Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Reading the various opinions about Books I've decided to give them away to a small Library in the vicinity.I agree about most of children today not reading books any more------and when they do it's stuff like "Harry Potter"!!!
I grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen,Charles Dickens,Robert Louis Stevenson,Daniel Defoe,Pearl S.Buck,Lin Yutang,Guy de Maupassant,Daphne du Maurier,Margaret Mitchell----to name a few.We were an innocent lot----early years were spent reading Enid Blyton and A.A. Milne----progressing to Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling,G.A.Henty and finally coming of age with more serious stuff!!!Somerset Maugham and John Steinbeck followed-----and besides these there were the Indian writers too-----Rabindranath Tagore,R.K. Narayanan,Ruskin Bond and Kamala Markandeyain English, Munshi Premchand in Hindi and C.V.Joshi and P.L.Deshpande in Marathi----the language was simple but exquisite and the content par excellence!!!My vivid imagination conjured up the period and I lived the stories------reading through the cold Winter nights till the wee hours of the morning-----living,laughing,weeping and identifying totally with the characters!!!!!These bestowed on me a far greater expanse of Knowledge in it's purest form-----moulded, taught and educated me to become the person I am today.I acknowledge these Friends---my books---as being as real a part of my Life as my Parents and my environment----they broadened my horizon by opening up a magnificent vista of the World before my eyes.
Both my daughters and my grand daughter are avid Book readers------they too are thirsty for the Treasure trove of Knowledge and entertainment that books alone can give-----and they too like me read a wide variety of only English Literature.My favourite books include books in Hindi and Marathi---many of which I read and re-read innumerable times!!!I know a lot of my favourite books very well and parting with them will be a very hard and painful thing for me----many are the hours I've spent searching for these in the Book Shops---- on the pavements-----through the post-----each and every book and I share a deep bond of kinship!!!
However now they will have to go-----to a new home where they will be loved and cared for----and where they will spread their magic into young tender minds eager and thirsting for Knowledge!!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Two of my dear Friends---Ann and Zanna----put this into my mind----So I'm asking forgiveness for my Random Ramblings at the very start!!!!Both have dealt with Topics closely connected to me------one not so loved the other beloved so please bear with me Friends as I ramble on!!!!
I hate cleaning up the clutter I create-----but necessity forces me to clean up!!!I confess to being Impulsive,Acquisitive and a Hoarder-----I love Possessions----Books,Cassettes/CDs,Perfume
s,Tupper Ware,Clothes,Crockery,Utensils----you name it I collect it---- like a greedy Pig I MUST have many things I see!!!Not just this I cling to old things for Sentimental Value----just can't bring myself to part with it!!!Thanks to this my home is overflowing with Stuff-----threatening to push me out!!!!My two daughters are like me in being greedy and acquisitive but like Chalk and Cheese in the disposal of it---Lotta loves her Possessions and like me she too places great sentimental value on Stuff-----Sayali on the other hand doesn't think twice before getting rid of Stuff she feels she doesn't need------I'd left a beautiful hand knitted Cardigan at her home by mistake once-----next trip I couldn't see it!!!"That old thing?" she asked "I gave it to the Salvation Army!!!"I was livid---my mother had knit it specially for me and it was very warm and cosy AND not even well worn-----but she considered it to be Junk!!!Apart from sulking for a few days what else could I do?????
Another favourite addiction is Knitting----I must be having tons of Wool at home!!!We three sisters took up something each from our mother---I love Knitting ,Sewing and Embroidery,Mikki loves Tatting ,Embroidery and Knitting and Ritu's great at Knitting, Crochetting and Embroidery-----Mummy loved all these things and as soon as we became old enough to hold both Knitting and Sewing Needles we were taught all these skills.Today thanks to my Cancer Operation I can no longer sew----but am going to start Knitting again.My right arm used to pain a bit earlier due to the surgery but thanks to Yoga it is much better now------my brain will begin thinking again---Knitting relaxes me---the more complicated the design---the more interesting the challenge!!!
However today I deserve a BIG PAT on my back----I steeled my heart and cleaned out half a Trunk of my "Treasures"----mainly nappies etc. belonging to my Raavana---and am now going to wash these out for Vanita's granchild to use.In India a new born Babe is first dressed for the 1st.month in hand me downs of older children rather than new stuff for these are considered auspicious.
Tomorrow I tackle my Books-----beautiful Classics some of these bought in certain Shops but mostly on the pavement---yes Manasa-----at Flora Fountain in Fort!!!I may be gifting some of these away to those grandchildren of my friends who love to read---as many of these are not available readily in Book Shops anymore!!!Thus I'll again be opening up a new vista of imagination in the youngest generation------that thought is reward enough!!!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Last week was a test----of Patience,Endurance and Stamina----if Truth be told---Sudhir got the short end of the stick on the first but I passed reasonably well on the other two-----at least in A Grade!!!
The whole week was a whirlwind sort of thing-----things just kept hitting the target one after the other without much breathing space in between----but though this tired me out,it also re-instated my faith in myself and my capacity to cope up----there's still some spark left inside!!!!
Vanita's daughter Poonam,who is 7 months pregnant, fell sick with suspected Malaria and was hospitalised for 5 days.Thankfully it turned out to be a Fever and nothing more but we were all worried.Not just that,our complex got the Termite Contract renewed---so each home had to be treated extensively to keep it Termite free-----so it meant getting the Furniture moved and getting the Flat treated---the whole operation took a total of 5 hours and was split up over 2 consecutive days------laborious and time consuming!!!
All through this poor Vanita was running around between the Hospital and 3 Flats---ours,Kishoriben's and Priti's-----of which the longest period of work was at our place----'coz we're on the 1st.(U.S.A2nd.) floor so required special care!!!As a result extensive cleaning up process was required in all the 3 homes.The only good news was that Poonam's reports were clear-----and they discharged her once the Fever abated and remained at normal temprature for 2 days.
On Friday we had the biggest event for a Marathi married woman---"Vat Pournima" or Banyan Tree Full Moon!!!!Legend has it that on this day the Lord of Death Yama had ensnared Satyavan's soul in his noose.Satyavan's wife Savitri followed a frustrated Yama who walked on granting her some boons at regular intervals to dissuade her from following him.Finally at the gates of the Netherworld, Yama granted her a last boon.She seized the opportunity and asked for a 100 children and unthinkingly Yama granted it.As he turned to go she asked him to release her husband----for how could she bear the children without Satyavan's help????Thus Savitri outwitted Death and earned for herself the title of "Sati" or one who is the epitome of a pious and devoted wife-----preceding her husband into the Netherworld.On this day the Banyan Tree,under which Satyavan regained his life,is worshipped all over Maharashtra and a handspun Thread is wound round the thick tree trunk.This Thread is a symbol of a long life for the husband of the woman offering the prayers.Besides wild Fruits of the Forest like Mangoes,Pineapples,Jackfruit,Bananas and "Jaambhul/Jamun" are offered to the Gods and 5/7/9/11 married women as well.A 24 hour fast is observed during which only Milk and Fruit is eaten---ending the next day after a bath and the regular religious ceremonies.Since falling sick I only fast for this Vat Pournima,Hartalika and Shiva Ratri----my health has forced me to forget the lesser fasts!!!Of all Vat Pournima is what I love the most-----this makes my bond with Sudhir stronger and deeper---bestowing it a piety which lifts it to the level of prayer---a vow renewed yearly!!!
Then yesterday 12 of us---me and my Friends went out to Lunch to a wonderful Dosai Place to celebrate the birthday of one of us----a new entrant Fatima's 60th.birthday.This place serves 32 varieties of Dosais and Calorie counting for the day went for a toss-----without an iota of Guilt!!!I believe in cheating without guilt and enjoying my Food-----and that was such a YUMMMMMMMY end to my week!!!
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