Monday, November 21, 2011

Two Extra Hours

"What would you do if you had two extra hours to yourself everyday?".. a simple question!

My first reaction was, "Nah, I don't need any more! Isn't 24 enough?"

Pondering, I realized there are few simple things that suffer because we are always short of time.

For one, I would Read the Newspaper diligently. I usually leave for office quite early, and can take a look at the paper only after I get back. This actually means glancing at the headlines, absorbing about 5%. 30 minutes for a fair scan through the bunch.

Number two on the list is Have Breakfast properly.  My morning schedule on weekdays is jampacked, and due to any abberation caused by extended sleep or any unforeseen event, the axe is almost invariably on the breakfast. I know that's wrong, but... . 15 minutes. Total 45 minutes.

Another thing that tends to get squeezed on weekdays is my bath. With two extra hours every day, I would like to block 15 minutes flat for a peaceful Bath. 15 minutes. Total 1 hour.

I would try to attend to my health (read fitness) a bit. I know it is all about a few free hand exercises, and it takes little dedicated time. But who has it? Anyone who does tries to inspire me by saying, "Do you not have 20 minutes for yourself?" .. Maybe I do, but you have to allow me to be lazy at times. So maybe I can carve out some time out of this "Extra time". 20 minutes. Total 1 hour 20 minutes.

You know what I would do for my home? Do the dusting everyday. I live in Delhi, where dust particles travel in the air.. and settle on anything that comes in the way. I just cannot inspire myself to brush it daily.. and would go for this chore only once a week. It requires 10 minutes, believe me, if you do it daily. So there you are. 10 minutes. Total 1.5 hours.

Well dusting is not the only thing that requires day to day attention... so allow me to budget 10 more minutes to miscellaneous housework.You know how it is... something or the other needs to be stuck, or replaced, or any such thing that remains pending till the weekend.. and maybe gets postponed to the next due to some unforeseen event or sheer laziness. That totals to 1 hour 40 minutes.

And last but not the least, I would like to allot 15 minutes to cooking and 5 minutes to sheer laziness. You know cooking gives you an unearthly pleasure.. the joy of creating a tasty concoction from raw ingredients is undescribe-able. My busy schedule has drained all enthusiasm out of me, but I look forward to instances of trying out new recipes.. or improvising the existing ones.

The last 5 minutes is a buffer that would get fitted wherever I feel like, mostly to the morning sleep. Winter is slowly setting in Delhi, and who would mind 5 extra minutes of sleep?

I pose this question to you... What would you do if you had two extra hours to yourself everyday?


Anukriti Sharma said...

Quite a peaceful, tranquil post... The pleasures of life... simple little things that matter... very honest sort of writing
All the best dear :)

Harish P I said...

Hm... Nice thought. Having two hours to myself.... Don't know what I will do. May be sleep them off..

My Unfinished Life said...

wow, you really have it planned out eh..for me its either sleep or a jog at my fav lodhi gardens!!...i miss out on those two terribly due to work schedule!!!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

@Anukriti, Harish, Star...
Sleep is something we cannot have enough of!

Ajay said...

if i have 2 extra hours ????? first of all i would like to say that i really enjoyed reading your blog, you have got a creative mind !

now for the reply of your blog's last line, if i have 2more extra hours ??? ZZZZZzzzz

Arti said...

Nicely written. The things you have mentioned are usually skipped or ignored by most of us...
All the best Anupama:)

Arti said...

Very straight and candid post, true we all tend to do the everyday things in a hurry and some extra time would definitely help us better.. All the Best :)

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R. Ramesh said...

two hours? hmm, ok first i love exercises and i hardly do 1st preference..then with close friends over many yar..haha

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Thanks for your appreciation! Why am I getting the feeling that we are all short of sleep? And at the earliest opportunity, all we want to do is sleep!

So true... little but important aspects of life..

Think over it... and the variety of things that demand a share in those two hours would bowl you over!!

Unknown said...

Haha! Loved it! Esp the "sheer laziness" part of it! I would probably spend the entire 2 hours in being the lazy bum that I am!!! :)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...


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