Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hello...........oo

It feels good to be back. It feels great to arrive home at 10:30AM and a phone call from college greets one at 11:00 AM enquiring whether I plan to join college the very same day! It feels wonderful to be wanted. To know that people care for you. I would have liked to have taken a day or two off but I rushed to college and saw the relief on my colleague's face.

"You were running out of leave. I was wondering how to adjust it. Thank God you're back."

Now this particular girl was assistant to the Principal's PA and to be frank I was not on very great terms with her. Just cordial and polite but never more than that. I was touched. It was on her insistance that my HOD rang me up and asked me to join the same day. She could have let things be. A salary cut for me would have made no difference to her. But that is what our college is all about! Thank you S, I'll always remember your concern.

My stay in America was hectic. Grandchildren are a source of joy. I returned to India dreaming about them. While I am not too keen on relocating to the US of A I am glad that our tools of communication is improving by the day and we can remain in constant touch and who'd have thought that I'd be traveling to America as if it was a trip to Bombay or Delhi! Starting from 2002 I've met my children almost each year except perhaps in 2005 and I have no reason to complain.

I get to read some good books whenever I visit my children. So it was this time also. I'd recommend My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Taylor to all of you. It is about the miraculous recovery of the author from a massive stroke and the manner she rediscovered the working of the human brain and the impact it had on her life. Those of us that believe in universal brotherhood and love for fellow human beings should definitely go through this book. According to her, the left hemisphere of our brain is rigid, recognizes limits and is responsible for the analytical side of our nature. This often results in a judgemental attitude and egoistic tendencies. The right side is responsible for a blending, harmonious approach where one can experience universal harmony and bliss and oneness with nature. A balanced mind is the result of according equal importance to both sides so that one can be tolerant without being submissive and analytical without being judgemental. I was greatly impressed and brought the book back to India for others to read and benefit by Dr. Taylor's personal account.

So when my husband blasts me for no fault of mine I plan to tell him that it's really not his fault. I understand that the left side of his brain is working overtime and need to rest a bit!...**wink, wink**. Actually the 6 weeks of alone time has proved useful and he is extra nice these days. I hope I really remember to say all this when our usual routine sets in. The next time I crib about him please remind me won't you?

I think that is enough for a come back post. Hillgmom is planning a trip to USa to see her new grandson. I can sense her excitement. Little Anush is all excited about having a little one at home and I congratulate artnavy for the good news she gave us. As for the rest of you, I am finally done with my jet lag and will catch up on your posts soon. A big hello from me to each of you. Hello.......oo

18 comments:

Ugich Konitari said...

Great post, HHG. And it does feel nice settling back into the usual routine, doesnt it ? Yes, I did read an excerpt from Jill Taylors book a few months ago, and look forward to reading it in full sometime soon.

Have emailed you.

eve's lungs said...

Hii :) Welcome back . I am sure you are refreshed and raring to go after your break !

artnavy said...

welcome back to india!! look forward to your reg posts...

am going to try and get the book

but will u not feel jet lagged to get back to work today itself??

Sumana said...

Welcome back HHG. Definitely feels good to be wanted. There were those days in the 70's when my uncles used to write letters which would a month or so to reach. Communication challenges have reduced drastically.

preetischronicle said...

great to see you back! and as always a very refreshing post :)

Suma said...

so nice to see you back :)

especially after staying with kids and grandkids.

so no jetlag?

Aathira said...

Welcome back!

Glad you had a wonderful vacation in the USA and now back to college:)

shilpa said...

Welcome back HHG. I was missing your posts :-)

Usha said...

Welcome back.
It is good to have such nice people in our lives. But how did you manage to go and work the day you landed - I spent the whole day sleeping!

Ardra said...

Missed you HHG!

AnjuGandhi said...

hi came to your blog via agelessbonding.
ur name impressed me so much that I had to take a stop at your blog and lady you sure live upto your blogging name.

Hip Grandma said...

Hi all,
Thanks for all your responses. I think I propped myself too high by claiming that I was back at work the day I returned. True I went back to work because I had absolutely no leave and a single day more would have perhaps meant a salary cut. But that does not necessarily imply that I put in my normal amount of work. Jet lag was raising its head and I just managed to answer questions. I met the Principal and after the 'muh dikhayee' I went to my department and remained glued to the chair!Luckily due to heavy exams classes were suspended and most of my colleagues were on exam duty. The librarian was surprised that I did not step into the library. It took me 4 to 5 days to manage a full night's sleep and it is only now that I look at people and actually see them. So much for traveling across the globe to a different time zone. If anyone wants to know how a zombie looks and feels I offer a crash course free of cost.

Jokes apart, I want to write on a serious issue - regarding arranged marriage - and how parental pressure and expectations can prove detrimental to a ward's happiness. i'll come up with my views soon and I am sure all my readers both young and not so young would come up with their inputs.

dipali said...

Lovely having you back, HG!

hillgrandmom said...

Hi HHG! I can see that you have had a good rest. But I can well imagine that you must so miss the children, more so, till routine settles in. Btw, it's a new granddaughter :-)
I have seen a lecture on the net by Dr. Jill Taylor, where she spoke about this stroke of hers. i wasn't aware that she wrote a book on it. Must try and get it.

Hip Grandma said...

Dipali:thanks.

hillgmom:I realized the mistake only today when I went through your latest entry and checked out the previous ones. sorry about that. Since you have a g'son already a g'daughter must be doubly welcome.

Just Like That said...

WELCOME back!
Must get my hands on this book ;-)

Shachi said...

Hiya...newcomer to your blog but loved it...

I read this book and blogged about it too here: http://shachi18.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-stroke-of-insight.html

I'm glad you liked it....

Looking forward to reading more from you :)

Hip Grandma said...

JLT:Thank you.

Shachi:Went through your review of Jill Taylor's book. Very well dealt. You've summed it up very well.