25 December 2012

Heading out to India again….

It has been a long long time that I have gone to India by myself. Also so soon after the last trip. Dad is not doing well after surgery and mom seems to showing early signs of relapse 🙁 Hope to see them for a few days and also my brother and sister who are bearing the brunt of all the parental caregiving.

I will miss most having wine with Sharmila every evening while there. And the kids and her for New Year’s Eve 🙁

Will be a bitter sweet trip….

24 December 2012

Inspiring!

If you ever wanted to escape the doom-and-gloom round-the-hour sensational news coverage on TV, pick up this month’s Runner’s world and read the profile of Erin Henderson. Pissed off at being 207 pounds, she started running. Ran five marathons at speeds I can only dream of. And yet, was inspired by the state of kids she saw in Southeast Asia that they adopted 8 kids (on top of their own 4). If anybody wondered what discipline can do, she is raising 12 kids, putting in 75 miles per week and the way she manages her house? – quote “People walk in and seem surprised that the house is clean and nobody is hanging from the lights”. Why can’t our TV programs focus more time on people like her? Can we see this side of America once in a while, please?

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24 December 2012

Mangsho missing

Pool filters cleaned, hot tub filters cleaned, car washed and cleaned. Exhausted, dozing off by the pool with Bengali “adhunik” songs on… like the lazy Sunday afternoons of childhood days (“adhunik gaaner anurodher asar”). One thing missing though – the aroma of “pnathar mangsho” (goat meat) cooking wafting from every Bengali household..

24 December 2012

Tax day

7 mile run at 9 min/mile. Then over ate for lunch. Now for a little wine and sleep in the sun by the pool. Would have been a picture perfect Bengali New Year had it not been for the taxes I have to file and pay today 🙁

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