I could not help smiling even though I was little stressed.
The reason for stress was simple – Air India pilots went on strike - once again – and though the reports said that they have joined duty – I did not know whether my flight scheduled today afternoon will take me to Delhi or not.
But anyway, there is no point in thinking too much about things which are beyond my control.
So, I was taking my breakfast with leisure.
The restaurant was such that I could overhear conversations around without any effort. The usual tourist conversations are not very interesting – so I was not paying attention to those.
Then a large family appeared. The way they came in different pairs attracted my attention. One of the pairs was a woman in 70s and a young man in 20s. The other family members had already started their breakfast and this pair had arrived little later. They probably were grandmother-grandson.
“What would you have grandma?” the grandson asked obediently.
“Nothing” declared grandma. Then on a second thought she said, “Just bring me a cup of tea.”
Then she probably heard other members talking about various dishes available on the buffet counter.
By the time the cup of tea arrived, grandma wanted a piece of toast. She said that as she had to take medicine, it was better that she ate something first. Initially she wanted plain toast and then she ordered for jam. The moment the jam was offered to her, she wanted butter too.
After a minute or so she said, she won’t mind a piece of paratha and then of course she wanted some pickle with it. When pickle arrived, she asked why curd was not served. The curd came. By the time I left the restaurant people around her were telling her how good the puri-subjee was and I am sure that would be the next order of grandma.
I was smiling.
I guess the behavior of that grandma was not unusual. We all do the same on various occasions. All new- year resolutions are of the nature of grandma’s resolution of ‘not to have breakfast.”
Why do we get tempted? Why are we not sure about ourselves? Why do we get influenced by what others are doing? Why can’t we take decisions for which we have enough capacity to practice those? Why can’t stand to our resolutions? Why do we get carried away by our desires?
We all search for these fundamental answers. Those who get it, cross the barriers. Those who don’t are caught in the same net again and again. We never know when the search would be over. The key is to keep on searching.
(Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)
(Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)