We were all set for a trip to Rajasthan this time on our trip to India, in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 – but they say, a higher power ‘disposes’ of our proposals.
My husband’s (and some of my) family are in India, and we make a yearly trek there to see them. This time we had planned on a trip to Rajasthan – Jaipur, and other places on a 10-day guided journey by car – not to be. My husband’s father was hospitalised with pneumonia and was still in hospital when we arrived there.
It was a case of rushing around trying to get as much done as possible in the short amount of time we had there (we were there for 3 weeks). I was so thankful that we had our own car and personal driver this time – no rushing around for taxis!
After that, my mother-in-law had a cataract operation on one eye – another ‘invalid’ in the house for a while as she couldn’t do much for a few days – whew!
But I had the FM station on full volume when I had the opportunity, in our room downstairs – it plays all the latest Bengali, Hindi and English music, so saved I was!
Well, and then it was time to come home. I was a bit sad, if truth be told – despite all the hectic running around, I really did have a great time! Well, here’s to the next trip…this time I have an inkling that there’s a trip happening in May to a place nearer to Oz…Bon Voyage alors!
I have been writing for a while now. It is a privilege for me that my writing has been published in many different e-zines, magazines and websites around the world, since the year 2000.
It is a privilege also for me that I am a published author, my latest book, ‘The Castle and Other Stories’, a collection of YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi short stories, having been published this month by Cresco Books.
It is an irony that I am from a Technical background, having done Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, that I find so much joy in writing. When I completed High School, my highest mark was in – you guessed it – English. However, I loved Maths too, which is why I chose Engineering.
Looking back, sometimes I wonder if I should have chose differently – but that is the past, and we cannot change it. Today, where there is so much material available for perusal at one’s choice, I feel it a privilege (that word again!) that my work is chosen to be seen by so many people, and that it is appreciated. But therein is the crux of the matter – good quality in anything shines through always, and it is an honour for me that you read my work – thank you so much!
I feel that I am somewhat at a crossroads – I have been working part-time (casual) for a while, in the things I love – Writing, some Screen and Content writing, and also some Business Analysis. I left my last full-time role at the end of 2012, and am enjoying my current work.
A book of mine, ‘The Castle and Other Stories’, has also been accepted by a Publisher for publication. It is a book of 12 short stories, for YA, in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre – and I am sure that if I had been working full-time I would have not been able to complete it. I am looking forward to the launch of it on the internet.
However, I feel like I need something more. I am not sure if I want to go back to full-time work – but a source of somewhat steady income is necessary.
So, is it back to square one? The resumes and applications – hopefully something will materialise. I hope that something will come my way – when I least or most expect it. I can only try, and hope that destiny will fill in the blanks!
Last Thursday, the 3rd of July, was the Opening Night of my Art Exhibition – ‘Canvas Dreams’. I reached early, and set up the venue (the Degraves Hall at the City Library in Flinders Lane) with food and drinks, and then waited for patrons to arrive.
I was expecting over 40 people, as that was the number that had accepted the invitation on Facebook and LinkedIn. And then the guests started filtering through. All included, about 30 guests, some I knew some I didn’t, came through the Exhibition that night.
One of my paintings sold, and a book of mine (‘Savannah’) did too. Of course, I am hoping for more sales.
I will be going down to the Library tomorrow too from 4-6pm, to check out my paintings again. I feel a glow of satisfaction to see them hung up on the Library walls in the Degraves room – it is my first Art Exhibition, after all.
Below are a few links that can be explored regarding the exhibition
I recently went on a trip to Japan. The places we covered were Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto.
It was a wonderful trip, in many ways. The group that I went in was welcoming and friendly. We walked a lot, and used the trains (bullet and otherwise) and public transport. I was a bit scared whether I would be able to keep up with the walking and travelling, but it was fine.
The cherry blossoms were glorious. I felt lucky that I was able to be there in Spring when they bloom.
There was one place that left a lasting impression on me – that was Hiroshima. There was a museum in front of a monument called the Atomic Bomb Dome (ABD). The ABD, which was a commercial building when Hiroshima was bombed in 1945, during the second world war, has been left in its ruined state as a warning to the world. Alongside it is the Peace Park.
The Japanese people are very beautiful and kind – but the atom bomb is always at the back of the mind. Perhaps ashamed of the past, they strive to go out of their way, but truly feel it from the heart. I almost felt ashamed myself, of the past.
For me, Hiroshima had been a place of dread from the history books. Actually visiting there, other than fearing that the nuclear radiation was still active, seemed to have eased my soul. I hope and believe with all my heart that the wrongs of the past remind us of what we must not do in order to make this world fair and just for all. A timely reminder of a shameful past that we must allow to determine a glorious and shining future for all.