Sunday, January 24, 2010
The daily Healthy Reflections mail got me thinking----what really does give Happiness???I then decided to list the things I love----things I can't live without---and so here goes guys!!!
The best thing about Sudhir is his beautiful smile---I love the way his deep brown eyes light up when he smiles---he still looks like a young boy and my heart still misses a beat!!!
The memory of the first glimpse of my grand-Daughter and my daughters---it still makes my heart swell with emotion.The warm baby breath,their toothless and later toothy smiles,the warm scent of their bodies---all is hoarded away to view at leisure---and whenever I'm feeling down---these act as instant pick-me-ups for me!!!
A call from my Grand-daughter just to talk to me---just listening to that happy little voice burbling away just makes my day---her late evening is my early morning in India!!!
The call of the Cuckoo in the pre-dawn of early Spring makes my heart miss a beat---it is so beautiful!!!I survived my Chemotherapy with a smile on my face thanks to that melodious companionship---it seemed to me that the bird just called to give me company!!!
Sunrises and Sunsets are so special.Sunsets also change according to weather---Winter Sunsets are different from the Summer ones.The best Sunrises are those when one awakes early and watches the play of Light slowly transforming the darkness on the horizon.
The darkening of the Sky just before the first clap of Thunder,the blinding flash of Lightning and the gusty Winds signalling the onset of the Monsoons----the dust scented cool gusts carry a wonderful magic---it's fun to be there just to experience it!!!
The first drops of Rain falling on the thirsty parched Earth and the awesome scent of the Earth---everything looks rejuvenated---fresh,green and ALIVE!!!The welcome coolness in the Air and the ambience in the clean and green Garden---just lovely!!
I love scents---I'm something of a scent fanatic---my nose is my best companion---I'd love to smell the scented Air of Kshmir Valley again.The beauty of the Valley is legendary no doubt but the first thing that I first noticed was the scented Atmosphere.There was a heady scent of Crocus,Iris,Narcissus,Roses and many types of Jasmine scenting the roads---these grew wild by the roadside.Also the Air in the Himalayan Mountains and Foot Hills feels different and has a smell so unique it cannot be duplicated---ever!!!
Lastly the smell of Food---yuuuuummmm---I live to eat--that's what landed me in this mess in the first place---but I still find Food hard to resist.The smells of Pan-Asian food,Barbecues and Bacon sizzling in the frying pan----I think those are the best smells in the whole wide World!!!!!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
My favourite passtime is watching old movies---both Bollywood and Hollywood---there are some that I can watch any number of times!!!The range is extensive and the best way to connect with the past----watch these old Movies!!!
Musicals like "My Fair Lady","The Sound Of Music" , "Mary Poppins","Singing in the Rain","Fiddler on the Roof" are among those I love---the songs are to die for!!!There are so many more but these are closer to my heart----I have seen these so often that certain dialogues are imprinted on my mind!!I saw these movies again with my children and got a fresh perspective and enjoyed them even more as an adult.Other movies like"Roman Holiday","Cleopatra",Movies based on the Second World War and all of the Alfred Hitchcock thrillers---with the exception of "Psycho"---even today are on my "must see" list!!!
Both my daughters sing very well---they take after their father---I just croak(not that it keeps me quiet!!!).Their repertoire included many beautiful songs but my personal favourites were "Feed the Birds"from "Mary Poppins" and "Maria" from the "Sound of Music"----the way the two of them had blended their voices together was a treat for the ears!!!
"Dr. Zhivago and Lara's Theme"were among the other favourites----I have made so many Audio Cassettes of these to be played at bedtime---great way to drift asleep---the soft strains of the Music act as lullabies!!!I'm now on the lookout for someone to convert these to CDs----maybe I'll teach myself to do it!!!
Bollywood is another thing.I love the old Movies with beautiful Music---all our films are musicals---again have sooooo many Cassettes----to watch I prefer the later films---happy themes and happy endings!!!Serious movies are a bit taxing----big critical acclaim---but Life's a bore anyway---one doesn't need to be reminded just how much!!!Dev Anand,Shammi Kapoor,Shashi Kapoor movies are a blend of Humour,Passion and Music---perfect way to unwind!!!Our film Music is extensive ------in myriad different moods---it can make make you laugh,cry,be pensive or nostalgic---blessed with the great vocals of legendary Singers---I think India is truly blessed!!!Regional films---in my case---Marathi Movies also are rich in their artistic content.Old films made by stalwarts like V.Shantaram and Raja Paranjapey are beautiful to watch.They too were blessed with great Music by Sudhir Phadkey,Srinivaas Khaley,Vasant Desai,Vasant Prabhu,Vasant Pawar,Ram Kadam to name a few and the simple and beautiful poetry of the lyrics---written by G.D.Madgulkar,Shanta Shelkey,Jagdish Khebudkar,Aarti Prabhu to name a handful----are today revered as timeless classics!!!Today we are again acquiring a new edge by the new movies being made---depicting the vagaries of Life as it is---backed by a fantastic new generation of Actors,Directors,Writers and Musical prodigies---Singers and Composers!!One could call this a Renaissance of the Marathi Theatre and Films---with a bang!!
Technology ia a great thing---it preserves our Heritage and our memories---giving our future generation an insight into how the Past progressed into the Present and further into the Future.The service it provides in helping us to de-stress is unmatched by any other method of relaxation.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Every evening at 6p.m.-7.45p.m. we 10--15 women meet in our Condominium Complex Compound----just to sit together and chat!!!All of us belong to the same Condominium though some live the in 'A','B' or 'C' buildings and our ages range from 42-70 years.Sudhir is at a loss to understand what that diverse an age group of women can talk about daily?
There are so many common topics---Health and Diet being the main ones.We have all lived together for the past 35 years----with the exception of the various daughters-in-law who married and joined us later most of us are the original owners who moved here in 1975---that makes us comfortable with each other--like a family.We have all grown old together and though some of us moved away most retained their old Apartments here and often drop by for a chat.We take our evening walks together and then sit ourselves down on the chairs arranged for us by the Security guys----every one stops by for a "HI' and a "Hello" and we get all the Condominium News---daily!!!
Often we get some Snacks---these days mainly healthy ones---and enjoy these together much to the chagrin of those who watch us from their windows-----they feel that we're too tight knit as a group to accept new members----in fact we'd like to welcome more women into our group---the more the merrier!!!.
We're an unlikely lot---Kantaben,Kishoriben,Radhaben and Jyoti are total Vegetarians who eat only eggless Cakes while Dolly,Banidi,Fatima,Mitra,Savitri and I are unabashed Non-Vegetarians----we talk about our recipes,various varieties of Snacks or just Food!!!.Sonia and Bhabhiji (her mother-in-law) eat eggs only in cakes-----otherwise they are Vegetarian.We are joined sometimes by Pushpa,Vahini,Shashi Tai and Vahini's daughter-in-law Trupti.The topics of discussion range from Religion,Family,Husbands(their idiosyncrasies),Children and the bygone days that were!!!
The most affected by our presence are the poor children----we've known most of their fathers since their childhood---this makes us their unofficial Grandmas---a privilege we take very seriously!!!Sometimes I feel sorry for these poor things---but one can't ignore certain of their play activities which are sure to give them grief!!!Their mothers appreciate our keeping an eye on these activities---they can safely attend to their household work---cooking the evening meals.We host some parties for these kids sometimes---arranging eats like Pizzas,Samosas and Eggless Cakes because some of these are Vegetarian.The presence of these children------running around calling and screaming as they play----relaxes all of us---their joy is infectious!!!
Each Monday and Friday we attend our Yoga Class with total sincerity---Mitra is a qualified Yoga Teacher.This takes place on the Terrace of our Condominium.This takes us about 1 hour 30 minutes.I love this activity---the clear blue sky---the bird calls---the gentle breezes--the soft nuances of Mitra's relaxing voice----all help to make these classes special!!
This activity helps me to rewind and refresh my soul---daily---and I thank The Almighty every night for providing me with such pure and innocent entertainment!!!
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