Questions.

I enjoyed reading Eclectica’s post on the same topic that I decided to answer the same questions here for a lark. I hope that my readers get as much enjoyment as I did at Eclectica’s post.

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? My afternoon mug of tea.

2. Pajamas or gown? Neither. Lungi and Kurta.

3. Worst physical pain you ever been in? Pre-replacement pain in my hip joints.

4. Favourite place you’ve ever been? Jamkhandi.

5. How late did you stay up last night? Ten pm.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would you move to?  Himachal Pradesh.

7. Christmas or New Year? Neither.  I am not into festivals.

8. When was the last time you cried? I can’t remember.

9. What’s the last photo on your phone?

10. Two of your favorite movies? Spartacus and Guide.

11. What’s your favourite season? Monsoon.

12. Which famous person would you like to meet? Sean Connery.

13. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be? My late wife.

14. Are you a good influence? I am told that I am.

15. Does pineapple belong on a pizza? I am not much of a pizza fan.  Frankly, I don’t know.

16. You have the remote, what show would you be watching right now? I don’t watch TV as a rule.

17. Three people who you think will play along?  My friends SB, SS and KS.

18. First concert? Western Music – Duke Ellington in Chennai.

19. Favorite food? All kinds of sweets.

Moods!

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where twelve of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by yours truly. The eleven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, ocdwriter, Padmum, Paul, Rohit, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

When I was much younger, seems so long ago, one of my favourite pieces of music was this interpretation made famous by Duke Ellington. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did remembering it and listening to it again for this post.

Now that I have set the mood for the post, let me write a bit more on the topic.

When I wake up in the mornings, the first thing I do after ablutions is to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to an hour in Vipassana meditation. This sets my mood for the rest of the day. The mood is basically, “everything arises and passes away”.

No, I don’t intend passing away any time soon, though, that can happen anytime too. But that is a fact of life and when it comes, I will be ready for it.

During the rest of the day, activity of various kinds keeps the moods changing from concentration to distraction and occasionally, into despondency which sooner than later, usually swings to hope. So, the moods too arise and pass away. The purpose of the meditation practice is to reach a stage when I can be constantly in an equanimous mood. While I am mostly in that stage, I am some distance away from the ultimate aim of being there constantly. That I will reach that stage, is a given and the only dissonance is in the when!

Now, I am in a playful mood and let me share my mood with this little advertisement. I hope that you get the message!