In the morning, a flash thought struck my mind. If my house caught fire or an earthquake occurred, and I had to pick up my priciest possessions before rushing out of the house, what would they be? This is indeed a very difficult decision because I am possessive about every damn thing I own – my shoes, my bags, my hair clips, my utensils, my doormat, my photo frames and my clothes. How can I just pick a few? And, whether it really would be possible to think clearly and quickly during such an emergency situation, is another question altogether.
Still, here are the things I would never leave behind:
1. My laptop: The laptop is a store of thousands of memories, aka, photographs. Also the stories and blogs written by me. And music! Songs that I have conscientiously collected over the years. Since I am so fond of music, I would get hold of my laptop and hold it close to my heart.
2. My handbag: My handbag is another store of assorted useful items and items I am very fond of – wallet, my iPod, my camera, my internet banking numbers, some old photographs, my driving licence (the only government photo ID I carry), my lip balm (something I can’t do without) and a whole lot of cosmetics like lip glosses and face wash. I feel comfortable when all of this is available at my disposal.
3. My Blackberry: I’d rather die than part with this prized possession. My 2 year old Blackberry is how I stay connected with my precious friends and family members and relatives. My life is empty without my friends and well wishers and so, I would feel soulless without the Blackberry.
4. Some shoes: I don’t know which. I have over 35 pairs of shoes stored in different ways – some lined up on the floor, some in boxes on the loft and some in the laundry basket. And I LOVE all of them. I refuse to part with any of them. Some may be old but they are in very good condition and I don’t have the heart to discard them or give them to the maid. I will probably pick up a handful of the ones that are in easy access. The Catwalk brown boots, the blue-green chappals from Linking road, the golden Catwalk chappals,to name a few!
5. My microwave: I know, I know, it is impossible to carry a microwave (AND a laptop), especially when you are panic-stricken by an earthquake or a fire. I have been using my parents’ old Kenwood microwave since last one and a half years. They got this from Germany in 2000 and it is still in perfect condition. Ahem.. I can’t cook. Whatever little I can, is made in the microwave. My breakfast today is made in it every day by me – noodles, egg fry, hot milk, etc. Without it, I would have to stay hungry. I have become heavily dependent on it.
I have this bad habit of collecting things – everything from hairbands and shampoos to stationery and soft toys. Every time I shift houses, I find it necessary to have ALL of it with me. I don’t discard them nor do I leave them behind. But when I have had to live in scarcity temporarily (like the initial few days of shifting in Baroda) when I didn’t have all my possessions with me, I realized that it IS possible to survive very comfortably with the basic stuff and the rest, cluttering up the house, is just what it causes – clutter.
So, what are your 5 things?