Posts Tagged ‘world’

Permits and permissions…

March 22, 2018

Permissions…
Are required only by humans.
The scholars, the researchers,
Those who need to get
Their field work done, their business transacted…
To get the data
That their study requires.
Do the birds, the animals,
The butterflies and insects,
Our feathered and furred fellow-beings on this Earth…
Do they not slip from one region to another,
Across states, countries and continents,
Without a visa or permit?
It’s only humankind which trammels itself
With documents,stops, and gates:
We are allowed here,and not allowed there,
As we struggle for access
And find it increasingly difficult
To move around on our own planet.
We snake through serpentine queues,
Fill up forms in triplicate,
Just to enter the territory
Of other human beings
Amongst whom we seem to find ourselves restricted,
Barred, or even banned for life.

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Midsummer’s Eve, Linkoping, 200614

June 25, 2014

Though I’d asked Prashanth in the morning, he mistook the midsummer’s eve Maypole dancing to be taking place on the next day; at about 4pm, he realized his mistake, and we set off to the place where it was taking place.

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Here’s a video of the dancing that he took last year:

And of the music:

Though the dancing had finished, the maypole was still up:

We saw the Love Pavilion:

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There was a small stream:

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There was a pretty wooden bridge across it:

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Perhaps this gentleman was going over his memories, with that reminiscent smile on his face?

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There were plenty of flowers blooming:

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this Silverpil tree (Salix alba)

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had some beautiful bracket fungi:

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It is the custom on this day to wear crowns of wildflowers:

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But that doesn’t mean one can’t be in touch with modernity!

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The birds were there, too!

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There were some Vikings around:

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Some kind of game with wooden skittles was being played:

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I looked at some pretty old architecture:

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This is the Stora Hotel:

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Here’s coffee… by George!

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I loved this window:

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This one is from 1912!

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With some serpentine touches:

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Some shop windows looked inviting:

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So did this art gallery (it was closed, of course)

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Of course, the Tourist Bureau was closed, too!

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Let me close with this flower (probably a Columbine?)

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we then walked towards the Linkoping Cathedral…but that’s the next post!

A walk in Linkoping, 170614

June 24, 2014

We started with the Linkoping Station.

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Where the trains went to and fro busily:

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where the amount of lumber being transported on one train was awe-inspiring:

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PC ( Prashanth Chengi) was getting ready to click, too!

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This sculpture looked as if Casper the Friendly Ghost and his friends were having a picnic there:

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Here;s PC with the station in the background:

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I clicked this

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW:

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and this

EURASIAN BLACKBIRD:

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But that was when the (European, not Eurasian!) buildings caught my eye:

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this is not a black-and-white photo!

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The same place, later in the dusk:

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Some smaller touches were lovely, too:

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What does this design mean?

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I don’t know the story behind this statue:

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I wish telephone manhole covers were always this interesting!

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Sometimes, the best fashion is no fashion at all:

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Magnet Madrass? 😀

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this funeral parlor was right next to the Income Tax office!

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I agree, bingo can be rotten, especially when you have ONE number left and everyone gets all the prizes before you:

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Cobblestones are quaint, but they ruined the wheels on one of my suitcases!

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Dusk falls only by about 10.30 pm:

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Prashanth treated me to dinner at “Yogi”:

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He had prawn Biryani, but the thought of the bill was apparently enough to prevent him from smiling:

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But he smiled when I reminded him that we were celebrating his successful completion of both Halv-vattern (150 km) and the full Vatternrundan (300 km) on successive weekends!

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We walked past this lovely seat on our way home:

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Eurasian Tree Sparrow feeding young one, Roxen Lake, Linkoping, 210614

June 21, 2014

As PC and I walked to Roxen Lake, I suddenly saw this beautiful sight…a

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW

was feeding its young one.

The Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) is a passerine bird in the sparrow family with a rich chestnut crown and nape, and a black patch on each pure white cheek. The sexes are similarly plumaged, and young birds are a duller version of the adult. This sparrow breeds over most of temperate Eurasia and Southeast Asia.

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This sparrow feeds mainly on seeds, but invertebrates are also consumed, particularly during the breeding season.

Adults use a variety of wetlands when foraging for invertebrate prey to feed nestlings, and aquatic sites play a key role in providing adequate diversity and availability of suitable invertebrate prey to allow successful chick rearing throughout the long breeding season.

Parents, as my friend Hema says, are the same the world over..doing a lot to ensure the survival of their children!

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Here’s a short video I took:

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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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

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and

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

Big Bird Day, 240213

February 25, 2013

Here’s the officialese about the Big Bird Day:

Big Bird Day is a yearly event celebrated all over the Indian subcontinent in conjunction with Delhi birders.

This year it is to be held on 24th of February – Sunday. This year’s event is the biggest, with more than 220 enlisted teams / individuals so far from all over India and even some from abroad. See the complete list of teams and sites here (let us know where you are going and we’ll put you up on

the list…click here to see it

The objective is to go out and watch birds in certain areas that are convenient to you and report your sightings at the end of the day so that it can be compiled into a cumulative list if birds seen on a single day. The more areas we can cover the more comprehensive and valuable the data becomes. Thus we want more people to cover more sites.

Anyone can take part, either as an individual or as a team. Pick a site, preferably one that is not on the list yet and bird there from dawn to dusk (or for a shorter time) on 24th Feb. By 6.00 p.m IST send an email / sms to Bikram Grewal, only stating how many species you or team has seen and the areas covered.

If you are a participating from West Bengal, communicate the same information to Kshounish Shankar Ray as well who is coordinating BBD for the state.

Later, you can email the list of birds seen by you within a few days . The cumulative list will be published later after compilation of all lists.

Let us know where you’ll be spending your Big Bird Day!

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I decided that though I was separated from my birding commuity by half the globe’s distance, I would still “paati”cipate..so I went to Forest Park on the evening of the 23rd (which was, technically, the 24th morning in India…the Bird Day had to be 24th February IST!) for nearly four hours.

The areas in Forest Park that I covered were:
Cantilever Bridge
Des Peres Creek all over the Park
Jefferson Lake
Kennedy Forest
Planetarium
Post-Dispatch Lake
Prairie Plantation
Science Museum
Spanish Pavilion
Zoo Art Museum

(That pretty much takes one to all corners of this park. I had to use the roads most of the times, as cutting across several inches of snow was not always easy, or even possible!)

My bird list for the day was:

Blackbird, Red-winged
Bobwhite,Northern
Cardinal,Northern
Chickadee,Black-capped
Crow, American
Dove, Mourning
Duck, Wood
Finch, House
Flicker,Northern
Goose, Canada
Grackle,Common
Hawk, Cooper’s
Hawk, Red-tailed
Heron,Great Blue
Jay, Blue
Junco,Dark-eyed
Killdeer
Kingfisher, Belted
Mallard
Merganser, Hooded
Mockingbird,Northern
Owl,Great Horned
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Robin,American
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Song
Starling, European
Turkey,Wild
Vulture,Turkey
Waxwing,Cedar
Woodpecker,Downy
Woodpecker,Red-headed

The other birds were all tick-birding, but I spent some time with the Song Sparrows; here’s

my FB album about them

Here are two of the three Song Sparrows that I watched for a while:

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World Photography Day…

August 19, 2011

I must have taken hundreds of photographs, but would like to share this image that a friend sent me, with all of you, for World Photography Day….

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These good wishes come to you from

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(pic: Rathika Ramaswamy)

Well, must include one of my pics here, too…here’s my latest favourite, taken when I was in Trichy. In the burning heat of the noonday sun, I was able to catch the actual “Surya Prabha”…the halo of the sun….

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Happy clicking, everyone! I recently read some snotty post about how you are not a photographer if you have a camera…but I don’t agree. Anyone like me can also be a photographer…if you have a camera, keep clicking and sharing!

The Hampi Visit 170109

February 25, 2009

The visit to Hampi was undertaken as a postscript to the Daroji visit; but it is such a huge complex, that I realized very quickly that I was not going to do much more than just scratch the surface of this World Heritage Site. So here are some of the highlights of the trip….

The detail on the monuments is so incredibly beautiful, let me start with a closeup of the Lotus Mahal:

many more pictures

And today….

June 5, 2007

“It’s World Environment Day!” one of my friends said to me when I met her at her door in the morning. “We must take this seriously, unless each of us is careful, we will spoil the world!”
“Yes,” I said.
“Just one minute…let me give the driver the keys….Ramappa, can you take the car to the store at the corner and pick up three eggs? Take the large car, the smaller one has less petrol, I will drop Neeraj in that…these drivers just guzzle the petrol!” she said.
“Yes,” I said.
“It says in the paper that we must be really sparing and think green,” she said. “I just drove down and bought some plants from that lovely new nursery in North Bangalore which everyone says has the most exotic plants…aren’t they lovely?”
“Yes,” I said.
“And we must be careful of water, too…I don’t intend watering these plants too often, perhaps that’s why the last lot died…and yesterday my maid just left the tap open in the kitchen and I only noticed when I came home in the evening, can you believe it?”
“Yes,” I said.
“And I buy vegetables only in that new mall which has come up, they give such lovely plastic bags, too, look, Green’n’Fresh, it’s as good as anything you get in the States, isn’t it?” she said.
“Yes,” I said.
“I asked for a few extra, so that I can use them for other things and have less of waste. It’s essential not to waste, isn’t it?”
“Yes,” I said.
“Muniamma! Just throw those three towels into the washing machine and start it, you can’t keep waiting for more clothes!…where was I? Oh, yes, I felt so bad yesterday, having to throw such a lot of leftovers from my dinner party into the dustbin…Muniamma didn’t turn up for work and I didn’t want to put it all in the fridge. These servants are so unreliable, aren’t they?”
“Yes,” I said.
“But I’ll cut her salary for the days she takes off she’s always complaining that her husband beats her…oh, you’ve got your cycle keys…! It’s so dangerous, you know, but you are SO eco-friendly…”
“Yes,” I said.
“I couldn’t cycle for nuts, especially in this hot weather.I just have to have the air-conditioning on… I really admire you!”
“Yes,” I said.
“You are always such an inspiration to me! Oh well, it was nice chatting to you, I have to go in and make sure Muniamma washes the balcony properly…Muniamma, throw a few more buckets of water, and scrub the floor well! And don’t forget to spray the pesticide in all the corners…I’ll see you later, I have so much to do. Thank goodness we are all so aware of our environment!”
“Yes,” I said. “Bye!”

Yes, that lady IS a figment of my imagination, but she is made up of several ladies who do exist…