23 November, 2009

Absent Mindedness

Life is hectic. I can keep adding 1001 excuses for my absence here. I want to start a begining today. I thought of publishing a picture that I took few weeks before during weekend walk. I shall write more about my walk in my future posts.

While I was busy capturing something else, I saw this sun glass left by someone. It reminded me about how we as human being tend to forget when our mind is occupied with something else. As soon as I saw the sunglass, my mind started thinking about the owner. If that person happened to be like me, definitely he/she may come back to the same place looking for the glass. I did not want to touch it. I left it hoping that the owner may come and take it.

Since this reminded me of some unfinished job, I clicked this picture. Whenever I keep seeing this picture it reminds me of absentmindedness.

From childhood I make it a point to keep account of the things I carry along with me. Once I missed a pair of Gloves, which I placed it in my coat pocket. Since the bus arrived I picked up my baggages and boarded the bus. After buying the ticket I realised that my hand gloves were missing. I knew that I was wearing until I reached the bus stop. I knew that it should have fallen from my coat pocket. So, I got down in the next stop, and walked back with all the baggages to the next bus stop. As I started nearing the bus stop, my heart was beating fast. I was sure that it will be there. Yes... they were lying there. Lucky pair of Gloves. This happened in Edinburgh last year.

My daughter returned from school last friday with a great disappointment. She called me and informed that she missed her new purse while coming back from school. I knew how she would have felt. She cried over the phone. After I reached home, I took her by walk to her school. Since street lights were on, it was not difficult to see inspite of darkness. We searched the entire road. We could not find her purse and I asked her to remember. She said that she wore her coat only after hearing the school bell. I said she must have dropped it or it should fallen from her coats when she hurried from school. She was not convinced.

Now, few hours before after I returned from work she came and hugged me and said that she got her purse back. Her teacher found it on the floor and had kept it safe. She was so happy since she had her lucky chain inside the purse. The chain is less than a pound and so the purse. It is not the money that matters for children. It is all about their possession. They do not like to lose their favourite possession.

She has gone to bed happily. Kids are a pleasure and for them it is a different world. I peeped into her bed. She is sleeping peacefully with her hands tightly holding the purse.


Kavi said...

Its fantastic to have you back here again. And seeing you write..!

The possessions that we have and our own absent mindedness is something indeed.

I am glad you got your possessions back. I have missed so many things. From cameras to walkmans !

Life perhaps is like that. My father always tells me that its ok as long as it is a material object. he used to say, dont lose life and living absentmindedly !


Balaji S Rajan said...


You said it. Fantastic words quoted by your father. Yes, we should not lose our life. I used to bother in my young days for having broken or losing something. As we grow, we take things philosophically and realise these. Still since we are human, we do have attachment to material things. Thanks for your comments.

Swatantra said...


We once forget Siddharth Cap in the snow.. and vivek went back to take it we got it.. so i know the happiness of getting the things back..

The picture is beautiful..

Good to see you back..

ambi said...

Hhhm, I lost my purse twice :(

First time unknowingly in the bus. I kept my mom's photo. :(

Second time, some pick-packet showed his talents in the Bangalore city. But I learned the lesson paying(read it as losing) 800 INR.
"Never keep the purse in the pant packet and carry a bag while going to the office".

Another good post Balaji.

Raji said...

Hello Balaji sir,

Long time.. eppadi irukeenga? how r your wife and children keeping? health ellam nalla iruka?

more later,


Balaji S Rajan said...


Thank you for your comments. Nice to know about your kid.

Balaji S Rajan said...


"Never keep the purse in the pant packet and carry a bag while going to the office".

Ha..ha... I never do that. I keep it in the inner pocket of shirt or do not carry a wallet at all when I travel by public transport or crowded places.

Balaji S Rajan said...


Thanks for your enquiry and visiting. Please email me your mail id if you do not mind.

My mail id is balajis04@yahoo.com

Riya's Mom said...

Even tiny things matter a lot when it is concerned with the kids..Now I can appreciate more about kdis as I have one now..

Where in london are you now...Last time when I was there I knew you guys were moving....

Your daughter is a sweet doll....how much she was attached to me :-))

Balaji S Rajan said...

Riya's Mom,

I am sorry I do not have any clue in your comment. Have we met before? From your comment I could presume you to be one of our friends or previous neighbour. Please email me to balajis04@yahoo.com. I will be very glad to get in touch with you all. I will be more happy if you are the same person, whom I have guessed.