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Dolce Vita

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In which I indulge in the littleness of life.

#1 Old music revives memories and new music makes memories. I made one with Raat Raazi. I’ve been tripping over it for a month now after I came across it quite accidentally. Which is not surprising for when I crossed over to the millennium I took my music with me, unsure of how things would sound on the other side. I have since remained a resolute ‘the best of the 90s’ girl and not bothered catching up (someone corrected me recently when I called EDM electronic data music). But when I heard this I realised I’ve been missing out on tagging a passed moment, a familiar feeling, a keepsake memory with a tune. A new tune that is nursed in the cradles of your head until it grows up, bows out and leaves behind footsteps.

So here is to a memory of a particularly difficult summer that heat-trapped my mind till it banged its doors but got no answers. It came back home everyday to the same soothing melody which silenced the noise inside until another day.


# 2 And then this from nowhere caught my attention and made me smile. My mother, a kitchen-window bird watcher, has a penchant for feeding crows. She often looks up from that simmering alu gobi (I’ve relished so often) or midway of rolling a chappati to say hello to those men in black and chat about the weather. She knows when they’re hungry and what they’re hungry for, and is just short of naming them after her children. The flavour of the season seems to be Parle-G, for that extra flapping energy, broken into three perfect beak-sized pieces.



# 3 I came across this piece of dialogue in the movie Lost in Translation. It is simple and depthless but offered me a strange kind of solace.

Charlotte: I just don’t know what I am supposed to be. I thought maybe I wanted to be a writer…but I hate what I write. And I tried taking pictures, but John is so good at that, and mine are so mediocre…and every girl goes through this photography phase, like horses, you know dumb pictures of your feet…

Bob: You’ll figure it out. I’m not worried about you. Keep writing.


Written by Miss Shola

August 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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The ennui called life

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I could have done so many things, I could have realized so many dreams if weariness, an inconceivable, enormous weariness had not overpowered me for the last fifteen years or so, or even far longer. A weariness that kept me from working but also from resting, from enjoying life and being happy and relaxing, and also kept me from turning more towards others, as I’d have wished to…oh, if that ‘what’s the use?’  had not germinated in my soul…

~ From Fragments of a Journal by French-Romanian playwright and dramatist Eugene Ionesco

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December 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

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Sticky note

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“…a story should have a beginning, a middle and an end. But actually, if you think about it, life isn’t like that. Life doesn’t have a great beginning and a tidy end. Life is always going on. You should begin in the middle and end in the middle, and it should all be there.”

~ V.S. Naipul, Half a Life

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August 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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Happy feet

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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June 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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Frida and Diego

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~ Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist best known for her self-portraits. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Kahlo had a stormy but passionate marriage with the prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. A few days before she died, she wrote in her diary: “I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida”.

Some other quotes by Frida:

“I used to drink to drown my sorrow, but it learned to swim and now I am overwhelmed by decency and proper behavior.”

“As always, when I am away from you, I take within me your world and your life. That is how I manage to resist.”

“You might probably expect me to whine about how much I suffer living with a man like Deigo. But I don’t think riverbeds suffer by allowing the river to flow…”

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November 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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From The Gita, for The Geeta

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At the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune.

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April 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

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Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom

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Daily dawns another day;
I must up, to make my way.
Though I dress and drink and eat,
Move my fingers and my feet,
Learn a little, here and there,
Weep and laugh and sweat and swear,
Hear a song, or watch a stage,
Leave some words upon a page,
Claim a foe, or hail a friend-
Bed awaits me at the end.

Though I go in pride and strength,
I’ll come back to bed at length.
Though I walk in blinded woe,
Back to bed I’m bound to go.
High my heart, or bowed my head,
All my days but lead to bed.
Up, and out, and on; and then
Ever back to bed again,
Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall-
I’m a fool to rise at all!

~ Dorothy Parker (1893 –1967) was an American writer and poet. A fixture of 1920s literary society, she was known for her acerbic wit and low opinion of romantic relationships. Some of her noteworthy quotes include:

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

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April 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Posted in Poetry, Quotes