Archive for June, 2014

Bus ride from Goteborg to Linkoping, 150614

June 19, 2014

It was to be a 4-hour bus ride to get to Linkoping (by the way, the latter is pronounced lin-show-ping and the “shoping” is similar to the modern English “shopping”…there were markets which then grew into these towns/cities .)

I started with a prismatic tram-shelter seat as we waited to get to the Central Station:

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As we took the tram through Goteborg, to the central bus/train station, I saw some buildings.

I looked at what I felt must be an ancient water tower, and Google tells me that it is, indeed:

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An ancient church, probably..the solidity of those buildings!

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We approached the Central Station:

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It was a picture-postcard!

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Nearby was an hotel:

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As my bus left Goteborg, I didn’t know what this more modern tower was:

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Signs helped me know where we were headed:

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A town that we passed:

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Lovely to see the modern bus shelter and the ancient copper-covered cupola!

I realized that the Bus Gods must be appeased:

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This was in Jonkoping:

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Contrary to everything I’d heard, cars began to pile up (I counted more than forty in line!) at this traffic signal:

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We were travelling along the large Lake Vattern.

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Another beautiful spire:

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Our drivers were Mike, and Pia, reflected here:

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I saw windmills but didn’t tilt at them:

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Beautiful meadows sped past:

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We arrived in Linkoping:

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Ikea! I’ve always wanted to visit this place IN Sweden (I’ve visited in several other countries and cities).

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I was hoping to see the Gota Canal, but I only saw the sign.

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Fleecy clouds, pretty houses and green trees welcomed me:

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A very witty sculpture of a hoop, with a dog looking askance at it, was at one roundabout (if you look carefully, you can see the small dog.)

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The hoop itself was a marvel of balance!

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I passed “Biltema”, which my cyclist friend Prashanth Chengi, whom I met on LiveJournal, tells me is a cycle store:

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Prashanth just finished the cycling marathon of Sweden…the Vatternrundan, a 300-km ride around Lake Vattern!

A quick view of the Linkoping Cathedral:

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I hope to find out what this cigarette-lighter building is:

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Was this a planetarium or telescope? I couldn’t tell.

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I didn’t like these smokestacks quite so much!

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But at Linkoping Station and Bus Stand, my journey came to an end!

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June 18, 2014

It was Sunday, and I was leaving for Linkoping in the afternoon….so we decided (after clearing up a lot of ticketing mess) to go for a nice ramble, with a picnic lunch.

We started by watching this young

WHITE WAGTAIL:

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Next, we watched a flock of

TITS (Blue or Great? the debate rages between Sumana and me)

foraging:

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and sitting on the trees…

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A

BLACKBIRD

showed itself in the leaf-litter:

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A

FIELDFARE

turned over the leaf-litter in typical Thrush fashion.

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I spotted Cupid, out in the spring sunshine:

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I realized that I was not the only one watching the birds:

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He then stepped out of hiding, that black beauty:

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Even “pests” look beautiful sometimes!

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I love the way tourists and cyclists are given importance:

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I did feel welcome!

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We chose a spot near a magnificient pile:

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Family photography began happening:

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Lunch was not fast enough for some people:

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A healthy, yummy dessert!

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Having seen Cupid, it was appropriate that I look up into the sky, and saw this sunbow and the arrow of a jet contrail:

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Quite aptly, too, there were star-crossed clouds!

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Advik, whom I have christened Laddu Kumar, was looking particularly sweet.

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We came back home, I finished my packing, and Deepak *lugged* my luggage all the way to the bus stop…but that’s the next post!

June 17, 2014

The past few days, I’ve been enjoying windows, and doors, and buildings…along with friends, and their friends!

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We met Shashi, Ishaan and Sahana Kattla:

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Sahana is a beautiful baby:

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Ishaan was enjoying himself with his umbrella!

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Other children were enjoying summer, too.

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An old house:

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A peaceful place to sit and read:

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Old buildings:

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Goteborg University:

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An unusual window near the University building door:

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Even buildings under renovation appeared pretty:

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No, I was not angered, but the tram was!

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Windows:

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We knew which country we were in:

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We walked down to a small lake:

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You could park your skin here!

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Enjoying Sweden’s buildings very much!

Another walk in Goteborg, 130614

June 16, 2014

Advik put on the new anklets I bought for him, and looked more of a laddu than ever:

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Meanwhile, Sumana’s masala rice was excellent:

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The colours of summer beckoned us outdoors.

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Creatures such as this

DAMSELFLY

rewarded our outing!

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Wildflowers grew in their hundreds, adding beauty to the meadows.

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This looked like Queen Anne’s Lace,but was perhaps something else:

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Buttercups shone golden in the sun:

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Daisies daily:

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Honeysuckle spread its heady scent:

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Waterlilies bloomed in the pond:

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Ferns were lovely, too:

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A duck sat rock-still:

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Rain was not very far away, but held off:

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Mallard female:

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Mallard male:

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A baby

WHITE WAGTAIL

strutted about:

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while the mother brought food:

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GULLS

posed:

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JACKDAWS

with their white eyes were everywhere!

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A FINCH

female peeked at me:

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Then she watched a

BLACKBIRD

bathing:

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EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS

were everywhere:

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WOOD PIGEONS

walked along:

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EURASIAN MAGPIES

are the crows of this area:

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I saw my first

FIELDFARES:

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These are thrushes and behave exactly as our thrushes do back home, turning over the leaf-litter and foraging.

A

HOODED CROW

was a hidden crow, in the foliage:

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Babies were everywhere…these nymphs will grow up soon enough!

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Some acquatic flower that I don’t know the name of:

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The greenery was lush and inviting:

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A flowing stream:

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and a fish in it:

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The water in the stream made for an abstract picture:

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Look at the common birds that I’ve seen in Sweden

here

The FB album of the short walk

here

Goteborg walkabout and tramabout, 120614

June 15, 2014

Sumana gave Advik his food:

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And then we went off to see the sights!

The first creature to meet me was this

HOODED CROW:

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Which strutted about as if the world was monochrome:

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Buttercups spangled the grass with shiny gold:

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Advik was, of course, happy to be out:

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So was his mother!

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We took a tram and went past Liseburg Amusement Park:

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We saw the Goteborg Museum:

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(No point in being indoors on such a glorious day!)

We went to the Asian Store to pick up a few items:

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I enjoyed watching the trams, having grown up in a city (Kolkata) where trams still run. Some are wheelchair and stroller-friendly, some are not:

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I enjoyed looking at the building facades:

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We went to the mouth of the Gothia River, where the Opera House is:

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A festooned ship was berthed

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near the “Lipstick” building:

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There was kayaking too:

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Advik found himself in the hands of the Grand-ma-fia:

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He didn’t seem too unhappy, though:

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There were Mallards in the water:

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Common Gulls were, well, common:

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As were Herring Gulls:

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and Black-headed Gulls:

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Their tails made such a pretty pattern!
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they were mewling:

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they were bathing:

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They may be common and pests, but they are still beautiful!

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More ornate buildings caught my eye:

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With details:

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The Germanic word for travel always cracks me up:

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A nearby mall, Nordstan, was festive:

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Street musicians were “busking”:

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Some people’s goodness shines out of their eyes:

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the town square was lovely:

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I saw sea-horses in the air:

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and a man on a horse:

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Jackdaws were at the water’s edge:

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There was love in the air:

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Flowers on the ground:

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There were children in the air, too!

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The sky and clouds looked lovely:

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I watched two opponents, frozen in animosity:

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We passed a beautiful theatre:

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Vigettes spotted out of the tram window:

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A Hummer as a taxi! The ultimate in consumerism:

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Some pretty wildflowers grew by the paths:

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This is for Father’s Day, which is today:

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There are wild strawberries in the Vastare’s garden:

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That was my first experience of Goteborg (pronounced yothebUri) stad (pronounced shtAt):

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Wedding bells for Alex and Claire…Circus Flora, St Louis, 120614

June 13, 2014

​Wow…Ruth…thank you for sending me this link.​

(On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM, Ruth Hartsell wrote:)
watch the video…..this is the guy that you met on the plane previously…..guess they are going to get married…..nice story……

http://www.ksdk.com/story/life/2014/06/10/circus-flora-wedding-bells-claire-kuciejczyk-kernan/10291007/

​Lynx, Duck, Tonty…I’d first met Alex Wallenda on a flight out of St.Louis:

here

And last year, when I voluteered at Circus Flora with Ruth (who has introduced me to so many volunteering opportunities in St.Louis!), I met Claire and Alex:

here

almost exactly 2 years ago! (15th of June!)

Alex, Claire…it’s lovely to see you getting together in the holy bonds of matrimony….I will be in St.Louis from August; I do not know if you two will be in St.Louis there, or practising elsewhere…but wherever you are, our good wishes go with you, for many more happy years of togetherness!

My family, including my grandchildren, came and watched the circus a few days ago…so I thought they, too, would be interested in the wedding bells ringing out!

Lots of love, Deepa.

Sumana and Deepak’s garden, Goteborg, Sweden, 120614

June 13, 2014

I’m just going to say it with flowers…!

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This one, I know, is Azalea:

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Daisies are supposed to be weeds, but they are SO pretty!

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I think this is a variety of Dogwood, eaten by caterpillars!

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Wild raspberry?

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Who decides what are the weeds? This is some kind of dock, and yet so beautiful!

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Here’s where to sit and soak in all this beauty:

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Here’s one being who enjoys all these through taste, not sight or smell:

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Journey to Scandinavia, 110614

June 12, 2014

I started from Bangalore International Airport, which looked beautiful in the middle of the night:

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I reached Paris CDG with a bad seat and no sleep, but at the departure gate for the flight to Stockholm, I was entertained by three children:

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They were busy having a luggage fight, while an infant looked on!

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A colourful caterpillar was also a neck-rest:

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CDG airport made a beautiful monochrome:

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We flew over the lush greenery of summer:

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The sea views were lovely, too:

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A highway snaked through the green:

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I arrived at Stockholm:

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It was as if this was what Sweden was telling me:

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Without Deepak’s help, I could not have managed those heavy suitcases. He was fitter by the time we reached the Vastare home!

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On the bus from the airport to the Central Station (from where Deepak and I took a train to Goteborg), I couldn’t help clicking, in spite of drooping with fatigue:

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A nearly-full moon rose:

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I loved the sleek look of the trains:

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The station, too, was so pretty!

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Sumana’s kitchen was as hospitable and inviting as they both are:

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I was dead tired by now, and closed my day!

Gothenburg in English is Goteborg in Swedish, pronounced “yotheburi” (thanks, Sumana!)

Let me close with these beautiful sculptures in the Goteborg Main Square:

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For photos of the journeys, see my FaceBook album

here

and

here

is the garden of the home that Deepak and Sumana live in!

Bade Miyaan Deewane: Play Review, 080614

June 9, 2014

here

is my review of the Hindustani play that I went to watch at Ranga Shankara yesterday.

Another excellent review is

here

The story of the play, as given by Ranga Shankara:

The play is essentially about a rich and eccentric octogenarian, who is used to a luxurious and flamboyant lifestyle. He is swept off his feet by a beautiful young girl in his neighborhood, who also happens to be the love interest of his son.

Meer Sahab falls for his neighbour’s young daughter. His son, Tabish, is also in love with the same girl and wants to marry her. Sheikh Sahab, on the other hand, wants his daughter to marry a dynamic man. Shaukat, a charming young writer, is an acquaintance of both Meer Sahab and Sheikh Sahab. Shaukat is a genuine well-wisher of Meer Sahab, who wants him to stop splurging his wealth on his tawaif (Heera & Gulab) and return to his good old days. Meer Sahab wants Shaukat to convince Sheikh that he is a great prospect for his daughter and at the same time, Sheikh wants Shaukat to counter Mir Sahab’s advances and teach him a lesson.

बड़ा महत्व है….

June 6, 2014

ससुराल में साली का
बाग़ में माली का
होंठो में लाली का
पुलिस में गाली का
मकान में नाली का
कान में बाली का
पूजा में थाली का
खुशी में ताली का——बड़ा महत्व है

फलों में आम का
भगवान में राम का
मयखाने में जाम का
फैक्ट्री में काम का
सुर्ख़ियों में नाम का
बाज़ार में दाम का
मोहब्ब्त में शाम का——-बड़ा महत्व है

व्यापार में घाटा का
लड़ाई में चांटा का
रईसों में टाटा का
जूतों में बाटा का
रसोई में आटा का—–बड़ा महत्व है

फ़िल्म में गाने का
झगड़े में थाने का
प्यार में पाने का
अंधों में काने का
परिंदों में दाने का—–बड़ा महत्व है

ज़िंदगी में मोहब्ब्त का
परिवार में इज्ज़त का
तरक्की में किसमत का
दीवानो में हसरत का——बड़ा महत्व है

पंछियों में बसेरे का
दुनिया में सवेरे का
डगर में उजेरे का
शादी में फेरे का——बड़ा महत्व है

खेलों में क्रिकेट का
विमानों में जेट का
शारीर में पेट का
दूरसंचार में नेट का—–बड़ा महत्व है

मौजों में किनारों का
गुर्वतों में सहारों का
दुनिया में नज़ारों का
प्यार में इशारों का——बड़ा महत्व है

खेत में फसल का
तालाब में कमल का
उधार में असल का
परीक्षा में नकल का—–बड़ा महत्व है

ससुराल में जमाई का
परदेश में कमाई का
जाड़े में रजाई का
दूध में मलाई का —–बड़ा महत्व है

बंदूक में गोली का
पूजा में रोली का
समाज में बोली का
त्योहारों में होली का
श्रृंगार में चोली का—–बड़ा महत्व है

बारात में दूल्हे का
हड्डियों में कूल्हे का
रसोई में चूल्हे का——-बड़ा महत्व है

सब्जियों में आलू का
बिहार में लालू का
मशाले में बालू का
जंगल में भालू का
बोलने में तालू का——-बड़ा महत्व है

मौसम में सावन का
घर में आँगन का
दुआ में दामन का
लंका में रावन का——-बड़ा महत्व है

चमन में बहार का
डोली में कहार का
खाने में अचार का
मकान में दीवार का—–बड़ा महत्व है

सलाद में मूली का
फूलों में जूली का
सज़ा में सूली का
स्टेशन में कूली का——बड़ा महत्व है

पकवानों में पूरी का
रिश्तों में दूरी का
आँखों में भूरी का
रसोई में छूरी का —-बड़ा महत्व है

LAST ONE

खेत में साप का
सिलाई में नाप का
खानदान में बाप का
और
Face book पर आप का—-
बड़ा महत्व है

This is rhyming doggerel and I can’t really translate it, sorry, non-Hindi reading folks!