Been a really tough time. It is bound to be if you are expected to read about 12 - 24 X 200 words purportedly in a said language - texts with 2-4 sentences telescoped into one with no head, no tail, no subject, no verb. It does not even provide a good laugh. You can laugh if you can understand the sentence (however absurd), not if you can't. Texts which come up with newly minted words, so you start wondering whether your vocabulary is lacking and when one after another each ones gets a '0', you start wondering whether your correction is unreasonable. Anyway, not that we don't have our compensations. These are the days when all of us sit together and eat food provided for us and happily laugh over ridiculous sentences with absurd meanings (in those cases where we can at least know who did or said what) and crib over the quality of the food. And at the end of it, we are taken out for a picnic for a day (not after every exam season of course!) So it was that it was decided that we'd spend a day at a resort yesterday and we did. I was very eager to go - one needs to see places other than one's room and the teachers' room and the class room at least once in a couple of years. But I was not sure of my ability to do so. What with foot in bandage, walking stick and no lift in the building! Anyway, I decided to make up my mind nearer the time and set the alarm for a fixed hour. I woke up (or rather dragged myself out of bed), tottered to the bathroom and switched on the geyser. In the same moment, I changed my mind and decided I could not torture myself with such a long day sitting and walking in the heat. So I switched off the geyser, went back and lay down. I thought of my colleague who the previous day had tried to convince me to go along. And THEN with my eyes closed, I saw this beautiful bright yellow bird in a tree. THERE! All the exhaustion vanished. I hauled myself out of bed, got myself ready and went. What do I see? Said colleague was wearing a bright yellow top. Another was wearing a bright yellow kurta. Two house-keeping staff who came along were wearing yellow shirts. Yet another colleague was wearing a not so yellow, but ochre kurta. At the resort, all the staff were wearing yellow shirts. And below a tree stood a yellow van. What do I call this? Serendipity? The BH suggested intuition. But I don't believe that. What I saw was a yellow bird. Though there were a lot of little birds, there was no yellow BIRD. Just a lot of YELLOW around. I can't say I was spooked out, but it was one really intriguing experience to say the least. Which brings me to a question. How do we define 'intuition'?