When the doctor says there is nothing wrong with your insides.

When an old man says you remind me of my daughter, may you always be happy and do well.

When Mr. Amitabh Bachchan thanks me in a letter to the editor in Tehelka, for my review of ‘Paa’.

When we log in to book a train ticket for Teja for the same day and there are several seats vacant on the train he wants.

When Penguin delivers my complimentary copy of the anthology ‘First Proof 5’ which has my short story ‘Your Room‘ on page 122.

When it takes only an hour to get home rather than an hour and a half.

When Karmickids gives me the superior scribbler award.

When someone gifts us a pack of dark Toblerones.

When I can spend the evening watching the end of ‘Dil Deke Dekho‘ for a few more laughs before I sleep.

When someone quotes his guru to me and says, “Don’t renounce what you have, renounce what you don’t have” and that gives me a new way to think about my name, which means ‘someone who has the potential to renounce everything’.

When it seems to me that it may not be a bad idea to blow the trumpet for a while, even if it means the ones in the vicinity will shut their ears.

Edited to add: Here’s the link to Mr. Bachchan’s email on the ‘Bouquets and Brickbats’ page of Tehelka. Scroll down to a box Appraisal.