September 20th, 2006


Weird swimming practices


I have been swimming 30 laps in our swimming pool (well, poolette) regularly...and my timing has improved from 45 min to 35 min over the months. So of course my personal Hitler (well, Hitlerette, she is PETITE) said, I hope you continue for 45 min? Of course not...nothing will make me do more than 30 laps! So now, by swimming from one corner to the diagonally (of course if I was Harry Potter it would be Diagon Alley) opposite corner of the pool, I have managed to make my 30 laps last nearly 40 minutes. Oh, the trouble the lazy can take to avoid exerting themselves!

And since I keep losing track of the no. of the laps (especially, since I am now either missing the corner, or cracking the side with my head and arms as I do the back stroke--"12, 12, 12    =glub=   was that 12 or 13?"), I keep track of  the laps now in both increasing and reducing numbers...30-1, 29-2, and so on, chanting the numbers to myself...I bet no one is as weird a solitary swimmer as I am.

And don't forget that the back stroke helps keep away boredom as I check out my neighbours' balconies and the people peering down from them, the darkening sky overhead, the pigeons lining our building, the handsome  pariah kites wheeling overhead and the crows occasionally mobbing them , the mynahs,  and the occasional flight of rose-ringed parakeets...I also bet I am the only bird-watching swimmer....

And also...I am the only swimmer whose paunch hasn't come down at ALL after such regular swimming. Huh. I have a very fit paunch!



This is a detail from the wall of the Gopalaswamy Temple at Gopalaswamy Betta in Bandipur. The figure is that of Garuda, (the Brahminy Kite), the vehicle of the God Vishnu, whose incarnation Krishna or Gopal (Go-pal...literally, one who breeds cattle) is...Garuda's natural prey is the snake (remember my translation of Kannadasan's song at

?)..and here, in a delicious irony, Garuda is depicted with a snake as an ornament! Garuda is flanked by two Simha, or  lions...these are somewhat stylized.

I loved the vertical of the Dhwaja Sthambham (temple flag pole) behind, as well as the  random growth of the tree branches...clicking these is so much easier than trying to get those elusive animals and birds which are there one second and gone the next!

IMG_0534 detail from Gopalaswamy temple...Garuda and lions