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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

OCTOBER: THE HARBINGER OF CHANGE



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In October the days sparkle with the clear blue sky and the moon and twinkling stars adorn the cool nights.



                                                        The stately Neem in the neighborhood
                                             
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In October, the weather is on the threshold of change. It can be rightly called a month in transit. It leaves behind the humidity and wetness of the monsoons and proceeds to bring crispy breeziness of autumn.

Residents open the doors and windows of their houses to let the dry air pass through to freshen up the indoors. Cupboards remain open for a few hours to drive out the moisture of stored clothes and all sorts of linen. The doors and windows, which were giving trouble in opening and closing because of the absorption of moisture and some swelling in the rainy season, get relief and are back into proper shape.  The dry air helps the sticky mold to lose its blackened presence on the outside walls and corners, which don’t get enough sunlight. The varied aromas of the fast approaching autumn replace the unpleasant smells of the prolonged monsoons. 


                   Singleton myna seems intent on the wiggling grub.
                                                 
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In October, the mornings usher soothing coolness. One feels like lingering in the driveway to get the feel of the change in the weather. Though the day temperature keeps you in, evenings again invite you to step out for a walk. Thankfully, the ACs have been switched off till the next summer and ceiling fans on low speed during daytime suffice.




In North India, there is no shedding of leaves yet. The trees, bushes, and plants actually look bright green and seem to be thriving still. My Neem tree outside our boundary wall has its greenness intact. It welcomes all sorts of birds in its aromatic fold. Yesterday I saw mynas and hoopoes pecking joyfully in our front lawn and flying away quickly at my approach. They perch safely on the extended branches of the Neem and land again at the first chance. Mornings are afloat with their peculiar chirps and cheeps.

In fact, October is the ideal travel month in North India. There are very many touristy places waiting to be explored by the travel-hungry and the adventure lovers.



                              
                               Durga Puja in progress       the hindu.com
                                          
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October is also a festive month. Festivals like Navratras, Dushehra and Durga Puja keep the believers in grace while they visit sacred temples far and near to pay their obeisance to gods and goddesses.

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                             Pumpkin festival in the west           Google image
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In the West, October displays blazing autumn for the onlookers to feast their eyes on. The festive spirit generated by Halloween thrills and excites everyone. The pumpkin displays outside most of the houses some with artistically cut faces to make way for the lamps to be lighted inside extend an invitation to walk around the neighborhood.

                               Autumn hues of October in the US.

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October has special sights, sounds, aromas and charms to make us miss it every year.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NATURE NEEDS NO REMINDERS




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Different aspects of phenomenon called NATURE in images below!!



Nature follows a perfect calendar. Have we ever doubted the appearance of the sun in the morning or the presence of the moon at night? Have we ever given a thought to the fact that seasons change on their own without any efforts on our part? Some overlapping there may be but the fundamentals remain the same.



Man’s relatedness to nature goes back to how many millennia, is difficult to guess. Even when man evolved exponentially, his kinship with nature grew stronger. His survival largely depends on nature’s bounties. Air, water, light, soil, plants, trees, warmth and energy sustain man’s life. Undoubtedly, nature all along has remained integral to man’s existence on earth.


It is axiomatic that man does not live for bread alone. God the creator had a unique plan for man to grow and lead a pleasurable life on this planet. Nature provided him with gorgeous spectacles! The mind-blowing Milky Way, vast open spaces, thick forest covers, countless flora and fauna, awe-inspiring oceans and mountains, amazing plateaus and plains and numerous bounteous gifts for his enjoyment- a testemony to His largesse vis- a- vis man.

Most of all nature endowed man with a super intellect. This intelligence, he uses to further his exploratory and risk-taking instincts.  He never feels fully satisfied and remains always in the act of becoming. Man’s imagination has transformed some aspects of the natural phenomenon for the benefit of humankind. To ward off complacency and test his resilience and endurance nature sometimes creates catastrophic situations. To find the solutions to humungous problems fuel his brainpower to battle unpleasant dynamics of life. Nature’s variety and challenges ensure that man might not self-destruct with boredom.






 Below a blazing emblem of autumn!



Man can only prosper if he lives closer to nature as it protects and heals!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

MORNING GLORY







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When I came back home after about three months absence, these perennials were in a pitiable condition.  Dry and withered they looked. I got them snipped completely from above the soil.  On the third day, I witnessed a wonderful scene when I went out first thing in the morning. There was a profuse upsurge of the stems with tiny buds on top. And the next day this morning glory opened up in full strength spreading its magic all around. Nature surely cast its spell with the flowering white beauties!


Early morning when they're in the process of opening up their petals in response to the sun!



This and below pics taken with different angles!








The white rose bush was growing in our complex in the hills. The rose stood neat, erect and serene!




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Monday, September 24, 2018

'LIGHT' IS THE WONDER OF WONDERS!






"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."                                        
Walt Whitman
                                              




                             Sunrise at a place in southern India.



‘Light’ is the wonder of wonders that creates an incredibly fascinating phenomenon. The reality of light displays multiple facets enfolding the charismatic character of the cosmos.  For one it denotes the powerful universal life-giving truths. Humankind is blessed to witness the enchantingly calm and serene dawn light, uplifting daylight, a distinct and mind-blowing light of the rising sun, the blazing light patterns of the setting sun, the mysterious twilight hues, the celestial moonlight and sometimes the inky dark light of the night.


                 
             Full moon clicked from the verandah of our home at Patiala.


Moon’s pale golden light is a marvel. It is the night light to the world. The moonlit nights are the loveliest and have myriad romantic connotations. The poets have explored the depths of their imagination to describe the beauty and grandeur of the moon's mystery.

Moon is a photographer’s delight the way it passes through many phases to attain its final circular shape. To take a walk in the moonlit night is an experience indescribable! Watching 'THE TAJ'(one of the wonders of the world) at Agra in moonlight feels bewitchingly out of this world. The moon figures as ‘CHANDA MAMA’ (uncle moon) in children's stories and lullabies. This nature's lamp is both awe-inspiring and magnificence incarnate!


            
Autumn's blazing colors in the afternoon's golden sunshine in the US.


Sunlight is dynamism personified- a force unique. It is a giver of life to all organisms. During summers, it scorches but is a boon in winters. Wintery days morph into a paradise of sorts with golden yellow sunlight embracing the space all around.



For the first time could click a lightning flash from the coutryard of our house.


Then there is the creepy sudden streak of light, which precedes thunder on rainy days. The flash of scary bright light in the sky is one of the awesome mysteries of nature and does need no explanation.

Man’s super brainpower has learned to generate electric light from water from coal and from sunlight. The simple electric bulb whose light we take for granted is like a ‘miniature sun’ at night. It has revolutionized our lives even beyond imagination.

Nature’s bountiful light sources together with man’s God-given innovative abilities for creating light are enough reasons to label man as God’s favorite creation.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

INNER JOURNEY IS AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR








Inner journey creates possibilities for unchartered journeys.



Our inner voice goads us to listen to the call of yonder mountains.




INNER JOURNEY IS AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR                             




Human psyche’s veiled corridors,

Nurture an inner voice.

A lurking quiet force,

A shadowy presence that rules,

Pokes, as well as admonishes.

Perhaps the inner voice is more of

A guiding lighthouse,

Going back and forth eternally.   

Sneaking deep into mind’s keyhole,

Living, reliving moments never told.

It's spell catapults a thinking mind

To heights hitherto unassailable. 
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Isn’t it that man is the chosen one?

To play God’s magic on earth. 



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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IMAGES: MONSOON SCENARIO AMIDST HILLS



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"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."  
Rabindranath Tagore.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore
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We're witnessing the fag end of monsoon season in the hills, where we're putting up these days. Below are a few pictures of nature's spectacle, clicked during the week.




Dark clouds holidaying.
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Pines and sundry vegetation in our complex.

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A spider's web held me spellbound in the morning.
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                                                                        Afternoon shot during a walk.

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 Joyful lush green valley overlooking our balcony.
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A thin sheet of mist engulfing the peak of the hill, while the sun tries to wriggle out.
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The greyish sheet of clouds that stays the whole day.

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Purple hues adorn our lawn.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

HEART O HEART!!





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From my archives: Autumnal scene (in the US) charms the heart!


"Your heart is the most powerful organ. It breaks, heals and becomes stronger again."


It is your heart!


Let it be never caged.

Let its potent vision be never grazed.

Let it articulate its smoldering spells.

Let it not throttle its cathartic swells.

Let it smash the toxic social bonds,  

Let not its tenderness with pretense downed.

Let it flourish in a swirl of loving kindness,

Let it receive the sensations of warm-heartedness.

Let it smile to wean the miseries away,

Let it smoothen muddles that bind night and day.

Let not its heartstrings be ever incommunicado,

Let them burst with courage, faith, and bravado.

Let it not be messed up by gibes and prickles,

It’ll surely transcend the inane and the fickle.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

OUR GREEN WORLD





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Human race or any other living organism would not have survived but for the blessed green world around us. God has been kind and thoughtful  to gauge our needs and make provisions accordingly. Nature’s mammoth powers have bestowed upon us overwhelming variety, which nudges our exploratory tendencies forever.



Nature’s benedictions in the form of everyday wonders act as a source of eternal joy, hope, and inspiration. Our green cover is an indescribable reservoir of God’s gifts. It is our lifeblood.  Just imagine its absence. The thought itself is menacing. Man and all other organisms would go extinct.


The green world encompasses in its fold the treasures such as trees, bushes, plants, flowers, herbs and countless forms of vegetation.

The food chain of crops, vegetables, fruits etc. provide nutrition to humans and animals for sustenance.



Miracles of the green world are immeasurable.

Greeneries are great purifiers. They release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Thus, maintain a hugely beneficial eco system. Life without the green world is unthinkable.

The beauty of nature has been a beacon of inspiration for artists of all hues. The poetic world would have been bereft of the masterpiece “The Daffodils” had not Wordsworth seen them dancing merrily in the breeze at the bank of a lake.


Where would the birds, the squirrels, the bees and the butterflies have built their habitats sans green world? The cicadian notes would have been missing from the shadowy evenings. The mysterious cacophonic orchestra of the innumerable insects and other species, which reside in its midst, numbing our senses would have disappeared altogether.

Aren't the plants necessary for our wellbeing and happiness? They hold enormous possibilities for the good of humanity.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

FASCINATING CLOUDY FORMATIONS





"The best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain."               
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

We're putting up amidst Shiwalik hills these days. Here the rainy season is in full swing. It rained torrentially yesterday. Extensive landslides together with the uprooting of trees happened. The authorities are doing their utmost to provide relief to the affected.

One is helpless in the face of nature's fury. Yet life moves on!

Pictures ( below) taken during the week of multiple vignettes of the monsoon skyline!


F is for Fascinating:


The thick clouds are barring the sun from making its appearance. Yet cleverly the sun wriggles out now and then to spread its brilliance. Clicked early morning today!












The hills engulfed with mist after a generous bout of showers.



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