Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's Mumbai ... and I love it.

I love Marilyn. Don't you? I guess Chicago loves her a whole lot, too. I took this picture at the risk of my life! Marilyn ( all 26 feet of her) towers over a busy downtown square, and ever since she found a temporary home in this windy city, shutter bugs have been crowding the area beneath her billowing ( and very iconic)skirt.There is no dearth of visitors for this delicious lady whose best friends were diamonds. Voyeurs from all nationalities gaze upwards ( she wears white knickers underneath, in case you were wondering). The controversial statue has attracted a lot of flack from residents who find it trashy and frivolous. But I think it's fun and it certainly made me smile, as I dodged traffic to get a closer look at the world's most famous blond.
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It's back to Mumbai and frantic writing. I had barely three hours of sleep today. My writer's wrist is acting up yet again... but it feels so damn good to be seated at my favourite spot, with a familiar laptop and the reassuring sounds and smells emanating out of the busy kitchen close by. But one big and very comforting presence is sadly missing from this scene of balanced and harmonious domesticity. We lost Kiara last sunday. It is a loss that I shall never get over - she was by far the most beautiful red head in the world. Yes, sleeker and sexier than even M.M.
Farewell, my lovely.

10 comments:

Jogeshwar said...

Hi,
I read this poem in a newspaper a few days back, would like to share it
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The Power of the Dog
by
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passsion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
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AaaDee said...

your writings are so free flowing like a river..i never felt u have to think anything ever b4 u write..

keep it up..

A_N_Nanda said...

My writer's wrist is acting up again--well, somethin' for the blog too.
Btw, the poem of Kipling is heart-rending. Thaks Jogeshwar for sharing.

raj said...

looks like you dodged jet leg. delightful as usual....I read it before the Tea today..

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Pooja Rathore said...

Dear SD sorry to hear that your greatest love of your life is no more...thats life, be happy for good memories which will remain forever and yet be positive and look forward for the best.
I liked the pic of M.M something positive about the pic thats the reason u smiled i felt nice.take rest, work for sure but avoid overwork it will affect your health . take extra care til this month ends (numerologically speaking number 7(you are a 7 person) is weak till august end ,serenity is the key to all problems, take care,waiting for pics of Mexico.

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desde mis
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SHOBHAA

CON saludos de la luna al
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Another Kiran In NYC said...

I am sorry for your loss Shobhaa. The absence of your red headed Kiara will always be felt but some comfort will always come from knowing how good you both were for each other.

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