Sunday, May 06, 2007

Early this morning, temple bells rang out in the distance, a special arati to the God seated in his seven horse- drawn chariot that traverses the vast heavens. In the distance the canopy of a young banyan glistened, swayed and opened up to the touch of morning light.
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You zoom in and out, trying to focus so as to get the arch of the curve over the entrance just right, the afternoon light like a warm golden carpet upon the granite steps. You overhear a young boy on a bike advising a young earnest girl on her first job, do’s, don’ts and musts, its all you can do to keep from grinning like a fool. You visit the dept after two decades, and a senior now on the faculty recognizes you, “ austere!”, she instantly says.

21 comments:

Tarun said...

Well no Tea for me.

Nice blog page.

Honest Suggestion:- Please title your post.See u around :)

abbagirl74 said...

No need to title the post. As you are moody by your profile, you may do as you please, right? I do believe so.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It has been a stressful two days. Hope you have a lovely week.

austere said...

Tarun- thanks for reading. title? too tough. :)

abbagirl- will drop by. the pics on nytimes were horrible.

Proxima said...

Beautiful imagery as always.

I miss many things abou India, the morning walks to class, Masala tea at every turn, the trips to the temples, but, there are things I don't miss equally as much.

-P

Prajakta said...

And how nice it feels know to talk 'bout the days that went by & relive those moments...

Austy...so how hv u been?...was here...but cldn't leave comments...don't know y? I had tried so many times...but it wld never get printed...lemme c if it works this time...

Sathya said...

hmmmm young boy telling a girl something something something..I can total visualize that :)


You took on the pseudonym twenty years ago!!!???

Sathya

AmitL said...

What was the occasion(which fest?)?grin at the advice from the young boy to the earnest girl.:)U should have thrown in ur two bits too,as an innocent experienced bystander who couldn't help overhearing the talk..heh heh.:)Wow at the senior at the faculty recognizing you after two decades..I guess u look as young as u did then?:)Cheers.

austere said...

proxima- there are so many things not to miss. in my home state, the police has turned vigilante and done horrible things.

prajakta- thanks re for the comment, no clue why you couldn't post earlier. had a few up- downs but am ok. :)

sathya- ya ya took on this name the day I was born, what!

amitl- you know suryanarayan bagh at kothi? no festival, sunday routine jevu. mane sacche khoob j hasu avyu, dahpan sambhli ne.hamna pan etlij behenji lagu chu etle hashe. :) deshi manas ame toh, lep lapeda na avdey.

AmitL said...

Austere,hahahahaahahaha..at ur reply.Ya,I know Suryanarayan Bagh at Kothi.:)(And,the Baroda Dairy counter next to it.grin).

mystic rose said...

titles are tough for me too.. :)

how do you encapsulte all that in a couple of words ? :)

hmmm... beautiful, the dawn!

austere said...

amitl- wait! didnt see no sugam counter there..will have to go there tomorw itself, to find out for meself. :) elaichi shrikhand?

mystic- :) ty

shiv said...

And further down, how is the great lake?? needs an evening by itself..and hope you paint the picture with your words..you evoke too many memories .. how is the other side of techo...Keertistambh,and the ground that gave birth to a few wicketkeepers, along with IPCL

AmitL said...

Puhleasseee...don't give me temptations...losing 14 kgs was tough enough.:)

austere said...

shiv- no visit to sursagar, not this time. kirtistambh stands tall looking over sundry outstation bus stops and the higgeldy exhibition stalls at polo ground. raju's khaman is arnd too, though haven't had the pleasure this time.

amitl- yup. thankyousoree.

mystic rose said...

I was thinking of not updating frothy waters anymore.... :)
probably it will be back up again wheni change my mind.. :)

austere said...

ok, mystic. :)

Proxima said...

Austere,
At some point I'll get around to posting about my experiences in India, it was just so much to take in. It's been two years and my mind still struggles to make sense of it all. Not just experiencing the country, but the dynamics of the group I traveled in as well. I had always traveled alone before.

How scary to fear the people who are support to be there to protect!
-P

austere said...

proxima- I can sort of appreciate how tough it must be. Look forward to both the posts and envy your generosity in being able to share.
:)

mystic rose said...

yes, andhra. and the language is telugu. i am from andhra as well.. :)

austere said...

But so beautiful it is, all green and lush, love those old style homes. :)

mystic rose said...

yeah, me too.. love those old style homes.