For my Part 1 of this week’s challenge – on the way , please click here – Weekly Photo Challenge- on the way. Here is my second entry. Would you dare to cross ?
On my walks in the North Eastern India , sometimes I took a detour to wander into my husband’s office. On the first day of my walk to the office complex , my eyes fell on a small temple shrine inside the office grounds. What attracted me more was not the idol inside but the beautiful bells that hung outside it. I immediately took out my camera to capture the stunning golden bells against the contrasting red backdrop of the temple wall.
My better half who usually never appreciates something unless it is close to perfect was impressed by the way I perceived a rather mundane looking temple bell and transformed it into a an object of art. What surprised me was that while all the office goers passed this temple on their way , no body really noticed these humble looking bells or captured them through a lens.
But for me they were beautiful and so serene – a symbol of love,peace and tranquility.
I may not always tell
but decipher the language of my silence
I may not always cry
but sense the anguish of my soul
I may not always ask
but read the questions in my mind
I may not always smile
but sense the cheer in my voice
I may not always sing
but hear the song in my heart
I may not always express
but discern the love in my eyes
In this time’s ‘Share your world’ Cee has asked us to choose four topics out of those given by him and make four lists, of at least four items each. Since I am getting back into the groove after a long interval with only occasional posts I thought this would be a good way to connect with my readers and letting them know a little more about me . So here go my lists :
Stuff that makes me laugh
- Humor based movies and TV series like Two and a half men.( Different thing I lost interest in the latter after Charlie sheen left the show 😦 )
- Jokes shared with family and friends , and poking fun of each other.
- People who take themselves too seriously make me giggle. I feel everyone should possess a light vein. It helps break the ice.
- My own absentmindedness !
2. Fun things for a rainy day
- Eating hot spicy Pakoras ( Indian veggies dipped in seasoned flour and deep fried in oil) .
- Drinking a steaming cup of coffee
- Listening to Louis Armstrong‘s ‘What a wonderful world’ … It is so positive and full of hope .
- Rain photography especially rain drops on roses !
3.Things I want to have in my home
- Buddha status and artifacts fill my house yet I want more ! I find Buddhist statues very calming to the senses.
- Kerala Mural Paintings on my walls. They are so bright, vibrant and exquisite.
- Fridge magnets from across the globe (which means I want to be a globetrotter 😉 )
- A warm cozy reading corner with a fireplace, which is impractical in the tropical Indian weather !
4.Places worth shopping
- Goa in India is ideal for a beach holiday, tan and loads of shopping. The flea markets here are very attractive and vibrant .
- Paris , I love for its fashion in dress and shoes. When I went shoe shopping there I wanted to buy the whole shop !
- Venice for its Murano Glass artifacts. They are so pretty and I also love the Venetian masks.
- Dubai , is haven for shopaholics. You can get stuff as cheap as 1 Dirham too….
So that is it for my list. Hope you did not get too bored reading through it
Now for Cee’s bonus question :
What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
My husband has already left for Wellington, near Ooty, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. And I am grateful to God that he was able to unload and unpack our stuff into our new house without hassles. In the coming week I hope to spend some time with my parents before I fly off again into the Hills of Nilgiri in Wellington with my little daughter !
Assam in another state in the North Eastern part of India which is beautiful , and its rustic towns and villages have a magical allure to them. I clicked these pictures as the vehicle was moving and hence they are not what one would call perfect shots, nevertheless they give one an insight into the rural life and every day happenings . Hope you enjoy them :
My walls have given away
My roof no longer stands
But don’t leave me here and stray
to other distant lands
I did once protect you
from the burning sun and rain
I took the biting cold too
to shield you from all pain
I am old and broken now
but only in my frame
If you look inside, you will see how
My love still stays the same
( P.S: Old age is inevitable . But today we live in a world where anything old is better done away with. Even old parents – Parents who have lived their entire lives shielding you from all troubles so that you are able to lead cushy,comfortable lives. But when they grow old and are unable to continue with their service, they are considered no different from an old house or piece of furniture and got rid off by dumping them in the streets …..)
Only a few days back I was travelling through the winding roads of Arunachal Pradesh, India overlooking the beautiful,quaint hills and enveloped in mist. When I saw this sight I had to stop the vehicle to click a picture of this dreamy scenery. To me this picture defines enveloped in the true sense.
Enveloped in mist and beauty, just like Life , that is so beautiful yet filled with perils at every stage. But isn’t that what ‘living‘ is all about ? – to be ‘Enveloped’ by obstacles yet emerge out victorious and unscathed.? Whats your take?
After spending about two and a half months in a place devoid of any technology but infused with beautiful nature and clean mountain air…. I am back to civilization…. back to mobile phones, wi fi , and whatsapp….
I miss my walks, I miss the breeze, I miss the de-addiction. But I guess I will get used to it soon. It is raining here in Kerala so a respite from the sultry weather that greeted us yesterday on our arrival here. The consoling factor is that soon I will be back to the hills, albeit not so isolated or uninhabited, yet beautiful… so waiting for that..
I guess when you have been away for long , it takes time to get back to the grind. But the excitement of a new posting and a new place keeps me motivated. I know I have not so regular with my posts and with the packing and shifting going on, cannot promise you the same for a few days more…Nevertheless I am going to be more active and visible. I have been missing the posts of some good blogger friends for sometime now, hope to catch up on at least some of you now …
The stay in the hills of the far away east taught me a few things –
1. I have learnt to appreciate beauty in nature much more than I used to.
2.I have started taking photography a bit more seriously than I used to before and it had made me see this world of ours from a whole new perspective, and find beauty in everything.
3.I have realized that one doesn’t need phones and whats app to keep one busy, there is so much to do otherwise too…like writing…It is a passion you can carry around with you, anywhere and everywhere.
I guess I will wind up for now. Looking forward to reading more often from you all now…..