Archive for June, 2012

Medical, Matrimonial, or….?

June 30, 2012

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Would this be the number plate of a radiologist’s car (I snapped it at the Muny when I went to eee

“Chicago” .)

Would it be the number plate of someone who’d obtained a divorce from a guy called Raymond?

Would it be the number plate of someone who’d stopped wanting to tan in the sunshine?

Any other guesses?

The green light of leisure

June 29, 2012

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In the green light
Falling through the leaves
The family outing
Relaxes and relieves
The tensions of the week,
The cares of each day;
In the green light of leisure
All these melt away.
To be together with loved ones
Out in the open air….
Nature’s the best healer
When the weather’s set fair.

New laptop!

June 29, 2012

After my laptop and I went flying over a granite surface last January, in Chambal, my friendly neighbourhood laptop repairman, and my dear friend


together brought it back to life, and it’s been performing creditably ever since.

However, I decided that, like in other areas of my life, I must make a new beginning, and for the past few days, has struggled to load a version of Ubuntu on it, too, to improve my usage.’

Here’s , opening up the exciting package (I waited for him to come home!)

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and setting it up…

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Here’s on Gtalk, also looking at what is going on…

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So…here are the old one and the new one, sitting companionably together on the island in the St.Louis kitchen:

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The new model (it’s also a Toshiba…this is going to be my third Toshiba, and each time it’s smaller and lighter….) is the Toshiba Portege R 835 P83…probably a dinosaur for all the techies and geeks, but very exciting for me!

Also, the old machine had used up all the RAM, and was using the disk memory, and hence had started working at, in DS’ memorable phrase, “Paint-dry speed”. It is a relief to see the prompt response of this new baby!

OK, since I feel very happy to have the laptop, here’s a lovely pic of roses for all of you….

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This pic is dedicated to all the Jhatgussas I know.


June 27, 2012

Do you want to see the face of true love?

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Yearning to attain the object of one’s desire is NOT just a grown-up trait!

Past, present and future….

June 26, 2012

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The sunlight falls
On the young face.
It’s the face of the future.
That’s lighted up by the sun’s rays
Lit up by a light from the past…
Eight minutes ago, to be precise.
Eight minutes ago, she was younger;
Now, is she old, or wise?
Perhaps, on a starry night,
She will be illuminated
By the stellar light
From aeons ago…which waited
Till the present. to shine on her form.
The past, the present, and her own future
Mesh together in this light, soft and warm.

Creatures of the air, land and water….

June 25, 2012

While in Memphis, we also spent a morning at

Shelby Farms

and this satisfied all of us…it had a playground for KTB, a running track for Rani and A, and a nice woodsy area for me, with a stretch of water as well.

As I went along, I got this


with both its dorsal view:

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And its ventral view, which is just as beautiful:

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After seeing something that used the air to move, I looked at these

on the water:

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And, on the shore, some


females sat comfortably:

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I was arrested by the



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Can you imagine, being in America, sitting in the named-after-Egypt city of Memphis, and looking at a Roman duck!

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Quite a regal presence,and with that appearance, I’d personally call it a Brahminy Duck!

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I also was able to capture this


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Here it is, eating:

Let me close with some beautiful flowers, can someone tell me its name?

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June 23, 2012

This post contains Sol

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and that is all.

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Filling the West with light

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It’s a delightful sight.

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The fire increases

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Then slowly decreases.

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Yes, it’s only the sun…

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And now the day is done!

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June 23, 2012


Sometimes, the mind says one thing
And the heart another.
“Don’t go!” says the mind,
“Don’t listen to my brother.
“He talks from the middle,
“I talk from the top;
“He may egg you onwards,
“But I ask you to stop.”
Whose pull should I heed?
Whose advice to take?
Which is the course of action
That will not result in a mistake?

Two transliterations of movie songs…

June 20, 2012

A Tamizh transliteration of a song (Vennilava?…”is it the white moon?”)

and a Hindi one (with Susmita Sen)

Oh, goodness, I can’t stop laughing!

Two children and an E-nest…

June 20, 2012

When Afreen and I went to watch the Men’s National Gymnastics Championships (the finalists get to the Olympics trials!), we saw this baby Northern Mockingbird:

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The little one was being carefully watched by its mother, but didn’t seem too scared of us:

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I loved the innocent beauty:

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Another innocent (er, not always, sometimes she’s downright manipulative!) beauty:

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I went with D to the car-accessories shop where he was dropping off used engine oil and other stuff, and looked up at the sign on the shop, and had a pleasant surprise:

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Have you seen an “e-nest” before, in this electronic age?

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Let me close with my favourite subject!

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