Sunkissed

I do not know their names

I do love their flying games

As they glint and gleam 

As if in a dream

Kissed by the rays of the sun

They are second to none……


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Words- deadly weapon or Cupid’s arrow

  • Words can be a deadly weapon or Cupid’s arrow.
  • Make sure you choose wisely and please or hurt intentionally!
  • Use words whichever way you want…..decide if you value the person and relationship enough to tread lightly….if you are really lucky, you can say what you want, without editing/ filters…and accept it from the significant other.
  • You need people who are brutally honest with you and expect that from you, Since everyone is not that lucky, here is how you can tread lightly ……
  • When a person could say….your hair is so thin and wavy, it’s unmanageable, if they are wise they will say…..Your hair is soft like a baby’s and naturally styled.
  • Instead of telling someone they look terrible in an outfit, you could tell them that they look better in other clothes.
  • Instead of saying ..you are becoming overweight….you could say….let’s start working out together.
  • Instead of telling someone they have ugly feet, you could tell them that a beautiful bird like a peacock has feet that don’t match it’s beauty.
  • You could but them a deodorant and perfume instead of telling them they stink…..I do not agree with this one! Hygiene people!!!! you need to clean, bathe, put on fresh clothes……
  • You could choose television shows and movies together instead of telling the other they watch ****

If you have the luxury of separate closets, washrooms and cars……your relationship can not be harmed…say whatever you want!!! just make sure you compliment more than you criticize!

PS….please customize your words to your own and your partner’s needs….do not listen to anyone 🙂 


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Smile in spite of your circumstances

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While we complain about the traffic and potholes, there are millions who depend on the kind of transport that makes ours eyeballs pop out. The auto rickshaw company should advertise the power of their engine. I feel these small vehicles run on the combined will power of the people who have no other option.

It is easy to sit in a comfortable home with hired help doing all the work, tap a few keys on a keyboard and sermonize…..to wax eloquent about how we must accept, with gratitude and grace, whatever life gives us. The people in the picture above realized that my son was clicking them (at my request)….they posed, smiled, one of them almost fell off in his enthusiasm to give us a thumbs up…heroes and conquerors of circumstances thrive…..


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Acrobatic couple-Indian Hornbills

On a simbal tree by the roadside, I spotted a hornbill. There was a lot of traffic, but I was allowed to jump out of the car. Suddenly there were 2! no, 3! 2 of them flew off the tree, with one of them upside down, one of them plucked food off the other’s beak/bill!!! Though they were high up from the road and the light was failing……it was a beautiful display of aerial courtship……………….yes, love is in the air….

 


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Dude, where’s my car?

Yes, we have a large, yet limited memory bank…..we must declutter regularly to make space for new information. Shopping, travel, duty… require a vehicle..which needs to be parked……and we need to remember where we left it—-or do we???? we do NOT!!! our son stepped out of the car (he drives when he is with us) at a busy mall with multiple- level parking and casually clicked a picture of the car, along with the identifying pillar it was parked near!!!! he repeated the same thing at the elevator we got into……..I’m sure people all over the world are doing it……aren’t you????? do not fill your CPU (human brain) with momentarily-required memory recalls…..happy clicking. Thank you to our child for widening-our-horizon.


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Lakshmiamma, Wonderwoman at Bangalore Airport

There are some who make our lives better and brighter……at the Arrivals terminal in Bangalore, India, is a wonderwoman who cleans the washrooms with a smile. In the middle of a busy day, with women swarming and swirling and swishing all around her, she runs in after one lady exits, swipes, cleans, exits……voila! A sparkling washroom. Once you are greeted this way, you can not but have an amazing day. I told her I would write about her, she smiled a million watt smile…..may her tribe increase…she reminds me of Husna Bano in Ambience Mall, Delhi…………….wonderwomen have no region or religion…they work tirelessly to make our lives better….the least we can do is leave a spotless washroom behind and thank them for their service….Salute! And please don’t belittle their efforts by offering money….they take pride in their work and do not accept tips…..they are extraordinary….


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Airport Lounge environment

Any lounge, in general, has certain kinds of people :

  1. The Dignified….few and far between, they sit quietly, read the paper or a book, drink tea/ coffee, are not obsessed with using the free wi-fi or their phones. Salute!!
  2. The Obnoxious…Loud, talking non-stop on their phones, walking around, discussing important clients or meetings, repeatedly….they are the ‘Phoney-ies’….often have the thingy in their ear and make sure everyone can hear them.
  3. Net hoggers….In-spite of the free wi-fi and really affordable internet on the phone, they hog the computers available and sit there from the moment they arrive till they depart.
  4. Foodies…..They stuff themselves with all the food and drinks available, often asking the staff to get the live counter started!!!!
  5. Brood-ies…. Scowl, complain incessantly. 
  6. Intimate Illegitimates……the old, round man with the gold watch and exotic cuff links, courting a hot young girl whom he whispers to, touches, lecherously looks at while she giggles, scouring the room for a wealthier man…when he gets a call, he walks away and sweats while talking in hushed tones over the phone.
  7. Charge Fiends……they hog several recharge areas and hover around their equipment nervously, using their phones etc constantly even while being recharged.
  8. Networkers…..They introduce themselves and talk about themselves, their work and their philosophy on life, handing out their business cards.
  9. The Anxious…..they glance at the departure announcements and question the staff about their flight information, looking at their watchers every 30 seconds.
  10. The Annoying Bloggers……(yup, that’s me) they smile non-stop at a secret joke, observe, pretend they are intellectually superior and write about all they see 🙂                                     I saw only two people out of a spread out group of an ever changing number of people over the space of an hour…….who were not in a love affair with their phone, looking at it constantly…..turn off the internet on the phone, life goes on, becomes more interesting 🙂


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The early bird with its catch-Indian Roller

When you enjoy the journey without glancing nervously at your watch…you have already arrived!!!! On one of these before-sunrise adventures, we saw an Indian Roller bird by the road. It put on a display by swooping down and catching what the early bird is supposed to catch!!! Of the million pictures that I clicked, I chose 2….it actually perched on a pole near a mustard field, close to us…..with the first rays of the sun enhancing its glorious colours and turning that moment, shared with family, into a magical memory……

 


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Lady Sunbird on our lime tree

The Sunbirds and Peacocks turn our garden into a wonderland…..a delightful haven where magic takes place….they pose beautifully for pictures and allow the camera to get near….


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Kingfisher…our garden!!

Yes, we know where the Kingfishers along the National Highway live….but they have decided to visit us at home…….we had a patch of tall weeds that we were turning into compost….they seemed attracted to the tiny creatures that lived there…….


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