27 January 2008
The Malayalam movie was good because it was a simple movie. My husband and I are not big movie goers, except when a movie is highly recommended, which is how we went for this.
I must say it's nice to get to watch a movie in a darkened room, once in a while. Watching movies on TV is the worst thing imaginable.
I also got to listen to an octet from Chennai this evening, who call themselves Octet Cantabile. They sing only Christian music though. But they were very good. They did a rendition of Bach-Gounod's 'Ave Maria' which was wonderful.
24 January 2008
23 January 2008
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father (mother)
Brothers (sisters) all are we.
Let me walk with my brother/sister
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me.
Let this be the moment now
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let I begin with me.
21 January 2008
Onedia has passed along a blessing to me, something first started by Ukok.
The idea… it’s a game of tag with a difference, rather than looking inwardly, we look outside ourselves and bless, praise and pray for one blog friend. By participating in this endeavour we not only make the recipient of the blessing feel valued and appreciated, but we are having some fun too. We’re going to see how far the bloggin’ blessings can travel around the world and how many people can be blessed! Recipients of a bloggin’ blessing may upload the above image to their sidebar if they choose to. If you recieve a bloggin’ blessin’ please leave a comment on this thread here so that we can rejoice in just how many blessings have been sent around the world!
I decided to bless more than 3 people. So I bless
1. Shari, because she is an inspiration in every way,
2. Mallika, because she is a good blog friend and an encourager,
3. Dot, also a good blog friend and an inspiring person too.
4. Esbee who is one of my early blog friends and is funny and informative.
5. Hiphop Grandmom for her interesting outlook on life.
For them I wish :_
"May the good Lord bless and keep you
Whether near or far away
May the good you wish for others
Shine on you today
May your heart stay tuned to music
That will cheer the hearts of men
May you long recall the rainbows
Then you'll soon forget the rain
May the warm and tender memories
Be the ones that will remain"(from the song 'May the good Lord bless and keep you' by Meredith Wilson)
18 January 2008
This cupboard was gifted to my mother when she got married (which was in 1938). But it was my father's cupboard for the longest time. I remember him opening the cupboard to take out his clothes, all neatly arranged and his ties all hung inside the door. There is a draw, which was usually locked. The cupboard reminds me of all the things my father was--very neat and tidy, very organized, sentimental too.
The best memory associated with the cupboard was a flute! I remember that I first noticed this object, which looked like a flute in the back of the cupboard one morning(this must have been when I was 6 or 7). I knew my father was not musical at all (even at that age I knew :)) . I've always been a fairly timid person. So it took me a while before I asked him what that was--in case it was not a flute at all! He told me it was his younger brother's flute. Now let me tell you, this brother, 6 years younger to him, had died of tetanus, when he was 14 and my father 20. By the time I noticed the flute my father was around 44 0r 45. So that was over 20 years since his brother had died and he still had that flute with him! I don't recall what happened to that flute eventually.
But when my mother moved here and brought all her furniture, she told me she had no space for the cupboard and I told her I'd gladly keep it in my house. She told me she thought it was a useless cupboard because the shelves had no depth and yet the cupboard took up so much room. I told her I had just the place for it and gladly took it. It now stands in my guest bedroom. It hasn't been polished in ever so many years. But there is a satiny look and feel to it. I have a vague feeling the mirror broke once during one of my parents' many journeys and my mother had it replaced. The rest of it is the original, from 1938, a lovely solid memory.
Eve, I hope this fulfils the tag. As to whom to tag, as usual whoever would like to take it up.
17 January 2008
He--let us call him N--is a gardener and general odd job man and must be in his early 70s. He and his wife have no children. Around 5 years ago, his wife suffered a stroke. Apparently she is somewhat paralysed on her right side. Now it is N who takes care of her with the help of his neighbours. For a while immediately after her stroke, he could not come to work at all. As he is a hard working gardener, even in his own home and has a green thumb (I've yet to see a plant that he has planted/replanted, die), he managed to get by, eventually selling a small piece of land near his house too. Now he comes to work only 3 or 4 days a week because he says he can't always depend on his neighbours to take care of his wife. He helps her bathe, cooks the food for her and leaves it in such a way that she can reach for it when she is alone, and then goes back and cleans up. Till his wife had her stroke, he was nothing extraordinary and spending some of his daily wages on a stiff drink on his way home from work. But now he hurries home after work. Kudos to N and many other such unsung heroes.
12 January 2008
Well the past 3 weeks--before I went back to work--was of course full of grandson. I did take a video with my camera but find that, as I took it with the camera turned sideways, there is no way, with the tools I have available, to rotate it.
My grandson is a big You tube fan. So something I ended up watching umpteen times was this
('once a lolly....jumbak)
and this one from the 'Madagascar' penguins.
apart from sundry videos of planes landing and taking off--mainly for the background music :)
Listening to: Astrud Gilberto - Come Softly To Me/Hushabye
03 January 2008