‘My Life may be simple
But in my eyes there is a twinkle
That is all that matters’
‘My Life may be simple
But in my eyes there is a twinkle
That is all that matters’
Photo challenges are fun and great inspiration for new posts. Today’s inspiration is Solitude with the ‘Rule of thirds’.
Sticking to just a picture today, as I’ve already composed an earlier post on solitude in the form of a haiku poem 🙂 See link below
https://riturang.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/solitude-haikusenryu/ . The picture in this earlier post was clicked in Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne.
There are certain things which I always find quite imposing, towering and magnificent at the same time. These are so impactful in terms of their effect that they have the power to make one feel like a dot, a mere dot; minuscule in comparison. This is good for inflated egos at times because it puts you in your place. This the kind of feeling I get whenever I visit the mountains. Besides enjoying their majestic presence and enjoying the cool weather, when you look closely at their rugged raw strength, you realize how fragile you are. Add to that the roar of water from a gurgling waterfall and this is what you get- The mighty Trummelbach falls in Switzerland!
Located in the Lauterbrunnen valley, they are Europe’s largest subterranean water falls and are one of 72 waterfalls.The Trümmelbach Falls are the world’s only glacier waterfalls that are accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. They alone carry the meltwater of the glaciers from the Jungfrau down to the valley – up to 20,000 liters of water per second. The water carries with it over 20,000 tons of boulders and scree per year and causes the entire mountain to shudder and make a thundering noise.
OMG! So much water and so much force ! It has to be seen to be believed. It is one amazing experience of my Switzerland holiday that I treasure and is a joy to relive. Mind you, although a huge lift carries you up to the falls there are a number of broad, sometimes slippery and watery steps to climb to get good views. It is also a bit dark as you are actually tunneling through the falls. The Trummelbach falls are hidden in the ‘Black Monk’ mountains and are often called the ‘Cork screw’ falls due to the spiral nature of flow of the water. I hope you enjoy my pictures in this post.
Almost invariably, the word ‘home’ reminds me of the three little pigs story read in nursery school. Home is indeed a sanctuary where you live your dreams and happy children play. East or west home is the best.
Home for me is also a cozy corner, where one can curl up with a book and a piping hot cup of chai ! Do you agree?
I received a most amazing New Year gift on the last day of year 2015. Guess what? A surprise nomination for an award by dear @mescalime (Psychochromatic Inception). The best part was that she very graciously permitted me to choose between 3 different awards she had received herself, namely : Sunshine Blogger Award, Liebster Award and The Word Magician Award. I have accepted the Sunshine Blogger Award as I can identify with it. I truly believe that a blog should be inspirational and spread some joy!
As per the ‘general rules’ of awards, I shall nominate 7 more bloggers for this award whose posts I enjoy reading. Mind you this is a tough task as each and every blog is fabulous in its own way.
Many thanks to the whole blogging community and wish you all a very happy and fulfilling new year 2016!
What is the best possible gift you can give to yourself? Exploring the thought through the poetic form – Acrostic!
Adapt the thoughts,
Balance the mind.
Control the emotions,
Ditch the fries.
Exercise your body,
Free your soul.
Gift yourself – the gifts of ;
Sing a song…oh baby ding a dong!! Ah well, this week started on a promising note; after all it was our Republic Day on January 26 on Monday. So the song on my lips was ‘ Vande mataram’. This Republic day was special too, with the American president Mr. Barack Obama as chief guest, so we all sat glued to our television sets.The popular song ‘Mumbai se aaya mera dost’ took on a new meaning and form highlighting the friendship between Indian prime minister Shri Narendra Modi and Mr. Barack Obama as ‘America se aaya mera dost, dost ko salaam karo….’. Tuesday was a restful day, a day for self introspection and hum my favourite soulful song ‘Tinka- tinka zaraa zaraa, hai roshni se jaise bharaa, har dil main armaan hote to hain…’ beautifully picturized on one of my favourite bollywood actresses, Priyanka Chopra in the film Karam. Wednesday onwards its the shaadi fever (wedding season) catching up once again!! So we have been grooving non stop to popular punjabi numbers like ‘Angreji beat’ by Gippy Grewal and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Other songs which we simply could not resist dancing to were ‘ London Thumakda’ from the movie Queen and ‘Tumne mari entry yaar, dil main baji ghanti yaar…’ from the film Gunday. So in all it has been an action packed week!
And well, time to say good bye for now – coz we are to attend yet another wedding tonight !!
I hope you enjoyed reading my playlist of the week.
Pictures credit: Google and pixabay
Sinful, gooey, soft:
Melting in the mouth sweet indulgence!
Laden with calories,hmm… bad for my waistline.
I know, I know, but don’t make make me guilt-ridden,
Cakes and puddings are in general forbidden !
Yet they pull me, like a strong magnetic field,
Forgive me, if to the sweet temptations I yield,
Coz no matter what,
I’m actually grateful for the that joyful surge I feel !
I seriously love baking as well as devouring heavenly cakes and puddings. The above poem is is in honour of these tasty treats and in response to today’s daily prompt Grateful and Guilty.
Real beauty lies in kindness and courteousness,
Love blossoms among equals,
Equal not in terms of money or power
But equal in terms of mutual respect;
So that, there is absolutely no room for regret.
Being grateful to those you love,
And people you meet through the day
Paves the way,
To fill the heart with joy.
The mere mention of the Rose Garden fills the air with romance!.Undoubtedly its like paradise for a leisurely walk as a tourist or a brisk walk or jog in order to keep fit.
As one enters the garden, walking through the canopy of orange showers, along with the tall and stately silver oak trees lining the path, you are greeted with thousands of roses of different hues bobbing their pretty heads in the breeze. You breathe deeply – mesmerized by their sheer beauty. The Dr. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden in Sector 16 of Chandigarh was established in 1967 under (late) Dr. M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh’s first Chief Commissioner. It is the largest Rose Garden in Asia spread over an area of about 4000 acres and has around 825 varieties of roses and more than 32,500 plants.
Continuing with our walk along the periphery of the garden, we cross several bottle brush trees and walk along side the majestic eucalyptus trees. Walk further and you come across a cluster of Bael trees laden with fruit around the time of ‘Shivratri’. Walk a few steps more and you can see trees like Fiddle wood (a tree with fragrant flowers and useful for making sound boards of musical instruments) and Kachnar (ever tried making ‘raita’ from Kachnar buds ?) Several other trees like Amaltas, Gulmohar, Burr, simbal, Devil’s trees, Koelreuteria (golden rain tree) and Pride of India dot the garden either individually or in small clusters. As you complete your round, you meander through rows of neatly planted roses with fancy names such as President Giri, Queen Elizabeth, Iceberg, Pink Perfect etc. Kiss of Fire is a vibrant yellow rose with a fusion of blushing pink and Arabian Nights; a red rose that makes me sing from John Boyle O’Reilly’s poem, ‘A white Rose’,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon
And the white rose is a dove”
The Rose Garden is home for several birds too like parrots and Great Indian Hornbill. It is fun to chase a little squirrel nibbling away at a seed and watch it vanish into its abode in the great Jamun tree. The coloured water fountains add to the joyous mood of the place. The garden is very well maintained, thanks to the annual feature of the Rose Festival in February. The lawns are perfectly manicured and there is sufficient lighting for walkers to feel safe during their evening walk. There are three solar arrays to meet some of the electricity requirements. There is also an open air stage to host quizzes during the festival. The garden also boasts of well–maintained toilets and a play area for children.
One word of advice, dress properly as it’s a busy place and you may meet many acquaintances (sometimes four times in two rounds, if walking in opposite directions) along with the usual tourists!
All pictures are by Anil Nanda and Ritu Nanda