Saturday, 25 October 2008

The battle with the floods

Yes, the rains have not yet ceased their continuous rampage. And yesterday, I realised what it meant to walk in above-knee-deep water in the pouring rain, with hazardous electric units jutting out in every corner. Scary! There was a shortage of share autos and the buses were way too crowded. The autos just refused to come. Well, so I had to walk it all the way home. And the main road, leading to Ramavaram was swamped! The umbrella was of no use, trying to fight the waters, and trying to dodge cars splattering the road water into your face...
And there were two school girls who had no idea which way to go, clinging on to each other, cursing their fate, and getting soaked in the rain. So I grabbed the arm of one girl and firmly (as firmly as one can in a flooded road with an umbrella that was getting whipped behind by the winds) led them to the safe shores of the oppsite side of the road.
And then I trudged all the way back home, in a slow trance that finally ebbed away as I got into the warm shower. Warmth and bliss. Nicely washed hair, with a fuzzy feeling in the head.

Next came Sanskrit class and playing 'prince' and 'claw' on a friend's computer, and then home.

Today, chocolates, badam cake, maisurpah- it's impossible. Diwali is in the air, and that means sweets.... I cannot resist the temptation!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

coffee, kadalai, and the rains (not to mention bajji)

Yesterday.... It has to be recorded as one of the most fun days ever, even though I had to stand in the rain (ok, I did have an umbrella) for a whole hour in Guindy. After an hour of lovely dancing, I went all the way to Guindy in a share auto (that got there too fast, in my opinion) and I was destined to wait in the lovely rain. It shows how accustomed I have become to the blissful rains (even if it does flood places and cause general misery to a lot of people, I have a liking for the patter of the water on the earth).
Well, it was because of this general state of being accustomed to the blissful rains that I was sulking (to myself) that I was there in the first place. And then I spotted the kadalai shop. That was practically what changed my mind- lovely, hot, yummy, road-side kadalai- what more do you want on a nice rainy day?! (Well, except coffee, obviously; or bajji).
And today, that's what I got! Hot coffee and bajji, with the cold winds blowing all about! And no power cut and lovely evening dance. It had to be recorded!
The rains have arrived! YAY

Sunday, 19 October 2008

On coalker's walk

The gods descend on earth.
Grey-white clouds merge
in an endless cold sky of blue.
Green canopies weave into a network
Blossoming into perfection.
Tall, upright trees in a land
so blissfully quiet.
Even amidst the noise of people's voices
and shops,
There is a solitude
That is nothing but heaven.

'Why so forlorn?'
Forlornliness is possible only where
the wind shudders with angelic delight,
Spreading a magical web
of ecstasy.
Silent whispers of cold,
Solemn airs breathe
over mellow flowers of pink and purple,
With splashes of red
that twitter with glee.

The valley streches into an unknown myth.
Maybe an angel descended on the earth
And spread her wings!

A few quotes...

"How can a bird that sings for joy sit in a cage and sing?" - William Blake
"Freedom is an illusion. It always comes at a price." - 'Amulet of Samarkhand'
"Most people respect the badge. All people respect the gun." - 'Righteous kill'
"Why is the rum always gone?" - Captain Jack Sparrow
"Reality is an open secret: open to all, but seen none." - Goethe
"Doubt that the stars are fire, doubt that the moon is white, but never doubt my love."- Hamlet
"The heart does things for reasons Reason does not know." - (?)
"Hope is an instinct only the reasoning human mind can kill." - Graham Greene