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Fêtes de Genève

I miss reading The Hindu here... I miss the smell of it. Waking up and not seeing the paper, not waiting to read it... feels strange. Anyway, the day after we landed it was pouring non-stop and we had to pick up some stuff from Ikea, so after the rains stopped we got ready and walked to the bus stop.  Just a pretty scene on the way... our ticket taking skills were a bit rusty, but after a few minutes we figured out what to do.  Here's the ticket dispensing machine, you have to select where you want to go,  We selected the one hour pass (3 swiss francs/person) and dropped in six francs and out popped the ticket and we were good to go. It felt good taking bus no 23 after ages... me and Nam were all smiles as old memories kept popping by. Anyway, got off at Ikea, picked up our stuff then went to a Lebanese place,Parfums De Beyrouth, for dinner.  Had the Turkish buttermilk...  Some hummus and kuboos with lamb.  Some lamb dish (kefta kabab)... my brother had.  I had some falafel roll.…
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Tertiary home...

So I am back at my tertiary home after two years and judging by the amount of visa-related drama it took to get here, this trip is already promising to be quite epic before it has even started. Till last week nothing was certain, the signs weren't hopeful and the 'travel planning' group on whatsapp was left in a huff of bureaucratic disdain and annoyance. Anyway at the very last minute things started falling into place and it feels good to be back here in Geneva with the siblings.
 We flew through Emirates and this was lunch on the Dubai bound flight, lentil curry with rice and avial... not that great.  Taking off from Dubai... Chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli on the flight to Geneva... again food wasn't that great. I remember Etihad food was really good, Qatar airways was okay too, but Emirates was surprisingly not upto these two.
 The fascinating terrain below...
Land, water, horizon...
Flying over some mountains...

Snow clad peaks jutting through the clouds...

Search your soul

Words scrawled across the skies

I took this picture when I had visited Rameshwaram recently and it seemed like the perfect backdrop for this poem.

Glide away...

This journal from Matrikas is quite possibly the best journal I've seen. Since the day I received it, I haven't been able to stop looking at it fondly, it is that beautiful and captivating. It has these therapeutic colouring pages that can immediately calm you down or add a spark to a lazy monotonous work day.
They come in four colours with four different motifs on the top and I opted for this dark blue one with the gliding fish and the word 'glide' incorporated into the gold embossed motif. Thank you Matrikas, this is a kick-ass product and I can't stop raving about it.  Purchased a few more from Amazon.in to give as gifts to friends. This is the reddish one with a feather embossed on it and the words 'write' scrawled nearby. This is the pretty dragonfly greyish journal with the word 'fly' at the tip. And here's another look at my favourite one, love this navy blue colour and the pretty fish with tail and fins like angel wings... gliding through…

In Her

Never gave up

You never gave up on me, she said, amazed.
I couldn't, he replied, I could see that
You were in the process of adapting
Yourself to a mundane, normal life,
Devoid of any passion, and I
Couldn't let that happen.

Why, she asked, more amazed than before.
'Cause you're my love, he replied softly.

~ Karen Xavier