Thursday, May 8, 2008

Shifting Gears

My daughter is now all of a month old and I've just about started settling into a routine of sorts. When I'm not looking at her and grinning like an idiot, I'm either tending to my son, my health, household matters, packing for my move back to Bangalore and of course finding ways to spend some quality time with the husband who's walking around looking pinched and haggard and somewhat attention deprived. Or I'm reading ... the only place I can find some sane moments to myself seem to be between the pages of one book or the other. Nights used to be for sleep and repose but these days I'm the proverbial on call vending machine so I've decided not to attempt any of that sleep stuff at nights and try reading and relaxation instead. Because as is the way with all pint sized babies, you've no sooner closed your eyes for those forty winks when small mewling sounds from the cradle are sure to wake you again.

And thats how I've overdosed on Mr. Jeremy Clarkson's tell-it-like-it-is brand of humor on my nocturnal reading sessions. It all started with "The World according to Clarkson" and that wasn't enough so the husband got me Volume 2 called "And Another Thing".

Whats great about this series is that they are a collection of short one or two page articles so its like a box of assorted chocolates and you never know what sort of treat you might find next! A bit bad for your health if you are recovering from surgery like I am - almost split my sutures laughing :-D

And the man has a stacked upper storey - by way of a thinking brain I mean. His commentaries are not just random ... they are a humorous take on everything thats wrong with our world, the political system, global hunger, going overboard with political correctness ... you get the drift? That and of course machines. Cars, jets, jumbo jets, 747s, this is the host of Top Gear we're reading from, so expect intensive knowledge on these. Plus the odd nugget thrown in about his wife, kids and colleagues. None of it saccharine sweet let me assure you.

Haven't enjoyed humour reads since P.G.W. although of a completely different variety.

I've also discovered that while I was busy settling into my 30s, some phenomenal new artists have entered the music scene. And they all seem to be under 20 years old. Heard a lyrical, soulful one called "Chasing Pavements" from an artist called Adele who is apparently about 17 or something. The younger lot seemed to have lived so much more so quickly - and they seem to comprehend the meaning of things with so much clarity. Imogen Heap, Amy Winehouse, Keane ... there is so much wonderful music from the West on the airwaves these days. This is probably what evolution is really about.

Have a listen to Adele (I couldn't embed the you tube link here for some reason). She's quite wonderful!

10 comments:

Vidya said...

You have time to read??? Wow!
the movers get here in exactly 20 hours.
I have to sort a bit more stuff (about 24 hours of work), and my kids thought this is the perfect time for both of them to get a flu...

Ziah said...

Hey Madhu!:) Great to hear from you:) And gosh! Rhea's a month old already!!! time flies so fast!:)

Will check out adele.. Im in a time warp... what with the husband travelling for light years... sigh! time to get my act together!!:)

Prats said...

:D hope the grinning never stops!!!
And the lil Rhea must be such a joy to be around.
BUt you catching up on reading wow!!!! I didnt know if it was day or night when my second one was born...
So when you gracing our city?

Suma said...

hey busy mom...nice to have you back :)

wow!!! you made me dizzy out there...lucky u...i was made to stare at the ceiling for my entertainment when my babies were born...

u moving here? hope i catch u before i leave...:)

Preethi said...

Congratulations!!! :)

Madhumita said...

Hey Folks - been meaning to respond but no time to catch my breath :). Suma, while mom was here she tried her best to keep me in bed and stare at the ceiling as well - the minute she left ... I was back to my old antics :-D.

I was thinking that with the exception of Preethi, all you other guys are going to be in Bangalore in June - so maybe we should all meet! I'll be there on the 5th as well. Lets try to get on email and organise something?

Suma said...

soooper!! what an idea!!! :D

plan after june 11th pleeeeeease?

mail me your contact no 'when' u get the time....

Ziah said...

Fabulouso!!:) Would love to meet up:) I'm folks hopping in poona... should be back in the whereabouts of the 9th!:)

Preethi, b'lore is just 4 hours away... will u consider making it??:)

Preeti said...

Awwww, she's sooo cute in that pic on the side...yea she does look different from the initial photos i caught on tys'...she looked JUST like u in thosee...and u have every rite to be biased abt the lil button when she's that cute...and she's urs :) WOW!

Moving bak to blore? or temporary?

Much love!

Joy said...

Enjoy the sweeti pie. She is really cute. It must be fun catching up with all in B'lore.


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