Wednesday, October 1, 2014

THURSDAY CHALLENGE


UNITED FOR GOOD

Today's theme is:

"TOGETHER" (Bacon and Eggs, Things that go together,...)


 

          Needle and threads unite to  weave magic for making our lives beautiful!



     The power of   the written word made possible by the invention of paper and pen needs no 

elaboration.They're  incredible chums made for each other.
    
      Friends, welcome here as always!

L IS FOR LANTERN


LINKED TO ABC WEDNESDAY



Friends, let me take this opportunity to position you back in history, around early nineteen forties. World War II had torn asunder humanity in the fire of hatred and  greed of territorial expansionism.  My dear father,(2nd world war veteran) was part of the British forces in Burma (now Myanmar) fighting the Japanese, who  had succeeded temporarily in taking control of BURMA. All of us know, how the war finally came to an end with the tragic bombing of twin JAPANESE cities of  Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

The lantern on the left,  was part of the family legacy. It was actually purchased from Burma by my late father during that period.  Later it's gifted to me by my parents.  Many  items with  'Made in Germany' label were available  there during those turbulent historic times.

My mother told me about a couple of similar lanterns  which lighted our house  during those days. I became conscious of their presence on the days of power black outs due to technical hitches. Later,  more convenient candles replaced these messy lanterns, as procuring kerosene became a job in itself. And these beautiful specimens of artistry were relegated to an Almira, meant for goods not in use.

For many years now, I got interested in its vintage qualities. It is approximately eighty years old and has  become partly rusty, simply because of neglect and over exposure to all types of weather conditions. In fact, now, I'm entranced by its its intricate structural looks. It is intact  in its every aspect, even after weathering the fangs of time. It is perfectly operational still.  That speaks volumes about the quality of  its workmanship. Made in Germany is embedded on its oil tank along with the word 'FEUERHAND' (visible in the close up image) in German. In a patterned circle on the tank, there is a logo depicting an outstretched hand with flames emanating from it. I'm thinking of ways to restore its beauty.



So friends, this is a slice of history, I take immense pleasure in sharing with you! 

Your thoughts on the subject are awaited!

Monday, September 29, 2014

OUR WORLD TUESDAY

TO PECK OR NOT TO PECK

After coming back to the unexpected humid heat of the plains at this time of the year, it's going to take some time to fall back to my routine of four months back. Back breaking cleaning and dusting sessions with the indifferent domestic help is an unpleasant reality of  modern day urban living. However my inability to manage my writing schedule irks  me considerably. Yesterday breaking free of the baggage of mundane chores, I headed for a short walk in the park close by Spotting a pair of placid pigeons  in  a thinking dilemma of 'to be or not to be', I clicked them forthwith to share the experience with you.



Friends, welcome here as always!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

SKYWATCH FRIDAY


 THROBBING REALITY

After coming back to Patiala from the verdant  hills, where sky watch provided myriad palette of gorgeous panoramic scenarios, the sky watch in the plains with its concrete structures is a different ball game altogether. The image below testifies this assertion.  To adjust and experiment with the changed circumstances take time.


Shot today at 9am in the morning


Here is a complex but interesting frame of urban living where the real life  pulsates  cheek by jowl with bottle brush bushes, curry leaves, a guava tree, a Christmas tree and (side of) a Pine seen in the fore ground. A gate painted black, an electric meter, an  AC, a water tank on the roof (far ahead) are positive signs of a growing economy. A lone dove perched on the electric pole completes  this colorful picture.

Friends,welcome here as always!  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THURSDAY CHALLENGE


TODAY'S THEME  IS:

 "CLOTHES" (Fancy, Plain, Worn, Colourful, Fashionable, Old,...)

SIMPLY HANGING CLOTHES




AN ASSORTMENT OF CLOTHES IN A WARDROBE AND A PERSONAL TOUCH !

FRIENDS, WELCOME HERE AS ALWAYS!

BLISS


LINKED TO ABC WEDNESDAY

K IS FOR KITTY


Friends, I'm back in my permanent abode in the plains, after spending four idyllic months in the  environs of Shivalik Hills in Himachal Pradesh. Whole lot of restructuring and adjustments are needed to be back in the reckoning of my favorite activities.

While peeping out through the entrance window pane, i chanced upon this blissful scene. I dared not go out to disturb that soulful sleep. So I clicked through the window pane. Strangely the face is half covered in the twisted forepaws



 Friends, welcome here as always!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BONDED




 SKYWATCH FRIDAY

 SKY AND SUN
































SHOT AT MID MORNING FROM MY BALCONY.

FRIENDS, WELCOME HERE AS ALWAYS!