The Jinx

It is almost like April is not my month…

Travels- all plans fell flat- Even a trip to Blore seems to not happen!! 
Technology- almost all the gizmos i use have conked or is being cranky… 

If things go wrong, don’t go with them.  ~Roger Babson

But then, am not worried.. I know this is a phase, and this too shall pass [it had better] 🙂

A friend asked me today – your Bb conked and you are ok with that? not bought a new one?
Me: Yep, something is wrong , looks like i need to reformat, bla bla… But know what this basic Nokia phone is all that i need.. i have the numbers of those close to me, who i am in touch with regularly and that is enough
Friend: what about others? 
Me: Well, i am using my number and they can still call or sms .. I might not know instantly who they are , but i will figure it out
Friend: [pregnant pause] How can you go from BB to Nokia? Dont you miss Twitter, Fb and BBM?
Me: umm, ya, i miss them, but then its cool… Nothing lost… not like i got no life without a BB!!
Friend: [Gives up and hangs up]

I dont get hassled or upset, technology and everything else in life is bound to mess up, and go wrong… So what? 
They will get alright eventually… Else, we figure out a way out… 🙂
C’est la vie!!

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.  ~Glenn Turner

Project 365 Day 78 Blue Heart

We were in Express Avenue, a mall in Chennai and wandering about aimlessly looking for new stores to explore. Walked into EVOLVE.. swanky funky kitsch interesting were words popping into my head with every step i took.. 

Spotted these blue hearts on the floor & some were painted on the ceiling as well, they looked like a tribal design… Blue-my favorite color, heart- well, tacky yet pretty!!!  

Project 365 Day 77 From yesterday

This is a small curio piece i found at a Coffee Central in Tnagar [Chennai]. Was reminded of the pedestal fans we had at home while i was growing up. This was much before the AC came home…. 

Three little blades bringing so much relief on a hot summer day
Three little blades whipping the wind around
Three little blades
That was all we needed… 

Coffee Central
No.11, Dr.B.Narasimhan Road (North Boag Road), 
Opp Gandhinagar Sports Club
Chennai- 17 

Pic shot on Blackberry Curve 8520

The 3 friends

Location: Besant nagar beach to Karaikudi… 
Partners in Crime- Moi, Gils and Vidya
Agenda: None!! 

We met, we chatted, we walked, we laughed, we enjoyed the gentle rain, and we ate… 
I was meeting Vidya after………………. 4yrs.. Gosh, it had been long but we connected as if we had been apart for a few hours only… Gils joined us a little later and the rest is well, for us to know and for you to keep guessing!! 

Where the hours went we dont know, with no agenda in mind, we walked along the crowded streets from the beach to Karaikudi and back aimlessly… We walked into stores that looked interesting,  we reminisced about insitances that had happened during our previous visit and also made tentative plans for the next few days!

We discussed tattoos, we chewed on work, and hurrayed at the IPL match. We also savoured some yummy Appam and Poondu kuzhambu[ garlic gravy], sampled veg kotthu parota that gils had ordered and laughed at everything… Oh, we also managed to do another fun walk post dinner, and have some ice cream, after sampling almost all the flavours at the outlet… 

At ice cream parlour

G: Picked out his ice cream
V: no, i dont want ice cream, will take spoonful from you
G: Oh no, like Joey, Gils does not share his ice cream…. 😀 

What can i say.. I know i dont do justice to the evening through this post.. Oh well, all i can say is “you gotta be there to know it” :-)) 

To more such times!!

Project 365 Day 76 Row Row

These 2 men seemed completely oblivious to the blazing sun as they enjoyed a cool ride along the Pulicat Lake on a catamaran…. 

Look at the guy sitting, holding on the long pole that they probably used to steer the boat… He looked as if he was holidaying in a resort, lounging on the hammock!!! 

Project 365 Day 75 Shimmering

The water in the lake was shimmering in the sun, we could see the bed, and the little pebbles and weeds floating about.. Happily sitting in the boat, while the man who was rowing was literally pushing the boat closer to the Flamingos, i watched in awe as the river shone as if it were made of precious stones…. 

Project 365 Day 74 Reflections

Ah, how i wish i was here now.. Amidst nothing but nature, cool breeze and lush greenery all around… The Coir village, where we had fun, relaxed, and simply let go of our city lives.. Those 3 precious days… 

This shot was taken while our houseboat was doing a sort of a U turn, the 3 hours we spent on that boat, steering it along the back waters, watching the sun set, and soaking it all in was sheer magic…

Speak up!

Years ago, when we were living in a smaller town, one day on my way back from school, I spotted Latha [ who was our maid Pattamma’s daughter] sitting near the gutter and vomiting. She was doubled over and looked about ready to collapse. We were 3 of us who went past that way to our homes. That day, on seeing this girl, we decided to stop and enquire. She saw me, wiped her face and smiled. I dint know what to do, whether to pause and ask if she was ok, or simply ignore and walk on. I went ahead a few steps, but couldn’t go further. I asked my friends to carry on and that I had forgotten to pick up a letter from a neighbor’s house.  
Turned to see if she was still there and I rushed to her side and quickly asked her if she was ok. She once again smiled and said Yes, I am ok, and wiped her mouth. In a flash, I noticed blood on her hands, and probed further. The 1st thought in my mind was that her father or mother had hit her.  She refused to answer  till I threatened to take her home and get my mother to talk to her mother. She instantly cringed and begged me to not do that.
What she told me had me shivering. I had never heard such a thing before and it made me mad. She burst into tears and narrated how her uncle [who lived nearby and was jobless] came home and forced her to have sex with him when she was back from school and alone at home. He had been doing this to her for a week. I was mortified. I was about 2yrs older than her, but had read about abuse and rape. I was angry, and confused. All I wanted to do was protect her, and take her away. I heard mom calling out to me from around the corner, and like a girl possessed took Latha to mom and made her talk to our maid about this. 
Pattama started beating Latha saying she must have done something to invoke this, and that her brother was a good man. She disappeared for a few minutes before returning with her brother and kept screaming at Latha. Her brother stood silent, staring at Latha in anger. I still remember the look on his face, till Latha could hold it no further. She showed her mother the scars on her body and the words he had said, how he had threatened her.  She went on and on and on for a good half hour till finally, the uncle confessed. The neighbor uncle upon hearing the ruckus came over, enquired, and slapped the “uncle” so hard, he nearly passed out. Latha’s mom begged him to spare her brother,  promised to kick him out of the house and keep her daughter away from him.
2 days later, Latha and her mom came home and said that she had taken Latha to the doctor, and luckily she was alright. She promised to take care of the girl and felt bad for not seeing the signs sooner.!!
We left the town after 6yrs, and Latha was then working in a tailoring unit nearby..
I wonder what she would have done had I not asked her
I wonder what girls like her can do to protect themselves from such scums?
I wish there was a system that protected even these girls and taught them early on to keep a watch for signs!
 My contribution towards CSA Awareness

Project 365 Day 74 The Sun

We were walking along the numerous passages of the Krishnapuram Palace, Kayamkulam, near Allepey… The Sun was mercilessly beating down on us through the narrow ledges and window panes… but what a beauty the palace was…. 

Would have loved to live in a place as majestic, spacious and mysterious as this.. So many hidden pathways, a very cool underground water system and of course a pond with fish and turtle in it… 

Here’s little but more about the Palace