There is this huge Amaltash tree overlooking my bedroom window. It blossoms once every year, with the most beautiful yellow chandelier flowers. Once I saw them by moonlight, looking almost ethereal. I thought it would be wonderful to have dinner there one night. Just when it was being laid, an unexpected visitor arrived. So, I decided to postpone it to another night, but it was not to be. When I happened to notice the flowers again, I realized that a whole year of 365 days had passed by, because it flowers only once a year. Time is such a precious commodity that I could not do a simple thing like enjoy the beauty of those flowers, Perhaps, one evening, after eight, next June, I will do just that - enjoy the spectacular sight of those flowers, which are within my reach - so close that I can actually touch them! Till next June my dream will remain a dream!
I always say that my work is not merely my career; it is the sole purpose of my existence. So, there is no specific time when my working day ends. It may extend way beyond eight. Very often, when our foreign buyers are in town, I have them over for dinner. My business commitments are such that I have to combine work and dinner invitations with foreign business delegations. Of course, I love to entertain anyway. Sometimes I have a small group of friends over. I particularly enjoy spending evenings with family, going out for coffee with my son or daughter or for dinner with my family, catching up with each other. It's usually an informal, relaxed atmosphere, with carefree, lighthearted chatter, sharing jokes and laughter with my children and grandchildren. I am almost obsessive about Barista for a family outing after a long day's work. It is literally behind my house, but the pleasure of just getting out of the house and relaxing in the Barista ambience is fine for me. Sipping iced coffee, with almond muffins, in the company of those I love, I can relax and simply be myself. In every city I manage to find a Barista. I remain their most their most ardent follower!
If I am working late, "Delhi oh Delhi" at the Habitat is my favourite, along with dinner and ghazals by Mr. Inder Thakur, who sings my favourite ghazzls. What I really enjoy is just relaxing and listening to music, soft melodies in dim lighting. It has always been my typical style of functioning, whether it is in India or abroad. Even in Paris, I work very hard during the day, with great intensity, putting in many more hours than I can handle, and than spend the entire evening walking down the romantic ChampsElysees, or just sipping coffee at wayside cafe at midnight.
If ever there is an evening of leisure, I love to paint, expressing my thought and feelings with a riot of colours. Writing poetry is also something I love. Painting and poetry are ways by which I can translate my ideas, emotions and creativity. I believe that life is actually measured by our emotions and creative expressions. I often feel that my career is no less than a beautiful painting, because I have brought all my creativity and ideas to my work and the formulation of my products. In fact, my work is a magnificent expression of my dreams, hopes and aspirations.
For others, a good life may be living for a hundred years, but I live a lifetime between the rising and setting of the Sun. There was an advertisement in the "lost and found" section of a newspaper. I found it really eloquent and it is very close to my heart. Perhaps, this is the way my life is moving - "Lost... Somewhere between sunrise and sunset...one golden hour encrusted with 60 silver minutes, each studded with 60 diamond seconds. No reward is offered. They are lost and gone forever." I am trying to make every minute, every second after eight, worthwhile... A memory imprinted on the sands of time.