外文标题：Homeward Bound......................Part 6
When we are in Shanghai our day starts with going to Yuyuan Garden and often ends there. If I crib noisily then my wife sometimes relents and towards the evening we rush to see some other places that we had agreed upon to visit on the preceding night. I usually do not annoy her at night though it has never helped to improve any 'chances' because something can be improved only if it exists. Well you may say I am lying. Well, yes I ‘lie’ alone, wondering if I spoiled the chance that was never there to begin with and sulk and feel sorry for the mistakes I haven't done untill I fall asleep.
The day started dull and gloomy and it was snowing.
Chinese New Year heralds spring..or it was celebrated to say 'Good Bye' to winter in olden times but now often the winter is very much around when the festival comes. All flowers are grown elsewhere in nurseries and pots are embedded in the baskets hung from the poles, containers on pavements or beds at round abouts or city squares.
On 8th February she had far reaching plans- yes, plans for going even farther than Yuyan garden.... to some silk market.
We reached there past noon which is the best time for us to reach the first place on the list. As expected, the market was closed. The workers had left for their homes.
I was sure that the blame would come to me and it did because she had asked me to take her there the previous day and I had insisted on going to the computer market at Xu Jia Hui. Though I had nothing to buy, it was just to test if she acceded to my wishes. Luckily for me, when we reached there, we found the market closed for the new year. She didn’t say anything but surely added a minus point in my secret score card that she keeps and the sum total of points in which never becomes positive.But our trip was not a total waste. We wouldn't have seen another brilliant part of the city.
So after finding the Silk market closed we had no choice but to return to the YuYuan Gardenand we took the bus back for
the routine pilgrimage.
Yuyuan Garden still has a traditional Chinese look. Here in the market squares where the narrow streets in the ancient township meet they make fantastic lanterns welcoming New Year every year. Last year too I posted many pictures of fascinating tableaux based on mythological stories of valour, love, benediction and miracles.
It was bitterly cold and flurries floated in the air. It was difficult to hold the camera steady for taking the pictures.
She could not resist her desire of checking in the Pearl City or Village, I don't know what it is called but it is there in one of the Gold Souks. It was closed. On or way down, I clicked some pictures of the gifts and show pieces the rich buy to express their love, power and reach.
As my wife got busy with her shopping/window shopping I took leave of her to go around and take some picturtes of the festivities, adornment and decorations.
Sailor Uncle, I hope aunty does not read this. She will blame u of becoming too romantic at this age.
Where have I shown my romantic side? Anyway now she doesn't worry. Either she is very sure that I will not cheat her or she knows that I can't.
Uncle what is this??
usually do not annoy her at night though it has never helped to improve any 'chances' because something can be improved only if it exists. Well you may say I am lying. Well, yes I ‘lie’ alone, wondering if I spoiled the chance that was never there to begin with and sulk and feel sorry for the mistakes I haven't done untill I fall asleep.
Oho Ashu Hahaha- I totally forgot about it, so you understand my state of mind. I have become senile :)
Bakshiji, too good an account. Very nice. Hillol
Thanks Hillol- Thanks for liking it.
Fabulous blog. The beauty and aestheticism of China comes out so well. The pictures are truly enchanting and give a real surreal effect.The effect of Eastern mysticism comes out so well
Just fell in love with China seeing all your blogs.
Thanks Vijay. Indeed they have a great aesthetic sense. It shows in all their art and craft. Like us it's been passed over from generation to generation and improved upon.
Expect you to come to Henan Province, it retains more ancient traditional culture.
Let's see Hong when can I make it Henan and see you and all things of ancient and traditional culture.
There is an error in the blog, RMB is called yuan, while Jap's currency is called yen.
I have made the correction.
Stunning brilliant photographs!!! A great blog as usual :-) Loved this :-)
照片太惊艳了啊！！！又是一篇很棒的博文 :-) 我喜欢 :-)
thanks usha. I remember last to last year when I posted a blog on Chinese New Year, you said you will look forward to the pictures of the next new year.