Posted: September 4, 2010 in Blog-a-Ton

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 14; the fourteenth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

The word RETURN holds a lot of meaning. For the past 23 years of my life, it has made it’s presence felt in some meaning or the other. This being my first participation in Blog-a-Ton I wanna keep it simple. Below are the top 5 RETURN moments selected from an assorted list of memories in descending order.

One year into the industry, I’ve already duly filed my IT Returns for the last financial year. I hope each citizen has rightfully filed their’s and have done their bit towards India’s progress.

#4 RETURN of The Lost Purse
This incident occurred when I was in the primary division in school. Having had a half day I was delighted to get home early in the afternoon. As I walked back home, I found an abandoned ladies purse lying on the road. Out of curiosity, I opened it to find a gold chain and Rs.20 in it. For the first time I had the chance to earn some black money but that thought never occurred. I have absolutely no clue what made me take it back to school and hand it over to the Head-mistress. She eventually concluded the chain was fake, imitation jewelry. A gentle pat on the back and a word of praise at having shown honesty made my day. I continued to reap the blessings of that act of mine & eventually i was chosen the Best Student of my school i.e. Marian King.

#3 RETURN to Art
Drawing, painting, doodling or even scribbling has been a constant passion with me. For reasons unknown, I lost that passion somewhere as I focussed on clearing my SSC exams. For the next 3.5 years I didn’t pickup the pencil, pen or brush to draw more than a line. Art had gone missing. Then came Batman: The Dark Knight(2008) and Heath Ledger gave a performance that deserved accolades million times the number of scars on his face (You wanna know how i got these scars? :)) What followed was a boring day at college, and I pick up a pencil, opened an image of ‘The Joker’ on my cellphone and start sketching it at the back of my notebook. The sketch culminated into the first image below & that was the day I returned to art. Check out a few more classroom sketches.

I now have random doodles hanging on the walls of my cubicle in office!

#2 RETURN to Life
Engineering was an ambition till I enrolled in college & then it turned into agony. The brilliant student that people thought I was had let his head stay atop cloud #9.
What brought it down was a terrible first semester exam. I couldn’t imagine that I would so ignore studies and deviate so far from my goal that I would be hell scared on the day results were to be displayed in college. That dreaded day, a million thoughts ran through my head. Like all parent’s, mine too had a dream that I would continue the ideal efforts that saw me get into a good college and ultimately become a good engineer. How was I going to face them later that evening. Having never failed an examination, the very thought of getting a KT terrified me. It wasn’t expected of me. I couldn’t face myself. The nervousness increased as the student crowd gathered around the notice boards. The exam controller controlled the impatient & expectant crowd while the office boy put up the sheet of results onto the notice board. I stood behind everyone, didn’t have the guts to venture near and find out what fate held for me. I expected a minimum of 4 KT’s in 7 papers (I think). How much more worse could it get? I trusted myself to clear atleast 2 papers. A little while later as I stood inside my class I see my friend burst into the class from the backdoor and shout,“Dudeeeeeee! Just one KT!” That statement struck me like lightning and I couldn’t stop myself from asking him, “Are you sure?”
His response was the same as his first & it held true for him & me! The smile that it got onto my face brought me back to Life. Never again, I thought to myself. I had gone too far with the fun & frolic & had forgotten what I had set out to achieve. The relief that set in was nothing less than returning back to life. I didn’t do too bad later as I graduated last year, knowing that the KT’s that I subsequently got were due to tough examination papers & a couple of blank outs but never because of being under-prepared… well maybe sometimes 😛

#1 RETURN to Life
This is gonna be the shortest return moment that I’d describe for each has his own return story. From being in  a state of love for a while to being woken out of it, I returned to life and work for that’s all that remained. Although heart broken, life provided a distraction which though futile for the most part, did help me get through the day. Not quite what I wished for, but enough to get back on the road.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you feel strongly about it, do drop in the comments your favorite & cherished RETURN moment in Life.

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  1. the goods :-)… you are come-back(return) king 🙂

  2. and absolutely luvd the sketches… mera banayega kya ek? 😉

  3. namit says:

    nice post owsem sketches..n liked d way u made ur returns rewind… 🙂

    i blog at

  4. Dreamer says:

    A post from the heart. Nice description of various aspects of your life. All the best for BAT.

  5. Very well put buddy and the liked the sketches too 🙂

  6. Hi Kevin…

    Well written post…
    I liked how you remembered old stories and made them connected with the topic..!
    And boy You are truly blessed..not only because you a Leo…but you are so talented soul ! Beautiful sketches…indeed!
    I just wish…you make them often…n latter do share them with us…
    ~Live with passion…Live your passion!

    Thankyou for visiting my page ‘Humming Today’
    and leaving you awesome blog link! Do visit again :))

    I loved the way you have expressed the post with so much of ease yet so interesting!
    All the versions were my fav.

    ~Keep the Spark ALive..

  7. Fantastic and amazing 😀 Love both your words and sketches:D Gd luck on BAT14, my friend, cheers on!=D

  8. Manna says:

    Nice.. Good at sketching eh.. 🙂

    ATB for the BAT.. 🙂

  9. Jaspreet says:

    You’ve mentioned about almost all the possible kind of return(s)-it’s good to read such short and yet wide posts.The sketches are simply superb and so is this post.All the best!

  10. The Fool says:

    From the heart. Interesting read.

  11. Someone Is Special says:

    Lovely post kevin.. I loved the sketches and the 5 points of return.. Superb…

    –Someone Is Special–

  12. Amity says:

    I enjoyed your post Kevin and have known a lot about your passion for the arts and now with blogging!

    We fail, but we survive, and that’s the sweetest of all, coming out victorious after faltering!

    All the best Kevin and thanks for dropping by my blog! 🙂

  13. sweta says:

    hey nice returns i must say…. liked the return to life and return to art the most.
    I am also a painter and I must say you sketch very well…. best of luck for BAT 🙂

  14. MAVERICK says:

    Hey first things first, some awesome sketched there man. Undoubtedly a very interesting take on the subject and very well connected. Good luck for BAT

  15. Karthik says:

    Excellent sketches, dude. Loved ’em. Now that you’ve returned to sketching, don’t stop again. Good luck!

  16. Sadiya says:

    hehe….nice n honest post 🙂

  17. Parul Jain says:

    Nice compilations of incidents from your life!!
    And each of them does really signify your return at somepoint in life.
    And nice sketches. Am glad you returned back to art.

  18. Brijender says:

    Good one ! Esp liked the love bit,although i was fairly certain that this was where the countdown would culminate !
    Here’s wishing u the best,not just for BAT but also for ur return to love !! 😉

  19. Kshitij says:

    Hmmm! So, you doin a ‘Return Top 5’ here. I liked to learn about you.

    -The joker was awesome. RIP Heath. Other sketches are great, too.

    What is KT? I know it is equivalent to what we call in Delhi ‘back aayi hai’. Wht’s your term?

    Thanks. Good luck Kevin.

  20. D2 says:

    Interesting. Loved the Hitman and Joker sketches. Nice deed as a child! What’s a KT, though? Is it akin to a backlog? I didn’t understand that bit.

    All the best with the BAT.

  21. Rohit says:

    these words made me feel li’l uneasy deep down, for i know there are some ‘returns’ that have not returned for me yet. i’m inspired and more determined 🙂
    really nice.

  22. Rohit says:

    i sincerely hope 🙂

  23. Shilpa Garg says:

    A different take on Return!
    You have got talent…the sketches are awesome!
    All the best for Bat.
    Cheers 🙂

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