Monday, March 27, 2006

Aroma

It was a fine Wednesday morning . I was , as usual , sitting on my favourite park-bench and doing what I do to while away the little time I have left on this planet , observe people . I find people so alike , yet so different . It is these infinite variations I find and the fact that there is always something new , that drives me . I have always detested being staid . But when you are 70 , and are living more or less alone , you tend to get accustomed to habit . My hobby was a welcome change to my otherwise mundane life .

As I started unfolding my paper to go through what has happened in the past few hours in the world , I saw a nice smart car on the road . Nice cars are rather rare to see in this area and I was curious as to why this particular car came this way . The car was parked and out stepped a young executive with a petite young girl . I assumed that they had met quite recently and got along pretty well , as he was courteous and was trying to attend to her every need . Just like me , relationships need something new .

They entered the local baker's store . I was guessing that they were just passing by and needed some refreshments . The aroma of our bakery is another thing altogether . Some joggers have told me that they take this route sometimes to experience the smell of its fresh baked cookies . There are some feelings which we cannot describe in words . A wish , the beauty of the moon , the gentle caress of your lover and the smell of freshly baked cookies .

It is not very difficult to please a sensible woman . I believe all it takes is some interesting conversation , sweet music and respect . Life could either be simple or complicated . It is your choice , your decision . People get all worked up to achieve , to be praised , to earn and lose out on the simple niceties of life . I lost out too . But I dont regret anything now . Regret only hurts . My work has given me a decent pension to live a moderate life and the strength to be able to sit on this comfortable park bench . As I fold my newspaper and walk past the bakery store , I take deep breath . Filled with happiness unknown and a sweet feeling of ease , I make make my way back to my cottage .

17 comments:

Muralidhar said...

Good one Harish! Especially,
"It is not very difficult to please a sensible woman . I believe all it takes is some interesting conversation , sweet music and respect." But I guess there ain't no sensible women left on this planet.

Anu said...

Good post!u have this ability to put urself in others shoes n describe things in detail!!! super!

lol! n as for sensible gals, gud observation again!

The Solitary Reaper said...

"There are some feelings which we cannot describe in words . A wish , the beauty of the moon , the gentle caress of your lover and the smell of freshly baked cookies ."

hey..ol' man.. very well written.. did you finally find someone to wait for you in the cottage?why did you not get her along??

Vanditha said...

***Life could either be simple or complicated . It is your choice , your decision . ***

How true! Very well written post

Harish Suryanarayana said...

@murali --> Very true man , very true . But if you find one , dont let go !!

@anu & Vanditha--> Thank you :)

@swap --> I am as solitary as you are , pretty young lady .

Mary Ray Lieu said...

Awesome! ...really transported me to the park bench, and there really is something to the smell of cookies....Now,I am really feeling hungry for good food..This gets worst esp..when its festival time:(((

Freespirit said...

Agree with anu..you have a great ability to paint vivid pictures through another person's eyes. Rightly titled aroma, it's the small things in life which give the greatest pleasure..sorry to debase your freshly baked cookies but even the smell of freshly toasted bread with just the right amount of butter puts a smile on my face.
And thanks a lot...will consider myself a sensible woman. :)

Ms. V said...

I don't even mind no interesting conversation and no sweet music!!! It's the giving respect that's an issue today for most of the male species... the youth in particular. BOCTAOE.

I loved the post, btw :)

Harish Suryanarayana said...

@mrl : Lets hope Himalaya gives us boys some hope :)

@Hedonia : Thank you , thank you

@ Ms .V : I realized that . I wonder why though ...

Deeps said...

As everyone has already said, a very well written post. I could almost smell the freshly baked cookies :).

Yup, conversation and respect do the trick, with or without music ;-). As I wrote in one of my posts, Life is one long conversation, so you definitely need a well-conversing partner :).

Hey btw what happened to your chess post? I took that test and turned out to be a black knight. So I wanted to comment and tell you "Hail black queen!! When do we start the war?" :-D. But that post is gone now..

Radha said...

hey.. really liked ur post.. u shuld write more stories.. good style u have :-).. and

" I find people so alike , yet so different ".. soooo true !!

abhas1 said...

observing people is really fun, isn't it? :)

Harish Suryanarayana said...

Hello Deeps ! Sorry for the long time to reply . I was on a hiatus . I generally did not want to fill my blog woth tests of this sort . I had posted it on impulse .

Thanks Radha . Mebbe I will .

Hello Abhas . First time here ? Yes , its really interesting most of the time .

Shankar said...

a very good post.....went though many posts... good blog

FindMeHere said...

Nice post! And real good definitions for a 'sensible woman' there! Hope you do have similar definitions for a 'sensible man' too :)

I dont blog, signed up only to leave my comments here, you dont allow anonymous comments?! Or is Orkut the place??? :)

FindMeHere said...

Sweatha here, btw

Harish Suryanarayana said...

hey Shankar .. thanks man .
Sweatha , my blog now allows anonymous comments .. earlier it did not .. anyway , good that you have created an account . :)