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Yesterday I returned home early from work and thought of taking Yuva out to the park or something. We normally go to the Park Gymkhana in the evenings since he meets his school friends there. Since its only for members very few kids come there.

For some reason his friends had not turned up. He got bored and wanted to go some place else. We went walking to the beachside play park, which is a public park. It was 7.30 in the evening, the place was poorly lit and crowded. He dint know where to start, every slide, sea-saw, swing, ladder was full. After a few turns on couple of slides he finally set a trend. He would take a slide, get off that, come around the ladder on the backside for the slide and start all over again. He set a predictable trend, so I stood at a spot where I could keep an eye on the ladder and the end of the slide as well and watched him do the repeat action.

He got down the slide and I saw him come towards me, to climb up the ladder at the other end. As he came closer I realised it was not him! Was another child wearing the same green t-shirt! I took a few steps to check the end of the slide or if he was there still on the slide or if he went the other side or… I dint know what to do… I was clueless! Dont tell me he is lost… I thought to myself. My eyes were constantly eyeballing at each and every child around the park, my heart started pumping faster and I started to sweat… I pulled out my mobile phone to call my husband at the same time I wanted to run to the gaurd standing at the gate and tell him if he saw a child wearing a green T-shirt, pls stop him.

But then I stopped myself trying to convince myself thinking he must be around, its just half a minute or so that I have not seen him.

I tried to cool down myself and started looking at all the places he would possibly go.

I walked towards the swings, the Sea-Saws, and the looked at the ends of the tunnel for Yuva to come out from… and turned to go the sand pit… and….. there he was….right behind me…..I found him!

Phew!!!! I hugged him and FIRED him!!! I know it was not his fault. I probably need to tell him that he would get lost like this if he wandered off without telling me…

I thanked god…. and prayed that it doesnt happen to me again. Can’t imagine what pain the parents would be feeling whose children have gone missing…….

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Books of more than 10 pages would turn me off…., I am not a book fan or reading fan, especially the fiction novels. I rather go watch a movie and finish the damn story in 3 hours. I have never been faithful any book that has been thick with hundreds of pages, but havent missed out the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Who moved my Cheese, Short Histories of Everything, Power of Subconscious Mind and books that are giving me some direction to think and become a different person everytime a finished reading them. But NEVER the books that are some writers fantasy….

To this day I am constantly reminded of what I was missing out in life by the reading freaks….., yeah thats what I call them. My mom in law is read freak. She would not go off to sleep until she read The Times of India, The Mumbai Mirror, The Bombay Times, Loksatta and the small booklets that comes with it. She quite dislikes the fact that I dont read and just to prove it to her that her son has not really made such a bad choice, I have started reading. I started with the newspapers. What, newspapers are not so bad… yea, you get to read the same news you saw the previous night on TV. But I have more details than those who only sit in front of the idiot box!

I am currently reading ‘The White Tiger’ by Aravind Adiga. He has brought about the perspective of the poor people who make 2-3K per month, dont keep a penny for themselves and send all of it to their relatives in their village who either have little or no source of income(he refers poverty with the word ‘Darkness’). Will not talk about the book anymore…. but is worth a read.

I few days ago I discovered a shop near my office where you get good western/party wear and loads of good stuff. After I finished my buying, this owner of the shop asked me If read books and if I would like to read any from his collection. I dint want to tell him, no i dont read books! So i picked up this book ‘the White Tiger’. I am so glued to this book, I am actually reading each word and page of it…and am completely loyal to it!

Do catch it if you get a chance or take it from me… I can return it after a month!

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