From the past few months, I have noticed a new awareness in myself. I am hypersensitive to people: their moods, body language, facial expressions, changes in their voice and also my surroundings. Its like the awareness that comes when one is initiated with a mantra and a subtle but enormous change takes place in a human’s body.
Nowadays, wherever I go, I tend to see the details that I had earlier missed or overlooked. I am not sure if it is a writer thing, or its happening just like that. In January, on a flight to Mumbai, I was enchanted with a young couple. I admit they made a striking couple and attracted more than a fair share of eyeballs, but I watched them as though I was studying them for an exam. Let me hasten to add, that I didn’t stare at them, but my eyes frequently strayed towards them.
I liked the unselfconscious way the girl was feeding the guy chocolate. Though the guy was glued to his laptop, the girl’s constant chatter didn’t disturb him; there was no irritated expression on his face. I liked the tattoo on the guy’s arm and the way his fingers moved over the keyboard. The couple looked to be in their twenties and completely in love, atleast the girl seemed more than the guy as she was displaying an excessive P.D.A. My mind constantly drifted to the young couple; I wondered who they were, where were they going, where were they from, what did they do. I caught a glimpse of them at the Mumbai airport waiting for a taxi. I am sure both the girl and the guy will feature in some story/scene in a future work.
The same thing happened last week. I was out for lunch with a close friend. It was a typical
day: light drizzle, clouds that drove the sun away. While my friend and I were
shopping, an old couple entered the shop we were in. Once again my
writer’s eye latched upon them. Bangalore
I noticed the frugal way they bought the food items, I noticed the tacit look the husband exchanged with his wife before picking up the smallest packets and reading the price tags on the slightly larger ones before placing them back on the shelves. This couple shared an understanding that came with years of being together. Again, I can say with a certainty that this old couple will figure in a future work of mine.
Does this thing happen to you? Are you distracted by people, or, does something attract your attention in such a way making you wonder about it frequently. I am noticing that as I write more and more, I am getting more observant? Please tell me whether any of you suffer from the same malady? Please assure me that I am not going nuts, that I am just looking for inspiration for my stories.