09 April, 2006

Changes in Life

Sometimes I wonder about life. Nowadays I feel at one point of time in life, you feel that the steering goes out of control. We plan so much and dream so much. We try to take control. But at one stage things happen on their own and you can feel the steering going out of control. Certain things do happen as they are bound to happen. My current job came to an end last month. I decided not to panic and take rest for few weeks, enjoy the life, chill out and spend some time happily with children during their Easter vacations. I planned for my swan song on March 31. Suddenly on March 29th I got a call from my employer, to take a job from April 3rd, for which I had to say 'yes' thinking of the family and other situations. Destination of the place and confirmation were known only on Friday just few hours before my last job finished. I had to wrap up and move towards London which was my new destination.

Again I need to proudly say, that blogging helped me so much in my relocation. I have earned few very good friendship through blogging. I decided to contact few of my blogger friends, who live in London and nearby. Blogger Premalatha and her husband Balan were again very helpful. Needless to say, the humourist Tamil blogger 'Dubukku' alias Renga extended both his hands to welcome me to London. He offered me shelter for few days, until I settled on my own. Balans were very kind and offered me a lot of tips and help. Renga took me around his place and showed me the shops and market. We found a room for me with his help. When I left home to London, my children and wife waved sadly on the arrival of Taxi. My wife was trying to hide her tears behind the doors. The pakistani Taxi driver welcomed me with his Hindi music. He was so friendly, and started scrutinising my origin to the extent whether I am a Dravidian or Aryan. His knowledge about South India and Madras was amazing. He spoke about our Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalitha on length and remembers Kalaignar Karunanidhi too. During such occasions, pep talk like this helps us to forget our sorrow. My stay in Renga's house helped me to overcome my initial hangovers.

First day in busy London was hectic. I think I was the only slowest person on that day, not able to cope up with the speed of the city. I could see people moving fast like ants. It is long time since I had lived in a busy City and this was a bit tough for me. Tube trains have always amazed me. When my station arrived, I wanted to get down, and said 'bye' to Renga, but felt that I could not move.

Guess what.......... I was stuck. The automatic door was making beep sound, indicating that it is about to shut. I could not move and found a lady's bunch of hair had got stuck to my Coat. I was so tensed and somehow removed the tangle and before the door could close literally jumped out of the train. I looked back at the lady to apologise and the door was already shut. Later I came to know from Renga in the evening, that she was grumbling that I did not apologise. I am sorry gentlelady. It was not my intention.

Renga's children entertained me in the evening. OH....... Have I broken the truth that he is married and has two kids. Never mind... his wife will appreciate me. When you are away from home, missing the family, getting such friends is a great luck. Anyhow, I moved the next day to my accomodation. Early morning Electric trains sound, reminds me of Chennai. London in its own way is exciting. I am turning to be a Londoner. I come home for weekends. Tonight being Sunday, and few hours from now I need to get up from bed and leave home by 6:00 to be at London office. I apologise to my fellow bloggers, that I could not read all your posts. Please bear with me, and I shall get back to you as soon as possible. I know I am hoping to start a Tamil blog soon.

I shall try to keep up my promises. I wonder at life. Every change gives a new meaning. Hope the change brings me more peace and happiness.

The picture you see in this post was taken during a parade inspection just before change of guard in Buckingham palace. All the guards will be inspected by a senior. The senior would even try to look at the medals and buttons of the coat, whether they are polished well. Just to see the response, I tried my hands at Hi-Koo in Tamil...

எலெக்ட்ரிக் பில்

கோடையில் இந்த
காகிதமும் 'ஷாக்'


arvindh said...

First of all sorry that you were going through a couple of setbacks these months - first with the health and then your job situation. But I note with great admirationt that you are taking it in your characteristic stride and making the best out of things. Hats off to you!
Also, your post was very enlightening - It is heartening to note that fellow bloggers helped you with the transition to the new location. Great to have this community.
Finally summa punch line ellam Thamizhla vuttu kalakkittinga! Sooberu! Iniya Thamizh varudapirappu vaazhthukkazh!

arvindh said...

I posted a comment, but it still says 0 comments - not sure if you got it.

Jeevan said...

Every one should learn from your how to face the problems. All bloggers are very kind people. Wish you to return to your normal routine life. Dubukku’s real name is Renga, nice to know his name. Looking children’s entertainment is really fun. Wish u a Happy Tamil New Year; Pass my wishes Aakash, Mrithula and your Wife.

susubala said...

Sorry to know that you've been disturbed by your current job and then relocated to London ! But i know that u r such a courageous person to take anything so light ! I admire u for the love you've got for ur family. It was very touchy to note that your wife was trying to cover up her tears. Your family will be missing u a lot and how about bringing them to London.

Well....u may have a look at my blog too with the similar post ! I am sad that i am shifting to mumbai. Similar senti feelings iam stuck with now ! You are a great passionate lover of Chennai i know and i too will be missing our chennai and the train journey very much.

Awaiting to see ur tamil blog ! Glad to know about the fellow bloggers who came to ur rescue at time. Hats off to all of them !

Barbienan said...

hey balaji its just matter of time. and secondly enjoy oxford street u will not miss anything there. and good that the time u moved there u happened to see the change of guards. it reminds me how I was freezing to death when I went to see that.
Enjoy you new stay and environment and hope to see ur next blog abt ur family joining you.

Dubukku said...

It was our pleasure Balaji.

enna andha train matter pathi blog pannathanu sollitu neenga blog panni irukkeenga :P (wife kitta pottu kudukka mattennu naan thaan sonnenla? )

I have posted my family photos even in blogs ...so no intentions of hiding that I am married :)

Glad to see you back in action. Tamil Blog for new year? is that still on?

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Good Luck Balaji. Take care.
Didn't know about your Job change.don't worry everything will be ok. Get your family with you soon..once you settle down.

Tamil Hikoo...kalakkal.!!

Jo said...

Iniya putthaandu nalvaazhthukkal!

Prabu Karthik said...

Job change? kavalai padadheenga sir, it will al work out fine for you in the end.
All the best in your new position:)!
aprom andha haikoo super. idhey madhiri neraya eludhunga:)

WA said...

Good Luck with your new job. Hope everything goes well

visithra said...

havent been here for sometime - hope alls ok - change can have its good and bad so lets hope for the best - fret not ;)

susubala said...

Take care and just dropped in to say Hi and to convey that Iam remembering u ! Cheer-up !

BTW, i had commented here and my comments are not seen !

Ram Viswanathan said...


Good Luck.. Settle down and look forward to seeing you more in the blogosphere..

Be good.. do good and good thins will happen to you..

It might sound cliche.. but we all know that 'Change is the only constant'.. So Good Luck once again..

visithra said...

hows the move coming - photos look good