I absolutely love this season. Starting right about now to almost end of March, I play this game of denial with myself. If I just tell myself, it is almost Spring, it will be. And so I ignore winter, and keep looking for evidence of Spring being around the corner. For example, the humming bird that fluttered by the garden today. And my early morning walks, which at 7:15am, isn’t quite the “morning” walk, but I can make peace with that for next month or so. I am just glad I have started them again.
It was Lohri today. Also known as Makar Sankranti. In Delhi Lohri is celebrated with a bonfire and lots of pop corn and til-revri. When I was in college, we looked forward to this day since the hostel mess had til-gul-poli for dessert. I found the name super cute and fondly called it goli-poli back then. Hmm.. may be I will make a goli-poli for Tara tomorrow. I get distracted by food so easily 😦 Sigh!
Since Lohri marks the end of winter in Punjab, going by that rule, I declare the end of winter in Bay area too 🙂 To celebrate, I even went out for a short bike ride. It was so much fun and the crisp air brushing against my cheeks was just the perfect cure to my despondence that had built up through the day.
Our weekend stroll ended in Books Inc. The stands are full of books on mindfulness, and finding meaning in life. No thank you, I am good on those topics for now. There were also quite a few Asian writers dominating the stands. Kevin Kwan wrote more than just Crazy Rich Asians, by the way. And Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman is also in stores now. There was an interesting one next to it, Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami. The Amazon reviews have convinced me I need to read it. I also saw Anuradha Roy’s All the lives we never lived. It seemed interesting.
That reminds me, I ran into some good finds at a bookstore in Gurgaon. I added An Artist of the floating world to my list. I have not read anything else by Kazuo Ishiguro but I saw the movie based on his novel, Never Let Me Go, and I was so impressed. Also my one and only Murakami also wrote an off track compilation called Birthday Stories. I am surprised I did not know much about it. And finally I also want to read Sally Rooney – Normal People.
So much to look forward to. And before you know it, it will be summer 😉