Its that time

Yes..its that time…

Airlines, credit cards, banks, ice-cream stores all recall my existence. Sending in a note of wishes, cheer, Christmas greeting and New Year Greeting all rolled into one e-mail :” Seasons Greetings”, they scream. The cynical side of skeptical folks wonder if this is just a 3-in-1 opportunity thats getting well exploited.

But hey.. ! Its that time when ‘i am on leave’ is as normal as the Monday morning ‘its Monday’ groan.

‘Clients are closed’ is an oft heard response. These are indeed modern times where ‘customer service’ is the most parroted mantra that beats all mantras and vedic hymns ever chanted. And of course, clients are indeed God.

If ‘clients’ are closed, ofcourse, God is not looking. You see, its time to take off. Therefore, God bless clients.

Auto-reply mails are shooting off every mail box. ‘I am on holiday…’ as the standard response. Sometimes, these mails are treasured, for they are the only replies that come any way !

Long lost colleagues and every half person that has exchanged business cards is keen on doing his or her bit to email traffic, with a ‘seasons greetings’ message !

But hey…there is a genuine festive cheer in the air. Festoons adorn office walls. From the corner office to the commode with an equanimity that would make a communist beam .

The canteen serves ‘special’ food that is thulped taking some comfort from looking at an obese Santa run around ! In some time though, the obese looking Santa disembarks from all his stuffing while the stuffing that went through the food pipe stays forever !

Its that time where there is festivity in the air. Literally as well. Radio Jockeys… whose world didn’t go beyond the latest Hindi movies suddenly are playing carols from far away lands ! But, Introducing carols like they introduce a Salman Khan song. Panting parlance and halting sing song, an arbid competition and a phone number to call !

Five start hotels are turning on all the decorations with so much lights that could light up neighbourhoods. Next door ofcourse there are entire neighbourhoods with one proud star to show ! Christmas trees adorn houses blessed either with belief or wailing children !

Its Christmas time people. The world is taking it easy. The doubt however stays on my mind. The question that i am supposed to have asked my junior school teacher. “If it is supposed to be Jesus’s birthday, how come we dont sing the ‘happy birthday to you’ ?!? “

On other another note, Just now a mail hit the inbox. ‘Marry Christmas’ screams the subject line. Could have been written in a long weekend hurry ! But, it sure caught the attention. Marry Christmas ! Sure thing. Marry Christmas people. Embrace the spirit. Beget progeny . it sure will help the world.

Merry Christmas people ! May peace prevail. And love resurface. And may you all pray for the for more Christmases to provide for a long weekend !

Stay safe. Embrace the spirit ! Share some love !

22 thoughts on “Its that time

  1. nsiyer says:

    I have written a post on the festive season. I liked your take – indeed very different. Merry X’Mas, Kavi.

  2. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you, Kavi!:) yes, a diff take, like always…

  3. bodaat says:

    Merry Christmas Kavi!!

  4. My mail box is also flooded with greetings. :)These days festival season is only considered as holiday season. The positivity of the festivals is somewhat fading in the gaudy aand fancy light decorations. But I totally agree with u that our tomorrow will be better than our today. 🙂

  5. tina says:

    Hope you had a great Christmas Kavi! Wish you all the very best for the New Year! It really has been fun reading your posts.

  6. Nachi says:

    HO HO HO!! Merry Christmas bro!! 😀

    …Oh, and a crackling New Year ahead. cheers! 🙂

  7. SiD says:

    ho ho ho
    merry xmas ma’am…:D

  8. Insignia says:

    Wow!! What a take on holidays!!
    Its the time when I get to eat plum cakes!!!!


    Happy Holidays!!

  9. Kevin says:

    Yeah “It sure will help the world”….. This reminded me of the little kid who asks. If its Jesus’ birthday, what is the gift we are giving Jesus?

  10. Sriram says:

    nice take on the festive season. i like.

    “If it is supposed to be Jesus’s birthday, how come we dont sing the ‘happy birthday to you’ ?!? ” – hehe.

    Once a 10yo kid (me!) asked his social studies teacher with a serious face “If gokulashtami is called Krishna Jayanthi, why isnt xmas called yesu jayanthi?”.


    Wishing you and your family a happy and a prosperous new year!

  11. Neha says:

    Marry Christmas Kavi from Neha Thakkar (well, gujjus say this na, so for time being i am one ok :D)

    Now Neha the blogger is back!

    Loved the post, the wit and the tree..and I so agree with you about treasuring those mails…I have few of them too in my mailbox..

    but I don’t like the rush everywhere..holidays – rest time and relatives coming back as there is so much of traffic on expressway that they are unable to reach home – pune..sigh!

    still, wish you a merry christmas and hoping that the traffic clears asap 😀

  12. D.A says:

    Very X-massie! :P…Merry Christmas!

  13. SG says:

    Excellent post. First time here Kavi. Love it.

    I am glad it said “Marry Christmas” only. But did not end it with “Divorce New Year”.

    Saw your profile. You are Maduraiite? I have lived all my life in US. Still can speak a little
    Tamil. Therefore, Puthandu Vaazhthukkal (New Year Greetings).

  14. Lou says:

    I wasn’t sure how much Christmas you celebrated, but I see it is some form of Christmas around the world!

    My holiday was wonderful, I hope the same for you.

    And blessings to your family in the new year!

  15. The spirit is so much in the air….here in Cochin almost each house has a star plus some colourful stars adornign a tree…and then the carol groups who coem to your house…how I love this season! 🙂

    A very merry Christmas to you 🙂

  16. JUst took it easy as the rest of the world. Been to land’s end at Kanyakumari for the long weekend. They had huge stars ans lots of decorations there. We reached around 5.30 am and there were many christians going to the church in their best clothes, hair bedecked with jasmine flowers. Faith is the same, the way so different.

  17. Kavi,

    It started here from November first week. Last week everything came to a standstill. We are enjoying each and every bit of Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to you as well.

  18. radha says:

    Merry Christmas ( delayed though) and a Happy New Year. It sure is that time of the year when all kinds of people suddenly think of you.

  19. manju says:

    Merry Christmas, Kavi! Or should I say Marry Christmas? 🙂

  20. “Stay safe. Embrace the spirit ! Share some love !”

    you should be in the bumper sticker business Kavi. you will be a big hit!


    happy holidays.

    it is good to be in the customer service business when your customers are all on vacation no?


  21. + one more.

    Happy New Year friend!

  22. Kavi says:

    NS Iyer : Thank you sir ! Wishing you a merry xmas and a great festive season ahead indeed !

    NM : Glad to see you after a long while ! Wishing you a great time ahead !

    Bodaat : My best wishes ! The first christmas after marriage is considered special. I wonder how it was with you !

    Chandrika : Yours too ! Yes..our tomorrows. somehow…they ought to be better off !

    Tina : Thank you ! And its great to know its been fun ! Wishing you a great year ahead too !

    Nachi : Thank you !

    Sid : Yes sir. Merry Xmas. And i am not ‘ma’am’ ! ‘Sir’ if you insist ! 🙂

    Insignia : Plum cakes and the swell wishes ! Happy holidays indeed !!! 🙂

    Kevin : Oh that was some question indeed kevin ! Some question indeed ! 🙂

    Sriram : We do seem to be thinking alike. Atleast very close to alike ! 🙂 Wishing you a spledourous new year ! 🙂

    Neha : Is that Gujju way…? Oh ! I didnt know that !!! Thanks for the generous comments as usual !

    Yes, the expressway was crowded when we went. But once you crossed into Pune..and into to the confines of a friends home…everything was ‘solid’ ! On the way back, there just was no traffic. Perhaps people are still enjoying their times elsewhere ! 🙂

    D.A : Welcome here ! Merry Christmas indeed !

    SG : Welcome here. Oh yes. I didnt think of Divorce new year until you said so ! 🙂

    Yes, i am from Madurai. And Puthandu Vaazhthukkal ! Look forward to connecting with you more !

    Lou : yes. Its on in some form ! And the best of wishes to you and to the family this new year !

    Destiny’s child : Ah how mouth and soul watering ! Its an awesome feeling. to walk in the ‘chiill’ and hear the carols. And savour the cake ! Enjoy !

    The Holy Lama : Kanyakumari ! What a place to go to ! Its always offered me solace and great comfort ! Hair bedecked with jasmine. Jewellery and silk saree to match ! Oh what a spirit. And yes….the faith is the same. The way so different ! Lovely !

    Balaji : It started here as well. But not with that level of intensity ! Great to note that you have been soaking up the spirit ! Compliments of the season!

    Radha : A very happy new year to you too ! And bloggers dont wait for the new year ! 😉

    Manju : Marry Christmas perhaps !!!!! 🙂

    Sundar : Big hit ! I am glad theres no ‘s’ inbetween !! 🙂 Absolutely. thats the only time to be in the customer service business at all ! The only time ! 🙂

    Shalini Murugiah: Happy new year to you too ! 🙂

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