Month: April 2016

(Simple) Ode to Dad

28 April, 2016 “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing. Memory and desire, stirring. ” (TS Eliot)… You left us too soon with me hoping That it was just a nightmare – me dreaming Which actually woke me up on exam day morning. You couldn’t see me graduating And that is just one regret feeling. Thanks to you for inculcating in me my childhood taste in the Beatles and a bit of reading. However I wish we could have done together fair bit of travelling! I could visualize you up there reading And writing and writing. Living up to your passion of teaching! Till now it has been a fair bit of success and times of struggling. And I am grateful for who I am or what I am now with your blessing. Though I have miles to go in this life as I keep on inching. (My father’s favourite Beatles song was : “When I’m sixty-four” and coincidentally he passed away at that age this day many years …

“An der schönen blauen Donau !” – Day 1

7-8 June, 2015 Boo-dah-pesht – not to be confused with Bucharest! Whenever I hear the word Budapest, a famous waltz (by the great Austrian composer Johann Strauss II) plays in my mind. It is “The Blue Danube” or more commonly known in German as “An der schönen blauen Donau” (By the Beautiful Blue Danube) . Well, the Danube may not be that blue in Budapest. Don’t blame me for not telling you this! A Wall Street Journal article describes the song : “As with most waltzes, each successive episode, with its subtle change of instrumentation and mood, is repeated before proceeding to the next one. This lends a feeling of symmetry and substance to the musical architecture, while giving us the pleasure of hearing each melodic invention twice. Indeed those lilting, surging melodies, while not actually descriptive, seem inspired by the Danube’s currents and the whirlpools and swells churned up by the paddle wheels of its steamboats.” Though I can’t read music, I feel that the magnificent architecture of Budapest is as varied as musical …