Sunday, October 16, 2005

BACK! But how do I begin to tell the stories...

Have you ever felt, at any point in your life, that the things happening to it are completely steamrolling you? How, you get caught up in a rollercoaster that will make you lose your breath and feel as if your heart has stopped?
That is just plain rhetoric, but if it has happened to you, then you know how I feel now.
I have tried over the past month to recollect my thoughts and sit down to write a few lines. But somehow it was mostly impossible. So much was happening so quickly to me, there was simply no Wordsworthian tranquility in which I could collect my emotions, put them down as words and clarify them for myself, if not others!
I have done a million things, including taken my first REAL ride on a rollercoaster, survived it, watched human beings packed like sardines in a car in the America-Mexico border, learnt the salsa (though I'm terrible at it), walked Hollywood's Path of Fame, warmed my hand on a cold day in the warm spring of the Roman baths at Bath, lost my money, passport and recovered them, looked deep into the eyes of fattened cows on ranches in Nebraska, watched corn being de-husked and even an American football game...
THAT, as you can see, is my problem. Where do I start and where do I end?

* * *

Feels nice to be back at home! Feels nice to: take the good ol' sun on my upturned face, breathe in the stale, conditioner-filtered air at Chennai International Airport, jump the long queue at customs thanks to an influential friend (you cannot imagine how MUCH that made me feel at home!), eat 'mutta dosa' and curd rice not contaminated by flavoured yoghurt, why I even felt that warm fuzz when I turned on the television set and SUN TV came up! Jeez, I AM destroyed, eh?!

x

46 Comments:

Blogger thennavan said...

Ramya, the sun part of it that you mentioned. I always felt that it was the best part of coming to Chennai (the warmth of those rays on your back; the other SUN, of course, I get even here) :-)

8:27 pm

 
Blogger SamY said...

actually, if u stay away from home for long, madras oda man vasanai just b4 the rains is signature, IT IS UNMISTAKABLE :)

luk like u had a ride of ur life ... n welcome home ... now I get more gud stuff 2 read ;) ... its been a while

btw dyu hav a feed 4 ur blog?

8:59 pm

 
Blogger Swahilya said...

Welcome home. Reads well.

9:15 pm

 
Blogger REFLEX said...

welcome back. By passing the Q is the highlight here :). Thats is India.

9:41 am

 
Anonymous drragonn said...

Hey welcome back

But you do u sound so let down as a matter of fact you have returned from a developed country to a developing country

May be u felt homesick...........

do people realy miss their homeland when they move to a place surplus with eveyrthing.....

(`/\`)

10:01 am

 
Anonymous Ravi said...

Hiya,
Welcome back! Missed ya!
:)

10:06 am

 
Blogger Alex said...

May be you can take one at a time, can start with salsa... I'm eager to hear!
Made a good read.
Alex.

10:57 am

 
Anonymous sathya said...

hi ramya,
hey u didnt miss minnal?

2:39 pm

 
Blogger hari said...

Hi Ramya,

Welcome back. Eagerly waiting to have a pictographic details of your rollercoaster foreign trip.

Hope you enjoyed well.

4:15 pm

 
Blogger None said...

thennavan!

yeah! you truly learn to love the sun, dont'cha. especially if you come off winter.

cheers!

5:15 pm

 
Blogger None said...

samy

i did have the time of my life! :) now, how did you guess that?! :)
manvasanai pathi naan oru post-e pottirukken, it deserves volumes! :)
i tried, unsuccesfully to create an RSS for my blog and i still haven't succeeded.:( HELP!

cheers!
ramya

5:21 pm

 
Blogger None said...

hi swaha,

thanks! for the welcome and the compliment! dint think it would be this way, but it IS nice to be back, even to office!

cheers@
ramya

5:22 pm

 
Blogger None said...

reflex,

indeed! THAT made me feel right smug at home in India! :)

cheers!
ramya

5:23 pm

 
Blogger None said...

drraggon,

thanks for the welcome!
but this is about being at home and being out of home, feeling at home and feeling you are in a strange place...
not developed nation or developping nation...
of course, it is personal, you might have a different experience...

cheers!
ramya

5:26 pm

 
Blogger None said...

thambiiii!

missed you guys too! but glad to be back! getting back to blogging is like coming home again too! :)

cheers!
ramya

5:27 pm

 
Blogger None said...

alex,

hmmm... salsa!? let's see... :)
though i'm usually rluctant to talk about somthing i dont do too well...

cheers!
ramya

5:28 pm

 
Blogger None said...

sathya,

hi! minnal was definitely missed! but i'm yet to take off on her... can't wait to

cheers!
ramya

5:30 pm

 
Blogger None said...

hari!

thanks! let me see how much justice i can do. i can def put the pics on and let them tell their tale... will do it the moment i get a breather...

cheers!
ramya

5:31 pm

 
Blogger Ganesh said...

back to good old chennai heh ?

next dc pakkam vandha sollunga

8:51 pm

 
Blogger Mukunth said...

Welcome back! sorgame endraaalum nam oore pola varuma;)

8:55 pm

 
Blogger capriciously_me said...

agaaa....bathirama ooru poi sendhuteengala? enga oora pathi nalla ezhudhuveengannu paatha thiruttu mexicans pathi ezhudhiteengale!! tch tch tch!!! ;)

10:14 pm

 
Blogger P-H-A-N-T-O-M said...

welcome back madame....

I was away for quite a time....owing to lotsa things at home and life.....seems like I didnt miss much here ;-)

well, I jsut completed a 4 day trek thru mukurthi in ooty....was fun and am off to Malaysia for 9 days starting oct 28- spending my hardearned money again for travel passion ;-) .....Countdown has just begun for oct 28 !!!

11:21 am

 
Blogger Etsu said...

hi, Ramya

I'm glad to write "hello" on your blog.
I am Etsu, a Japanese working in an Indian company in Japan.
I started my blog to provide Japanese culture, custome and some idea.
It would be my pleasure for someone interested in Japan to visit my blog.
Thanks and regards,

Etsu

12:04 pm

 
Blogger None said...

ganesh,

hey! of course i will, but what's the overall likelihood of me coming that side soon?!!! that, i dunno! :)

cheers!
ramya

1:35 pm

 
Blogger IcEyeZ said...

Hi Ramya, Jus' went thro some of ur posts...liked em' esp the Digital Species ! :-)

1:53 pm

 
Blogger None said...

mukunth,

hi! you bet. my husband, who was also away, has been singing this song non stop since we got back!

cheers1
ramya

2:40 pm

 
Blogger None said...

c_m!

ahaa, paavam mexicans! maybe i still will say nice things about your ooru! when you coming down?

cheers!
ramya

2:42 pm

 
Blogger None said...

p-h-a-n-t-o-m,

thanks! and man, you live the life, dont you!? :)
have a nice time!

cheers!
ramya

2:43 pm

 
Blogger None said...

iceyez,

thanks! that was some time ago though! keep reading!

cheers!
ramya

2:44 pm

 
Blogger P-H-A-N-T-O-M said...

well, destiny favours the first time you roll the dice ;-) Beginner's luck they call it !!!

Oh, I just read The Alchemist ;-)

Yep, I guess I want to follow my dreams of exploring the vast universe....be a traveller and try understanding the creation by observing the beauty arnd the globe first hand !!! ;-)
Ah, why is me so senti...phantom and senti, gosh, no way ;-)

4:31 pm

 
Anonymous b a l a j i said...

Nice to see ur blog coming back to life.

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Blogger Nanyaar? said...

Welcome back Ramya Been missing two of your post lately wow.. wow.. dint i tell you You'd have a hard time expalining things..

Nice to have u back and hope to see more blogs at a consistenly constant rate!!

cheers,

NANYAAR?

1:28 am

 
Blogger Nanyaar? said...

Welcome back Ramya Been missing two of your post lately wow.. wow.. dint i tell you You'd have a hard time expalining things..

Nice to have u back and hope to see more blogs at a consistenly constant rate!!

cheers,

NANYAAR?

1:28 am

 
Blogger Nanyaar? said...

blog rolled you!!!!!

5:16 pm

 
Blogger None said...

naanyaar!

varuga, varuga! nandri for the blogroll!

cheers!
ramya

5:45 pm

 
Blogger None said...

naanyaar!

varuga, varuga! nandri for the blogroll!

cheers!
ramya

5:45 pm

 
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