Wednesday, October 28, 2009


A year has flown by, seems like yesterday that I was in the central park trying to capture dramatic and evocative images of this time of the year. I had experienced nothing like it before back home, in India. It’s October again, the scenery is a colored palette with hues of reds and yellows.

I got up rather early today morning and I could not go back to sleep. I looked outside the window it stillwas dark and raining lightly but I could still see the red tree in the corner of my building as the street light spread its light onto it. There was a nip in the air mixed with the smell of wet soil that stirred my senses and urged me to go down. I waited a little so it got a little brighter and walked down the lane with an umbrella since it was still drizzling. The droplets of water falling from the leaves, the flowers, the dry leaves on the ground, the red hues, the seeds, the little chirping of birds, the ripples in the water by the droplets of rain every small little thing seemed so much more to me, making me stop about twenty times in a stretch of thirty feet. I was sure people thought I was crazy but I was so caught up in the moment and in a world of my own, seemed so much like Alice in wonderland.

The leaves floated in the atmosphere as the surges of wind blew, bringing them to the ground. Seemed so much like petals of flowers showered onto me by the almighty as he wanted to make me feel happy, loved and most importantly special. The crooked shapes of the branches stood out more in contrast to the bright leaves and sky. Also i realized the best way to appreciate fall foliage is by looking up. When leaves are backlit by the sun their golds and reds looked even brighter than the whole tree at a distance also i could hear the crunching of the leaves as people stepped onto them adding more sensation to the present scene.

But i fear that pleasant sight will soon seem haunted. It's been raining here for what seems to be forever. Soon all that is left dangling the tree branches would be a few of those the plain and sometimes pale leaves of yellows and browns. The branches will stand naked as the wind washes off its envelope. On flip side of things I also feel the season of no color and white landscape has another spectacle to it, rendered by the white snow much like a beauty of black and white picture.

All of it is too wonderful for me. My heart sings when I consider the extent of God's creative ability.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

favorite things + moments

The sweetest birthday gifts. A plant with touches of red and pink flowers and the lens with which um taking this picture..... two things that would foster my enthusiasm towards life and capturing life.

It was absolutely wonderful of my roomies who organized a surprise party and even sweeter f everyone who came and shared my happy moment.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A womans classic line

A womans classic line " nothing to wear".

I am sure every female here has some time or the other been frantically running around in her bedroom half naked with heaps of clothes that belong to the wardrobe lying everywhere except where they belong. And this is because her problem is she has nothing to wear.

A piece of advice to everyone, believe us when we say this as we actually don't have anything or at least that's what we feel then. This is also why we are late at parties or anywhere we are going. Such days happen to us frequently, ranging from a nothing to wear week to a nothing to wear month. But the panic strikes us mostly right before a party and often we resort to instant shopping but waking up next morning with a plethora of options we could have worn the night before.

Oh God i often wonder why don't these options dawn upon us at the time needed. But deep rooted is a happiness of shopping that most girls live for.

I am sure anyone who has been around a woman has always heard this one line and you must have wondered of how many clothes she had, knowing her well. And being a woman i am sure each one of you must have had such days despite clothes oozing out of your wardrobe every time you open the door.

But we all need to swallow this bitter fact that we are girls and will always remain so and me myself being the biggest example of one such person who has "NOTHING TO WEAR".

lights+sweets+flowers+colors- thats Diwali

Yay Diwali is here.

The view of diyas and light sparling in every house. The twinkling flames, the beautiful lanterns spreading colored light in hues of red, green and yellow. The flower petals carefully organized in beautiful patterns - "a rangoli" are my favorites. This view of the Indian cities is a spectacle. Its a time everyone is celebrating in ways of their own. Oh i miss this view.

Also since i belong to Amritsar there is one view that is embedded in my memory as the most spectacular view on Diwali and that is of the GOLDEN TEMPLE. This is a time the golden temple is covered with lights and the reflection of the lights in water in the pool is breath taking. I still remember sitting there soaking the atmosphere which was filled with lights, crackers, the chanting of the sacred book and people dressed in beautiful outfits that added bright colors to the entire picture making it just perfect. So i strongly recommend everyone to experience this demonstration if you get a chance and u will remember it for a lifetime.

Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated by almost every Indian though for different reasons in every religion.

So here are some wishes that go out to the world.

For happiness. Good health. For smiles. For wisdom. For kindness. For faith. For giving. For reflection. For time. For life. And for living.

Happy Diwali people.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

International Literacy Day - Kala Akshar Bhains Barabar

I was shown this picture by one of my friends and i really liked the idea behind this poster and i think its a great attempt towards illiteracy in india.

"Kala Akshar Bhains Barabar" - It's an old saying in Hindi which means a black alphabet is equal to a buffalo but it still seem's so true and accurate for those who are illiterate. This image is itself self-explanatory yet humorous with a Question mark (? )...

But i think its very important that we realize that 40 percent of the population of India is illiterate? I think we should give this a deep thought and being an Indian, we have to unite and "Help fight illiteracy in India"

P.S. My favorite "NACHTI BHAINS"

Remember the water is rising......

A Great effort by a Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo that speaks of urgent matters that threaten our existence on this planet.

The installation aimed to create a realization amongst the people about global warming and its outcome. Her art piece had numerous small ice men that sat on the steps of squares that melted away on a hot afternoon. The installation lasted about 30 minutes leaving behind just water trying to verbalize that the glaciers are melting away at the same rate.

That’s a lot of work to watch melt away, but at least her message created an impression in the minds of the people and an effort not in vain.

P.S.: The melting ice will eventually cause sea levels to rise more than 3.3 feet (1 meter) by 2100.