Friday, 29 December 2017

Striking a India-London Balance

How free and democratic a country is usually judged by the contents appearing in its newspapers or its news channels. Does its media espouse free speech and free thinking? Are the articles and write ups in the newspapers a reflection of a modern and progressive society?

While on a holiday in Dubai even as I marvelled at the extraordinary transformation of a desert into an international city, I could not help wondering if only their newspapers looked as classy as their skyscrapers! One look at their newspapers and you knew mundane and basic information camouflaged as news and reports! Where was the incisive analysis, in-depth researched reports that are so blatantly conspicuous in Indian newspapers? Certainly, Dubai is no place for free thinkers and creative artists, they can look up to the 'Incredible India' for inspiration!

It is incredible that while I am in London I still reach out to the Times of India, The Hindu, The Deccan Chronicle or The Indian Express for adding new words to my existing reserve of vocabulary. Indian media is astonishingly vibrant with news anchors often displaying their command over the English language through flamboyant utterances and judicious choice of words. Many a debate is organised with unparalleled passion and intensity. Animated and profound conversations take place with some of the best minds of the country. Bulky newspapers with detailed analysis, thought provoking pieces along with humorous observations while stimulating the mornings are actually a reflection of the umpteen issues that are confronting India. Before I know I am left fondly reminiscing about my country!

With memories flooding my mind, I step out of my new home in London only to be greeted by its astounding scenery. The awe inspiring architecture and infrastructure are testimonies to London's amazing engineering and I instantly forget all about India. That's how I strike a India-London balance!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Iron Box and Hair Dryer to My Rescue

With decrees issued against hanging out washed materials in the balcony or anywhere near the window, I was left pondering how to dry the wet toys and dolls hand-washed meticulously as per the instructions printed on the box. It is impossible to expect dampness to vanish given the dropping temperatures (which I must say I thoroughly enjoy) and shutting out of the natural light as well as the air.



As my mind pondered over alternatives my eyes descended on the iron box at the corner of the hall vying to catch my wandering attention. Soon all solutions revealed themselves to me like the pages of a book containing answers! The iron box and the hair dryer found new applications meant to test their efficiency! Applications in the form of my daughter’s beloved toys and dolls. The dampness disappeared and peace dawned on me at accomplishing a seemingly tough task!

Outgrowing Cars

Outgrowing cars never had a stop in my journey of life which I carefully choose to sprinkle with beautiful experiences, memories and adventures. Negative ones do come in the way to distract and divert the route from the most desired destination, sometimes even marring the beautiful trip. What is supposed to be a smooth ride now turns out to be jolty, jerky and even creepy with potholes, pits and steeps to manoeuvre through! It took me the ‘Car-Free Sunday’ initiative and my own environment-conscientiousness to let go of our tiny Zen car that would usually put me into a zen-like state often sending me into raptures of ecstasy and liberation!!! 

(http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/carfree-sundays-in-chennai/article7752371.ece). 

Nevertheless, in London, outgrowing cars comes naturally. Well-planned pavements on either side of the road along with an amazing public transport system eliminate the need for cars. Strolling along the broad stretches of pathways while feasting your eyes on the natural beauty and inhaling fresh doses of oxygen makes walking an exercise in joy and freedom!!!