Monday, December 21, 2015

In two minutes

I open the door to my backyard and step out into the bright sun. I walk over to the clothesline and place down my big pink bucket full of laundry. I squint; it is too sunny but a bit shadier where I am standing. As I start putting out the clothes to dry I remember this wonderful “In two minutes” prompt which I came across on Rachna Says. The prompt was to quietly observe things as they happen in 2 minutes. All inspired by the delightful account of Rachna’s peaceful two minutes, I stop the laundry drying business and quietly begin observing my surroundings.

I can hear the neighbour’s washing machine at work. It is constantly on. I wonder how they have so many clothes to wash. Then it dawns on me that there are 6 people in their family apart from the domestic helps. They are Omanis and I have seen their women in lovely abayas and scarves, so there must be plenty to wash. I look at their backyard. It is green and pleasant to look at. There is a lime tree bearing fresh green limes, a beautiful sorrel tree and a papaya plant.

Near their compound wall is a lush creeper in full bloom and beyond that is another villa where a European family lives. There is a tall plant near the window full of bright yellow bell-shaped flowers. Suddenly my "two minutes of silent observation" turns into a bird watching session as a flight of various birds lands on the flowered tree and creeper.

There are sparrows, a tiny glossy black bird with a shiny streak of royal blue on its head, and two brown birds which I believe belong to the pigeon family. Another one presently drifts in stylishly. It is small, bright green, has a long beak and clearly knows she is way too pretty. She creates a flutter, showing off her wings and flies away to the opposite side. I turn around to follow her movement.

She is presently perched on the gate of the villa opposite ours where a Filipino family lives. They are seldom seen outside. I suddenly feel very “fancy” for living in such a multicultural neighbourhood. The little birdie goes her way and then I hear the noon Azhan from the nearby mosque. The muezzin’s voice rings loud and clear and there is a sense of peace.

I realize I have stood there for more than 2 minutes. I make a mental note that I should do this more often and then resume with the work I had left unfinished.


9 comments:

  1. How lovely, Veena. You opened me to different cultures. I was happy bird watching with you. Thanks so much for taking this up.

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  2. Way beautiful.
    When I saw an alert on the post, I started reading it in a hurry, and somewhere, when I reached the part about the lime tree, I realized what I was doing and slowed down, went back and started reading it again, this time savoring and taking in every detail, much like the post itself. In 2 minutes... you gave me a huge glimpse of your life there... I loved it. :)

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  3. Rachna
    Thank you so much, Rachna. For your kind words and for the prompt that prompted me to come back to my blog. :)

    Oru Pen Kutty
    Your comment makes me feel so good! Do take it up. I am sure you will have fun with this prompt. I truly enjoyed writing it. :)

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  4. You have painted in your enchanting words a picturesque scene around your house that seems hard to get the whole ensemble
    In two minutes.I hope you did not forget the bucket full of clothes!

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  5. May be my comments to this post and the earlier one have gone into your spam !!

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  6. KP
    Haha, no I did not Sir, thankfully :D And you precious comments are safe here. Thanks for visiting :)

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  7. this is a beautiful activity. I should do it as well. We are lucky to be living in this city, don't you think?! A very happy new year to you!

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  8. Sujata
    Yes, you should! And yes, Muscat is a great city to live in. :) Too late to wish now, but here's wishing you a very happy new year!

    Asad,
    Thank you!

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