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In the last week of December, during the annual winter break, I happened to visit Jaipur, in the company of my family. We had three hectic days of sightseeing in which we packed in as much as we could, to cover most of the key tourist destinations within the Pink City. On the very first day of our sightseeing trip, we covered the three important forts within the city – Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh. The evening ended on the terrace of the beautiful Nahargarh fort that overlooks the city. Having lived in Jaipur many years back, I recalled the lights at Nahargarh fort as it was located high up over the hills and was visible from most parts of the city.

Now visiting the city after so many years, I felt a sense of wonder remembering the lights that would be lit up soon after dark. Along came a torrent of memories of those magical childhood years.

This photo was shot from the terrace of the Nahargarh fort, just after darkness fell. The golden hour when the sun sets on the horizon brings in a feeling of tranquility and quiet introspection. We watched in silence, filled up with awe and gratitude for the gift of this beautiful evening coming to a close.

Today, I leave you with the famous lines from Rabindranath Tagore, the Bard of Bengal who has left a veritable treasure-house of elegant prose and magical poetry in his numerous songs and verses dedicated to the ever mystifying beauty of Nature, that surrounds us in our everyday lives.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. 
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend! May you also be blessed with the magic of nature wherever you are!

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