soup woes

judging by these tweets I must really hate soup. correction: soup they serve at my work cafe:


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of fiery nights

what does one say about lohri? it is the festival of.. ? some might ask why categorize it into a form that is universally acceptable and instantly recognizable. I’ll tell you where I’m coming from.

Indian festivals such as Holi and Diwali are being celebrated more and more globally. partly because of the amount of people that have now settled abroad, and finally found a voice, and the percentage of people that travel nowadays as opposed to ten years ago. partly because of India’s new-found global reach and the fact the world is now as accessible to India, as India is to the world.

not many, and I’m taking about non-desis, would remember the words Holi or Diwali. but ask anyone and they know about the ‘festival of colors’ and the ‘festival of lights.’ this has suited me to some extent and so has the others. rather than go into the history and mythology of it all, and bore myself for something people would have little appreciation of anyway, I just use those exact terms when someone asks me about them. and so I thought what would I say when explaining I’d been invited to celebrate lohri.

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thought of inventing something like ‘the festival of fire’ but that seemed stupid. leaving that aside for the moment, it was nice attending lohri about a week back. I haven’t been in India during this period for a very long time and it seemed, if nothing, different for a change. it also brought back memories. memories of childhood, of a time long forgotten, of joyful moments that transpired as if in a different lifetime. nostalgia, perhaps. I was a bit disappointed to see, however, how grown up lads couldn’t light a fire to save their lives. what have they been doing all this time? playing with their phones, I imagine. anyway, that’s a story for another day.

so how did I explain it to my non-desi coworkers? I’m not sure. I could’ve said something like: it’s a lot like Halloween, but with fire and without the ugly bits. don’t think so, but I think they understood me. of course they remembered nothing the next day since I hadn’t really classified it. the way I look at it, just remember the names of my festivals just as I remember those of yours. so lohri is lohri, as hard as it might be to pronounce for you.

funny that my original intention was to just upload a photo and I ended up writing an essay. but you see, I was trying to address a ‘burning’ issue. how do you describe lohri?
 

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winter

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this is the mildest winter I can remember in jediland. there’s not even been a hint of snow and the only bit of frost I saw was way back in November. although it is a bit cold, largely due to the wind-chill factor – something common in this part of the world – the weather hasn’t been harsh at all. not at all ‘wintery’. that’s the word of the day for you – wintery. my job here is done!

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cold

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stone wall

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you can’t be an impervious stone wall. you’ll have your cracks and crevices,  loose chippings falling off you…and you’ll always gather moss for the world to see.

but you’re still strong.

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sparkling nights

person welding at night in india

just a few days ago, back in India..

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my 2 weeks in India

day 1 in India and it’s mostly been a sleep-eat-sleep-eat-sleep day. just as well #day1
2012-07-15 17:37:28

day 1 in India and all seems a bit too quiet. then again, it is day 1 and it is a sunday. #day1
2012-07-15 17:40:15

day 1 in India and the TV seems even more annoying than it has ever been before. not sure why. #day1
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round and round she goes ..

where she ends up, no one knows.

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reality and fiction

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the weight of life

the weight of life

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