Monday, May 23, 2005

Life is beautiful.

My Credits: Meera’s lists

The distant church chimes, the day’s first tune that you hum, the locked hair in between a hook, the pink tint on the clouds after a sunset, the sweet body ache after a tiring workout, trembling of the hand, the subtle hints in a budding relationship, the creak from a sheave, usefulness of an aglet, lint on washed clothes, the non-committal conversation with a long forgotten friend, the innumerous shades of green in plants and trees, the neatly trimmed coconut leaves,

a supple one year old kid, the moments after a sobbing child sleeps on your shoulder, the comfort in hugging a kid, an awe-inspiring nimble five year old child, the naïve questions of an eight year old, the shyness in an adolescent,

the soothing berceuse in an Ilayaraja’s song, the privacy provided by the headphones, the distinct clarity in the guitar tunes, the mellifluent music from a saxophone, the continuity in flute melodies, the divinity attached to a veenai, the tremor produced by the thumping of drums, the impulsive hum of the next song in your favorite play list,

the million questions after an eerie dream, aroma from the first jasmine flower in the garden, the fine early morning dew on a parked vehicle, the reverberations from a speeding bus felt by the foot, water sprinkled on hot tiles,

the crispness of starched cotton, water droplets on an unused dress, the coziness in a thoroughly used cotton saree, the hand that tries to grip the elusive satin, the firm grip of your terrified friend, the solace of a good friend, unkempt hair after a hair wash, the reminiscences arising after finding a long-forgotten written memoirs of a train trip, the dry dead leaf placed in a book that brings to life the memories related to it,

the hum that arises after hitting a half-filled metal container, the lull after placing your hand on the vessel, agility of water, firmness of ice, the thinness of watermelon juice, the thickness of mango milkshake, the quick moving beach sands under your feet, the hardness of the rocks on a hill,

the neatly arranged toes of the foot, a pen that makes your handwriting legible, the graphite that wanes, the decisiveness arising out of just a few eye glances, the rocking of a train, the straining conversations exchanged on a speeding two wheeler, validating a stranger’s lip movement to the song played in the bus, the rubble from a freshly laid tar road that hits your mudguard,

the discreetness in a mason while mixing cement, sand and water, splitting of bricks with his instrument, the pleasure in curing a constructed wall, the scent and the sound arising while curing, the neatly arranged scaffolds of a building, the evenness indicated by the bubble in a spirit-level, the arranging of the bricks while they are unloaded from the truck, the entire act of transferring the bricks stone by stone,

the serenity of early mornings, the hurried breakfast, the briskness in the later hours of a morning, the essential lunch after starvation, the lazy afternoons, the vibrant evenings, the detached dinner, the peaceful sleep.


Krish said...

N thumbing thru U r blog...I am liking it...n all of them too...great reNU...awesome...U make me feel really sobre...

mahesh said...

Life is Beautiful isn't it!!?

S m i t h a said...

All that lead to `the peaceful sleep`??
In our times my mom asked me to count sheeps to get `the peaceful sleep` :D

Good one reNUka! loved it :) keep the lists coming..

Anonymous said...

nanna irukku renu

Lone Warrior said...

Awesome! The part with the music was excellent.

Srini said...


Add this ..

'reading such beautiful lists" :)

Stars look small, but without them, there wouldnt be so much beauty in a night sky. These things in life are like those stars.

reNUka said...

krish... :-)

mahesh - yeah it is...

s m i t h a - :-) very funny! and thanks!

anonymous - i know who u are... :-) and u know i guessed it right.. thanks anyway!!

LW - thanks... :-)

srini - thts a very nice thought abt stars!!! innumerous but each significant in their own way!

thanks :-)

libran said...

That was very Serene, especially adored the music part : -)

Prabha said...

looks like u r on "Life is full of beautiful things.." spree
and I had to look for berceuse on
Never heard that word!anyways my vocab is not all that not a big surprise :)

vashok said...


Nice to land up on your blog on one lazy mid-week afternoon. will follow through as regularly as i can!! Not much of a promise is it? Take care and enjoy life for all of what it is!!!

Meera said...

My favourites:
the naïve questions of an eight year old
the subtle hints in a budding relationship
the impulsive hum of the next song in your favorite play list
the coziness in a thoroughly used cotton saree
the naïve questions of an eight year old
the straining conversations exchanged on a speeding two wheeler
the rubble from a freshly laid tar road that hits your mudguard (Ooooo :-))

Btw, who is this Meera who writes lists? I would like to read her lists. Can you link her to your post, please? ;-)
Also Renuka, since your blog is quite popular, if you link Meera to this post, her site-traffic would increase. :-p
Rest assured! I am just a disinterested reader :-)

reNUka said...

libran - welcome home!!! :-)

prabha... :-) thanks! aglet and berceuse were intentionally added. they are not those commonly used words. thot i ll introduce these words nice words to ppl... and one shudn't really blame one's vocab power for this...

ashok, welcome home - hope u doing good!! :-) i did visit ur blog a long time back... :-)

Meera (the owner of Lists) - For the sole reason that I should maintain some blog ethics, I am not gonna bother much. Do you think am really gonna answer your questions and respond to your requests? ;-)

My my, what altruistic thoughts!!! Don't be so selfless, Meera... :D

shantanu said...

hey renuka, just wanted to let u know that am back to the blogging world. hope to visit u more often now :)

Anbu said...

First time here...lovely list and beautiful blog... will visit often.

one doubt...Why is NU caps in your name?

S m i t h a said...

anbu, i know, i know (raising the hand high up in the air like Hermione) about the capitalised NU. after sleepless nights i finally gave up and asked her... she replies...
"capital NU is a way representing my name in english, the tamil way... in tamil, the NU is moonu suzhi 'n' right... thts why."
i banged my head...but im ok now :D

reNUka said...

shantanu - finally u r back!! ;-) great to see u here! have a great time...

anbu - welcome home!! :-) thanks a lot! seems like s m i t h a has quoted my explanations on prolinguistic representations... :-)

s m i t h a - now now... this is not fair, playing tit-for-tat games - see... u made me google for Hermione - and yeah now u guys know: i dont follow the harry potter series. :-)

++i banged my head...but im ok now :D++
very funny!!!

Krish said...

Now U know the inspiration for my latest post!!!...;*)

sensiblystoned said...

Neat!!! Coherent line of thought via a list of hithero dijointed statements. Had a good time reading it.

reNUka said...

krish... yeah! i know. :-)

ss - thanks a ton... :-)

Eroteme said...

I am the 20th comment on both posts! Funny.

Nice list again... Really is.

What's with the sudden lists everywhere I go?
Listful season? :-)

reNUka said...

yeah quite amusing i suppose... :)) thanks again. :-) probably a blissful season and so the lists..., but who else has come up with lists? meera had a written a long time ago... somewhere in feb.