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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE....





"WE ALL ARE A LITTLE BROKEN.
          
      &; THAT'S OKAY."



 P is for people: We the people

Think!
We the people of the world:

Why brickbats and evils, at us are hurled?

Not yet forgotten legacy of gory past,
Pricks yet, with a penchant to forever last.

Merciless killings happen, and none is spared,
Religious bigotry is aggressively declared.

Threats, fears and intimidations do suck,
The resilient beings have even lost pluck.

Terrorists butcher people at will,
Misguided taste the bitter pill.

Power and lucre have snaked into life process,
Most feel as if living under duress.

Double speak and lies consume vitality,
World is being denuded of plurality.

Let’s spread the magic of life force,
Awaken sane voices derailed in mid-course.




 Flower thoughts alongside life thoughts.
These orange blooms are my home production. Looking good around railing,  space outside our boundary wall.


Another shot. They are growing in a long row along the railing.


Iris flower plants waiting to have blooms.



Friends,welcome here as always!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

EMBRACING THE WORLD IN BEAUTY




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  Shed no tear! O shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! O weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.
- John Keats


 Beaming and welcoming!


'O' is for 'opening up' for soothing our hearts and souls:



A few days ago i woke up to the enchanting and fresh smiles of this trio. This cactus variety blossoms twice a year but sadly its life is very short. By the evening it wilts. Yet 'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.' Keats

The close up showing  honey bees having a field day.


Lilies flowering in our yard.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

THE NAYSAYERS








'N' is for Naysayers:

You must have been conscious of the people around you, who are die-hard naysayers? Yes, we do come across many such specimens who are mean as well as skeptics. Well. We try to ignore them. Releasing them out of their deep-rooted pessimism is beyond any one’s capacity or patience. In fact, such deep-rooted habits stick till the end.The cynicism pattern becomes a part of their DNA. Such people are neither an asset to the company they work for nor the household they are part of.

One can characterize them as those who gloat over, when they succeed in putting a spoke in the wheels of others. They are the ones who are adept in finding faults.They show falsevehemence of disapproval to thwart the progression of proceedings.

They are bad workers who are aggressive and incompetent. Nothing is good enough for them. They generate negative vibes in the atmosphere. Well-meaning suggestions are beyond their megalomaniac propensities. They enjoy gloating satisfaction in putting hurdles in others' path. Such people have a great nuisance value. If they are your colleagues, they will make decision making hard for you. They will interject with flailing arms and raised volume of their voice. People are wary of dealing with them.

This category of people you can count among your close relations also. They envy your success and ‘don’t care’ attitude. One of the solutions is to avoid them. Stop allowing them to take advantage of your mild manners out of family courtesy. On the other hand, you can let them know not to mess up with you by standing your ground in conversations.

In your workplace also, you need to act, to show disregard for their pessimistic and exaggerated concerns. They would remain an eyesore, though. The naysayers have vast amounts of destructive energy. They are thick-skinned aggressive egoists. Let their tribe decrease!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SLICE OF HISTORY- GURUDWARA FATEHGARH SAHIB, SIRHIND





This historic Gurudwara located at Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind in the Indian state of Punjab is steeped in tragic  history. It was built to commemorate the martyrdom of two younger Sahibzadas (sons)  Baba Fateh Singh 9 and Baba Zorawar Singh 7, of Guru Gobind Singh ji- the 10th and last Guru of Sikhs. The two tender hearts were bricked alive in 1704 by the  orders of then Mughal Governor of Sirhind, Wazir Khan for refusing to embrace Islam.The wall where the execution took place has been preserved inside the main Gurudwara and is known as Gurudwara Bhora Sahib.- Wikipedia.
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Hubby and I had a deeply felt spiritual experience when we visited the place  last week . Sitting with  Sangat ( other visitors) in the Langar hall, to eat community lunch was memorable.

M is for Monument: Religious monument.


The main Gurudwara.



The covered entrance to the main Gurudwara.




Another view of the historic Gurudwara.




The  langar  building ( free kitchen) where devotees sit on mats spread on the floor to partake community  meals.




The arched entrance to the free kitchen named after tenth Guru's mother Mata Gujri.


The Fort like construct  was named as Thanda Burj ( cool Fort) where Mata Gujri along with her two grandsons was confined in extreme cold weather as a punishment. When Mata Gujri learnt about the sad news of the martyrdom of her younger grandsons, she collapsed. --Wikipedia.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SPRING HUNT YIELD

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning
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Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
- Sigmund Freud




Throughout the week, I's on the look out for some lovely spring specimens. However, I'd only venture out today.  My search brought some rewards.

'L' is for learning lessons:
Flowers give us life lessons of hope, patience and perseverance. As in cycle of seasons, so it is with with life and its occasional sufferings, nothing remains for ever.



My  neighbor's garden had this gorgeous beauty waiting to be captured.



 Morning sun  dazzles on the yellow rose in the park.



 Standing erect. Perhaps on guard duty.



 How the bottle brush blossoms compete with our material ones in looks.

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I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning
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I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning
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Monday, March 20, 2017

POT POURRI OF SPRING BLOOMS




Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' Robin Williams
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Spring is nature's way of saying "let's party."   Robin Williams


Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' Robin Williams
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Spring resides in an extraordinary kingdom. It is generous as it enriches the environment with generous beauty and magnificence. It is nature's bridal trousseau. It signals hope, joy and  positive affirmations.

I hit upon this spring bonanza simply by chance. Like sweet serendipity. Not from some extensive garden or some gorgeous park, but from the horse's mouth,  as they say. In fact, the captures are from a local nursery, where we went to buy sod for relaying our lawn.The colorful visual narrative there, was mesmerizing. I clicked and I clicked.
Sharing some selected ones from the collection.

    

























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Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH IS DIFFERENT








“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations







March is half way through and I find its features worth observing. It has distinct and significant qualities. For instance, it has elegance built into it. For one it ushers the much awaited change in weather. Finally, winter’s grueling months are over. We keep aside layers of clothing and heavy woolens. We for once breathe freely the fragrant breeze of March. Here comes spring’s wagon laden with the most loved nature’s blessing. Days become windy and lots of fragrance inundates the environment. Trees and vegetation sprout new tender leaves. Flowers vie with each other to bloom beautifully and mesmerize the on looker.



You take a walk and in most backyards, you witness the riot of color catching your attention. Blades of grass, which were hidden under the soil battered by cold, sneak out in their fresh green avatar. Sometimes an unexpected shower nourishes the tender vegetation and brings joy and happiness to plants. It is cloudy for a couple of days. You look up to see white patches of clouds making gorgeous patterns in the sky.



The dryness of winter disappears. Our skin feels smooth and naturally rejuvenated. March remains more or less sunny and yet it retains the nip in the air. Light woolens give comfort in the mornings and evenings. You still snuggle in the quilt at night.

Birds chirp cheerfully and romp about on the branches of trees. Squirrels seem to feel heavenly, while running races hidden in the spread of trees. Neem tree outside our house attracts birds for their special soirees.
 
Because February passes too quickly, March seems to be a very long month. It lingers. Its personality stands out, though.  It is comfortably warm but blowy.  Pleasant cool breeze plays with your face and hair.  You move out and your hairs swing in all directions.

Winter and autumn overlap in Punjab. As late as first week of March, some deciduous trees were still shedding leaves. Ground underneath the trees has sheets of crunchy dry leaves. Thankfully, it is over now.

On the other side, generous amount of pollen moves about in the atmosphere. People suffer from sneezes and mild fevers. It gives rise to bouts of allergies. However, everybody welcomes March for its bracing outdoor activities. March is different




On a rainy day the afterglow  of sunset lingered even at the late hour.


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