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I’m that old school guy

Oh, it’s Monday again! And I am still tripping over the weekend. It’s time that I rollback to the daily routine – get up, dress up and rush to the workplace commuting through traffic for freaking 2 hours. Here I am sitting in my cubicle and getting myself a cup of hot coffee at the desk from that coffee machine (You know what! That actually sucks!), and checking my emails for the past days and start creating task lists for the day.

 

 [By the way, ]I am just an ordinary guy like (some of) you working at a renowned firm and yes, I belong to the squad just like you with those 9-6 shifts where sometimes the work sucks or I do. To get away from the Monday blues and avoid my boring neighbour, I look out for my headphones and start listening to my favourite Coldplay, Now I’m hyp, hypnotised. Was this the effect of the song or the weekend tripping that my mind started rewinding the memories and there were images of those glorious childhood days flashing back by. Those beautiful days where I had always been fascinated by the fact that growing up is all about being happy and doing all things I have always wanted to. However, I was all wrong.

Those days…

 

Back then, going to school was much more fun than 9-6 jobs,

The wait for exam results was better than these deadline pressures,

Dull classroom walls are still brighter than such glassy office walls and cubicles,

Fighting with siblings over small things was better than dealing with bosses,

Playing with friends was something I waited whole day than sticking to gadgets all day,

Those floating paper boats and puddles to dig in and get dirty is still what I love to do than getting bothered by the waterlogged areas,

I would still love listening to bedtime stories than popping eyes out for watching the web series and seasons,

Playing Video games and fighting over remote was better than scrolling the social media feeds for hours,

Those gully cricket discussions were more challenging than daily project standups,

Birthday parties were best when treated with cakes and wafers rather than enjoying those lavish parties,

Hiding some phantom cigarettes and Parle kismi chocolates inside bags were better than hiding the pain behind the happy faces,

Writing letters was way more expressive than those Whatsapp chats and email conversations,

Parks and gardens are still a place where you find joy than sitting at a well furnished over café,

Summer vacations were a lot more relaxing than annual leaves,

 And…

 

“Hey!? Where are you lost?”- I heard someone dabbing and screaming over my desk. I was so much engrossed in my thoughts that I didn’t even realize when my friend appeared next to me and calling out my name loudly (the third time) asking for lunch. I returned back from those memories with a childish smile that kept my friend wondering what’s happening with me.

    

While I wait for my dabbawala and the ordered kairis(mangoes) to come, you can recall some of your memories and share with your friends.

(I don’t mind if you wish to share with me too)

 

I’d give all wealth that years have piled, The slow result of Life’s decay, To be once more a little child For one bright summer day. ~ Lewis Carroll.

19 Comments
  • Kesha Patel
    Posted at 05:55h, 29 May Reply

    Those were the days.
    Too good Ruchi.

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 06:28h, 29 May Reply

      Thanks Kesha!????

  • Binoy
    Posted at 06:10h, 29 May Reply

    The best part of your writing is you always come with a good moral at the end. #keepupthework #luvurwriting 🙂

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 06:33h, 29 May Reply

      Thanks Cyber warrior, Binoy!????
      Btw, I like the hashtags you use in the comments ????

  • Dhyey
    Posted at 09:37h, 29 May Reply

    Each word that is written in the article drove me back to the childhood.
    I actually was feeling like a kid as i was reading the article.
    #Appreciated????????

  • ronistark
    Posted at 11:40h, 29 May Reply

    Lovely ! This was written like some seasoned writer. Hatsoff????????

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 06:30h, 29 May Reply

      Thank you Stark the spark! That’s the best compliment so far! Thank you!!????????

  • Jigar
    Posted at 16:37h, 29 May Reply

    Apratim! Too good man. Baba you wrote it beautifully​????????

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 04:19h, 30 May Reply

      Dhanyavad Baba!!????????

  • Atri Bhavsar
    Posted at 03:49h, 30 May Reply

    Those days ???? That would never come back ????????

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 16:05h, 30 May Reply

      Yes! Those golden days!????

  • Ruchita
    Posted at 16:04h, 30 May Reply

    True that !! Too good chutki????????????

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 16:04h, 30 May Reply

      Thank you Ruchi with ta ????

  • varang007
    Posted at 10:27h, 01 June Reply

    Was an trip down the memory lane!

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 13:52h, 01 June Reply

      Thanks Varang!????☺️

  • Rageshree Iyengar
    Posted at 18:50h, 02 June Reply

    Reminiscing my own school days !!!
    Simply beautiful :*

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 09:58h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you!! ♥️

  • Kartik
    Posted at 08:35h, 21 October Reply

    It refreshed all the old memories. We all know this facts but only some of us who can describe it well & you are one of them…
    Keep on… ????

    • Ruchi
      Posted at 12:08h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks Kartik!

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