Ronit and Riya were fighting again for the window seat. Hardly were we seated in the bus when the brawl began. Whats with this window seat complained grandma. Finally I had to play the arbitrator, and after a lot of cajoling and some threats, they agreed to a truce. They will take turns in having the window seat for the journey.
As I settled in my seat which was not a window one, I smiled as I reminiscined my days as a child and how I would love having the window seat whenever we travelled. As a toddler I was fascinated by the sights and sounds around. I was still discovering the big and beautiful world and everything looked amazing and magical.
Then I was a lanky school going girl and I still loved the window seat in the school bus. After a long day at school I loved looking out of the window and absorbing the people, vehicles, sounds in.
I was a teenager then and like guys cal it “Bird watching” we girls likes to indulge in “Bird watching” too but the gender is different of course.
I found little time to look out of the window as I grew up and started working- the daily grind, stress, deadlines at work meant I was constantly checking my blackberry on the go. On days which were a bit light, I loved gazing out of the window of the cab, looking at the toddler accompanying his mother – looked like it was his first day at school. The crease of worry on his mother’s forehead and the contrasting joy on his made for a good watch. Then there were the lovebirds- the college goers who had eyes just for each other. Isn’t it magical to be in love- especially the early days when you are completely smitten by it? There was a pot bellied police guy who was yelling at motorists and the grandpa who walked cautiously with a stick, clutching the arm of his grand child.
So many people, different stories, they came from different places, were in different phases, someone had found love, someone lost it, someone had a great day , someone was just waiting for this day to end. Isn’t it amazing if you just glance around, you will find innumerable stories to tell.
I am a Mom of 2 now and I love the window seat as much as I loved it as a child, just that with 2 kids who are forever wrestling for the window seat and every other thing- I often have to forego it but that doesn’t stop me from looking out of the window, observing and forming these little stories in my head about people and life around.
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