Returned to work after a 1 month sabbatical. And the day was a literal eye-opener. All the people coming up to say ‘welcome back’ (thank you very much, and if i hear that one more time i’ll scream), and to give updates of what’s been happening to them in the intermediate time, in their professional as well as personal lives. Now that was the real eye-opener. I wonder how it is possible for so much stuff to happen in the 1 month (technically, not even that long, barely 25 days) that i have been away. People deciding to get hitched, people getting hitched, people switching jobs, places, you-name-it. People going on weekend trips to far-off places, people buying new cars, people learning to drive in 2 weeks flat, people getting speeding tickets, people joining the workplace, people changing their work-locations, their phone numbers, their hair-colour, and whatever else you care to think of! And if you think it’s only people, nature’s not far behind. What was a cold nip in the air a month ago is now a bite. Leaves have gotten bored of green and are now sporting all shades of yellow.

I feel as if all that’s been happening is changes. I have been hit by something and i don’t even know what it is. I feel literally flabbergasted. It’s as if i stepped out for a breather and came back into a place which has moved forward in time while i have stayed at the same moment. To borrow from a book i am reading “Time, we know, is relative. You can travel light years through the stars and back, and if you do it at the speed of light then, when you return, you may have aged mere seconds while your twin brother or sister will have aged twenty, thirty, forty or however many years it is, depending on how far you travelled.”

I suspect all these people have been travelling a zillion light years away when i disembarked for vacationing!