I wonder where and how it all started in india. The question - "What are you doing at 12 on 31st night? " I wonder when our obsession with this began. I see folks spending so much money to bring in a new year. I realized a few years back that I want to bring in the new year at the place I love the most - our lovely house. I've got an interesting menu planned and folks coming over. I hope the next year is as awesome as this one and I don't fall for peer pressure and do anything silly this year too.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
|One of the smaller towers|
|Yali at the entrance|
|Narasimha killing hiranyakasipu|
I found two Wizard of oz books the first and the second in bookworm off brigade road. I was so delighted and I've started reading the series. I finished two and ordered ozma of oz as an eBook. Its so wonderful. Even years, rather decades after release these books are so magical. The story is timeless. I pray that I'd be able to create a marvel like this someday. Timeless and entertaining and enriching.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The malur road has no lights. I feel safe there because we have these two along. I doubt I'll be so calm else. I wonder how people in that area live. How are they ok getting by without electricity? If the world goes to the dogs and there is no petrol and electricity I think those guys will be able to get by happily while I won't be. It's a road which makes me ponder and laugh when I cross places like a.chettypalli, masti etc. I am glad I have a life which let's me explore, which gives me a chance to drive through unknown roads towards a beautiful destination which I never tire of coming back to because home is where my heart definitely is.
To those unfamiliar, the story goes like this. Periyalwar was a tamil saint. He attended to the temple and one day in the temple garden he found a beautiful baby girl. Childless himself he brought her up. Andal was in love with lord Vishnu and would wear the garland she made for him everyday before it was taken for The Lord. She composed the tirupaavai and was happy to be in love until her father found out one day. He found a match for her to marry her off but before the wedding, Andal becomes one with The Lord. Till date you can see the well where Andal saw her reflection in the water when she wore the mala and also the garden where she was found.
Periyalwars descendants are still around and you can visit the house where Andal was brought up. I am not sure how accurate that is but I am so happy that there a a temple dedicated to a poetess. Anyone who has heard thiruppavai knows how lyrical and beautiful the verse is. The the temple is calm and not commercial. Right outside you find shops selling the palgova. The palgova is awesome and I ate quite a lot of it. In the main market there is a tiny eatery called kathiravan. Their chutneys and dosa is so tasty.
We headed to the saraswati mahal library first as they would close it by 12. The library is the private collection of King.Sarabhoji. He was a Maratha king who ruled over Tanjore. His family still lives in the city. His collection was mind blowing. He had books of all languages and the few dictionaries displayed looked so interesting. I want to just go there sit and read all my life. The biology books there are so beautifully illustrated. There are paintings of Chinese punishment methods, Gods, landscape of cities like chennai, Varanasi, London etc. The library is a book lovers paradise. I write about it and all the books there seem to be calling out for me. Living there and reading the books has become part of my to do list now.
From the library we headed over to the temple. The periya kovil as it is fondly called. The size of the temple makes you to stop in your tracks. The number of people there also catches your attention. The funny part is the place is so huge that even despite the hundreds of devotees you find it empty. The sanctum sanctorum was closed when we went and we spent an hour outside observing the temple and trying to make sense of some of the stories. The dues that people owe the temple are carved along the wall of the temple. I saluted Raja Raja Cholan for his perseverance and devotion in building this work of art.
It is told that the shadow of the gopuram never touches the ground. I am not sure as to how correct that is but when we were there we did not see the gopuram's shadow.
The huge Nandi outside is a monolithic and carved so beautifully. I just close my eyes now and the whole temple comes right in front of me and I feel so humbled by the devotion of people a thousand years ago. A must visit place if you love indian architecture and want to learn more about our history.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
With terrorists around the world killing children and burning teachers, with people sleeping in the roads covered with newspapers, i am lucky to not have faced such violence or poverty yet. I am lucky to have a family. I am lucky to be alive with all my organs in tact. I am lucky to love my job and what I do most of every day.
Whether I see it that way or not, in this world and age, I am blessed. I have to accept that bigger picture first and see my blessings. I am always going to be unhappy if i cannot figure out a way to be happy with what I have. I was earlier conflicted if satisfaction would lead to stagnation. But now, I have come up with a new theory which I will stand behind until I can disprove it.
I am thinking that the need to evolve need not come from just dissatisfaction. In fact I think true growth can only come in when there is happiness and satisfaction and the acceptance that one is capable of much more and will achieve the seemingly impossible. Living in the now and planning for a later can also work. Let me see..
I whisper a silent prayer and hope that I don't become the victim of an error which will be dusted away as a statistical anamoly.
Monday, December 15, 2014
I continue to love my job more everyday!!!
Ambience : The chinese soldiers stationed at the entry stole my heart yet again. There was some unobtrusive music in the background and it was pleasant when there was a lull in the conversation.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
This NGO called Precious Paws takes care of puppies and dogs which have been abandoned or which would have had to live in the streets otherwise. Remember our adventures with the 5 puppies? We had dropped them off in Precious Paws and if the recent pictures are to be believed, they are doing well.
I am so looking forward to the peace and quiet. Maybe, I will finish the romcom I am writing with my dear husband.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Monday, December 08, 2014
Thursday, December 04, 2014
I felt so happy and I was reminded of a lot of eatables that have given me joy while growing up. I remember the yummy's my sister used to get it from a shop nearby, the thinly sliced mangoes with chilli and salt, the hot corn cobs boiled with very little lime smeared, boiled groundnuts whose shells i removed and then ate peacefully. All these are just a tip of the iceberg and I am already feeling hungry again. (For some groundnuts actually)
These are actually really small things I used to look forward to at some point of time or the other. I am thankful for these small pleasures and am so glad they make my life better one small bite at a time.