cyberpals and dispaced indians" follows hereby (in a severely edited and revised form):

somehow the whole day (on friday) was spent either on the phone or the net talking to 3 people who would qualify as being my "best" friends- a concept i do not usually subscribe too, simply coz who ur best friend is, is a function of time and circumstance. yet these individuals have at various points of time held that position, though i must mention that there have been others too.

quit digressing, my mind tells me- so i'll get back to the point. as i was finally going off to sleep i wondered what life would have been like had the marvels of communication not helped us keep in toouch with loved ones who were geographically distanced. would we then have taken
the easy way out and found substitute company nearby (refer to last post??)- coz seriously i do not see myself being very good at sincere snail mailing!! and frankly replies after a week wouldnt have the same effect...

that too given the fact that 2 of the 3 aforementioned individuals live abroad for most part of the year and the third will hopefully (praying hard for him) soon join them. at this point my train of thought quickly ran across the people i know who no longer live in this country of ours and i suddenly found that they formed a pretty sizeable proportion of my acquaintances. infact a lot more of them are still trying for admits into some US university - a ticket to a better world of some sort, maybe...

i had given up plans of ever settling abroad long back coz i was really scared of coming back with an acquired accent or worst still an allergy towards the air in my country.however now that i am older i have realised that most people living abroad who are good friends of mine dont have funny accents and do not start drinking mineral water as soon as they set foot here (except in chennai, where everyone drinks bisleri!!!)- perhaps, thats why they are my friends - but let that be...

somehow recently i have started thinking about going abroad to study - if for nothing else then to be closer to friends and be a part of a world where i think i probably would fit in better. yet i am not convinced that joining the "westward ho!" herd is the best solution.

anyways there is time before that - because i have put in enough precautions in place to make sure i do not get carried away and book myself on the next flight overseas. for starters my good sense (or procrastination, if i were to be more honest) has prevented me from acquiring a passport - and since i am told it takes atleast 3-4 months at the least to get one, any endeavour
of moving abroad would give me atleast that much time (and possibly more) to reconsider. and hopefully in that intervening period i will make up my mind one way or the other through some twist of fate.

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as of now just back from yet another weekend "in our nation's capital" ( i love using that phrase - and say it in forrest gump style - "jenny, it was nice seeing you agian, in our nation's capital"- remember!!)...
have lotsa stuff to finish in the next week - so will get around to doing that now..
cheerios! gentlemen