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No Wires Attached, But Connected

by Vidya Sury July 14, 2016 23 comments
No Wires Attached But Connected Vidya Sury

It is a beautiful morning and I set out for the gym down the road, looking forward to a vigorous workout. No wires attached. Just a pleasant start to my day.

My first stop is the treadmill. I press the “quick start”, set the speed, and get ready to do some brisk music-coordinated walking, thanks to the thumping beat from the speaker. It is Cheap Thrills by Sia.  Catchy!

I appreciate the glass walls that encompass my gym. It offers a clear view of the road for a good 50 meters. I am glad the gym makes a nice vantage point to watch, observe, think.

I particularly love the treadmill as I can set it and get a good cardio workout as my mind wanders quite happily. I can shift the focus away from myself.

It is a great time to just look.



Be mindful.

And I spy…

An old man inspecting his face in a small handheld mirror.

He has a lot of grey hair, so what is he trying to look at? Perhaps a wart on his forehead? Has something gone into his eye? Is he just wondering how the time has gone? Does he feel it has gone too soon? Does he have regrets?

A man with a backpack walking.

Is he off to work? Why does he look so downcast? Is he unwell? Did he go to the doc? Did he not wake up happy? Did someone yell at him? Did he have to skip breakfast? Is he worried about a relationship? Is he married? Does he have kids? How old are they? What does his wife do? Is he carrying lunch? Will he eat at a restaurant? Does he walk to work? Is his workplace far away? What does he do? Is he carrying an umbrella?

A squirrel running across the wall to the tree, up the branch and back.

It pauses. What is it eating? Does it live nearby? Does it have friends? How old is it? What does it do when it rains?

An elderly woman at the balcony, looking this way and that.

Is she waiting for someone? The milkman, the newspaper, the vegetable vendor? Or the flower lady with the little garland packed in a leaf that she leaves on the wall near the gate? Is she waiting for someone to arrive from out of town? Is she wondering if the train is late? Has she had coffee? Does she live alone? Who else lives with her? What does she do all day?

A youngish plump woman walking briskly.

Pulling at her top which is rather tight. Adjusting her hair. Carrying a small bag. Is she off to the market? What does she plan to buy? Does she have siblings? Does she go to college? What subjects might she choose?

A young man running his hand through his bedhead

He steps out onto his balcony dressed in a vest and shorts. Yawns lazily. One hand moves to his crotch to scratch. Then he stretches. Places his hands on the railing and leans forward to look below. Ah, the tea shop. Calls out to someone. Has words. Laughs. Waves. Goes back in, presumably to get started with his day. What does his day look like? Where does he work? Does he drive a motorcycle? Does he dress jazzily or conservatively? Does he shave every day? Will he meet up with friends in the evening? Does he drink? Smoke? Does he stay out late?

A school girl hurrying to get ready for school.

She packs her bag on her porch as she waits for the school bus to pick her up. Mom’s busy finishing packing her lunch and rushes out to make sure she’s carrying it. After the girl puts her lunch box into her bag, mom pulls her close, hugs and then adjusts her ribbons, gives her a kiss as they hear the sound of the school bus’s horn and laughing, the girl runs out to board it and waves to her mom. Is she excited to go to school? Meet her friends?

As my time on the treadmill draws to a close, I finally look ahead of me, at my reflection on the mirrored wall. I walk briskly in tune to the beat of the music playing on the speakers.

I smile.

I feel a sense of gratitude to get a peek into others’ lives.

I feel grateful for mine.

I turn around to see my son busy working out at the cross trainers.

I wave at him to signal it is time to go home and he smiles back.

I know it will be another 10 minutes before he’s done.

I go stand by the balcony railing that spans the sides of the gym. I watch the children playing, running on the ground below as I stretch and flex.

Yes, life is good.

No wires attached. Yet, I am connected to life.

Another wonderful day is about to begin.

How’s your day going?

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Uma July 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Loved the everyday observations and the questions our mind attaches to each of them even as it captures the fleeting moments in a quick flash. So nice to be connected without the wires 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Thank you so much Uma!
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BellyBytes July 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm

your gym does have a great vantage point…Our gym is completely closed and has no view at all! No wonder I prefer to give it a skip

Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:39 pm

I wasn’t a fan of gyms until I found this one, Sunita!
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My Era July 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm

I could relate to this post on so many fronts. Feeling connected with the world the way you have described has been my favorite way of working out to stay distracted during work-out.
Loved your observations & the way you stay grateful for all the big and small joys life has gifted us 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Thank you My Era! I really enjoy the people watching and I love that our gym has glass walls with a great view of the world going by. Small joys make big big happinesses! 🙂
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Nabanita July 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

Your gym is like the viewing point of so many stories… My day is going good. Mom is here so I’m so relieved… She takes care of everyone and me, like a little girl, let her. Looking forward to a good day with M and mom, laughing, playing and having a good time 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

Wow! Enjoy the love, Naba! Be happy!
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Rajlakshmi July 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I love all your observations … Sometimes I do the same in the train … and assign a story to them too. It’s fun and makes us connect with people at a different level. I have been busy giving a bottle a makeover 😛
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:41 pm

You’re right, Raj. I love to do that too. Best thing is when we keep seeing them regularly and weave a parallel story! Loved your DIY bottle!
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Rachna Parmar July 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

So very interesting, Vids. I could actually visualize you in that gym looking out. I do that too, a lot. People watch! And l wonder why? I sometimes think wicked thoughts as well. ? My dad today was hectic. We had our colony’s AGM. Had some pick up and drop duties for the elder son and the kids finish their first FAs tomorrow so Yippee! ?
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Haha, I think wicked thoughts too! First FAs done? Seems like the new academic year started only yesterday! Before you know it, the next one will start! Hugs! Thank you, Rachna!
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Cathy Graham July 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Loved all your observations of the people around you while you were working out. I, too, like to imagine what people are doing as they go about their lives. I’m a great people watcher. Maybe some think I’m being nosy but people are so fascinating, aren’t they? And a great source of inspiration for story ideas, too.
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Right you are, Cat! Great for the imagination and keep the mind busy! Weirdly, I sometimes feel close to these people I’ve never met!
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Aditi Kaushiva July 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Lovely observations! It is great, isn’t it how your mind and thoughts roll while looking at people and building their stories in our heads. I often do that too! I had a relaxed Sunday today, finally showed some love to my blog… 🙂
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm

And I adored your post, Aditi! Looking forward to the rest of the series! It is wonderful to observe what is around us!
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upasna July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

It was a great weekend- Lovely weather, Finished writing for Write tribe 7-day marathon, Took my 2 -year old for a haircut. I am thankful for the plan Life had for me. I wonder how our mind sync our Body moments to the tunes of Music even when something else is going on in our minds.
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Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Yay for you Upasna! Sounds like you’ve been quite busy!
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Nisha Sanjeev July 19, 2016 at 9:48 am

I love doing this, too Vidya… “spying” while on the treadmill. Relate so very much to this post.

Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm

I know, right, Nisha! 🙂 Thanks for coming by!
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Mayuri July 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Love the post title, loved the thoughts woven by your inquisitive mind and wonderful words. I always leave your blog posts with a smile on my face. Thank you:)

Vidya Sury July 20, 2016 at 11:37 pm

Hehe. Thank you Mayuri. What a lovely comment! Hugs!
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Mackenzie Glanville July 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

I adore this post, the way it is written, the message it brought me, everything about it. I read it and felt peaceful and yet inspired. It made em want to be more present right now, thank you #mg


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