Thursday, June 15, 2006

The letter 'M'

M - Miss, Ma’am: The first time somebody addressed me as Ma’am was in 1999 in a post office by and elderly man. Yo world! This woman had arrived. Now, I have got used to it.

M – Ma/Motherhood: The epitome of love and sacrifice, comfort and peace in her laps. My confidante, my complain-box. My ego booster. My ultimate goal in life too.

M- Mary: There is something about Mary and I know the difference between Bloody Mary and Virgin Mary. Now that I know of Virgin Mary, we can do sex on the beach and many more things bottoms up and on the rocks. I don’t drink because I thunk about world peep. Hic!

M-Manipur: Home, food cooked by mom. It is where a dream was born. Yet, it is the place where the bullets rain, where bandhs are a norm, where we search for our brothers even in the morgues if they don’t come back home on time. Life ends by 7.30 pm. I still ache for this place. I miss it. It is the price I pay for independence. It is also where my dad drinks his pride morning and night. Somebody said so rightly; home is where the sad stories are.

M- Michael Jackson, Madonna: “ All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us”, “Papa Don’t preach”. We were singing these songs even before we knew the joy of rebellion and grew up listening to them. Madonna still rocks. A person like my dad whose singing skills does not go beyond hmm hmm hmm also knows the moonwalker and the pop diva. I can proudly say, the rest of the world must surely be knowing them.

M- Mithai (sweets): To be romantic in desi style- My mithai! Amar Misti

M-Mumbai: The city, I once wanted to belong to. It had a charm about it. Still remember the sounds, the sights, the lights, the laughs…
Queen’s necklace, the gateway, Bandra, Marine Drive, Fun Republic, the dome and many more places. It was just a click, a ring or a flight away but Mumbai seem distant now.
Memories hit me, sometimes, they are welcome, and sometimes they are uninvited. The sunset near the beach, the breeze on my hair, holding hands, love letters in the sand, playing with kids and the comfort I had felt knowing that I was being watched by someone as if I had meant something. They say, “The tragedy of love is not death or separation. The tragedy is indifference. “ I died many times. I lost to this city my best friend through marriage, my love and a part of me forever.

M-Money: “It’s all about the money, it’s all about the dum dum de de de dum, I don’t think it’s funny.” It is not everything but it is many things. When I started working, I thought if I get so much before I turn 30, it is ok. I have crossed that and I still want more. Infact, much more.

M- Merilyn Monroe, Madhubala, Madhuri: All of you close your eyes and just say, ‘yes’.

M-Maradonna: He is the ultimate for me. Saw the black and white video clippings of his formative years and how he became one of the finest players of the world. I am not interested in the world cups anymore.

M-Michigan: The place where somebody whom I had hurt is there. I know I was wrong and I will always feel guilty. I have lost the trust of a friend and earned bad name as a woman. God is fair I say. I got back in parts for what I did.

M-Meghendra Sharma: Sanity Check. My only male childhood close friend left. He is handsome and one of the most eligible bachelors around and I am glad we have saved this relation by not getting involved. But I have made him promise to marry me if I remain single at 33.

M-Meg Ryan in the movie “When Harry met Sally”: “He said it was transitional, not serious blah blah blah… I thought he didn’t want to be married but the fact is, he didn’t want to marry me. He didn’t love me. “ I have watched this movie many times and every time I cry, wail, howl with her.

M- My Arunima: When somebody who loves me says it with conviction and confidence, I know I can believe in tomorrow.

This post also features at DesiPundit. Thanks!!!

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice list, and in the spaces of unsaid it says a lot, but what brought this on, I wonder?

austere
(whose real name begins with an M, pls)

Arz000n said...

They say, “The tragedy of love is not death or separation. The tragedy is indifference. “ I died many times. I lost to this city my best friend through marriage, my love and a part of me forever.
Ohhh boy...that was touching...

Meg Ryan in the movie “When Harry met Sally”:
Few quotes from this movie bring back memories of someone I was attached too once in ma life..


and yes this was one awesome post Ma'am!!

Good to know "yummm" things from your life :)

akash said...

Really didn't want to intrude this very personal post but you surely meant Marilyn Monroe, right?

Bless you :)

Hey, wait a minute, even my lastname starts from M

Anonymous said...

Oh.. such a nice post..
I can only but say.. it has really touched me .. I do not know which "Ms" :)...

It is sad that I do not know you personally and actually talk to you in person...

But it is also nice that since i do not know you, every post is really interesting..

Oh Meg Ryan.. I love almost all her movies.. my fav is "you've got mail"


NB.. I am just one of those guys who just came across your blog.. and checks for your new post frequently and i confess that sometime i almost cursed you for not blogging more frequently...

---- Anro

filter kaapi said...

hey arunima, honestly hav never seen so many different n diverse n brilliant interpretations fo "M". amazin yaar. Mumbai is more than fun republic n dome n queens necklace.
loved it wen u said.. i can believ in tomorrow.
keep d optimism goin yaar

d4u said...

Nice one!!:) And those are "some" memories of "aamchi" Mumbai:)

s! said...

that was a nice post, we know so much more about arunima now :-)

Aparna.G said...

This has to the first time I am first on any blog..

Mumbai - I am living it..

Meg Ryan - totally with u on that!!

Is motherhood your ultimate goal in life?

chandni said...

wonderful list.

I made one with "Q"..can u imagine!!

Stone said...

M - used to be Subhash Ghai's lucky charm, he used to change the name of leading lady....and when he didn't kisna flopped :-)

As usual M-Magnificent post, and if I've have to add another M to it, it'll be M-Mangos...I miss mangoes here, and wat a transition from Malihabadi mangos to Mexican varities :-(

Nautilus said...

Feels weird to be the first one to comment on a post...but its also a wonderful proviledge :-) Great post...seeped in emotion and pain!

"Memories hit me, sometimes, they are welcome, and sometimes they are uninvited. The sunset near the beach, the breeze on my hair, holding hands, love letters in the sand, playing with kids and the comfort I had felt knowing that I was being watched by someone as if I had meant something. They say, “The tragedy of love is not death or separation. The tragedy is indifference. “ I died many times. I lost to this city my best friend through marriage, my love and a part of me forever."

Beautifully sad *sigh*

SIddarth said...

M - MEN .. that did not come up did it...

Dawn....सेहर said...

I came by here due to your name...:) am searching for my school mate...her name is Arunima and she is a bong...I dont know ..just thought is this my Arunima :D..and so happen to read this post and I loved the way you have justified them ...Mary was awesome ...lol
Cheers

Swathi said...

lovely word M - for me it is Mummy
and M - all that is 'mine' and i jus loved the way u wrote 'bout love.

San said...

Mmmmmm quite a collection of M's

I recall the first time someone addressed me as Ma'am 2003 :)

Kishore said...

M - Magnificant. Funny, Poignant, succinct... u couldn't have spoken ur heart out better..

Xeb said...

Its funny when one alphabet says so much haina?

manuscrypts said...

*heartbroken* M for Manuscrypts..

Sujay Sukumar said...

M - Marvelous post!!!

I liked the M- Mary one...very funny...you have such a nice sense of humor

Truth Fairy said...

Nice post! Came by here after a long time. Thanks for the comment, although I don't think you left it on my most recent post. Got an email, but couldn't find it in the blog. :) I've updated it now.

Goan Pao said...

M - for the man many memories and nostalgic feelings that arose whilst reading this post.
M for mumbai...well to me it will always be B for bombay...when it turned to mumbai is when i lost my love for the city.
I personally forbid any romantic from watching meg ryan movies, french kiss, sleepless in seattle, city of angels...its not right for her to make me feel so alone...

burf said...

hey arunima, long time... how are u?

btw, u are tagged, pls do the t-tag

punjabi~car~freak! said...

U know when a blog hopper like me just passes by and sees a stunning article like this, I can just gaz in awe!!

Keep writing more!!

Dubba Das said...

Good stuff. I would like to copy and paste a few. Copyright, of course, violated.

M for MBAs. If they love someone, they set her free instantaneously and look for others simultaneously

M for Marketing Specialists.
If they love someone, they set her free. If she comes back she has brand loyalty. If she doesn't, reposition the brand in new market

Enjoyed reading these. So little time...

illusionaire said...

I love M for Mama. Thats my pet name back home. But I forbid anybody from home to call me by that name when we're not in Mizoram because it means uncle here and in some tamil slang, it even means a pimp!

Right now am at M for Mumbai, and it totally roxxx!!!

Arz000n said...

Fir gayab :O
awww man :(

Masd said...

I like your post for obvious reasons that M is the letter my name begins. Seeing so many Ms was a treat.

amitken said...

:) very nice..

'M' is also a letter with many connections to me.. may be i'll comeup with a similar post :)

divya said...

m for morningg..which are God'd way of sending us the message of hope

Arunima said...

Thanks a lot guys!!

esp Divya.

Ph said...

M for musings that are bitter-sweet. Thanks for sharing.

chandni said...

http://chandni.wordpress.com/2006/05/06/memos-and-such/

there u go! :)

n.g. said...

my heart sank as i read what you had to write about mumbai. as much as i hate to admit it, its true. bombay takes away so much. if you want to survive here the diktat is take what you want or get left behind. and as much as i love this city and dont think i can live anywhere else in the world, its the truth.

hope and love said...

GREAT ONE ARUNIMA..!

AmitL said...

An 'em'inently memorable post,Arunima.Yes,indeed,life is filled with happy and sad memories.Err,tell me,are there memories for other letters of the alphabet,too?I am sure there must be.

Anshuman Ghosh said...

M for = ME

Pallavi said...

M - money.. M - MIni me - M - Moo , M - Moi, M - mon amour !! :) :) he he

Invincible said...

M = Many More :)
and my name too starts with M.

Novice said...

Well, i am confused. Do you expect M Sharma would be single when you turn 33?