Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Day 96 & A Moon-Up From The Basement-Pt 1

I HAVE LIVED the last moon in a daze. It was as if someone had brewed a curse, blew the smoke my way and vhooooooom, my muses disappeared and could not return. I was at a creative low, blocked and uninspired, my mind trapped in a dark dingy basement.

The dark, dingy basement of The Emperor's Emporium- THEN

The dark, dingy basement of The Emperor's Emporium- NOW

My memories are not clear (it was a daze, remember?) but I believed it all started the day the HalloWitch Sisters flew in, as early as Early September, right into the"Jai Ho" celebrations of Rolla n Ro (originals only).

In their dull, drab dresses and wind-blown hair, the Sisters stood out like sore thumbs at our fashionable Bazaar. But the Bazaar was the reason why they have flown the many light years. They have heard that this is where you can find the best pot and the best ingredients.

No, no, no, the witches are not junkies. You see, the HalloWitch Sisters are preparing for the 2009 World Horror Convention ("WHC") in Canada on Halloween. A big deal because all the who's who will be there to showcase their latest poison. The WHC is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Brew) P-A-R-T-E-A. The Sisters will NEED the best if they are to stand a chance against the likes of Tessie of Spiderwort Manor or The Addamses of their Mini Mansion or The Ghost of Haunted San Fran.

But 1st thing 1st:

a makeover for our girls so that they could blend in with the chic and trendy Chandni Chowk crowd. Out went the drab and in came the satin and lace, made in the same HalloWitch signature style i.e.:

A conservative neckline for the bodice
with an unmatching but shimmering kerchief at the neck for "drama" effect when flying.
Plain long sleeves with plenty of room for swinging brooms and stirring sticks.
Clashing aprons trimmed with inappropriate black laces along the hem.
No underskirt but a plastic black cone instead,
perfect for sticking the bustle skirt onto with clear scotch tapes so that
the girls don't have their overskirts over their ubiquitous pointy hats when flying in the winds.

The Sisters love their new dresses so much, they never took them off again.

I first spotted them, shaking their bums with their plastic cones showing, at the Rolla's opening acts. It must be just after they have found their claypot/ cauldron (details later). They were standing right at the back and gesticulating excitedly. No one else saw them then despite their garish fashion sense. Well, nothing unusual about the excitement, I thought, everyone was dancing to the music and the performances have gotten better now that Jai has his own Eva's Tabla.

And then, slowly and surreptitiously, I saw Mdm Khaki+Turquoise wriggled and wangled toward the stage. Nothing unusual still, I guess.

She shimmied "seductively" towards Jai..hmmm, well, ok, understandable, which girl wouldn't be attracted to him, right? On hind sight, my alarm bells should have rung then because face-down-flat-on -the -floor was a sure funny way to shimmy.

As if she could read my mind, Mdm Khaki+Turquoise immediately turned around and started to limbo rock! Wow, IMPRESSIVE! Her body was just 1 inch above the floor, completely parallel and levitating(?), heaving towards Jai's feet.

These are the close up shots I took for proof to see if she was indeed levitating or maybe she was just a great limbo rocker:

By the time I realised what she was really up to, like some of you now, the deed was done. Mdm Khaki+Turquoise was using her pointy hat to hook Sissy's basket so that she can steal her!!

And look! The Sisters are stealing away

with their claypot on their head, Indian Style!

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO", I screamed! And they promptly dropped their pot!

Note To Audience: If you can, read the next part in slow mo ..

Upon hearing my scream, the Rollas sprung into cinematic action. In the art and magic of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", the pair leaped into the air and landed

on the turban of an unsuspecting dancer with Ro still strumming and singing so that the dancing continued and the enjoyment of the crowd went uninterrupted. And while they gracefully leaped and landed and danced through the air towards the HalloWitch Sisters, Jai leaned back in his chair, took a deep breath and threw with one hand (and this one, you must really imagine in slow motion)
the Eva Tabla toward Mdm Khaki+Turquoise

The tabla flew silently,
over the shoulders of the Rollas who were themselves
stepping over the heads of more dancers,
All of them,
zeroing in towards Mdm Khaki+Turquoise

And while the other 2 witches panicked and flew too

Madam was not so lucky.

For Eva's Tabla was right on target
hitting the back of Madam's head

And as you can see,
she has toppled over
right into her very own cauldron,
in complete humiliation and pain.
The bag dropped from her hand
and dear Sissy has escaped.

What a relief !
For this was to be Sissy's fate if our heroes and heroine had not reacted in time:

So round of applause for our brave men and woman please, ladies and gentlemen. I dare say though, and I am sure everyone will agree, that the real hero has to be Eva's Tabla. And that is why till today, it remains Jai's best friend and constant companion.

Now the story has not ended but for now, here is an excerpt of the relevant scene, for those of you who have not seen the Academy Award Winner, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (in case you want to know, Chow Yun Fatt is my all time favourite actor):

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Day 95-Palace's 1st Lottery Win

An e-messenger from "Diva Eva" on 4/9/09 brought news of my 1st ever lucky draw win. 10 days later, the wonderful array of finely crafted mini-wares arrived. They are all treasures but I must confess I have my favourites.

I love the sail boat. The little red boat which bore my name "Susan" beautifully handwritten in "miniscript" red . An amazing feat especially as I cannot write legibly.

I love the plate. An unusual decagon-al "antique"china with a "tree of life" decoration. So exquisite I can't bear to put anything on it.

But mostly I love the drum because I know Eva made this specially for my palace project.

It appears that I am not alone in my affection.

Watch out, my dear Maya. I think Eva's Tabla may very well end up as Jai's constant companion. And there is a very good reason why. I will of course reveal the reason when the time is right.

Here's a clue and I am whispering this to you *looking behind to make sure there are no evesdroppers: The reason why I was absent for a month and the reason why I am back has quite a lot to do with Eva's Tabla. I can't wait to tell you all about it.....
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