Category Archives: Nature

Sometimes, all it takes is the chirping of a bird, the blooming of a flower, or the sound of a stream to awaken our senses and rejuvenate us. All we know is this existence and this one life we are given to lead. Open your mind, use your senses, to experience the amazing world around you.

The Great Hornbill-Nagaland, India

How can one visit Nagaland and not see the legendary Hornbill??? All we saw were pictures and sculptures that depicted this glorious bird…finally, at a secret location, we saw several of them……this one was my first………….he was the most impressive……the most captivating and fascinating bird, ever!!!


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Auli- world’s highest man made lake

Auli, located at an altitude of 2500-3050 metres above sea level, is a popular skiing destination. it boasts of the world’s highest man made lake, which is used to make snow and fire it from ski guns along the ski slopes. The lake is bordered by beautiful flowers, and the location offers a panoramic view of mountains all around, including the Nanda Devi peak.

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It is a location that inspires real meditation…..the feeling of connecting to the universe….


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Flowers Bloom undisturbed

When you trek in the mountains, be sure to look at the wonders around you…the stream which comes straight from a glacier, the tiny bird that sings uninhibitedly, the clouds that smile and dance, the butterflies that romance the flowers, the tiny buds ready to bloom……the journey is even more enjoyable than the destination. You may even see all the stages in the life cycle of a flower, the tiny bud, the half opened bud, and the flower itself.

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Survivors

Winters are harsh in some countries, with heavy snowfall and months of subzero temperatures. While travelling on the roads of Kazhakstan in minus 15 degrees, we were enjoying the stark landscape of snow and barren trees. The locals were gearing up for a long and tough winter while tourists like us revelled in the fresh snow that was steadily falling all around us. From the windows of the heated car, it looked like a Christmas card. A lot of effort was being done to prevent the dangerous ‘black ice’ form forming on the road. Vehicles which were blowing steam to melt the ice were closely followed by others which scooped and scraped the snow off the road. All of a sudden, rows of trees caught my attention. Dark, tall, leafless trees on either side of the road with a multitude of bird’s nests, thriving, though exposed to the harsh weather. The trees come back to life after each winter with leaves greener and more beautiful than before. The bird’s nests get covered by foliage once again. The birds live through the winter and emerge when the conditions are right. A few birds could be seen hovering or flying to the nests, too quick to be captured on film through a car racing through to get to its destination.

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Sure, some birds migrate in the winter to warmer regions, but these are the ones that stay on. Inspiration comes not only from human beings, but the animal kingdom too…….


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Alpine bell flower-Himalayas

Among the many species of flora and fauna that adorn the Himalayas, the alpine Bell flower has a special place, due to its color and shape. Fields of these flowers greet you in the Himalayas, and they do make a soft, musical sound that is audible to the imaginative ear. A beautiful sky, great weather and a valley of flowers, I have found the meaning of life!!!

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Wild orchids-Himalayas

Undoubtedly one of the most exotic species of flowers, the orchids entice and fascinate people all over the world. It’s a bonus when you do not have to mutilate them to admire their beauty in a vase in your home. Imagine fields of wild orchids of different hues growing in gay abandon all around you, as you climb a steep and treacherous mountain path. The delicate perfume plays with your senses and hypnotizes you. The song that plays on your lips is..’You fill up my senses…’

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Sunbird on our orange tree

Our orange tree produces flowers and fruits that the birds love…..each day birds delight us with their antics when they perch there…the ultimate test of beauty is itching and looking great while doing it !!!


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Green Sapphire Butterfly-Nagaland, India

Each time I see something for the first time, I am overjoyed and think that it is the most beautiful thing (animate or inanimate) that I have ever seen!!

I wonder why we have this fascination….for the first time???? the best??? Each living being is incomparable….and the more you spend time with anything, the more amazing it is……..the fact that you are with anything or anyone for a long time means that you share precious moments with them which make you hang on for more….or is it many many first times revisited with them???? 

The Male Green Sapphire Butterfly we saw recently in the forests (several times, over a week) is breathtakingly beautiful……it posed while we literally breathed over it!!!


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The great compliment

Humans are flawed…while proclaiming to the world that we are not amazing and pretending we do not think the world of ourselves….we secretly believe we are at least almost-the-best in some sphere or the other!!!!

We love being appreciated , in our heart we know exactly how much we deserve, here are the rules of the Great Compliment: It should 

  • Be From a non-creepy person
  • Seem devoid of sarcasm
  • Appear genuine 
  • Be Believable
  • Be Just a little teeny-weeny bit more sweet than the truth
  • Be Well deserved
  • Never-ever be over-the-top
  • Not insult one’s intelligence
  • Not be given only and constantly via private messages/ text
  • Be without the expectation of a return compliment!!!!

I smiled happily when I was told today that my dress was so lovely that it deserved a second look…..and when I was told…’ you are pretty’ …:) while you smirk and snort, I shall enjoy my day..wait, is it a conspiracy to make me feel better before springing a Bazinga on me??? 

 


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The Elders vs the newly hatched

Humans defy the theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ because they shield, feed, love and nurture their young. Too often we see that they do not respect, love, have time for or spare a moment for their elders. The elders may not have taut skin or puppy eyes or invoke a protective instinct, but they are the one who are responsible for our very existence, for protecting us from the world and ourselves.

Why do we…………..

  1. Forget that they would do anything for us, anytime, anywhere
  2. Not show the patience they showed us when we stumbled, faltered, were slow to learn the most basic, simple tasks
  3. Not understand they are the future us..and our children are watching and learning from us
  4. Not allow our offspring to learn from them and love them as much as they love us
  5. Become selfish beasts, who vacation with our offspring, forgetting all the vacations we have been treated to by those whom we ignore
  6. Shed compassion and love when it is inconvenient
  7. Calculate who can benefit us
  8. Not see the love and wisdom in our elder’s eyes
  9. Not enjoy both generations senior and junior to us equally
  10. Want to live if we can not love the ones who gave us the biggest gift of all…our life

Take a moment to reflect, do not expect anything from anyone, but recognize that we are here on this planet as humans to cherish relationships more than any other species…..spare a smile, a hug, a kiss for the people who held us through decades and gave us unconditional love……….

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