Hello and welcome to the stroll today. Hasn’t it been long since we went on a walk together? Hasn’t quite a bit changed since we spoke to each other last? Or has it not? Well, we are here to find that out and to speak our hearts out to each other. Isn’t there always stuff that you can’t share with anyone? Isn’t there always stuff that you wished someone would listen to and appreciate/absorb/help you with?
I am wondering now…how is it that every human being has parts of his heart that he never opens up to another? What if we could harvest all the secrets in the world? What an insane amount of wealth that would make! Intriguing thought isn’t it?
It’s a warm afternoon here. Weird! It is time for winter to begin…for it to cool down and for it to warn us to get our sweaters out. Well, it doesn’t actually snow in this part of the country. It just gets cold (by our definitions – I’m talking about 4-10 degrees). But i like winters. It is my most favourite season. The winter in India I mean. The winter where it is cold and you suddenly start loving the teas and coffees. The winter where you don’t sweat nor feel too tired. The winter where long drives become more romantic. The winter where your colourful sweaters come out of the closet. The winter where the sunlight touches your skin with all the warmth it’s got and smiles at you as you smile back. But this time, I won’t be here for the winters. I will be buried somewhere under snow or walking around in huge coats and a million sweaters/cardigans under it. But I am looking forward to that too.
If you have found me visiting your space far lesser than I usually do, blame it on a viral infection. My father came back from the office one day complaining that he’s caught a bad cold. It kept worsening and we took him to the doctor who ran a battery of tests on him and prescribed a heavy dose of antibiotics. Well, the tests came back negative and the antibiotics ensured his slow progress towards recovery. And in two days what do you know? I have caught the exact same infection! Almost the same symptoms and a fever of a 103 degrees! I was rushed to the doctor – same battery of tests, same prescription for medicines. And a really slow recovery. It took me about three weeks to feel ‘normal’ again…but now I am feeling much better and am back to my usual routines 🙂
I really enjoyed writing the Heritage Walk series. It was nice because I got to relive the experience and it was received with a lot of warmth. I have been thinking about writing a few more series. There are some ideas in my mind…would you tell me what it is that you would like reading? Which of these ideas sound most appealing to you? Here’s are three ideas that I would enjoy writing about –
- The lives of honey bees – I am extremely interested in understanding the behaviour and the social order of honey bees (thanks to my friend Ravi who works on the behavioural patterns). I have been thinking of doing a series where I can talk about how their social structure is, how they find their food and return to their hives, how they communicate with each other…stuff like this! I’ve got several exciting things that I can share with you 🙂
- How about a series on the famed Mughals? A dynasty that I am obsessed about, each Mughal ruler had a characteristic of his own and lots of drama ensued in the lives of these Mughals. Would you like to take a tour down the lanes of Indian history with me?
- Would you like to read a series on the festivals of India? We could trace the life in this subcontinent from January to December and discuss the various cultural facets of this country? You would be amazed how each state here has its own cultural ideas and how diverse this country is.
Of course my regular posts will continue to appear in this space in addition to these series.What is it that you like to read about? What is it that you enjoy listening to? If we were to meet over coffee, what is it that you would end up talking about?
Before you leave, there’s something exciting I want to share with you. My adeniums have flowered and the first couple of blossoms are here and there are several more buds that will flower in a few days…Aren’t they lovely?