Thursday, November 3, 2011

An Autumn in London

The English weather is like the English women! Very unpredictable!!
Whether a British or otherwise, it has been rightly put. It is almost 3 months that we have moved to London from Delhi, the weather has always struck me. It is so very unpredictable unlike its counterpart in Delhi. Though I had heard much about it from my husband who had frequented this place in the last 2 years, yet the reality just hit my face strongly. They say that the worse is yet to come. 'THE WINTERS'.
I sometimes stop to think how bad can the winters be!!It is already dark by 5.00 pm nowadays. Well the days are no better since most of the times it has a overcast sky. It feels like the sun refuses to rise in this part of the world. God! as it is it is so depressing and they say that the worse is yet to come. What more it will be. Snow all around with the rain, wind and darkness. How does it matter although I am very excited to witness the snow for the first time in my life. I had seen the remnants of the so called snowfall, much of which had already changed forms and had flown down the mountains through neumerous streams and by streams the last time I had visited Kashmir. Hence, the very idea of witnessing a real snowfall in front of my eyes exites me so much that the chilliness and the all the more depressive weather hardly proves to be a deterrent.
What irks me the most is that almost everyday I wake up to a bright sunny day which eventually turns into the same old rainy and windy day in the next hour or so. The sun plays hide and seek all day round. Sometimes the weather seems just so perfect and pleasing that I am unable to restrict myself to the confinement of the four walls. But the moment I step outside to bask in the sun and gather some Vitamin D for my body, a dash of icy cold wind hits me which is enough to freeze me to death forget about gaining some Vit D.
So unpredictable as it is yet I have slowly come to live with the English weather and have also started liking it so much that if it is sunny all day it makes me think something is out of place.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Travel and Living-Chapter 1- Ranthambore

The very idea of visiting Ranthambore in 2009 made butterflies fly inside my stomach. The National Park stretches to a total area of 392 sq km and is home to a decent number of tigers, birds, crocodiles, samber deers, spotted deers, chitals, neel gais etc etc etc. Am sure one can find a whole list of them in google. But am not here to discuss what all animals are found in Ranthambore. As you see the topic of my article is up, close and dangerous. What can be more dangerous than a hungry tiger hunting for its prey and walking just 20 metres away from us!!
We were tired, exhausted, hungry and dissapointed since even though we had spent a good 7-8 hrs in the jungle we hadnt got a glimpse of the majestic animal as yet and to add to our woes the driver of our gypsy told us that it has been 2 weeks since the animal was last seen. We felt like throttling the homo sapien until he says 'I die'.
The cameras and handycams also called it quits after we loaded it with photos and videos of irrelevant stuffs like birds, crocs, sambers, langurs...With a heavy heart we also thought we should call the day and return to our hotel. Just then Sudeep, my hubby, said in a not so hushed up tone, "Bhai Bhai Tiger!!" With the magestic creature just 20 metres or less away from us got all nine of us, including the driver, get so excited that the mere distance hardly posed a hurdle in the admiration. It just took us a couple of minutes to realise that we were in a open gypsy with no protection, a hungry tiger in search for its prey, walking beside us. But before the realisation could turn into a panic, the tiger, unbothered by our presense started walking towards the flowing river. We could see the purpose for the unbotheration; across the river was a herd of deers grazing unaware of the tiger's movement towards them. The majestic animal walking in its majestic glory made us awestruck. We stopped talking to each other and just kept looking..looking and just looking....We were about to witness a tiger catch its prey for real!!!
The deers oblivious to the presense of the tiger blissfully grazed on the green shimmering grass. The tiger sat in the camouflage of the surrounding trees and plants waiting patiently for the right moment and we sat patiently for the catch to happen. It could take hours for the wait to actually turn into a catch. But like the deers we were oblivious to the time. We were just too excited to witness a historic moment in our lives.
As often heard from animal lovers, monkeys and deers make good partners. Both helping each other in order to make their stay in the forest safe. It was this monkey troop which saw the approaching tiger waiting patiently but wakeful and alert eyeing the deers. Within minutes we could see the deers running frantically towards the opposite direction in a desperate measure to save their lives. The tiger started running after them but alas it was too late and little could be done then. Not every wait results in a run and not every run results in a catch. Very true for both the tiger and us....

Monday, October 17, 2011

A New Life

My biology book said 'life starts with a dot'. That was rather strange. A dot develops into a whole new life. There are seven wonders on earth, but can anything be as wonderful as the creation of a human being.
My daughter was born on 6th January 2010. It was a little unexpected date since she was due on the 17th. I was admitted in the hospital on 5th jan since there was this doubtful discharge, no pain, and the doctors did not want to take any chances. Probably being the daughter of a doctor had its own pros and cons. The following morning the visiting doctor examined me and said, "The water bag has ruptured and since you still are not having any pain you need to have a caesarean immediately." God I wasnt even ready for it!
There was darkness everywhere with a big concentric circle in the middle, lines of which were disapearing to a rhythmic beep. As the last line disappeared, I heard someone say, "The chord is all around the baby."
Where am I? Was I in heaven? Suddenly I realized 'I was on the operation table and I was conscious!" I could feel the doctor tugging the stitches. I wanted to shout and tell them 'hello, do something, I can hear you, I can feel you. 'But I just made futile attempts. I could well visualize my motionless body on the operating table. I felt so helpless. And then I heard what I wanted to hear, "Its a girl." The beeps in the background suddenly intensified, beep(1)..beep(2)...beep(3).......