Friday, March 31, 2006

My Tall Storey

Up, from my apartment on the twenty third floor in Kuala Lampur, the huge glass windows are like the peepholes of a bioscope, through which you can see a city ablaze with towering buildings which tear at the heart of the clouds. But somehow, I now feel there is more to the the city beneath its glamour, glitter and chutzpah. There is something about the city that lurks behind this exterior, which I am still trying to grapple with, but it somehow escapes my grasp.

The past few days have taught me more about living alone in a foriegn country than it has about official corporate life. To my surprise, I realise that roaming the streets on my own has given me a sense of alertness which has helped me overcome most of my foibles, like, forgetting my way, leaving my keys inside, and even day dreaming. With a start, I realise that I have grown up.

Eating in crowded shacks, but in a different place every day, I have had so many archived conversations with so many people.To one person I am Deepika, to another I am Kavya. Not that I am afraid of being followed, but more for the thrill of being incognito, or rather conjuring an identity for myself just for that moment.Also, of the reaction my name would evoke. It sometimes makes people think I am positively lying.I am still amazed by the fact that my namesake is literally universally popular.I wistfully think of my childhood dream of becoming so famous that it would give her a complex.

Inspite of living in my apartment which looks like a dream house, inspite of enjoying my jaunty walks with a song on my lips,knowing that nobody would know me or even care less, inspite of awakening to a new myself,I am positively looking forward to the fact that I am going to have some of my friends coming over in the next few weeks.


Anonymous said...

hems,carry a video cam arnd and become a travel reporter:D

Anonymous said...

Hello Deepikavya! The conversation we had the other day was terrific!

(An interesting post!)

Oh yes- it gets even more interesting here - start an anthakshari of names - just for the cheap thrills in playing it - like you started with deepika/kavya/yasmin/mini/niharika/kavya (again) - cannot think of another 'ya'-xyz name...

play play play!


~Bratman! :)

Hemamalini said...

@Dear Anon, Why,Yes!That would give me the license to shoot also:D

@Bratman..How about Yamini?:P

Btw, I am curious who this is! give me one clue- was the chat through net or phone?

Sriram P said...

I am surprised to read all the talk about being followed and also being alert on roads and esp. from a girl who lives in Chennai of all the places. I am sure Chennai is not as bad as compared to Delhi or Bombay, but still quite dangeous place sometimes. I would tend to think you are probably more alert to all the small perturbations in your proximity than your western counterparts.
About your popular namesake, well.. probly your parents had the foresight that you will also be equally famous someday one way or another.. :) or atleast you can wish it becomes a reality. :P)

Sriram P said...

Jus saw your Xtreme tracking device. Pretty cool stuff. How do you add that to the blog?? Does it give you exactly the blogger's identity or just the server name as it shows?? Quite a way to track people :)

Hemamalini said...

@sriram..No fear of being followed and all!:D Alert in the sense of not losing my way!!
Who knows? You can book my autograph right now,just in case:P

And yes, the tracker is pretty cool..Just google search for it, u have a free version available:)

Sriram P said...

If thats the case, Count me in.. I hope I can get a Free and signed copy of that :-o)
So whats it going to be? A poet Hemamalini or the Famous Author Hemamalini ??

Hemamalini said...

@sriram:)Hmm..,an author means i have to write looots to fill up a book. poetry is simpler, but who will read both?:D

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

aha...the joys of travellin in strange lands, meeting stranger people and concocting even more strange backgrounds for oneself :))u can live all those lives that you have read/dreamt about..all at your own whim !!! wat say hems ?

Hemamalini said...

@neelam..yes:) but I would say its more like drinking coffee- invigorating, sometimes bitter ,but positively addictive:)