Skip to main content

Day 101: E vedrai scritto in core.

My goal for today was to do nothing at all, and I almost succeeded!

I spent the morning relaxedly reading The Lost Symbol, and starting a super secret project (which will be revealed later in this post) with Priya.


I paused from my reading at frequent intervals, to issue a most illustrative LauraLetter, share something I wrote with the same, and, most excitingly, talk with her on Skype for over an hour!


This was our first chat since the beginning of her travels that was uninterrupted by a fickle internet connection, and catching up with my soul put me in a supremely good mood for the rest of the evening. She filled me in on teaching her students the conditional tense (yes, such a thing exists in English) and I tried to explain Latin conditionals to her, obviously to no avail (though, I must say, I'm impressed by her grammar). Meanwhile, she and her roommate teased me with their flawless Spanish proficiency.

Hurt to the core by their ridiculing, I worked out briefly in the basement before Priya and I recorded our masterpiece. Click here to watch our video (the hair flip in the beginning was all Priya).  

Amarilli, mia bella is a song I first heard performed by Blair Jenet at the concert where I sang Alma del core two years ago -- and I instantly fell in love, with both his voice and the song itself. Today was the first time I focused on the lyrics, which basically say, "if you have any doubt that I love only you, take this arrow and pierce my heart, and you will see your name written all over it." If that isn't beautiful, I don't know what is.

I just read the super-confusing and ultra-logical Sonnet 101, and I'm now off to see some CNN Heroes. Doing nothing is fun!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Bygones -- by Marina Keegan

I had a dream the other night that I was checking my email.

That dream sucks.



And woke to woes of seniors writing

love songs for tomorrow and

Tomorrow and the melodies

That flirt us forward, whispering

the next thing and the next thing

and  – so we beat on

birds flocking south until we

circle round and realize maybe

maybe all that running wasn’t worth it.



Maybe we should build a cabin.

Or teach high school.

Or use our hands.

My palms are smooth as words –

Weak with fashion and double spaces.



I want everyone else’s club and job and class

The grass I sleep in always browner than

Than that around erasing dreams

To sit and breathe because you

Only bank for two years then it's over

And twenty two is nothing new

It’s just another chance to build

For when we’re twenty three

And twenty four

And time begins to sell for more than

Any 9 a.m. to never.



We’re not stuck.

That's the thing, we're not stuck.

We owe no one our nothings.

Yale will be what it was,

Gothic dreams of lucky, of…

Day 351: You can place your bets, world.

I started the day with a grave mistake -- eating butter chicken for breakfast. Those ten minutes of scream-inducing euphoria were hardly worth the sluggish pace and sessile nature of the rest of my day. I attempted to counteract the unfailing lethargy which results from consumption of Punjabi food by swallowing down some coffee ice cream, thereby only adding to my foods-that-should-not-be-eaten-for-breakfast list and exacerbating the problem.


We left home before noon for Shenandoah National Park, with hot air ballooning dreams for the day. We soon learned, however, that due to impending thunderstorms, this mission would not be successful. We instead spent the day exploring the side of the park we've never seen before.


We had a lunch of fried chicken at one of the park's rest stops before piling back in the car and driving around some more. At a lookout point, we met a park ranger who showed us the coat of a lynx found in the park and suggested a trail for us to hike. We fou…

My Move to Mumbai: Frequently Asked Questions

Hello, dear readers!

By now, you've probably heard the news: in Ratna's-gap-year fashion, I've taken a leap and moved to Mumbai for a one-year consultancy with Aangan Trust, a nonprofit that works to make sure that even the most vulnerable child has the right to a childhood free from trafficking, child marriage, child labor, and abuse.

Transitions are tough, and it turns out that this one is no different, even though it's one that I've chosen for myself and been very excited about for a while. It's one thing to pack up your bags from New York and move to a new place in Mumbai; it's quite another to adjust to the daily reminders of the little things you don't yet understand about where you live, and the small ways in which you don't fit in.

Part of what has made the transition tricky is a stream of (well-intentioned) questions that sometimes make me feel like I have to justify why I made the choice to be here. These can be hard for me because someti…