I read a post at Lotus’s place that listed her 10 favorite things that began with the letter “B”. I loved it and offered to do something similar if she assigned me a letter. She assigned me “A”. Surprisingly I had some difficulty coming up with 10 things I love starting with that letter. Anyways here’s what I came up with.
1. *A*. The love of my life, friend, soul mate, wife and my companion of many years. She is my rock and the reason why I sometimes have it together. She is like the person who makes you feel that it will all be ok, just cuz it’s her you are with. Sometimes nothing has to be said.. just the feel of her against me or a look or the sound of her voice does wonders. I try to be as nice, gentle and giving a person as she is and I never quite manage it. It’s obvious who the better half here is.
2. America. My home. I heard someone say on the radio once that naturalized citizens sometimes love this country more than people born here. I am not sure if it is always true. But I love this place. As has been said America is more of an idea rather than a place, but it has been fraying lately. The gross mismanagement by this administration and the lack of will of politicians to make hard yet sensible decisions has put this country on a path which often makes me wonder how it’s all gonna work out.
3. All Things Considered (ATC) NPR’s afternoon news program. It’s not high on my list of 10 things I love that begin with “A”, although it's listed 3rd. I mostly consider National Public Radio to be “National Polite Republicans”, a big part of that has to do with their complicity (for whatever reason), in enabling the war in Iraq like the rest of our media with a few exceptions. Having said that, on the way home, rather than listen to music or crappy talk radio I prefer listening to ATC. Well, I am a news junkie.. not a surprise there eh?
4. Apple.. Computers made by Apple. I am a Windows guy, but after we got the dual core Apple IMac with the latest OS on it for *A*, I have to say I am a fan. There is a lot Microsoft can learn from them in terms of innovative user interfaces, features and a more secure OS. That and the ipod. The iphone in my opinion while it is a nice looking device is way too expensive and looks as if it could break easily and has no support for broadband.
5. Annie. (Not her real name, but it begins with an “A”). She is the daughter of “N” who is *A*’s brother who passed away a little over a year ago. I have always been able to spend time with her every year for the past few years I have visited India and the kid has a special place in my heart.
6. Anjeer (figs). That’s the Indian name for that fruit. This summer I made some Anjeer ice cream from fresh figs that came from a farm store a couple of miles from our home. I did not realize how much I had missed eating this fruit. I have memories as a kid about this fruit from India. We used to go from the muggy, humid and hot Bombay during the summer vacations, to the warm and dry confines of Pune where we would spend time with an uncle. Pune is about 200 km from Bombay on the Deccan plateau and we would take the train up the Sahyadri mountains, where the train would often stop or slow for a green light or to test the brakes on those steep inclines. I remember my parents buying fresh Anjeers from local village folk who would swarm to a stopped train to sell various fresh fruits. It is a memory that has stayed with me for ages. This is where I first tasted figs.
7. All of you. I mean all of you readers of my little blog. I love all of you, I appreciate that you care to leave comments and I read every one of them. I also love reading each of your posts and how each of you brings something different to the table.
8. An equal music… By Vikram Seth. We had this book for the longest time on our bookshelf. I finally got to reading it a couple of years ago. I felt myself living thru the highs and lows of the principal character. It is an amazing book.
While a music student in Vienna, violinist Michael Holme falls in love with pianist Julia McNicholl. They play together in a string trio, but when Michael has a nervous breakdown because of tensions with his stern and demanding violin teacher he abruptly leaves Vienna--and Julia--without warning. When, after some months pass, he tries to contact Julia again, he gets no reply. Ten years later, still in love with her, he meets her again in London when she attends a concert he is giving with his string quartet, the Maggiore. Still a performing pianist, she is now married to an American banker, has a child, and because of an auto-immune disease, is gradually going deaf. Unable to resist the power of their past, they begin to see each other again, this time under the shadow of Julia's marriage and her tragic hearing loss. Julia agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael and the Maggiore Quartet and for a brief, magical time everything seems possible.9. Akshay (forever, also the name of a Hindu god). He is my nephew (sis’s son). I am not as close to him as I used to be maybe he is almost 20 now, and like a lot of kids in India, all he has in mind is excelling at school. I am not sure if that is necessarily a bad thing, but as a kid he has had to witness things in his parent’ marriage that no one should have to. So maybe the focus on studying hard has a lot to do with that.
10. Appetizers. Last but not the least. I am not sure how some of you feel about appetizers. For me they are often the part of the meal I love the most. The small portions help too, as does the possibilty of being able to sample multiple treats.
I have one other tag to complete, will get to it in a couple of days. If any of you want to take up this tag, please let know in the comments and I will assign you a letter.
UPDATE: Dear leader will be giving the SOTU (State of the union address) tonight. I will watch with some alcoholic beverage to go along. The state of our union while not quite dire is surely very troubling.