The Natural World

It was a silent night. 

The 4 year old me sat in front of the television, watching cartoons with interest. My baby sister lay sleeping in the room, with out a care in the world while my father dutifully sat beside her, reading a book in the soft light of the bed lamp. My grandparents were sitting on the couch behind me, lost in their own chatter. My mother suddenly returned into the cottage we were residing in with gleeful eyes, and ushered the 4 of us (My father, grandparents and I) outside.

And we all were truly awestruck.

In the beautiful dark velvet we call the night sky, were gazillion of starts shimmering and beckoning all of us to stare at the them in amazement. It was a breathtaking sight, as they continued to glimmer endlessly. Our gazes never left the small view of the vast universe we were able to experience that one night. 

And that was probably one of my most….. fascinating encounters with mother nature in her most purest form. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

Hello all!

Well… It’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything on my blog.

I’m determined to not let that repeat in the rest of 2014. I have a lot of pictures that I can’t wait to share with you guys :D

Moving on, this week’s theme in the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Endurance’. That simple word brings back memories of so many things that I’ve seen in my life.

But one thing that struck me: Was probably how the ancient recipe of Beer has been propagated through generations :P Across the world, beer is a favourite alcoholic beverage to many. It’s recipe, that was probably domestically produced at first – has now dominated nation imports and exports. Although some of the components may vary with variety, the basic recipe has endured throughout time. (Ingredients include water, a starch source such as malted barley, hops, yeast and sometimes a clarifying agent.)

This picture was taken at a brewery I visited in April during my visit to Germany. The picture shows ‘Barely’ – a primary component in beer – in it’s malted form, before it gets transformed into it’s beverage state.

(Ps. Malted barley is only the beginning in the long and strenuous process of making Beer :P )

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So what do you guys think? Comments are appreciated :)

Facing The Music

Recently, a member of my family passed away.

To be bitterly honest, I was aware that their morning his condition turned serious that he was edging closer to the skies.

Death, it may seem to be something that people take for granted. They misuse it’s peace and balance, by deciding to end their lives themselves. The people I’m talking about here, aren’t only the people that commit suicide. It’s the people that smoke, do drugs and any other harmful acts against their bodies – to remain ‘happy’. To fulfil their needs. To numb the things they’ve endured, that have left deep scars in their beings.

These addictions may provide a temporary relief, but they harm you in the long run. Not only you though, it hurts the people that love you too.

Ways To Die Enormous

Excellence.

Hello world! It’s been close to a month since I posted anything, so I thought I’d start off here. An amazing list of ways to live your life big, compiled by the talented Robin Sharma. (Although I’m yet to read his highly acclaimed book – “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.”) I’ll be back with more pictures, posts and over-all goodness in a while :)

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Saussurea obvallata

Heyo people! Long time since I posted much, been really busy the last few months so I’m sorry for not posting anything up….. :(

Anyways, a few weeks ago, a beautiful flower bloomed in my grandmother’s garden. In our native language, we call it ‘Brahmakamala’, and this flower has the peculiar trait of blooming only in the night during a specific period. When I looked up the english name, it was Saussurea obvallata. A native to the Himalayas and Uttar Pradesh in India, North-Burma and South-West China.

If you’re curious about how I actually captured these picture, I just angled the beam of one of the small torches I had, and VOILA! A beautiful flower, highlighted by the white light. Let me know what you think :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour

Long time since I posted ANYTHING up, so here it goes……..

Nicest way to describe colour: A few lights, the backsides of DVD’s, the candles on a cake, the flower decorations on it, Santa on a cupcake, kids playing in the park, perfume bottles (not very clear) and of course – MORE LIGHTS! 

So what did ya guys think? :)

 

It’s Fun To Smile (Weekly Writing Challenge)

So…. It’s Phoneography Month! It’s amazing, isn’t it? Oh, so this time the theme is to capture a “real” smile. Capturing a photograph which has hundreds of emotions developed to form one beautiful smile. I have tried capturing these kinds of photographs, but believe me: It wasn’t easy.

BUT let me tell you how I captured an amazing smile, unknowingly.

Basically, our family was invading the privacy of this quiet and solitary farm. Right at the gates, there were two puppies. One was cream and one was a black and brown one. The cream one was tied to a wheel barrow and barked at us as we walked in, while the latter had it’s leash tied around a pole. Of course, we got scared and kept away from them. (Silly, I know!) We entered the mysterious farm and explored for a bit. While walking back, this little guy seemed to be more happy to see us now. And here’s the result of our continuous petting and scratching behind his ears got us. (Ps. I didn’t even know he was grinning until I had put this picture on to my computer! it was awesome just seeing him smile like that! :D) – Image

Now, to look at this from the pup’s perspective! Here we go :

I have waited for these crazy humans to come for ages now! How long does it take to see a FARM, eh? My other human friends had finally untied me, but didn’t let my partner in crime free cause she was still barking. Isn’t she a silly old dog? Wait… I SEE THEM COMING! I wagged my tail happily back and forth as they edged closer. I began to trot towards them, hoping they could see that I really wanted to play. 

Yet, they avoided me. Yes, all over again. At least that’s what I thought before this nice man reached out and scratched my ear. OH MY GOD! That feels awesome. I wagged my tail faster, signifying that I was really REALLY happy. The rest of them then reached down and started to pet me, and all I felt was pure love radiating from their personas. I could here the other ones bark for attention, but that seemed to frighten them even more. Hehe, her loss! Oh, the bliss of being scratched where you can’t reach! 

Sadly, they had to leave. I stared at them helplessly, hoping for more fun and play. They all took their turns in bidding bye-bye to me and the other girl. I smiled at them, glad that they weren’t mean like other people who I’d seen, although a tinge of sadness still lined my thoughts. I was smiling at their behaviour, just as one of them took a snap of me. I bet I looked great! I mean, who can resist puppy dog eyes and a small, cute little bundle of fun and joy?!

This was my contribution to this awesome month ahead. I know it isn’t a loved one as in a person, but who doesn’t love puppies?! And this post, is partially the truth (What I wrote about the picture capture) and the rest is fiction (the pup’s perspective!) So, what did ya guys think? :)