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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CARING IS DIVINE







Mother nature is beautiful, joyful and creates magic for us all the time.


  Location: Nature Cure Institute at Banglore.

 D is for Divine:

Caring Is Divine:


Caring is divine, warm and soothing,

It is affection, milky pure and blooming.


A mother’s caring carries this greatness

Unmindful of pain, is always ready for a harness.


Mother earth cares in bounties,

Thwarting the fallacious identities,

It wraps the universe in its caring fold,

Its regime forever has the global hold.

 
Mother country’s care transmits benevolence,

It disrupts skillfully all malevolence.

Mother Nature is a stalwart in caring,

It is magnanimous and practices ceaseless sharing.



Let's sustain  life's caring setting.

Let’s stop life destroying venom from spreading.        images courtesy google.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AUTUMN COLORS IN THE U.S.!







Shimmering colors of Autumn clicked in October, during our visit to the USA, a couple of years back. This used to be the captivating scene en route our daily evening walk. It's overwhelming to see an abundance of natural beauty there.

'C' is for Colors:




How the leaves gleam in the mild sunshine of the setting sun!






Soothing shades of the evenings!







Regal splendor of the shining tree standing in the front yard of our son's house in OHIO.




Pure golden sunlight in flames!



 Combination of green yellow and red.



Evening shot!






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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WINTER'S COLORFUL BONANZA



Winter's inimitable Art!

January's intense cold has been compensated by the luxury of gorgeous hues spotted in the park nearby. A week of blissful sunlight swept away the blues of hazy grey ambience of the previous weeks. The cheer of the smiling beauties uplifts the moods and takes away the inertia and lethargy, coaxing everyone to step out and enjoy the warmth of golden sunshine.


'B' is for bonanza:





Yellow is one of my favorite colors. It signifies strength, courage, and positivity.













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Thursday, January 11, 2018

A REMEMBRANCE



"The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of family."



'A'  is the first and foremost letter of the English alphabet. It starts another stimulating round of ABC Wednesday.

A is for 'A remembrance' which is extremely close to my heart.



It is in the month of January that I instinctively reminisce about my parents fondly. It was during this intensely cold month that they passed away though in different years. I’ve hung their pictures on one of the walls of my bedroom and when I turn right they come in full view. Hanging their pictures was a must. Who knows when I’d like to converse with them to share my moods, joys and life’s existential crises. These monologues always signify a subconscious desire, for them to intervene to encourage and to uplift.   You might say how selfish I‘m. Yes, I am. Please tell me, “Is there any soul in this universe before whom I can pour my heart out ever?”

My prompt is the thought that they are watching me wherever they are. A gratuitous reassurance! Can one buy it? Nah!

My parents' love for me was one-sided. They showered love abundantly and unconditionally. For me, it was just given. Could not be otherwise.  For that matter, not for me alone. They were endearing towards my children as well.

Both my parents believed in simple living and practiced high values. They were honest to a fault. They worked hard and believed in absolute truthfulness and righteous action. I’m grateful that they instilled these virtues in their children too.

Mom and Dad were a God-fearing couple. Every morning after bathing, faithfully, Dad would recite Gurbani (hymns) from a (gutka) small sacred booklet. In the evenings, he’d go through a special recitation from the same. I recall listening to him many a time when young. Mom knew the (shabads) hymns by heart and sang while being busy in kitchen chores.

Dad served in the army. He was a Second World War veteran and fought the Japanese in Burma (now Myanmar) as part of allied forces. He was tall and railroad straight. Because of his army background, he was very active and would be fully dressed up in the morning itself. He always seemed to me the most handsome man in the world.

There was a funny anecdote, which went round in our household when I’s a toddler. To tease me they’d ask me repeatedly whom I would marry when I grew up. Everybody giggled at my expected answer that I’d marry Dad, leaving me in utter confusion.

If a daughter could be friends with her father then I can say I’s so. My Dad participated in all the milestones of my life.  He accompanied me to the first school of my life as a four-year-old. I recall hazily how I clung to him crying to be taken back home.

He chaperoned me for my first interview for a teaching job. After my selection, he went along with me when I’s to join posting in a city college away from home. He managed proper arrangements for my board and lodging.

He introduced me to my future husband and allowed our occasional outings together. We shopped together for purchasing stuff for starting my new home. We selected my wedding dresses together. My mom told me later how he cried after I left for my in-law's place after the marriage ceremonies.

My mom’s role in my life was obviously maternal. I marvel at her courage, large - heartedness and ‘expecting nothing’ attitude. The backbreaking chores she went through to bring up her family were never recognized.  I think that was the culture then. Mothers were expected to be like that.

Even in her absence, she remains a steadfast lighthouse and anchor, always there for me in my thoughts. We had a deep bonding with each other. Whenever I think of her, I feel her presence around me.

My only regret is that I never voiced my admiration for my parents. I took all their affections for granted. I was thoughtless. I do believe though that they always knew about my loyalty towards them.  They shared their concerns with me and valued my advice.

I cherish in my subconscious, countless stories of their magnanimity and pure love but that will take humongous time to unfold.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

FOLLOW NEW YEAR PLEDGES WITH ZEST !



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"What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life."

                                                         -Bertrand Russel                                      






 Z is for Zest:


One of my NEW YEAR pledges is to do with zest and gusto, whatever I take up to do. Must muster up courage to succeed. Set reminders to prevent slackness. Be focused. Foil the tendency to avoid difficult tasks by throwing common excuses. “I’ve to do this or that and have no time.”

Such an attitude often gives birth to the malady of procrastination. It weakens our resolve to prepare for  tough jobs and ends up ruining all schedules.
  
Writing Time

Take for example the craft of writing. It certainly is hard. None can help. It starts and ends with you. Unless you brace yourself with steely resolve and set time, you can achieve nothing. The soft option of postponing is ruinous. With single-minded approach, a lot one can accomplish!
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 Regular Exercise

Think of the New Year promise of exercising regularly. All conscious individuals are aware of its benefits for healthy mind and body. Yet we fail to chart a select exercise regimen. What we require is a wholehearted approach to make this a ‘must do activity’. For that, one has to develop zest and doggedness to achieve the set goals. Tremendous will power and enthusiasm do yield astonishing results.

Proper Diet

A very important part of our life is proper diet for better health. I believe most of us have some health issue or the other. Accordingly, certain foods are recommended for consumption. Certain foods we need to avoid for better health. Yet frequently we succumb to  the attraction of salt and sugar loaded eatables. The preservatives and coloring substances of processed foods harm our metabolism. We end up popping pills to neutralize the damage done to our system.
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 Meditation

The practice of daily meditation goes a long way in reducing tensions in our lives. Our stressed lives lead to many illnesses. In terms of person-hours, wastage is enormous. Our medicine cabinets are overflowing with bottles, pillboxes and strips of tablets. It amply illustrates the state of our physical well being. Even ten minutes of daily meditation can work wonders in calming your mind.

  Gratefulness

Make it a point of thanking God for all the blessings He has showered upon us. Look at the less privileged and note how happy they are in spite of certain deprivations. 

For a full and productive life, we must cultivate these and many more healthy habits.  Success is the  synthesis of mind, body and intellect.
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Give yourself permission to enjoy life:It is unlikely anyone else will do so.
                                                                                         -Colin wright






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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CDP THEME DAY




The challenge for Jan '18 is: Picture of the year!
No words needed. The picture tells a tale!!

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                                                                                                                   image courtesy "The Times of India"
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