Friday, August 28, 2009

The lives of others

There is this strange connection that I have with people. The yearning to know, to meet or to avoid. I am most happy on my own. I could go on for days without meeting a single person or speaking to anyone and I get so used to it that I start enjoying it too much.

What I absolutely strive on and am unconsciously found to be indulging in is wondering about strangers lives. I am fascinated by homes. I love walking by lanes of residences in an almost hypnotised daze. I pass house after house, sometimes they are all part of a society and look the same. But not to me. Each house, each home speaks of the inhabitants.

Inhabitants who could be different from each other but form a closed unit. Couples that nobody knows better once they shut their front door. Things shared that only living together is privileged to.

Sometimes I get a glimpse of the insides and I see a beautiful story. In the nights, the lights at different windows fascinate me. Warm yellow lamps form shadows of mystery, bright white lights that promise to show much but doesn't. I feel happy and move on seeking more stories.

At home I just have to look out and I see different activities in the different apartments in the high rise across. The lights again influence my stories as I see a family at dinner or see a child watching a cartoon show with his mother. And then I look up and watch the night sky with a few scattered clouds and infinite mystery only to relive the same stories that I discovered as a 4 year old.


Blogger Stone said...

hmmm truely... 'Har shaks ek kahani hai'

9:49 pm  
Blogger venkat said...

Anumita, you tell something about you in every post and I am smiling while reading this.

12:06 am  
Anonymous colours said...

You will love winter with darkness starting at 4:30 and people switching on the lights when they are more active.

I completely identify with you about a story in each apartment of the high rise buildings. The way they party also brings in the dimension on what sort of people they are...

12:26 pm  
Blogger Minal said...

I also do that- esp from trains - when it's passing a small town- but then, again am so not surprised after reading this. We do have some connect from our past life.

7:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stone: absolutely.

venkat: you are one of my oldest readers. you should know quite a bit by now:)

colours: in dibrugarh, where i grew up it gets dark and by 4pm in the cold winter. what i actually miss about the place is the sun being up at 4am in summers!
arent the stories fascinating?

minal: you bet, the train journeys are the best. i love the little towns and villages where a light teases you with a warm story which you will never know.


11:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...u too?? sometimes i stare so much i feel like a vouyer!


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Blogger The Cloudcutter said...

It's nice to know I am not the only one. The lives of others are intriguing indeed. I loved the movie btw.
This post reminds me of something I had written a couple of weeks back.
Your blog has a sense of familiarity to it. Not sure if I have been here before, but I will come back again.

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Anonymous Pallavi said...

Thats so you.. I can relate to the first para.. feel like that many a times.. and then BANG.. you are in the social fringe.. looking inside or looking outside

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