Of random signs and paper napkin dreams

9 Aug

I wouldn’t call myself superstitious. But when it comes to good omen and bad omen, what I am is a skeptic. Too afraid to swing either way, sitting on the fence, I choose sides with convenience. What I am is wide-eyed with wonder, when something intriguing happens to pass me by. Especially if it appears out of the blue, making an obtuse connection to an idea tucked away in the recesses of my mind. When it suits me, I’m all ears. And hopeful. And I cling on to signs like my life depends on it.

Like when a friend casually mentioned to me how cheap it is to backpack in Europe and slum it out, staying in student hostels and dormitories.

Like when I made hummus this weekend, and the husband poured me a nice big glass of wheat beer, and thought aloud: “Man, imagine what it must be like in the west with so many kinds of beer to choose from.”

Like when I logged in to Google reader this morning and saw one of my most favourite artists had posted this, taking my breath away instantly.

Like when a friend who lives in Dublin, whom I haven’t chatted with in forever, caught me on fb and chatted me up about how Europe is so wonderful this time of year and how cheap it can be.

Like when he went on to give me a pep talk about how one only lives once, about how the twenties must be enjoyed while they last.

Like when my mother-in-law told me one of her sisters just visited Spain and loved it.

Call me wishful, but to me they’re all signs. And suddenly they’re all over. Catching me by surprise, hitting me square in the face, making me smile stupidly. But above all, making me cling on desperately. Could it be that my paper napkins dreams are about to come true?


10 Responses to “Of random signs and paper napkin dreams”

  1. Sneha August 10, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I believe in signs too!! :) Have been reading your blog and have got addicted to it. I find a lot of me in you and love the way you write. Well, just to make the signs stronger, my husband and I live in Brussels (we moved here 6 weeks back for 1 year after 4 years in Singapore – same logic.. live only once and we had to live in Europe ATLEAST once!).. right .. so where was I? Yes, we’re here and you both are most welcome to come stay with us. Thanks to your blog, I feel like i know you, and feel like I am inviting a friend over :)
    And yes, I am serious.

    • hAAthi August 10, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Aww you lucky thing :)
      And thanks for the offer, I just might take you up on it..muhuhaha!

  2. akshay August 10, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    go dude. never think twice about a holiday!

    • hAAthi August 10, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      Not thinking dude.. just waiting :)

  3. dr vikram August 10, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    So it is like following the signs, I believe in them too, Sometimes I feel thats the way destiny beckons you.

    • hAAthi August 10, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      I sure would like to think so :)

  4. Anita August 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I think it can’t get clearer than this. It is like the universe is holding up big signs saying ‘Come to Europe’ :)

    • hAAthi August 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      OMG, Im loving all this positive energy coming my way from all you peeps in bloggerville!

  5. Chintan (@PatleeKamar) August 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    such an aww post and what a DP you got in here!

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