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2008-07-26 - 5:50 p.m.

firenze, 1999

in the morning, i would sometimes follow you to mridangam lessons. there, i would listen with half my attention, learning to recognize laghu, dhrutam and anudhrutam recurring through a tala.

on other mornings, i would stay home with your cousins and help prepare the midday meal, five courses in the traditional style.

carnatic rhythm and a long lunch at home - the ways we entreat the universe for perfect balance.

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antipasto: mozzarella and marinated sweet piquanté peppers.
primo: minestra di scarola con pastina.
secondo: cannelloni.
contorno: pittuliddre 'i cucuzzieddri.
dolce: torta di noci.

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