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Cause has effect on poetry

Is this hell? Sisyphean I say

Pretending to work, make hay

I like not this feeling

From void there’s no emerging

Of a sense of achievement.

Can’t see a way out either.

Nor have options neither.

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Navigating the Metro

Good crowd coming on the Metro now- both in terms of quality and quantity. Morning it’s easier catching it. The front coaches are slightly free. Not today though. Once I waited for passengers to disembark, I got space to stand. Saw someone reading ET yesterday- but standing. The Indian version of international Metro travel.Stinky shared autos don’t improve your mood in the morning.

Going back is tougher. Getting a shared auto in the evening from Iffco is tough around 630. Walked and enjoyed the sunset the other day. 7 PM metro is more crowded than the 730 PM one. Getting a good place to stand in the 730 PM metro involved going to the IFFCO chowk metro station. Yesterday I took the 745 PM metro. met a colleague on the train. After I got off I met two more.

High heels so that I don’t have to smell men’s armpits in the Metro would be good.

I undertook to show my colleague the closest metro to our block- which turned out to be the other side of the metro that he knew about:)

When the traffic increases from Sep third week because of the Commonwealth lane being blocked off, may have to walk to office from the metro station.

Got corns too.

Multiple modes of exercise will help be cross the gym weight loss plateau I seem to have hit though.

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Plays

Watched Little Big Tragedies at NSD on Sunday. The set was beautiful. It seemed to keep changing with the lights, sometimes red, sometimes blue. Swathes of cloths in the corresponding colours also added to the rich effect. Candles in the centre, in a bowl suspended with wires in the middle further enhanced the ambience. The shadow effect thus created was innovative. The plays by themselves were not so hot. Don Juan was pronounced without an H. We arrived too late to make much sense of Pushkin’s Mozart and Salieri, which has never been a play I liked, ever since a lacklustre performance at College of Amadeus. The last play too didn’t have much movement.

We followed that up with watching an Odissi performance by kids at Kamani for a bit.

Then we hared off to Habitat for Noises Off. I had loved the movie. The play was funny too, and as I didn’t remember the details, I enjoyed it. It was a new way of looking at actors, from their domain- backstage. Pure slapstick, it was a relief to laugh out loud. We didn’t mind watching the same play with different variations- in the dress rehearsal in the first act, from backstage in the second and a flubbed version from the front as the actors were upset with the revelations of the love triangles backstage in the third. The second was particularly funny as they had to enact it in mime, so that the audience in front could not hear them. Must have taken a great deal of rehearsal.

Made a couple of chilas in the morning. Good fun.

Gymming away- lost 300 g post workout. Imagine:)

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Raja Nahar Singh

Tom Alter as the lead led us to watch Raja Nahar Singh. That too on a weekday, braving the bats and rats at Shreeram Centre. And coming all the way from Gurgaon. The hour long play seemed too long. The court setting remained the same. I liked the title protagonist’s acting. Nothing happened in the play though. The lines about Jats got some applause;)
Avoid if you value your sanity.

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Ramkali

Mallika Sarabhai as the Good woman of Seztchuan in Arvind Gaur of Asmita’s production. Peppy songs, references to Delhi made this an ok watch.

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Metro!

Should celebrate the Metro connectivity with music and dancing on the metro, as eating and drinking are not allowed. What say Delhiites?

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TV woes

Got the remote repaired, now the other one’s not working. HBO is the only channel coming now that I watch. Have seen all the movies which come on it. The cable guy hasn’t come for his payment in months. Am surviving on laptop movies, but need to buy speakers/ earphones.