The only thing I wanted to do during this vacation was to take as much rest as possible.To some extent I could fulfill my desire. Woke up late in the mornings , slept in afternoons,wtached Tv shows and indulged in gossips. I look forward to a day on which I can overcome these weaknesses.
I am reading a book by Biboothi Booshan badhopadhyaya, Aranyak. I heard Muthukad talking about it in a TV show. So took a Malayalam translation of the Bengali novel. The theme of the novel attracted me. It inspires me to write about some of the beautiful places in my mind which includes my home land. It's wild and beautiful and I can relate some of the things in the novel and this place. Who can care how much land our family members together owns here, but sure I have a rough calculation. My father has paddy fields and coconut tree farms which includes a variety of trees and plants and which is also home to a wide variety of animals.
By year end I plan to have good amount of greenery in and around our compound.I like to do some good things for nature. I guess, this picture from Banglore will not be out of place here. A lorry full of plastic covers. They will get recycled.
As planned we went to Bungalooru and came back. We expected the climate to be cold, but it wasn't. The wheather was little hot after 10am. There most people preferred bikes to cars to go to work, due to slow traffic during peak times. The prices of things seemed much inflated. The supermarkets seemed true traps for consumers. They have such a lot of commodities.
8 years ago I was working in this city. In between I had halted here a few times also. Every time I pass through this city, I try to have a look at my old working place and place where I stayed as a paying guest. This time I didn't see both.
Banglore became very cold soon after we left her. The climate was good in Kerala, not too hot or too cold. This time I could enjoy the greenery. Those who stay here won't understand the depth of my statement. You ask anyone who has just landed after a long stay abroad, they will readily agree with me.
Before going for vacation I had planned to watch 3 movies. But only Pazzashi Raja was running in theaters. I bought and brought some CDs. Kanakanmani begins so well that we won't expect it to take such a bad turn and ending. Kameny, ajab prem ki gazab kahani , Bhagya devatha are in line here. One by one I have to watch.
I didn't like the last movie watched on big screen, that is Big Father. Before that I had watched Pazhassi Raja. For the first time, consciously heard the sound effects because it is the Oscar winner behind it. The marching sound was so different from my concept, which was set by other old movies.Rasool Pookutty is setting the standards now. The biggest budget movie in Malayalam is hard to believe. On top of that I read while trying to portray Pazhassi as a hero, they purposely avoided some incidents which hints to his negative character. But, truly it was a visual extravagenza. .
On weddings Malayalees spend extravagently. I could attend a grand marriage in Lulu center. The dowry was 10kg gold and a scoda car. The center stage had two screens on both sides. Two cameras were revolving in two cranes.It had a hall that can seat 1000 people at a time.
Now hear the story of another girl's marriage. This girl's would be husband gifted her a dress worth 1 lakh for engagement. She didn't like it. So for marriage 4 people flew to Banglooru and stayed in a hotel, slected a dress, gave it for alteration and made arragements to recieve the dress by parcel and flew back.
In Al Khor,the climate is cold.First day I went to work in a new dress which was flimsy. I shivered to my bones by afternoon. I got a mild fever in the evening. Next day onwards, started wearing warm clothes.
Books, CDs,seeds of vegetables and costly dresses are some of the worldly pleasures I aquired. After hearing the story of the marriage dress my costly dress seem very cheap.
Now all these things are for new year. The year gone, was not bad. It was in this year I became a proud owner of a Nissan Tida.It is gearless making the driving tension free. Why do we have vehicles with gears? Recession did affect us in some way. May be the next year will bring more hope for me and you. Wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR.