Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away, While I Enjoy a Weekend Adventure

Happy Saturday! Today I go from my parents’ apartment, to my apartment. And then tomorrow I go back again. SUCH EXCITEMENT!!!!

Things to talk about!

It’s Poetry Month! Which I know because my mother celebrates by printing out a new poem every day and tacking it up on the building door for all the neighbors to enjoy. Anyway, what is your favorite poem? And/or, what is the most poetic Indian film song you like?

Here’s a poem my Mom has stuck up by the kitchen sink so I see it every time I was my hands:


Sometimes things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail.
Sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war,
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best intentions do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.

And for poetic Indian film song, I’ll go with “Kal Ho Na Ho” (although I have a little voice that tells me I should go for something from Pyaasa)

POETRY! Talk about it!

Other stuff to talk about, ALTBalaji! Somehow I keep forgetting it exists (poor ALTBalaji), but so far as I can tell, the website is up and running with subtitles and I can watch Mentalhood with Karisma if I want. Should I? Do I want?

And finally, MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION. ANGIE!!!! What do you want for your birthday on Wednesday????? We will give you ANYTHING!!!! Your life is so hard right now (for those who don’t read regularly, Angie is in Italy with a small son and husband). ANYTHING YOU WANT! THAT IS AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY!!!! INTERNET CAKE!!!

17 thoughts on “Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away, While I Enjoy a Weekend Adventure

  1. Poetry. I am not an expert on poetry, but as a former book seller I had to know some basics. The first and perhaps only poetry book I really fell in love with was Ted Kooser’s The Blizzard Voices. But I those poems aren’t happy. So, because it is short, I’ll share this tidbit from Leonard Cohen:

    the creature who says
    “me” and “mine”
    need not bend down in shame-
    along with lakes and mountains
    the ego is created
    and divine


  2. There have been these poetry exchanges going around, one sent me to my bookshelf yesterday and I found this Billy Collins poem I really like for right now.


    Each one is a gift, no doubt,
    mysteriously placed in your waking hand
    or set upon your forehead
    moments before you open your eyes.

    Today begins cold and bright,
    the ground heavy with snow
    and the thick masonry of ice,
    the sun glinting off the turrets of the clouds.

    Through the calm eye of the window
    everything is in its place
    but so precariously
    this day might be resting somehow

    on the one before it,
    all the days of the past stacked high
    like the impossible tower of dishes
    entertainers used to build on stage.

    No wonder you find yourself
    perched on the top of a tall ladder
    hoping to add one more.
    Just another Wednesday,

    you whisper,
    then holding your breath,
    place this cup on yesterday’s saucer
    without the slightest clink.

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  3. Awww, it’s so nice you remember! I don’t have idea what I would like, just the fact somebody remembers makes me very happy 🙂

    For poetry , my fav poem Pablo Neruda’s Poem XV


          • Well, Style is still on Einthusan! So maybe I get you that for your birthday 🙂

            On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 1:40 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. What a lovely poem! Can you please post the name of the author of the “Sometimes” poem, Margaret? I’d like to share it on my Facebook.

    I also came here to say, Thank you for being the one spot on the net where there’s no discussion of the current news topic! I hate the way this one topic has taken over everything everywhere else.


    • The author is Sheenagh Pugh. And thank you! I am trying hard to keep things light and fun and silly and distracting here, my tiny little contribution to the effort 🙂

      On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 6:41 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Thank you for asking!

      I left Albie Dog in charge of my parents. He has to keep them happy, active, and not killing each other. Also, he is under orders to block the door when they try to go out and distract them with his cuteness..

      And I got to sleep until 7:30 this morning! Instead of having a little dog breathing in my face at 6am wanting breakfast.

      The real reason I had to leave him back is that I am doing a car swap. My parents only live a couple of miles from my place, I had to drive over because I was bringing so much stuff to their place (rice, toilet paper, clothes, etc.). But now that my car is empty, I wanted to drive it back to my neighborhood where I could park it more safely. So I drove over yesterday and parked it nicely, and today I am excited about walking a couple miles in gorgeous sunny weather back over to my parents’. Albie Dog would not be great with a 2 mile walk (he gets distracted by smells and squirrels an awful lot), so I left him back with Mom and Dad.

      On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 8:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • Dogs are a little like toddlers. Few people want to walk two miles with a toddler, at least not without a kid carrying backpack. There is a woman who walks around our neighborhood with a dog in a stroller. She did this even before the stay at home orders, but I don’t think she is going two miles.


        • I was so tempted to do that! He’s a very little dog, so it wouldn’t be a problem to push or even carry him. But it would look ridiculous.

          On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 7:24 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. While I don’t always respond I too want to say how much I appreciate your “lightness” in the darkness! and Happy birthday Angie! My birthday and 3 of my closest friends birthdays fell in the last 2 weeks of March (and April 1!) so we have all promised to have a great time next year! You too’!Mpollak711

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