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In Hiding!!!

January 3, 2010

hiding So it’s been another decade since I posted up my thoughts. Since October it has just been crazy with some of my dearest friends getting married and that also back to back. Getting my clothes in order for their wedding has been another affair with my designer.

So just when I thought, I will have a laid back time, with a book, coffee and movies with friends – there comes along another stream of news of those who are getting fixed to run around the pyre for the next year.

Sometimes it just feels like people are ‘seriously’ in a hurry to get into the domesticity of life and they apparently seems to have a ‘this is the right time’ verbatim running across their lips every time this subject comes up!!

Considering now I am becoming the next target for a lot of eyes, wherever I go – it kinda makes me get into a burkha which has a “Do Not Touch Me” sign outside. Geesh!! It freaks me out when I see people eyeing me out of curiosity in weddings …you can so make out from their eye brows, the red New York Stock Exchange ticker that is running in their head – “is she hooked, or is she single”? “Which Caste would she belong to”? Blah Blah!!!

I would say that my experience to spot ‘hunter aunties’ in these social events has gone up. So now I am able to fend to my safety in the right nick of time. I have been successful in holding up on a guys hand right in the nick of time then turning around and give them my most broadest grin ever. The happiness just gleams from my face, when I see them giving their disappointed smile, blessing me for what I have.

I have noticed, these species apparently are not scarce and are definitely not close to extinction either. The hunter aunties have still not been able to scare me the way my friends do. I get emails with subject lines stating “You are so Next” with an accompanying body text that say “Your Days are numbered“. Lord have mercy!! Please don’t make this the last day that I live my life on!

The fact, is that its not freaky…but conversation sure turns out to be a script from Ramsay Brothers…I may have my reservations about the ‘time being right’, its also about the ‘right person for you’ that suits your personality.

So there I wish all you guys, a blessed beginning to 2010 and may all of you singles find those ‘hunter aunties’ everywhere you go!!

Happy 2010 folks!!! until I re-surface again….

Emp

Living For Those Who Were Once Strangers…

November 9, 2009

image Again a post after a really long time. Its nearly the end of the year, and also happens to be the season of marriages. My four very good friends are getting married back to back with some of their dates clashing as well.

I know its going to be some crazy affair managing to be in all the places and ensuring that I am there for every event. Trust me, it can get really painfully stressful at times.

But strange things do happen…and at times it can only be adventurous.

Isn’t it strange that people come into your life from no where. Then you start spending time wit them. Some stay to become the most integral part of your lives while some leave – making that space for some one else to walk in.

Within the last 10 years I would have never imagined having some people in life or me being in theirs. Purely because I would have never even thought that they would have their existence in my life 🙂

Absolutely nothing to complain about …but I am loving the happiness that these guys have brought along.

The movies, the dinner, the car drives which never really existed, suddenly become the most important part of you. Some of these moments can make your priorities change and its not too soon that you realize that your life automatically by default has started revolving around them. It becomes important for you to see them happy.  It becomes important for you to do things that are important for them. Nothing extreme that you lose focus of other things and others around you..but just a new space that has been created – maybe a new blessing or a new lesson. Who knows!!!

Strange are the joy rides of life. They are funny but they make living your life even more worth living as sometimes you live for some one else apart from you 🙂


Emp

The Update On Sony Woes…

October 7, 2009

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Sorry again folks, I am writing and updating this after a really long time. I have been traveling a lot lately which has led to my blog being ignored. I may be a little slow, but I will keep posting about the latest and exciting happenings of all my trips so far.

Coming back to the original topic for this post. Just to update and in continuation from my previous post of  “NEVER EVER BUY SONY!!”, its again taken them this long to come to a conclusion that the panel of my defective LCD cannot be replaced and it may just take them another 3 months to ship it if they decide to go that way.

So FINALLY, they have put in a requisition to replace the set with a new one – a new model all together which was just recently launched and near about the original cost of the LCD that we had bought earlier. The happy news also is that they have also advised us to return back the original part payment that we had made for the repairs of the defective LCD panel.

However, the twist has come where they have suggested that they will not be providing any guarantee on the new set..which seems to be a really odd one. If its a new set, I would really expect it to come with its warranty card. So now again the fight continues…

Is it important for every good news to be accompanied with a bad one after it?   They are going to being delivering the set today and we have just being on the phone, to ensure that the guarantee card comes along with the box and not minus it.

Geesh!!! Pray for once, that it all goes in the favor of the consumer.

Emp

NEVER EVER BUY SONY!!

September 14, 2009

image So as promised, I am back with updates on what’s been really happening. Starting with first things first.

The past months have been really busy and hectic. My Sony Bravia LCD conked off, just a week after its year’s warranty expired. It has now been nearly over 2 months, but Sony has really done quite nothing about it. The visit to the service center and the numerous calls had put in perspective that the entire panel in the machine was defective and it would needed to be replaced. It was promised that the panel would take two weeks to come from Singapore.

Every time, we would be the ones to call and follow up and they just giving those lame updates of it getting resolved within the next “three days” every time. The were replacing the planning at a cost of 20 grand that also without any warranty or guarantee. I mean, isn’t Sony supposed to be this prestigious brand promoting good consumer products and service?

We went ahead and paid the part amount to get the panel replaced. It took them over a month to replace the faulty panel, that also after those numerous phone calls and emails. Finally, the panel was replaced and the TV delivered to us, only to realize after two days, that there still seems to be this perpendicular red line running right in the center of the screen. We did a stop payment on the second half of the cheque immediately. When the Service Center realized this, this head of the service center calls us up and screams right on top of his voice as to how could we do that. I sternly told him, that he needs to mild his tone down and this isn’t the way, a representative of such an esteemed organization would speak to its customers. His tone just went even more harsh and he was nearly screeching and threatening over the phone that he would not send his mechanic till the full amount is paid.

This provoked me to send a really nice email to the Head and them apologizing for his behavior – but till date the situation is unresolved. Now it seems the panel has to be replaced again and this time from Delhi and it has already been nearly three weeks since we were told that.

I can’t believe my experience with Sony turned out to be so crappy! I used to be a fan of Sony Products but not anymore. With time and my experience I have realized that it is just their brand name that they are taking full advantage of with nothing but Vacuum in reality. I was really looking to buy a Sony SLR, but my plans have long changed.

I will NEVER EVER Buy a SONY again; we can understand if the product at times can turn out to be faulty but there can JUST NOT BE ANY EXCUSE for not giving that customer service and comfort to any customers; especially those who have been made to go through this ordeal.

The Club 99!!

August 7, 2009

image Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.

One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, “Why are you so happy?”

The man replied, “Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.”

The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King’s woes and the servant’s story, the advisor said, “Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club.”

“The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?” the King inquired.

The advisor replied, “Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.”

When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… So many gold coins! He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!”

He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.

From that day, the servant’s life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor’s help, the advisor said, “Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.”

He continued, “The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they’re always yearning and striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: “Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.”

We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.

That’s what joining The 99 Club is all about. It’s a choice you make, to be a part of it and continue wanting for more – without enjoying what you currently have OR Enjoy and be thankful for what you have along with working for more.

Emp

Special Times…Special Gurls…A Special Place…

July 20, 2009

Certain people take certain places in our lives. Each place will be special in its own way. The place your mom would have in your life, would be different than the place you would have for your dad. Its just different. None would be better than the other but it would be special in its own way. In the same way I have a special place for my girl friends (no offense meant to my guy pals as I do luv them as much. My child hood best friend is a guy whom I have grown up with & whom I dearly adore, but this one is just for that section in my life which has its own place) So this one is going to be for all my girl friends.

*** Disclaimer***: The below has been completely penned down based on my distinct memory of few instances 🙂 which is sharper than a Swiss knife – Pun Intended. So, there may be some things less or more that some of you may remember better than me.

Starting to list down all the things that I should have openly expresses gratitude for and I never did; either because I decided to be merely stupid to have not seen it OR even maybe seen, and realized it but never appreciated it OR just worse, been a complete coward for not having been able to express it loudly and now penning it all down.

I say; finally I think, I am putting my blog to some good genuine use. 🙂

So what is that can be the first thing on my list…Oh! I know! What it is:

Food: My penchant and love for good food is something, that has always been acknowledged and taken care of. If I am over at their place (SRP), or I am out with them. For some reason they have very gracefully put up with my fussiness with food which has usually followed my mood swings {TSB, SS}. To clarify, I wouldn’t be that moody with anything, as I would be with food. How wonderful it is to have such gal pals around you, who without you having to express anything will know, what I would prefer eating (US, TSB).  Again, I have to openly acknowledge and appreciate the times for having to put up with my absolute impulsive food craving for something specific {TSB, SS}.  How annoying can it be for those around you – if for non stop 15 minutes, you would have cribbed and nearly chewed their brains out, that you were hungry and right when the food will be served to you – you will just eat a bite and remark “I am not hungry anymore”. Yes, I can be worse than a pregnant lady when it would come to food mood swings.

**TOUCHWOOD** I consider myself very lucky. Whenever, I have had made that one phone call to anyone of these girls…they have not only put up with this kind of a strong mood swing, but have either accompanied me to the specific joint (SS, TSB, BB) OR have come home to pick me up to take me there (BB) OR even BEST, have specially made me that exact dish (SRP, TSB, US) and have had me over to their place and treated me no less than a queen {SRP, TSB, SS, US, CR, NAP, ASD, DS}.  Gosh! I luvv them so much.

Birthdays: You got to be kidding me on this one! I literally had to fight with myself if, I should be putting this one right on top; before food. But, my food brattishness was even bigger than this. If there is anyone in this GOD DAMN world, who would have really looked forward for getting old…its surely ME! Why?

Well, the reason were these gurls!! I mean, seriously!! My birthdays, along with it being special and they making it special in their own way, were also VERY ADVENTUROUS! Those were the days, when my birthdays were dreaded by all of their parents!!

LOL, as it poured cats and dogs on that day! Every single 16th of June, was the day, when God – The Almighty had decided that he would make it challenging for all of us to get together by bringing in hail storms, wind and flood! But we defied all those odds. We not only met, laughed and celebrated that day, but continued laughing over it much after, till today. Take me very seriously on this, this happened every 16th of June, every single damn year during those days. And now, that I don’t have all of them near me (read- geographically), it bloody doesn’t even pour a single drop on 16th! Guess, it was them!!

It always was celebrations galore in this group as we were two of us born on the same day (NAP). It was/is strange feeling. If she wished me “Happy Birthday”, the response would be “Wish you the Same”. It was like wishing someone one “Happy Diwali” and the response promptly would come as “Same to you”. 😛

The adventures went to an extent that we nearly either had to change our routes to get to our celebration place, or change the place itself or had fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers (SRP) coming to pick up a gang of 8-9 girls in one car in the heavy downpour.

The highlights of 16th June as I remember them:

Cakes were made for my birthday (TSB) and brownies & chocolates delivered to me personally (TSB, SRP), not to mention the hand made really beautiful cards with really amazing lines personally hand printed on it (SRP, SP1)

Going that extra mile to have jackets customized to suit my tastes and personal attention being put to it to suit my personality (AA).

Taking days off from work to go perfume shopping for me; knowing that it will take them the entire day to just get the ‘right fragrance’ (AA, AR, MN).

Sorry CR, for upsetting you when we were to land up near your place to celebrate my birthday and we couldn’t due to the heavy down pour. I am sorry that it really hurt you and you felt really down; all  of it right on top of the high fever that you were already going through.

Last but not the least…The laughter! We have laughed and laughed and cheered and smiled enough to let everyone to look up and take notice of our presence.

    Plans: Most of these girls love an organized, well planned outings. I somehow have never fitted in that square. I have usually loved making impulsive and last minute plans, which probably have either resulted them changing the structure of their already planned day for me or them having to canceling/postponing some of their plans (CR, SS, US, AA, ASD, TSB, ML, AR, DS) – Don’t blame me for the last part, you got to admit, my plans have been more exciting than the regular chores 🙂 Oh! not to forget mentioning that they also give random surprises by landing up at my door unannounced at wrong times {talk about being organized) when I am in my ‘oiled hair’ state. {I just hate having anyone to see me, when my hair is all oiled – don’t ask me why! I find it completely embarrassing} And they find it absolutely amusing seeing my embarrassment which I just don’t find it funny at all! Huh! (SS, TSB).

    Traveling: Not in one bit least, we would have felt embarrassed in creating the most nosiest scenes in restaurants celebrating Valentines day or was it sitting right on top of the Double Decker BEST bus; making the conductor  literally pleading us to go slow on our noise levels (NAP, CR, US, SRP).  Ensuring always that there is enough change for the bus (SB) without me having to worry about getting any. The travelling part at times entitles you to carry loads of stuff like rough scribbled papers, maps etc – I have never bothered trying to keep it safe or in a place where it can be easily found, but ain’t I lucky to have people who have done that, irrespective of me having to say a word or having to worry about me losing my stuff (SB, TSB, SS – yellows in tow :P)

    Shopping: Oh! How can I forget? I am no more allowed to buy the funky whacky one liner T-shirts (that I still find so cool)! (ML) Am I complaining? No! Not at all! As I love what they like on me as well (ML, TSB).  My sincere confession – I just love kicking up some storm with them on this, most of it has been; ‘Just for the Heck’ of it  – without any valid reason (SN, ML, TSB).  I am serious! Hopefully they have realized it by now. And this is something that I am proud of myself, as probably this is the only ‘ONE’ point that I would have acknowledged during our shopping sprees having openly expressed and appreciated what they have picked for me (ML, TSB, AA, SS).  The instances of just going on an impulsive shopping spree based on realization of a sudden requirements (SS, SP, SC) or having to sit and rack your brain over my outfits (PS, SN) is not an easy task for anyone to manage. You need some grit and style factor with me on that and my girls have it all. 🙂

    Movies: I think, right from the time I have known all these girls; I have seen more FLOPS & pathetic movies than any of the sensible ones. Am I complaining NOW? No! But I have done my fair share of teasing them, for having taken me to some god forsaken movies. Like I said above, I have done most of my cribbing (read- not all of it) based on ‘Just for the Heck’ of it  – without any valid reason. How about, hearing one more on this one:

    Our lady (SS) goes to the theatre and instead of booking tickets for movie ‘A’, she comes back home,  without realizing that the guy at the counter has given her tickets meant for movie ‘B’.   The next day at the theatre, the Pandora’s box opens and we assure her that we were ok watching any movie BUT our relentless girl just can’t control those unstoppable tears – on “how can she not check what was given to her”. The wastage of tissues on this event made ‘ME’ cry.   I am rest assured and can confidently sign on a stamp paper stating she wouldn’t even cry so much on her ‘vidai’ (an Indian tradition where the bride is bid adieu after marriage)

    In all sincerity and honesty, I now admit here – that more than the movie, spending time, being with them and having them around me was more important in all aspects and at all of those times  (BB, TSB, SS, CR, ASD, US, AA, DS, SRP, ML) – take this now, as my last confession 😉 and doesn’t mean I am going for another FLOP show.

    Conversations: Jesus LORD! Again, there was a fight on this one, for its priority order and for obvious reasons. Like I preach, there is no relationship without loads and loads of conversations behind it and with your girl friends, the conversations can just be so priceless. Their personalities trigger a variety of topics and discussions. So I have my exclusive types of conversations with my exclusive girls:

    1.         The Brain and Mind Stimulating Conversations/Arguments: – Something that would have tickled my brain to an extent to actually make it think and get race power energy to the thoughts. Something that made me change aspects and gave me new perspectives and arenas to explore (AA, AR, CR).

    2.         The Love Preaching Conversations: – The ‘Love Guru’ kind of stuff. Where nothing else is discussed but lovers, failures over shitty people, on why the heart hurts so much always and OMG!! the most important distinctive feature that would be discussed at the end of it (painful really) would be “when will you (read – I) think, about getting into a relationship” UFF!! (SS, TSB, SL, CF, ML, SB, US, AR, AA, BB, SP, SD, SP1) It so much better and easier discussing just them, and not me.

    3.         The Hard Core Philosophy:- This one would be my all time favorite topic of discussion. Anything to do with philosophy which lands up having to put my analytical and logical skills to use. A conversation that pricks enough to make you change for the better. A conversation which the world may not agree to because of either the cultural and traditional tags attached to it or simply put – a great deal of narrow mindedness. Having a conversation that entitles you to break these social barriers for ones happiness …oooo makes me all excited (SC, CR, AR, SS, TSB, ML, SB, SP).

    4.         Heart to Heart Talk:- That kind of a conversation, which would have had them or me just pour our hearts out. It never mattered what the topic of discussion was; if the topic made sense or not.  These conversations made me learn the “Art of Listening”, which I can say with pride that now I finally carry it in abundance (AA, SS, TSB, CR, US, ML, SL, NAP, DS, SP, SC, MN, SD, SC, SP1).

    5.         The Gossip Corner: If its not gossip, it just cannot be anything else. Being just plainly ‘bitchy’ about someone who must have caused a great deal of harm and removing that stress out can really help at times. The girl to girl gossip corner talks can sometimes be very healthy for the heart and the mind (ML, TSB, SS, CR, SP, NAP, PS, SL, MN, AA, SD).

    6.         Absolute Nonsense: – (ASD, PS) This one just had to be an exclusive one. I don’t think, I would have ever spoken ‘this kind and level’ of a nonsense, crap, and just senseless conversations with anyone else. These conversations are fun as one thing leads to another. It’s like your mind would be jumping from one topic to another irrespective of any link. The never ending laughter and giggling like school girls will be the main highlights along with words that just don’t make any sense or have any logic attached to it.

    7.         Partners in Crime: The devilish instincts of just planning something against about someone you would just hate or love; the never ending ‘drinking shots’ competition or being upto some naughty pranks. The conclusion at the end of it all would be – “your issue would have been resolved” and you would have also had fun at the end of it as well. The thoughts and activities that get materialized during these conversations would outstretch ones creativity beyond the realms that one could have ever imagined (AA, AR, MN, SN, PS, SD).

    Health: Straight out from a movie “In sickness and in health” – friends are those who have seen it all. It just makes me nauseas, if I have to even ‘think’ of visiting any doctor or enter a hospital. Hue and Cry would be made on my carelessness for not taking my medicines on time, when I fell sick (TSB, SRP, CR, SS, ML) and nearly emotionally black mailing me to ensure that I go and see a doctor (AA, MN) Every phone call would have driven me nuts…when they kept a tab on what I ate right after I recovered (TSB, SRP, SS, SP1) to where and what I was doing. After a really bad scary allergy on my health thanks to a fried prawn chip that I accidentally ate; on this certain vacation; before I had my hand out to grab a chip; the chips were eaten by them just to test it; if it was prawns or not! (TSB, SS)  They just simply cared and still do way too much! 🙂

    Hair Cut – I do carry a complete obsession with my hair. It has to be right and just right. The hair stylist has to be someone whom I can trust and I am confident about. Its a huge risk with some one like me…don’t think I will ever be so possessive about my husband as much as I am about my hair. Even after knowing my high maintenance attitude with my hair, these girls seem to be more possessive about my hair than me. (TSB, ML – the deadly combination of a yellow and a blue. Save me lord! :P) Ensuring that, I not only grow it – 6 months my hair was under constant surveillance on its length (ML) but also taken a risk (knowing very well, that I can throw a big racket, if something had to go wrong with my hair) and being confident to take me to a hair stylist (TSB).   Someone; I would have never tried before. It has also been ensured at times, that the hair stylist has been delivered to me, right at my door step with clear cut instructions as to how my hair has to be cut/trimmed/styled (ML).

    You got to to take my word – my girls are just awesome of the lot that anyone would ever have!

    Now for the fun part, if at the end of every expression-full line, you were wondering what are those codes that are mentioned in the bracket – well, they are the Abbreviations of names – of those wonderful girls in my life. It has been placed right after the described instance as I have remembered. Ha ha ha. So maybe, if they are reading this, they would land up reading this post once again, just to again check where all their names have been highlighted. Fun, isn’t it?

    KA – How I wish you were a gurl!! Except, for the hair cut part, you have done it all; along with leaving notes on my pillows 😛

    The Key (in no particular order):

    Code

    Name

    AA

    Anjana Advani

    AR

    Anjali Raisinghani

    ASD

    Ami Shah Doshi

    BB

    Bijal Batavia

    CF

    Charmaine Fernandes

    CR

    Charu Raghvan

    DS

    Dhruti Shah

    ML

    Mili Lalwani

    MN

    Mona Nandwani

    NAP

    Nandita Alla Patury

    PS

    Payeil Sanghvi

    SB

    Seema Bhavsar

    SC

    Shital Chedda

    SD

    Smita D’Souza

    SL

    Shruti Lakhotia

    SN

    Shivani Narang

    SP

    Smita Pillai

    SP1

    Suchitra Poojari

    SRP

    Suprabha Roongta Poddar

    SS

    Shibani Shenoy

    TSB

    Tanuja Sharma Baldota

    US

    Umi Shah

    KA

    Kumar Advani

    When people ask me how is it possible for me to always choose to look at sunny side of life; after reading all of the above, don’t you think I have made a sensible choice. Why will I pay attention to things that are wrong; when I have so many things which are just so perfectly right in my life?

    PS: This post took nearly three weeks to take the shape that it has. I had my bouts of breaks to ensure I am in the state to do complete justice to this post and have enough space to be able to go back in time to recollect some of those finer points. This has just been the 2nd post so far, where after penning & editing it – I felt completely satisfied as a writer. Blogging finally put to some really and really good use. Thanks Sheece, I owe you one for getting me off my lazy bums to get these results.

    ‘Just Being YOU’!

    July 19, 2009

    Life can be really unfair and this is what everyone thinks. Some of our best and loved relationships change with time. However, it has always been ‘the love’ relationship that has seemed to cause more harm and pain.

    Is it really that difficult to not be in a relationship? We all our mortals after all. Why the dependency and the feeling of compulsion that “if I am not in a relationship” – after a certain breakup, I will not be able to survive.

    imageThe desperation to jump back right into one again shows. The irritation, mood swings actually seem to get better of their own individual personality. The things that they ideally would have loved doing with their family or friends at a certain point in time in their life, seems redundant as they realize they themselves are probably not able to go back to it now. Things seemed to have changed completely and just forever.

    I can understand that an entry of someone in one’s life would make certain priorities change or even change ones personality to an extent to allow an adjustment, but what I really don’t get it, is why would the person not realize that the exit is having a far more wider impact.

    These people suddenly seem to realize that they love being bound in a relationship – which can be a good thing by itself, however if they are no more in one due to whatever circumstances in their life – then why doesn’t it strike them that even that is not bad either – and maybe it is just for their own better.

    I believe that no one and just no one in this worldly planet can know you or understand you at the level and degree that you do ‘yourself’. Yes, there are people who are close to us, and who know our likes and dislikes, but the extent that you can go to really understand yourself, no one else will be – doesn’t matter what is the relationship you share with that person.

    If it’s easy to bring someone in your life, then why does it become ‘extremely hard’ to come back to just being ‘merely YOU’; something that you were anyways before this ‘certain person’ existed. Why does it become so hard to understanding that you jut may be wasting away your life crying over and not enjoying the ‘really you’. It’s one lifetime – and one life.

    If you have some one surely cherish them, but if you don’t have them, then cherish their memories – and “Enjoy being You’.