Monday, July 30, 2007

Poetry

Came across this poem by Pablo Neruda while watching a movie called "Il Postino" over the weekend. It was so beautiful that I couldn't resist the urge to share it. Read and soak in the beauty of the words... The name of the poem happens to be Poetry.


And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

- Pablo Neruda

Thursday, July 26, 2007

There a few.. actually quiet a few things that I am scared about and have come to positively believe I am jinxed with. The top on that list would be filling out forms for any form on paperwork. This, I have come to believe over years of something or the other in my marks card or identity card going wrong because of some inadvertent mistake either on my behalf or some one who was looking into it. Moving on, even now I have residual memories of those horrors coming back to haunt me every time I have to fill out a bank cheque deposit form. Yes, some might shake their head in disbelief and say " It's not exactly rocket science you see!". But to some one like me, who gets sleepless nights wondering if I interchanged the 4 and 5 in my account number and some one else is going to wake up one fine morning and see a nice little lump of money a tooth fairy left behind ( no pun intended) in his/ her account, its close to rocket science!! But on a serious note, I think all kids need to be taught either at home or at school about basic things like filling out forms, bank transactions, getting a demand draft, filling out government forms and last but not the least -how to get work done in a Government office - both according to rules and otherwise :P

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter..

I feel like gloating.. yes!! I finished reading the last of the Harry Potter series. Got my copy from
Shanbhag uncle (Premier Book Store, Church Street, who by the way is selling at the lowest prices) yesterday. Sush very sweetly offered to pick it up for me. I swear I saw at least 6 people reading the book with their eyebrows knit in concentration when I walked into Koshy's to collect my copy from him. Of course, I couldn't finish the book as fast as I wanted to because of sleep and many interruptions. Finally finished it today afternoon. No, I am not going to be one of the spoil sports and spill the beans. The book makes for a good finale. Lots of surprises, twists and turns. Every important character rises to the occasion and as promised J K Rowling also kills a few characters. If you haven't got your hands on the book, do it before word gets out like it for the Half Blood Prince where half the globe was going "Dumbledore dies" and spoilt it for anyone who hadn't read it yet.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Rear view..

Blame it on spending a good half an hour to 45 minutes in an auto rickshaw everyday, I have become quite observant of the salient features of the rickshaw. And like the autos' interiors, the drivers also comes in all sorts (cant use sizes and shapes here :-P ). Many a times , one may have observed the driver adjusting the rear view mirror so the person sitting in the auto is visible. I cant for the life of me understand, how that helps but it seems to be standard protocol that a lot of drivers follow. Necessity, voyuerism, whatever one may choosee to call it. And if the driver happens to be a voyuer, imagine the entertainment, the bloke will get free of cost in the night if a necking couple get into his vehicle and its a long ride.... :-P

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Beautiful Day!!

Today has been a very nice day for some strange reason .. not that I cant have nice days. Anyways, woke up feeling all fresh and raring to go.Lovely weather.Thank God I added some more music on my player. The player was shuffling music in such a way that there was one happy song after another. I was literally singing like there was no one for miles around me. Lovely breakfast at Amrut, St Marks Road ( the place rocks both for food and prices.. I personally love the chutney there though). My usual order of two idlis, a single vada and a coffee. The music somehow just made my day. Anyways, get to work and almost everything on my to do list and a little extra done well before time. Coffee with Debs post work at and now at home. Good day on the whole. Found lots of great music.

Finally another song has replaced my current favourite song , "In the waiting line" ,on repeat on my player. And the proud winner is "Kothbiro". The song also features on the OST of "The Constant Gardener". A very lovely track. Reminds me of the slow rhythmic pitter patter of raindrops on branches of trees in the aftermath of rains. Another song I have been listening to all day is the song "Oru Maalai" from the Tamizh movie Ghajini. Nice track.

Strangely I feel like I have got enormous energy levels today. Like I snorted or something. To add a touch of cheese here, I must be high on life.. :-))))...

Came across this signage for an aviation academy where the air-hostesses are certified by Air Deccan. Honestly, why would anyone want to put that up??!! How does the fact that Air Deccan is associated with this academy up the brand value of this academy.. esp AIR DECCAN??!! :-P
Surely, the academy's agency must have given them a good spiel for them to agree to this.

Wish today was Friday. Would have been lovely way to end the week and kick in the weekend this way.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Now that there is a nice table for the PC, my DVDs and few CDs rest on the top rack. Came across this album which was gifted to me. Hardly ever heard the CD because I told myself I would save for the right occasion. Now realise the hard way, its never a good idea to try and postpone anything for the future so that you can savour it better. The truth is in the NOW. NOW people. Dont wanna start rambling and doling out gyaan people. Rest assured about that. But yeah, at the cost of sounding like I am doing exactly what I said I wouldn't in the previous sentence.,, dont postpone anything hoping you might enjoy it better in the future. DONT!! because that imaginary perfect moment, occasion or time might never come and you will just look back in time with regret..

Getting back to the album, do try and listen to Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities". I am listening to the music even as I am typing this post while I am thinking to myself why I dont listen to it that often. Quite a nice album.

Have been forgetting things quite often of late. M keeps teasing me about the ever impending nervous breakdown just like K and me used to joke about premature Alzheimers in college over those never ending phone calls. Aahh.. those were the days. Now I have already meandered enough.. I have even forgotten what I initially started out with for the post. Annie Lennox croons softly in my ears "Hush, hush, hush"... thats a cue for me I think.

OST....

Had to put this down before I forgot about it at the end of the day. Was on my way to work and listening to "Signal Fire" by Snow Patrol. Nice ballad. Almost involuntarily began picturing the video for the song using footage from the movie "Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind". .. Going through an OST video phase since the past few days. Me not complaining since its an amusing distraction :-)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunday night and I'm wide awake unable to sleep or read my Dune prequel ( the 6th prequel and the last one so I cant wait to start reading the "Dune" series). Since I had the comp all to myself while sister is in a hurry to finish her Hari Puttar so as to prepare herself for the 21st of July and mom is getting her uninterrupted daily dose of the idiot box, thought I'd just try and post something. For a change it wouldn't be about the weekend. It will be about my Sunday though (grin). Had a masth jowar rotti oota at Nalapaka today afterrnoon. The lunch plan was quite impromptu and it was the best thing to do today. The last time I went to this eatery was way back in 2005 when I had just moved in to Bangalore and I was cracing for some good old North Karnataka Khanavali oota. And Nalapaka actually resembled a khanavali then. For the uninitiated, Khanavali is the name given to a mess in the northern parts of Karnataka. Coming back to Nalapaka, it used to be a small but very popular eatery. Is located very close to Navrang Theatre, Rajajinagar. Definitely a landmark everyone knows that side of town. This once upon a time small eatery is expanded to occupy the entire ground floor of the building where two years back it just occupied part of the first floor. Talk about growth!! I personally find this place so much better than its counterpart at Kamat Yatri Nivas, Gandhinagar. The latter has the same menu every single day almost and is also costlier. Nalapaka on the other hand has food which taste more like home made and I'm told also has variety. A full meal costs 50 bucks and what's more, if you dont eat rice and have only rotis, you end up paying 25 bucks!! So all you jolad rotti oota lovers, next time you have the craving for it or if you are around Navrang, dont forget to check out Nalapaka.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Damn, life is just whizzing past at the speed of light. In no time, it is time for the weekend and sooner than that, its Monday again.. groan. What did we do this weekend? We for a change did not catch any movie or play though they were good options in either of the categories. Co hosted an hour of a radio show.. man, it felt to be back in the studio as a jock/ voice even though it was for only 20 mins or so. Then we helped a friend out with a clay-nimation short film. No the film has just been conceptualised. Will be some time before it is shot and ready to be shown. Good fun and learning experience for me I would say. Hardly have read much this week. Not been able to see any one of Kiewslowsky trilogy that i got. As of now, just catching up with friends over coffee and calling it a day. Wish there was more time on hand..

And if you are wondering why the post is vacillating between "I" and "We".. hey whose blog is it anyways? :-P

By the way, any emergency that blindsights one on a Tuesday evening can be quite a learning and enlightening experience. So discovered a colleague of mine last week. Happy for her. And hoping the enlightenment was not a passing phase.. Touchwood :-)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Finally!!

I feel liberated!! Though its a bit weird my moment had to hit me when I was lying on the dentist's chair undergoing root canal. I finally realised that I did not want to get back to dentistry. Let it be known that I do not wish to treat a patient. Not that I look down on it but the fact is plain and clear to me that being a dentist and practising is not what would make me happy. What I do right now is what makes me happy and gives me a sense of fulfillment. I do not know if my views would be the same had I gotten into MDS right after my internship. But since that did not happen and I am where I am, I see that there is nowhere else I would rather be now. Well, where now from here is a question which will give me sleepless nights for some time and possible for as long as I can think and breathe, I still feel great!! The future is so much better to look forward to once you manage to get rid of the burden of the past :-)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

There are days and there are days.. Well, some of them are really outright BAD!! These are the days that make me feel like a freak of nature... These are also the days when I wish I could be the person I am when I am having conversations with my friends online or when I am writing mails to them. Whatever the emotions going through my mind, just an emoticon to do the job. I could be charming, flirty, chatty.. whatever I choose to be then. Not to mention, the advantage of being able to carry on whatever I was doing without making the other person feel "deprived" of the attention they merit. Of course the ruse doesn't always work. But its an arrangement I find myself preferring a lot of times...

Monday, July 2, 2007

Monday morning...

It normally takes me a good twenty- twenty five minutes to travel the 3.8 kms from hom to office. But today reached work in a record 9 mins!! I thought the possibility of me never having to stop at the infantry road signal(s) would be one in a gazzillion. But today, that one chance did come my way!! I was grinning like a fool from ear to ear in disbelief while A3 with "woke up this morning" blared in my ears. Of course the reason for the miracle was rerouting of traffic by passing infantry road. We skipped the entire infantry road and hit Minsk Square straight. The Raj Bhavan road has been made a two way. Dunno if its a temporary measure or if its here to stay. But it was nice to be taking that road like the way I remember taking it as a kid.

The weekend was good- Sivaji, Die Hard 4.0, Thank you for smoking and Casablanca. I wanna say" play it again Sam"...

Had a great Saturday evening full of debates and discussions over generous pots of tea. It felt really good to be sitting amongst a bunch of people and just "talk" and not try and make conversation.. Looking forward to more of them, whenever they happen. :-)). Also discovered this great new Chinese restaurant called Nanking in Sigma Mall. Mumbaikars who loved Ling's Pavilion would love this place because its the same person running this place.

Found the entire album of Lekin in Landmark. Was quite thrilled since I have been looking for the song Jhoothe Naina for a long time now.

"In the waiting line" still is the song of the season in my head. My obsession with it just doesn't seem to end....