It has been a year since I arrived in London and boy, does it seem like ages ago. What with the move, not just the place but also the job it definitely feels like too many things have happened this year. I am on my half-term holiday break now which is great and much needed, but there are so many things to be done. On top of that, I fell ill and lost my voice for the past two days. I can kind of whisper things today without straining, but it is now at the stage where a dry cough has taken over and my sinus is slightly clogged so not a good few more days to look forward to. Among all these did I enjoy the snow? I definitely did. Not the icy patch the next day though. I almost fell a few times walking on those.
Silver lining among these events is that we are going on a short trip to Italy this Sunday and will be back just before Christmas. All our presents are ready and waiting next to our nativity set (we don’t have Christmas tree). That would also mean I will be off the grid unless I get good wifi there and am not too tired to blog. We are going to take it slow and steady with the trip, not rushing through the places etc. There will be lots of photographs for sure and a travelogue once I am back.
Y’all stay safe, hope for better things, spread the festive spirit, be safe, keep blogging, and most of all keep smiling.
Yesterday we had been to the Rath Yatra organised by ISKCON in London. It started from Hyde Park and ended at Trafalgar Square. We were there until the raths crossed Picadilly. That itself took around 2 hours. It was my first time and the energy and the unity were astounding. I loved how everyone irrespective of caste, creed, nationality, colour, and race joined in what they believed and brought joy not only to themselves but also to the people who were watching them too.
At the same time, India-Pakistan match was going on. We heard a few of them talking about it on the way. By the time we were heading back home, we knew that it was a lost cause for India. We already have enough reasons to disrupt the peace and harmony of any place. We don’t need sports as a reason. The best team won. Sports is all about sportsmanship. No point showing your hurt by raging against the team who won. Whoever it might be. That’s so shameful. I was reminded of Hermione’s quotes when I read that news article.
“That’s the trouble with Quidditch,” said Hermione absentmindedly, once again bent over her Rune translation, “it creates all this bad feeling and tension between the Houses.”
She looked up to find her copy of Spellman’s Syllabary and caught Fred, George, and Harry looking at her with expressions of mingled disgust and incredulity on their faces.
“Well, it does!” she said impatiently. “It’s only a game isn’t it?”
“Hermione,” said Harry, shaking his head, “you’re good on feelings and stuff, but you just don’t understand about Quidditch.”
“Maybe not,” she said darkly, returning to her translation again, “but at least my happiness doesn’t depend on Ron’s goalkeeping ability.”
Happy Vishu and Tamil New Year (Belated…it was on Friday)
Finally, ready to have my dark chocolate egg breaking my #Dechox fast! It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. It might have been if I had given up on sugar totally. Wouldn’t mind doing it again next year 😉
Continuing with my St Patrick’s Parade photographs, here are some of the low-res photos of the crowded parade and the equally densely crowded Trafalgar Square. All I wanted was to get to a stall where they served the Guinness. I ended up taking a photograph of someone enjoying it. They closed the entry to the place because of the crowd. #sad
Pongal – a Festival of Harvest, is celebrated today in TamilNadu. My folks always keep me updated with all that is happening over there, thanks to a Family WhatsApp group. Even though for the most part I have muted that group and pitch in only once in a while, it still is one that gives me all the latest news over there, including the movie which my brother is going to take his family to. He is the main contributor to the group along with my aunt. My mother and my husband are the viewers (ones who send out a message once a month in that group as a response to someone). Who would have thought that such a thing would exist a couple of years ago? And that my mom would be texting and WhatsApp-ing me? 🙂 Even though I am slightly wary of the technological advances, I do appreciate its effort in bringing the people you love closer to you, even without FaceBook.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January is: A word that starts with “P.” Find a word that begins with the letter “p,” and make it the theme of your post. Bonus points for starting and ending your post with a “p” word. Enjoy!