Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Random post, I can't bring myself to post a post without a title...



The above pic is an entry to Cuckoo's topic for the month, 'Lonely'. A leafless tree/shrub standing alone in a barren stretch always evokes that emotion in me. This was taken during a trek to Kumara Parvatha (that's the second tallest peak in Karnataka, next to Muliyangiri).

It is June and I am still in chennai. Visa gods are refusing to smile. I've been living in a state of transit for way too long. So, instead of waiting for life to happen in Bay area, i thought i should get on with life in chennai. If and when the move happens it'll happen. I read somewhere, forgot whose quote it is, but it goes something like this: 'No matter how far you travel, at the other end you'll find yourself'.

I re-joined the place i used to play Table tennis in. In a couple of weeks i should be playing in the state ranking circuit. It's been a while since i played competitive. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces. If i manage one top-16 finish by the end of the season i'll be more than happy. I think i am happiest playing some sport and being involved in some kind of physically exerting pursuit. In Amit's terminology, playing improves my body's serotonin levels (that's some happiness associated chemical...and Amit is this doctor guy i met at NIM who insists on giving a technical explanation to every mood swing, and his body apparently produces serotonin most when he is climbing in the himalayas :).

Does anybody watch the 'Lok Sabha' channel. It is one of those Dordarshan channels with viewership probably limited to places that are dependent on a Panchayat owned Television airing only DD channels. Anyways, they show these films made by FTII Pune's diploma students and movies that NFDC sponsors and the like. They're all so beautifully made. Like yesterday they showed this short film called 'Saanj' by someone called Jasmine Kaur. It was about this senile old man living alone and a young guy and a girl living next door trying to reach out. It was so beautifully shot and so sensitively done. And almost every movie or short film screened there touches a chord. Probably because of the honesty to story-telling that comes with being a student whose objective is the creation itself and not the returns it fetches. If you get the channel, watch it.

May has come and gone and i am yet to take the year's quota of break. Work scene is not pretty. Hoping to get away by June end or early July, at least for a week. Will do the 'Valley of flowers' trek or do Vaishno Devi, Dal lake and the Taj. Need to do some major 'pulling up socks' act before that to get over the deficit accrued over a listless work phase. Fingers crossed.

11 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Wow ! Your photo is so lonely... one of the top contenders for top position.

Thanks for participating, keep doing that.

Cuckoo

Chitty Cat said...

lok sabha channel showing nice movies? i thot it only showed politicians fighting with each other

nice!

all the bets da - dont worry - visa will come when u least expect it :)

Anonymous said...

hey nara..nice post. ive been asking hema to read it so she lets me play more
-sudhir

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theanalogkid said...

'No matter how far you travel, at the other end you'll find yourself'.

i think its more like "no matter where i go, there i am" :D

good luck with the visa dude.. why are you so keen on running away anyway?

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frissko said...

cuckoo - Thanks. But i dint win huh...some other time..

chitty - well, they show the fights too...but when they're not showing the fights they show really shaanth stuff :)...

sudhir - thanx machaan...enna still active on basketball?

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analogkid - at a point when life looked very drab and i had had enuf of chennai, i set the ball in motion...even now i dont know why i want to go or if i really want to go...but yeah a change of geo wouldn't hurt...

anonymous advisor - pliss to leave a name? But i think you stretched my 'am happiest being involved in some kind of physically exerting pursuit' thing a bit too far :).

Cuckoo said...

Some other time has come. This month's last date for participating is nearing. :-)

Check my blog and pls hurry up. :P

Cuckoo

Arthi Madhusudhan said...

Hey Avinash,

Had to delete that comment from my blog... for obvious reasons ;)

But hey... you were right about all of it... madhu says 'hi' btw!

frissko said...

arthi - cool...what're the odds eh?!..will ping madhu sometime...