Thursday, December 31, 2015


 'Y' is for New Year!

"Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow: 
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."

Very soon we'll be ringing in the New Year. The often-quoted Lord Tennyson’s verses ring in the New Year on a practical and joyful note. In fact, 2015 has gone by in a flash. It seems as if it was only yesterday when we were welcoming it the usual festive way and now ‘2016 is waiting at the threshold of time to enter  our lives so magnificently. Well, time has a speed post!

Truly, today is the right time to introspect about our good, bad days in the past year.  The best way is to recollect our successes and failures and draw some lessons there upon. The beginning of the New Year offers an opportunity to pledge ourselves upon the basis of stern convictions to make our lives more meaningful, enjoyable and happy. Everybody knows that in essence life is a challenge and a struggle. As  thinking beings, we instinctively aim to lead a worthy life by continuously endeavoring to make it more productive. For this to be possible, we need an attitudinal shift. We have to cultivate kindness, more inclusiveness as well as a helping attitude.

This apart, each morning presents a stepping-stone to plunge into something new to expand the existing state. I do believe that our life remains always in the process of becoming. It is never static. There are always possibilities galore to be explored and tried upon. The secret is to focus with mindfulness, whatever we take upon ourselves to do.

There is always a plethora of items on our wish list. Actually, it boils down to, how to achieve them.  Who needs to be told that the power to unleash our energies is within us and we are to inspire ourselves painstakingly. No doubt, there will be set backs because we are human and never would know the outcome of our choices. What we do recognize is that we’ve to put our heart and soul into any mission, which we are convinced about to be purposeful and worth pursuing.

Success will certainly match our efforts in the New Year beautifully. At least that is what we should hope for. I personally am resolving within myself to take positive steps to incorporate a healthy routine and stick to it religiously. This alone can enhance physical and mental wellness, which is the prerequisite for realizing one's dreams. 
 "All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives." — Steven Spielberg

 Friends,welcome here as always!

Linking to: abc wednesday

Thursday, December 24, 2015


                                         Merry Christmas To You All!

Sky and earth are always affectionately bonded!

From my archives. This sky view captured during mid morning walk at Philadelphia (PA) in the US, during our visit there in 2013.

Compact balcony fenced with iron railing at Kumarhatti (Shivalik Hills).Clicked in September 2015.

Friends, welcome here as always!

Friday, December 18, 2015


A boulevard type look of the entrance to the newly established University at a holy town, which we recently visited

My archives lent a helping hand in sharing this sky view. Captured at Philadelphia (PA) in the US in 2013 during our visit there. It is the backyard of the house from where i took the picture.

Friends,welcome here as always!

Linking to: Good Fences, Sky Watch Friday

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


 'W' is for 'Wait'

Don't mind, if I say we human beings are crazy creatures.  I think we're really like that.  Our minds possess treasures of boundless fecundity. Yet, it is no child's play to fathom its knotty, sometimes childish contours. Well, taking my own example of inactivity and languor for about a fortnight will suffice to make a point.

During the hangover of sorts, I tried hard but failed to prevail upon my whimsical inner being to take up its usual creative activities, which remained postponed for no reason. Believe me, my ubiquitous internal policeman was obstinately indulging in a chiding spree all the time. However, my mental space remained uninspired. 

Then something unexpected happened. Fortunately for me, I traveled to a holy town (Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo) in my state of Punjab, on an invitation to visit a newly established private University there.  Afterward, we visited the historical Gurudwara located there, which is one of the five sacred Takhats of Sikhs ( Seats of Temporal Authority) in India. While taking a round of the hallowed precincts in the company of throngs of devotees,  I experienced the feeling of elevating supreme energy and positive vibes enveloping the surroundings. Slowly and slowly I felt the veil of inertia and cynicism melting away. Long awaited spiritual resolution filled the mind zone liberating the inhibiting web. Such are the magical moments, which make the earthly journey of ours worth pursuing.
So, here I'm.

The entrance to the Gurudwara. The rush of the people on an ordinary day.

The sanctum sanctorum (above) where the devotees pay obeisance. On the left, on the dais are ragis (singers) singing Gurbani (sacred hymns). The process goes on throughout the day with ragis'  group getting replaced after a fixed time.

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The post is linked to:
ABC Wednesday,
Our World,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


 Won't you agree with my above statement? The innumerable graces, which the nature has bestowed upon us are mind blowing. What with majestic mountains, elegant hills, serpentine lakes, rivers and lively water bodies, forests harboring exotic natural beauty and protecting the animal kingdom, while safeguarding the ecological balance, the exquisite plants, imposing trees, resplendent blossoms, the scented,cool breeze of spring mornings, the monsoons rejuvenating the parched earth and smothered humans with the free elixir from above, the  mighty sun, the fountain head of all all natural growth, warming the chilled bones in winter, the summer outings for play and adventure, the moon lit nights,veiled in mysterious tender, romance and so forth. The list is long and indefinable. In the spirit of thanksgiving, shouldn't we be grateful for the overflowing benedictions of the Almighty, which are always available to us?

I waited till most of the buds opened themselves  up to capture them. This spread of chrysanthemums brightens the space across our boundary wall.

 In our backyard the small  flowering plant  adorns the space with its lovely persona. Its shadow is cute too!
The full moon capture of 25th November at 10 pm, while standing midway on the outside stairs of our house!

The sunset in the urban milieu. Funnily, I took this picture through the window pane of the dining area of our house.
Hope you like these images!

This post is part of:Our World Tuesday, image-in-ing ,wordless-wednesday

Nature Notes, Today's Flowers ,Outdoor Wednesday

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Here is my entry for the theme:

 A little bit of introduction to this picture: Yesterday I went to the city bazaar with the express purpose of clicking something in tune with the theme.Out of many possibilities, I chose this 'purse shop' as the image to share with you.

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Linking to:CDP Theme day