June 5th, 2011


Priya Venkatesh..the Polish Woman....

I call this dear friend of mine, the Polish Woman, because...she went to the South Pole recently...something that not many of us are likely to do.

She's become a very dear friend, and we share interests in children, the theatre, old movie songs, wildlife, photography, and just general laughter....her sweet disposition is a joy, always.

She's put together a presentation on her trip, and will be delivering it in a few hours, at the Planetarium, in Bangalore.

On the occasion, Uma will deliver what I've written:

Friends are those people
Whom one likes, and loves:
People whom one wants to have around.
It's to do with who they are, not what they do.
But...when they do something outstanding
One feels so happy, and proud, and the joy spills over
Into the hearts of many more people.

You, whom each of us can address as "my friend",
Are such a person.
You've always been adventurous.
You like to try out new things....
And you share them with us, generously.
We've shared theatre, and music,
Images, and wildlife with you.
We've shared laughter, happiness...
And sometimes, our difficulties, and sorrows, too.

Now, you've done something which few of us will ever achieve:
You've been to the bottom of the world.
You are now prepared to share
The experience of the South Pole, too, with us...
We're going to see what you recorded.
They will be striking images for us
But are vivid memories for you.

These memories are precious to you.
But it's you who are precious to us;
We feel happy, and proud, that such a person
Is our friend.
Priya, you've been to the bottom of the world....
But our love for you comes from the bottom of our hearts.


I have some wonderful friends!

The Red-eared Sliders in Forest Park

It was almost exactly a year ago that I posted about

these beautiful turtles

in Forest Park,

and precisely on the same date (what a coincidence!) I went for a 3 hour stroll around the park, and came back with

these pictures on Facebook

....to share with my non-Facebook friends, here's one of the Red-eared Sliders:

r-e slider flpr fp 020611

I just learnt that Photobucket is now giving unlimited space...so that's great news for me! (though it is still more painful to post there, give the caption, take the URL, post it on LJ and add the narrative...than it is to quickly post the hi-res pics on Facebook and add the text!)