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Somebody once asked me, What do you like most about traveling?

I didn’t have an answer then But I do now. I think travel pushes me beyond my comfort zone and makes me look at myself with new eyes. It makes me look at people and places with a fresh perspective too and gives me a better understanding of where I stand in the larger scheme of things.

The travel bug bit me years ago when as a little girl, I used to accompany my parents on long distance trips by rugged roads, or those endless long train journeys watching the world go by as we looked out from the large windows of the First class compartment. In a few years time, air travel replaced all of that. It not only saved time but also took away the magic of leisure travel and the laid back tempo of a three-day journey that used to be such a characteristic feature of our lives.

A lot of things started changing around that time. But one thing remained constant for me. No matter where I traveled, I fervently sought out the changing hues of the sky —be it amid the greyness of the cold winter mornings or the luminous summer evenings, even snatching glimpses of a thousand glittering stars on an autumn night. And the magic has been working ever since! Skywatching is mindful, almost meditative to me. I get ideas and inspirations for my posts while I capture sky shots. A lot of the people in my city thank me when they see their skies on my posts and marvel at what they continue to miss every day!

They say, you never discover new oceans until you lose sight of the shore. And, rightly so. Every journey I have taken has stretched my mind a little further than the previous journey, and every place has left in me a part of itself that has altered me as a person, beyond the realms of my own understanding.

Today, I’m sharing three skywatch shots taken during my last family trip two months ago to the beautiful hill town of Ooty, in South India. Hope you enjoy them.

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Linking this post with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.) You may catch my earlier #SkywatchFriday posts here.

So, until next week, wishing you a wonderful. easy and relaxed weekend!

swftom

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