Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just out of sharing instinct

Yesterday read a very nice poem. Out of sharing instinct copied it and was about to post it on Facebook.


When I opened my Facebook account, suddenly came across, kind of flood of public forwards, shares. Felt like the waves, thoughts, messages and deepness this poem is giving is not matching, corresponding with the mood of Facebook. Don't know why? And din't post this poem there. Anyway, sharing it here. ...

On many an idle day

have I grieved over lost time.

But it is never lost,

my lord. Thou hast taken every moment of my life in thine own hands.

Hidden in the heart of things

thou art nourishing seeds into sprouts,

buds into blossoms,


ripening flowers into fruitfulness.

I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed

and imagined all work had ceased.

In the morning

I woke up

and found my garden full with wonders of flowers.

- Ravindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dragon Boat Festival

The day before yesterday evening, I saw many Chinese people carrying plant stems with them. It reminded me of India. We carry flowers, leaves, stems on the eve of our festivals. I was just wondering why these people are carrying those plant stems way back home ?. And was surprised to see same plants outside our neighbors door ! It was on the eve of Dragon Boat Festival.

Yesterday, Chinese people celebrated Dragon Boat Festival (DBF). It was a National Holiday.

I found it’s interesting that Chinese people also put leaves on their doors on festival like DBF. We put mango, neem leaves on our doors on festivals like Vijayadashami, Gudhipadva. On DBF, Chinese put Acorus (Bach in Hindi and vekhand in Marathi) and Artemisia leaves, (नागदोना in Hindi, ढोरदवना in Marathi) on their doors, windows. These plants have herbal properties which repel insects, flies, fleas, and moths from the house. These leaves have an anti-poison function and can prevent epidemics.

It's fascinating to find similarities between both ancient cultures and how culture has it's roots in nature...

Sharing here a picture which I took yesterday. It’s our neighbor’s door.

This is Zongzi (glutinous rice with date dumplings) wrapped in bamboo leaves. It's a must, popular food on DBF. These pictures are taken in 2008, in Beijing when our Ayi (maid) introduced us to Zongzi.


Monday, June 18, 2012



सुखद वारा,
उडणाऱ्या केसांचा चेहऱ्यावर होणारा स्पर्श,

पिवळसर केशरी सूर्य,
ढगांच्या पातळ पडद्याआड...

कुठंय तो?

काहीच नकोय आमच्या मध्ये,
हे रस्ते, ह्या गाडया, हे कृत्रिम आवाज...

पडदा दूर...
तो अधिक प्रखर,
सुरेख, पूर्ण वर्तूळ.

अर्ध वर्तुळाकार,

फक्त कोरच जणू,

बुडताना दिसतोय,

भेटशील न उद्या पुन्हा?

अजून आहेस?
खुणा ठेवून..

भेट असाच उद्या,
पुन्हा पुन्हा...


An Evening,

Cool breeze,
Blowing hair touching cheeks,

Yellowish orange sun,
Behind the thin curtain of clouds...

Where is he?

Don't want anything between us,
These roads, these vehicles, these artificial sounds...

Curtain rises...

Now he is shining brightly,
Brilliant, complete circle.


Almost crescent,



Meet me again tomorrow, 
will you?


Are you still here?
Leaving traces...

Meet tomorrow alike,
Again and again...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Womanhood and sharing

Just read an article in Shanghai Daily. The article was about a Chinese American, Joy Chen and her book for Chinese women, "Do not marry before 30."

Joy’s mantra is, in your 20s learn to become independent, grow, have fun, and explore life’s possibilities. Women should play, learn and mature in their 20s rather than rush to get married just because everyone rushes and pushes them to marry. It was really an interesting, thought provoking, article.

Joy Chen is born and brought up in U.S.A. She is former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and global corporate headhunter. Four years ago, Joy got married with an American businessman, at the age of 38. She has two young daughters. According to successful Chinese woman’s "standards" now she has everything.

“In China, the hardest part of being a woman and going through all kinds of issues is that we never talk about it with other woman, which is very important." When I read it I was stunned. So Chinese women also don’t talk about their issues with other women?
Just like today, I was stunned three years ago. I was watching an episode of “Desperate Housewives”. Lynette, a character in the series, is raising her four young kids without any support system. Lynette’s husband is pretty busy, on business trips or at work. She is going through the feeling of helplessness, imperfection and is close to breaking point. In that episode she shares her feelings, thoughts with her friends, Bree and Susan. Lynette cries out of frustration in that very sensitive scene. Finally, she asks her friends “why none told me this before?”

I will say this particular scene (Season 1, Episode 8) is must watch for every young mother.

Is that American women also don't talk about their issues with other women?
I also have sam]\e feelings as an Indian woman. Why no one told me this before? Especially, how my life was upside down after I became a mother. I do keep sharing the same concern with my few close friends. I couldn’t visualize, imagine my life this way before. Why? So we, Indian women also don’t talk about our issues with other women?

Or above mentioned are just exceptional cases?
One thing is sure that when it comes to women it really doesn’t matter what your nationality is! Whether you are Indian, Chinese or American it really doesn’t matter .

What really matters is sharing with each other….