Sunday, January 31, 2010

Just Bumming Around

Sure, I can bum around too, but it is true, I can't live on toast alone.

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Does Anyone Remember Anymore

The pleasures of

  1. Going on a walk alone minus cellphone, minus blackberry, minus connectivity.
  2. Bicycling in the countryside on mud paths.
  3. Sploshing around in ponds formed by the monsoon rains when the sun comes out.
  4. Climbing trees to pick raw mangoes, tamarind, guavas or kadam ke phool.
  5. Plucking gooseberries (ber) from swathes of gooseberry bushes, getting pricked by the thorns, and delighting in the handkerchief full of gooseberries one has picked.
  6. Making balsa wood planes and trying to launch them.
  7. Playing badminton on a lawn at home.
  8. Messing around in chemistry labs and causing explosions.
  9. Reading novels in craft classes.
  10. Lying on a charpoy and identifying constellations.

I miss my childhood.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

And Fishermen Hold Flowers

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Lily Rosemary and The Jack Of Hearts

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Pain That Stops and Starts - A Decade

  1. It will be ok.
  2. I can't manage you, but sometimes maybe you should give it a try.
  3. I have many many many demons that we have easily identified. I'm not asking you to slay them, just soothe me while I'm dealing with them.
  4. I told you I was contradictory.
  5. Sometimes, even the world isnt enough when I need the space. Let me roam.
  6. Whats the sense in changing horses in midstream?
  7. I am back in the rain and you're on the ledge - You made it there somehow.
  8. I'm just like that bird - singing just for you. I hope you can hear. Hear me singing through these tears.
  9. Time is a jetplane. It moves too fast.
  10. I remember but thats no reason for interrogation. Non?

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Things I want to do before I die - Redux and Amended

Things I want to do before I die
14 Done! I'm pleased that I'm able to achieve atleast one thing every year. Talk of baby steps!

1. Run a 28 mile marathon.
2. Spend a summer in Paris.
3. Go backpacking across Europe.
4. Actually paint a masterpiece - a mural.
5. Weigh 55 kgs.
6. Walk on the Golden Gate bridge. - twice - yay!
7. Learn to speak French.
8. Watch a Bob Dylan concert.
9. See the Rolling Stones.
10. Bungee Jump.
11. See the Amazon Rain forests.
12. Go to Brazil.
13. Write a book.
14. Swim with a dolphin.
15. Meet Bob Dylan, even to get tongue tied and make an complete ass of myself.
16. See the Sistine Chapel.
17. Learn to eat Caviar without puking.
18. Ride a Gondola in Venice. - NEW
19. Shave my head.
20. Learn to fly an aircraft, even a tiny one.
21. Learn to play the drums.
22. Go to a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
23. Go ski-ing in the alps.
24. Grow my own herbs and tomatoes and own a tiny farm.
25. See the Louvre.
26. See the Great Barrier Reef.
27. Walk along the Great Wall of China.
28. Go snorkelling in the Lakshwadweep Islands.
29. Learn to control my road rage.
30. Drink feni at Dona Paula, Goa.
31. Drink champagne in Champagne.
32. Drink Bordeaux in Bordeaux.
33. Pluck tea in Darjeeling and run along the furrows in a tea garden. - NEW
34. Find out more about my family's past.
35. Totter on a Manolo Blahnik.
36. Go hiking in the himalayas.
37. See the wild-asses in the Rann of Kutch.
38. Go to the valley of flowers.
39. Make my own cartoon strip.
40. Learn how to use a potter's wheel and make myself a bowl.
41. Learn to fly a kite.
42. Plant an orchard.
43. Buy original paintings and not just prints.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

My Life - It is LE OVER

I normally never wear Indian clothes. However, my professional area is rather stuffy and conservative, so I normally wear Pant suits or atleast a jacket at work and formal trousers. However, when dealing with the GOI, I wear churidar kurtas so as to not put them off completely, because it is all about Le Image.

Today while returning at a traffic intersection waiting for the light to turn green, a strawberry seller says to me, "BHABHI, le lijiye, ekdum fresh hai!" AIYYYYYYYYY....... When did this happen? When did I become "BHABHI" from DIDI? Do I look married to you, idiot? My youth is GONE and My Life is NOW LE OVER!!!!!!!!!

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