Tuesday, May 14, 2019

THANK YOU NATURE FOR THE CHANGING SEASONS.






"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."    -                 George Santayana




Now we are nearing the end of spring. Most of the flowerbeds show dry seed pods ready for storing if you are into sowing seeds for future saplings.

Fortunately, gulmohars in our area are resplendent with orange colored delicate bunches of flamboyant blooms. They provide a visual feast that is noticeable even from a distance. Their flower-laden branches, filter through the spread of other trees to mesmerize the initiated. Wherever you sight a gulmohar these days, you’ll find it in full bloom.

Frankly speaking, nature has ensured that there is not a dull moment in our lives. The change of seasons, though we take it for granted is the greatest benedictions of all. When we are amidst one we look forward to the next. The cycle goes on and on earnestly and regularly. The yearly clock of nature never wavers or pulls a long face even in trying conditions. It brings back wholesome equilibrium soon enough. Just imagine our misery if we had wintry conditions the year round. We’d be crazy with boredom. The world will be peopled with intolerance, conflicts and what not. The idea itself is scary.

I salute the utilitarian forces of nature for gifting us happiness, joy and lasting bliss. If there is something amiss, the fault lies with us.


....

Here are some images of blooming gulmohars in our area captured during the week!













Friends welcome here as always!

Sharing with:
ABC Wednesday 
Our World 
image-in-ing 
Nature Notes 
My corner of the world 






Wednesday, May 8, 2019

RADIANT MORNINGS PROMPT IMAGINATIVE POURINGS





R is for Radiant.

Some remnants recalled of past experience:


You encounter a sanctified world if by chance you wake up early in the morning one fine day. All at once, you realize wistfully the magic you had been missing all the while. The sensuous and eerie silence of the early hour suffused with strange rhythmic otherworldly sounds engulf you into a session of divine reverie. The extraordinary hour resonates with endowments which nature has thoughtfully reserved for us. The tumultuous turmoil of the existential odyssey temporarily goes off the radar of the mind. The privileged moments steeped in uncanny spirituality lifts the self above the drudgery of daily life.


The unseen aura of pious vibes around you in the early mornings does what the unusual flavor of some ancient potion is meant to do i.e. to energize the sagging spirits and inert limbs.


Slowly the mystery of the hour is embellished with the humbling cacophony of invisible avian families starting the day with those enigmatic choruses. Yet they deepen the nuttiness of the special time zone. Your immersion in the piety of the hour is short-lived, though. Soon hypnosis caused by the unique experience is intruded upon by the creepy sounds of the waking world.


The soft blazing hues appear imperceptibly in the east. The sun’s brightly lit chariot is on its way. The strangeness evaporates giving way to sensing the exigencies of another day to be lived with renewed vitality and positivity.

It is well said: "One small positive thought in the morning can change the whole world."


PS. Missed writing posts for two consecutive weeks due to the visit of dear ones.

Friends welcome here as always!



Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers






Sharing with: 
 

Friday, April 19, 2019

OLD IS GOLD




Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers


google image


O is for 'Old is Gold.'

Sorry for posting late. Sometimes it takes a while to zero in on a topic. Yet here I'm:


The proverb “Old is Gold” has always enjoyed a kind of universal endorsement in everyday conversations. Without going into the history of its emergence, it can be safely asserted that it has sustained its significance in subtly enfolding in its rhymed persona some acclaimed truths. It evidently epitomizes the wisdom of centuries propounded by some great soul. Let’s widen our discussion by first trying to understand its meaning.

“Old is Gold” subsumes under its sagacious canopy that old things have priceless value not measured by any prevalent benchmarks. Antique furniture, old artefacts, ancient architecture of famous monuments, old designs and quality of textiles , old friends, strong family bonds and ancient corridors of learning et all are fantastic testimony of our ancestors' fertile imagination, utilitarian outlook, deep intellect, intense creativity, loads of patience and single-minded devotion to explore  every avenue of life.

Taj Mahal at Agra India, a marvel of enchanting beauty.

For example, ancient alternative medicine Ayurveda’s herbal potions with proven medical benefits signify and manifest the glory of the past. There used to be a few ailments, a lot more contentment, and positivity. The hollowness of individualism has not yet crept into the human psyche.

Most of us will agree that our past too was undoubtedly a golden period of new ideas. The scientists and mathematicians of the past grappled with the hypothesis and did intensive experiments and laid the foundations of future researches in specific fields. Their footprints paved the way for unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos. The past intellectuals left a path-breaking legacy that helped the present day researchers to have a foothold rather than start from scratch.

Their visions and painstaking efforts in diverse fields acted as vanguards for modern technological advancements. Our life in the 21st century is so different from the past still we keep singing paeans of the virtues of good old days.

In some respects, old will be cherished as something very sacred. Simultaneously we realize how much the present day innovative miracles have revolutionized our lives in a manner unimagined even half a century back.

Human life is unique with unlimited possibilities. Man will keep evolving to mind-blowing heights. Yet the continuity of past with the present and future will remain and there will never be an absolute break.

Friends welcome here as always! Pl.share your perspective on the subject. 

Sharing with:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

NATURE’S BRIDAL WEAR

Bottle Brush in bloom.




Spring is nature’s bridal wear and offers an incredible visual feast. Indeed everywhere around you be it parks or flowerbeds maintained by residents or trees lining the roads, spring’s sparkle is unmistakably there. Mesmerizing sights of spring’s freshness overwhelm the responsive onlooker.

Spring’s arrival has finally bid adieu to lingering remnants of winter. People are feeling upbeat and thronging the roads for evening walks in the cool breeze.

Let’s soak spring’s riot of colors till the summer is upon us with its heat waves and scorching sun elevating temperatures to sweaty limits.






Lilies in their prime in my front yard.



A profuse presence of fully rounded marigolds at a religious place.


A richly budding mango tree in our neighborhood. I'm expecting cuckoo's arrival from her secure abode any time now since her visit coincides with the emergence of buds on mango trees.






Curry plant growing outside our boundary wall is donning glistening green leaves once again. I's missing their exotic flavor in my curry, rice pulao, and some other dishes. 

 Friends welcome here as always!

Sharing with:
image-in-ing
Our World 
Pictorial Tuesday 
ABC Wednesday 
All Seasons 
Nature Notes 
My corner of the world 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

MONDAY MINDSET








When I’s thinking of an M word, in a flash it occurred to me why not write about Monday itself. Being the first day of the week, it is infused with uncharted seeds of significance

“‘The names of the days of the week were coined in the Roman era in Greek and Latin.” In the case of Monday as “day of the moon.” Wikipedia.

Based on my experiences and observations, Sunday has always been the busiest day- a total workday. However, it is not so with Monday. It is the vanguard of the week. It sets the tone of the week ahead. It is as good as axiomatic to say if you plan your Mondays well your whole week will take care of itself as the most productive one.

Monday is the first born of the week as precious as the first child in a loving family is. Remember the nurturing, which goes into helping the child to grow into a great human being. Similarly, if we schedule our Mondays earnestly, we’d be far ahead of others who resent Mondays as strict taskmasters.

Monday is relaxing in a different way. Your body feels energetic and light simultaneously after Sunday’s ‘me time’ indulgences of pedicure, manicure and a luxurious bath. Your hair shining and bouncy after proper shampooing gives you a dapper and more confident look.

Your wardrobe organized with properly folded and freshly ironed clothes (Sunday’s labor) offers a wide choice for looking smart on Monday wherever you’re heading to.

Whether at home or at your workplace you are highly focused, being yet free from the overload of the coming days.

One is also relatively stress-free on Mondays minus any piled up tasks and ready for challenges.

Monday signifies fresh start with unimaginable possibilities for achieving wonders during the week. It is like a clean slate to write anything upon.

If you love beginnings of every aspect of life, you're bound to acquire self-motivation and achieve fulfillment in whatever you undertake to do.

Friends welcome here as always!

Sharing with:


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

“LAUGH AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU, WEEP AND YOU WEEP ALONE.”





The above proverb has its origin in Ella Wheeler’s poem ‘SOLITUDE’ (1883). An American novelist STANLEY GORDEN WEST gives a slight variation to it in his novel ‘GROWING AN INCH” by saying “SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU, CRY AND YOU CRY ALONE.”

Whatsoever!

Our life experiences teach us that people converge around a person who has a cheerful nature and shun the one who is a sob storyteller. When you are having good times people will enjoy your company, laugh at your jokes and even try to flatter you. You would be in great demand in get-togethers if you can narrate humorous incidents or satirize people in subtle ways.

This reminds me of Alexander Pope’s mock-epic poem “THE RAPE OF THE LOCK” which lampoons British aristocracy and high society and the hypocrisies of those days.  Its enjoyable reading makes you chuckle off and on.

Coming back to our theme of people liking your company when your life is in the ascendancy and deserting you in adversity is common indeed. We console ourselves by uttering these oft-quoted clichés like ‘this is the way of the world’ or ‘life is like that’.  Yet it is painful no less to be left alone when facing misfortune or bad times. Such an outlook only reflects our selfishness and insensitivity to sufferings of others. It is, of course, a sad state of human bonding. Is it so fake and fickle? How easily one forgets the fact, that hardships can come about on anybody without notice! Maybe serious introspection to analyze our behavior Vis Vis others in trouble can lead to some changes in our attitude.


google image

On the other hand, we cannot overlook the established facts that laughter is immensely advantageous to our overall wellbeing. It reduces stress hormones, stabilizes blood pressure, and unlocks the dormancy of our system.
   
                   “He who laughs, lasts!”       Mary Pattibone Poole

Laughter triggers the release of body's natural feel-good chemical endorphins, which results in the creation of optimism in our lives. It boosts our moods and brings enthusiasm and zest for productive living.

A good laugh opens up blood vessels and improves blood flow keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. Thus promoting longevity.

It diffuses tense situations and conflicts and improves relationships. One tends to forget all worrisome situations while surrendering to the act of laughter.

Laughter touches our soul by blowing away all negative emotions.

It is a magical medicine, which is fun, free and forever available.

It exercises the body, burns calories and helps in weight loss.

When we were children, we would laugh in guffaws but as adults, we shy away from laughing even when the situation is funny. Sad indeed!

Let’s indulge in genuine laughter in our daily encounters with life.  This wonderful but short journey of ours is replete with precious hilarious moments too. We have to do it for our mental, emotional and physical wellness.

Friends welcome here as always! 


Linking to:
 ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes 


.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWING



"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world."

Albert Einstein



ABC Wednesday’s prompt letter K for this week made me pick ‘Knowledge and Knowing’ to discourse upon. These two interesting K words aroused my curiosity to explore the two concepts and their semantics. This doesn’t however, mean that I’m going to philosophize and talk scholarly about less traveled realms. It is nothing of the kind. I simply wish to comprehend the difference between the usage of the two.

Knowledge to my mind is the huge database stored in our minds, gathered from books, internet searches, information received during formally educating ourselves, the information imparted through print, electronic media and ever-increasing other sources being developed in the modern technological world. Knowledge though vast is taken as finite and quantifiable.

However, knowing, as I understand is entirely different. It is an experience that is personal, subjective, and infinite.  Knowing has depth and is experienced like mindfulness. It is like waking meditation. It helps to unwind, to find joy and to promote uncommon mental upswings. It is not 2+2=4.  It is very private and without boundaries.

Here I take a simple example of my special bonding with a creature, who is endearing. Surprisingly I love squirrels and keep them in high regard. They are my all weather friends. Occasionally my rendezvous with them happens when I go for a walk in an adjacent park filled with trees, shrubs, flower patches etc. Soon after I enter the park and take a few steps, invariably, I encounter a pair of squirrels hopping and frolicking on the pavement in front of me. It seems as if they recognize me and take me as their admirer. Joyfully and teasingly, they lead me bouncing and stopping alternatively to match my speed. To tease them back I make a sudden jump towards them and Lo with lightning quickness, they make an effortless and lovingly graceful long jump onto the sturdy trunk of a Neem tree.

Their frolicking and romping spree continues as if to entertain me and attract my attention further. My focus narrows down to their antics. Totally, inspired I feel feathery light. I experience their experience. My observation parameters reach optimum levels and I feel a transient seeping in of energized otherworldliness. The baggage of cynicism sweeps away. A new me enthused to make my day the most productive one emerges. The peak of gladness in the sun-filled ambiance rubs in on me. I come back refreshed, relaxed and eager to go. Such moments I think are knowing moments.

This perhaps is knowing, something very distinct from knowledge and very original.


Friends pl. share your perspective on  it! 

Sharing with:

ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes
                                        

Friday, March 15, 2019

JUDGING OTHERS VIS-A VIS JUDGING ONESELF






"The happiest people I know are evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy people are usually evaluating and judging others."





Don’t you think it would be a lot proper to judge oneself rather than others? Evidently, judging others is entertaining and doesn’t require any effort. I think it is also a transitory image upliftment. But judging oneself is like questioning one’s ego, which is something unpleasant, to say the least. Our sense of self acts as a thick-skinned obstructionist when faced with censure. It tries all sorts of excuses to thwart the critic inside and outside. However; one should realize that criticizing others without knowing them fully is not something to be appreciated.

On the other hand, a healthier option is learning to assess one’s own responses while interacting with others. In fact, such an evaluation can prove to be a means of personal upward growth and the makings of a better human being.

The Wise assert the need to devote some time at the end of the day to debate internally and do self-appraisal of the activities and impressions of that day. This practice if followed earnestly goes a long way in enhancing the good and eliminating the undesirable aspects of one's personality.

To start with, becoming conscious of one's day to day dealing with the world helps in gaining self-knowledge. For example, we face numerous situations, some of which can possibly annoy us a lot, and our reaction can be anger and loud talking. If you have made self-scrutiny a habit you’d automatically follow an approach, which is less emotional and more thoughtful i.e., your previous experiences in similar situations, would guard you against harmful rejoinders.

Here, I’ll share a specific example of learning to relate to house cleaners, gardeners and garbage collectors etc., where I live. I can vouch based on my experiences, how defensive these people get if pointed out about their deficient work. With all the twists and turns in their arguments, the blame would finally rest on the perceived instructions of the house owner. My tested conclusions teach me to never argue with these people as they act ultra-sensitive. Judging them is a futile exercise and counterproductive.

We live in a complex world. Judging or deriding others pollutes the mind.  To steer life in the right direction by adhering to one's core values is itself a matter of joy.

Sharing with:
ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

NATURE HAS AN INFORMAL PERSONA.






“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.





Nature is informal:
 Early spring blooms.
Nature is informal and yet committed to perform its acts most diligently.
It has its own perfect calendar. It manifests itself accordingly, without any coercion or coaxing. The sun regularly rises in the morning and sets in the evening. We hardly give it a thought. Everything happens spontaneously. Empty formalities have no place in its workings.  Nature is colossal of inconceivable substances.

 Clicked autumn colors during a visit to the US.

Nature has a unique persona. Seasons change without any ceremony. No chance ever of irreparable disruption in its track record. Rather it is so benevolent that it takes on itself to entertain us with its mind-blowing variety. There is no dull moment in its template. Its infinite benedictions create positive orientation in our lives.  Its oceans, rivers, streams, canals and a network of all sorts of water bodies; its mountains, hills and awesome gorges, its forest wealth and its enchanting flora and fauna have, in fact, made possible human evolution to its grandest proportions. 


 Winter scene but for mynas it hardly matters.


Nature is a great educator. Our lives pass through a medley of situations. Some joyful and, some highly provoking and worrisome. Nature teaches us to persevere and be patient.

    Flowering Gulmohar in our neighborhood.


We relate to nature in all its phases. Summers open doors for adventure and outings, spring provides immense joy and riot of colors, autumn offers a fantastic spectacle of golden burnished leaves. Winter stands for hope and renewal.

Nature’s philanthropy has no boundaries. Everything it projects is a gift. It cares not for any reward. It cements our faith in ourselves amidst deceit, lies, and selfishness proliferating around. It personifies all that is wonderful in life.

If there are some negative episodes, like natural calamities, they are minuscule compared to its infinite boons.


Friends welcome here as always. 



Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers






Sharing with:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

GREEN IS GREAT










All four major colors highlight the world so beautifully in their multiple shades.  Yet I’d say green is my favorite. Whenever I buy clothes for myself, I examine my shopping first thing on reaching home. It always surprises me to find the prominence of green tints in most of them. Then I realize I instinctively love green hues more than any other color.

Green is a vibrant color loaded with luster and freshness. It is the creation of the merger of two greats: yellow and blue. Green is special because of its versatile symbolism and widespread usage in our daily life. It is the color of nature. It signifies renewal, rebirth, and brilliance. Imagine the intoxicating emergence of greenery showing its lush wealth of myriad shades after the arrival of spring’s queenly presence. The jaw-stopping spectacle of soothing and bright ambiance, which follows, generates an unexplainable tug at the heartstrings.  


The charm of the resurgence of greenery after the merciless onslaught of winter inebriates the senses of the initiated. When the vegetation thrives with the benedictions of spring, the lush greenery gives the message of eternal hope of better days, which always lie in wait. For humanity, green surroundings work like magic to revive the sagging spirits. Forgetting all disappointments the mood is charged with exuberance for the life process.  Plants, trees, flowers and all vegetation buoys our resolves while soothing our perceptions and diluting our prejudices.
.....

Here are some instances of how the color green participates in our cultural paradigms. Green’s inferences are an important part of our phraseology with interesting semantics.

Indian national flag called the tricolor (Tiranga) has three horizontal bands. Topmost is saffron, the middle is white with a dharma chakra in its center and the last is green. Here green embodies fertility, growth, and sacredness.
 
google images both.
Medical research has made us aware that green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, mustard greens, kale etc. are a reservoir of micronutrients essential for our good health. They contain potent antioxidants, which strengthen our immunity against many serious ailments.

'Go green' is a campaign to preserve and safeguard our environment and plants against dreadful emissions.

'A Greenhorn' is the one who is yet raw and inexperienced. These days business houses train the greenhorns according to the requirements of the job.

The somewhat negative implication has the expression ‘to be green with envy’.  Not a great feeling of course.


You get the 'green light' when authorities give permission for starting some new project to the concerned company.

'Go green or turn green' is a look of sickness needing attention.

'The village green' is an area in the periphery of the village, which is not supposed to be disturbed with any building activity.

'Greenbacks' the name of the currency, which is always in the ascendancy, is slang for the US dollars.

'Green card' to acquire which gives sleepless nights to aspiring immigrants in the US.

I must mention the emerging preference for green tea all over the globe. Its anti-oxidant properties are making it a winner in the fraternity of various varieties of teas.

I admire the perseverance of the people with a 'green thumb' who create beautiful home gardens with utmost dedication.

There’re many more phrases but I feel this much will suffice for now.


Friends welcome here as always! 

Sharing with:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MARIGOLD FLOWERS SIGN IN FOR SPRING







Waiting for the colors of spring to inundate our lives with beauty and joy!


On February 10, here in India, we celebrated "Basant Panchami”. It is one of the sacred days in the yearly calendar. People weather cold wintry conditions to take dips in holy rivers and offer prayers to goddess Saraswati.

In northern India, young boys fly kites and make merry as the educational institutions are closed. People wear yellow colored dresses in tune with the golden spectacle of sheets of blooming yellow mustard plants in the fields. The spirit of joyful abandon is palpable in the air. Sweet rice prepared with yellow food color and saffron threads is a traditional dish associated with this festival.
Mustard blooms, courtesy Wikipedia
Culturally it signifies the preparation for the advent of spring and marks the lessening of winter’s hold. People wait for signs of warmth in the air. There is a saying “ae Basant pala udant.” That is when ‘Basant’ comes cold disappears.
Here are some images of marigold flowers attired in their very best to welcome spring, the queen of seasons.









         Image above was captured at 'Nature cure Institute' in Banglore, India.



Friends welcome here as always!

Sharing with:
ABC Wednesday
Image-in-ing
Our World 
Nature Notes 
Pictorial Tuesday 
My corner of the world 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

EATING WISELY MATTERS





To keep  the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.      -  Buddha


To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/good_healthT



Worryingly a significant number of global populations are in the throes of the epidemic of obesity. It is a modern phenomenon and a huge one. There are hosts of health issues, which are in some way, or the other related to this. In terms of financial, drain on health care systems of the nations it needs prioritized attention.

This leads us to the need for a serious look at what we eat. There is a plethora of websites and medical reports underlining the measures to control and prevent this debilitating disorder. People are becoming conscious but the problem remains unabated. The knowledge regarding the problem is abundant on the internet but the willpower to follow the necessary preemptive actions is lacking. Strangely, a mindset is taking root all over the world of utter irresponsibility on the part of the citizens, while expecting quick fixes from the government or some other agencies.

Popping pills will not work here. It is a complex issue. An observable fact is that people with disposal incomes worldwide are new entrants to the burgeoning numbers of affected people. Unknowingly they promote the spread of this malaise. This segment of society performs stressful jobs and feel exhausted at the end of the day. As a routine, they bring restaurant meals on the way back home. Or simply place an order for a pizza. Now, these restaurant meals loaded with an excess of oils and harmful additives eaten day in day out can ruin your liver, gut health, and cardiovascular system. This apart, rampant alcoholism with its high caloric value, sans nutrients contributes to a host of issues including drunken driving leading to fatalities. The challenge of the living process has been taken over by thoughtless instinctive pleasures.

The question arises what to do about it. The answer lies in drastic lifestyle changes. The urgency of zeroing in on the concept of eating wisely needs to be understood more than ever.

Here are some general guidelines regarding eating a well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. These are the ones garnered from my experiences, observations, google research and above all my mother's traditional wisdom.

A balanced diet promotes overall good health and protects us from various diseases.  Broadly, a healthy diet constitutes fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, whole grains, beans and legumes, low-fat protein and dairy products.

Proteins provide macronutrients. They are the main source of our energy needs. Lean meats, eggs, fish and fresh or dried beans provide good protein to build muscles, bones, skin, and blood

Vitamins and minerals contain micronutrients for all over good health. To eat well we should consume a variety of foods. Wholegrain bread and cereals, lots of vegetables and fruit. All colored vegetables: pumpkin, zucchini, bell peppers, broccoli, beetroots, carrots, cabbage, avocados, spinach, and leafy greens are storehouses of nutrients. These contain fiber for an easy bowel movement.

Yogurt is a powerful probiotic and helps to maintain gut health. It also helps in reducing weight. Milk and milk products provide calcium.

Stay away from bakery products as they are packed with sugar and saturated fats. Cakes, pastries and butter cookies should be avoided.

Cook with minimum salt and fat. Use herbs, and condiments for enhancing flavor and taste.

All fried stuff contains Trans fats, which are harmful to heart health and contribute to weight gain.

Keep your body hydrated with enough water and other liquids. Soft drinks only give empty calories leading to obesity.

Diet alone is not sufficient to lose weight. A strict regimen of exercise is required for the optimum functioning of our system.

Learn to practice mindfulness and yoga for a holistic approach to good health.
.........

Friends below are a few captures of my kitchen tales promoting healthy food habits and convenience. This was the cooked stuff in my fridge yesterday, which I'm sharing with you!


 Homemade butter, which I prepare each week. Boil full-fat milk. Cool. Keep it in the fridge overnight. Remove cream which forms on the surface. Churn till butter separates from the milk. Scoop out with fingers. Press gently to let the remnants of the milk drop drown. Prepare cheese with the remaining thick milk.




Buy green chilies according to need. Snip the ends. Grind till it looks like a paste. Store in ziplock bags above. Freeze.  So convenient to use the quantity according to taste. Green chilies contain Vitamin C and give a special flavor to the food.  Can use it in omelettes and marinades also.



Spinach cooked with potatoes with the seasoning of onion and garlic. Just before removing from stove sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of all spices and some coriander powder.


Zucchini chunks cooked with light seasoning to retain its original flavor.

Friends welcome here as always!

Sharing with:
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes  
Our World
Pictorial Tuesday
My corner of the world

Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers





Thursday, January 31, 2019

DELIGHTFUL MUSINGS ON A SUNNY DAY IN WINTER







You don’t have to go out for dinner or watch a movie or go shopping to find delight and fulfillment. Exciting wonders and mysterious goings-on are happening right in your midst. Only you have to have all your senses in receptive consciousness.

Can words articulate the wow sensation of looking up at a clear, crystal blue sky waiting for your gaze of appreciation? The uniquely marvelous splendor of azure canopy above exhibits mesmerizing purity. It uplifts even sagging spirits.


At midmorning, you relax in your backyard under the warming rays of the sun. Baring your legs and feet, you roll up your shirtsleeves to allow the body to absorb the sunshine vitamin D. What a pleasurable feeling!  You sense a sweet upheaval-taking place in your skin pores as the warmth of the sun seeps teasingly in.

Next moment you happen to look right down and there is your silhouette eerily mimicking you. For a second you feel bemused on seeing the other eternally loyal you.

Suddenly your monkey mind changes the course of its thoughts. You’re reminded of a yogic practice-about which you’ve read a lot-, which involves focusing on your breathing even for the shortest time.  Amazingly wonderful experience as your heartbeat slows down and you feel serene tranquility.

A mild thudding sound from the neighbor’s backyard breaks the otherworldly reverie. You try to figure out the source of the noise. Instead, your gaze reaches the clothesline on the roof where a medley of wash is flapping in a jarring rhythm in the winter breeze- another familiar scene on a sunny wintry day.

Though it is winter, the neem tree outside our boundary wall still dons the boring brown leaves. The insect families in its crevices and chinks compensate by busily practicing their buzzing music. The warm winter day entices the sundry birds to play their orchestra now and then on nearby trees.

The delightful specimens of nature’s treasure trove are a legion if one decides to pen them for mutual admiration.

The sights and sounds of our daily life are as much a part of our survival as the modern day technological advancements. Both of them have to coexist amicably for a meaningful short journey on this planet.

Friends welcome here as always!

 
 
Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers


  
Sharing with:
ABC Wednesday
Our world 
Nature Notes 
Pictorial Tuesday 
My corner of the world