Friday, March 27, 2015

Mind the Gap!

The nursery Rhyme, "London bridge is falling down” is probably my first encounter with London.  I must have repeated it just like a Parrot without even figuring out what and where London  is. 
 
From there I moved on to Enid Blyton series of Famous five,  during my high school days, I guess. Arthur Conan Doyle through  Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens stories influenced my fantasy those days quite a bit.  The Boarding schools, Crisp Whites, the large red and black checked clothing, cobbled stone walkways, pretty flowers that are bright and colourful, serene settings, picture postcard set row houses, fire places, birds, cats, dogs, cattles, horses, green fields, Castles, Guards, trains, boots, large umbrellas and much more that I conjured up in my mind to get the settings of these stories that I read.  
 
Ahh how did I miss River Thames.  I remember sitting in my English class and Miss. Pearly explaining about Thames. And not to mention the poems and poets that I have been through with the help of Sr.Concordia, yet another English teacher. Shakespeare, thou art not forgotten too,
 
It didn’t end there.  I continued my tryst with my fantasizing in college too with Emily Bronte’s, character Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.  I remember getting good scores in my essays about Wuthering heights and my English Lecturer, Sheela Mathai praising me in front of the class for some great analysis. Barbara Cartlands fiction took me to the days of yore - the kings, queens, Lords and ladies and what not.  I dont remember any title of BC, but I remember i read the entire collection of 24 novels that was available in my college library then adn waited dreamily for my Knight in Shining armor.  How silly could I have been? ( Though I found one later, just that he happened to come on an Ind-Suzuki, and called it, his first wife :-) )
 
Today in the Queens realm, okay pretty close there. next to Windsor Castle,  as I write this post, humbled looking at all those fantasies for real.  My girlhood comes back to me - fully blown :-)
 
I am in love with this place.
 
 
Oh the term “Mind the Gap“ assaults me with its complete meaning.

13 comments:

  1. Woo Hoo , you are lunching with Her Majesty !!! Fantastic. Windsor is a night part of the country - thankfully away from congested London. Have fun and enjoy yourself [forget all that work :) ]

    Travelogue, Travelogue ........

    Ind Suzuki anyday better than a horse, isn't it :):)

    Mind the Gap is one of the most irritating of things. Repeated endlessly on the Tube , you feel like throttling the guy who said it :)

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  2. Yes Ramesh. I am enjoying my stay here. Windsor is a beautiful place. I am enjoying the morning walks - the clean roads, the weather, walkways and the longwalk, where we are actually walking, is amazing.
    Yeah as I said, I am trying my best to make use of the time here - wish to beleive I am not on work but, organisations make sure they reap the ROI of my travel. can you beleive i was working this satuday almost 11 hours?
    but i am letting nothing come in between my joy of being here :-) :-) I did make a trip to London, the congestion didnt bother me, am used to crowds in Chennai and the tube is a fantastic mode of transport.

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  3. Yayyyyy.... voww.... and all the joyful exclamatory words for you!!! More joy and more dreams come true to you!!.
    Completely loved this post...

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    1. Thanks for your wishes Rekha and glad you loved the post.

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  4. ohhh...thala comment padichaprum thaan velangichi titleoda artham...
    mind the gap poatutu...first lineal London bridge falling down padichitu..oru vela odanja bridge gap pathi solreengalonu post poora thedi paathen...avvvvvvvvvvvvv

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    1. Gils, post padikkum bothu first line last line mattum padikka koodathu. fullaaa padikkanum okay :-)

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  5. u the Buckingham palace..we the Buckingham canal...

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    1. Gils, everyone says Buckingham palace and in my mind the term is canal. the Chennai effect. ithu verum short stay. back to the canal soon.

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  6. Njoy Vincy, It is a real pleasure to actually see all that we read about. Do explore everything around you . Have a blast!

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    1. Very true Seema, yes having fun.

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  7. Wow Vincy, you pretty much summarized a great deal about my schooling here as well! :) Enjoy the trip! I am sure you are already! Waiting to hear much more from you! :)

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  8. Hey Vincy, Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year. May the Lord bless you with abundance and cheer this Christmas and forever.

    take care
    warm regards

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    1. Thank you Rekha and wish you too for a great new year. Lovely speaking to you today. that inspired me to write a post. belssed to have you as my friend. truly grateful for your love and care.

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