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Saturday, January 26, 2013

T shirt Zen

Morning 0630 hrs 24th Jan 2013. As usual on my bicycle. Passing the Dist Court, I espy a man walking towards me. In one swift glance I read his T shirt and move on.   5 secs later, this light explodes in my head and I swerve the bicycle for a 180 degree turn, ride back to the man and pausing, ask - "Excuse me, can I take a picture of your T shirt?'

He tells me he bought it from Trivandrum, no, he is from Alleppey, he is a graphic artist, he would like to look at my photographs some day.

Later in the day, I take a boat from Alleppey to Kollam - by train, it is one and a half hours, by bus two and a half - this boat ride takes eight and a half hours. Leaving Alleppey at 1030 hrs, reaches Kollam at 1900 hrs sharp. Gazing at the life passing by, I muse on the T shirt - 'The difference between who you are and who you want to be ... is what you do.

I smile, content by a day, worthwhile.

************ Balachandran V, Trivandrum, 26.01.2013


  1. A beautiful message on T shirt when people are sporting vulgar and funny messages

    And about who you are with what you do - definitely true. Glad that you happened to see this message when you probably needed the most.

  2. I feel,The best way to be judgmental and analytic of self is in those lines.

    And perhaps it is what we are that flocks the few who flock to us stick by us.It may also be true they won’t ask you to change who you are. – The RIGHT people for you will love all the things about you that the WRONG people are intimidated by. Don’t change so people will like you. Be patient, keep being your awesome self, and pretty soon the RIGHT people will love the REAL you.

    That will make the difference. wont it?

  3. I so agree! Glad you took a picture!

  4. Pardon me, but did you say the boat ride takes over eight hours?!

    I am all ears, could you please post a blog on that. I'm sure you would have got some amazing experiences.

    I did not know hey had regular passenger services from Aleppey to Kollam. Was there stop overs? Dying to hear more about it.

  5. @Insignia:Wonderful, isn't it, the way chance smiles down at you? How I would've regretted later on if I hadn't turned around and took a photo?

    @Anil: Your comment inspired me to write a poem, The Flowering Tree...

    @Kavita;Sometimes I wonder at the huge amount of happiness that a camera can give us!!

    @Sreejith: I will write a detailed post later, there are photographs too. Why don't we chat about it, call me at 94475 87368? I am available, 24x7 ! :-)

  6. Thanks for sharing the number.

    But alas! I am telephone phobic.
    Will wait for the post and pics though



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