You can always catch him hunched on the floor, by the window, staring wistfully. His little frame, hunched over, wishes for someone he could call a friend. Continue reading
“Keep Going. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” -Roy T. Bennett.
When the going gets tough, I often ask myself, “Why is this happening to me?”. At times, I know I have the answers, mostly I don’t. Continue reading
Are you amazed to see how this beautiful tree continues to stand rooted to the ground, despite the wind pushing it in the opposite direction? So am I. In fact, this image set me thinking. Continue reading
WW Pic #20 – ‘The Hole in the Wall.’
(Shot through one of the many perforated windows at Sarkhej Roza– a mosque and tomb complex popularly referred to as the “Acropolis of Ahmedabad”, in the western state of Gujarat in India. Built as a fusion of both Muslim and Hindu principles of architecture, Sarkhej Roza has been a prominent centre of Sufi culture in the country.)
(Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.)
WW Pic #16 – “On the Trail”
(Sharing a recent travel pic – The sight of these ducks swimming in a straight line from one end of the lagoon to the other, all in perfect harmony. I kept thinking how easy it was for them to follow unspoken rules and how difficult for us humans!)
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far! Last weekend we decided to do a short break over the Diwali holidays mainly to get away from the noise and pollution that makes it difficult for our son who suffers from asthma. We were all excitedly looking forward to the few days at a quiet resort by the calm and serene backwaters in Kerala. Continue reading
I’m back with yet another edition of SkywatchFriday today.
The weather seems to be changing already and the sky has been quite unexpectedly dull this week but I did manage to grab a few shots over the past few days.
Below are some captures that display the vibrant colours in the evening sky.
I hope you enjoyed the shots. As another weekend approaches, I wish you can take it easy, put your feet up and relax.
If you’d like to join in, let me tell you, it is easy. Put together a few sky shots and post them in the linky below. As always, your feedback is much appreciated.
Until next week, goodbye!
After a week-long break, I’m back today with another post of SkywatchFriday. It has been a very hectic week and I have no clue how we got over the past week because apart from a bad bout of migraine that left me useless for three days in a row, I’ve been neck deep over the remaining days, inundated with work, chores and planning for the weekend to come, and more so, with preparations for our big annual festivities for the Durga Puja that kicks off tomorrow!
Jay is back from an outstation office trip and Arjyo is thrilled beyond measure because his semester exams or the SAs (summative assessments) get over today. In fact, right now, as I’m typing the post, I can almost see the gleeful faces as they are let loose in the school compound, having been “strapped” to books these past few weeks! The school bus that ferries them home only leaves with the kids an hour later, so they get that hour to play and enjoy to their hearts’ content. Arjyo has been ‘eyeing’ the new Harry Potter book I’ve got for him the day before yesterday, (keeping my word of gifting him something if he did well in the last FAs). Did I tell you, he did us all proud by scoring really well in his last exams. So, I had to let him have his well-earned prize!
The day the book arrived, I promptly hid it in the cupboard, but he smelt a rat when I ignored his pleas about the book that same evening. I think he had seen the message from Amazon on my phone and kept pestering me if the book had arrived. Finally, I let him have a sneak peak at it last evening and he was so thrilled.
Oh, the joys of being a child! It takes so little to make them happy and for a bookworm like him nothing could be a better gift. I get inspired by his enthusiasm and in moments like these, I think I actually live my childhood through him! Today, I saw him planning the class party with utmost precision, careful to carry all the snacks and making sure they’re enough for all his friends. The excitement in his stride was palpable. Apparently, last time, they ran out of nachos, so, this time, he ensured they were enough for the group of six -the gang that always sticks together through thick and thin! I remembered the day before our vacations. Excitement can be so contagious. Even I felt I was having my last exams today!!
This morning, I finally decided to put in my post and here is the sky shot from the week for the viewing pleasure of you, dear friends! For me, of course, they are a way of documenting the photos week by week, so here it is:
With that, I take your leave, dear friends! Wish you all a very happy weekend! For everyone who celebrates Dussehra, I wish you the very best during this festive time, as you get together with family and friends and celebrate.
Would be lovely to hear about how your week went and if you are planning anything special over the weekend. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great time and relax as much. See you again soon!
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.
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!