13 January, 2009

Writing Prompt # 2

Before you read the prompt, make sure you will have 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to write and please do time yourself. Once you've written it, please leave a link here so we can come over and read it.

The second writing prompt comes from Tharini wherein she says

Do you have any one moment in your life, when you were totally, madly, utterly embarassed? Was it a situation in which you did something, said something or just happened to find yourself in? If you recall those feelings of wanting to sink through the ground, or suddenly appear invisible....use this prompt to recount them and help us feel your plight!

It was one of those boring days. Nothing particular to look forward to in college. Lectures which could not be missed all day long.

We made our way to college – cribbing and complaining, for it was indeed a very cold morning.

It was a long walk to college and unlike summer days, this one was a welcome walk, for it kept the cold at bay. Met some more friends at the station and walked on, chatting – niblets of conversation hanging in the air, dropping and seeping its way into our cold heads.

On the way, my faithful Kolhapuri chappals gave way. There is a Mochi just around the corner, we declared and made our way to the mochi …. only to find that the mochi had not opened his shop yet.

Nice start to the day ….. I should have taken a cue from the way it began …. walked on to college with the chappal slapping uncomfortably along the road.

At college, all hell broke loose when one of our profs decided to give us a spot test. There was pretty much unholy confusion as we looked at each other in dismay and utter horror. The prof would not budge a millimeter and give the test, we had to. Some more projects were heaped on, their deadlines uncomfortably close.

Muddled thoughts of what more was to come, a broken chappal flip flopping its way into my thoughts – I made my way to the psychology lab – not as a subject – rather to try and gain some insights into human psychology.

The prof trundled in a while later …… trundled in because she was well and truly a woman of extremely large proportions. Ambled in, settled down and slowly and surely the discussion started.

Somewhere around the end of the lecture, we’d been sufficiently lulled into a feeling of mild relaxation and it was warm and cosy in the Psycho lab. It was then that our Prof said that she would not be taking our lectures for the rest of the year. She was being replaced by some other Prof cos she was going off on long leave. And then she told us why she was going to be away for so long.

“But But ………. “ I spluttered, pretty much like a vehicle running on with its fuel tank almost on empty.

“But ……… we have been seeing you every day and we never knew, never realized that ……..”

And the moment those words left my mouth I had this distinct sense of having blundered. A déjà vu sense of “foot in the mouth syndrome” made its presence acutely felt.

Some of the girls looked mortified while some of the others looked on in sheer amusement, while I was busy turning shades of red. I could feel my ears flaming. They’d have given Rudolph’s nose a run for its money any day.

I’d just told our Psychology professor that though we’d been seeing her every day for the past few months, none of us even knew that she was pregnant.

And this, when she was a glorious “nine months pregnant” !!!!

P.S : Writing Prompt # 1 can be found here.

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07 January, 2009

UNO - A creative angle

Remember UNO - one of the most popular family card games. One is sure to find a pack of UNO in just about every household and it is as much a hit with the adults as it is with the children.

But are UNO cards used just to play the game ?

Well, according to Aparna, the answer is "most definitely not".

UNO Cards can be used very creatively too.

How ?

Take a look at the picture below. This is what Aparna put together with the UNO cards at home.

Aparna and Abhay walking to the park

Mom and Dad were rendered momentarily speechless :).

Simply put, it is superly duperly awesome !!! :)

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06 January, 2009

Writing Prompt # 1

Came across this on Sujatha's blog :

Write about a sleepover, a slumber party or the time you stayed somewhere overnight.

Kerala in mid May. Hot and sultry – humidity hangs in the air.

Fans swirl lazily – fanning warm air. We lie around under the fan - me and my cousins – all in that lazy stupor of full stomachs after a yummy lunch and the knowledge that it is vacation time. Our idle minds are devil’s workshops indeed – for it is in that room that we hatch a plot to visit the forbidden room upstairs in Athai’s house. And hunker down there for the night and have a pajama party.

Late at night, we say to each other, we’ll go to the upstairs room. That room is forbidden fruit, which is precisely what attracts us to that room like magnets.

At night, as the whole house slumbers, the six of us make our way up the creaking groaning stairs. The stairs squeak ominously, threatening to wake the adult members at any moment during our ascent up those stairs. Fortunately Athimbar’s and Athan’s snores are loud enough to lay cover to the squeaking stairs.

The bolt slides open and just at that moment my younger cousin pipes up “enakku pashikaradhu” (I am hungry).

“sssshhhhh” growls my elder cousin as she delegates the responsibility of filling up bags of fresh banana and jackfruit chips from the kitchen to her brother, who grumbles and groans his way down the stairs.

Up we go, the bolt slowly slides open and we gingerly step into the room. It smells musty …. damp …. mainly due to the fact that it lies unused. Coconuts are heaped in one corner while our torchlights throw light upon spiders spinning their cobwebs on the corners.

Luscious smells of mango and jackfruit waft in through the open window as we see the mango trees swaying to an unseen breeze.

My elder cousin brother arrives with his arms full of banana chips, jackfruit chips …… we settle down for a late night snack …. and that’s when we catch sight of the rope …. coiled in the corner of the room. It shines rather menacingly ….. too shiny to be a rope ….. and alarm bells start to toll inside our heads.

We sneak out of the forbidden room and stealthily make our way to the patio ……. all of us heaving a huge sigh of relief, having been scared out of our wits at the sight of that “coiled rope” which looked very much like a snake.

“Molutti” ….. “Evadaya Molutti” …….. comes the voice of Sarojini …… the helper …. and as we wake up, stretching our limbs and rubbing our eyes – realization dawns that the whole lot of us – me and my cousins had all fallen asleep on the patio sometime during the night.

If anyone noticed crumbs of chips strewn all over the patio the next morning, no one mentions anything.

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05 January, 2009

Nature is the art of God ...

I thank you God, for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirit of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

~ E.E. Cummings

There is such sedate beauty and such ample and abundant grace about Mother Nature. While it is something to read and absorb or to see pictures and relish ones eyes on the treasures that Mother Nature has to offer mankind, it is a totally different kind of pleasure to be able to totally revel in it.

Engage all your senses, drown in the beauty, feast your eyes, listen to the birds chirping in reckless abandon, feel the breeze as it swarms around you and about you with nothing to bar its path. Feel the chill that it brings alongwith it and revel in the warmth of the sun rays beating down. Nature is in such perfect balance – it is we who fail to see it, more often than not.

The feel of lush green grass, the pleasure of walking on grass with ones shoes off, bathing ones feet in the morning dew that has settled on the grass, that cold nip in the breeze that blows around bringing with it freshness untold, the flowers – a rich splash of color amidst a sea of green and in the backdrop of it all – hills with fog swirling around their tops and at the base of it all – crystal clear water fringed with palm trees.

Birds that fly around with enough boldness to just skim the top of your head whilst flying past you, butterflies, more butterflies and some more butterflies – hazily flitting from flower to flower without anything or anyone to bother them, the industrious little bugs in the grass going about their own work like there is no tomorrow – just about every creation of Mother Nature living together in perfect harmony.

The little flower buds basking in the glory of the morning sun, heralding new hope, new beginnings, sunlight passing through a single droplet of water, creating magic and a rainbow sending kids into raptures of glee, the gentle soothing music of waters lapping the shore and last but not the least – the total lack of noises from the outside world ….

It sets the stage for one to commune with nature and does drive home the fact that Nature is absolutely divine.

All this and much much more came our way when we spent New Year’s day at Inspiration Lake. Tucked into the Disneyland Resort is this vast sprawling, amazing bit of Nature – 30 hectares in all. While Mickey Mouse and his partners drew away most of the crowds, Inspiration Lake drew nature lovers towards it.

"What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth ?"

~ Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth

"Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God"

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"The Earth laughs in flowers"

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Flowers are heaven's masterpiece"

~ Dorothy Parker

"I go to Nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order"

~ John Burroughs

"Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair"

~ Kahlil Gibran

"To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug"

~ Helen Keller

"Drinking Nature is an unquenchable thirst"

~ Berri Clove

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour

~ William Blake

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand - rejoice, for your soul is alive"

~Eleonora Duse

"Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference nowhere"

~ Pascal

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