My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Saturday, April 30, 2016

SAME SUNRISE BUT A DIFFERENT VIEW & HUE

Location courtesy : Sadiq Nagar Park, South Delhi - Image with my Samsung E7
I have taken endless shots of sunrise and sunset with my mobile, but my thirst is still not quenched.  With every sunrise, a new rhythm joins me to fall in love with this wonderful star of our Solar System.  In fact,  my morning ritual starts with a prayer to Sun or call it Sun God. Why the suffix God needs to be added is, still we don't know much about Sun as our research on this star is tardy.

I am abundantly enjoying Nature, especially sunrise and sunset.  But I want to stir other drowsy souls to wake up and take my path which involves no coughing up of bucks, but requires only enough mental bandwidth ! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

NATURE'S BEAUTY REQUIRES NO EXPLANATION !

Credit : My Samsung E7 - location courtesy : A park in Sadiq Nagar, New Delhi
I have been visiting the same park for the last 6 years, but  I never get bored of seeing the same template. It is the same cemented paths and line of trees, leaves, flowers etc.  But my experience to enjoy them varies day to day.

It is not look but  intensity of your gaze that decides the depth of  beauty in Nature.  That's why I get a glimpse of different hues of Nature in the balmy mornings when Nature's beauty is at it's peak. I read somewhere that you need not go anywhere to enjoy a Holiday.  The only prerequisite is, you need to have a pair of piercing eyes with time to enjoy the dimensions of Nature.   That's why, a wise man rightly said that beauty is in the looks of beholder !

At the bottom of my heart,  I don't feel the need to go to  distant lands to enjoy the holiday.  In fact I have not travelled anywhere outside Delhi for the last 3 years.  Now a days, travel for me means, local travel using all modes of transport which helps to give insights and also fodder to my blog.

When your mind is stilled, your third eye opens and you start enjoying the beauty in everything.

In fact, the beauty is just on  my backyard !  But I can't rub this philosophy on my children who press  me to take them to a summer resort  and I have yet to plan !

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BLOOMING TREE

Courtesy : My Samsung E7

I was also the same city folk who generally complain “I don't have time !”until I read Ruskin Bond and Khushwant Singh.  A couple of their books changed my thought process.

Now, I am a transformed soul.  I frequently visit green patches, parks, view Sun Rise, Sun Set, ponds, trees, flowers, all surrounded by Mother Nature.  That mindset helps to churn out stories instantly.

The image you are seeing above is not so extra-ordinary.  But tell me frankly, how many of us, see upwards, whether it is sky or grown up trees in the park.  When you see them, an unexplainable silence dwells on your heart and that stillness fuels your creativity.

This morning, when I looked upwards in the nearby park to my home, I not only enjoyed the season of Spring now set in, and the blooming tree ignited me to take a snap of it.  I know that a picture can't substitute the roaring joy of Nature, but I hope it will definitely help to wake up certain drowsy souls who spend hours with their gadgets in the four walls of either their offices or homes !

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FUN WAY TO INCREASE YOUR VOCABULARY

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Vocabulary is an area most of us neglect.  It is easy to say to power up your vocabulary on daily basis.  Open a note book and find difficult words and remember them daily is not only  a horrendous task but a boring one.  When I persuaded my children to show me five new words with their meanings daily, they accepted with a great difficulty.  It is almost a daily hunt for me to push them to the task.

Myself somewhat accustomed to do the ritual.

 


The other day, a friend of mine showed one interesting online quiz website to improve vocabulary. You get a score based on your quickness in replying to the 10 questions.

One of the internet's dictionary giants Merriam-Webster, has all the necessary ingredients to encourage you  and fill you with more fun so that your vocabulary increases effortlessly.

So what you are waiting ?   Click below and ready yourself for the quiz :

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-games/vocabulary-quiz


Sunday, April 17, 2016

PUBLIC RECHARGING PLACES

Sis Ganj Gurdwara at Old Delhi - courtesy : My Samsung E7 smartphone with 13 M.P. Camera

All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree.

                                                                                                    - Albert einstein


I am not religious, but at core spiritual.  May be I am stuffed with this mindset  when I was conceived by my mother.

I don't give enough credence to festivals, birthdays of deities.  I profoundly believe that if there is any cause for Life here or  Universe, it must have been only One Cause.  It can't be two, which was advocated from Einstein to Stephen Hawking to Joel Primack and also neurologists like Rudolph Tanzi etc.

What I perceived in life so far is that our lives revolve through cause & effect. If we go on doing harmful acts to other beings/ creatures, we are bound to be fixed. It is not an orthodox belief but my life's own experience.   Whether I help others or not,  but I never attempt to snatch anybody's  rightful 'due'.

At frequent intervals , I go to  mandir, masjid, gurdwara or church to recharge myself.   It is not to please the gods or deities.  A couple of years back, I experimented by visiting Jama Masjid in Delhi and held a fast during Ramzan  and offered prayers as per their practice.   At heart, I felt so blessed to do so.  Recently I visited the famous Sis Gsnj Gurdwara in Old Delhi and came back fully recharged.  

Noted Indian spiritual guru Jaggie Vasudev rightly says that religious places/shrines are like 'public recharging places.

The refreshing effect of these holy places is beyond words.  Why I showed special interest in visiting Gurdwara is the feeling of humbleness when I see the small acts of kindness shown by fellow devotees, especially the attitude of volunteers at Shoe House. They take your footwear with both hands and brush/polish them and give back with equal grace.

When I sit at Gurdwara for an hour, it  stirs  me to take inward steps to experience  'divinity' within me.

Another beauty of Gurdwara is, anybody can visit it without any restrictions.  One should not miss the Community Lunch/ Dinner.

There may be a raging debate if there is a God or not,  but one thing is certain - we all share the same space for  the origin of  our life here and such conviction in nutshell is spirituality.

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