I am in the middle of another weekend and continuing with my mundane existence. Well weekend does ring a bell and does bring a smile to many a faces, but many times you keep wondering what to do over those long weekends. Surely had I been staying with friends, rather than at home, could have cooked up some plans, or rather gone on a drinking binge; but for past few years it’s been mostly indoors. Only since I have bought this laptop that a few times I have smiled at the prospect of weekends, looking forward to watching those pirated DVDs or reading whats happening in others’ lives.
I guess this obsession with weekends is more to do with our blind aping of the West, where people do actually switch off on weekends and go on their own retreat. In India weekends during my growing up years meant watching old films on Doordarshan at 6 PM on Sundays or the entire family jumbled up on sofa and bed, watching Ramayana on the solitary TV at home. Its only recently that concept of weekend has gone more up market, with pubs, partying and malls coming into existence, moreso in larger Indian cities.
My weekends have been nothing exciting though, always stuck at home lazying around. I despised my friend some years back, who used to come to office on Mondays with fresh snaps of his sojourns to nearby hill resorts and adventure sports outlets. I used to feel let down many times, for aren’t these bachelor years the only ones to enjoy? At times I feel life was much better off during my growing up years in the small town of Srinagar, surely a far thought from the rat-race of this corporate jungle called Gurgaon. If nothing else, at least there was contentment in small things, which resulted in closeness with family and not the present day abhorrence and coldness, albeit giving a glitzy appearance.
This weekend may go slightly better. Today morning I was out shopping with my folks buying home stuff and in the evening may visit gym or catch something on this laptop. Tomorrow I will be attending Toastmasters in first half and watching a film in second.
However don’t mistake my idleness on weekends for my preference of attending office. Anyday I would stay at home and be idle than attend office on weekends, and I don’t think I am alone in believing that.