I am trying my hand at Fiction 55….. and so Here it Goes… This on the movie “Everybody’s fine” I saw two days back and could not take it off my mind. All I can say “What a movie!!!” ….. Simply beautiful …. Only the choicest of words can describe the movie….
“A happy family of six or so he thought….. until he decided to visit them and found the truth .. He had laid telephone lines all his life least realizing they would be the carriers of the destruction…. A destruction for which he had sown the seeds”
- First Time I traveled many miles to a totally foreign place without knowing even a bit of the language. The only two words which were taught to me before coming to this place were “Nihongo Wakaranai” which means “I don’t know Japanese” which I conveniently use till date
- First Time I saw snow and actually played with it
- First Time I faced an client escalation
- First Time I actually made a dinner (although it didn’t come out well but yeah my roomie did eat :)…. so sweet of her)
- First Time I shopped all alone (Big Time fav of all Gals…..Always had company for shopping in India….. but then I had to find my own way here)
- First Time I actually started saying TGIF (Thank God….Its Friday)
- First Time I actually started looking forward to weekends (Weekends for me just meant another Saturday/Sunday @ office or @ home) but then here there is so much of activity on any weekend here…. Now I don’t want to miss the weekends
- First Time I organized a Christmas party and could carry it out well…. Santa rocked the party…….
- First Time I realized what boredom means (thats when no activity is happening and I am left on my own) and that led me to discover the plethora of online movies, orkut, facebook, chatting… (blogging I discovered lately….I wish I could have started it earlier but better late than never)
- First Time my mobile doesn’t beep constantly with the SMS screech and the everyday call from Airtel.
- First Time I couldn’t attend my good friend’s (many in fact) wedding (simple reason being I cant take many holidays 😦 )
- First Time meeting my family meant travelling 10 – 11 hours of flight journey + 6 hours halt in between (Of course, Its better than having to travel by ship as the good old days :))
- First Time I traveled by a bullet train/ shinkansen…. bullet train in the real sense… as you cant even fathom the speed……
- First Time I visited more number of places than I have actually visited in India (my only trips in India being the so-called study tours)
- First Time I couldn’t go to a church on Easter…. a ritual I broke after my 26 years of existence
- First Time I got onto the escalator. I always dreaded getting onto the escalator and always used the lift or the stairs in India… My friends have the best of fun in not allowing me to get off the escalator and scaring me 😦 …. I hate it…..
- First Time I sat on a roller coaster and it rolled me inside out …. Vowed never to sit on one again…..eeeeks…..
- First Time I saw Shrek in 4D and boy it was soooooo good….I felt I was with Shrek in the movie…….
…….. so many lovely memories… so many lovely moments…. I found new friends… I lost touch with some old ones… I lost some friends too (well I dont want to remember the dark things today !!!!) but life is still going on ….
Every March 3rd (after I came to Japan), I am wished “Happy Girl’s Day” ….. I didnt know the significance of this day until I visited the Girls Festival along with K san (san is the respectful way of addressing a Japanese person) and also did some googling on it.
Hina Matsuri/Girls Day is celebrated every year on March 3rd throughout Japan. Typically if a girl child is born, parents prepare the hina dolls for them. These dolls are considered to drive away bad spirits and bring health and happiness to the girl child. One such arrangement can be seen below (The below hina doll arrangement belonged to a royal family in Saga – Saga is a place in Kyushu island)
The arrangement (called hina-dan) depicting a emperor, empress,attendants and musicians customarily comprises of five platforms. The first platform depicts the king and queen, the second platform are the attendants to the king and queen , the third is for the musicians, the fourth for ministers and the last for the general attendants. Some more arrangements/dolls that were also available for display (Pics courtesy Dinesh)
Looking at these dolls and the festivities surrounding it, some thoughts tickled my mind. One, I was never wished “Happy Girls Day” in India as India obviously doesn’t celebrate one. Two, the girl child is held in honor on this day. To think that still in some places of India, the girl child is considered a burden in the family. Some of them aborted/dumped also. I always felt bad when relatives and friends would ask my parents “Oh, you have only girls… no boys!!!”. Come on, we are living in the 21st century and people still live with this disgusting thought. I would feel like walking up to them and giving them a piece of mind. Some of them even got it 🙂 (and well they never opened their mouths again atleast not in front of me). I grew up seeing my friends suddenly missing from the school rolls. The next thing I knew was they had got married (Minor marriages still do happen). Even an aunt of mine had a boy at a really late age just because her mother-in-law wanted a grandson. Thankfully, my parents never had such thoughts and we didn’t have to go through the “You are not a boy syndrome”.
I am not a feminist and don’t want to debate on the girl child vs boy child but surely to have a day meant to pray for the well being of the girl somehow appealed to me. I wish people in this technologically advancing age also advance in their thoughts.
P.S. No offence meant.