#WordlessWednesday – 28

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‘Lungs of the World.’  

(A random pic shot at the Mysore Zoo, that made me wonder – “Are we taking heed of what is been said? Are we thinking before destroying our trees and our forests? Are we even sparing a thought for the generations we are leaving behind?” Continue reading

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For this week’s #SkywatchFriday, I’m sharing unusually blue skies that we Bangaloreans have been blessed with, over the past few days.We’ve had an unusually hot summer, this year, verging on the unbearable. But, since last week, the rain gods have generously merciful with us. We are unable to contain our happiness it seems, as everyone seems to be talking about it. I’m glad that this short spell of rain has brought down the soaring mercury levels giving us some respite from the menacing weather. Right now is definitely one of the best times to visit the city.

I grabbed a few sky shots while running errands this morning. All, on my iPhone. Its so handy, you couldn’t go wrong even if you were rushed for time (which I was) and could literally shoot randomly.


Right now, I am enjoying the blissful soothing climate in my city, grateful for the clear blue sky, the glorious day and the lush greens all around looking fresh and hydrated as ever. Little blessings of life fill me up. How is it in your city?

Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)

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Of trees and magical skies: #ThursdayTreeLove 6

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The Earth has its music for those who will listen.

A road trip taken last month brought me back into the lap of nature once again. We traveled for seven days across the cities, small towns and little-known clusters of remote villages, down wide roads and narrow alleys and found bliss in the most unexpected places. There were rain clouds following us everywhere as we traversed the length and breadth of the state, as the sky changed hues and the familiar trees changed shapes. What remained the same was that there was beauty all around, for us to observe, enjoy and capture. Nature speaks in the most enchanting of all languages and our hearts were eager to lap it all up – the sights, the sounds and the smell of the unfamiliar places. But, that’s another post saved for the future.

Today, sharing a favourite shot of mine, taken on the day of travel, just as we were about to leave the city limits. The image of the tree reminds me of the thrill of the road trip once more! Do you love road trips too?

Joining Parul Thakur with her post based on the theme, #Thursday Tree Love – a new photo feature on her blog. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree and link it back to her post. Let’s appreciate Nature around us!

#WordlessWednesday – 27

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‘Cat-napping on a hot summer day.’  

(A candid shot of the two remaining White Tigers taken during a visit to the Bannerghata National Park, Bangalore.)

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(Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.)

Some Reminders to Self

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This has been a month of work, rest, travel and quality time with the families and the parents. Even though I’m always grateful for all the good times, there has also been a lot that’s been weighing on my mind, over the past few weeks. Continue reading

Creatively Inspired

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I am writing for the Write Tribe Festival of Words #4

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There is too much going on in life these days for all of us. Caught between action and reaction, we live our working days and our Sunday rest busy doing so much that we seem to pirouette endlessly most often to reach nowhere!

So much so that people now need to be reminded to live life in the slow lane and pause every once in a while, to savour the moments, live a fuller life and cherish their time with their loved ones.

This is where there arises a need for an empty space, a kind of pause that allows us the opportunity to think and sift through our thoughts and musings and create something that is uniquely our own. Once we allocate a day a week for creative pursuits, it then becomes a vast empty space through which we can…

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Some goodbyes are always difficult!

Heartbreaking. Misty-eyed and emotional, we hug once more, as we always do. It’s never ever easy to see her off as the porter wheels her away, out of sight towards the check-in counter at the airport. Continue reading

#SkywatchFriday – 43

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“Waiting for Rain.”

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A snapshot of grey skies looming overhead on a sultry summer afternoon and I am somehow reminded of how each one of is waiting for that elusive something to come and transform our lives -that quintessence of positivity, that makes us hope against the impossible at times, a bit like these parched leaves waiting for rain. While it pours and floods elsewhere, we are going through a severely dry patch in some areas of the city, particularly in the area where I live. We are all waiting for the rain.

This shot encapsulates that plea!

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(Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)

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#SkywatchFriday – 42

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Take a minute of your life. Stand out there and look up at the sky. Watch out in silence. You will find within you, all the peace that your heart can hold.

 

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(Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)

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Pachmarhi – #AtoZChallenge2016

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Girdled by the Satpura ranges in Madhya Pradesh, lies a lovely hill town often referred to as the “Queen of the Satpuras!” As Madhya Pradesh’s one and only hill town, Pachmarhi enjoys a unique position as a popular tourist destination, where bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets, offering the space to unwind effortlessly and enjoy perfect tranquility. In other words, Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant gem and our trip was proof of that!

As an archaeological treasure- house, Pachmarhi has astonishing richness. There are cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills which reveal rock paintings that date back to 500-800 AD, although some of the earliest paintings are estimated to be 10,000 years old. In Pachmarhi, contrasting cultures and ages co-exist in harmony as if time and trends mean little in this serene, wooded place. The highest point in the…

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