Significant ‘few’ among the ‘many’ -Part II

6.20 p.m,November 30, 2012 -Seville

As a continuation to my earlier post –

Mr. E – Talked over the phone for over a year before meeting! It is not flicked out of any movie. Believe it or not -it did happen! One hell of a friend!  One of the ‘bestest’ friend I have ever had and still remains. I still remember the first time we met. I had not seen him till then and he had come to meet me with a couple of his friends leaving me clueless as to who among  of them is Mr. E! I pointed out at every guy in front of me, only to realise that he is the one I left out!

Mr. F – We are very different. His his lifestyle, his views on issues, his taste in food – everything is radically different from mine. But we did bond! Sitting on the doorstep of the second class compartment on our train journey to Bombay and talking about life , is something I will always cherish!

Mr. G – Met him through a friend. She later became his lawfully wedded wife! He is one of the sweetest guys I have met till date. My admiration for him emanates from the beautiful relationship I see between him and the friend. As a lover, fiancé, husband, friend, companion in their relation – I give him ten on ten! I wonder if my friend feels the same?!. That apart  he has always been a great friend and wonderful to be with. I think our friendship over the years and I see it going steady and strong!

I am mentally trying to sketch and formulate my thoughts about two very significant men in my life. However I am unable to do so. May be that’s the beauty of the relationship ! Keeping that for another day when there is more clarity in this cluttered mind  🙂

Current craze – period

8.00 p.m , November 16, 2012 , Seville

Talking about my current craze –period – Fahadh Fazil, an exciting news I heard the other day. One of my close friends from college is a part of the film which has Fahadh as the lead actor- Annayum Rasoolum. My happiness knows no bounds!

It’s more like knowing from Facebook that he and I have a mutual friend  or knowing through Linkedin that you are   ’1 connection’ away from him! This just shows how much I am addicted to the internet and the social networking sites during the past one month!

In the passing I must mention that I have expressed to the close friend my interest in watching the premier show of the movie and may be getting to see a glimpse of him! Definitely not being selfish or taking advantage of the friendship 🙂 .

I have also started calling her my ‘best friend’ from a ‘close friend’. Just clarifying to those who might think otherwise – it was the flow of emotions and not with any particular agenda in mind :).

The close friend and her exciting  career graph calls for another post in itself. She is one of the most creative people I have come across.

I am keeping the thoughts about her for another post. Let’s see if the premier show ticket for  the movie works out :).


I need my space?!


“ Ma… I need my space”. This is one ‘standard dialogue’ that I tend to use every other day with my mother.

The other day we had a very ‘healthy’ discussion on a ‘disputed’ topic and I ended the conversation with the ‘standard dialogue’. The end was abrupt due to lack of balance on my phone. I further went on to recharge and call her in order to mitigate the tension with a few kisses and a good night – Happy ending I suppose!

Back to the ‘standard dialogue’ – What do I exactly mean when I say it? That there is a bit of ‘me’ that I would rather keep to myself, there are certain things that I would like to sort out internally in the highly disorganised part of ‘me’ called the mind, there is a part of me that finds happiness in being with only the ‘ me’ at times.

May be there are more definitions to it. But what stands out is the ‘ME’. I would rather not take this as being selfish or self-centred. I believe that needing one’s space is a way of dealing with oneself so that you can organise yourself. It is a must in every person’s life.

As I say that – I wonder how many of our mothers got that to say this to us after we were born – “Kid …..I need my space!’.


(a)   We would have never accepted it!

(b)   We would have never understood it!

(c)   Our mothers would have never said it! They would never want a ‘space’ without us.

Conclusion: Mothers are from Mars. A different species altogether! Love them for what they are.

And maybe I will need lesser space if and when I become a mother!

Seville como yo lo veo!- Sunday Evening ! – (XV)

Today evening  I was seated in one of these coffee shops drinking a cup of coffee and intently trying to figure out where I was–as per the map.

Across the bench was seated a very elderly couple (Grandpa/Grandma if I could call them so!) After watching me intently for about 15 minutes – the Granpa spoke up.

GP : “Lady, Do you like Sevilla?”

Me : “Oh yes. I do! It’s beautiful!!!” (I was very happy that he knew how to speak English! May be I could ask him a few directions!!)

GM: “Are you a Christian?”

Me: “Yes. I am!” (Double whammy! Even grandma knew English)

GM: “Did you go for the mass at the Cathedral?”

Me: “No. I visited the Cathedral. Did not attend the mass”

GM: “Ohh. Its wrong. You must go for the mass. You are a Christian.” (I was not so happy that she knew English).

GP: “Where are you from? What is your name?” (While Grandma was looking at me with displeasure – for not attending the mass).

Me: “I am from India and my name is Sarah!”.

GP: Beautiful!

Me: Wondering whether he attributed beauty to India, my name or me?! I did not ask him. Sometimes in life you have to take the credit 🙂

I did not wait for more conversations as Grandma seemed mighty unpleased with me for not attending the mass.

I took my cup of coffee, map and scooted from there in order to find another place to sit down and read the map. Oh! I hadn’t still figured out where I was as per the map .

Hyderabad Blues

1.a.m (Spain), November 23, 2012 , Seville

Evenings at Seville are usually spent doing nothing! By evenings I mean the time from 8.P.M to 11 P.M before I go to sleep. Yesterday as I was making good use of the high speed Wifi and watching some interesting interviews of my current craze (period) – Fahadh Fazil on You Tube, I came across some parts of this movie called Hyderabad Blues.

I recalled watching it a many years ago. It was one of my favourite movies at that point in time. I decided to watch the movie once again just to assess if I would still like the movie.

About the movie – The movie revolves around a south Indian NRI from Hyderabad who comes to India after 12 years. His parents and extended relatives are on a mission to find a ‘suitable’  Indian bride for him. He, on the other hand detests just about everything connected to India-  be it traditions, functions, rutuals, way of life. Life leads him to meet the leading lady who is a doctor, feminist to some extend and someone who believes in tradition and Indian values. The story then proceeds to narrate their different point of views on every subject, mutual attraction, love and lastly the inevitable – marriage!

I was a huge fan of Nagesh Kukunoor after watching this movie. And so did I like the heroine –Rajshri Nair.I find her very beautiful. Surprisingly google had nothing to tell about her. I intent to do more research on her movies. I felt she played her role to perfection and would love to see more of her movies.

Back to the movie – The movie is interesting because the dialogues, the narration, the cinematography are all kept very simple and normal. People, places and incidents look very real life except for the ending which need not have been so dramatic!

I also realized that choices in life don’t change so easily. I can still count this as one of my favourite movies.

Seville como yo lo veo!- María Luisa Park ! – (XIII)

In Mumbai, I live at Dadar West and that’s just a stone’s throw away from Shivaji Park Mumbai. I have also  lived for a year in central London having access to some of the beautiful parks around the city. Despite the same I have never taken keen interest in nature!

That as it may be, lack of company and boredom led me to this Park in Sevilla.History tells me that the Parque de María Luisa (María Luisa Park), is a monumental park built for the 1929  Word’s Fair held in Seville, the Exposición Ibero-Americana. Courtesy : Wikipedia .

Some interesting frames that I captured there!

Seville como yo lo veo!- Cathedral of Seville ! – (XII)

The idea of the builders was to build a Cathedral so large that  “those who come after us will take us for madmen.”- And they did it. The Cathedral of Seville is the largest Gothic building in the world and the third-largest church in Europe after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. Courtesy : Wikipedia .

It strikes me now – I have seen two of the three. Rome – here I come!