May 15, 2010

What makes you really happy...

I was flipping through a film magazine during a journey, and the cover story that month was regarding what made the stars really happy. I kinda liked the idea, coz even i basically believe that one cant always be happy all the time. It's little things and happenings and words that'll make you happy. And it feels the best when it happens unexpectedly. As clich├ęd as it might sound, the more you search for happiness, the more it'll elude you.
Anyways, while i was reading it, i unconsciously began listing a few things that made me really happy..So here goes. I want you all to post your responses too, as to what makes you really happy.
(These are in a random order, whatever comes to my mind first)
# The smell of the earth when it rains.(i've mentioned it before also).
# Watching the rain, specially in the afternoon. there's something magical about the way the world changes its colour when it rains in the afternoon.
# When i go into a bookstore and see all the books around me. And when i buy a new book and carry out the ritual of writing my name and the date on which i bought it.
# The prospect of a good meal.
# When i call up my friends and i hear the smile in their voice when they pick up my call.
# Mom's call at the end of a long day, singing 'Hello Darling, what’re you doing?'. I swear, no one else can say it like that.
# Acha calling and asking, ‘Hello mole, how’re you?’. No matter how old you grow, you’re never too old for your parents.
# My sister’s ‘Amsiiii, wassup I say??!!’. I hate anyone else calling me that.
# My li’l cousin Manavi’s adorable face on my phone’s wallpaper. All I have to do is look at it, and I start smiling.
# I was traveling on work recently. I opened the drapes of the hotel room I was staying in, and I was delighted by what i saw! There was a cozy li’l seating arrangement with cushions attached to the window, where you can sit and look out at the city. It maybe difficult to comprehend for others, but I was so happy when I saw it, coz that’s the kind of thing I’ve always wanted to have in my home.:)
# A bike ride.
# When I’ve written something good, even if it’s a few scribbled lines in my notebook.
# When I find some good lyrics or poetry, I write it down, and then I just randomly take it up and read it. Feels good.
# When I’ve cooked something nice, and I see someone else relish it thoroughly.
# The sight of the gorgeous moon. Always leaves me amazed.
# I’m sitting in the station at ten in the night, totally washed out, wondering whether all this is worth, contemplating whether I should just pack up and go back home, when a message flashes on my phone, from my boss, saying how happy she’s with the work I did for the day, and that I make her life a lot easier.  Works like an instant medicine.
# The sight and sound of an aeroplane. I wish I could fly.
# A good tune, a lovely voice, sound of the rain, sound of broomsticks sweeping the road early in the morning.
# Babies. I’ll be sitting in the train, waiting for the long day to end, when I see this adorable li’l thing next to me, rubbing her cute li’l fists on her face and rubbing her tiny li’l nose on her mom’s chest. It’s the cutest sight, I tell you.
# Setting the alarm an hour before you actually have to wake up, and then knowing that you still have one more hour to sleep.
# When I see how genuinely happy my friends are to have me around.
# When my hair feels and looks good.
# A good book.
# A good cup of coffee.
# When someone totally unexpected calls m up to wish me on my b‘day.
# When I hear my own voice on the radio. No matter how many ads I’ve done till now, I still get excited when I’ve to do one.
# Bougainvilleas and Gulmohars. They’re such beautiful flowers.
# When someone appreciates my writing.
# Traveling by train and passing over a water body.

Well, guess its a rather long list..I didn't know so many things made me happy. :)

So long, folks!! Waiting for the responses.


  1. Many f dese r my choices tooo.....

  2. calvin and hobbes, tinkle, disney tales.. you know any children literature:-),
    solitude, chocolates, window shopping, tea, a good walk with some one who is not particular about talking on the way:-)
    when I'm lost in my own world a friend sending a "?" or a " are you alive?" msg.. that reminds me that there are people who care for me and draws me back into the world:-)
    and many of what you have said.. kids, moon, travel.. wow I cant stop listing!!! and most of all MYSELF! pardon me for the narcissism:-)

  3. Oh yes,calvin and hobbes,comics,when the latest issue of tinkle comes.
    Supermarkets-i can get lost in those aisles for hours and hours.and i wont even have anything to buy.
    Babies' clothes.
    Someone running hands through my hair.
    And yes,window-shopping.
    The terracota and ceramics section in shilparamam.
    I think i should write one more post,a sequel to this.

  4. Oh girl that's a long list.... i was just waitin for the list to get over but it jus went on..... and am pretty sure ur list will never end.... it will keep on goin.... neways it was good reading ur blog so keep doin wat u do best.....

  5. 1 more admirer 4 ur blog dear...

  6. Arun: Thank you!
    @Shari: Thank you! Do i know you??

  7. Naice!

    My list....
    - Good food followed by uninterrupted nap.
    - Close Friends.
    - Pani-puri. Any!
    - Coffee.
    - When you can make some1 happy/smile.
    - when you can give more than what was expected.
    - Good cricket match, with India winning!


    P.S...Hey i insist that you buzz me when you publish a blog, i dont want to be stumbling upon opportunities of responding to your blogs!

  8. @Mushy: Sure will buzz you the next time in blog.Again,thrilled to know that you're an avid follower. So happy ! :)
    And nice list,especially the uninterrupted nap one.i totally agree.

  9. Nice post Div..It made me think for a while..
    hmm,,,here it goes..

    Laughing my lungs out with my friends...I try to make some stupid jokes. when it comes out good iam happy. I get the most satisfying laugh from u...div..haha
    Riding my bike when its raining and misty...its a wonderful feeling..
    Watching old photos...Iam happy when I think of my buddy bunch.
    Going to Kallar and laying there in the water for hours in the forest...
    Fooooooooooood!!!Biriyanis,shawayi,pathiri mutton..and the list goes on..
    CARSSS...I love driving. somebody inside me wants to be a racer..
    When I think abt my father, mother and them.
    A good sleep on the top of my water tank. the view from my flat. imagining if I could fly where would I go from there..
    When somebody comments on my Artworks. When i get good comments from my clients..
    The satisfaction of the second sleep after its been interrupted. its a knock out sleep..
    funny Cartoons..
    groovy Music. makes me do the happy dance..
    Scale models..(by now you might be thinking..Whats this guys age??)iam not 10..its the child in me thats makes me happy.
    My mother's Strangling hugs..
    My father's life experience and adventure stories....makes me wanna be like him.
    Did I mention Food....
    ok if I go on. I might overtake your I am stopping here..

  10. @Saty: Wow!! Awesome saty!! I loved it. rite a seperate blog of your own na da...a longer list. i'm sure you have more to add.

  11. mst f tose tings mk me happy too esp babies,rain,ten tat alarm ting:)n yea evntog our life s a serious ting wat mks us happy s trivial tings like tis:)

  12. hey i like ur blogs..and especially ur style...

  13. Ya....we studied in same class in 10th..guess

  14. Umm...sunsets, the salty smell that lingers in the beaches, vanilla, chocolate, babies, sunsets, rain, playing football in the rain, when my ex and I talk like best friends, catching the train just as it leaves the platform, finding a place to sit in the Mumbai locals, good quotes, finding a like minded person, Winnie The Pooh, peals before swine, Harry Potter, puppies, baby pinkies, compliments, honest criticisms, old monk, cosmo, friends, and many more!!!! :D

  15. That's a very fine list of things - punctuated with the simple and the luxurious - that make you happy. My (current) list could pale in comparison, but here goes (in no assumed order):

    # Long walks with the winter wind on my face.

    # Listening to my nephew saying "maama" among other things.

    # Good voices (I am fortunate that most of my friends have wonderfully unique voices that I will never tire of listening to).

    # Losing myself in good writing regardless of its genre (present post included)

    # Rum-and-coke with vegetable Biryani at specific places in Hyderabad

    # Poetry (any and all kinds)

    # The ride home from the railway station/airport after months of being away.

    # A text message (at an ungodly hour!) bearing good tidings from someone who I thought I had annoyed forever. :D

    # Being introduced as Dr. Srinivas (*boast alert* ahem)

    #The weariness at the end of long days which turn out to be fruitful without my planning for them too much.


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