Recording our emptiness

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Khalil Gibran

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6.66

Come May and I will be again on my 2-week long vacation to an International location. I think I have made it my ritual to do that 2-week vacation during the first week of May every year. This is my 4th year. And I hope to continue it as long as I can. As part of the lunch table conversations, the plans for summer vacation came up and the folks asked me where I was going (not, ‘if’ I was going, but ‘where’. They have come to know me well by now). And then one of them turned to me and asked how many countries have I visited. Do I have a list or a map plotting them. It got me thinking. For me, it is about the places/cities I visit that matters, not the countries. But as far as statistics goes, it is as good a place to start with, to plot the countries I have been and see how much of the world I have been to. Found this site on the Internet and selected the countries I have been and voila! I have got my map ready 😉

I still have lots of places to cover don’t I ? A mere 6.66% (wicked number isn’t?)…have to remedy that. I guess with this year’s place added, it might change, but I refuse to add it until I have done the travel.

But then I have my own set of plans with respect to places. Let me see if I manage to complete that at least.

visited 15 states (6.66%)
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Electricity

With summer already in top form (close to 40 Degrees) and the very regular and longer power cuts, this inverter, which I had invested a couple of years ago, is providing me with the electricity that is required for more than a few hours to get through. I wonder how I survived before this?
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Monday Blues and Heat

How am I feeling today? Today being a Monday and the day already starting with some meetings (urgh!). I guess you already know. And add the heat to it….

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It may not sound much… its just 29 right? Hasn’t touched 30 yet. But trust me, it feels like 34 already. Just last week it was around 24. Welcome to the tropical weather 🙂 At least this weather gives me some incentive to visit and work from office (for the air conditioning) but then the moment I step out of it, the heat hits me hard. And have you noticed that when it is really hot, how we try and make ourselves stand just below the fan in the elevators/lifts, sort of push everyone and make sure to secure a good position inside the elevator and during the cold season we try and step away from it and stand huddled in one corner? I was wondering how people sort of left the area around the fan inside the lift just last week and today everyone wants a piece of the cold air.

During the winter, I sort of forget how harsh the heat from the Sun in Summer (or even the beginning of it) can be. We do have Sun during winter too, but it was mild, dry but never harsh, pricking your skin and causing heat boils. Well, this is going to be a very hot summer from what I can already feel. Need to rearrange my wardrobe and pack away all the jumpers and sweatshirts. And guess what, just across the country, in the North, its so cold and foggy that flights are being cancelled. Nature indeed is a very mysterious thing isn’t.

Welcome

hope“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
― Humbert Wolfe