Reflections.

As I sat in my verandah earlier today with my morning mug of tea, I was in a reflective and introspective mood and I observed that in a short spell of about half an hour, I went through a range of emotions.

First it was gratitude that I had this facility where I could spend my mornings quietly watching the morning rituals that take place every day.

Then it was great admiration and respect for the man on a moped with boxes all around him who supplies freshly baked bakery products to his customers every morning. I know for a fact that he would have been up since around 4.00 a.m loading his vehicle and the boxes so that he can start his rounds at around 6.00 a.m. Then the mind went to the men in the bakery who would have been at work perhaps all night long to service many other such vendors before dawn.

Admiration and respect continued as I watched housemaids being dropped off by family members so that they could start their daily grind of at least two and mostly three homes to work at. For them to do that, they would have had to get up at some ungodly hour to get ready for the day and cook the meals for the family to be packed and kept for them to carry to their places of study or work.

Next it was envy seeing young people jogging and older people walking briskly. Something that I wish I could indulge in but cannot due to my health issues.

Then came respect for an obviously handicapped person with some problem in one leg who walks every morning with the help of a walker.

That was followed by great annoyance at a couple of skinheads on a motor cycle with its silencer removed who zoomed across causing a great racket. As if not to be left unnoticed, that was closely followed by a car trying to overtake the motor cycle blaring its horn. Both oblivious to the fact that it was early morning and people may still be sleeping.

And finally appreciation for the punctuality of my newspaper boy who, like clockwork, drops my daily dose of them exactly at 6.20 am. With that last emotion, I came into the house to take possession of the papers and to start reading them.

Sometimes, the mornings can go into other reveries too about which I shall write another post when that happens next.

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14 Responses to Reflections.

  1. Phenomenal post ! Just returned from a whirlwind trip to India and can appreciate EVERY single emotion in this article… Nice !!
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  2. I’m planning to visit India for the first time later this year. Your bakery delivery sounds very appealing.

    • Do try and include Pune in your itinerary. It will give me great pleasure to meet with you and get to know you personally. If there is anything that I can do for you here, please do not hesitate to ask.

  3. nick says:

    It’s easy to forget all those people who work through the night to provide us with bakery items, newspapers, radio programmes, police protection, healthcare and all the other things. Those of us who worked regular hours or are now retired are fortunate.

    • I have had experience of working nights though not for too long. You are right in that we are not aware of so many people working throughout nights to see that our lives are comfortable. We are fortunate indeed.

  4. tammy j says:

    a wonderful post rummy. I love introspection and gratitude. it’s the little things that make life so beautiful. and you’ve captured it! xo

  5. agree entirely with tammy…
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  6. Diane Dahli says:

    I am grateful that I don’t have to work through the night, although I am up most mornings by 5 or so, writing. But that is a choice, and pales in comparison with people who must work, especially all night long. So, of course, I have great appreciation and respect for them. Great post, Rummuser.

  7. Great post sir. Loved the details attached to each and every emotion you experienced.

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