Sibling Revelry

Tiger with his sister Pepper.

A dramatic tale in sepia.

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It is confirmed.

All forms of human entertainment – drama, theatre, cinema can trace their origin to cats.

Cats have played a phenomenal role in helping develop the acting skills of human beings.

You can see where actors & actresses got their perfect expressions from.

The art of emoting.

Be it that special look in the eyes or that just-so-right tilt of the head.

Those swooning scenes where the actor passes out & people rush to get the smelling salts, were learnt from these.

Pepper demonstrating a swoon.

How to show affection & yet maintain a cool distance by looking the other way.

Ever wondered why Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical was called Cats?

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From Gus: The Theatre Cat by TS Eliot –

“I have played,” so he says, “every possible part,
And I used to know seventy speeches by heart.
I’d extemporize back-chat, I knew how to gag,
And I knew how to let the cat out of the bag.
I knew how to act with my back and my tail;
With an hour of rehearsal, I never could fail.
I’d a voice that would soften the hardest of hearts,
Whether I took the lead, or in character parts…”

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Companionable

Cah-pets

In the absence of a weekend getaway, a carpet is a good alternative.

So glad I didn’t step over the carpet.

Mia owns some possessions.

Among them, a few cushions, toys & this carpet.

The carpet had seen better days.

Thanks to Mia & her kittens it is what it is now.

In this cave the hermit finds solace.

Until her human toys as usual, disturb.

Apparently there’s no escaping the maddening crowd.

Kittens or People.

Sigh.

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Good Yawning World

Zzzzzz

Come to think of it, every time I pop out to see what my bunch of five are up to, they are mostly asleep.

Not light nap nap types. But real deep deep sleep.

Occasionally,

they will wake up in order to

make their sleeping position even more comfy

or

to get some food

or

sharpen their hunting skills by crouching & jumping at a passing tiny fly.

The flies almost always escape their craftiest moves.

It’s a bright world out there.

“Good Yawning!

New day for you,”

says my cats,

time for us to sleep.

Got to get that rest

to catch a fly.”

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Pip-Pip, it’s Aunt Agatha

I was thinking about Aunt Agatha recently. No relative of mine but as any PG Wodehouse fan will recall, Aunt Agatha is that fiercely formidable character who leaves a well…deep & lasting impression. While everyone will recall Jeeves, Aunt Agatha has her spot in the sun too.

This imposing dame was described by her nephew Bertie Wooster as “My Aunt Agatha, the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth.” 

And elsewhere –

“Aunt Agatha is like an elephant—not so much to look at, for in appearance she resembles more a well-bred vulture, but because she never forgets.”

“My Aunt Agatha, for instance, is tall and thin and looks rather like a vulture in the Gobi desert, while Aunt Dahlia is short and solid, like a scrum half in the game of Rugby football. In disposition, too, they differ widely. Aunt Agatha is cold and haughty, though presumably unbending a bit when conducting human sacrifices at the time of the full moon, as she is widely rumoured to do, and her attitude towards me has always been that of an austere governess, causing me to feel as if I were six years old and she had just caught me stealing jam from the jam cupboard: whereas Aunt Dahlia is as jovial and bonhomous as a dame in a Christmas pantomime.”

You get the drift.

Some characters always make you compare them with people in real life who fit the job description. Aunt Agatha for example is the kind you either have within your own family or with luck, escape having.

P G Wodehouse is one of my favourite authors for that dose of subtle, wry humour & sarcasm that pricks. Reminds me, I got to pick up another PGW to read.

Don’t Judge a Recipe by its Picture

Halva is what all my fellow Indians will identify with.

For those with sweet molars the dish is  valued by its degree of sweetness & taste.

The celebration of sugar.

Health freaks please ignore.

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I recently came across a recipe & stunning picture of  Tomato Halva.

Its richness was alluring.

Got myself to make it as a part of my extremely  rare entries in the culinary zone.

It looked just as alluring as the photo.

Alas, how miserable it tasted.

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Cat Tales

“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”
Paul Gray

If any animal can throw attitude & get you to stay humble, it has to be cats.

On second thoughts…do cats even consider themselves animals?

I doubt.

Their calling in life is far superior.

I have also come to realise something else.

With cats & kittens in your life there is not much need to go to the movies for entertainment.

Or to the theatre for that matter.

Better still it’s free.

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