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This Too, Shall Pass

Somehow, I get the feeling this year is whizzing by a little faster than it should. Do you ever feel that way? That you sometimes have to keep up with the pace of life? I do. But then, luckily, I found myself just propelled along in a “just react” kind of pace. As if the decisions were already made for me. Consider these:

On Monday, my Uncle phoned to say that my aunt (Mom’s sister) suddenly passed away. This was shocking news as, besides the fact that we’re are a close family and the loss hurt, it was totally unexpected. A heart attack at 2.30 pm in the afternoon, rushed to hospital and breathed her last at 7.30 pm. In a way, it is good she did not have to suffer, but on the other hand, who wants to lose a loved one? Another aunt (also Mom’s sister) is in hospital, seriously ill.

On Tuesday, my tooth broke. Yes. Broke, as in fractured. I was eating something soft when I felt this “crrrrrrunch” piece. Turns out to be a part of my tooth. Yikes. Secretly guilty for postponing the visit which I was supposed to make to the dentist in July, I realized I had no choice but to go there at the first instance. And I did. It helped that Tuesday was also the day on which Vidur had to follow up with the orthodontist. Same clinic, so feeling like a very good guy, I arrived in the dentist’s chair to find I needed two cavities filling. Got an appointment for the next day. Already hearing the sound of the drills, I braced myself.

On Wednesday, I was actually punctual and at the dentist’s at 10.30 am as scheduled. I was pleased to notice that the attending doctor was young, nice looking, pleasant. I leaned back in the chair, my dental fate in his hands. Well, it went well and I got a temporary filling done with the promise that if the filling did not hold up, I could have a root canal. How exciting. If it held up, then I had a month to go get the permanent filling done. If not, root canal. The only good thing about this is the root canal surgeon is also a good looking guy with a nice sense of humor. Now don’t judge me for harping on the “good-looking” part.  When I have to literally gaze into the eyes of a guy for hours on a daily basis, it helps if his countenance is pleasant. Tell me you disagree!

On Thursday, I took Vidur to the dentist because his dental clip hurt.
On Friday, I was back there for my second filling
On Saturday, another visit for Vidur to adjust the clip
And today, Sunday, here I am, telling you all about it.

I was offline for most of the week, what with the dentist and other stuff. I also caught up on my reading and finished a couple of books – you can see the reviews here: The Krishna Key and The Shadow Throne. I also wrote a guest post titled “What my son taught me about parenting” for Parentous and hope to write there regularly. I have also done some deep cleaning around the house – oh, so satisfying!

So, while walking back home from the dentists I had plenty to photograph. We live in a rather nice-ish area that is full of surprises in the form of street vendors. Right now, especially so, as we are celebrating the nine-day Navratri festival. More of that next week. For now, I am sharing the wall-art / murals  I met along the way. Quite fascinating. Here we go: (Click to enlarge photos)

It was warm and sunny and afternoon as I walked back home. The walls are around eight feel tall. The first mural was this rather majestic looking lion. Except for the hind leg at that odd angle, I thought it was very nice. The face is great, no?

This one was next. Way to spend a warm afternoon!
Cooling off at the pool!
I rather enjoyed this one – farmer in the bullock cart
I couldn’t quite figure out this one. What are they doing? Stroking their tummies. Weird.
 

 And this one. I didn’t stop to think about it

This is a common picture in most temple art – of the figure holding up the beams. That is the Kannada script you see on the right in the picture – no idea what it means.

All this wall art is managed by the municipal corporation to beautify the walls. I had featured some pictures of wall art in my area in an earlier Sunday post. I realized there is so much more to see. How nice. 😀

Now, let’s head over to Unknown Mami’s, the host of this lovely link up and travel the world together from there.

Unknown Mami
Have a great week ahead!

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    October 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The wall art is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. One of my favorite past-times is strolling and browsing in an art museum. I also love to visit festivals of street art. The colors and activity rejuvenate me and add joy to my day.
    Glad your dental woes are taken care of. I don’t care how good looking the dentist is, I am not fond of going. LOL
    Hugggs, my friend. Have a beautiful Sunday!

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    Vidya Sury
    October 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Terri, I can see what a wonderful time we would both have strolling around here. My favorite place is the market – full of color – I enjoy seeing the fresh veg, fruits and flowers. One amazing thing is the henna designers – who do some fantastic henna art on the hands and feet. It is a joy to watch them work. Right now, lots of festivities thanks to the Navratri festival. Love the color around! Hugs! I hope your Sunday is beautiful, too!

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    Harleena Singh
    October 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Oh dear Vidya…you surely seem to have undergone a great deal.

    Yes indeed, any kind of losses are bad, and to hear of such news all of a sudden can shock the life out of anyone. I’ve had my share of such losses too, though yes…such things happen and they pass.

    Tooth-aches can be horrible and you reminded me of the time I had my root-canal 🙂

    Love your pictures as always, and my Sunday is nicely spent seeing these- thanks for sharing them and more about yourself with us. 🙂

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    Leovi
    October 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures, nice to see how you captured these great graffiti. Greetings.

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    BLOGitse
    October 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    You must have more hours in your life than I have! 🙂
    How do you find time to do everything you write about?
    Are you quick? Or am I slow? Good questions 🙂
    Have a good week ahead!

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    Unknown Mami
    October 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Quite an eventful life you are leading. I wish I was as fond of my tummy as those pictured seem to be. I never joyfully run it. I did when I was pregnant.

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    Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com
    October 22, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I’m so sorry about your aunt and will send healing thoughts for your other aunt’s return to good health.

    The wall art is fascinating, though that lion’s leg IS odd and rather long.

    Take care, Vidya,
    xoRobyn

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    Emily Sovich
    October 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dental problems this week. Thank goodness you have a cute doctor!

    Thinking of you —

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    vanita
    October 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    ahhh sis i’m so sorry or your loss. will send prayers and lots of love for your family and you.
    you know i love your photos, they are always brilliant and transport to somewhere more interesting than my drab 6 foot office. lol. i wonder if those are really pictures of woman rubbing their pregnant bellies…or maybe it’s men with full tummies? 😀 and thank you for the shoutout! i am tempted to click that label that has my name on it. 😀

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    My Inner Chick
    October 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    oooo, my dear lovely Vidya,
    Can you feel me hugging you from Minnesota?

    I Am! XXXXXXXXXXX

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    Rachna
    October 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I could so relate to your post, Vidya. I get this feeling everyday that I’ve so much on my plate that life is rushing by. And, I loved your post on Parentous as well :).

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    Pattu Raj
    October 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Loved your sense of humour.(about dentists).

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    gardenerat60
    October 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Loved your sense of humour.(about dentists).

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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    October 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Beautiful murals! I love the one with the boy teetering on the water’s edge! Hope your tooth is better!

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    Betsy (zen-mama.com)
    October 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Vidya,
    What a week! So sorry about your Aunt! What a loss. And your other aunt is ill, too. So sorry. What a week you’ve had. I love the saying, “This too shall pass.” It really does help to say this mantra. I’ve heard it all my life.

    I love your murals. Are these only up for the festival? They’re lovely!
    Thanks as always, for my weekly view of your neighborhood.

    xoxo
    Betsy

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    Galen Pearl
    October 23, 2012 at 2:03 am

    It’s nice, isn’t it, to take some time away from the computer. But maybe not for dental work! I prefer pajama days! But it’s good to get your teeth fixed–you’ll be happy you did.

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    Victor Schueller
    October 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your aunt’s passing, Vidya. You have my sympathies. It sounds like a week to (not) remember, doesn’t it? Isn’t it the way it goes? You think that you reached the bottom, or that nothing else can end up on your plate, only to find another thing resting there. Well, anyway, I guess the good news is that the week is over, and now you can put it behind you and have a better week this time around. Thanks for sharing the pictures and your thoughts. Take care! 🙂

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    Keetha Broyles
    October 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I think each year speeds by faster than the last.

    Fiherhubby broke a tooth this week too – – – AGAIN. I swear, that man’s teeth are made of CHALK.

    Mine are granite and I have never had to suffer a break. Thank goodness, we sink enough $$$$ into FH’s teeth for both of us.

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    Jack
    October 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Here is a rough translation of the Kannada script, “this is really heavy and I have a serious itch.”

    Hope life slows down for you.

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    Jodi Chapman
    October 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your aunt. Please know that I’m thinking about you and sending love.
    I’m also sorry about your poor tooth. I’m heading to the dentist for a root canal this week, actually…
    Sending you a huge hug.

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    Elle, motivational blogger
    October 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss Vidya. And even though your week was less than lovely you still managed to share those wonderful photos. You are a blessing my friend.

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    Praveen Rajarao
    October 24, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Wow..seems like a tough week for you and glad you made it through. Yes, rightly said, time shall pass without waiting for anyone or anything. We just have to let it through by not worrying too much.

    Sorry about your aunt, hope your uncle is recovering from the saddest moments.

    Hope next week is full of life and colors of happiness for you and family.

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    Pamela Fagan Hutchins
    October 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Oh man you’ve had a rough week. Very sorry about the loss of your aunt, and your painful tooth experience. Hugs and more hugs!

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    Sunithi Selvaraj, RD
    October 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Yep life happens and we move with it ! Sorry about your aunt and the other one on hospital. Hope she gets better & hope your tooth feels better 🙂 You made me laugh with those murals. I had forgotten how interesting they used to be. Nostalgic now ! Been a rough week here too work wise & other stuff, but just moving with the flow and being thankful for what I have. I visited you friend’s website. I want to see if she can do some custom stuff for me. So glad I met you 🙂

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    Roshni AaMom
    October 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Those are beautiful paintings though the lion’s leg does look odd!! Glad you had a good experience with the dentist…that always fills people with dread to have to visit!! I read your post in Parentous and really liked it!!

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    Mayura De Silva
    October 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Hi Vidya,

    I’m really sorry about your aunt dear. I have my very old grandmothers and I’m fear of hearing them sick or laid on the bed. Can’t think of losing loved ones though the time comes for everyone to go.

    I love the second painting actually 🙂 It’s very colorful. Here we have such paintings on school walls painted by school boys and girls too.

    Hope you are celebrating (or celebrated) the nine-day Navratri festival well 🙂

    Cheers…

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    Unknown Mami
    October 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t think I would have noticed the odd hind leg if you hadn’t pointed it out. The face is great.

  • Reply
    Nikky44
    October 28, 2012 at 3:42 am

    so sorry to hear about your aunt 🙁 Big Hugs!

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