Monday, June 18, 2007

the surreal peacock.

first day of the workshop, in the city of my childhood.

with my child.

the drive from the airport to the institute was like tracing my fuzzy memroies on a sharp, well defined map. the sidi saiyyed jali was on my right. i looked back to spot the first big shop i knew- parikh's was it? ofcourse i could not spot it. and just as we passed the jali i knew that the traffic park would be on the left. there it was. the silly park that i did not like. we would be brought here from school, and we were supposed to learn traffic rules. why why why.

reached the institute and heard the sound of the peacock. and within minutes there he was. resplendent blue. pointed it out to sanah, and she spotted the familiar crow and was thrilled. after much cajoling she saw the creature and was stunned. she finally learnt to say mor- but since this morning has been chanting mor chicken! and she loves eating chicken so i have visions of her going towards the beautiful peacock with her bib and a spoon saying, chicken, wow, yum.

been a bit traumatised about surrendering sanah to and 18 year old girl, the daughter of someone from the staff quarters. the girl is lovely. and sanah has already taken a shine to her, but now i cant work unless sanah is around me. this is not working for me. ofcourse sanah was away from me only for two hours in the morning. we had lunch together. and put her to bed. and went and met her after she woke up. another hour and i will be with her. but this is not working!

the workshop- i have thrown them into deep end of the pool. i began by showing them shyamal's film. followed it with mukul's film. by design. two films so oppsed in their sensibilty. but both so personal. and both looking at very different subjects- and the genre itself. more on the discussion later.

the peacock that crosses my path a dozen times a day is the true meaning of this experience- surreal!

13 comments:

anita & amit said...

lovely, re! what fun for the lil 'un!

Mukul said...

sur, you sound like a woman in a kumar shahani film, with the crossing peacock, walking in deliberate slow motion and looking downward left..

the mad momma said...

you'll get used to it.. its lovely that you've found someone you are both comfortable with!

Space Bar said...

sur, so wonderful. waiting to hear more about how the workshop felt. hope you feel more settled soon.

mukul, heh! now i feel like watching...what's the film...khayal gaatha!

SUR NOTES said...

ani, mad momma: i might get used to it and so will sanah- but her perceptions will change, na? that me not liking.

muks, spacebar- will keep posting about workshop. and i do feel like i am a part of a kumar shahani film- am walking in slow motion already. i look up- an own. o hear a sound and turn- a koel. wish i had long hair, i would langorously wind and unwind it! :)

Kuntal said...

Long hair cascading ... some shooting fetishes have remained from FTII days.

SO grow it fast!

(BTW where are you - NID?)

SUR NOTES said...

kuntal: those were male shooting fetishes! cascading hair. white saree. reflection of face.

Mukul said...

and a deadpan male voice talking in hindi..

NainaAshley said...

Sounds like both you an Sanah are having a great time! You can work and still be close to her. That's great. Do write more about the workshop.

karmickids said...

What a brave girl you are to trust someone with Sanah, I am a total chicken of a mother...And sounds like you are having a great time at the workshop, what with peacocks and all...

SUR NOTES said...

karmickids, naniaashley: sanah is fine its the mother who is not. as soon as i get time will write a long post on why the mother is not fine. i am CHICKEN too about trusting anyone with sanah. so its hell.

Banno said...

Hey, looks like both of you are having a great time. With mor chicken .

Don't fret. And please call me, as soon as possible. Need to talk to you about something.

surgeon said...

arre! new post!