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November 20th, 2005
04:27 pm

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I thought I was going to find the weather miserable coming back to England. But instead I have concluded it is darkness and rain I am dreading, and the current bright crisp clear cold is stirring my heart just as much as the gentle sunbathed streets of Kolkata. I am well loved. I forget how beautiful this city is when I am away. From free wheeling down Castle Hill with the cold stinging my cheeks and making me thrill to be alive, to sitting in LSM watching the sunbeams strike through incense-filled air, to watching the final flames of autumn trees blaze in the sun on Jesus Green today has been glorious.

And I am back with those I love. It has been so long since I felt M's arms around me, curled beside him to go to sleep. Seeing him at the station looking young and beautiful in his bright selwyn scarf...

Ah, I am fickle and fall in love too easilly. But to be back in my city, where my roots are*, where the streets call out love and my heart sings back in reply is good. I will travel, in my life, and I will meet many wonderful people. But I will always have a home to return to.

Not that it is bricks and morter and sunshine that are the most important things, although they are pretty fine. It is the people, the comfortable acceptance, feasting with CTS friends last night, being able to talk about things and know that people understand where you are coming from, and being around people who share the same interests as you, and talk of board games, mutual friends, their own exciting travelling. Naath must be congratulated on a truely splended and well organised Foryule Feast. Lovely to see the people I know, lovely to meet the people I didn't know. Lovely to have an excuse to wear silly red shiny Indian clothes. Lovely to see angoel back in Cambridge.

And now I will work for a little while, if the lure of LJ is not too strong, and then go and find my beloved M for more feasting, dancing and merry-making. It's good to be home. But how did it get to be so near to Christmas so quickly?

* Having just read Mandrake by Susan Cooper I should probably be less glad of having roots than I am...

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From:hmmm_tea
Date:November 20th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
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But how did it get to be so near to Christmas so quickly?

but... but... but...

It's only the middle of November!
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From:atreic
Date:November 20th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Next week is the first Sunday of Advent.
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From:ilanin
Date:November 20th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
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You were kind of in India, see, and then when you came back it was near Christmas.

Welcome back and *hugs*
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From:hmmm_tea
Date:November 20th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
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My point entirely, it's still a week until advent even starts!
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From:megamole
Date:November 20th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Reading the first para made me remember some of the reasons why I love Cambridge so much, too...
From:anoushkamalfoy
Date:November 20th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Are you a Susan Cooper fan? The Dark is Rising is one of my all - time favourite comfort reads.
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From:atreic
Date:November 20th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Yes - when I was in hospital having my Evil Neck Abcess operated on in the first year it was The Dark Is Rising that kept me going.
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From:ashfae
Date:November 20th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Is this the Susan Cooper who wrote the Dark is Rising series? I've never heard of Mandrake, and I thought I knew all her books...
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From:atreic
Date:November 21st, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
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Yes. It was her first published novel, and tends to get filed under Adult:S-F instead of Childrens:Fantesy so lots of people don't find it.
From:ariel11
Date:November 21st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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Good to have you both back and so energised by your trip. Loved the Indian dress/tunic you wore this morning and look forward to talk/pics/curry a week tomorrow.
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From:atreic
Date:November 21st, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
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Gosh, I didn't know you were on LJ! I'm just hoping that I'll work out how to get the pics *off* my digital camera before the talk...

Today, I think, I will wear somehing less pretty and more thermal.
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