New generation Wonderful sight of birds taking flight for the first time

Having a terrace garden is very hard work. Day-in and day-out, its sweat and laborious routine of watering and de-weeding. One day you miss on this routine, the visual remonstrance lamenting our crass carelessness is quite obvious. The sight of slender twigs hosting brilliant greens stooping to ground, will make any heart sob. My mom, a gentle angel that she is, never allowed that to happen. On one hand I always envied those plants which without fail were blessed to bask in the warmth of her love, tender caress  and affection, while on the other hand wondered how worthwhile was it to invest so much of time and effort everyday on maintaining such a huge garden. 

I understood why the effort was worth its weight in gold, last week, when I witnessed one of the most beautify scenes. Second generation of Prinia (or Warblers) taking their first flight. The symphony of vocal instructions and orchestra of the training moves exchanged between mom and its chicks was a sight to behold. Some of the photos

 

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Heaven in a wild flower Encounters with wild beauties

Starting at least 5000 years back in time, they have been objects that express beauty and the world around us. They have been elevated to level of divinity by associating them with gods and goddess(Lakshmi & Saraswathi,sun god Ra and Osiris etc.), They have adorned the thrones of kings and queens (King Khare of Egypt), They have been part of the hymns and chants (Om mani padme hum), they have be part of our literature(Through the Looking-glass) and have helped us communicate even the most intimate of our feelings. They have been the darling of doyens of aestheticism like Oscar Wild and of Romanticism like Wordsworth, Keats and Blake. They through their unassuming and fragile structure open up a wormhole for us to experience a profoundly strange and wonderful beauty of the world we live in, which other wise comes across as a dull and un-eventful existence to our jaded mind. Yes I was referring to those brilliantly coloured, liveliness personified things called flowers.

It is not very surprising that most of our lives we are in company of flowers, but then we hardly cherish our encounters with them like we do of other experiences (trekking, traveling, reading etc.). When one is healing we pray for quick recovery through flowers, when we are sad we look upon them to get over it, when we want to express and explore the dimensions of purity, devotion, hope we resort to flowers. In essence metaphorically, we speak with flowers. But like the diyas/deepas during Deepavali and colors during Holi, they are taken for granted, without us giving any more consideration other than acknowledging their existence. But then I am sure they have more to say than we have cared to listen. All it needs is just stopping by for few minutes when you next pass by a flower swaying happily in the breeze.

Not long ago, on one of my trek, I did take some time to cherish the beautiful wild flowers and it is times like these when you really understand what bliss Wordsworth was referring to when he said

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

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Beautiful Annapurna Trek to the picturesque Annapurna Base Camp

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Standing there in between the giant mountains draped in snow so white and radiant, breathing air so clean and cold that the body was energised with every inhale, landscape so beautifully sculpted, that mind sprung and danced in happiness. Standing there in between the giant mountains, I said to myself what a wonderful world…


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Darbari Kanarra by Nazakat Ali Khan and Salamat Sublime rendition of raag Darbari

 

Once in a while, you stumble upon something which is gives you such a high without you knowing or understanding why. This rendition of Raag Darbari Kannarra by the legendary Nazakat Ali Khan and Salamat was one such. I have always wanted to understand hindustani music with out much success. But that has not prevented me in anyways to sink into the beauty of the music. This rendition of Raag Darbari Kannarra I felt was just sublime and one of the best I have heard in terms of kick it gives. Listen to it and I am sure you will agree.

 


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Hello world! A new beginning

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