Monthly Archives: December 2017

Helirafting-Whataroa River, NZ

White water rafting takes on a whole new thrill when it becomes helirafting- taken by helicopter for rafting. The Whataroa River is near the Franz Josef Glacier, the largest glacier in the South Island of New Zealand. The river flows from the Alps, through a picturesque, fairy land landscape between mountains and rugged terrain, to merge into the Tasman Sea. The river is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting. There is the imminent danger of falling headfirst into the water and getting one’s skull crashed by the Grade 5 rapids and the stones and boulders which lurk above and beneath the surface of the river. After we had been transported by helicopter, I asked “Can I go back, please?”

I was told, “Sure, just hike for three days through the forest.”

Thus began the journey of our family on that day. After the basic drill, we were told it would take 7 hours for us to complete the journey!

Now I wish it had been longer. Bitten by sand flies, bruised shins, 3 broken finger nails and sunburn….and we were longing for more! The most amazing experience ever. At the start, we were given suits and shoes and life jackets and helmets.IMG_5917 - Copy IMG_6011 IMG_6010 IMG_6007 IMG_6005 IMG_6006 IMG_5921 - Copy IMG_5922 - Copy IMG_5923 - Copy IMG_5927 - Copy IMG_5928 - Copy IMG_5929 - Copy IMG_5930 - Copy IMG_5931 - Copy IMG_5944 - Copy IMG_5948 - Copy IMG_5953 - Copy IMG_5954 - Copy IMG_5988 IMG_5989 IMG_5990 IMG_5991 IMG_5992 IMG_5993 IMG_5995 IMG_5996 IMG_5998 IMG_5999 IMG_6000 IMG_6001 IMG_6003

Thank God…there was a break for the traditional lunch, served from a bucket, with a rafting paddle!!!!

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Breathtaking scenery…

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Spellbound…..time stops here

The family that rafts together…either dies together or laughs together 🙂

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The pros bringing the rafts over Grade 5 rapids…by jumping on to it….

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Kayaking too !

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A perfect day…the aches, sprains, bruises were medals of honour …..

 


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Extinct in the wild….Brugmansia thrives in N-E India

Brugmansia is supposed to be EW-Extinct in the wild…..in the north-eastern parts of India, it thrives in the wild!!! The white colour is the most common, though the pink and yellow varieties are more beautiful and fragrant….


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Ah! the Inbox on FB

When you meet a CAD on FB


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Our child is 22 today–13,000 miles away!

  • Do I try to impress with my parental love, unreasonable, unconditional and unreal?? Do I try my hand at wit? Do I try to impart words of wisdom???
  • Neither!!! I shall celebrate that our child is in the same universe as us. That is the biggest blessing of all. 
  • Yes, our lives transformed the day we realized we were going to expand our family. Along with his birth, there was never ending celebration as he happened to be the first child of two families. Later it was decided by all concerned to keep him as the only child, shared by all of us.
  • Has it been easy for him? If being pampered by eight people, all older than you, and being admonished by eight is fun, then he has had a ball!!!
  • One of us wanted him to be a golfer, another thought he should be a surgeon, while a third wanted him to be Dr Sheldon Cooper from TBBT. He watched Star Wars with some of us, Harry Potter was read to him, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games were played with him. He was lectured to and mollycoddled, often in quick succession. 
  • On being asked why he did not tag me in pictures or wish me on my birthday on social media he said, ” You choose, either I can wish you in Reel life or in real life!!!”. Thank you, words I wish I could live by.
  • My prayer for him? May you live long and healthy my child, may you always be as cool as you are. Imagine a 22 year old who does not really believe in FB, twitter, and abhors PDA, while being affectionate and demonstrative away from the prying eyes of the world. I could learn a lot from him. 
  • I pray that you never stop believing in magic, may you enjoy the miracles that happen around us all the time
    • I hope your work is enjoyable and stimulates you
    • May your  life be healthy, happy and long
    • Push yourself to do your best and never compare yourself to others
    • Ensure that your thirst for knowledge is more than your hunger for money
  • May you buy all the gadgets and gizmos you want with your own money ( not because I do not want to buy them, but because it will mean you have some money to spare).
  • May you adapt, yet remain who you are.
  • May you have enough to share with those less privileged.
  • May you have fun and share your life with people who make you laugh.
  • May you continue to visit parts of the world that excite you.
  • May you differentiate between those who  love you and those who want to use you, and treat them accordingly.
  • May you keep loving your family and keep laughing with them, and at them 🙂
  • You’ve done the Bungy, may you never do it again!! Whew…..
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    Happiness does not come easily….grab it everyday…..be positive, happy and count your blessings……..and a smile brightens up the world…..

 

 


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Flowers indoors

Winter is here…..the dip in the mercury does not favour flowers…..we have shifted some flowers indoors like the orchids, roses, and the rose-like blooms….they receive sunlight and are taken out during the day…….they thrive and light up our home…


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Beauty comes in many forms

A black duckling looked at a beautiful swan and asked its mother..”Will I grow up to look like that?”. Mother Duck sighed..she had dreaded having to answer this question as the swans around them got the most attention from passersby and other pond dwellers alike. The swans were beautiful creatures, people would feed them and pose for pictures with them, sometimes gazing at them for hours on end. The ducks fed on the food that was leftover from the food given to the swans. 

She looked at the bright-eyed duckling and said, “You will grow more beautiful day by day, your kindness and generosity will glow with a bright light, but only the special or enlightened people and animals will be able to see it. There is no universal definition of beauty. The creatures on this planet all of all hues, shapes and sizes. Some of them appeal to us, while totally different creatures appeal to others. Some are in love with the water snakes, some with the trees and plants that grow around us, and some who are short of time feel compelled to click pictures to go to another destination and  have the time to appreciate only the larger, the brighter and shinier beings. You will be the best for someone who is worthy of you one day, but you must always be special to yourself and be proud of who you are and what you do.”

As the mother was explaining this to her duckling, a group of children approached the pond and pointed to the duckling. “Look at that beautiful black colour of that little duck”, said one, while another said, “and look at the way the eye of this duck glows.”

The duckling smiled at its mother and swam away gracefully, its eye gleaming and its head held high. 

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Monday…..be an Ant :)

If there is someone up-there, the powers-that-be…..they/he/she must be having fun watching us scamper back and forth like a colony of ants, compete, compare, amass what we can ….building our ant-hills……the balance between degeneration, apathy, stagnation and over-ambitiousness is difficult……we can try to achieve it….

The pictures of an ant and the nest on the tree in the Himalayas that it crawled out of….


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Mr Puppy Dog

Mr Puppy Dog gives us some of the best moments in our lives… when he alternately attacks and caresses Mr Water Monster, when he catches a ball in mid-air, when he gallops, when he snuggles…. every moment is treasured… here is a tiny glimpse into our interaction…. 


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High Altitude Purple flowers

They bloom on their own…..in gay abundance, in the wild, on mountains and rocks…..in the Himalayas, miracles happen, Mother Nature is at her most glorious…..fields of Iris and orchids, almond and peach blossoms….


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Unsung hero

She stands in a thin sari, with a smile on her face, an air of positivity about her. She is 81 years of age, has been visiting the hospital for over 20 years, due to various ailments, some of them are not treatable. Instead of moping, she gathers the aged ‘single women’ around her…the widowed and the abandoned alike. She gives them courage, brings them with her and helps them to get themselves examined and get tested, as advised by the doctors. She says she will do this till she is able to walk, her mobility maybe restricted due to arthritis, her spirit is still free…..God bless her and those she helps, always without any complaints and with her signature smile. She has recently prevented a girl below 21 from being forced to marry, as the girl was keen to pursue her studies for another couple of years. The only thing she fears is being bed-ridden, may that never happen to a person who has always been there for others around her.

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