Pootle list #28: 1 of 50 roadtrips in India
Last weekend, SG and I road-pootled to Pondicherry to meet a couple friend. Our friends have holed up in a quaint and charming French-mansion-turned-hotel-complete-with-four-poster-beds and are spending the month meditating, practicing yoga and contemplating by the ocean. I meteor-crashed their peaceful existence with my insistence on indulging in retail therapy and conducting ‘market research’ on brownies, salads featuring roasted apples, and beer. The sauna-like-weather notwithstanding, I racked up several serendipitous experiences in the space of a day.
Serendipity Moment #1: Visiting a hand-made paper production unit and buying reams and reams of paper – as amazed as and infinitely more pleased than Alice in Wonderland.
Serendipity Moment #2: Stumbling across a second hand bookshop and sensing that the books were waiting for me quietly and patiently.
- Maeve Binchy’s Scarlet Feather: Ever since I visited Ireland, I cannot stop reading her books. This one features a catering business, Dublin, and pages of finger food (I may have imagined some of the last).
- Ursula Hegi’s Stones from the River: Long before being introduced to Tyrion Lannister, I met Trudi Montag in my school library as a child. We parted ways, and I have been hunting for her on-line and in bookshops. There she was.
- Paul Reiser’s Babyhood: I borrowed Couplehood from a library, years ago, and found it extremely funny and insightful. I found a copy of Couplehood, just recently, in a second hand bookstore. Been searching for Babyhood ever since.
- Rebecce Tyrrel’s Days Like These: Possibly one of the funniest books I have read. I did have a copy which, much to my chagrin, I seem to have misplaced. Super-excited about reading it again.
Serendipity Moment #3: Being introduced to Sketch-noting. The friends we visited have been living overseas for several years, and she has picked up sketch-noting along the way as a way to depict her travel observations. She is super talented and I am keen to see how she shares her art with the world. Meanwhile, here’s another art form for me to experiment with and learn more about.
All aglow and very happy.