Diwali Wish list… all I want this festive season

Tomorrow is Diwali and though MKCL hasn’t really gone all out in celebration,  I am counting on my mini Delhi vacation to shake the cobwebs. The bed sheets have been changed, new cushions brought in and I am all set to inundate my Ganpati with a smacker of a Diwali wish list. Tighten your seat belts bhai for I wish this Diwali :

* helps me become a better person who is happier, warmer and more loving. I hope you bless this time of new beginnings by washing away our sins and dusting off skeletons from the closet, only to colour our lives with fresh and bright new shades.

* helps miserly landladies realize that lighting up only their floor with bright streamers renders the floors they have given out for PG accommodation lifeless, thus lending to the house in entirety an ugly, semi illumination.

* brings to my cute loved ones plenty of wealth and prosperity and better willpower to keep up with my stringent economic charters. I hope you also bring them all they dream of, in surprise packages laced with love and laughter.

* showers my salary account with bonus and PLA to last me a year through. Rest assured, your share of laddoos goes in for a hike as well.

* lets in Lady Luck dressed in her best finery to make me persuasive and convincing enough for my decisions to hold water. Go humour her bhai, no one can do it better.

* brings to Pune a sensation of good old Delhi winter… though the Delhi winter is inimitable in her romance and mystery, Pune can at least aim for morning and evening chills that makes one wish they had a shawl.

* brings to our home dry fruits and chocolates and sweets with silver paper and yummy chicken on Kali Puja night. And yes, I will share all you get me.

* cures Dada of his joint pain and enlivens his legs with the same spirit he had when we would go out for morning jogs and collect bottle brushes from the house across the street.

* sets the ground for me to pet a dog sometime next year. Sometimes I go the way-too-messy way and at other times I am awwing at how cute that little poodle is. This Diwali I need my kitties (and myself) to make a decision regarding the new woofy playmate.

Gee. I am excited. Hope all of you out there have a super Diwali and have your wishes met “…just like yours got approved.” as Ganpati would say.

Friday the 14th and my Top Ten Complaints

It could very well have been the 13th considering the hideous state my heart is in. My computer screen seems the friendliest to me today – it’s been patient with my mood and is still right in front of me, stable and unblinking. So Dear HP Computer, do hear out my list of grievances and prayers. Even though you can hardly help, at least you are someone who will listen. And allow me to undo and redo and re-wish and re-cap as many times as I want.

1. My hair feels abominably frizzy! And it was just the other day I washed it. I detest this jam-sticky summer. I will now have to spend quite a bit of Sunday morning (which wouldn’t begin before 11 considering the insomniac nights I have been spending all of this week) pampering my mane.

2. In continuation with #1, I feel sleepy. Not in the I-could-doze-off-any-moment kind of way but more of a tired-heavy eyed-listless manner. I crave for a night or so of sweet sleep with dreams that sing of fairies and fairy towns.

3. I want to go for a nice easy-watch movie with a nice easy-going friend. I want to have popcorn in the interval and a chilled large coke to sip from. I want to go out for dinner and have a sizzling brownie for dessert.

4. I want some appreciation for my work. I want to be told that I am doing a good job and I want a pat on the back with a warm reassuring smile.

5. My wardrobe needs replenishment. I want to go out shopping. For clothes, shoes and accessories. I want to spend an afternoon browsing through this and that and come home with an armful of shopping bags.

6. I want to be pampered. To be shaken by the shoulders and asked what’s wrong. To be offered a chocolate and a knowing smile. To have my hair ruffled and my hands held and be hugged tight.

7. I want to be gripped by a song once more – a tune which stays on my mind from the moment I wake up to the moment I go off to sleep. A melody that makes me feel alive, beautiful.

8. I want to go off for a holiday. To some quiet place on the hills. I want to go for a walk by myself on winding lanes between rows of oak. I want to sit down on a big boulder by a stream and watch scampering rabbits.

9. I want to tell Mr. Irritating Laughter to shut his trap. I want to ask Mr. Blind-and-Deaf if he really is oblivious to everything. I want to quit being affected by things I can’t change. I want to go back to someone for whom I am the only one who matters.

10. I want a wishing well, a silver winged angel, a pixie with playful eyes. I want to wake up tomorrow morning to a wonderland with jingling bells and gleaming, twinkling lanes.