Sunday, December 31, 2017

Annus Moviebilis V

Year five of tracking movies seen and I am happy that the #100moviepact that I signed up for was met. This was my highest score in recorded years.


2008: 99
2014: 86
2015: 105
2016: 116
2017: 132

The full list of movies can be found here:!AsQ_MU1XkvrDiNBYccb81rTOPrnS_w 

In addition to tracking the movies that I watched, I also tracked shows this year. The count for total seasons of shows watched was 24.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

A Whiff of Perfume

It is the simplest actions that trigger the sweetest memories.
My poem in this month's Spark magazine is an ode to a small slice of my childhood, prompted by my own children.

A Whiff of Perfume

On lazy Bangalore Saturdays,
when we are about to set out to eat
and then return for a well-earned siesta,
my boys come to me with their arms raised,
waiting for me to spray my perfume
on their shirts over their armpits,
on their unsullied bodies,
rejoicing in this little ritual −
quite unnecessary yet wholly satisfying.
It takes me back to my many summers in Surat,
an annual ritual of my childhood,
when my cousins and I
would raise our arms in surrender,
to the uniform perfume that was sprayed on us.
United in blood, united in fragrance,
we would exit into the streets
of a city that didn’t seek a
sense of purpose to exist.
Nothing ever happened there –
nothing needed to.
We were happy in this nothingness,
enjoying somnolent lunches
and waving newspapers to convene air,
when the electricity deserted us,
spending hours playing cricket
and walking through the by-lanes of an old city,
evading the motorcycles that narrowly
dodged the cows on the road.
Dusk would see us walking back home,
washing the city off our hands and feet,
changing out of the clothes
from which the perfume had long evaporated,
and eating food under the loving gaze
of our grandmother,
who never asked what we did
in a place where nothing ever happened
and nothing ever needed to.