On a Sunday Morning, the To-Do List and other Matters

R Jayaraman

Author: R Jayaraman

Date: Tue, 2016-09-27 11:45

Sunday mornings are always looked forward to. One, it is after a Saturday. Two, it is the day when you decide to get some catch-up work done, based on the to-do list which is usually drawn up through the week. Shops have to be visited, deep corners of the house have to be cleaned, friends who you have not met in the last few years decide to drop in, and finally, you need a break from the serious lectures that you have been giving in your classes.

No doubt every Sunday brings in its wake some new experiences, although you would wish that these would be pleasant. Like the other day, I finally sat down to read the paper. Nowadays reading the paper is not anymore such an important activity, as someone or the other has the TV going. Someone has read somewhere that TV means Together Viewing and wants to experience the truth of this particular expansion of the acronym. So the TV is always on and the viewers come in go out as per individual need. However, the newspaper reader is caught in all this activity and is prevented from the pleasure of reading the newspaper undisturbed and in peace. That’s one time when you can express your feelings freely without any interruption or counter views, of which you have had plenty in the class.

As soon as you get through the newspaper, there is a rush of items waiting for your attention. This was the day when the tap in the kitchen washbasin decided to leak, and it became a big issue. The water wouldn’t stop and I couldn’t get the plumber soon enough. After some discussion on the telephone, when he finally agreed to grace our house, amidst much grumbling that members of the society should write in

 

the complaints book and not call the plumber directly, he looked at the tap and gave a gasp. Even his trained and tired eyes could not deal with the generous outflow; it was as if the tap had decided to punish the house owner for the years of use and abuse. I made up my mind that day that I would never close the tap too tight in future, maybe that was the reason the tap was so angry with us. Soon the plumber changed the washer, but not before everyone in the house had had a close shave with a Titanic-like situation.

After this drama which had poured much water over the to-do list for Sunday, I went to get the vegetables. This is a chore which you think you can get done in double quick time, but you could be surprised. As soon as I reached the vendor’s shop, he asked me why I didn’t show up last week, he had kept my favourites – brinjals, spinach and batatas – in a bag, ready for departure, but then had to unpack and sell at a loss. Not only that, he wanted to know all about the incident that had happened in my neighbourhood. I got released after some 45 minutes, but not before he had clearly told me his views on the ongoing struggle in Uri, the hard attitude of the Chinese (he promised that he will never import any veggies from China) and the problems Obama is facing in Charlotte.

And so it went, like any Sunday. You plan to do some things and someone else has other views. Your to-do list could become to-be-done-next-Sunday list. Long live democracy!

 

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Thank you for a great and refreshing article, sir. Like you mentioned, Sundays are meant to be “fun”- days. That one day of the week, where you do what you’ve been pining to do throughout the week, where you look forward to stealing those few “me” moments, where you would unabashedly indulge in your hobbies, be it reading, writing, sleeping (read MBA student), or just sitting in peace and pondering how things are going, it is a day where nobody would judge you, because we know “it is a Sunday!”. In this day of advanced technologies, where you have a mobile app for almost everything under the sun, the art and hobby of newspaper reading is a lost one. One, because everything is available to us, on the “smart” phone, and also, because more and more newspapers are becoming “advertising papers” with news squeezed between them! But nevertheless, the pleasure one derives from reading a newspaper remains a gratifying one. The opportunity to view and understand information, without any biases, totally based on your thoughts, is something that TV will never be able to offer. We might have burning questions that “the nation might want to know”, but our answers, our search for true unbiased information, and the consequent satisfaction and gratification, will be only found in newspaper reading. While I’m pursuing my MBA, one thing I understood, right at the start of the curriculum, was the need to not just “have” a to-do list, but also execute and monitor the same. But as you rightly brought out in the article, sir, to-do list are our wish lists, in that, we would want to do them, but more often than not, they are also contingent to other factors which are not in our control. Man proposes, god disposes, as they say. But nevertheless, I am a firm believer of the thought “failing to plan, is planning to fail”. Though we may not get everything done on our “to-do” list, it still accounts to something, which wouldn’t have been the case, without a “to-do” list. As always, thank you for a great article, and let’s hope for a “done” Sunday, as oppose “to-be-done-next-Sunday list”!

To begin with, what a nice narration! Like sir, I sincerely wish life could have been more simpler and we could have more time for ourselves. I particularly liked the way sir ended the note, “Long live democracy!” However, an alternate opinion is we have to have vision for our lives, which would define how our days should look like. People who achieve great amounts of success, live a very proactive life. Research suggests that several of great people in the history had a morning ritual, be it deciding days’ priorities or other readings. A similar habit is observed among leaders of today, be it CEOs of largest organizations or leading politicians. An important point to ponder upon then is to how to lead a purposeful life. I assume that most of us are not lucky enough to have that high clarity, and go about leading a reactive life. Several of life coachers and mentors suggest here to take a pause and look backwards; it may never happen otherwise. They recommend that you think of a situation in remote future, when you are about to die, and then look back to see what have you contributed/ what was your legacy or life like? They suggest to break down this story you want to see, to plan actions for today. You need to start living the life, which you wish for. This exercise would help to prioritize our life’s agenda over everything else. I believe that such a concept should work, and would like to give a good try! I hope that Sundays, and all other of days would look more exciting then.

Dear Mr. Jayaraman , thanks for this great article and while reading this article , I felt as if you are narrating exactly how my Sunday goes . After a very busy working week, we all very eagerly wait for Sunday, we tend to sleep late on Saturdays watching movies, going out for weekend parties or so. We take liberty to wake up late on Sunday, very leisurely enjoy our tea and read newspapers. As mentioned by you we all prepare a list of things to do throughout the week to be executed on Sunday. All of us wish to use Sunday to make it more meaningful for spending quality time with family and friends, reading, rejuvenating . On Sunday there are fixed schedules like bringing vegetables, doing all other things which normally we cannot do on weekdays. Although you plan hard, to do all the pending things as per your things to do list, due to unwarranted events taking place for example sudden meeting called by Society members, arrival of unexpected guests, and your plan is jeopardized. I am perusing MBA , so some time is also being devoted to studying. Nevertheless such unplanned events are part of our life , and the people who are optimistic take on the things as they come on their way and still enjoy every bit of moment.

I can completely relate with this article as whatever I have been planning to do on Sundays are always pushed for the next weekend and this assignment itself is the example of something that I had planned to revert on last Sunday but I'm writing it on the last day of the submission, joke apart I feel that is important to understand the underlying truth that “Life is what happens to us while we are making the plans” Sunday is like life wherein we make so many plans and we are unable to prioritize or to achieve them. Life should be lived like its Sunday and Funday everyday achieving small milestone and not setting up too many unrealistic milestone where we just end up planning for it. This article has inspired me to further think about how Sunday is much more productive as we spend time with family, complete our assignments, meet friends, eat our favorite cuisine and sometime try to follow our passion. That’s why I believe in that quote - “Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week”

Dear Sir, I do agree with you about the way we try to plan our Sundays and the plans going for a toss. However I am lucky to share that I am very satisfied with my Sundays in past few years mainly taking some lessons from my childhood days. During my childhood days, I used to look forward to Sundays for only three things: a) eating meat as my mom used to cook some delicious Mutton curry or Chicken curry (only one of this two was allowed on a Sunday ^_^) and I was a foody type person from childhood. b) Cricket – the great cricket matches we used to arrange by forming spot teams and then the looonnng cricket discussions on who played how and what mistakes were made & overall analysis. c) Watching TV serials like Mahabharat or Ramayan. Wow those Sundays were simple, no planning and fixed things to do, great times. Then as I started to grow up, few Sundays used to be sacrificed with more studies, exams nearing,… After I started working, I realized that I used to just waste Sundays by just sleeping more & lying in front of the TV, watching plenty of channels at one time. It used to feel as if I am so tired of working from Monday to Saturdays that I don’t want to do anything else on Sunday except sleep and watch TV, that was the only mode of relaxing. During the last few years, I feel that I have sorted out my Sundays by keeping things simple and taking lessons from my childhood with only 4 mandatory things to do: a) eating delicious Chicken curry prepared by my mom or wife, though mutton curry has disappeared recently due to high prices and increase in calories b) Cricket has come back – I make sure I play cricket every Sunday and only an emergency could halt this plan c) taking my 5 years old daughter to garden or mall d) sorting out any bill payments online while watching TV, multi-tasking at its best. Not sure how long would I be able to continue with these simple Sundays, however I have tried to figure out that we have to bring our childhood thoughts back wherein what mattered most were the things in which we used to get utmost happiness and if we look back, those were simple things like eating our favourite food, playing with friends,…

Thank You for sharing this blog. The very well known 'To-Do-List’ advantages and challenges. Everyone maintains one but everyone cannot achieve one. My personal experience is when I see my dad making one every Saturday night. I asked him 1 day what is the use of having a To-Do-List? he replied It helps me to manage my time. For a second I thought, it’s a holiday why do people have to work in process when you know the time is for you. Relax, workout and spend quality time with friends or family. I never maintained one because I never liked planning on Sunday. But over years I realized that it is very important. In fact, Sundays, should be treated as start of the week. Better you plan, comfortable is your week ahead. Example – storing grocery and vegetables avoids weekday rush, meditation helps in concentrating and you tend to be fresh entire week. We often hear that people don’t like Monday, I would say the reason they don’t like Monday is because they spend their Sunday unproductively. They are not mentally prepared; they tend to party and sleep late because of which they don’t get enough sleep and get up early morning not being fresh and rush to office/class. I have started planning my Sunday and make sure I am happy, relax and spend quality time with my loved one’s along with managing all my personal work. This helped me to focus more on my work during weekdays and avoid any stress.

Sunday! Just the sound of it has been bringing back smiles on all our faces, since the times we ever understood the meaning of holidays. Sundays are the days of the calendar around which all our plans revolve around and the amount of respite it gives, having a day off to take things slow, in our own pace. But is Sunday really the King of the week, while all other days enslave us to the desire of reaching this holy grail of lazy time. I guess not. Sundays are like those snob friends who have their own air of self-importance around them and seldom have actual value to it. Sundays makes you want to plan a lot many chores, and end up disappointing you for not making it even to the half of it and gets rolled over till the next meeting. Ever since I stepped into the corporate life, Sundays always come with a timer running in the back of my mind, where I need to rush to make it finish on time, as per schedule! Sunday mornings are for my hobbies & as the day would progress gradually prepare myself for the coming week of corporate fire-fighting. Sundays are always shorter than normal days and that is what irks me about it. Every Sunday ends feeling dissatisfied, and longing for having a few more hours away from routine and taking it slow. My best time of the week is Friday evenings. The happiness of coming back from work after a tiring week, knowing that you have a full weekend to look forward to and be yourself in your own time, is eternal bliss. More than anything else the sole excitement of all the possible plans & long due chores, major part of which remains in the same to-do bucket by the end of weekend, gives the same happy feeling as a day of watching Shaktimaan being aired on Doordarshan in a Sunday afternoon would have given in my younger days.

A day off from college which is not a Sunday is a rarity for us students. And starting it with this article in the morning was exactly what was needed after an exhausting and hectic week. The items on the Sunday do-to lists of different people may differ in their details but all of them more or less have the same silhouette. Its getting things done that could not afford special attention in the rest of the week. Now this could be a household chore that has been pending for 3 days now or a plan that has to made for the next 3. But before all of this can take over the one day that I have to myself, I like to complete the one thing that keeps accumulating over the week. My sleep. As students, late nights and early mornings become our life mantra, and the sleep that is left behind in this is caught on back to on a good beautiful Sunday. It might seem like half the day is wasted when we wake up in the middle of the day completely unaware of what time it is, but the soul satisfying sleep that we had makes up for it. The day is then continued to do everything that had been planned for a Sunday but more often than not, we don’t even reach the half of it. Cleaning the room which was supposed to take only an hour takes up three because we get too engrossed in it and find a picture lying around in a corner that takes us back to some good-bad memories that we then dwell upon forever again. A friend calls in between a chore and the five-minute chat turns into a 45-minute conversation catching up on her cousin’s wedding. And when we look out the window, its already almost the end of the day. But don’t take it so seriously. It was a Sunday and it was meant to be this way. The important thing accomplished on this day was a break, for our bodies and our minds from all the stress, all the pressure of attending classes at 8 in the morning, all the Saturday night hangovers. And the Sunday described above is the one we dream of. We want them to always look like this but when you’re a student, a typical Sunday like this is difficult to experience. Waking up in the morning and making a to-do list, most of which is filled by submissions the next week, pre-reads the next day or upcoming exams is what it generally looks like. And the day goes on like any other just without a classroom and professor.

“Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance”, that’s what a Sunday offers. After the buzz of a hectic week, a relaxing Sunday is exactly what we all need. Of course, the pending chores are always beckoning. I absolutely agree with your narrative, Sunday’s never go as planned. Whether it’s coming back from long hours at office because we had to fill in for a colleague only to find that the mattress on the floor has seeped all the rainwater from the night before to planning a day trip with friends only to spend the entire day on a park bench catching up with a classmate we bumped into, we know our plan for the day is definitely off track. There was a time when a typical weekend consisted of reading the newspaper, catching up on one episode and a movie, grocery shopping, cleaning the house and some alone time for myself. However, often than not I have guests come over and it turns into a “he said, she said” session with meals forgotten, munchies strewed across the room and some spilled drinks because I am surrounded by clumsy people. Sometimes, in the best possible way. Of course, I realized only later, I would be the one cleaning up the mess which adds to list of chores but on the bright side, the grocery shopping was done, merely because we had to bury our hunger in a huge pile of Nachos from the nearest Hypercity. The unexpected does, however, keep us out of the monotonous routine keeping us on the edge of our seat. Of course, there are those occasional binge days where I am pampered, this only concludes that it’s a blessing in disguise to have relatives that stay in the same city. The cycle then repeats itself for another week, and we spent the last few hours of the Sunday counting down time as the next wave of unknown strikes.

The caption mentioned by you, Sir certainly caught my attention as I can completely relate with this article. As a current MBA student, Sunday is what we always look up to for relaxing a bit from our hectic week schedule. We plan to take maximum advantage of Sunday with our to-do list being as simple as sleeping late on Saturday night and waking up late on Sunday morning, plan and enjoy a party, catch up with old friends or just lie around in bed watching movies with snacks and drinks besides the bed. However, it always doesn’t turn out to be as we expected. The horrors of assignment completion always catches up with us as the deadlines are generally fixed at the end of the Sunday night. What we thought would be a fun and leisure day turns out to be a full-fledged working day where we beat our brains out to complete the assignment. The sudden and unwanted events of extra classes, club and committee meetings doesn’t help to our cause of enjoying and doing planned things on Sunday. Moreover, the small and trivial things of to-do list such as purchasing the toiletries and getting the eatables to maintain a buffer stock for late night meals turns out to be a frantic job. The peacefulness and serenity of such day gets disturbed with hustling and bustling of the people who have come in large numbers especially on a weekend to purchase household items, spend time with their families or to spend some quality time away from their regular schedule. Moreover, the things that you planned always gets procrastinated either due to an old friend’s call or last night hangover or simply because of wanting a little bit of extra sleep. Looking back to pre-MBA Sundays, it was exactly as I had dreamed and aspired for. The whole day seemed to be free of any hassle and work. Sundays gives us a unique opportunity to express our interest in the fields which had been kept dormant till now. The same goes for me. I utilised this time to master my skills in Table Tennis after seeing Sharath Kamal Achanta, Indian Table Tennis Player play and win medal for India in Commonwealth Games 2010. Although I may not be able to pursue all such activities now, I’ve come to realise, learn and experience more important aspects of corporate world busy schedule. No matter how much you plan, something always tends to be left out and you hope to achieve it next time thus carrying it over to your next week plans. I especially liked the way how Sir has ended the article with “Long Live Democracy” thereby bringing out the sarcasm as to how Democracy means the right to freedom to do any things that you want and still you end up either not doing that thing or only a percent of it.

Thanks a lot Jayaraman Sir for this simple and relatable blog. Although the exact happenings are different, the gist of my Sunday story is the same. There is a lot of built up for the approaching Sunday throughout the six days. Come Sunday, and the entire picture may be something completely unanticipated. Perhaps, this is one of the best illustrations of Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. The pipe leak mentioned in the blog is an epitome of such a happening. The day often turns out to be paradoxical. Often you plan for a rest day but may end up with a more rigorous day. It is quite funny that in spite of being free individuals, we seldom get actual free time. Times when we can temporarily switch off from our mundane/interesting (depends on individual perspective) day to day activities. But we are so intertwined in the social fabric that real “alone” time is a rarity. The sentence “Long live democracy” was a perfect take on this topic. An interesting aspect which I can recollect from the Bible is that during the creation of the universe, even God had kept Sunday as a day for rest. But then we are no Gods and plus the world is a cruel place, isn’t it? On a serious note, this is the reality and the sooner we come to terms with it, the better it is for us. More the number of people around you, more are the chances that you will face such situations. The best example which I can think of is when I am home on a Sunday. My parents, though unknowingly, will give me some work which I had never factored into my planning. Or else, sometimes, I suddenly get a call from an old friend and the conversation goes on for a long time eating up time from my planned leisure activities. So, is it safe to conclude that planning is a futile exercise? According to me, however convincing the results look, I feel that planning is a must both in personal and professional life. The reason is that the failure in executing a plan teaches us new strategies which can be incorporated in the next plan. For me, planning is a process with continuous scope for improvement. Planning helps in significantly reducing the uncertainties which we may face but it does not completely eliminate them. Planning is also correlated to good utilisation of time. For instance, whenever I do not have a plan for things to be done, I often end up wasting time. The uncompleted tasks get carried over further. Eventually a time may come when a task which could have been completed with relative ease becomes an urgent one. This pushes us to go in the fire fighting mode. In fire fighting, the task may be completed but often the quality of work gets affected. Thus, according to me, not planning is not even an option. Planning is an area where you have to keep coming up with Kaizens.

Very well written Sir. I can totally relate to this. Sunday is that day of the week when one not only thinks of the prepared to-do list during the entire week but also plan for the upcoming week. Having being worked in a manufacturing industry, I used to get only one day off unlike my other friends. It was not a weekend off for me but just a Sunday. So, whether it be grocery shopping, online shopping, calling and meeting friends or watching movie, everything was to be done in a single day. Also, being a person who loves home cooked food, I used to cook for myself. The thought of doing all this in a single day sounds implausible. As you had mentioned that certain unexpected events like getting repair job done, etc. makes it even more difficult to stick to the plan. Even when I used to go to buy vegetables from a shop in my society, the uncle in the shop used to talk about his company and the work culture during his time. Initially, I used to listen patiently but when I realised that we were having conversation on almost the same topic, I used to end the conversation by saying I am sorry but I in a hurry and have to rush. But sometimes the situations are not avoidable and we often end up asking for that one more hour to complete the tasks. But I believe, keeping in mind the unexpected events, there should be a priority list along with a to-do list so that we don’t end up doing unimportant tasks first leaving no time or room for important ones. One of the major distraction that consumes major proportion is social media. I realised that on Sundays, I end up spending almost double the time during weekdays on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. By minimising this time, we can create a room for important tasks. May be we can just switch off our phones for some hours to avoid these distractions. In my case, if I don’t finish certain tasks in the to-do list, I end up regretting for the same in the entire week so I make sure that most of the priority task are done to have a kick start to an organized upcoming week. I really like the way you have summed up the entire thought through the phrase “Long Live Democracy!” This depicts that even after having freedom to do whatever we want, we are still not able to work on planned list because of the external factors.

Firstly, thanks for such a light hearted, easy to relate blog. I really enjoyed reading it. I liked the way you narrated your conversation with the vegetable vendor and how he had his own take on struggle in Uri. When you were talking about your to-do lists, I was reflecting upon my to-do lists for Sundays. After a long tiring week, I generally relax on Saturdays. So the entire pending tasks of the previous week and the preparatory task for the coming week would be in my Sunday’s to-do list. So I go to bed on Saturday night making a mental note of all the things to be done the next day. My typical to-do lists comprises of tasks like ‘complete the pending work and mail the boss, iron all clothes for the coming week, spend some time reading the novel borrowed last week, clean the wardrobe that hasn’t been cleaned in ages, exercise for 1 hour, help mom in household chores and make her happy’. I go to bed with an alarm set at 8.AM. Next day morning, the alarm goes off and the war begins. My heart and brain start fighting this battle, heart says ‘its Sunday, the only day that is left of the week to take rest, relax and rejuvenate’ and my brain says ‘its Sunday already there is lot of baggage from the previous week and the next week will end up being even more hectic if you miss out on working it today’. After hearing both their arguments, I generally decide to sleep for an extra hour but sadly when I wake up, I would have lost half the day. I would have no motivation to do the work so would sit in front of the TV to catch a glimpse of my favourite show. The war begins again. This time the brain says ‘already lost half a day, watching TV is killing more time, get up and get to work’ and the heart says ’there is absolutely no energy and motivation right now, the work will not be done correctly when done in such a mental state, so it’s okay’. I don’t really know who wins this argument as I do switch off the TV but start listening to songs on phone. The wardrobe that hasn’t been cleaned in ages remains uncleansed this week too, the 1 hour of exercise remains a dream, and the pending tasks from previous week remain as pending tasks for the next week and top it all, my complaining mother still keeps complaining about not helping her with the household chores. This struggle keeps happening throughout the day and finally when the clock hits 10 PM, self-analysis starts and guilt kicks in. I start reflecting upon how I could made the day productive and how relaxed the coming week would have been for me had I managed to tick off few items on my to-do list. My Sunday nights end up with two things 1. A promise that I will complete all my tasks on my Sunday’ to-do list next week 2. The pre Monday morning blues.

I could find a recap of my Sunday experience in your article. Routine of our professional and academic life keep us occupied throughout week and Sunday is the only day which a person looks forward to be ”His own day”. My plans of making Sunday “My own day” ends up being swayed away by those tasks which were never meant to be happening the way they appear. Everyone around us like our spouse, kids, neighbours, relatives, friends of association and even the Management school eagerly waiting for that day of ours to be meant for them. I could often realize at the fag end of the day, that oh no! Its one more day which couldn’t be mine! Even the validity of some of the tasks which were meant for my day has already expired. But still by loosing this day of mine, I could enjoy the pleasure of making a rejuvenating day for spouse, a day of fun for the kid and a day of purpose for the friends and society. Ultimately, life is all about seeing smiles in the faces of people for whom my presence means something. With the sense of this accomplishment, I go to sleep on more Sunday night, looking for that day of mine which can be “My own day”

To begin with, what an admirable narration of the most awaited day of the week! Felt like you just described the “perfect” Sunday that I long for as the week passes by and how it gets hijacked by a hoard of stuff that need attention. Like the new year resolution which go in for a toss as the year progresses, my resolution to enjoy a long sleep over the weekend (unlucky as my weekend has only a Sunday in it) is not acceptable to my body clock which wakes me up earlier than my usual time. As soon as I decide to enjoy the sunrise on my bean bag with a cup of hot morning tea, duty calls! My wife has a to-do list for the day and it seems busier that a weekday. There’s the weekly vegetable market tour, the cleaning of the house and the most dreadful of all – the visit to DMART. This place has become more of a mall that a grocery store. You can see the whole family out there eagerly buying stuff and then the race to select the shortest possible line at the billing counter. Murphy’s law rules at this time. By the time I am home, half of the day is over and as the sun begins to set, my face starts drooping down. Monday blues are back again. Would like to share a very recent experience. As I am writing this blog, I am at SPJIMR for my PGEMP contact classes. Yesterday was the 7th day of our contact and I would be off to my home on the 9th day. I was so exhausted by the heavy doses of finance and cost management lectures that I was already dreaming of the weekend, how I would only and only catchup with my sleep and enjoy some good movies on the television. I had planned the entire Sunday for my own and as I was enjoying the thought of such a perfect Sunday, I receive a WhatsApp from my wife. Our society has planned a Satyanarayana puja on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and the pooja would be there on the coming Sunday in the morning. Further, an aunt of hers has the Mahalakshmi pooja at her home and this also happens to be on the coming Sunday she has invited us to her place. Being the society pooja, our presence was necessary. Further, being my wife’s aunt, challenging the idea of going to their place would be too risky. I could see my plans getting seized and like most of my Sundays, this too had been hijacked…

To begin with, what an admirable narration of the most awaited day of the week! Felt like you just described the “perfect” Sunday that I long for as the week passes by and how it gets hijacked by a hoard of stuff that need attention. Like the new year resolution which go in for a toss as the year progresses, my resolution to enjoy a long sleep over the weekend (unlucky as my weekend has only a Sunday in it) is not acceptable to my body clock which wakes me up earlier than my usual time. As soon as I decide to enjoy the sunrise on my bean bag with a cup of hot morning tea, duty calls! My wife has a to-do list for the day and it seems busier that a weekday. There’s the weekly vegetable market tour, the cleaning of the house and the most dreadful of all – the visit to DMART. This place has become more of a mall that a grocery store. You can see the whole family out there eagerly buying stuff and then the race to select the shortest possible line at the billing counter. Murphy’s law rules at this time. By the time I am home, half of the day is over and as the sun begins to set, my face starts drooping down. Monday blues are back again. Would like to share a very recent experience. As I am writing this blog, I am at SPJIMR for my PGEMP contact classes. Yesterday was the 7th day of our contact and I would be off to my home on the 9th day. I was so exhausted by the heavy doses of finance and cost management lectures that I was already dreaming of the weekend, how I would only and only catchup with my sleep and enjoy some good movies on the television. I had planned the entire Sunday for my own and as I was enjoying the thought of such a perfect Sunday, I receive a WhatsApp from my wife. Our society has planned a Satyanarayana puja on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and the pooja would be there on the coming Sunday in the morning. Further, an aunt of hers has the Mahalakshmi pooja at her home and this also happens to be on the coming Sunday she has invited us to her place. Being the society pooja, our presence was necessary. Further, being my wife’s aunt, challenging the idea of going to their place would be too risky. I could see my plans getting seized and like most of my Sundays, this too had been hijacked…

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