Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zambia: Happy Independence Day!

This is my 6th attempt at writing a perfect post for Zambia, but it's just impossible for me to sit and write about a country like Zambia and not get nostalgic.
Photographer: A S Kedarnath

To have been part of such a beautiful and blessed nation is indeed an honor for me and my family. The country of Zambia is filled with natural beauty and amazing people! It is impossible for one to live in Zambia and not like the place.

Having lived in Zambia for 18 years, I cannot find any other place that can be compared to Zambia's beauty, rich culture and kind people. What's even more commendable about the country is the unity among the people.

The country may be small, but it's heart is huge!
I wish the whole of Zambia, the People of Zambia and all Zambians across the globe, a Happy and Peaceful 47th Independence Day!

© Anupama Subramaniyam 

A Special Bond

You know that feeling...when you hear a song and you immediately relate it to one of your many life experiences? When you watch a movie and constantly keep repeating the dialogues with a friend? When you watch a television show/sitcom and act out the dialogues with someone you're close to?

My sister and I have watched the famous television sitcom, Friends, a gazillion times that we can repeat a whole season of dialogues given the chance! We've watched so many movies so many times that we end up acting out the next scene before it even plays! We've listened to a billion songs that we drive our neighbors away when we unleash the star singers in us! *ahem*

It's those crazy moments that make memories even more priceless. I wouldn't trade those crazy memories for anything in the world! I'll end this post my saying, "Maushi Maushi...I loves you the very muches! I dedicates this the posts to yous my sisters!" 

Am sure you get it Sistaaa!

© Anupama Subramaniyam

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


In the past 5 years, I have met quite a few people who have changed my life. Whenever there was a crisis, I had different ways of handling it, from the advice and opinions of different people.

A day came, when there was no one beside me, just me alone. I didn't know what to do. I grew anxious, scared and confused. I approached the land line telephone and decided to call my sister when I thought, "My sister! No wait, she's busy with her college stuff. What do I do?"

I went online on Yahoo Messenger. Again, no one to ask. I was so confused! What do I do? Argh!
For illustration purpose only
Photographer: Anupama Subramaniyam

My Mom rang the door bell! I was relieved. I asked her and she said, "I don't know. You decide." Back to square one. Gah!

I took my Mom's phone, without her knowing and dialed Grandma's number. I asked her and she said, "It's just one tea spoon dear." Whew! I managed to make my first cup of coffee ever...and it was disgusting, but worth the try.

© Anupama Subramaniyam

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Dream of Reality

It's not a dream; it is reality.
I walk under the dark sky,
Hoping something will catch my eye,
I look up, with hope in my heart,
I see nothing, but it's just a start.
Everything seems so gloomy;
It is a dream of reality.

I see a mysterious figure,
It's approaching, nearer and nearer,
I run away from it
And walk into another street.
Everything seems so gloomy;
It is a dream of reality.

This street looks more familiar,
I walk faster, feeling merrier.
I reach my destination and open the gate,
And I realize, am really late!
Everything is not so gloomy,
It's not a dream; it is reality.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Dumb Phone...or Person?

Around March 2011, I was ecstatic to have purchased my first ever smart phone, the BlackBerry 9300 curve! It was my baby! I showed him off, I explored through all the applications, added people to my BBM list, convinced friends to buy a model of the phone. It was just so nice.

My BlackBerry Smart Phone
But now, do I call it a smart phone? Not so much. I wouldn't blame the BlackBerry company. There is always a chance of technical faults taking over any form of technology. We all make mistakes. So do the people who make stuff. If it's not the person's fault, it's the machine's fault.

When I got my first phone, it was a basic Nokia model with that wonderful snake game in it and NO color screen. I was so happy with that phone. I managed to lead a life without constantly keeping in touch with my friends through chat and social networks. Once I made good friends, I got my BlackBerry. I was constantly in touch with them. But at some point, we didn't have much to talk about. Right now, without my BlackBerry services, am reminiscing my days of the Nokia basic model. All I can say is, my BlackBerry has Sudoku in it, but a part of me misses the snake game.

© Anupama Subramaniyam 

The Queen of Procrastination

It's 13:43pm; 
And am writing a poem!
What a way to distract myself,
From a fat book on my shelf.

It's the exam season now;
1 down, 4 more to go.
But how? 
How do I study?
With distractions;
Oh! So many!
Distractions that were never;
Never! So interesting;
During the summer...

It's sad, you may think;
And yes it is,
Because my grades will sink!
But what do I care?
I'll get my revenge!

Many years down the lane,
When am long dead and gone.
My great-great-great grand kids,
Will kill their memories of me,
With a stone!

Why, you ask?
I'll tell you why!
This very poem, 
They will all read!

All because of my boredom;
They perform a bad deed.

I don't regret;
And I will never!
It's all a cycle-
A cycle of life;
From generation to generation;
I'll remain forever,
The Queen of Procrastination.

© Anupama Subramaniyam