Sunday, July 8, 2012

cultural overdrive!!

the whole gang @ Times Square!

My house is full up!!
Family is over for a visit and there are conversations and arguments and discussions galore....
the politics and the corruption and the infuriating red tape of India...
The inevitable comparisons with the U.S.....
The despair of "when are we Indians ever going to have even a little civic sense and grow up as a society??'
"look at the 100 years or more of the underground Subway system and its still going strong!!"
etc etc...
The oohing and aahing over the main attractions of the Big Apple....
And then missing home and family...together...
Missing of the taste of the mangoes...esp. when my sister slurps over them on Facebook or my sister in law teases with them over Skype!
Its good to have family over for a gets hectic but at least its not lonely!
and it gets real lonely here, esp if you don't work and have no real friends here to speak of!!
and the best part is that the kids and grandparents are bonding big time....
aaaand another advantage.... :-)
I get to leave the kiddos behind with them and go explore..."alone!!"
So the first thing I immediately did was to go and check out a Shakespeare play that was being staged in an outdoor amphitheater in Roosevelt Island.
New York is famous for its theater, music, art, the jazz and of course the razmatazz!!  hahaha..
and there are a lot of things on my "to do list" that I am hoping to cover while they are here...
see??  I have an underhand agenda in calling family over... I told you I was cunning!
ok now back to the play:
Roosevelt Island is one of my favorite scenic places of Manhattan and when I heard from a friend, Amrita who lived there (lucky girl) about the play, I was ecstatic- it couldnt be a better setting!
The play was an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" based out of Italy and not England.
It was a completely new experience for me...because the play was something called immersive theater /panoramic theatre where you are sitting on the steps and the actors are are moving all around you...
climbing up and down the stairs, sitting amongst you and spouting dialogues and you are following them all around, up and down....
you can choose to follow the main protagonists as they move, or follow other groups/characters that are acting all around you...
I was so immersed in the main plot that I completely forgot to follow the others- though I believe it
was quite a lot of fun watching thier antics...
oh well...cant have it both ways!
and to add a double dose of magic to the evening...we had natural twinkling lights all around us...
fireflies everywhere! 

now even Tinkerbell couldn't have put more magic in the evening with her pixie dust!

some images and a video for you to enjoy!

Unfortunately in spite of my best and most determined intentions, I missed out on the iconic Shakespeare in Central Park festival where you have big names like Merlyn Streep and Al Pacino performing in the Park!!
Mainly because I forgot (yes the best of intentions do forget-too much on my plate syndrome)
and also as my dear friend Amrita who did manage to go, told me...the line of the camped out people to get the passes was infinite and extremely daunting!
So we (Amrita and I) decided to check out the smaller and less popular options..
There was a play- Twelveth Night being staged in Bryant Park which seemed very interesting.
And it turned out to be a fantastic evening-well acted and staged with the best of the panoramic backgrounds you can think of...
The Hudson River with the Liberty Lady as a backdrop!
what can be more apt for a play staged in New York?
Only hitch being that we were not allowed to take any fotos of the actors...
And I had lugged my big heavy camera along for just such an opportunity  :-/
Anyways got some fantastic shots of the background to show you!

All gathering for the play to start!

This was the backdrop of the play...could anything beat it?

all of us standing engrossed on the steps and the play being enacted below...

beautiful was magical!!


  1. what can i say...... I AM J.E.A.L.O.U.s!!! :?

  2. The background is perfect! Mystic, ancient,fresh and nostalgic ... All at the same time! Have fun :)

  3. how very cool.. soo envious..!! but good for you.. finally getting to enjoy a bit of new york without the constant bachcha party.. :) have fun..

  4. thank you so much for the videos Maryam Bhabhi!! :)


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