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The Last Month

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The entire last month has been trying--some self created, some external--but terribly tiring all the same!!When I came home in July with Lotta and Meha I realised that one that the wall behind one of the sections under the Kitchen counter was sopping wet--and a steady trickle was flowing into my precious Non Stickware--which I used with utmost care!!What was worse was that these had been kept there for safe keeping--away from the Dust,Grime and the Elements--some safety measure it turned out to be!!I prize my "Handis" as my most precious possessions--using these with love,care and respect for these are priceless in helping me cook my "Biryanis" "Kormas" and Curries to succulent perfection.They were completely ruined and I had to dispose these off with a sad and heavy heart!!
The Kitchen had to be redone--an excercise that literally tested my patience sorely!!It was exhausting--breaking down the earlier Marble Counter,thenbreaking the old Plaster, Waterproofing and replastering the Wall before constructing the new Counter----all this is back breaking work--thanks to our basic Construction being of RCC,Cement and Bricks.Not just back breaking--it also is extremely dirty and dusty---the entire house collected a thick blanket of Dust--first from the breaking of the earlier work--then from the cutting and moulding of the new Granite surfaces done to perfect measurement on the spot in the Kitchen itself!!I have spent the entire last month sitting in my Living Room--facing the Door to keep an eye on the coming and going of the labourers!!Both the Bedroom and Bathroom doors were kept tightly shut---to keep most of the Dust out!!By the time I got my Kitchen back I'd become convinced that I was getting glued to the Sofa opposite the Front Door---it now curves nicely to give me a snug comfortable space each time I plonk myself on it!!
Though trying it is very fascinating to see your idea take concrete shape---and turning into reality before one's eyes.The make shift Kitchen was in the Balcony--a portable Gas cylinder and an Induction Cooker helped cook the Meals for the interim period---with plenty of outside Catering thrown in.The real work has begun since Monday,14th. January---getting stuff back into place is pretty exhausting---since it is necessary to soak and wash all the Utensils I own to rid these of the thick layers of Dust.We are proceeding at a snail's pace but slowly getting there.This is now a meticulously planned area--with a place for everything--thereby ensuring that everything goes into it's own original space!!It will take me about 15-20 days to get everything organised but finally it will be a delight to cook in there--everything customised to my needs!!There is a small wall mounted Fan over the Chimney--with a string to alter it's Speeds hanging to a convenient length---making it possible to cook in the humid heat of Summer.The Exhaust fan too is set in a frame with louvered Glass Windows instead of the earlier Wooden Panel--thereby letting in a lot more Light and Air than before.The magnificent unobstructed view of the Vegetable Patch next door is a Joy to glance at while cooking--and most of all everything is now within easy reach--all I need to do is get used to the new order of things!!!

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/17/2013 5:59AM

    WOW, that sounds dirty, exhausting and fun all at the same time!
Good for you. If the day ever comes that I visit, you'll be ready to teach me how to cook.
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BOVEY63 1/16/2013 1:30PM

    Sure will be worth the trouble once you get everything in order. Enjoy your new kitchen!

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MIRFA71 1/16/2013 11:44AM

    We would love to see some pics of your new kitchen. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/16/2013 10:30AM

    How sad that you had to go through all that and are still getting back to normal but the outcome sounds lovely! It sounds as though you have added much light to your kitchen which is always a joy. My sink is under a kitchen window that faces some ornamental trees plus I have numerous bird feeders out there. It always brings a smile looking out that window and watching all the activity.

Maybe you could post some pictures when it's all done. You took a very sad situation and turned it into something that you will enjoy!

Hugs to you my friend.....Mary Anne

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/16/2013 7:30AM

    Ugh! It is real work cleaning up such heavy dust! emoticon
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SAASHA17 1/16/2013 7:07AM

    nice going on getting a "new" kitchen..i love the exhaust part...

sucks on the repair time though..I can imagine the dust and all....take care...

Manasa

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Reality

Friday, January 11, 2013

The fact that Sudhir is no longer with me is a Fact---one I'd reverse in the blink of an Eye if I could but it is times when some random incident takes place that brings one back to square one--that's when I question the Maxim "Time is the best Healer!!"The loss of a loved one results in deeply rooted Pain and while we try to push it into the Sub Concious Mind it still hurts as it throbs inside.Only one who has suffered such a loss can imagine and understand what I'm talking about---the Pain is terrible and gut wrenching.
Yesterday I was surprised to open the door in the morning to see an old Client of Sudhir's standing at the door.He had some urgent work and wanted to consult Sudhir about it.The completely shocked and stupefied look on his face told me that he was completely unaware of Sudhir's death---and I had to offer him a drink of Water as he stood there and gazed at me uncomprehendingly--totally dazed!!The first sentence he uttered after he collected his wits brought home to me how much I've changed since then---he said that he felt something was wrong when he saw me--and only later realised that my biggest Trademark--my Huge Red Bindi/Dot in the centre of my forehead was missing!!As he walked away wiping his eyes, I stood still in the open door--swamped in a tide of extreme Pain---a testimony of my loss.
My Red Dot was always a bone of contention between us.I'm not a superstitious person--but in following all the Rituals that foretold the bestowing of a long life to my husband---I was at the head of the line!!In fact i was so worried about waking up without the red dot anchored firmly to my forehead that I'd apply one in a dark Crimson shade of Nail Paint under the "Kum Kum" one--so that even while I bathed,washed my face or my hair I retained the symbol of my Good Fortune or "Soubhaagyaa".I have always loved the huge circular size--Sudhir liked it smaller.The size of my Bindi was the topic of many a quarrel--for it varied everyday.It actually depended on how large a circle my finger drew on my forehead with the Vermilion called "Kum Kum".Sometimes it would be as large as an old Silver Rupee--two sizes bigger than an American quarter!!It was around this time that the stick on Bindis entered the market--with a gummy back for convenience and these were available in all sizes.Sudhir and I experimented with the sizes and finally settled on a size--about as large as a quarter!!Of course I cheated--if I found a size a bit larger I'd buy it--in a dozen or more packets containing them in numbers of 5 or 6 each. I still have a lot of them lying around---a painful reminder that I don't really need--but can't bring myself to throw these away!!
Not just this I was also particular about wearing my Mangal Sutra round my neck--I'd wear the other one first before removing the earlier one--insuring that my neck was encircled by a Gold chain with small Black Onyx Beads threaded through it always.I have always loved these Gold chains--and own a collection of these--ranging from a large Gold Pendant woven in Black Beads and Silk thread to elaborately designed Necklet styles--these rarely needed any other embellishment if I had to attend any casual events--of course Weddings and such needed more decoration!!Not being very fond of Jewellery this mangal sutra became my Trademark--and as the new order evolved wearing just this gave me the touch of Dignity and Poise i looked for.
The other thing that I wore was my heavy Silver Toe rings.I loved these and when I married Sudhir---- Aaji my maternal Grandma--told me the specific reason for wearing special Symbols in each little Toe--ranging from the big toe to the smallest.In 1970 Silver was very cheap and so I went out and got the heaviest of each Symbol--the thick circle of Silver wire for the big Toe,the spiral circlet for the second one,the flat chips attached to a Silver circle for the third one,the huge Fish shaped one for the fourth and a tiny filigreed Flower for the smallest and last one!!It was my stubborn refusal to remove these for at least about 5-6 years after our marriage--despite these causing painful swelling thanks to the tightness with which these fitted around my toes.The various shapes too had sharp edges--and poor Sudhir had quite a few scratches on his shins whenever these scratched him during the night!!Finally I retained just the two--the second toe and the fourth one as these were the most important of all.By now I got these made to order---two pairs of thick ,heavy Silver Rings for the second toe and well smoothened large Fish shapes for the fourth toe.Sayali was insistent that I remove these after I came to know that I had Diabetes--but I wouldn't agree.After that each time we visited her in Rochester,NY, she'd tell me how the mother of one of her friends had to have her toes removed due to Gangrene---because she was a heavy Diabetic just like me--and wore similar Toe rings!!Sudhir insisted I remove these in February 2009 after my Heart Attack and Angioplasty---on advice from my Cardiologist.This time he was implacable and firm--and no matter how nicely and sweetly I wheedled--it just didn't work even an iota!!
Today the only Jewellery that I wear are my Earrings and a Jade Bangle.I also wear the ring Sudhir wore for 42 years after we got engaged--he never removed it even once for the entire period!!My forehead and my neck are bare---and as far as possible I keep it that way---a symbol of my Life today!!

Sudhir and Me ,2009,Manhattan,New York

Me in Scotland,March 2012

  
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JYOTI68 1/15/2013 11:07PM

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I know that even though you try to forget people lost in your life, their memories are never lost and they do come back to make you feel sad and to remind you of all the time spent together. After reading your blogs, I always feel I need to cherish time spent with my husband although we have a lot of differences but I certainly would not like the life without him.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/13/2013 4:07PM

    Sweetie, you do what makes you feel better!

I have worn Mom's ring almost daily since she passed away 12 years ago. Now I wear Dad's along with it. It keeps them together on my hand and in my heart.
I have many other fine pieces I could wear but they don't feel right.

I haven't understood removing wedding jewelry. Dad said the day Mom died, "I guess I don't need this anymore." and took off his ring. In my heart they were still married but I didn't press it.

My ring is a symbol of my husbands love for me. I think I'd keep it on if he left before me. It is a small symbol of his love. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/11/2013 7:45PM

    Komal, I do understand your pain. Time heals the pain to a certain point but it can take the littlest thing to bring it all back. It's been 4 years now for Jay and there are times I just cry my heart out. I still wear my wedding rings and also wear his now. They both bring me comfort and many wonderful memories.

extra hugs to you my dear friend.....Mary Anne

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RIDMYCOCOON 1/11/2013 5:21PM

    You look like a strong and beautiful woman. What changes we find in life and how they define us. Maybe for your birthday this year you could buy a very special piece of small jewellery that represents you and Sudhir in this new state of being. Something lovely, of good quality and everlasting. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/11/2013 2:50PM

    It hurts to se you saddened again by the appearance of an old friend who didn't know of your husband's passing. emoticon
Sail a steady course towards the goals you had as a couple.
Seek God's face. He is able.

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/11/2013 12:56PM

    I'm so sorry for the grief for your beloved that you so beautifully shared with us. I could feel the pain in your words, and understand your love of ritual and how you are missing that as well as your beloved. I hope that your memories will bring you a measure of peace in time. To love and be loved is the greatest gift that one can have. I'm glad you had such a beautiful experience.

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DRASADAF 1/11/2013 11:01AM

    It saddens me to read this crude reality of life...i too loved wearing toe rings alot even now although its not in my culture but i simply loved them...but now i dont wear them...coz life n its stress have removed from me my simple likes...now i have become more mechanical and technical...but i still love them...i have them in my jewellery box.
Ur pictures just gave me goose bumps..hats off to ur courage,i respect u even more... emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/11/2013 10:51AM

    Your memories are so sweet and I certainly can understand why you grieve so much for your Sudhir.
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XXMILAXX 1/11/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon My heart goes out to you and I pray you continue to find peace..time will heal all is something that's there that if we say it enough and believe it firmly enough..it might help....just like any health conditions there's no cure for death..the feelings about it goes into remission.

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JASI27 1/11/2013 8:39AM

    I am thinking about you and hope time heals your heart. emoticon

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SAASHA17 1/11/2013 7:39AM

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Time is a healer should be taken in a way that, u come to terms with ur situation...but ur heart will always remember the loved ones and sometimes the pain will be too hard to take and sometimes u will go on...

take care Komal!!

love u
Manasa

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Watching The Dawn Break!!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

As a child I was a late riser---specially during the Vacations!!However since nights were often spent reading Library Books in Torchlight--I'd watch the Dawn break on the Horizon often before I slept!!Books were--and still are a Passion--and my entire being used to itch to finish my Library Book the moment I got it--and then I'd be miserable for a Week--The Nuns refused to let me borrow more than one each Week!!Only those who love this daily Phenomenon will relate to what I'm talking about---and the Summer and Winter Panorama differs completely.
Living in a little more than a Village--'coz it was still being built those days---Chandigarh was Paradise.The rich,fertile Soil meant an abundance of Fruit and Flower Shrubs as well as Trees in the Garden.In the Summer we'd sleep out on the Terrace--the temperature inside our homes would resemble a Furnace in the Hot Weather and we'd lie under the Stars each Night---tucked securely into our Mosquito Nets, gazing up at the Night Sky through the fine Cotton Mesh.I used to dream that the Mesh was a fine Mist and I lay on lush Grass in a Meadow on one of my beloved Mountain slopes.I loved the way the Day would break---very early in the Summer.The Dew wet Grass would be clothed in tiny Diamonds as the deep Midnight Blue Sky would begin gathering streaks of a lighter hue--a deep Violet Blue--which in turn would gradually turn lighter into soft Violet shades.These Streaks would then start turning into a soft Rose Pink and the composition of these streaks overhead was simply awesome!!The Sky turned into a Canvas of a Master Painter as He drew Pennants of a deep Violet fading into a softer Hue and finally changing to a different Colour completely----all reflected overhead at the same time!!As Dawn finally broke,tendrils of a very soft new Gold would sneak across to touch these other Colours and gild them with an iridiscence and transform these into a Riot of Colours--fast turning bolder as the Sun rose!!The Day would begin in a Blaze of Glory--and by 7 a.m. the Temperatures would begin to soar too with the Sun!!
As the Days grew shorter the Dawn came by much later in the Winters.Most of the time it would be a stark,Grey Dawn--for it would be raining in the Plains if it was snowing in the Mountains.Winter Dawns usually meant a lightening of the Indigo of the Night into a soft pearly Grey on the rainy Days--but on the days the Sun shone--it was a sight to warm the cockles of my heart!!My Bedroom faced my beloved mountains--and I have spent hours at my windowsill--just gazing out and savouring the experience!!As the Dawn approached,beautiful vari coloured Ribbons would streak across the Sky---Violet,Blue,Rose and Gold as the Horizon gradually lightened behind the Mountains.The Indigo Sky gradually softened to a deep sparkling Cobalt Blue--and the tiny puffs of pristine White Clouds caught and reflected the half light of Dawn.Just picture in your mind these Clouds suffused with a variety of Shades all mixed together in Ribbons---the Violet and Blue providing a perfect foil to the Rose and Gold!!It was this interplay of Colours that fascinated me--for the Sun rose much later but the Dawn lasted for a little over an hour in the Winter.I still carry a picture in my mind of the deep Russet Brown Brushes of the Silver Oak outside my window thrusting into the deep Cobalt Blue of the Sky---and remember painting a Watercolour of it--which my father promptly purloined for his Office!!
Rising early became a habit thanks to the Milkman who delivered his Goods at the crack of Dawn to our home in Bombay (Mumbai).Often while Sudhir and Girls slept I'd curl up on a Sofa by the Window and gaze out at the Vegetable patch next door.It was fascinating to pick out the finer nuances of the Plants and Trees as they grew sharper and came into focus as the Light grew stronger--in Summer the Day rose in a blaze of Glory--the Sun rising swiftly over the Coconut trees--bathing their Fronds in a Golden haze.In Winter it rose lazily--and once more the prolonged interplay of Colours,the melding of varoius shades of Green---the soft shade of the Green Leafy Vegetables interspersed with the darker Green of the various Shrubs growing there and the even darker Green of the Coconut Fronds gilded with the delicate Gold of early morning half light.The cacophony of the Birdsong and the Dew sprinkled Grass with strips of Gold lying across it always make me catch my breath at the sheer Beauty of it--truly God is a Master Artist!!!
Today I still watch the Dawn come up--everything that is positive in me gets recharged by this daily Phenomenon--despite being alone and feeling the loss of Sudhir next to me acutely--it is the Dawn that still gives me the strength to face each new Day with a Prayer in my heart and a positivity of purpose in my mind!!

  
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PARM01 1/11/2013 2:46AM

  Missed your blogs!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/11/2013 12:43AM

    Komal you are a brilliant writer ! I was given a tee shirt once it said "You can't scare me I was taught by Nuns " i have a feeling we could share stories.Mine gave up the one book at a time edict though because our Mother Superior said you could have a new one when you finished the first and they got bored of opening the library for me alone as I inevitably read a book a day!!!!

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JUDYAMK 1/10/2013 11:02PM

    I Love our Lord's artistry,when I look at sunrises ,sunsets & rainbows I gasp each time as if it is the first time .
Judy

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SOSHIV2011 1/9/2013 4:09PM

  Loved reading about dawn...I agree...it is the most positive feeling and best time of the day!

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MIRFA71 1/9/2013 1:56PM

    Beautiful blog. The sunrise brings promise of a new day, which would be better and brighter than the previous day, new hopes and new actions. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/9/2013 10:44AM

    I can never decide which I like better....sunrise or sunset. You paint such a vivid picture again. Jay use to love to get up between 4 and 5 (in the warm weather), sit outside on the deck with a cup of coffee waiting for the sun to come up and listening to the birds awakening. He would have loved your blog.

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RAIN454 1/9/2013 10:31AM

    Another beautiful vivid story from the great Komal :)
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*MADHU* 1/9/2013 9:52AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/9/2013 9:42AM

    Such a beautiful story! emoticon

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SAASHA17 1/9/2013 7:46AM

    Sunrises are beautiful..I see one every morning on the way to work...:)

OH i remember the teachers...silly people not letting u borrow more than one book a week..I used to finish a book a day while riding on the bus to school and back...so I used to make deals with my classmates to borrow books for me..so I would have one for each day...and then on sundays, i wud have the books mom challenged me to read:) miss those days!!!

Manasa

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/9/2013 5:38AM

    Sunrises are a favorite of mine too!

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JYOTI68 1/9/2013 4:04AM

    Komal, you are such a great writer. I remember sleeping on the terrace under the skies in India in summer time and waking up and seeing the birds flying in the sky.
Ahhh!! those days. You brought my memories back.


Happy New Year to you. I hope this year brings you all the happiness.
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PRACHI17 1/8/2013 11:42PM

    :) I love ur stories ... U r amazing and I am glad I am found you here on spark. You inspire me to be positive emoticon

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A Sense of Deja Vu!!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Someone dying is pretty sad---but someone one was aquainted with dying suddenly is a jolt-----specially when it has shades from your own Tragedy a year earlier!!This New Year for me is overshadowed by a deep feeling of Sorrow--the Past is back in all it's entirety!!
V.K. and Sulochana moved into our Complex 37 years ago as newly weds--like Sudhir and me they too were each other's first cousins.Sulochana was a member of our Kitty Party Circle till the birth of her daughter but after that the baby became her top priority and she left the Circle.We used to meet often in the Compound downstairs but being an introvert she was never really a friend--more of an aquaintance really.She had come to meet me last year after I returned home following Sudhir's death to offer her Condolences to me.
It was on Saturday that I learnt of V.K.'s death.Like Sudhir, he too had fallen to his death in the Bathroom----and just like Sudhir the reason given was Arteriosclerosis.The family had been visiting the famous Holy Shrine of Tirupati when V.K. suddenly collapsed in the Bathroom just as they were to leave for the Airport to catch the Flight home.The entire scenario brought back all the memories--and meeting Sulochana after the Funeral was very painful.Like me, she too was frozen with shock--completely incoherent and out of sync with the situation--and yes like me, she too is numb with shock!!The transportation of the Body back to Mumbai,the subsequent delay in getting the Death Certificate after the Post Mortem in Mumbai and the delay in getting a slot at the Crematorium made me say a silent Prayer to The Almighty for our decision to perform the last rites in L.A. itself--the Red Tape and the Formalities are too painful and excruciating to bear in a state of immense Grief and Shock.
Since Saturday I've spent the Time just going over the period following Sudhir's death--which has suddenly come back into a very clear and sharp focus once more!!While I was slowly coming to terms with the emptiness of my Life I have been flung right back to where it all began--19th.October 2011!!Now praying once more for the Courage to deal with the fresh onslaught of Emotion--twice as strong now----since the anaesthesia of the initial shocking numbness has worn off!!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/3/2013 1:50AM

    Oh Komal I am so sorry this has brought the pain all back for you.My sympathies to Sulochana.Most of all big hugs for you.

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JUDYAMK 1/1/2013 11:30PM

    Oh my Komak I am so sorry for this fresh pain, I am also praying for you & Sulochana for peace & strength in this time of great sadness.Take care
Judy

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MILLISMA 1/1/2013 4:53PM

    Komal,

I am so sorry for you and for Sulochana. It has been over 4 years for Jay and when something like this happens to someone you know, it brings all the pain back only more intense since you are no long numb and in shock. My heart goes out to you. Sending extra hugs and prayers.

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RAIN454 1/1/2013 3:34PM

    Hi, Komal
The irony of the situation is uncanny for sure. Sorry that you're reliving all of the pain again. Hopefully, talking (and/or writing) it out brings some relief. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of Love.

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MIRFA71 1/1/2013 1:03PM

    Such events do bring back painful memories. But I guess you can find some solace in comforting the other person. Be strong and may God give you courage. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/1/2013 10:46AM

    You will always be flung back to the past by these events, my Friend. The journey back will be shorter and the pain will leave faster as time goes by.
I've noticed sorrow can also bring about smiles and I wish you many smiles of remembrances when you are able took outward!
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Steel Drums in New York

Saturday, December 22, 2012


I first came across live Steel Drum Music in New York.My father was a fan of Calypso Music of West Indies and he spoke often about the beautiful and catchy Beats it had.For me it was always fascinating--the beautiful rhythmic beat striking a chord deep within.Till I saw this Instrument I had no clue what it actually looked like and I first set eyes on it in New York City---and as the Music washed over me in bright energetic waves I gazed awed at those young West Indian men who played it with such open enjoyment and aplomb--their obvious delight in the Music they made added a new dimension to it.
It was our first visit to New York and we were standing in line for Tickets of the Ferry which would ferry us to the Statue of Liberty.The day was bitterly cold and windy and despite wearing Thermals next to our skin for additional warmth, we were still chilled to the bone and shivering terribly each time a gust of Wind caught hold of us.Sudhir,Sayali and I began listening to the beat---Sayali swaying to the rhythm much to Sudhir's discomfiture and as the Music grabbed hold of our senses even he unbent enough to hum along to the more familiar tunes.Most of these were old Calypso Music--some old Songs like Harry Belafonte's Yellow Bird, Banana Boat Song, Jamaica Farewell, Island in the Sun were well loved favourites--but the highlight for me was the Bobby Mcferrin Song "Don't worry Be Happy".It was the Cherry on the Cake!!!The warmth of this Music stayed with me throughout that chilly day---and when I discovered You Tube at Sayali's that year I just went berserk looking up all my old Favourites--and found almost 90% of these there!!
I have always loved this Song--but then I love all such upbeat Songs!!These are always the ones to put me in a sunny mood--and listening to these old Favourites on Youtube is something I love--and of course they help to make Life that little bit easier!!

  
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BOVEY63 12/26/2012 3:47PM

    I like to search you tube for old favorites too!
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DRASADAF 12/24/2012 11:59AM

    emoticon i can feel the winter u felt but loved those songs...

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MIRFA71 12/24/2012 11:24AM

    Beautiful memories. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 12/24/2012 8:22AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/23/2012 6:21PM

    I am a fan of You tube too.You can find such treasures there !

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/23/2012 9:02AM

    A soon as I read the title, I heard the sound in my head!
It is wonderful.
Thanks for reminding me!

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PHEBESS 12/22/2012 3:05PM

    I taught on the island of St Thomas for 25 years, and almost every school from elementary through high school had a steep pan band. I always thought it was wonderful too!

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MILLISMA 12/22/2012 2:27PM

    Wonderful memories and I love the steel drums. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/22/2012 12:03PM

    Beautiful memories. I love YouTube. So many old favorites are there. : )

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