Monday, May 01, 2006

Back home

A man, wearing an elaborate and colourful horse costume was dancing and jingling to the drum-laden music.
My niece, Anjali, howled immediately. Avvinash, my month-old nephew stared starry-eyed, mouth gaping wide, silent.
Welcome to Palace d' India, Penang, where two families united in a marriage gather in an age-old tradition of feasting. Vegetarians, Carnivores ; Males, Females; Young, old; Chinese, Indian. All starving.
Curries : Delicious (The softest mutton i've ever tasted!)
Ambience : Superb and romantic. There's this live band too and the lead singer (a pretty Indian lady) was singing songs from Hindi movies ala 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' to Theresa Teng songs in Mandarin. I didn't know where to hide my face.
The after-dinner coffee was a sight to behold in itself. It was served in a small round pot in which the coffee is then tarik'ed to a steel cup from way up high right in front of you by the waiter. A pair of steady hands, he has got.
Spent the whole trip in Penang going to temples to repay and give thanks on blessings upon my results. We didn't go to Batu Feringghi, so no, no cheap DVDs. Thats why I didn't call all of you asking whether you guys want 'em. Sorry ye.
On Monday, after breaking fast, we dropped by at Taiping to pray at this Goddess of Mercy temple which has been sort of like a family temple, a place for blessings, refuge and of course, to ask things and to clear doubts.
Drove some more ( I didn't anyway) and voila. Home sweet home.

I have an interview tomorrow, for this Shell Scholarship.
Fingers crossed !

Recently finished : The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Thrilling, Predictable and Unpredictable at the same time.

Current read : Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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