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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
The Peregrine’s Progress

Last week was a time for goodbyes. I folded my hands in worship (the first time in several years) before the photograph of a man who had been so many things to me at so many different points - loving grandfather, willing provider, kind confidante, simple friend and a towering idol. I turned away helplessly as an old lady who had lovingly raised an entire flock of grandchildren in the house shed tears at the prospect of living there alone...I got the cutest handwritten note ever from my 10-year-old scrabble and chess partner... I hugged a girl in an airport-lounge as she smiled fighting back the tears welling up in her eyes... I promised to visit often and yet I wondered when the next time will be... I hoisted my bags unto the trolley, waved one last time, and I was gone...

I am the modern peregrine - a tribeless nomad of my strange times! I drift with the wind... To my hometown, I have become the stranger who comes from nowhere in the wee hours of dawn and leaves amid quiet good byes from the family, even as curious onlookers gaze absently on... In crowded airports and bustling railway stations, I am the loner immersed in a book or staring into nothing, oblivious to all the surrounding family camaraderie...I let parts of me die in rented houses and hostel-rooms across the country and meander on to other lives and other deaths… Only the past's images - vivid and timeless - chase me in surreal mirages on railway-wagon windows... I promise to remember and hope to be remembered... I forget and am forgotten in turn... I am the castaway many times over!

They tell me there's a better tomorrow beyond those hills on the horizon... A tomorrow for everything I love... They tell me it will be worth it all... They smile at my maudlin nostalgic reveries and they egg me on with promises... I pick my bags and I hit the road again... For I am a peregrine - a nomad braving desert winds and mirages in his quest for that one distant oasis...


Orbiter Dictum:
Joined TAS (Tata Administrative Services) in Pune on Sunday. I will be here for a fortnight. And then I hit the road again for a month-long tour. For those whom I haven't called, a hectic schedule and a dozen untied ends is my excuse… Keep the faith!

Unicorn
July 12, 2006   05:53 PM PDT
 
Perpetual peregrine ur. Moment here, a moment there-migrating a million miles-carrying alongwith you your ardent devotees-devotees who throng to have a darshan at this temple ensconced in the internet.

Will anyone start a deaddiction campaign called ATTICUS ANONYMOUS.

Buddy, yer writing is more captivating than the caffeine cups
Atticus
July 1, 2006   02:16 AM PDT
 
@Sid:

Good to have you here Sid... Keep dropping by :)
Sid
June 29, 2006   05:11 PM PDT
 
Hi,

I keep coming back here to read about what you've been upto.

What can I say? You write really weel. Evocative without burdening people words.

Thanks for making reading a pleasure again.......
Atticus
June 7, 2006   11:27 PM PDT
 
@Krishna:

Thanx buddy.. and welcome to this space :)
krishna
June 7, 2006   01:17 PM PDT
 
Hi. Glad that i got a chance to read ur blog from quite a few days ago...
Xcellent choice of words and a perfect way of carryin de reader to ur domain!! Also the choice of matter adds value to ur writing!! Keep writing..Wish u the very best!!
Atticus
May 3, 2006   08:24 PM PDT
 
@Maria:

Thanx again :)
Maria Nevis
May 3, 2006   04:44 PM PDT
 
Good one again. I like your choice of words and the way the sentences ebb and flow.
Atticus
May 20, 2005   10:42 AM PDT
 
@Nithya:

Thanx Nithya... Good to see you after a long time. Will definitely keep blogging as frequently as possible... :)
Atticus
May 20, 2005   10:42 AM PDT
 
@Nithya:

Thanx Nithya... Good to see you after a long time. Will definitely keep blogging as frequently as possible... :)
nithya
May 20, 2005   09:27 AM PDT
 
Lovely lines.. all the best to you, and i hope you continue to blog as and when time permits..:)
Atticus
May 19, 2005   08:12 AM PDT
 
@Angel:

I am good... :) Getting a bit over-trained at work... :p

>:D< >:D<
ANgel Floral
May 18, 2005   02:19 PM PDT
 
Thank you big bro.

>:D< ^_^

How are you?
Atticus
May 18, 2005   07:43 AM PDT
 
@Luna:

Thanx Buddy... :) Guess this wandering I have talken about is a curse almost all of us can relate to... :(
Atticus
May 18, 2005   07:41 AM PDT
 
@Wookie:

Thanx :)
Incidentally, my poems are often pretty prosaic ;)
Atticus
May 18, 2005   07:39 AM PDT
 
@L:

Thanxalot... :)

Please let me know you latest blog URL...
Luna
May 18, 2005   06:50 AM PDT
 
Beautiful writing. So....moving. One hell of a way you have with words. :-)
wookie
May 18, 2005   05:31 AM PDT
 
your prose sounds like poetry-thats what I liked the most.
L~
May 18, 2005   03:08 AM PDT
 
wonderful...beautiful as always. need i say more? you already have enough admirers of your writing :) good luck and wishing you a wonderful life once again.

L~
Atticus
May 17, 2005   11:43 PM PDT
 
@Shashank:

Mr.Iyer and I are doing rather well buddy... Thank you...

Good luck to you too.. Take care..
Atticus
May 17, 2005   11:42 PM PDT
 
@Bhavya:

Ofo... the Bangalore summer has finally caught up with you... :(( :p
Shashank
May 17, 2005   09:08 PM PDT
 
Dont intend to eulogise your writing too much, but then your words brought tears to my eyes.

You sure have a 'way with words' .. good luck buddy and rock TAS along with the perfect gentleman Mr. Iyer.
Bhavya
May 17, 2005   04:24 PM PDT
 
:)

:P:D:))
Atticus
May 17, 2005   03:20 PM PDT
 
@Osty:

Guess an entire generation of MBAs can relate to it :p

Hmmm.... guess I wud indeed get used to it... But I hope like hell that I never do... :)
Ostrich
May 17, 2005   01:17 PM PDT
 
This I can totally relate to.. especially to these lines...

"In crowded airports and bustling railway stations, I am the loner immersed in a book or staring into nothing, oblivious to all the surrounding family camaraderie...I let parts of me die in rented houses and hostel-rooms across the country and meander on to other lives and other deaths…"

I won't say empty things like 'you'll like it' or some such... simply, that you'll get used to this.... :)

Keep the faith, buddy! :)
Atticus
May 17, 2005   11:36 AM PDT
 
Welcome Meera... and thanx for the compliments :)

Will try my best to read and write as often as possible... That's something that should help me live through all the madness at work.. :)
Meera
May 17, 2005   11:18 AM PDT
 
I have been visiting your blog unobstrusively for quite some time now. Thought I should leave my footprint this time around :-)

You have a way with words. Hope writing will not take a back seat in your hectic schedule... Best wishes.
   

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