24th October 2014 – Agra, India
On the road, sometimes you forget important days and things,Like to call a dear friend, to wish a colleague on his anniversary,And in extreme times like today, that it is your own birthday,Who cares that I am a year older? What, me? Worry?
The day began with a series of phone calls, all wishing me a happy birthday. And I knew that I had lost track already, and today was October 24th. Time does go too quick!
With not a soul I know around, and all my friends and family separated from me, yet connected with me through Facebook, I choose to spend a good half day just responding to people. I replied to phone calls, and Facebook messages, and assured my family that I was not in the least worried or depressed in spending a birthday away from home. I was 31, yet I was out in the world seeing it, and enjoying every minute of it.
But by noon, I had to shake off the grouchiness and laziness, and decided to go out. I rode to Agra fort, some 7 clicks away from the Taj Mahal. Often living in the shadow of the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra fort is nevertheless one of the finest pieces of Mughal architecture in India.
The fort itself is a massive complex, which takes a good 2-3 hours to complete. Some of the impeccable buildings in the complex include the Nagina Masjid (Gem Mosque), the shish mahal (Mirror palace), Jahangir’s palace, and a large courtyard named the Anguri Bagh.
In the midst of all this, I spent my most peaceful birthday to date. Fully content.