The Secret of Happiness

In a world that is perpetually searching for Happiness, he teaches me about finding joy in simple things every day – a hug, a kiss, a long walk, running barefeet in the grass, a whiff of fragrance from the evening primrose..

He shows me each day what living life to the fullest means, why trust is synonymous with love and belonging, that friendship is acceptance and how words are an unnecessary ingredient when there are soul connections….








Go on…live your life just the way you want to…

Find warm friendships, smile a lot, laugh out loud, do happy things..

Drive fast, feel the wind rushing past on your face, feel free, find beautiful moments, make lovely memories…

Get angry, scream, cry…

Make wild love, sing along, dance freely, create something beautiful, find challenges and enjoy winning them all…

Enjoy feeling handsome & attractive…

Feel proud, look up to yourself, find inspiration in unusual places, wear beautiful clothes…

Write those poems if only in your head, look at yourself in the mirror and smile…

Fall in love, adore, let the movies make you cry, relish your popcorn, play, run, let someone else win…

Hug tighter, love fiercely, kiss deeply, wish earnestly, give freely….

GO ON, My Friend..Live your life just the way YOU want to…



We bumped into each other on the stairs.

” Leaving? Home?”
“Yes You?”
“Oh, I got a small errand. Nearby. Then home”

” Okay. It has been very long..”

Quick excited chatter and giggly laughter, much to the amusement of the hospital staff leaving for the day..!
We remained unmindful, too preoccupied with snatching words out of each other! More giggles!
And shushing!

“I think I’ll walk you to your car.”
” But I thought you were leaving by the front door”!
” Yes, but you could drop me off at the front door.. If you don’t mind the detour?”

” Detour!!” HA!?
“Okay,okay. Call it an excuse to be together for a little while longer…”

“How endearing you sound, really!”
” has been so long..”
“Yes, it has…”

45.786 seconds later….

” So here’s the front door.What now?
Where exactly are you going anyway? I could drop you off,you know? ”

” But it’s less than walking distance..just behind the hospital. Besides,if you get off the main road now, you’ll get caught in this terrible traffic.”

” So are you saying I should come, or I should not?”

” I’d love you to drop me off..a little more time to chat with you. But..”

Hesitant honking behind us. Sort of a mini traffic jam on the hospital ‘runway’.

” Well, STOP being dumb and hop back in. I’m dropping you off. What the heck! ”

7 mins 54 seconds, giggly  exchange an eavesdropper would label silly, and two right turns later…

” That’s the place. I told you it’s shorter than a stone’s throw away.”

“Well, this looks nice.
So how do I get out on to the main road from here?”.

” You take a right, the first left ,then another..
Oh well..lemme come along and leave you till the end of the alleyways ”

“NO.Definitely not. You’ll be walking back a longer distance than that we travelled!”

” But I’ll get to be with you a little longer”

You’re crazy! But you’re sweet, really.”

End of the alley. Main road ahead. We had finally ran out of excuses..!!

Hugs. Byes. Promises to do better than WhatsApp messages, staccato conversations and chance meetings on staircases!

And I drive back home with the warmth that comes from a few short minutes of honest, shared laughter, unabridged chatter and the rare, blessed feeling of being wanted for just being you.

Thank you, P.
Stay blessed.

P.S.- Traffic? I didn’t really notice it today!



Dear A,
It was really nice talking with you today.

Yes, talking ….as in really hearing your voice, with all the familiar nuances in it that makes it special – Yours!
Not ‘talking’ over typed words with an emoji to substitute for that naughty, adorable crackle in your laughter, the sincerity in your earnest chatter and that endearing way you always say my name.
Long after I put the phone down, I kept reminiscing our conversation….
It did me a lot of good…trying to fit in days in those 30 odd minutes!

Like they say, ‘one real conversation with a friend is worth hours on the psychiatrist’s couch’ !


And I realised how we have all changed…we Humans!
We who are different from our fellow living beings on this planet because of this unique gift of speech, seem to have forgotten how to really ‘talk’!! Caught in the maze of our expensive, fancy gadgets that claim to bring us closer….

I don’t know about others, but for me a thousand smiling emojis cannot substitute for a familiar chuckle that warms my heart. Nor will any number of animated hug-stickers ever make up for a word of endearment or a warm embrace in an hour of need…..

I’d, any day, settle for one heartfelt conversation, one warm hug or a soulful get-together days apart, over typed words every minute of the day.


Thank you for bringing to life all our old adventures!
And for simply being ‘You’ !

With love,
Yours G


P. S : OK, you can add a smiling emoji here 🙂