One December sunset

Once I saw a chimpanzee …

gaze at a particularly beautiful sunset

for a full 15 minutes,

watching the changing colors [and then]

retire to the forest

without picking a pawpaw for supper..

Adriaan Kortlandt

Sunset…,can do that anyone…

As the dark & light..mixed & blended..

As the horizon…shone in many colours…

As the evening light gave way …to night…

As the owlets…got ready for their night out

as the lady walked past us …with her cattle…

as we had our cuppa & shared some coffee with a stray…

As the god settled down for night

With the night falling….

Stars faintly shining….

December chill… filled the air …

If there is a god ..we see each day…it is sun…I thought to myself…

As we drove back home….

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Fair & her colours

An yearly affair….

A fair at a nearby temple..

My first visit was last year..

I had never been to one..so my first visit was interesting…

So this year went again..

Not disappointed at all

same stalls…same stuff…same aromas…

But…something likeable is in the air..

as the crowd increases..by night..one somehow gets drawn into that sea of people…

Taking in the sights…you walk & walk along with the crowd…you become one of them…

And…the colours…the everyday stuff…the mundane loooks special..,

the stall with earrings…looks attractive

The bangle kiosk

The chains

The plastic stuff otherwise you may not glance..stands out

The little girls stuff

Then the street food,,..beckons you…

I’m always wary about having some…

But gave into the temptation!

Everything there is cheap…mayn’t last more than few days..

But just that joy of picking up at a fair…

Some items were popular..like these cushions

But there is something for all..something one needs…

Like I was looking for earthen lamps…& found nice ones..4 for just 10 rs

A terracotta lantern….

And some tapioca chips..for my helps…

As we moved towards the exit road…

I noticed a corner with all gods…even god wouldn’t understand the complicated world of his here!

Yes we have that many…gods..

They were all on floor..no hang ups…& no issues..

It is us..who create all the drama!

Like wise ..the vendors…very different from each other

sitting together…& getting on with their business….

That is then I realised ….

A fair is like catharsis!

Releases all your tensions….& at least for few minutes…that feeling ..we as human beings enjoy little things more..

One December evening at raagi gudda jathre…

Rose..is a rose

There…is simply the Rose …

It is perfect ..in every moment of it’s existence..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

in nature all is perfect….but the most perfect may easily be a rose ….the way her petals are arranged…the way the texture is..& her innumerable colours…

the pinks…& the hues

as if one isn’t enough…when there is a bunch of them..it is like your garden is appreciating your love towards your plants

they say red rose is for love….passion..

But me thinks…if one doesn’t react to a red rose…you aren’t alive…

I am not much of a rose person….it is Vijay who loves them…I find them very beautiful of course…but it is the little flowers…the subtle flowers ..like say honeysuckles..pansies…which will draw my attention..

But as they start surviving in your garden…& they bloom as only they do…Rose makes you fall in love with them…

Each time a new bud starts opening…one realises what a marvel of flower rose is…

This orange one is my favourite…in my garden..

I just like the way…she blooms & sways serenely amongst the reds & pinks..knowing she may not be as bright as they are…

She somehow calms me..

the yellows always bloom in bunches & quite popular with butterflies…

at dawn… or at dusk …when a rose smiles at you…her delicate fragrance touches you….

It is sort of reassuring…

That’s why…I always say..& feel rose is full of heart…

Grow your own Rose & feel good….

Just a drive

With no destination…in mind…just packed some food..& we were on road…

After few minutes..we decided to go towards Kanakapura …the picturesque & calm…landscape rains..rains…& more rains..so there were lakes in all sort of places.,,

The clean rainwater..

And lot of water birds .,happy to have found new lake

stopped by this lake at harohalli….

Lot of wildflowers,plants & birds

Drove further…into a quiet forest area…few months ago it was rocky terrain…now all lush green…

As we had our lunch…just the sounds of the leaves…wind…& some bike sounds…

People going to nearby hamlets..

A shy smile..some wave ..some stop by..& say few words…

Green is so soothing….peaceful…

Packed lunch tasted so good!

It was time to leave..,

As we left the wooded area….the silence became feeble…

Slowly some noises filtering in…

From a tiny hamlet by the road side…

Goats…cows.. & the noisy house sparrows…

At the end of the village…was this colourful temple…

A few mins stop…

&

Found a couple selling fresh veggies from their farm….

I was so glad to find one of my favourite beans after a long time

Bought them…

Happy..that the farmers..growers got the money..no middlemen….

The rural sounds….

The rural sights….

There is something so soul warming…

Or

Is it that…we are emotional about our roots…

Being from a farming community…that is what gives me peace…

May be..,&

So be it….always

Autumn leaves

every leaf….speaks bliss to me….Emily Bronte

Fall leaves..are sheer visual poetry…a soul satisfying experience…the reds….the yellows…oranges…pinks..& greens…

And..they fall making way for new leaves..

And they fall and fall…everywhere…all over…

On a cold October evening…to walk on a path…full of crisp autumn leaves…is something I could do every year

Hidden..under those leaves …a path ..which is joyous….

And the crisp sound …as you walk on them …is something unmatchable…

And when the cold wind blows…they dance…& how! A sight to behold…

Had the opportunity to see the changing colours…of leaves….from green to yellow…orange to red..

It is mesmerising to watch them grow old…& fall one after other…and they go out in all colours…

Autumn…teaches you how to let it all go…

It reminds us….to live..& to live well…live every moment…& to go when time is right…

Way of life…circle of life…gist of life..whatever one wants to call.

I had a chance to watch them..in all glory…from the time I reached Calgary to the time I left..& in between few weeks in America.

An experience..which was in my bucket list ..simply because..we don’t have such autumn foliage in India …ours is very subtle…here & there…but over there …it is all over…

Being a colours person…I will cherish those oranges….pinks…reds…yellow..forever

As I close this post…

I would like to quote…Dodinsky..

I hope I can be the autumn leaf…

Who looked at the sky & lived…

And…

When it was time….to leave…

Gracefully.,,,

It knew….

Life was a gift….Dodinsky

So….enjoy that gift called life…

Lies & hatred…keep away…

Try being nice…it does help…

Just LIVE….bright & happy…

And…

Just LEAVE…when it is time….

Calgary

A city…which is a mix of bit of everything..

A pristine river with glacier waters…urban tall buildings..some pretty old homes…tall grass…some green & some mix of all colours…parks ..malls…random places to play music..or just sit…

One evening in Calgary..

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