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The Pigeons and the Crows----My Friends????

Thursday, July 08, 2010

We live in a Tree shaded lane and next door to a Vegetable Farm---thanks to this we have an access to various types of Birds.All the year round we get to see different variety of Avian Species------for whose names I have to hunt on Google!!Through all the 35 years we've lived here I've been taught the basics of living next to two Bird Communities who felt that it was imperative that I learn how to be neighbourly!!!!
The most prolific amongst our Avian Community are the Pigeons and Crows-----the former is a dumb witted idiotic Species-----if these enter the home through one of the windows driving them out becomes a frustrating chore----they just can't seem to find the Window opening---and will keep flying around aimlessly---LITERALLY driving me mad!!!All this while my darling Husband---who abhors getting near these---will shout out useless advice on handling these---from a safe distance!!!!Once a Pigeon entered the house through the Kids' bedroom window----and came sauntering down the Passage.I emerged from the Kitchen and there that silly Bird was----both of us giving each other the once over!!!The Pigeon looked askance at my being present in MY home---gave me a measuring sort of look that very plainly said"Dear God just see what's just blown in????"I turned around and told it"Sir/Madam YOU"RE in the wrong place---please I'd like you to leave!!!"Disregarding my admonition the Pigeon ambled all over my home---even investigating under the Sofa and the Beds--till finally I managed to chase it out through the Balcony doors nearly 2 hours later!!!Not just that---they turned our home into a Maternity Hospital---flying in through the gaps in the grilled Windows with ease and no matter how often I removed all those twigs and sticks they brought in they'd be back with endless patience till I gave in through sheer exhaustion!!!Then those Eggs would be laid,hatched and Baby test flights would take place---banging against various objects in the rooms till finally ALL of them would manage to fly away---leaving a terribly messy nest and stinky debris behind!!!Ultimately we were forced to put a fine mesh inside the Safety Grill on the Windows and the Balcony Railing to stop these unwelcome Guests from pestering us!!!Now these stupid birds try to enter but the mesh prevents them time and again----but their brains don't seem to register the "No Entry" zone---they continue to try and force their way in by banging their bodies on the Aluminium Mesh!!!
While the Pigeons are totally dumb the Crows are super smart!!!They too had figured out a way in through the gaps in the Grill of my Kitchen window-----specially when the Fisherwoman brought us Fresh Fish!!!!Their very presence outside the window would alert me to her impending visit---once she was here their cawing cacophony was enough to deafen me----keeping quiet for a few minutes after I shouted---then beginning again with renewed vigour!!!They'd gained a lot of expertise in pecking up pieces of Fish or Meat--and vanishing from the scene in a flash!!They'd also learnt how to peck away the heavy Steel lids placed on the Serving Bowls---many are the instances that I've had to throw food away thanks to this habit of theirs!!!
The Mesh solved so many of my problems---today these Black/Grey Rogues and I share an uneasy peace-----they keep an eye on my early morning activities through the corner of their eyes.This is because now I eat only the Egg Whites and it pinches me to throw away the Yolks. I cook and crumble these and opening the Mesh window lay the crumbs on the Window Sill---and quickly shut the window. If I'm late these feathered Villains make my ears resound with their raucous cacophony and I serve them before I eat my own Breakfast!!!These dark Rascals quickly gobble up the Crumbs,caw out their "Thank You" and fly away---to return at the same time the next day!!!

  
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EACHDAYAGIFT 7/23/2010 12:31PM

    I laughed out loud picturing Sudhir cowering in the corner, shouting out advice! This blog paints a very entertaining picture. We've had the challenge of trying to get birds out of the house, too (figured out where the expression "bird brained" comes from), but the nesting was always OUTSIDE, thank heavens!

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BOVEY63 7/8/2010 12:32PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have to share this with the clerk of our city - she has those pesky pigeons outside her office windows day in and day out. I'll have to tell her she is lucky they don't come in and try to nest.

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SAASHA17 7/8/2010 11:58AM

    heheh...i know what ur saying...love to hate those birds..esp the pigeons...heheh...

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MILLISMA 7/8/2010 9:22AM

    Komal, I always love reading what you have to say. I don't have pigeons but morning doves which are really a fancy pigeon. You are so right about the crows and how smart they are. I watch them figure out a way to get at the feeders I have for the small birds.

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DRASADAF 7/8/2010 5:28AM

    god u really know how to express urself by the way of writing...

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FRANKLYAMUSED 7/8/2010 5:19AM

    Loved this entry!

You have described the birds perfectly, idiotic pigeons and genius crows!

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Sixth Sense2!!!!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In May 1994 we visited the beautiful Hill Station of Dharamsaalaa in the northern State of Himachal Pradesh.This beautiful Town is situated at three different levels---Kotwaali Bazaar,Forsythe Ganj and Macleod Ganj-----the lowest Kotwaali Bazaar at a height of 4400 ft. and the highest Macleod Ganj at a height of 6550 ft above Sea Level.This Town is also famous the World over as the abode of the Dalai Lama---and the Tibetan Government in exile at the highest point Macleod Ganj.
Our stay was for 8 days here as there are a lot of beautiful Spots and also ancient Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga-----Legend has it that the Vibes at these places are very potent and strong!!!!One of these Temples dedicated to Goddess Durga is "Jwaalaa Mukhi Maa" or "The Flame Tongued Mother".Here natural flames flicker through the cracks in the Basalt rocks on the steep incline of the mountainside now enclosed by a beautiful man made Temple.Since childhood I've been fascinated by both Shiva and Shakti---another name for Durga.This visit was the highlight of my trip--to be physically present in this hallowed spot was my most beloved dream come true!!!!!
While paying Homage to Her,She blessed me with a Vision---the extremely crowded Temple Sanctum Sanctorum just faded away and I was in Her presence ---alone.She blessed me and told me that my expected grandchild would be a specially blessed gift from Her to our Family!!!By this time Sudhir,Sayali and Ritu had paid their respects to the Deity and left the Sanctum Sanctorum---and were waiting for me outside in the main Courtyard.When I didn't come for almost 10 minutes Sayali came back to see what was taking me so long---by then I'd been blessed with a Holy Thread--The "Mouli"---given to me by the Temple Priest---saying that this was my protecting Shield--a gift from the Goddess!!!
I left the Sanctum Sanctorum replete and filled to the brim with Joy and Peace----glowing with the Blessing bestowed on me!!!The first thing I said to Sudhir on reaching him was--"Congratulations!!!We'll be the Grandparents of a beautiful Grand daughter in seven months!!!" This prediction came true on the 23rd.December 1994 when my Raavana was born--an extremely intelligent and beautiful child!!!She is our Blessing--granted to us by The Mother!!!

  
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SONPARI1 7/8/2010 12:28AM

    Wow, that was awesome

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BOVEY63 7/7/2010 1:10PM

    How awesome! Your travels and experiences sound so wonderful and beautiful.

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RAIN454 7/7/2010 11:52AM

    that is really cool, komal! and i just did the math...that means you have a 15 year old grand daughter!! wow...that must be a LOT of fun...and a handful for your daughter, Im sure...hehe, i remember being 15...fun for me, not for my mom! :)

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SAASHA17 7/7/2010 11:45AM

    wow...that is so awesome....



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RATIONAL_EATER 7/7/2010 11:09AM

    wow..doesnt things like this make one feel special..you know like God is watching over you emoticon

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DRASADAF 7/7/2010 9:40AM

    this one is the happiest sixth sense...the earlier was too tragic..i m still shaken by that...

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Sixth Sense---1!!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Most women in my Family are possessed with the Sixth sense----I am one of them.It is an eerie sensation to guess certain Events rightly---and not always happily!!!There are many such instances that I have experienced---of which two I will relate here because both are very dear to my heart----one very sorrowful and sad----the other extremely happy and glad----so bear with me Friends should I ramble!!!
The first is the sad one--- the 3rd. of November 1973 to be precise.Before I go further let me make one aspect clear---I loved both my Parents very,very much but never showed it publicly---in fact---quite the opposite of that because I was always detached from them even as a child.Daddy and I were very close after 1965----he called me his "Pathan" for though I was very thin and wiry I was also very strong,muscular and tomboyish!!!!! We weren't exactly Buddies but definitely Best Friends and the bond between us was strong.Daddy had been invited to Mauritius by Sir Ram Goolam--their then PM to work on Deputation in a newly Independent Mauritius.Everything---his salary and perquisites--- was decided and settled by the end of September 1973.He was to be accompanied by Mummy and my sisters--I was already married for 3 years then.Somehow this Deputation was something that left a niggling sense of something unfavourable in my mind.Nothing concrete just a hunch---a very negative one.As the day for their departure neared I became very brooding and moody--a total contrast to my usually sunny nature.Finally their actual day of departure arrived and the floodgates opened--I wept copiously from the night before,in the morning,on the way to the Airport and at the Airport!!!This reaction of mine unsettled Daddy who kept asking me the reason for my tears----the answer to his oft repeated question was another fresh flood!!!!Seeing my dramatically unexpected emotional display,poor Daddy came back from the Immigration area just to hug me close----and suddenly out of the blue I blurted out"Daddy this is our last meeting in this Life---we'll never see each other face to face again!!!"He was shocked and taken aback---but rallying himself he dismissed my fears saying "If one of us has to pass away it will be me--I hereby Gift my remaining years to you" and with another hug and a wave he left.That was the last time I saw my father alive---on 3rd.November 1974---exactly a year later---- my mother touched Indian soil again--carrying his Ashes in her hands!!!He died in Mauritius on 15th.October 1974 when my Sayali was just 25 days old.The oddest part is that he passed away at 8.30 p.m. Mauritius time which is 1.30 hours behind Indian time.At exactly 10.p.m. that night Sayali suffered her first and last convulsion------and cried incessantly till 5.30 a.m. in the early morning--that was when Mummy called to give us the news!!!Here too she'd booked an International Trunk Call for Sudhir by name---but surprisingly the Operator asked for me---and suddenly I just knew what it was----I kept asking to speak to Daddy!!!Finally Mummy managed to ward me off----and asked to speak to Sudhir---she told him to tell me that my father and Atya that her brother was no more!!!One look at my face was enough----Sudhir could see that already knew!!!!The saddest part is that I didn't weep after this---I'd already said my Farewell to Daddy almost a year earlier--------Mauritius is a part of this World I'll NEVER visit------my fantasy that he still lives there will end if I do!!!
I know that my father is dead--came to terms with it almost instantly and being practical minded moved on to try to clear up the mess his death created for my mother and my sisters--it was a time to act--not weep!!!That's another story---maybe someday I'll blog about it!!!

  
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MESSENE 7/6/2010 3:50PM

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SAASHA17 7/6/2010 12:57PM

    oh Komal..i am sorry...but i am glad u had ur goodbyes....

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DRASADAF 7/6/2010 10:36AM

    oh !i cannot help but cry at this.. i am so overwhelmed by this...OMG u must have been really brave to face this...oh god. ...i am practically speechless...i hve no words.......

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SONPARI1 7/6/2010 7:27AM

    very touching Komal, i agree our sixth sense comes alive at the right time.

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SUSH_ASH 7/6/2010 6:11AM

    very touching!!

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God Is!!!

Monday, July 05, 2010

One sees His Foot Print indelible in the Desert Sands
Lofty Mountains carry the bold Imprint of His Hands
His Essence pervades through exotic Scents in the Atmosphere
Proclaiming His Presence continually-----here,there,everywhere
Nature is just another marvellous Painting on His Canvas
It's exotically assembled Themes and Colours impossible to surpass
His Eyes gaze down infinitely from the deep, unfathomable Sky
His Breath caresses the senses in the gentle Breeze whispering by
Cushioned and surrounded by His Generous Munificence
And signs of His awesomely immeasurable Magnificence
The Sun and Moon are merely shadowy impressions of His Face
The Bounty bestowed byLife on us, His Everlasting Grace
The Celestial Milky Way-----The Universe are Creations of His
Do we really need any greater evidence to know that---God IS!!!

  
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BOVEY63 7/6/2010 1:14PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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MILLISMA 7/5/2010 12:59PM

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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DRASADAF 7/5/2010 9:51AM

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u r composing beautiful poems in the beautiful weather i guess with fruit yoghurt to refresh u emoticon emoticon

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BABYRUTH54 7/5/2010 4:38AM

  I agree 100%!!!

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Beautiful Morning---Heavenly!!!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The weather this morning is BEAUTIFUL to put it mildly-----I am in Heaven!!!
The day dawned dark with lowering Rain Clouds and the Wind slowly whispering in the Trees outside my Bedroom window.Gradually by Breakfast time the Wind picked up speed and by 9.30a.m. the Rain began--softly at first and then slowly gaining momentum till it began pelting down with force----beating a tattoo on the ground below!!!
The wet Earth gave out it's intoxicating scent mingled with the Flowers blooming in the Garden below----the Trees and Shrubs in the Farm dancing in Joy to recieve this Life giving bounty!!!The view from my windows facing the Garden and Vegetable Farm is truly breathtaking-----the Wind is blowing the Rain drops around----giving the impression of wispy white Veils floating around in the Atmosphere----the Rain drumming out a lively Drumbeat and the Thunder and Lightening adding their special sight and sound effects to this Composition----a beautifully orchestrated Performance of Scent,Sight and Sound !!!
Days like these are what I love---specially on the Weekends----Nature in it's glory and my beloved Songs playing softly in the background--- adding to the ambience as well as the mood----they are strung up as scented Flowers in my garland of PERFECT Days----memories of which I hoard to savour and treasure at leisure!!!
I am thankful to the Almighty for granting me this Day----making me blessed to be alive today!!!

  
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DRASADAF 7/4/2010 4:03AM

    ooh i wish i too cud feel this...live........

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MESSENE 7/3/2010 11:24AM

    emoticonSounds wonderful! It's been so nice around here the past few days too! Not to hot, and muggy. emoticonHope tomorrow will be another emoticonday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAJASHREE108 7/3/2010 8:43AM

    So beautiful and wonderful.. thanks for sharing.

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