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Clips from Darjeeling

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I’ve been obsessing over Sarah Kay’s Spoken-Word-Poetry lately. Watching her is absolutely surreal. By the end of the video I realize I’ve been holding my breath for a little too long. How softly and beautifully she describes the simplest things we miss so easily. How picturesque are her poems – with the power of merely her words and the tone of her voice.

Do give her a listen/watch. I hope someday I can watch her in person.

 

Picture Reference: Last year after visiting Sikkim, we made our last stop at Darjeeling, WB. Honestly, we were a little disappointed but the view of the Tea Gardens, the Stupa and the quaint Glenary’s Cafe definitely made up for it.

Drinking Fountains & Riveras

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So, as I was saying Italy was the first European country we visited. It took our breath away.

If only the buildings could talk, I’m sure each would have its own story to tell. Learning a little bit of italian to get by with the locals was a lot of fun – more so since it did overlap with english. Having gelatos in the middle of night, having the sun shine on upon us at even 8 PM and last but not the least the fountains of water that we could drink!

Coming from India where tap water is to be sent through a water purifier to be made ‘edible’ , it was very unusual to drink right out of the pipes by the side of the road!

Walking by the river Tiber after sundown was yet another surreal experience, not to worry about the time or the people or a curfew in my case really gave it a perfect Roman Holiday Experience.

 

Photo Reference: Attached are 3 photos from our first day there. We walked by the River Tiber and to Piazza del Popolo where we saw the Egyptian Obelix and the Twin Churches of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

Roma

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I feel terrible that I have not been regular with the Dog Wood Photography Challenge I had promised to undertake. Though this year seems like a re-run of last, I’ve made it a point to try a whole to strategy.

Strategy not only with respect to my choices regarding my future but also my attitude to life. Being positive gives you a sense of confidence, a sense of accomplishment. I read somewhere that when you enter a match or a race – you need to believe you are the one who is going to win. Not the opponent(s).  The universe does listen.

I also do know it is easier said than done. Somedays are treacherous. So much so that I have to take the day to catch my breath. Such days are lovely to rummage through the old hard drive and find these beautiful pictures.

This was probably our very first international trip. I had my very first digital camera – a Canon Ixus 220 HS. And boy did I go berserk with number of photos I could shoot without worrying about running out of film! I love how many pictures are amateurish and some are drop dead gorgeous that I can’t believe that I could take them.

We went to Italy and did a few sights – Rome, The Vatican, Pisa, Florence, Venice and a small stop at San Gimignano. I’ve attached a few from our first day in Rome.

Despite being as young and naive as I was, I truly felt Florence was a beautiful place that is highly underrated and hidden behind the glory of Rome and Venice. Venice is undoubtedly breath-taking and the little boat ride to the famous Murano glass making factories was simply a cherry on top.

I will find more Throwbacks to add to the Italian collection and hopefully one day make it back there to see Milan and Verona too!

 

Bealach na Bà

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No more training, do you require. Already know you that which you need.” – Yoda

3°C and 2,054 ft
Bealach na Bà, Applecross.
7th August 2015

A Different World

 

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There are days I wonder what it would be to live a life that wasn’t my own. 🌬️
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🌏 • Timber Trail, Parwanoo.
⏳ • 21st November 2016

Alive

 

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“Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho.
Toh zinda ho tum!
Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!

Hawa ke jhonkon ke jaise aazad rehna seekho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise, leharon mein behna seekho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya samaa dekhen yeh nigahaein

Jo apni aankhon mein hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!
Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!” – ZNMD 🎥 •


🌍 • Hannover, Germany
⏳ • 10th January, 2014

 

English Translation:

 

If you are moving
with an eagerness in your heart,
then you are alive..
if you’re moving
with the sparks of dreams in your eyes,
then you’re alive..
learn to live freely
like the gusts of wind,
Learn to flow in waves,
like a river does..
Meet every moment
with your arms open,
Every moment these eyes should
watch a new weather,
If you’re moving with
a bewilderment in your eyes
then you are alive,
If you are moving
with an eagerness in your heart,
then you are alive..

Morning Coffee

 

 

 

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“I don’t want to be
your entire world, no.
I would be happy
just to be your morning coffee,
your hanging car keys,
your wallet.
Something seemingly
insignificant,
but if lost throws off
your entire day.” – Unknown 🗝️

🌍 • Hannover, Germany
⏳ • 10th January, 2014