Today, I am eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. To sum it all up, imagine a girl who went to an ordinary school and struggled with low grades because she was deaf and dumb and blind to everyone around her and went through so much adversities over the years that often she wished if only she died during the night, then she wouldn’t have to see another new day.. That same girl grew up and is now able to say “How much I would have lost if I had given up on me”
I found this rose few months ago in the clearance section at Bunnings. ( Hardware store). It didn’t have any leaves and looked really sad. Of all the odd things I am known to think, that particular moment I remembered Balachandra Menon and the song ”kattil oru kochu mulla, mulpadarppil oru kochumulla” I don’t remember the full lyrics or the name of the movie or for that matter the story line. I was probably 11 years old when the movie came out, but I can still see the house and him coming out of veranda with this song being played as sad melody in the back ground ( towards the end of the movie). This was no mulla (jasmine), but still, how could I leave this plant to languish in the corner of the shop and be forgotten? Much to my own dismay ( ’cause I can kill any plants with no trouble and to think what would be the fate of one already at the death’s door) and to that of the checkout staff who looked at the plant and at me to see if I have lost my marbles, I bought it. After all, I thought the worst that can happen is that I will lose the 4$ I paid for the plant. I didn’t do anything other than to plant the rose on the ground. Mother nature did the rest and look at it now. Isn’t it a beauty?
So, velliyazha nalla divasam anu..and now I really want to go and live South America, learn Spanish, eat Tapas, drink grappamiel and….there is tango to dance still.