dull daily routine familiar and common yet - each moment is fresh
A Tanka -
under the night sky snow-white buds crackle, glimmer fair flowers bloom fresh sleeping earth, mystical dark the moonfleet glides bright and calm
Tanka is a Japanese poem form similar to Haiku with two additional lines of 7-7 syllables. So the format is 5-7-5-7-7 with 5 lines and 31 syllables in total. Tanka is also referred as 'Waka' meaning 'poetry' in Japanese.
After the empathetic winters hiding our layer/s of flab under the beautiful Pashmina shawls and Vardhman cardigans, its now the rude summers shamelessly demanding us to adore ourselves in those midriff-baring two pieces, in diaphanous sheer pastels, looking every inch the summer Diva and the Jungle Goddess decked up in floral prints complete with a flower headgear which we (okay some of us ) are not!
Our fitness regime is going on fine but the Indian nature of celebrating the Kodak moments (forced mostly) make sure that we are always in close company of Gunjiyas, dahi-bhalle, jalebi-samose-gulabjamun and what not .... A thing as mundane as getting our child selected for an essay on 'Mother Cow' qualifies as an occasion for Bengali rosogolle ! I vividly remember an incident when on a sudden power failure, the nursery kid of a businessmen family ejaculated "Oh! the power is gaa...wn" The proud GrandDad immediately send for garma-garm Imartis and Bhagat ji ka Milkcake…
There are times when my Happy Hours at the Indiblogger have turned into sad hours because my browser is not fast enough. Many other assignments written for competitions and contest also suffered similar fate- wasted due to the snail-pace of the browser and the research done for the topic, the feeling with which the piece is written, the zeal and zest for the cause,the satire ..duly went to the trash folder . I switched to another without much success and finally relented and accepted that if you want to meet a deadline, you have to be on your toes checking on the connection, speed and all that stuff thus missing out on other aspects of life .
It felt my work was being affected negatively as well as the quality time with my family was decreasing. I was torn in between, to have an update of the activities going on this world wide web and also not willing to let my moments of daily happiness slide past unnoticed, unappreciated.
Enters a smart kid on the block the UC Browser backed up by t…
I never realized how time flew till my son -a 7 year old asked for a PSP and I was blank. Of- course I knew that its a Play station Portable but the point was that he knew more than me ! He knew all about the specification, the games to be downloaded , the variants and almost everything .... It was a true awakening moment and it painfully told me that I am getting passe` ..albeit mentally.
From then on-wards I became more active and involved in the Video Games/Gadgets Arrived corner of the newspaper and .... our relation has evolved into a friendly one - a Buddy-Parenting thing.
Now he is the one who fixes the wires of TATA SKY and change TV to the CD player mode and I help him in his class- projects and arranging his clothes chest. We enjoy these tasks which were a burden when conducted alone but have become a fun activity now. Its now our quality time together when done with each other.
I teach him how to water the plants and keep the shoe rack ship-shape while he tells me how to pl…