Wednesday, January 07, 2009

2009 is here!

Hardly a few years ago the twenty first century seemed like a time zone out of science fiction. Well we've not only arrived but we're nine years down the line! 2009? Huh? Who the hell gobbles up all the years?!

It was a real quiet New Years eve here, with S and me watching some show or other on TV. These days all that I watch are either Marathi soaps or Marathi reality shows. There are two of them, one a dance programme to showcase young talent, the other a programme to showcase kids singing talent. The musical show is actually pretty good, because kids as young as eight or nine take part, sounding like grown ups, managing the highs and lows, the intricacies of the melody like professionals. Nothing like when we grew up and at age eight were still singing Old Mac Donalds or something.

The biggest change in our lives is possibly Shambhu's arrival. With his loud raucous mew and his goofy face and behaviour, he has unwittingly turned an apartment into a home. Shambhu is growing up fast and at times disappears for one and a half days. Right now he's been home pretty much, following S (the love of his life), crouching under the gas stove for warmth, or huddled up on the sofa.

This is also the season for guests and the first of the lot this year will be my friend Gisela who introduced me to Germany many years ago - actually in 1987, when I visited her in Bremen and later in Leverkusen (near Cologne). It's been a long and winding road since then but essentially the same road along which I got to know and work with Samuel. Hope that those of you in Bombay will get to meet G. during the six days or so that she is with me.


Anonymous said...

yes, its really amazing that we are already almost a decade into the 21st century !!

i wonder whether time also is escalating as we approach 2012 ... :)

uma said...

Perhaps. It's a weird world