Our Attention, Our Imagination, Our Opinion

Poetry has seeped into our lives yet again. At times I wonder whether poetry, music and art are all luxuries that only dare to raise their heads when the busyness of our pointless existence relinquish their clutch, or whether poetry, music and art enable us to go about our busyness with joy and acceptance. Either … Continue reading “Our Attention, Our Imagination, Our Opinion”

The World of Pure Imagination

The daughter pranced into the home one evening a few months ago, her eyes agog with excitement. She had auditioned and been cast as Willy Wonka, the eccentric chocolate factory owner in Willy Wonka Jr (the musical based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). They say Art is Transformative, and it is true. Every time … Continue reading “The World of Pure Imagination”

Crusades: Imagination Vs Imagination

Eyes large as saucers, voices as vehement as can get, we demanded: “Who/What gives them the right to throw out processed, dry foods, and that too at Bangalore airport?” The group, gathered around a table with sumptuous food, demanded between tasty mouthfuls. It was actually quite an effort to sound affronted when every movement sent … Continue reading “Crusades: Imagination Vs Imagination”

The Art of Words

There are days when fiction exerts a strong pull on the mind. We are, after all, children of stories. The nature of the allure is in the constantly changing nature over time. Some days demand active adventure, mysteries to be solved, and battles to be won. These flights of fancy can be just as fascinating … Continue reading “The Art of Words”

Pirates Vs Ninjas

I suppose I can laugh about it now. Though the crick in the neck disagrees just a teensy teensy bit. The whole unfortunate episode reminded me yet again of how marvelous children are. Allow me to mist my eyes up a bit and remember. “What are you doing?” I said to no one in particular though … Continue reading “Pirates Vs Ninjas”

My Dad is going to be a Duck!

The last day of October was a fine one, but I wasn’t yet feeling it. I took myself out to the front-yard with a book and cup of coffee to see what could be done about it.  It was around the fifth sip that I heard a little voice pipe up, “My father is going … Continue reading “My Dad is going to be a Duck!”

Pelican Pilgrimage

“Bike ride?”, said the husband. He had that smile twitching at the corner of his mouth and I clutched the line like a drowning sailor. Solitude is a luxury. Especially so, during Navarathri season. I quoted Walt Whitman as I wheeled the bike out from the garage. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open … Continue reading “Pelican Pilgrimage”

Barnard’s Star & Jupiter Dancing

Jupiter and Venus were both illuminating the evening skies. Dusk was creeping in. The sight of our familiar planetary companions is always a welcome one. The first ones to illumine the skies, and visible long before the stars can be seen, these wanderers are a delight. The red atmosphere of Venus, the thunderous black ones … Continue reading “Barnard’s Star & Jupiter Dancing”

The Statues of Liberty

I have had the luxury of traveling and reading the past few days. I read and watched the following in one glorious spurt: I preferred the books and movies with animals & the magic of our thriving universe in them over the ones with just humans in this lot though. Forgotten Beasts  – by Matt … Continue reading “The Statues of Liberty”

Sleeping Angel

The son’s room got a new lick of paint. It is a calming, soothing color called Sleeping Angel. Paint color namers have to be the most creative bunch. I have never actually met a person who held that particular job, but I would be thrilled to do so. The names they come up with have … Continue reading “Sleeping Angel”