i had been tagged, quite a while back. and since its only now that i have finally managed to write about it, here are the 10 things that i like beginning with the letter ‘T’.
T(ea) – it just had to be the first on my list. i’m not really for the exquisite kinds that have spices and strange combinations added to them. but i like it simple – with a dash of milk. and i have a cuppa every hour or so. the best thing is, tea has also been a way to connect to other tea drinking friends – its ever so nice to go out for a quick cuppa with a colleague or friend anytime. and some of my most special friends share this addiction too, so that makes it all the more wonderful.
Thatha – which is tamil for grandfather. not sure how many of u have read it, but i’d written about him here. we had a strange and special relationship, and he is one of the very few people i miss. he taught me, among a lot of other things, to love life.
Trains – in india, travelling by train is an experience in itself. the air conditioned coaches are quite comfortable, but have the tendency to cut off the traveller from the outside. moreover, i’ve noticed that co-travellers in the higher classes don’t tend to socialise too much, which is, as far as i am concerned, quite boring. the sleeper class is ideal – one can get a good view of the outside, make some small talk (that is on the down these days, with the advent of mobile phones – people just tend to keep talking on their phones all the time) with fellow travellers. and smoke – though sadly, it is banned, i still manage to have a smoke or two when the cops aren’t around. and then there is the general class – which one uses if there are no reservations available. i do it every now and then, just to stay connected with the real india. these are simple people, who travel this class not because they failed to make a reservation but because its the only thing they can afford.
Tobacco – i like it in just about every form, though smoking is what i indulge in on a regular basis. i particularly beedis, they’re small and suit my smoking style – i like a few drags every now and then, but don’t prefer some of the ‘king’ sized cigarettes (my friend had this corny joke about kings smoking kings, and men smoking wills :). but the thing about beedis is that they can leave the smoker smelling like a walking talking ash tray and so i only smoke em on holidays and so on. i also chew some tobacco with a pan once in a while. i’ve tried snuff a few times and thought it was radical. its good for a blocked nasal passage though i find it extremely gross when i see people snuffing and then snorting just about anywhere. yuck!
Trees – i keep wishing i lived some place in the midst of a lot of trees and greenery. as a kid, i loved climbing trees. the more difficult they were to climb, the harder i would pursue. the joy of having ‘scaled’ a tree that is branded as un-climbable by someone used to be quite something. this has come in handy – like this once, when we were in college and decided to trek through the fields to the banks of the river cauvery. we came to a point when there was this vast expanse of fields, and we didn’t know exactly in which direction to proceed. thats when the tree climbing bit came in handy, and we could sort of orient ourselves to proceed further in the direction of the riverbed.
Tirukkural – i don’t consider myself qualified to comment on the merit of the monumental work, but i’ve enjoyed learning the few ones that i did even though i don’t know much tamil. as a boy, i used to watch out for the ones printed in some of the buses here, try and memorise them during my journey, go back home, recite them to my grandpa and get him to explain the import of the particular couplet. i think he knew all of them, for he’d quickly tell me the meaning and accompany it with a few anecdotes and so on, to really drive home the message.
Tintin – few wouldn’t know this fellow, and he was one of my favourite comic characters. i’ve read all the tintin titles, to the best of my knowlege. captain haddock and snowy(especially when snowy gets drunk on the captain’s whiskey!) are among my favourite characters in the book. did u know that snowy was originally the cynic, till the captain made his entry in ‘the crab with the golden claws’, if i remember correctly?
Trekking – i haven’t had or made the opportunity to go on too many treks, but the ones i have done, i have enjoyed them immensely. i can walk for miles together and not complain. and i feel completely at ease in the midst of nature. one such trek that i particularly liked was when we visited gaumukh. it was a treat for both the spiritual and the adventurous minds alike. someday, i want to go beyond gaumukh and walk up to tibet maybe.
Twilight – it is my favourite time of the day. i like the warm, mellowing effect of a sunrise or a sunset. to me, it also bears a certain air of uncertainity, as does the literal sense of the word. i am, by nature, quite uncertain of most things in the world, and remain comfortably so.
The Truth – i take a lot interest in philosophy, with emphasis on an indian school of thought called vedanta. in this context, the Truth is defined quite simply as ‘that which remains unchanged in the past, present and future’. on enquiry, we find that most things we see and know do not fit this bill! and from then on starts this most fascinating quest for That which goes beyond comprehension. it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful pursuit one could possibly indulge in.
ah, so thats that. this has actually been more interesting than i thought it would. anybody like to try?