Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This morning I got such a wonderful surprise!!!On my Spark Page and on my Face Book Profile I was delighted to discover these "Beautiful Woman" Awards----7 in all---and I was so happy that I ACTUALLY blushed!!!I am very deeply honoured and touched by the Love and Affection bestowed on me by my Friends---but don't know whether I really deserve this!!!A very heartfelt "Thank You" to you all!!
There are many to whom I too want to say this----Friends whom I've never met---whose voices I've never heard---but their sentiments and thoughts have found an echo in my heart and mind---and who have grown to be true Soulmates---people with whom I can truly be myself---without any artifice!!As a child I had many Pen Friends from all over the Globe---but these SP Friends of mine are far more accessible than those----they're literally just a click away!!!This relationship is a Bond--one that has insidiously wound it's way into my heart and become an integral part of my life---I really miss it so when the stupid servers are down---that's when I resemble a fat,well fed Cat pacing gingerly on a hot Tin Roof!!
The last week has been a bit hectic---getting settled in always is--specially once one is back home!!!Getting the Bags unpacked,Gifts dispensed,Closets tidied,Groceries replenished,Bags stowed away-----a million tiring,irritating but very necessary chores---a little trouble ensures a smoother routine!!Add to that a very dear Festival---Makar Sankranti---dedicated to the bounty of Mother Earth---in dispensing a good Winter Harvest of Chick Peas,Ground Nuts,Sugarcanes,Carrots,wild,sour Berries,tiny Sesame Seed Balls made with roasted Sesame Seeds in Jaggery Syrup called "Til Laddus"-----all ceremoniously filled in small Red Clay Pots decorated with daubs of Sandalwood Paste,Turmeric Powder and Red Kum Kum Powder---worshipped with great reverence and distributed to 5,7,9,11 "Suhaagans" or married women---various numbers in various households!!We arrived early morning on the 14th.of January---this Festival took place on the 15th. of January----I had left cash and a shopping list with my trusty Vanita---and so was all set for it---only drawback being the Jet lag!!!
I am really grateful to God for having granted me such wonderful Domestic Helpers Chhaaya Bai,Vanita,Hira Bai---all three of these ladies is worth their weight in Gold!!We came back to a sparkling clean,well aired home with the Beds spread with freshly laundered Sheets and freshly made home cooked Food ready to heated up as and when needed!!!The next morning all of them reported for duty at 10 a.m. sharp---and by noon the Bags were unpacked and stowed away-----everything went smoothly!!!My grand daughter was wondering why we need to go back to India---specially when she's not there!!Guess the answer is that we're too addicted to our creature comforts and too old to learn new tricks----an unfortunate fact!!!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Music is my soul----it helps keep my mind on an even keel---while I love Ballads and sad Songs I prefer the livelier Tunes---best pick-me-ups in the World!!!I grew up in the Radio Age---and my constant companion in all my waking hours was the Radio---the Short Wave fading in and out would play all the latest Hits of the time.Specially during the hot Summer nights when we slept out under the Stars on our Terrace---drifting off to sleep---lulled by the Music washing over us!!!
On our recent trip to Target I came across a very beautiful Wooden Musical Box---it was a complete Music Player--with arrangements for Records,Cassettes,Cds as well as a Radio and Voice recorder.This equipment also had the ability to convert Cassettes into CDs---which would have been such a boon for me--looking at the dozens of Cassettes that I've painstakingly compiled to suit my personal taste---unfortunately it was unpractical to carry back home---'coz previous buys have brought home the fact that mundane things like Voltage,Climatic conditions(Humidity etc.) cause terrible problems---resulting in disappointment when the item refuses to work!!!
The solution to this is access to the Internet's Juke Box---Youtube---of which I'm fast becoming an addict!!This wonderful Portal is taking me down Memory Lane in style---I'm meeting so many of my old favourites----beginning with as far back as the original "Musical Cowboy" Gene Autry besides Bing Crosby, Jim Reeves,Pat Boone,Fats Domino,Nat king Cole and "Ole Blue eyes" Frank Sinatra!!The heart throbs of my youth are very much there and these days I'm indulging in Gluttony---which won't give me any Indigestion for sure----plenty of Elvis,Cliff Richard,Nina & Fredrick,Glen Campbell----The Beatles,The Platters,The Kingston Trio----I'm so spoiled for choice!!!Whatever the Music it does set the mood for the Day----and then I dance the day away!!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
This is a very personal letter I'm writing to each one of you----to wish all my wonderful and very dear Spark friends a very,very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!The Internet is erratic here---so though I wanted to send Spark Goodies to each one of you---thanks to bad connectivity could manage only a few!!!Will try to send these on New Year--if not---then after the 14th.Jan.2011---for that's when I reach back home.
All of you have given me great Support and Happiness in this past one year---I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have Friends like each one of you----Thank You Folks---and may each one of you and your Families and Homes be blessed with
Good Health,Happiness,Harmony,Prosperity and Peace always.May each one of you attain desired Success in each of your ventures and Fulfill ALL your Dreams!!!
Take Care my very,very valued and Dear Friends------God Bless!!!
Lots of love and Best wishes,
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