After a filling lunch, we went to the boating place. Though the initial plan was to use canoes and kayaks, given the size of the group, we decided to go with two rafts to increase the bonding. Santosh and I were with two fourteen year old boys and a ten year old girl. The energy and competitiveness of the kids got us to stay ahead of the adult group throughout the ~1.5 mile route. We went down some rapids. Later we got stuck on some rocks because the water levels were lower. I sat at the back muttering ‘left back, right forward’ to remember how to paddle to keep the boat straight despite the occasional imbalance in rowing from the two sides. B, the coxswain of her rowing team, the niece who’s grad party it was the next day, was at the back of the other raft. Apparently she became exasperated with her rowers’ lack of coordination.
We stopped at a Flamenco demonstration…open class where many people mimicked the graceful women on stage. The music was spellbinding and resonated to something deep and earthy in my heart… the voice was rich and the black curved dresses swayed as they danced and clapped.
I miss the comfort with which I used to be able to do normal things in India or the UK. I miss not having to ask people for help to do basic things like calling a helpline to fix something.
I love writing. Whether it is pen on paper or finger-tips on keys, the feeling I get when I express myself is uniquely gratifying. In some ways, it doesn’t matter whether people are reading my post or not, because the sheer pleasure of writing is really enough of a motivation. But once my viewership started … [Read more…]
This is a relatively old song. The lyrics are in rustic Tamil style. Melody by Ilayaraja. Poongaathu thirumbuma? Yaen paatte virumbuma? Paaraate, madiyil vaichu thaalaate, Yenakkoru thaaymadi kedaikuma? (Poongaathu) Will the soft breeze turn? Will it like my song? To praise me and rock me to sleep Will I get a mother’s lap? Raasaave varuthama? … [Read more…]
19/09/2009 THE BEGINNING: PART 3 Hello all! It has been nearly 10 days since I got here. Freshers’ week was very fun! I went for lots of cool events where we got to meet people from all sorts of fields from genomics to international politics and everything in between! Social events included speed social networking … [Read more…]