Sunday, October 31, 2010

Idea!! Idea!!

I thought I'd cook up at least one (more) post for October, but couldn't come up with something worthwhile. This doesn't mean that I didn't try. I did have a few things in mind. But they chose to remain as drafts until I pronounced them unworthy of being published. And then I deleted them.

So I have nothing more to contribute to the glory of October 2010. There is one thing noticeable though. Including this ridiculously insignificant post, October has performed better than the last two months, which is something in itself. Not something that I can be proud of, but at least something I can feel better about.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Void!

It has been a little over two months now and I still feel the same. I thought that with time, I would feel better. But I guess it's never going to go back to the way it was - for another five years at least, and by then, "the way it was" would have a whole new definition. Ugh! I am the worst when it comes to dealing with change; I'm like a little kid, or a really old person.

Change is good, or so I've heard. But I don't see any "good" in this. What's so good about my best friend being a thousand miles away from me, in a totally different time zone, who sleeps when I'm (supposed to be) awake and who's awake when I'm (supposed to be) sleeping; especially when I barely get to speak to her once a week (as opposed to being able to speak to her almost every day!), not to mention that I have been able to see her only because of skype???

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cruising over the Sea Link...

Sometimes I doubt if I actually live in Mumbai; and when I say this, most of my friends would scream "Yeah! You don't!!" because they don't consider Navi Mumbai to be a part of Mumbai. I defend myself saying (almost screaming as loudly as them) Navi Mumbai is Mumbai as much as any place else, but then I have to admit that I do agree with them a little bit. It's just so far away from everything else in the city that it takes an entire day and a whole lot of planning to go and get something done.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about already, last year, Mumbai got another jewel on its crown in the form of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. And I hadn't even seen it - until May, this year. Two days ago, I got grabbed the chance of driving through it. I would've loved to cruise over it on my scooter, but unfortunately, two-wheelers aren't allowed on the bridge.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

“Angel Song” by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman - A Review

Ann Fletcher, has been away from her home in Charleston and works for a home staging company in New York. But there is one thing that pulls her towards the place that she’s forgotten long ago – her sister Sarah who’s graduating. What was supposed to be a happy vacation turns into a disaster that leaves her alone; almost!

Ann realizes that she can hear a beautiful tune that no one else around her can, except Sarah’s twelve year old neighbor Keith who has Downs Syndrome. Keith also believes that he can see angles and they talk to him. In the midst of struggling with the fact that she’s all alone and trying to get as far away from Charleston as possible, Ann discovers that she’s drawn back to a place that she’d detached herself from long ago and to people who are nothing like her.

The story line of the book is good, although I felt that it was stretched a bit long. But the story is very expressive and as a reader I could imagine the scene described by the authors extremely well. Ann’s discomfort at being continuously surrounded by neighbors she didn’t know at all and offering to help without her wanting them to, has been described in great detail. Although I’ve read books that have more gripping twists and turns than this one, it was still hard to keep it down once I started reading. I guess that says a lot about a book.