noraleah:

The second week in India, after no less than three birthday celebrations for M. (one of which was not-so-secretly disguised as an engagement party, four-tier wedding cake and all), all 21 of us traveled south, from Bangalore to Kerala.

It’s often said that Kerala — with its intoxicating lagoons and lazy rivers, fresh, seafood-driven cuisine, Ayurverdic philosophy, and slower way of life — is the “true India.” If it’s any indication, it was here we felt most peaceful, most content.

One day we took a riverboat tour of Kumarakom, a backwaters town on the shore of Vembanad Lake. Moving at the slow and intimate pace of the boat, we saw men and boys fishing — some for fish in the narrow village river, others for valuable Vembanad sand, which is used as a building material — and women washing clothes. We saw homes, and churches, and schools. We saw lives being lived. It was exquisite.

My dad asked me what I thought of the way of life. While I hesitate to judge from the roof of a resort riverboat — not a bad place to do with less, I said. Not bad at all.

PS: As anneofgreentables pointed out — it has the highest literacy rate in India; plus it’s a matriarchal society and politically, sways socialist. So you can see why we might have been so content there.

"…it was here we felt most peaceful, most content." Well said, and so true.

wnyc:

From this morning’s conversation about Aereo, net neutrality, Comcast/TWC, and the future of internet streaming.
-Jody, BL Show-

wnyc:

From this morning’s conversation about Aereo, net neutrality, Comcast/TWC, and the future of internet streaming.

-Jody, BL Show-

ransomcenter:


Jack Harris filmed three formal dancers on a New York City street during the making of Robert Wise’s “West Side Story.” A still from the scene is etched on the Harry Ransom Center’s windows, which display a selection of images from the collections.  

ransomcenter:

Jack Harris filmed three formal dancers on a New York City street during the making of Robert Wise’s “West Side Story.” A still from the scene is etched on the Harry Ransom Center’s windows, which display a selection of images from the collections.  

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nancysun:

Impromptu stationery haul from @mastbrothers Flagship of their previous edition wrapping papers. Was just thinking about how difficult it is these days to find a dope stationery set. The game at Paper Source / Kate’s Paperie is shamefully basic. My favorite collections were a Wallace and Gromet (!) birthday gift set and a souvenir Japanese poop set before the days of the 💩 emoji. Want to get back to that handwritten life. A new classic.

Mast Brothers makes stationary?! I’ve painstakingly saved their chocolate wrappers in the past to wrap small gifts, so I love this discovery. And agreed that it’s hard to find good card/wrapping paper/stationary design out there. Too much clichéd stuff, so aggressively feminine.

nancysun:

Impromptu stationery haul from @mastbrothers Flagship of their previous edition wrapping papers. Was just thinking about how difficult it is these days to find a dope stationery set. The game at Paper Source / Kate’s Paperie is shamefully basic. My favorite collections were a Wallace and Gromet (!) birthday gift set and a souvenir Japanese poop set before the days of the 💩 emoji. Want to get back to that handwritten life. A new classic.

Mast Brothers makes stationary?! I’ve painstakingly saved their chocolate wrappers in the past to wrap small gifts, so I love this discovery. And agreed that it’s hard to find good card/wrapping paper/stationary design out there. Too much clichéd stuff, so aggressively feminine.

This morning’s breakfast, like last night’s karaoke, was glorious.

This morning’s breakfast, like last night’s karaoke, was glorious.

irisblasi:

pegasusbooks:

HAHAHA. 
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HAHAHAHHA.

Ha! Love it.

irisblasi:

pegasusbooks:

HAHAHA. 

[via Maud Newton]

HAHAHAHHA.

Ha! Love it.

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letterstomeryl:

animalstalkinginallcaps:

WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M A “ONE-UPPER”?
I MEAN THAT YOU EXAGGERATE OR OUTRIGHT LIE, NOT ONLY TO MAKE YOURSELF SEEM FAR MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU ACTUALLY ARE, BUT ALSO OUT OF A MISGUIDED SPIRIT OF COMPETITIVENESS AND/OR ENVY. THAT YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST ENJOY SOMEONE ELSE’S EXPERIENCES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE IT ERRONEOUSLY MAKES YOU FEEL INFERIOR, SO YOU FABRICATE WIDLY IMPROBABLE TALES TO SUIT YOUR NEED FOR SITUATIONAL DOMINANCE. THAT IS WHAT I MEAN BY THAT.
I DON’T DO THAT.
I’D ARGUE, BUT I HAVE A DATE AT 5:30 AND I NEED TO GET READY.
WELL THAT’S FINE WITH ME, BECAUSE I HAVE TWO DATES AT 5:30.

Kingfisher!!

Kingfisher thinks he’s Premium.

letterstomeryl:

animalstalkinginallcaps:

WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M A “ONE-UPPER”?

I MEAN THAT YOU EXAGGERATE OR OUTRIGHT LIE, NOT ONLY TO MAKE YOURSELF SEEM FAR MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU ACTUALLY ARE, BUT ALSO OUT OF A MISGUIDED SPIRIT OF COMPETITIVENESS AND/OR ENVY. THAT YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST ENJOY SOMEONE ELSE’S EXPERIENCES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE IT ERRONEOUSLY MAKES YOU FEEL INFERIOR, SO YOU FABRICATE WIDLY IMPROBABLE TALES TO SUIT YOUR NEED FOR SITUATIONAL DOMINANCE. THAT IS WHAT I MEAN BY THAT.

I DON’T DO THAT.

I’D ARGUE, BUT I HAVE A DATE AT 5:30 AND I NEED TO GET READY.

WELL THAT’S FINE WITH ME, BECAUSE I HAVE TWO DATES AT 5:30.

Kingfisher!!

Kingfisher thinks he’s Premium.

noraleah:

Fabric from India that’ll soon be pillows for our couch … much to M’s chagrin I might add (is there any straight guy out there who actually likes this fabric?). #dontcare

Oh, they’re going to be beautiful!

noraleah:

Fabric from India that’ll soon be pillows for our couch … much to M’s chagrin I might add (is there any straight guy out there who actually likes this fabric?). #dontcare

Oh, they’re going to be beautiful!

On Tuesday morning we toured the backwaters of Kumarakom on a two-hour boat ride. We saw houses, locals working or attending school, and the largest raft of ducks I’ve ever seen.

Scenes from the resort in Kerala. (Backwater Ripples in Kumarakom)