Watching TV with a new friend


It is late in the evening. And small silver stars are glittering far away on a deep purple sky. The moon is a thin sliver behind translucent clouds that are floating gently across the sky to places unknown.

Our balcony window is wide open. A cool breeze blows into our living room, where all of us are seated or sprawled, watching a show on Netflix. There are two main characters in the show, and two factions have developed. My daughter is on one side, while my husband and I are on the other. We keep teasing our daughter, and she rolls her eyes in exasperation.

And…then, all of a sudden, my daughter points at the balcony floor. A lizard is on the ledge between the balcony floor and the living room. It seems to be watching the show too!

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I think out aloud, “Maybe the lizard has had a long day like me, and is taking a breather by watching TV”.

I ask my husband what he thinks. And pat comes the reply…”Nothing, it is just a lizard”, and he goes back to watching the show.” Men!!!!

My daughter chips in, “Hey lizard, please get your own subscription… it is better not to watch TV with these two people”, and points us out to the lizard.

All of us burst out laughing. Each of us reacted to the lizard in our own way, by projecting our emotions on the lizard. And that’s how we see the world most times, as a reflection of our own state of mind.

As I walk around the house, checking doors and turning off the lights, I wish the lizard a good night.

The World in Colours


The bright red of a heart, the red bindi on a woman’s forehead, the red of a rose, the shining red of a car, the red of an apple, the spicy red of Indian mango pickle, the red of lanterns announcing the Chinese New Year, the red of a cherry atop an ice cream, the red that says stop, the red of a clown’s nose, the red that rings in Xmas.

The orange of the evening sun, the soothing orange of an apricot, the orange of a life jacket, the orange of autumn leaves, the orange of a carved jack o’ lantern, the blazing orange of a fire, the orange of fragrant saffron, the orange of fresh carrots, the orange garb of a monk, the orange of a cosmos flower, the orange that teases your taste buds.

The yellow of mustard, the yellow of a baby’s toy, the yellow of a road divider, the yellow of egg yolk, the beautiful yellow of the sunflower, the shining yellow of gold, the yellow of lemons, the yellow of a taxi, the yellow of turmeric, the creamy yellow of fresh butter, the yellow of wholesome bananas, the perfect yellow round of a smiley, the yellow of corn, the yellow of rays of sunlight streaming into the house.

The green of grass, the green of jade stone, the green of a crunchy capsicum, the green of a frog, the green of a traffic signal, the green of herbs, the green of an emerald, the green of a raw mango, the green of a curling fern, the green of the countryside, the green of malachite, the green of Christmas, the green of lotus leaves, the green of a parrot, the green of spring.

The blue of the ocean, the blue of Delft pottery, the blue of turquoise, the blue of a peacock’s feather, the blue of the sky, the deep blue of twilight, the blue of ink, the blue of mascara, the blue of a blue berry, the blue of a swimming pool, the blue of copper sulphate, the blue of a uniform, the blue of the bluebird, the rich blue of sapphire, the blue that is business-like & formal.

The violet of the star-studded night sky, the violet of a formal evening gown, the violet of an amethyst, the violet of aromatic lavender, the violet of coloured hair, the violet of lilac, the violet of beautiful eyes, the violet of chocolate wrappers.

The black of formality, the black of black holes, the black of a shadow, the black of a stallion, the black of beautiful tresses, the black of a crow, the black of blackberries, the black of an espresso, the black of a formal bag, the must have black dress, the black of coal, the black of a panther, the black lines of a pencil sketch.

The white of purity, the white of cotton-puff clouds, the white of freshly laundered linen, the white of a swan, the white of a hospital, the white of milk, the white of an empty page, the white of a snow-capped mountain, the white of foam, the white of a bride’s gown, the white of a marshmallow, the white of the Taj Mahal, the white of a polar bear, the white of peace.

The world is a rainbow of colours – each of them beautiful, each of them vibrant; some colours define who we are, some reflect our moods, some bring back memories, some inspire us!