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5 Whirl Wind Days---A Recap!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Lets start at the very Beginning--a very good place to start" goes the opening line of "Do Re Mi" from "The Sound of Music"----I'm going to follow that advice!!!Rewinding to last Sunday--Sayali had sent a Gift for Babu from London with her friend Cleona-----and asked if Pradeep could drive Cleona from the International Airport at Sahar to the domestic Airport at Santa Cruz 'coz she was to catch a flight to Goa that afternoon ----on the 15th.Cleona would give Babu's gift to Pradeep on the way.
We'd just finished eating Lunch and were waiting for Pradeep to arrive with the gift after he dropped off Cleona on the way.While Sudhir was napping in the Bedroom and Ritu and I were chatting in the Living Room.The Doorbell rang and Vanita opened the door----and announced a Visitor---her face all red in excitement-----we weren't expecting anyone at that odd hour of late afternoon.As I glanced inquiringly at her,there was the Sallaalee Sallallum standing just inside the Front Door---both Ritu and I just couldn't stop screaming!!!All this commotion woke Sudhir up---thoroughly bewildered and alarmed at all the noise!!!It took all three of us to calm him down with Sayali uttering a classic sentence---"It's okay Dad--it's just me from London----thought I'd give you a surprise!!!"
Thus began a whirlwind 5 days--with Sayali trying to cram all her favourite activities into them---visiting Aunts and Uncles on both sides,meeting up with School Friends,cramming as many favourite Foods into her digestive system without causing herself any discomfort AND Shopping for Stuff all over Town!!!It began pouring down in the early evening of 15th.August and wouldn't let up at all throughout the entire period of her stay---she just hates Rain!!!Despite that we all had a great time-----roaming the length and breadth of Mumbai---as usual her Camera suffered from Diarrhoea---it must have clicked more than 150 Pictures of all her favourite haunts--various Hotels included!!!
The days just flew past and finally Sayali too flew away last afternoon---but left behind a thoroughly tired but refreshed pair of Parents---who're again just realising once again that Spring Chickens we ain't---I only wish she'd stayed a little longer---but no matter---it was a WONDERFUL Surprise!!

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NICE125 8/23/2010 10:59AM

  Good writing, its as if you surprised us!!

Those whirlwind days are the best and meeting old family and friends, priceless!

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REKHAKAKR 8/23/2010 3:48AM

    Such a lovely surprise , Now i wish i could get away from this chaos and give my parents such wonderful surprise!!!

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MESSENE 8/22/2010 8:17PM

    emoticonWow! How wonderful! I am so excited for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 8/22/2010 7:21PM

    What a wonderful surprise. When my daughter was in college she appeared at our door one Saturday morning with a bouquet of flowers and and danish for breakfast. Said she was homesick and just wanted to spend the day. She had to drive back the next day but it is something I will always cherish.

You have a special daughter and look at the fantastic memories she has given you. Enjoy the afterglow! Hugs to all of you.

Mary Anne

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DRASADAF 8/22/2010 4:41PM

    ur daughter really surprised u ...wow thats called a surprise..maybe i should also surprise my mommy someday...whoa!!!cant imagine how ur days must have been ...when i go back home i too am on a whirlwind of activities with my mom and sis and everyone...it was also raining last time when i had been there...i would get wet in he rain on purpose...i just love those rains of mumbai...oh i am missing my homeland so much now!!!

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DRASADAF 8/22/2010 4:41PM

    ur daughter really surprised u ...wow thats called a surprise..maybe i should also surprise my mommy someday...whoa!!!cant imagine how ur days must have been ...when i go back home i too am on a whirlwind of activities with my mom and sis and everyone...it was also raining last time when i had been there...i would get wet in he rain on purpose...i just love those rains of mumbai...oh i am missing my homeland so much now!!!

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SAASHA17 8/22/2010 3:37PM

    wow that must have been such a nice surprise....

WIsh i cud do that but my parents are never at home. They always are on the ship, or on road trips so if i wanted to surprise them, I would be in for a rude shock with no one to receive me..lol

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RAGGARWALAX 8/22/2010 12:42PM

    Komalji - I can tell that you had a wonderful time. It is these events that carry us through the quiet lonely times (not that I have had any yet *grin*). I'm sure my parents must have had similar feelings when I was there with them and then of course Priya joined us later. Although they thoroughly enjoyed the time we had together, I know they must have been secretly relieved when Priya and I left so that they could finally settle into their normal routine again LOL


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ATMANI 8/22/2010 12:29PM

    Thanks for sharing your surprise. I'm so happy for you.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 8/22/2010 11:06AM

    Best present in the world!! So happy for you and Sudhir. Now to recuperate from the "spring chicken" whirlwind of activity and savor the afterglow of new memories.

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India---My India!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today we celebrate the Greatest Day in our recent History---Independence Day!!!The feeling of being born in Independent India is something I learnt to rejoice in at a very young age---as I was born in 1953---just 6 years after the event.I grew up surrounded by the new Optimism of building a new India----my father being the main influence there---and stories of Rana Pratap, Shivaji,Tipu Sultan, Mangal Pandey,Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi,Lokmanya Tilak,Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose being my favourite History Tales.
The First War of Independence in 1857 was dubbed the "Sepoy Mutiny" by the British and this added the Spark needed to fuel the minds and souls of our Freedom Fighters---the wave of Patriotism that was generated ended only 90 years later----on 15th August 1947.India has seen a fair share of Trials and Tribulations before awakening to keep her "Tryst with Destiny" at the stroke of the Midnight Hour of Freedom----the first Independent Day Break after 150 years of British Rule!!!In 1757 after the Battle of Plassey the East India Company began turning from a Trading Company into a Ruling power----after the bloodless debacle by Robert Clive against the Nawab of Bengal,Siraj-ud-Daulah---the first victim of their greed for Power!!!After this the Company gained strength through battles fought against the weaker Rulers creating the fear of "Company Bahadur" based on Military might.From here the Policy of annexing those States which had no direct Heirs to the Throne was put in motion by Lord Dalhousie-----and this added to their growing Power!!!The Indians plotted a campign against the Company---the message was concealed in "Laal Chapatties"or Red Rotis and circulated. The spark was lit unexpectedly in Meerut a few days before the planned date due to extrenous circumstances---on the 10th.of May 1857 Mangal Panday fired the first salvo!!!
From then on the British Crown took over the administation of India and it became a Prime Colony called "The Jewel in The Crown" with a Vice Roy---the only Imperial British Colony to be given it's special Insignia,Seal and Coat of Arms!!! However the die was cast---the roughshod Treatment meted out by the "Company Bahadur" and the atrocities perpetrated through it by dictating the growth of only Cash Crops like Indigo,Tobacco and Opium had left a deep scar on the Indian psyche. The Freedom Movement steadily gained momentum and finally after losing countless people made extraordinary thanks to their Patriotic fervour---India became free!!
To me Freedom is precious---it has allowed India to progress to where we are today---a growing Nation developing so well!!!We have come a long way through sheer hard work to reach where we are today--and while many things need to be ironed out and are still painful---we are slowly growing in stature and gaining self sufficiency in most Sectors.Today I'm proud of all that India and Indians have achieved----my heart fills with Pride----as I renew my Pledge to my Country!!!I quote the Poem of the great pre-Independence Indian Poet and Patriot----- founder of "Shanti Niketan" University of Calcutta---Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore--a Nobel Prize Winner who returned his Award in protest!!!
"Where the Mind is without Fear and the Head is held high
Where Knowledge is Free
Where the World has not been broken up into Fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of Truth
Where tireless Striving stretches it's arms towards Pefrection
Where the clear Stream of Reason has not lost it's way
Into the dreary Desert Sand of dead Habit
Where the Mind is led forward by Thee
Into ever widening Thought and Action
Into that Heaven of Freedom my Father
Let my Country Awake!!!"
Today I salute The Motherland-----Vandey Mataram---Jai Hind!!!

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BOVEY63 8/16/2010 11:09PM

    Hope you enjoyed your country's Independence Day. Thank you for sharing the story of how it came to be.

Freedom is indeed precious - I am grateful for mine everyday.

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ANU_20 8/16/2010 12:00AM

    Wish you a Very Happy Independence Day! And thanks for such a great blog!

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MESSENE 8/15/2010 3:27PM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Independence Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EACHDAYAGIFT 8/15/2010 1:10PM

    I enjoyed this and learned some things I had wondered about but was, as usual, too lazy to look into! The poem you closed with was so fabulous. Going public with my ignorance here, but why would someone protest getting a Nobel Prize? Enjoy this special day and the feelings it stirs in you!

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ATMANI 8/15/2010 11:59AM

    Jai Hind. Thanks for bringing back fond memories. We all have our favorite history characters and proud to be Indian.

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*MADHU* 8/15/2010 10:15AM

    Happy 63rd Independence Day emoticon

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RAJASHREE108 8/15/2010 8:57AM

    Jai Hind! This is one of your best blogs.. brought back so many memories..


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DRASADAF 8/15/2010 3:53AM

    Have A Happy Independence Day Komalji!! i simply love to b an indian...

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QUORNDAWG 8/15/2010 2:09AM

    Visited India last year - in Kolkata - for about 4 days before moving on to Thailand. Enjoy your special day.

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My "Other" 2 Children!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Today our boy turns Forty----and the fleet footed Time has brought back so many memories---but I'll begin at the beginning!!!Though biologically both Shilpa and Babu(Nikhil) are Milind and Nina's children I share a special bond with them----they are the children of my Heart---as dear to me as my own!!!My relationship with Shilpa began when I first saw her just before her first Birthday on a visit to Bombay in 1968------we'd come over for my maternal Uncle--Bal Mama's wedding.
The first thing I saw as soon as I entered was this Dumpling shaped cuddly little girl sitting on the Dining Table with her arms smeared with Biscuit Crumbs---shaking her head in remonstration of her own naughtiness!!!The gap toothed sweet smile and those mischieviously twinkly Black Currant eyes----these two things floored me completely and she became "My" baby!!!A year and six months later Sudhir and I got engaged and she grew even closer to me!!!She and I became pals---I told her countless stories and Fairy Tales---she soaked these up like a sponge---and wouldn't let me change even a comma or full stop when I retold these!!By now Nina was pregnant with Babu and Shilpa became even closer to me---dropping her and fetching her from School brought us closer and by the time I married Sudhir she was already my oldest Baby to me!!!Shilpa too reciprocated with the same degree of love and affection----she was very possessive of me with her other cousins---Sudhir's sisters' children.Together we had a lot of Fun.Shilpa was a very bright child----she was blessed with a very quick and intelligent mind and a maturity far beyond her years---I don't remember her throwing a tantrum ever!!A bright Student she was popular during her School days with both Teachers and Students alike---and blessed with an even disposition.She loved to be helpful---she took Sayali under her wing when she was born--changing nappies to the manner born and lording over both Lotta and Babu--keeping them at an arm's pace from the Baby!!!Like me she too was very fond of Food---we loved eating so many things together!!!
All through her childhood and adolescence she simply adored Rice and Cream mixed together and because she was a plump child Milind tried to discourage her from indulging in this fashion.She also adored Mangoes and would love to eat lots of these while in School------it was actually College that made he aware of her plumpness---and my cuddly Shilpa changed forever!!!Within a year with her trademark determination she transformed her "Puppy Fat" into a slim,svelte and well toned Body----and has remained that way since!!!She went on to do her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Bombay University with flying colours----her subject was Economics.She later also lectured in Sophia College at Pedder Road for a while as well.Today she lives in Singapore with her husband Priyadarshan and two sons--Aseem and Saumil----an ideal wife,mother and daughter-in-law----fulfilling all her traditional roles with grace and dignity.
Babu was born just 2 months before our marriage and is 11 months older than Lotta.Milind dressed up a 2 month old Babu in a 3 piece Suit for our Wedding Reception in the evening---the poor baby must've cooked in the steamy October Bombay weather!!!He was a total contrast to Shilpa---while she was plump and easy going he was thin and moody---the contrast between the two of them was really funny!!!Shilpa loved Food--Babu would barely swallow four morsels and clamp his mouth tightly shut!!!Shilpa was sunny natured---Babu was extremely moody!!!Both Lotta and he went to the same Play School----and here he would act the big brother as far as he could--protecting Lotta from the bullies in her class!!!I would rock both these children to sleep in the Rocking Chair----with Babu sucking on his right Thumb and his head resting on my right shoulder and Lotta sucking on the first 2 fingers of her left hand and her head resting on my left shoulder and both of them playing with the shared coverlet---telling both the same story of "The Little Red Car" everyday!!!Even today I remember the warm cuddly feeling of those two children nestled close to me as they drifted into their afternoon naps----looking at them today it really seems like a dream!!!I remember feeding him with a tablespoon---I don't know how he did it at that age of 7 months onwards---but since he began eating solid Food he'd just not eat beyond the fourth morsel----literally making it impossible to prise open his jaws!!!The worst thing was that both Shilpa and Lotta were very much on the heavier side---well why beat about the bush---they were both fat and this made Babu seem even thinner in contrast!!!Nina must've taken him to so many Pediatricians----and they always found nothing wrong with him.
As the children grew up the Girls bullied him mercilessly ganging up together against him!!!Sayali's birth brought about a new controversy---to whom exactly did the Baby belong---Babu or Lotta?It was so amusing to watch these two arguing hotly over this Topic while Shilpa acted mediator and shut both up effectively!!!A few months later we shifted here but our ties remained as strong----they have been my children as far back as I can remember---both my daughters would accuse me of being partial to both Babu and Shilpa!!!Babu bore the brunt---because he was a male I was accused by all three Girls of being softer with him---a charge I hotly refute!!!Shilpa and Babu too have reciprocated my love with equal warmth---in fact Babu introduced me as his"second" mother to his wife-to-be when we met her for the first time--and my daughter-in-law too has treated me with the same respect she'd show her mother-in-law!!!Today he lives a stone's throw away from us and Shilpa too has bought an Apartment equally close by----in fact our three homes form an equidistant Triangle with Sudhir and me in the centre!!!Babu's wife Maithili is a Cosmetologist/Dermatologist and keeps an Eagle eye on the three of us--Nina,Sudhir and me---specially on our health.I have no expectations from my children--all I ask is that they live happy,healthy lives---for me that by itself is sufficient!!I am very lucky to be blessed with 4 children--each one of these being highly intelligent,articulate and poised-----they are all my Pride and Joy----each one of them unique in her/his own way!!!

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RAJASHREE108 8/15/2010 9:06AM

    Unconditional Love! So wonderful..

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MESSENE 8/14/2010 12:27PM

    emoticonSending your son Birthday Wishes!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRASADAF 8/13/2010 7:26AM

    so chweet...really adorable kids...u have..ahem... other kids...

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ANU_20 8/13/2010 12:22AM

    That is really sweet!!! emoticon Wish your son a very Happy Birthday from me!

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ATMANI 8/12/2010 7:46PM

    Hey emoticon Lady, it's always nice to read your blogs.

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SAASHA17 8/12/2010 11:33AM

    thats so sweet..happy bday babu:)

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Jack Sprat and his Wife!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Jack Sprat,he ate no Fat-----His Wife she ate no Lean
And so between the two of them,They wiped the Platter clean!!!"
Sudhir and I are both like Jack Sprat and his wife---opposites of each other where Food is concerned!!In the early days of our Marriage I introduced him to Chinese Food and he liked it enough for it to become a weekly Friday night Dinner out-------stretching out later to embrace Thai Cuisine as well----the spicy taste of both Cuisines specially the latter----- was very similar to Indian taste hence appealing to the Palate!!!Also the fact that it consisted of servings of either Rice or Noodles was the plus point----he has to eat Rice everyday for Dinner---or he can't sleep!!!!!As for me,I grew up eating different types of Food---the Indian Food was something I enjoyed and some typical dishes definitely make up my "Comfort" Food---but I can survive without it------happily!!!My Palate was far more adventurous and open to new Inventions----my plus point is that I can swallow even Food I haven't even liked----I may not order it again but I'll never waste a single morsel on my Plate!!Sudhir on the other hand can't even think of swallowing new tastes which he dislikes the moment it enters his mouth!!!
Once on a Brunch foray to a Greek Restaurant named "Barbounia" in New York we encountered this small hitch----he didn't like what he'd ordered!!!Before leaving home I'd warned both Sayali and Kartik about Sudhir's limitations in Food adventure---they as usual thought that I was being mean!!!We trooped in there for a Saturday Brunch and Sudhir ate the Feta Cheese and the Breads accompanying it with taste---now the time came to order the Main Course.I ordered a "Croque Monsieur" because Chicken Gyro or the Souvalaki wasn't there and both Sayali and Kartik ordered something similar too.Sudhir was studying the Menu intently---totally dismayed at it's contents!!!The cause for his dismay was that all the Egg dishes consisted of 3 Eggs made to order----while he can't swallow even 2 eggs under duress!!!"I can't eat this-----I never eat such a lot for Lunch!!" he groused------and stopped short!!!There was a deep Copper Wok containing 3 Eggs set sunny side up on a thick reddish Sauce being served at the next Table-----it looked appetising and somewhat familiar to him-----"I think I'll have that---what is it?" he asked us. We were told that it was something called a "Shak Shouka" and consisted of a thick spicy Stew of Garbanzo Beans and Lamb Mince with a layer of 3 Eggs sunny side up set on top.
This was very similar to a dish that I made often for Breakfast on Sundays----we called it "Eggs on Tomatoes" and while I added either Bacon or Ham cut into bits to the basic Shallot and Tomato thick spicy Sauce there were never any Garbanzo Beans used in the dish----also our Seasonings were way different too---so knowing Sudhir I was extremely apprehensive of the out come!!The Meal arrived and he dug his spoon in-----and one look at his face was enough for me!!!"Sorry folks---but I just can't swallow this---didn't like it!!!" said he while I switched plates immediately-----we ordered more helpings of Feta and Bread for him----the Brunch had fallen flat by then!!!I ate the "Shak Shouka" instead----carried the "Croque Monsieur" home to eat as Dinner-----but both Sayali and Kartik were upset------all of us finished our Meals and silently trooped out!!!
On the way home I told them that sticking to places that served Bacon and Eggs,Fish-n-Chips or Cream Soups was a safer bet with him----as for me---I just adore Steaks and Pork---so I"ll never stay hungry---anywhere in the World!!1

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SAKHAR74 8/11/2010 6:33PM

  We weren't upset upset. We actually gave him a hard time for not sticking to the tried and tested bacon and eggs. Not to forget the recipe Kartik left for him when we were in India the last time!! Remember that?

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ATMANI 8/11/2010 3:02PM

    emoticon I can relate to your story...

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BOVEY63 8/11/2010 12:51PM

    I am adventurous too when it comes to trying new things - my sons on the other hand are another story, especially the youngest one.

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DRASADAF 8/11/2010 12:45PM

    its the similar story to mine too...

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SAASHA17 8/11/2010 11:37AM

    hehehe..I am so much like u. I would try anything once...

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EACHDAYAGIFT 8/11/2010 9:36AM

    Poor Sudhir. What a trial eating out must be for him. I wish I could be so picky... maybe I'd be thinner! I've actually lived with these challenges with my son. No hambutger meat, no seafood of any kind, nothing with most vegetables in it, no brown or wild rice, only white, no wheat bread, only white, no whole grain anything... the list goes on, and many of these he's never even tried. He is dangerously obese and won't eat all the healthy things that could help him. My daughter, luckily, has always had an adventurous palate, which keeps the relatives from blaming my son's ways on his upbringing, LOL!

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MESSENE 8/11/2010 8:22AM

    emoticonGreat blog! In Mexico they have a similar egg dish. emoticonIt contains Corn tortilla with salsa, and the eggs on top. I don't like sunny side up, so I have them cooked over medium. emoticonThey call them Huevos Rancheros. They are sure yummy! emoticon

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Mountains,Hills and Memories!!!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Since I can remember Mountains have mesmerised me-----Chandigarh is planned in such a manner that the Mountains are always there---lofty Purply Blue and hazy in the Distance!!!During my early childhood I'd wait for the Evening Dusk to descend-----as the Sun st the Mountains acquired a different look----mysteriously enchanting---and then those Lights would begin twinkling all over them--in clusters,by themselves----it looked as if the Slopes wore a cCarpet of Stars---Blue,Yellow and Red----flickering and twinkling in the distance---seemingly hanging from the Sky---specially on the Black Moonless nights each month!!!I was a dreamer---nourished on a diet of Enid Blyton"s Fairy Tales(still love reading these with relish) my Imagination would people the mysterious heights with Fairies,Elves,Imps and Goblins---these became my version of The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree!!!!So convinced was I of these that I searched under the Clover growing wild in the Garden for Leprechauns---and each time the Wind howled in the cold Winter nights---I'd think that the Banshee was summoning me!!!
As I grew older,the Mountains became my Friends and confidantes---they knew all my childish and girlish Secrets---I'd whisper these to them when the World slept at night---and they'd wink back their message of having understood me through the twinkling Starlike Lights!!!It may surprise many to know that I was lonely----despite having a barrelful of Best Friends,Good Friends and Friends---because I've always been very outgoing,gregarious and friendly---with literally tons of Friends!!!That I love people is a fact---but that I have a withdrawn and locked Core in my heart is a fact too----the Mountains were the only Confidantes privy to this core----rather that this Secret Core was exposed only to the Mountains---guess that's more logical---sounds more grammatically correct too!!!I have spent endless Nights just sitting in my Window---just drinking in the early Autumn nights---scented with all the beautiful Perfumes of a North Indian Garden---a hypnotic mixture of fresh mown Grass,various strains of Jasmines mingled with other equally heady Scents of the Lilies,Narcissus, Magnolia and the Tea Roses climbing over the Verandah,warm loamy Earth and the acrid Smoke of the fallen Leaves and Twigs----burnt at Dusk in the Evening----all combining to form a wonderfully heady Perfume!!!
That is not all.My ties with my Mountains grew stronger because I visited them often----the crisp clean Mountain Air,the Summer Slopes abloom with heady Wild Flowers,thick Forests of Pine and Spruce,bubbling Brooks tumbling down the steep slopes------numerous Memories crowd my mind of long Treks over these Mountains with my Father and Jeanneret Uncle-----sometimes drinking Black Tea made in a Tin Kettle placed on 3 stones put togther in a verdant Meadow and dried Cow Pats used as Fuel!!!The endlessly deep upturned bowl of the Sky----the cool,crisp Air----the scent of Wild Jasmine and other Flowers mingling with the caressing Breezes----shady Thickets of Wild Berries---Straw Berries,Red Currants and Black Berries just growing wild ---tiny but sweet---I have been scolded so often on my return for tearing and staining my Clothes in the Bramble Patches!!!I romped so often on their craggy shoulders and was familiar with each Evergreen Tree and blade of Grass----the Breeze whispered a "Hi" each time we met and the innumerable tiny Streams gurgled "Hello" each time we passed!!!I have often watched the Sun come up on their Slopes---the Skies turning from Grey to Violet to Mauve then blushing a lovely Rose Pink and finally Gold!!!I have seen the Sun saying "Good Night" too---the Snow capped Peaks awash with a range of myriad Colours from a rich Gold and Rose Pink to a soft velvetty Indigo!!!
To tell you the Truth these Mountains came with me to Bombay after my marriage----locked in the secret Compartment of my heart!!!They shared my secret fears of Childbirth and heard me out patiently when I ranted against the "harsh" treatment meted out to me during that latter phase of my preganancy by my mother ---following Medical advice!!!After my return to Bombay Life's tempo changed---other duties took precedence and apart from a very short and hurried "Hi!!"each time I visited,there were very few exchanges between me and the Mountains---but they understood---reassuring me of always being there for me---all I had to do was lie back and close my eyes----Lo! and Behold!!!There they were!!It was later when the Girls grew up a little that we bonded with the Mountains again---this time as a Family!!!Today I can no longer travel that far----but the bonding stays----the Mountains understand too so they come to me--in various Photographs and Films I connect with them regularly.
"I dream of the Day my Soul will be free
This Body no more attached to Me
Then like an Eagle I'll soar up into the Sky
Alighting on a high Peak watch the World go by!!!

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ANU_20 8/6/2010 2:12AM

    That was so beautiful! Took me back to the mountains! Thanks!... and a request to you for the nth time i think emoticon ... Please write a book so that people outside the Spark world can also have the wonderful opportunity to read your beautiful creations! emoticon emoticon

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ATMANI 8/5/2010 6:25PM

    Your blogs are a joy to read. Thanks for sharing.

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ATMANI 8/5/2010 6:25PM

    Your blogs are a joy to read. Thanks for sharing.

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MESSENE 8/5/2010 4:39PM

    emoticonI love your stories, and the fragrance of the flowers. emoticon emoticonWe used to have a jasmine bush that climbed up our window, and every evening the fragrance would enter into the room. I think this fragrance stay with us forever. emoticonSuch wonderful memories! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRASADAF 8/5/2010 1:23PM

    I feel touched by ur last 4 lines...dont say that ...its too much for me...as for the mountains i cannot believe two people can share so much similarities.I was in a boarding school in panchgani and i too was lonely not that i had no friends but tons of them ,still these mountains would talk to me and me to them.I would watch their colours change in the evening ...i loved them so much that it pains me even now when i think of them...
Love u Komalji..take care...

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SAASHA17 8/5/2010 11:24AM

    that was beautiful....wish i cud write as well as u:)

u r amazing Komal emoticon emoticon

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