Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gates open on Sunday


Sunday means thicker newspapers – the joy of reading a ‘Moby Dickish’ piece hidden somewhere between articles on Olympics and obese kids. It means drinking mugfuls of tea and cooing at the plants in the balcony. It means washing your sneakers and cleaning the bookrack with Colin. It means scrubbing your body at leisure while bathing and working diligently on the shaving lather. It means combining your breakfast and lunch – is that what they call brunch? – and then witness Pran Nath Razdan turn into Jonathan Bridgeman in a Hari Kunzru novel. It means keeping your gaze fixed at your toes till you fall asleep. It means holding discussions, while savoring roasted peanuts, with an uncle– on marriages in Jammu and Manmohan Singh’s Independence day speech. It means catching portions of Bergman’s ‘Summer with Monica’ or ‘Satte pe Satta’ on television.

Louis de Bernieres: They say that, for a madman, every day is a holiday, but they also say that insanity has seventy gates.

Let us say that, on Sunday, all those gates open up for me.

6 comments:

Sushumna said...

ummmm.....Lovely. I just got my two minute sunday. ;) Love the papers on that day especially. with the light streaming in through the balcony and falling on my cup of coffee..A book in hand on a couch makes the perfect afternoon. I love your blog. Will be back often.

Karan said...

Hey Rahul,

Would have loved to see the photograph of your bookshelf in a higher resolution - and see your collection :-) Any chance of a better pic?

Anupama said...

Hi Rahul,

I agree with Karan: the picture could have been of a higher resolution. The bookshelf reminds me a lot of Feynmans'section at Caltech. I think its the predominant red colour!

Sunday, to me, still means watching Mahabharat on television on our black and white Weston. I often wish I could go back in time.

Anonymous said...

Keeping all gates open is always a good idea, even if a little "insane". Andorra, under joint French-Spanish administration, has all gates open. It also has the world's highest life expectancy.

Think about it. Is it really insane?

Karan said...

Rahul, its been a while since you last wrote. Eagerly waiting for your next one. Please write soon for the sake of all of us.

Rahul Pandita said...

Karan, I am really sorry for not being able to write regularly. Have been trying to finish work on my book and complete assignments. Will write soon, on running. Cheers, r