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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NATURE AND ITS WONDERS



“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The physical world around us comprises unique natural forces. Plants, animals, mountains, landscapes, sun, moon, stars, oceans, rivers et al. are  manifestations of the natural world surrounding us. It is mind blowing, awe-inspiring and mysterious. The scientists have come up with multiple explanations of the natural phenomena. Yet quintessentially I think it remains a mystery, which belies comprehension. We would love to keep it that way.  The human race is lucky enough to be related to a  vast cosmic kaleidoscope that sustains, motivates and heals.

'N' is for Nature

Flowers are one of the greatest miracles of nature. Even a tiny stem adorns a winsome bloom. The pattern of myriad hues, shapes and sizes is staggering. I still remember: the awesome rows of annuls, seasonal blooms, flowering trees, beds and pathways blazing with gorgeous blossoms in 'Buchart garden' in Victoria (Canada). The stunning beauty of the floral garden stole our heart away.


The enthralling magnificence of the rising sun over mountains is a rarefied  gift of nature.The mixture of scintillating colors around its emergence is too extraordinary for words.
 How subtly the sun spreads its golden sunshine  to be lapped up by all organisms down under. What can be more uplifting?!



A small plateau nurturing trees big and small amidst hills always  becomes a center of attraction for those who pass by.  It is a scene, which breaks the monotony.



Monsoon clouds wearing designer dresses laden with tons of water keep enchanting whenever you look heavenwards. How keenly we wait for those precious drops,when the earth is parched and dry. A blessing indescribable!





The mynas perched on a wire seem to be participating in their morning assembly. How the twittering, chirping birds make our mornings so special. Especially on breezy days their joy needs no bounds. They uplift our moods and  warm our souls.One instinctively exclaims, 'what a blessing this life is!'




 I'm a nature lover. Nature is my ally in all my pursuits. Its bewildering specimens keep the mystery of life and its complexities alive in the human heart.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

FOR INDIBLOGGER FRIENDS AND ALL WELL WISHERS!



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Hi,

Friends, I must tell you at the outset that this write up is a request to you to support my nomination for the 60 plus category. Pl. click on the side bar badge or the poster below to reach my nomination page. Read on….


When I opted for this nomination (60 plus category), I didn't know that I would be doing marketing for my blog. Believe me this is alien to me. Yet here I am.

As compared to young people of today I stand nowhere in computer savviness. Of course, this has resulted in less traffic on my blog. Perhaps not many know about its existence. Still, it does not deter me from doing what I like.

I compose and post one blog post per week. This is all I can manage now.  Dabbling in avenues, which can help, attract more visits to my blog, is no longer an option.  Experimentation is tough for me.  I don't feel good about it, though.

I'm a self-learner. I started my blog after retirement in December 2009.  So far, I've presented 581 posts. This is my 582nd one. Because of health constraints, number of postings has decreased considerably but the will to keep going is as strong as ever.

My blogging journey has been an exhilarating one. I derive immense pleasure from the intellectual activity, which I go through every week. It has given a purpose to my life, which in itself is a blessing.

Over the years, I've covered a variety of subjects in my posts. The range includes memoirs, offbeat topics, issues of social concern, and write-ups on my love of nature, poetry and some travel tales. Lately, I've been experimenting with photography and have joined memes, where I share my captures and info with scores of others. This is highly rewarding as a learning process and knowing so many gifted, kind and compassionate people around the world.

The fellow bloggers in the Indi Bloggers space have inspired me and influenced my thought process. The young, the middle-aged ones and the older lot like me post the best of their creative efforts. Most are extremely talented. Sometimes one feels bowled over by the depth of their understanding and analysis of the topics at hand. The enormity of subjects being taken up is mind blowing. The latest phenomenon of vloggers represents the newest trend on the block. Their videos cover current interests of the young people and are very smartly executed.

All those who contribute their art have strengthened the Indi Bloggers community. There are photographers who are adept in their craft and have very successful blogs. The literature lovers with their poetry and articles elevate and enlighten the reader. There are chefs who give recipes for finger licking dishes and much more. I’ve learnt a lot from them. A heartfelt thank you all!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

LIGHT? MUSINGS!



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L is for light/lamp:





The word light entwines a great concept of the multiple facets of this entity. Look at the moon. It gives light to the world at night. The moon-lit nights are the loveliest and  have myriad romantic connotations. The poets have explored the depths of their imagination to describe the beauty and magnificence of moon's mystery. It is photographers delight to click the many phases of its appearance. To take a walk in the moon-lit night is an experience indescribable! Watching 'THE TAJ' at AGRA in moon light feels eerie and out of this world. The moon figures  as CHANDA MAMA( uncle moon) in children's stories and lullabies.This nature's lamp is both awe inspiring and  elevating.
Scientifically, it is said that moon  has a stabilizing effect on earth's movement around its axis.






The word thunder and lightning epitomize Curiosity. The flashes of bright light in the sky to the lay man is one of the awesome mysteries of nature   and need no explanation.This zig zag strip of lightning sans thunder, I captured a few days back from the courtyard of our house.
 


Here are the white beauties which light up our  eyes, our mind and  our soul. They are stress busters.Their sight inspires us in our gloom and encourages us to move ahead. They sustain and strengthen us. They provide a visual feast.
 Flowers are unique. They smile, sometimes they wink at us to relieve  our tensions. They are great givers of happiness. That is why they prosper.


























Can we lose sight of the electric light which has revolutionized our life in all spheres of our existence?


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

KITCHEN TALES



 
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In a lighter vein.

K is for Kitchen Tales.



It was a long time back. I was in my early-teens. One day out of the blue, mother decided that it was the right time for me, to learn some kitchen tasks. I hated the idea. It meant restricting my playing time and after school gossip sessions with friends. I ignored her calls.
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One day my nemeses caught me. Mom fell sick. She needed help in the kitchen as well as in managing the two demanding younger siblings. She asked me to knead the dough for making chapatis. I half-filled the flat-bottomed wide hipped sturdy brass platter (Parat) with wheat flour. Poured enough water in a pan and started the process, following mom’s instructions. However, things went awry very soon. In my haste to do it fast, I poured a lot of water and messed it up. The whole thing turned into watery lumps. When mother saw it, she was angry, of course. She had to mix enough dry flour to turn it into right consistency for rolling chapatis. The incident gave me relief for some time more. 

However, in due course of time I did learn to knead the dough perfectly.

The second culinary adventure was my foray into preparing a vegetable dish for the first time. We used to have zucchini type (green tory) vegetable growing in our kitchen garden (my father was very fond of growing vegetables). Mother was busy elsewhere and asked me to cook the dish. The initiative on my part was the result of nonstop lectures on the necessity of learning cooking. Of course, she left instructions. I started with roasting the minced onions in ladle full of cooking oil. After adding seasoning, the chunks of zucchini were put into the pan and were mixed properly. Very soon, I could see that the the whole thing started sticking to the bottom. In my anxiety, I totally forgot to add water.  The flame was high. What did I do then? I poured another two ladleful of cooking oil in a jiffy and kept stirring. The dish was prepared somehow but it was soaked with excess oil. Dear mother had to very carefully; drain the excess oil before serving.

After many such disasters and funny adventures, I did learn some of the basics of cooking.

During my University days, dear mother never asked me to cook. I just focused on my studies.
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The real test came after marriage. My darling half had no clue about anything concerning the kitchen. Not even preparing tea was his forte (which he occasionally does now). He had returned from abroad after doing his doctorate, a couple of months before our wedding.  He had joined a state university. I got myself transferred from Gov. College for Boys Chandigarh to a Patiala College to join him. Soon after, he invited a few of his colleagues for dinner. I prepared an elaborate meal, in spite of my yet limited skills.  

According to pre-plan, the last thing to be cooked was rice pulao. I screwed it up badly. It should have been al dente. Every grain of rice is supposed to stand singly. In my case, more water and high flame turned it into a sticky gruel. I cautiously called my hubby and explained to him the dilemma. A scientist as he is, he had an idea. We transferred the contents into the rice platter and placed it on the bed under fast whirling ceiling fan, in the hope that some water would evaporate. It’s a fiasco, no doubt.

During our next visit to mom’s place, she happily taught me all the intricacies of cooking perfect rice pulao.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

CLOUDY SKY LINES!





 Can you remain sad and depressed,
When beauty around you, makes you feel blessed?

The mysteries of nature deepen, when you look up and see the mind blowing compositions of the wild blue yonder!


Sky view above the mountains In Solan.


Click from the roof top of our house.


 Clicked during an evening walk!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WATER IS A GIFT OF NATURE






Water is a boon!

J is for a jugful of water:



A jugful of water is all that you need, to help you ward off many common ailments. Yes, it is true. Extensive medical studies have proven that it is so. The catch however, is that you are supposed to drink this much daily.
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Yet, we hardly give a thought to this   medically established fact. A jug of water holds key to so many major health issues concerning us.We no longer can ignore it. The sad part is that most of us are aware of the significance of drinking enough water. Strangely though, we get so much engrossed in the nitty gritty of life that our twisted priorities tend to overlook the crucial element, which promotes our wellbeing. What a pity! For this negligence, we pay heavy price health wise. So many person-hours are wasted in unnecessary hospitals visits.

Just like air, sunshine, food and fire, water is nature’s greatest gift. It is a tonic, indeed. Actually, it is the elixir of life. ‘Two thirds of our body weight constitutes water. Human brain is made up of 95% water.’ Just ponder how this nectar blesses our very existence on this planet!

Extensive researches have confirmed the manifold benefits, which accrue if we drink sufficient quantity of water daily.

Water is essential for our survival. We will die if we do not drink water for a few days. Water lubricates our joints, cells and the whole of our internal system. The blood flows freely in our veins energizing the body organs, to function much better.

Drinking about eight glasses of water and other liquids everyday aids digestion, removes constipation and allied problems. It helps kidneys and liver to flush out toxins through urination and perspiration.

Water is beneficial in regulating our body temperature through the evaporation of perspiration, thus cooling our bodies in summers. In winters, it helps in keeping our bodies warm by conserving heat.
 
It is partly dehydration, which leads to our experiencing cramps and discomfort at night. Most of us must have gone through the painful feeling of abruptly getting out of bed to straighten our legs and doing self-massage to relieve cramping.

Mild dehydration can cause daytime fatigue and headaches. Here I share my own example with you. The weather in Punjab is still hot, humid and suffocating. A few days back, after spending the morning, doing restarting the household chores, (We've recently returned from our summer stay in the hills.) I felt sick with depleted energy. While resting to restore some vitality in my limbs, I suddenly remembered the need to drink water. I did and surprisingly felt much better and could resume finishing the chores.


However, apart from the quantity the quality of water also matters a lot. Clean and pure water leads to good health and prevents waterborne diseases.

It also  contributes to our wellness if we learn to preempt the feeling of thirst and quench it before it hits the danger button.

We must realize that we are to drink enough water for our health and overall well being.

The above observations are based on my own experiences, reading over the years and  random research.
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Can we imagine  these beauties without the availability of water.


 Stately pines on hill plateau.
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Gulmohar in full bloom


Friends, Here is thinking  about a few other  documented facts about water in general.

Water scarcity is looming large over our planet earth. So many regions of the planet earth are turning deserts. Our rivers and lakes are drying, which  is leading to a shortfall of rain. It is due to the shortsighted policies of the administrators of different nations. In this globalized world we no longer can neglect our duties towards the affected populations of the world. One of the ways where we can participate is planting more trees, plants and conserving our forest wealth.  Plants need water to grow. Conversely plants provide us rains, which feed the earth and ensure the survival of living organisms. This is how it happens.
"During photosynthesis plants lose water as water vapour from their aerial parts through a process called as transpiration. These water vapours go to the air in surrounding atmosphere and increase the normal moisture of the in it. It saturates the air faster and bring rains."

Man and nature enjoy permanent bond and are interdependent. Let's not lose sight of this fundamental truth.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MONSOON SKIES


Nature amazes me all the time and fills my heart with joy!



I is for informal:



Nature is informal and yet committed to its jobs. It has its own perfect calendar. It manifests itself according to that, without being bribed or coaxed. How methodically the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. We hardly give it a thought. Everything happens spontaneously. Our lives pass through various worrisome situations. Nature teaches us to persevere and be patient.
Nature is unique. It is spontaneous. It soothes, gives us joy, hope and courage to keep going. It does not believe in inane formalities, which sometimes are too much to bear. Nature believes in giving and only giving. It cares not for any reward. It cements our faith amidst deceit, lies and selfishness proliferating around. It personifies all that is wonderful in life. If there are some negative episodes like natural calamities, they are minuscule compared to its infinite boons.
Some pictures taken recently, representing nature's inimitable presence!



Gazed heavenward to imprison the sheer awesome expanse of the skies!!


While coming back from the hills to still stuffy heat of the plains, clicked the amazing landscape from the moving car.

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Mountains having a friendly chat with rainy clouds!

Sandwiched sky, captured during  an evening walk.


Earth meets the sky!

Dusk (8 PM) hour!

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