Winters – Bag of memories!

Dear Readers, if you are looking up for some bit of humor, come again another time, your blogger had no  control over the sea of nostalgia with the x-mas nearing up, so here it goes…

Mu uthibini, ete jaldi nuhen…(I wont’ wake up, not so soon!)

My day starts with da above parley with my dad. Had it been some other day, da scene would have been da reverse & i would have been plucked out of my bed without considerable effort by my dad, but come x-mas vacations, i get some ivy-privileges! Lucky me!

With the newspaper in hand,delicate rays of sun peeping like a voyeur  through the windows  & a sumptuous breakfirst of pooris,parathas & other mouth-watering spreads, winter seems like divine benedictions starting with  the day’s kickoff….da entire day is like a mesmirising lullaby under the masquerade of fog till late afternoon, da congenial  evening tea with plate-loads of pakoras & not to forget maggi noodles! Dinners were a top-it-all with the obliteratious Chicken curry, Biriyanis & the like!  

Away from the stodgy lectures, semester exams,dismal  hostel food, X-mas holidays were the most sought-after by me! Life swayed at a snails-pace..the only palpable activity of sorts was so-so the most ambrosial – reading up a dozen fictions,devouring mouth-watering delicacies cooked by the world’s finest chef-my mama, brawling up with my brother for the lan cable(a single internet connection both for my lappy & the pc!),neverending talks  & texts with miss special(who hankered for  the winters at my place),watching the desultory snows canvassing the town  in a shade of white, the animated evening gossips with my friends at the school ground, the bike-rides in the hills vrooming with nonpareil excitement – winters gave me truck-loads of excitement…

This winter, my  first ever away from home, life has taken me for a toss – Parathas & Pooris are there – but the aroma of my home & the tastes of motherly love is amiss! I am still tugged in my blanket while typing this post-but the familiar warmth is lacking,internet connection is worthless without my brother to fight over, school-friends in bangalore still pay me a visit- but the amicable environs of the serene school fields is nowhere to be found!…Probably the most monotonous winter ever! With only memories abound, i am gearing up for the solitary countenance, away from my parents,brother, miss special & the  heaven – home!

Readers – Pictures evoke a thousand memories , so here are some special pics of the wonderful winters at my town! 

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The entry-point to our township!

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HAL Fields – The foggy afternoons! 

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The mesmerizing dew drops!Image

Painted Red – Gulmohar trees at Gulmohar Avenue near my school

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Bangalore Literary Festival-2013! Stupefied Literatim

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

September 27th-29th brought me moments of revelry & frolic , i still long for! BLF’13 was my 1st tryst with literature in the sans pareil manner ever! A dream come true,  i was over-my-senses beholder to my 2nd love-Literature! Before i begin, here goes some stats’ that would definitely set friends with a concurrent passion for literature to yearn over!

  • Around 120 authors including 12 international authors.
  • Around 11 book-launches
  • Around 60 plus events to tinge the taste buds of the literature hungry across genres.

My personal bringing about :

  • Met my most-read & sought after authors : Shobhaa De, Shashi Despande, Madhulika Liddle, Piyush Jha, Aroon Raman, Ravi Subramanian, Varun Agrawal,Vikram Sampath, Lavanya Shankaran,Ashwin Sanghi Kishwar Desai & Anita Nair.
  • Picked up 3 new books, & was lucky enough to get one of em’ autographed (read more to know more!!)
  • Witnessed Gulzar Sahab Live.
  • Met with fellow indibloggers out there.
  • Was lost – Totally for the wonderfuly spent 2 days akin to a quick journey to  heaven!

Moving on to my piece of cake :

I was lucky enough to bob up the fest right from day2, though i still regret missing day-1 which had Farhan Akhthar talk about Bhag Milkha Bhag, Sri Sri Ravishankara , among many others. I started off witnessing a vivacious panel discussion which followed the launch of Shashi Despande’s “SHADOW PLAY” . The panel disussion on : ” Are we becoming  a bestseller generation” kept me astounded, hooked & refreshed at the same time owing to the one-on-one between Shobhaa De, Ashwin Shanghi,Shashi Despande & Ian Jack. Moderator V.K.Karthika, editor at Harper Collins had to walk on eggs as she was being questioned more than answered. A consensual conclusion however, couldnt’ be drawn as each of the panelists had varying slants on a book being a bestseller!
I was running out of time, as i lived faraway from the venue, & hence took off quite early, though i was really tardy about giving the other sessions of the day a miss….

Sunday, the last day @ BLF’13, i made it in the afternoon, on account of an online examination which i had in the morning. Guys, Preeti Shenoy, Varun Agrawal, Lavanya Sankaran & Aditya Mukherjee, were panelists of a discussion “The First Book Club“, moderated by Vani Mahesh.
The creme de la creme experince for me was the next panel discussion which followed book launch of Ravi Subramaniams’ BANKERUPT . It was rather impetuous to witness Thriller Writers Piyush Jha,Ravi Subramanian & Aroon Raman on an engaging topic “Edge of Darkness : On Thrillers & Chillers“, which was being moderated by banglore-based  writer Eshwar Sundaresan– Ghost Writer. The panel put forth some wonderful viewpoints but carrying on an air of buffoonerry alongwith. The concluding remark by piyush jha, fostered au courant wave of optimism in me with his lines, when asked how he felt as a bestselling author today : “Nothing Much, The only difference is that yesterday i was there (pointing at the audience!), & today i am here! So, anyone of you can be like me, just start writing!!” Loved it a zillion times, & this is gonna be my motto-de-facto for my writings in future.
With this, once again, i was running short of time, so quickly made my way to the bookstore to catch up copies of “SHADOW PLAY (Shashi Despande)“, “BANKERUPT – Lucky enough to get it autographed by Ravi Sir himself” & post some BLF postcards to my cousin & the special someone!   The venue carried a serene yet festive aura with it, abuzz with a gush of fresh-air carrying the cloying smell of literature. The fest’s literary mouthpiece – BEANTOWN, was a quick & remarkable read…All said, here goes some photographs, which captures the bonhomie in vivid frames!!  

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The official Logo – Was tempting enough to invite you over
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Varun Agrawal , Preeti Shenoy @ THE FIRST BOOK CLUB panel discussion

Oxford Bookstore

Official Bookstore catering to the bookworms!!

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Partners in Crime – Audience !

Nabanita Dev Sen

Nabanita Dev Sen

Shoba

Shobhaa De, Vasanthi Hariprakash & Kishwar Desai

Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness – Eshwar Sundaresan,Piyush Jha,Ravi Subramanian & Aroon Raman

Celebrating Life Through performance poetry –  Bas Bottcher

Happy Reading Folks… 🙂