Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunday Soliloquy (Written very early Monday morn)

I seem to have become a workaholic all over again, though the --holic'ism' has taken other directions at the moment. No I shall not think or write about work, I have enough of that all week long anyway.

Despite everything, I have been doing stuff lately. Finally managed to finish Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird again. I had read it several years ago and had identified with the character of Scout (Jean Louis Finch) a lot. Did so this time I read too. Also managed to watch Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera adaptation into a movie of the same name. I have always been biased about movies based on books, I never find the movie good enough. This was the same too. Wasn't too happy with the film.

I managed to think about a lot of things to write about this week. That's a big thing, trust me. Thinking takes up a lot of time and I don't have the luxury of time these days. I only wish I could now translate all those thoughts into writing, for now, thoughts that I know will flow as beautiful words are swaying along all corners of my mind, corners, mind you, the rest of the brain has other functions at the moment. I read a few blogs, discovered some great ones, studied a bit of science and defence, bought a branded pair of shoes, some clothes, a fiery looking very colourful little dragon mantle piece (one of those Feng Shui things I think, wouldn't know what its supposed to do, I just thought it looked nice).

Oh this afternoon, I went with the best friend Manju to a Korean restaurant on the other side of the city. On work, but the lady who owns the place, called Soo Ra Sang (that's the restaurant, not the woman's name) insisted that we eat. Now, I will eat to experiment anything, as long as it is vegetarian. The seating of the roof top eatery (its too small to merit the fancy tag of a restaurant) was authentic Korean, low tables where you had to sit cross legged, bamboo all around, some traditional musical instruments and strange smells. We ate (and I noted down the name on my phone) Dol Soth Bee Bim Bob and Jap Che. Ah! The names make me sound like some fancy diner.

The Dol Soth thingie is rice served on a very hot sizzling iron plate with several types of veggies in little bowls that are placed all around you. Jap Che is glass noodles with vegetables. Well, I suppose what we ate was very authentic but I have never had a fancy for bland food. South East Asian food is rather bland, I notice. It was an interesting meal though, with some veggies looking too strange for us to dare to eat them. The best part was what we got for dessert, it sounded like 'sojunga' when I asked the waiter what it was called. It was a kind of flavoured sweet and cold tea served in a glass bowl, very different and soothing.

The lunch reminded me of a restaurant called Little Italy that I had lunch in with my cousin and his wife a long time ago, was a good one. Great place, great food. Ah! I have also been keeping in touch with my cousins these days, feels good to chit chat with family, with no siblings of my own, my friends were my family most years I was growing up. Divya, I know you will be reading this sometime, just wanted to say, its great to be able to keep in touch with you!

That ah! a few lines before reminded me of another movie I watched, King and I, that endearing story of the King of Siam and the English teacher. The later version, Anna and the King, doesn't measure up to how cute this one is. And I swear I am in love with Yul Brynner, the King in the film. He keeps saying ah all the time, is full of attitude but oh-so-hot! He is what I call the lethal combination of hot+sexy+cute+handsome....

New food, old movies, new job, new books and friends....I shouldn't be asking for more right now, but I am, I am asking for much more!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Travels in My Head

This is not good, not good at all, the fact that I haven't travelled anywhere in such a long time. When was the last time I went anywhere at all, apart from home? I don't remember. And that is not good at all :-(

I suppose life has just taken over and I no longer have the time to travel. My parents have also abandoned me and travel without me these days. As for travelling alone, my My travels today are around the dusty city of Bangalore. I have to travel, have to have to have to.....

As of now, the only trip I took was down Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, one of my all time favourite books. Watched the movie last night, predictably didn't like it much. I never, almost as a rule, like movies adapted from books. They are never ever as good as I would like them to be. The book, I recommend again, please read it, even if you don't read any other book in your life.

"It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love..."

Amazing book... And the lovely story is one that I travel on, for the moment.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hello there

Hello there! On second thoughts, I wonder if there is anyone at all reading this for me to say hello to.....

Can I say life has been good? That would be an exaggeration. Has it been bad? Not really. I am somewhere in limbo, trying to sort things out, trying to do the things I love, trying to live a life. Hasn't always been possible of late. I suppose life is strange after all.

It is raining outside. The weather is lovely, though not to work! :-) Life NEVER turns out the way you want it to, that is one lesson that life seems to drive into me every other day. Changes are tough to deal with, even more so in my case. Maybe that is what everyone whose life is changing things.
This seems to be one random post.....

What have I been up to? Working, trying to settle in at the new place. Trying to keep my head above the things I am supposed to be doing. Getting used a lot of things....Confused, worried, trying to write....