If you’ve been wondering about our sudden disappearance from the blogging (as well as Facebook) scene it’s because we were frying other fish!
Or rather, potatoes!
Yes, monsoon time is just pawfect for fried snacks. Although, in our opinion, any time is pawfect for fried snacks. Only we do not get to indulge as much as we would like. Somehow, the rains washes away that inhibition and Mummy let’s us all indulge a bit.
But obviously, french fries can’t be the sole reason for our absence from the blogging scene!
Well, It’s our new collection of books. And the Olympics, both human and the Blogville ones.
All during the past one week Mummy has been helping us with our new books in between going to work, walking us and fixing dinner. That and catching up with the Olympics.
This time, the Olympics are a treat for the eyes. Never mind if the Londoners are fed up of the rain. We are loving what it is doing to the already picturesque cityscape. Even the sorry state of the Indian contingent hasn’t dampened our spirits.
Honestly, we didn’t expect much except from a handful of them. Most of their achievements are hype rather than a display of will power and grit. We Indians very badly need to come out of our perpetual state of over-publicity, advertisement gimmicks and mindless politics. We need to be realistic about our faults rather than overlook them and concentrate our time, money and mental stamina on some honest performance oriented efforts so the deserving get their share and not get sidelined by some big-shot’s cousin or son or daughter. Not only in sports but in all fields.
Anyway, forget our political(ly incorrect) opinions.
Where were we?
Ah! The Olympics.
Blogville Olympics is underway in tune with the human ones and we are quite enjoying all the action. We are huge fans of online memes and this Olympics is one of the best that we have come across. Kudos to all the hosts who are taking such a lot of effort to make it a very entertaining event.
For the uninitiated, here are all the details of the event. Just please click on the badge below.
Coming back to reading, there’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee, ‘Tuesday’s with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom and ‘Postern of Fate’ by our all time favourite, Agatha Christie. The last one is one of the few AG’s that we have read just once earlier!
We always find it weird when people say,’Oh!Agatha Christie. I’d read that in school. I have outgrown murder mystery novels.’
Well, these people in our opinion, have never understood the basic essence of a Christie. You do not read a Christie for the story alone (Though that can be a very good single-most reason). The sheer joy of a Christie is in its exquisite descriptions of people, places and human psychology. The way you can actually feel the anger, hatred, despair, the way you can see the ‘narrow path leading up the hill lined by hydrangeas and rhododenrons which are now just shrubs but will most certainly be quite lovely at the end of the year’, the quaint English style of narration, simple conversations that can make you catch your breath till the very end of the book like no other.
There’s so much more to Christie than a murder mystery. She’s taught us so much grammar, such wonderful ways of expression. Little wonder that every time someone casually dismisses a Christie ‘our blood boils so we could commit a crime of passion just then and there with our bare paws’!!
Alright, we mustn’t stray in the middle a post.
We need to finish this one so we can go back to all the other fishes waiting to be fried!
Talking of fish, we are reminded of our first encounter with sea-fish, first hand.
On this holiday in Goa, on the very first morning we discovered to our utter delight that our resort was at a very convenient 1 kilometre’s distance from a huge fishing hub.
Every morning of our stay, we quite enjoyed watching the fishermen bring in their catch fresh from the sea, clean and dry them and put them up for sale.
We were staying at this place that came with its kitchenette so if you wanted to you could fix your own meals. Sea-fish fry became a regular feature and we very much enjoyed sampling all varieties.
Did you know? You do not need to salt your sea-fish dishes!
Ginger, Buddy n Shadow