Archive for April, 2005

Dangerously prolific…

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Am editing some papers on folklore and the kind of stories I get to read is interesting, about it to say the least! Came across this today in an essay on Mizo oral discourse about a folksong writer.

Pi Hmuaki was the first known composer and legend has it that the chief and village elders finally had her buried alive for fear she would finish composing all the songs and leave nothing for future generations. Her singing accompanied by her gong was said to be heard for seven days from her grave before it finally stilled.

I’m mighty amused… ROTFL

A long Saturday…

Monday, April 25th, 2005

What did i do on Friday… hmm… nothing to report. Saturday was tiring – we were supposed to join Prasad to watch a few 100-year-old movies as part of a film festival at Sathyam. Then we were to go with him to British Council’s Culture Cafe meet. Navin couldn’t get up [that reminds me… Friday night he indulged in a little too much revelry with Deepu & Ashwin] early enough and we made it straight to BC.

According to the organisers, symptoms “The British Council Writers’ Circle is an eclectic collection of individual writers who get together to not only hone their craft, sick but also, disease enable each other with shared learnings and create an interest in books in the community. ”

While I enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of discussing the art and craft, I couldn’t imagine sharing/exposing/ discussing my writing (not that I’m much of a writer) so intimately with others. Also, getting feedback is one thing, but getting ideas from others doesn’t seem very creative to me! I could never interfere with a writer’s creative flow – both as an editor and as an individual. Collaborative writing seems exciting – it fulfills the need to share and communicate and explain/ justify one’s motives in writing what one has, with people who hopefully will understand, which few writers get to do – it also I guess makes the process of writing less lonely – but it remains a fad only. A writer finally has to stand on his own merit. But since I haven’t taken part in it, I don’t know how it works! It works for some people, I guess.

After lunch at Saravana Bhavan with Prasad (where we discussed our mutual interest in publishing, restaurants & coffee), Navin and I camped in Mylapore, around the tailor’s place, where my blouse was due to be ready at 7 p.m. We bought a few knick-knacks at Mrignayanee (the MP handicrafts emporium) and three kora-paais. Navin eyes then lit up at the sight of a ‘Sale’ banner at Toys Kemp – what’s it with men and toys? Sigh… anyway, I thought I’ll use the time and go and look up friends (Chandroo’s getting married on Tuesday) at eshakti.com. The place seemed unoccupied, but mama saw me and invited me up to their place. Mama and mami, tenants of the small barsati-like portion of the building, used to provide us excellent filter coffee when I worked at Sulekha. They were warm and welcoming as always, and I got another of that refreshing tumbler of coffee. Chatted with their daughter Kalpana for 10 mins and went down to find Navin had picked up some icky-looking lizards, insects and a really disgusting intestines model!! I’m refusing to touch them.

Called Priya, who said why don’t we finish off some wedding shopping for her? So we met up with her mom and her at Spencer’s. Navin was despatched to Landmark while we indulged in shopping at Estelle, Westside and Pantaloons. Back to Mylapore for the blouse. Then the eternal dilemma: where do we have dinner? I was really exhausted with all the walking around (not the shopping around) and Navin decided to treat me at the new Traders Hotel. The building and the interiors were lovely, but… the prices and the service at the ‘Indiana’ restaurant sucked! Let me allow Navin to write about it 🙂 And about why we bought the kora-paai.

Good dinner outing

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Y’day plans suddenly changed and we went to M & D’s for dinner. We wanted to meet Dilip’s parents, this site who have come down from Tirunelveli, order and Eli (N and M’s ex-colleague) who’s come down from Bangalore. Chris and Deepa who were supposed to join us couldn’t make it. We met at M & D’s house, chatted till D arrived from work, and then went nearby to Kwality on Montieth Road for dinner.

D’s parents were great fun – we heard lots of stories of M & D’s wedding, there were lots of jokes and teasing. Contrary to apprehensions, they were cool…

Eli has put on some weight and looked as natty as always. She works in a BPO and it was interesting to hear what she did and her whole nightly schedule! She still doesn’t eat much – but she has a newfound interest in fruits!

Back to audio cassettes

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

We bought a new stereo player 10 days ago – Navin bargain-hunted it from Richie Street – so I won’t drop any (brand) names here! This purchase was prompted by the failure of our branded two-in-one (how obsolete that sounds in today’s 6-in1s and7-in-1s) in playing our old cassettes, more about which we have plenty. We use it only to listen to FM Radio, that too occasionally.

So I’ve been listening to some of my “Everlasting Love Songs” and other such collections on the new player. So much sentiment and mush – I love it! But I think it’s more because each cassette takes me back to the time and circumstances in which it was recorded or bought. But it was so sad that I could not play one of my fav collections called “20 Super Love Songs” (from somewhere abroad, flicked from a friend). It has some lovely songs like “Power of love,” “Endless love” (oh, this one can haunt you) and of course “Hello” and “I want to know what love is.”

Here’s a bit from Patti Austin’s “Smoke gets in your eyes” on deception and betrayal. Love the logic behind the imagery!!

“When your heart’s on fire,
You must realise
Smoke gets in your eyes…”

Right now, I’m listening to Air Supply’s “Lonely is the night.”

Nerds come out of the closet

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Today’s Hindu had this interesting article about nerds getting out and getting together at bars and restaurants in Boston. Check this bit: “Nerd Nite, sick which initially was held on Wednesdays, allergy became so popular during the last year that the owners of the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain agreed to let the nerds take over coveted Friday nights and fill the stage usually reserved for bands with their laptops and slideshow presentations…” Good for you, nerds!

Read the full Boston Globe article here.