Monthly Archives: September 2015

Random Music-ings

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Alert!

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iPhone 6s–hot and latest

Yes, the child has got an iPhone 6s the moment it was available. It is a gift from his parents for a summer job well spent and an excellent review and a future job offer earned. When a teenager earns enough to buy the latest toys, the parents decide he deserves it. To avoid the long queues and waiting ( unbelievable crowds the world over!!), it was pre-booked in transit from Heathrow Airport in London. Why is it better than the previous ones? Among the multiple reasons given by Apple, the best ones which appeal to the owner are :

  • 3 D touch….it senses the pressure with which you press the icons, opening apps much faster assisting you in completing tasks at one go at a speed better than ever before.¬†
  • 12 megapixel iSight camera captures pictures of a much higher quality.
  • 4K videos, worth their weight in gold.
  • For selfie addicts –the 5 megapixel facetime HD camera takes pictures which people can not frown upon.
  • Live photos.

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I’m not a fan of the red cover which came with it, but the phone is totally a smile-generating device. Enjoy ūüôā


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The Thirsty Crow!!

We have heard the story about the intelligent and innovative crow who was thirsty. It saw a vessel with a little water and filled it with stones so that the water level would rise and the crow could then drink the water. I saw a crow drinking water, and was reminded of this story that I had heard many moons ago. The crow did not complain, did not whine and die of thirst. It did the best it could in the circumstances given and survived. Be like that crow who triumphed over circumstances….DSC04235


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Prickly cactus flowers

On a steep mountain road, I had a fleeting glance of a plant that fascinated me. Most flowering plants have that effect on me, especially those that grow in the wild. My pleasure is manifold when the plant in question is a cactus with flowers. My family was (as usual) a little annoyed at having to stop, while I mumbled an apology, spoke of miracles and hopped out of the vehicle, almost dropping the camera(yes, I heard the collective gasp from the husband and child, and those two hardly ever gasp!!). 

By the side of the road was a beautiful prickly cactus in all its glory, with flowers more beautiful than most. It was untended, growing wild and yet it was flourishing. After admiring it and clicking a few pictures, I told the family that beauty lies in the most unlikely places, if only we have the inclination to appreciate it, and if could get past the thorns in life, an abundance of flowers are showered upon us. There were sighs as the son told the father,”not only does she get excited at the sight of flowers, she draws meaning out of each plant she sees!”.¬†

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Hidden Himalayan High Altitude Temple

A trek of 2000 feet up and 3¬†kilometers from Auli (a ski destination in the Indian Himalayas) takes you to an enchanted forest. The trek begins at Auli, goes past the highest man-made lake in the world and past the ropeway (2nd highest ropeway in India). While you are taking a breath at one of the steepest parts of the trek, large brass bells will appear out of nowhere. On climbing a¬†little¬†higher, you¬†will see a small temple ( or shrine ) which has many red flags all over it. This temple has a signboard which says it is a ‘Padiyar Temple’. Situated in a clearing within the forest, the temple is locked, there is not a single soul as far as the eye can see. The sun peeps between the tall trees that surround it. A few stone steps lead to the temple. Truly a unique and magnificent sight in the woods……If you are lucky, you will see the Nanda Devi snow-covered mountain peak from Auli (25,643 feet high ) along with the Dhaulgiri peak.IMG_3835

Anemone covered meadows lie in your path…

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The Auli ropeway (10,200 feet)….a separate blog will follow !

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Spot the butterfly….

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And up we go…my enchanted forest…

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Stone steps lead to the temple..

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I jumped to ring one of the bells…the sound echoed through the forest..

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Karnaprayag–Pindari-Alaknanda Confluence

The confluence of the Alaknanda and the Pindari rivers occurs at Karnaprayag. This is the place where Karna meditated and was cremated. Swami Vivekananda meditated here as well. It is on the way to the Temple of Badrinath, one of the ‘char dhams’ which are sacred among the Hindus. Is lies at an elevation of about 4,700 feet above sea level.¬†

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B-room needed

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Whipe my tears !!


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