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Aging (Tanka)

Another year draws to a close, with the beautiful promise of new beginnings and also the reminder of having added one more year to our lives. We should consider ourselves really blessed and lucky to be able to continue to enjoy all that life has to offer. Aging should be accepted gracefully, as at all stages of life there is always something meaningful to look forward to. I thoroughly believe in staying young at heart! There are some days though, when an aching shoulder in the wee hours of the morning ( Lol) may inspire you to pen a ‘Tanka’ poem as I did below:

Aching bones and joints
Threaten to trouble with age
Skin begins to sag
With streaks of silver in hair
Can I trap age in a cage?

 

 

Weather Beaten

Weather beaten,
old and skeletal
The markings, being proof
of my mettle.
Interesting still,
full of intrigue,
Still beautiful, still bountiful.
For beauty-
Lies in the eyes of the beholder.

I found this leaf on the jogging track at my favourite place in Chandigarh- Leisure Valley. Though withering old and imperfect, it was captivating enough to hold my attention. Old can be gold. Do you agree?
Somehow it looks quite (extra)ordinary. It inspired me to write the poem above using the device of enjambment.

Enticing Eiffel

What is it about this Puddling Iron grid structure that is so alluring? The 300m tall structure is iconic and makes it impossible to imagine Paris (or France) without it. Paris and Eiffel are now synonymous.

When you look at the Eiffel for the first time with your own eyes, after having seen its pictures in magazines, travel brochures and movies, you just can’t help being awestruck. A sigh escapes your being at the sheer marvel that it is. Actually, perhaps one is not really prepared for the grandiose, because the key-chain models and souvenir replicas that your relatives gifted you after their exciting Paris tour are poor replicas of the actual wonder.

The 7300 tons of iron make for an intriguing study in architecture and science. The Eiffel tower is the subject that inspires thousands of painters, artists and romantics throughout the world.

Eiffel up close
Eiffel up close

This June I was fortunate to visit Paris along with my husband. Just as we were about to leave after having our fill of the beautiful monument, my eye caught something that even tour guides fail to tell you. Just below the first balcony, I saw the names of famous physicists and mathematicians engraved on the sides of the tower. The physicist in me was mighty pleased to spot the names of Malus (Malus Law), Carnot (Carnot heat engine), Ampere (Ampere circuital law) and many more! In fact there are 72 names of French scientists, engineers, chemists and mathematicians engraved on the 4 sides with 18 names on each side of the tower. Gustave Eiffel got these names engraved in recognition of their contributions to society. The picture above was clicked by my dear husband; if you zoom the picture a bit , you could spot some of the names that feature on the North East side of the tower.

Into the Eiffel- Lift view
Into the Eiffel- Lift view

But what makes this gigantic structure so romantic?

Oh yes! If I may answer my own question- Its the beautiful landscaping around the tower, its visibility from various locations particularly the river Seine, the lights, and the sparkling lights at night, that lend an almost ethereal glow to the tower itself and the whole area around, transforming it magically. And the iron grid? Doesn’t the huge iron grid structure symbolize stability? Stable enough to last more than a century and still counting. Isn’t stability a trait that we all long for in lasting relationships? The promise makes Eiffel enticing!

All the photographs in this post are original clicks by the author and her husband, Anil Nanda.

Ice, Water, Steam – The Mighty Forces of the Universe

Water- the lifeblood of all living beings is a subject of much intrigue to mankind. Ice, water, steam the three forms of H2O are overpowering mighty forces of the universe. Technically, from the ‘Physics’ point of view they are not forces in themselves (water and its forms are all 3 different states of matter) but can exert tremendous forces both good and bad.

Let me focus on the good first. Water is pure and so humble. It has no shape or form of its own. No taste. It takes the form of the container in which put and acquires the taste of the flavourings it is subjected to, completely losing its own identity. This is so difficult, to lose your own identity, but water does it so easily. Mix it with some fruit concentrate it becomes a refreshing drink, add a tea bag, and no one will call it water anymore!

According to the yogic philosophy, water is breath.To quote from renowned dietician and author Rujuta Diwekar’s book , Don’t Lose Out,Work Out, “drinking water is like a pranayama practice, and just like you can’t rush through pranayama, you sit for it with certain protocol, you should accord the same treatment to water”.

Water is healing and soothing. One can live without food but not water as about 60% of our body is made up of water. Daily intake of at least 8 glasses of water per day can help to eradicate and cure several health problems as harmful toxins get flushed out of the system.  Externally too, a refreshing shower after a grueling  day at work or sweating it out in the kitchen is like a balm for sore nerves. The pitter-patter of the water drops on the skin immediately transports the self into a blissful state banishing all signs of physical or emotional stress.

Care for a bubbly topped with crushed ice? Can you imagine lemon ice tea minus the ice? Well this frozen wonder is an important part of our day to day lives and is also an integral part of medical treatment and industry.

Who hasn’t heard of the steam engine and the steam iron? Steam is powerful – it has the power to push and to smoothen and to burn. In fact steam burns can be even more painful than water at 100 degree centigrade because of the extra  latent heat that steam possesses. Steam is also used to run turbines in a nuclear power reactor.

Heaven forbid, water and its forms can cause utmost devastation and damage when uncontrolled and nature decides to unleash its fury on unsuspecting beings. The tsunami in 2004 in Indian ocean and more recently in Japan have left behind many scars. Recent flooding in the Kashmir valley has caused immense destruction.  A mighty ship Titanic, sunk due to the impact of a collision with an iceberg. And we have already said that steam has the power to burn. The more one thinks about the impact of  H2O in our lives , the more awestruck it makes us feel.

 

 

 

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Sparkling or Still ?

Sparkling or still , how would I want an off day to be like? Actually it all depends on my mood – how I feel that day. It also depends to some extent on how the previous week prior to the off day went by! If the week was hectic and overly busy, I  pineapple-juice-295078_1280visualize myself catching up on sleep or taking a laid back slow holiday curled up in a hammock in the garden,lazing in the sun, sipping a pina-colada, with the book in my hand³ that i’d been dying to read since such a long time, but just did not get enough time for it! A perfect way to unwind and relax!

On the other hand,  I love travelling- even a simple trip to the neighbouring town makes me happy. I enjoy going to the different malls, local markets and shop to my hearts content. I also look forward to visiting tourist places and click lots of pictures.Give me a touring holiday any day within the country or abroad and I’ll be very pleased. One thing remains common in my lazy holiday and sparkling holiday- I always remember to pack my books!

There is a third option too, thats somewhat in between the above two modes of a perfect day off  My husband and I love going to the movies. What could be better than just sitting back and getting lost in the celluloid world and mindlessly munching on popcorn while sipping hot coffee. Hey, why think so much? A day off in any form is always welcome!

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The pictures are courtesy of pixabay.com

I am the Humble Computer

I am the humble computer,

But I can be your best tutor.

I can teach you maths and science,

And create a whole new world,

By computer animation and drawing.

You bet, I can keep the accounts best:

Thus, banks , railway companies and other firms can now rest.

But online shopping, chatting and the internet, won’t let you rest.

I am the humble computer, but I’m in great demand,

You’re life dear, to a great extent is under my command!

This is my Return Address to the human race.

Image source: Google images

The Origin of Tea – A Prose Poem

Deep in the Himalayas, many moons ago, a sage performing a yajna, day and night, many months in a row. Fully involved but with one hitch. His eyes drooped and sleep threatened, like a bad witch. Desperate and irate, the sage finally tore off his droopy eyelids and flung them away.

They fell softly on the soil and lo and behold! There and then, as if by a signal from heaven, sprout a sprightly verdant bush.The sage performing the yajna , picked the signal from heaven, boiled the leaves, sipped the potent golden concoction and named it ‘tea’.

Now wide awake, he gifted the world its favourite drink, the sage performing the yajna, deep in the Himalayas , many moons ago.       

Genre Blender

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