Monthly Archives: June 2016

Make memories

It does not matter if you have surplus money, the best gift you can give any living being is the gift of time. We often turn off all the anti-social….’social’ media and spend time outdoors with each other. Be it going for a long drive, or sitting in a garden or gazing at a sunset, we make memories…the most precious things that we can carry with us forever. A child(even a teenager) will not want to carry a phone or laptop for these moments in time. Asking a teen or child or parent what they would like to do makes it more enjoyable. Stories from a grandparent are priceless. This is the wealth we want to pass on to a child…the joy of discovering the treasures that nature has given to all, …irrespective of religion, colour, country……cameras are allowed to capture candid, un-posed moments ūüôā There is a pleasure in just talking to each other ..a child shares when he has your undivided attention…..We have not taken pictures of the walk through a forest in the Himalayas or the¬†rainbow over our home in India…some day, maybe…maybe not….those images will stay with us in our brains….

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Human and other young ones

It is heartening to see a child being kind to an animal..any animal. Are some children born good, while others are born wicked? In a way, yes! The¬†genetic¬†composition of a person¬†determines what they do and why they do it…to a large extent. Some have the genetic make up of a criminal, a psychopath…. That does not mean that parents should stop trying, that the upbringing and environment do not contribute to the overall development of a child. Do your best, and let the powers-that-be do the rest. The child in this picture was feeding and playing with a baby goat..a kid with a kid ūüôā

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Albizia Julibrissin Flower-Persian silk flower

This plant grows wild on the side of the highway near Delhi. It is ornamental and has been used for its medicinal values in traditional medicine. It’s Chinese name means -the tree of happiness. The bark and flowers are used to relieve joint aches, depression, stress and anxiety…..It is also called Mimosa.¬†

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Leap of faith

An act which may seem dangerous to others may not actually be so…For instance, the peacock in this picture takes this leap after walking around and looking at the spot it jumps to, 10 feet below. It flies for the last 20 feet to the ground. The jump is a calculated risk. Monday mornings, going back to work is a leap of faith, knowing it marks the end of fun, but insurance that fun will follow at the nest weekend. For those who work at stressful jobs, the week and Mondays are¬†totally¬†worth it, as they allow the appreciation of a¬†well deserved break….I would not want my life to be one long Sunday…where is the fun in that?

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Cast a spell…Miss-spell

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Reflected glory

Often people select friends who are affluent and influential…who are presumably popular….do we hunger for¬†recognition? for the people who will make us shine…even the beautiful moon shines with reflected light.¬†

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The need to be seen….

We enter and leave the only planet or plane of existence we know. What happens in between is what matters. Plants have been known to shrink away (at a cellular level) from harmful beings, to respond well to music….animals can sense a friendly or dangerous presence….it is man alone who can be obtuse or unintuitive. At any rate, we all need and deserve our 5 seconds in the sun, with someone single-mindedly admiring us, as the only object of affection at that particular point in time…..birds and dogs are¬†definitely¬†posers…..are we all posing consciously or subconsciously while our souls scream….’Do you see me? Am I good enough for you to stop and look at, to connect with, for just a moment in time?’…………….

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The beautiful thief

The gardener keeps complaining that the peacocks that regularly visit our garden and kitchen garden eat all the flowers and vegetables….well, I caught this one red-handed, rather with its beak in the bottle gourd vine….The peacocks are particularly fond of corn, cauliflower, tender young shoots of flowering plants and cucumbers. My father insists that they be allowed to eat to their heart’s content, as he says that they can not grow their own food!! Now you know we love birds in our family…..

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Canteen to CNATEEN……

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Hanuman Chatti temple, Himalayas

In the days of yore,Bhim (the strongest of the Pandava brothers) was challenged by a monkey ( Lord Hanuman in disguise) to move his tail. When Bhim could not move the tail, Lord Hanuman appeared before him in his true form. The lesson? never be arrogant or conceited or underestimate the strength of others. This temple is at a picturesque location in the Himalayas, on the way to Badrinath. There is something about the¬†aptly¬†named¬†‘Land of the Gods’ or Devbhoomi….

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