These days, I don't have patience to write oodles of text. I hardly have patience to even read such except when it is extremely interesting text - like I recently read the translation of "Aranyer Dinraatri". Was unputdownable especially because I was reading fiction after so long ! Otherwise, it's always twitter time where mind is hopping like a twitter from Hampi express to Obama to Shahrukh Khan in matter of seconds. But, hope to get more focus in life :)
Gandhi Bazaar must be teeming with fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables and must be a sea of humanity as well. Ladies in silk sarees must be touring homes of near and dear ones homes with "bagNa". Small streets must be blazing with loud speakers and houses must be filled with aromas of hoLige, kaDubu and chakli.. Wish everyone a happy gauri and ganesha festival :)
At the university lab where I'm interning..
Grad student A: They're putting up stickers saying the food is only for guests of such and such event
Grad student B: ...like that's going to stop us ! ;-)
I never realized free food is such a big deal with grad students in US ! But, whenever there is free food anywhere in the building, the news spreads like wild fire and the action is immediate :)
1) People will change lanes. Nothing personal about it.
2) Never commit a time by which you will reach the destination. Not to yourself , not to others.
3) Silence helps. Keep the window glass up always.
Now, I drive at peace.
Having said all that, now I must record that for the second time I left the car keys inside and locked us out. Well.. the Advaith guy was here within an hour of us calling their helpline and opened the door within minutes with a simple what-old-timers-call scale (I've heard it being called "ruler" by some misinformed kids these days). Having said that, he did struggle a bit. I say that not because he really struggled but because I don't know how else I could've used having said that in the last sentence :P
It's a very calm beach where the coast is shallow enough for you to venture into the sea but deep enough for you to enjoy the waters. There weren't too many people either. There is Souparnika river closeby which joins the Arabian sea near Marwante. In fact a section on NH17 has Arabian sea on one side and Souparnika river on the other side. You can walk along the beach from the resort to this section on NH 17. We went for a short boat ride into the backwaters of this river. There is a village "Padukone", a section of which is actually completely an island in these backwaters !! Every home has a boat there, they say. One of our co-passengers in the boat got very excited that this is the same "Padukone" that figures in the names of Deepika Padukone. He called his wife to tell her that he's in front of Deepika Padukone's village :P
Don't forget to go to "Light house island" if you go to this resort. It is just a collection of rocks nearby. But the motorboat ride into the sea is good and there were interesting fishes and sea-urchins and loads of gross-looking crabs there :P
I will loose more of my waking hours in commute now. As it is, I am becoming quite useless these days. When my friends ask me why I am not blogging anything or reading anything interesting, I remember the couplet - "Ishq ne nikamma kar diya ghalib; varna ham bhi aadmi the kaam ke" :-)
But, as is obvious some of the essence would be altered if not necessarily degraded, during translations. I think good poets would choose words so that even the sounds of words have a bearing on the effect that it has on readers. Anyway, I can always assume I am reading an "adaptation" :P