Friday, 10 April 2020

Being home!

Home is the new downtown! The rooms are the places we visit when we need a little break now and then from the same rooms. The sound of a distant train catches my attention and I'm all ears - we haven't heard a train in the last few days. I try to gauge the train by the time only to realise that my kitchen tap has a leak and hence sounds like a passenger train. Small mercies! I let that tap be - I enjoy the sound of the train that is otherwise impossible to hear during these days.

My nonhuman companion, Feni, is a welcome entity in these quiet times. Taking care of him, understanding his language and entertaining him and us is another new routine which we enjoy and relish. I often wonder whether he understands that we are with him 24/7 - Is he happy? Is he stress-free without having to gaze at empty walls and chew furniture. He hardly bothers about the furniture or anything remotely chewable. I think he is indeed happy.

Sometimes thoughts rush in where angels fear to tread - but I allow them to run their course and pass. Sometimes I do give in to them and feel despondent but that is a normal behaviour, I reckon. I engage in sundry works around the house - It's nice to see clean and well lit spaces! I seem to cultivate new routines and re-routines. Actually there is no routine - I do what I ought to do and I do them mindfully.

My reading has been awful, though! I had imagined that I would read like there is no tomorrow only to realise that every tomorrow comes and quickly leaves without me reading. It's a phase, I concur and let that settle in.

I have been cooking delicious meals and enjoying eating them at our own pace. We don't have a clock at home; The mobile's time is our go-to which we ignore going to these days. Time is a forgotten entity unless the mobile is in our hands. It's wonderful to reverse roles. How long you have kept me in your clutches - now it is my turn! It's a moment of victory.

I hope you are doing well and keeping yourself amused by observing your queer antics!

Leaving you with a 1964 pop song that I have been listening to of late, written by Hatch Anthony Peter and performed by Petula Clark.

Downtown

When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go - downtown.
When you've got worries all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help I know downtown.
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown
Things will be great when you're downtown
No finer place for sure downtown
Everything's waiting for you.
Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown.
Maybe you know some little places to go to
Where they never close downtown.
Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over
Happy again.
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go - downtown
Where all the lights are bright downtown
Waiting for you tonight downtown
You're gonna be alright now
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
Guide them along.
So maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
So go downtown
Things will be great when you're downtown
Don't wait a minute more downtown
Everything is waiting for you
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
Downtown...

17 comments:

  1. You write beautifully, Ma'am! Miss you a lot! 😍😍

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    1. I wish I knew who you were! Jude? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Things would be better and we would soon meet.

      Take care.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by dear Shriya. Much appreciated.

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  3. Like reading your works ma'am. 😍

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    1. Mayuri? Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are well and happy during these times.

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  4. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  5. Reading your work feels the same as you yourself is reciting it to us,like the good old days lectures...
    Miss you maam 😍

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    1. Miss you fondly, Abhiishek. Thanks for the visit here and the lovely comment. Take care.

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  6. It is wonderful to reconnect. I have been in hiding for awhile now, so hearing from old acquaintances is sweet, and gives me the sense of being less alone in this world. I enjoyed your reflections on being home!

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    1. Dear Debra, likewise. I have been on and off over here and yes, it is wonderful to reconnect. Hope you have been well.

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  7. Beautiful read. Yes my furry friend is happy too as we are all around her all the time. No separation anxiety.

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    1. Hey Jon, glad to see you here. Hope you are doing well. Thanks for swinging by.

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  9. Thanks Shreelekha for stopping by. Glad to know that you have a nonhuman companion too.

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  10. I understand the feeling, Susan. There's a whole lot of creative things that I thought I'd do, but I just can't seem to begin. For now, I'm happy to be focusing on the mundane stuff, grateful that we're safe and well. Take care and keep safe. Lovely to read a post from you after too long!

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    1. Dear Corinne, it's indeed a joy to see you here. I fondly remember the times when we used to be regulars at each other's blogs. I am also taking one day at a time and learning that I don't have to rush and complete the chores. I am slowly learning to take long pauses, sit and reflect among the other things.

      Take care dear Corinne and thanks for coming by here.

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