Friday, 28 September 2012

But naturally....

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods; 
There is a rapture on the lonely shore; 
There is society, where none intrudes, 
By the deep sea, and music in its roars: I love not man the less, but Nature more...

(Excerpt from Lord Byron's There is a pleasure in the pathless woods)

This pretty much sums up my state of mind at the moment. I am now certain that my career will not go the mundane corporate way and I'm extremely glad for that. 

Friday, 14 September 2012

Are we human.. or are we dancer....

So i have it on record for the rest of my life..


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Here i go again....

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – 
J. R. R. Tolkien

The forces that power the need to travel - see, feel, touch and experience - cannot be contained. Set them free and they will literally take you places! 

So for the rest of my life, I set out to do the following... 

  • Do the local circuit, visit touristy places, venture into nooks and corners that no humans inhabit... 
  • Travel by foot, cars, over the oceans, fly through the air... 
  • Spend half the holiday money on a luxury resort; maybe slum it in a place with the loo out in the open or at least a 5 minute walk away...
  • Meet people, be asocial to do some soul searching...
  • Experience forests and seas, buildings and grasslands, culture and sport, food and drink.. 
  • Get the f*** out!

Of the million places to go and see around the world, here is my list of the where and what in no particular order... 

  1. Watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Norway.. 
  2. Be a mute spectator at The Highland Games.. maybe take part if they have a version of Discus or drinking for beginners.. 
  3. Watch penguins dance at the South Pole.. just like they did in Happy Feet
  4. Live in the company of baby wild cats for atleast 3 days
  5. Get bloody intoxicated in Amsterdam 
  6. Spend a month or two in the Seven Sister States.. cover the north east!
  7. Be a part of the wildlife census in India, preferably for tigers or snakes
  8. Africa... for its wildlife and erstwhile Pharaohs
  9. Climb a mountain? Hmmmm.... 
  10. Snorkel... actually see the underwater flora and fauna without getting felt up by a lecherous coot
  11. Discover a cave or waterfall or a new species for the first time in the universe... 
  12. Stroll around buck naked on a private beach, where the water is calm and blue
  13. Learn to speak Italian in Italy

As and when a new place catches my fancy, here it shall go on my list. 

And before i'm 70, i will have done them all.... Discovery... open wide thine arms unto me! 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Filter Kaapi makes me Hoppy!

Oh, to eat poli idlis and drink strong filter kappi, 
Makes me fully filled and oh so hoppy! 

Many thanks, Madurai Idly Shop! 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

In the blossoming of my 20s...

This is Blossom Book Store.

So Blossom is this book store in Bangalore... With 3 stories of books, i feel at home here... The reasons i love the place are many... 
  • There's so many books - new and old, castaways and fresh off the writing block, hard-bound and dog eared..
  • I go in and am sure to find exactly what i've been looking for   
  • Just 1 book is never enough.. i always, always leave with at least 4 of them
  • I discover new ones; books that i never imagined myself reading - strange ones, funny ones, serious ones, pretty looking ones with crap in them - all sorts 
  • It's a joy to say hello to the staff - Mayi Gowda, Karna and whoever else is there - they smile constantly
  • I love sitting on one of the stools, amidst the tall shelves; while other readers walk around picking out theirs, i usually sit with a strange book to figure if it's worthy of being read 
  • Shopping is indeed therapeutic, when i am looking for books. I feel like a million bucks when i walk out with a bunch of them 
And strangely enough, every time i go there, i feel the call of nature... maybe its the smell.. 

It first happened at the Stella Maris College library when i was 20.. Ask my friends.. they will vouch for that feeling too. That feeling when you are excited at what you will read next and you have to make a quick trip back to the hostel room to, pardon my language, take a dump. 

No wonder i feel at home here!