Hello! Great to see you this #Skywatch Friday!

The week crawled off to a slow start, plagued by self-doubts, worries, anxieties and the works – you know what that means, right? I’ve not been able to focus much, so, not been up to much writing. But, I’ve spent a lot of time doing other things, such as clearing closets, cleaning and organizing my things, my bookshelves and doing a bit of DIY work to bring myself back to my element and generally practicing mindfulness in the things that I do every day.

Arjyo’s exams got underway this week and I’ve been inspired by his rigour and tenacity to pull through the week’s load by staying up late and motivating himself to give his best shot – made me proud and happy. I know how much he loves to spend the evenings playing with his gang of friends. Sadly, it has been days when he has gone down to join them at play, what with being busy with studies, home work and revisions since the past couple of weeks. Frankly, if there is one thing that needs to change about our education system, it has to be the increasing pressure and work-load on the kids who seem to be losing out on their precious childhood days!

This evening, the boy was taking me through his English question paper and it brought back memories of my own schooldays. For the unseen comprehension, they had Robert Frost’s poem, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. We had an interesting conversation regarding the poem and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well he had interpreted it. Memories came knocking…Years back, I used to teach this poem to my ninth graders. I’ve read the poem so many times and on each occasion, I marvel at the way Frost conjured up the imagery to create one of the most memorable pieces of poetry ever written. A special favourite are the concluding lines that symbolise affirming a path of life and fulfilling one’s promises before one’s final rest:

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

That reminds me the good part is we’re almost half-way through to the completion of Arjyo’s semester exams – a big relief for all of us, as we gear up for our annual festival – the Durga puja. Fortunately, most schools in the state enjoy their 10-day break over the festival of Dussehra. Can’t wait for the break to see him take things easy once more.

On the health front, my daily walks are now firmly in place. Giving up my evening dose of caffeine was not easy at all, but every bit worth it, now that I am sleeping  better. So now, I’m only on green tea and my insomnia is almost gone (touch wood, still early days, so shouldn’t say much!)

This week, being mostly overcast, the sky remained perpetually bleak and rather uninspiring. This week’s sky shots have been specially selected from some of my recent shots, from about a month back, thanks to my regular skywatching moments taken every now and then.

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Capturing the ever-changing skyline was a great source of joy and as someone rightly said, the scenes help me capture the moment within me so the recollection is as joyful as it is in the moment. I hope I’m making sense here. 🙂

So, what do you think of the pictures? If  you liked any of them, I’d really appreciate if you let me know in the comments below. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great week ahead and relax as much. See you again soon!🙂

Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, a place where sky watchers present stunning sky views from their part of the world.

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