Yesterday, someone remarked to me - I am guessing my ten-year old - that he wished time could just slow down a little. He said that maybe if we all started wearing watches and using clocks that were running slowly by just a little, would that not make time slow down automatically?:)
Well, if that does happen, I am sure we who play catch-up will slow down some more and still keep at the catch-up game.
Until I can master time by either keeping up or learning to travel back in time or slowing it down just for me, my posts are going to be erratic or delayed or ...
During this visit to India, I have taken my vacation days erratically - just like my posts - and so have still not really been able to take more than a couple of days at a stretch. Most of the trips I have taken because of this have been day trips locally - including one to Mysore which I booked through KSTDC (I recommend this one for all who want to experience the flavors of Mysore but are short of time), the trip to Banerghatta I wrote about earlier, a return visit (from last year) to the wonderful Visweshwaraiah museum and a ride on the Metro after a visit to Cauvery and rain-drenched MG Road.
Monkeys love mangoes (duh, of course) - but they love,love Maaza too - this is one lesson I learned during our visit to the famed Chamundi hills in Mysore. Much to the dismay of my little girl and my niece - both aged seven - monkeys took away and enjoyed, not one, but three of their bottles of Maaza (the third one, we bought after the first two were dropped by the girls as monkeys came asking for them). Here is the snap of the monkey enjoying the third bottle,which the girls were supposed to share.
Top Ten beginnings/endings for TTT over at The Broke and the Bookish:
- "First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try. HERE IS A SMALL FACT You are going to die." – from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- “This is a story made from pieces of all the dreams that you had when you were asleep, but then forgot when you woke up. Some of the most brilliant ideas occur in dreams: songs, poems, stories, inventions.” - from Zeb and the Great Ruckus by Josh Donellan – one of my favorite stories in the recent past
- “There was once, in the country of Alifbay, a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name.” - from Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
- "For nearly a thousand years two attendants waited, sealed from the world in a hand-carved cave, while the sands of the great Gobi Desert crept forward."- from Journeys on the Silk Road
- "The circus arrives without warning." - from 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgensten
- "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." - from 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- "Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares." - from 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” - from Matilda by Roald Dahl
Some favorites that will be universally acknowledged!
- “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” - from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A couple of endings thrown in (exactly two)
- “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” – from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this." – from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott