Wednesday, 31 July 2013

My Tryst With PADE - July 2013 - A Journey To Remember

July 2013.
An Initiative By Ritu KT & Sfurti Sinha.
ToRaveAbout & Juztamom.

31 Diverse Themes For The 31 Days Of July.
An 'Experiment' As You Would Call It.
An Initiative By Friends And Co-Bloggers.
An Honest Attempt - A Try.

A Try - Should I Too, Try?
After All, The Limit's The Sky.
My Heart Said - Go For It! 
Aye Aye!

From 8 To 31 - Days Came And Went.
It Was Very Fun.
The Ones Close To My Heart - Two - Windows And Art.
Why? You Would Ask! Read On...

Windows - My Eyes - My Computer -  A School -  Man's Windows - All Things Andaman - Clouds 'n' Sink Holes - Windows.
Art - Such Art - Diverse Art - Intellectual Art - Mathematical Art - Close To The Heart - Art.
The Most Demanding And Diverse Interpretations Of All.
For Both Of Which, In My Court, Lied The Ball.

Ritu - Ms. Expressive Enthusiast - Magical Pics Say It All.
Your Bliss Was Perfect To Infinity.
Sfurti - Ms. Wondrous Words - Magnificent Haikus And Nice To Match Snaps.
You Captured Light In A New Light.

As The Curtains Fall On PADE...
I Take With Me - A Wonderful Experience And A Friendly Fan Base.
Our Very Own PADE Community.
Let's Keep This Bond Together Till The Face Of Humanity.

This post details my tryst with PADE and everything PADE.

Sfurti And Ritu - Thanks Would Be Really Tiny A Word.

Accept This...


PADE --- Night --- Day 31

The Sunset Heralds The Onset Of Night...
The Sky And The Sea Both Don The Sun's Magnificent Colors In Its Honor...
Which I captured at Goa's Candolim Beach in 2005.


No Night Can Be More Enchanting Than The Full Moon Night...

...Even More Resplendent With Its Four Twined Aura...
 ...And A Tiny After Image At The Bottom...

I was lucky to capture The Full Moon Night by the Havelock Island Too...
...Sea Water Gloriously Reflecting The Moon's Being...

...As The Night approached...
...The Moon's Divinity Engulfed The Darkness...

...And We Tried To Catch It In Our Hands...
...And Capture It In Our Lens Too...

Apart from Nature's Majestic Night Marvels...
...We also celebrate Night by dispelling the darkness...
...The Rashtrapati Bhawan At Its Glorifying Best On Republic Day, 2013

This post is my final entry to PADE Day 31 - Night - making the curtains fall on this Month - Long Initiative by Sfurti Juztamom and Ritu KT's ToRaveAbout.
All entries for Day 31 can be found here and here.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

PADE --- Water --- Day 30

A Single Drop Of Water
As Glorious And As Precious 
As Sea-ful Of Them


Whether Falling From A Rim
Or From An Eye

This post is my entry for PADE Day 30 - Water by Sfurti Juztamom and Ritu KT's ToRaveAbout.
All entries for Day 30 can be found here and here.

Monday, 29 July 2013

PADE --- Vacation --- Day 29


Good Leisurely Time Together With The Family.
Imprints Etched Forever On The Sands Of Time.
Such Reminiscences Of Time.
Testimonies Of Memories - SOUVENIRS. 

Souvenirs From Our Various Vacations...

Firsts Are Always Special.
Be It Any Sphere Of Life.
So Here Stands Tall Our First Souvenir.
A Gift From Our Honeymoon At Manali.


From Majestic Snow Clad Himachal Peaks Of The North.
Pine Cones Galore.
Reminding Us Of Those Snow Fights.
And Races For The Largest Collection.

The Idols Of The East.
Jaggannath Puri Stand Testimony.
To Our Eyes Having Witnessed The Puri Rath Yatra.
Reminding Us Of God's Divine Tapestry For Each One's Lives.

The Tallest Temple Of The South - Meenakshi Temple.
As A Souvenir To Fit In Our Palm.
Symbolizing Divinty.
At Its Best.

The Beach Marvels Of The South.
Be It A Sea Of Bivalves Or Mollusk Shells.
Or Conch Shelled Curtains.
Tagging Along Are The Shelly Peacock, The Carved Elephants And The Marine Mouse Too.

The Magnificence Of The Sandy West.
Rajasthani Art 'n' Craft.
The Ships Of The Desert - Welcome The Camels.
Be It Jaipuri Horses Or Jaisalmeri Wood 'n' Fibre Work - Peacocks And Turtles.

Going InternationalAnother Special 'Firsts'.
To The Left Stand The Petronas Twin Towers, To The Right Is The Menara.
And The Centres Occupied By City Views - Malaysia, Truly Asia.
Towards The End -  Came Japan And Their Aesthetic Japanese Fan. 

The Most Recent Souvenirs From Andaman, 2013 - Those Precious Corals (Showcased In 'Shapes'), The Jarawan Tribal Tools ( Showcased In 'Tools') And Those Picturesque Clouds (Through 'Windows') - All Stand Testimony To My Participation In PADE Itself.

This post is my entry for PADE Day 29 - Vacation by Sfurti Juztamom And Ritu KT's ToRaveAbout.
All entries for Day 29 can be found here and here.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

PADE --- Special --- Day 28 --- A Special 'Birdie'ful Morning Surprise

॥ जाको राखे साईंया मार सके ना कोय ॥ 
(No one can harm the one who is under God's care)

This Special post comes from memories of a Special Surprise which came visiting us a Month and A Half back and which I had blogged about here.         

    One Fine Morning, my hubby and I were sipping our morning tea in our room when we heard a loud thud on our window's glass panel in our balcony. I thought it must be the news paper vendor who had thrown the paper on the glass panel by mistake. My hubby went out to guide him not to throw the paper on the glass panel but on the door's wooden panel lest it would break.
          But he was shocked to see that it was not the paper but a Birdie fallen on the floor near the window. God knows how it banged on the glass panel!

 He sighed and called me. I couldn't bear the pitiful state of a cute, multicolored Birdie as it was motionless. For a second, we were dumbstruck whether it was alive or not! :(
Then, by God's grace it opened its eyes slightly and we heaved a sigh of relief. :D

        I ran to bring some water and poured it on the floor for it to drink. But it couldn't bend to drink it as its limbs were hurt. It tried to push itself but it couldn't stand. I asked my husband to lift it in his hand and Thank God, from the cup of his hand, it could drink water. Then I brought some biscuit crumbs and poured it in its beak which it had started opening now.

Slowly, it started to stand on my husband's palm and then hopped a step. He put it in our plant pot so that it could feel the natural surrounding. By now, its condition seemed a bit better. It hopped and again sat on the floor.

I was pleasantly surprised to see its reflection in the glass panel. It seemed that now it was enjoying its reflection and rejoiced to see one of its kind. It sat there for twenty minutes, drank water, ate biscuit crumbs, gathered strength and then suddenly flew away (How we wished that it could remain with us for a longer period... But were glad to see it recover and fly away to probably its family). ^_^

        It was a sheer coincidence that as at times, in the morning wee hours, I love to take shots of nature, birds, bees and at times monkeys visiting our locality, my camera was in near vicinity and hence I could capture this whole memorable experience in my lens. The Birdie was so pretty that besides taking care of it, I couldn't resist to capture it in my lens too.

We shall never be able to forget this instance which started with a sigh but ended with elated gratification and jubilation.

This whole episode stands as a Special Memory etched in our hearts forever.

This incident stands out as it gave as a Special Opportunity for Service - Service of A Wounded Bird - Which reminded us of a similar episode encountered by Lord Buddha in his lifetime - And Which In Turn, For Us, Symbolizes Service Of GOD. 

This post is my entry for PADE Day 28 - Special by Sfurti Juztamom and Ritu KT's ToRaveAbout.
All entries for Day 28 can be found here and here.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

PADE --- Smile --- Day 27

Say Cheese
Or Cheese - 'Say People'!

Now, What Do All These Phrases Remind You Of?
A Photo Session?
An Exciting Photo Session?
Or An Imposed Photo Session?

Here's Presenting To You

My First Photo Session as a 1.5 Year Old Jolly Kid...

I sure was inquisitive about The Cameraman And His 'Photo Capturing Device' that my Elder Brother had to hold me really tight...
We both are all Smiles!
(Reposted from here)

And Then From The Blacks 'n' The Whites To The 'Technicolor' Rainbow Hued Era...

My Daughter!

 'A Child's First Smile Is The Purest And The Most Contagious Emotion'!

Notice The Baby Framed In The Backdrop?
...We've Surely Come A Long Way Today!

...Even God Has His Jolly Moments...
 Our Two Laughing Buddhas At Home...

And Finally,
Some Inanimate Smiles...

Jolly Good - With Some Trinkets And Thread

Smiley Flash Card At Your Service
To Lighten Your Woes Any Time Of The Day!

And Then I Am Reminded Of The Smileys We Use Everyday!
  :D :) :D

Now, For The Surprise Elements!

Do You Feel This Couple Is Smiling?

Tilt Your Screen 180 Degrees And Witness The Surprise!

THE  BEFORE - AFTER EFFECT is what you call this!
All that matters is PERCEPTION.
The Same Goes For Life As Well...
Positive Smiles Or Negative Frowns...

(Taken From The Big Book Of Brain Games - Gifted By A Friend In 2009)

That's A Good Samaritan's Work Well Done.
Have I Spread Enough Smiles For The Day?

Hoping To Break The 'Badge Drought' With This Jolly Post! :) :D :)


This post is my entry for PADE Day 27 - Smile by Sfurti Juztamom and Ritu KT's ToRaveAbout.
All entries for Day 27 can be found here and here.

Friday, 26 July 2013

~* The Most Memorable Odyssey Of Our And ??????'s Life *~ --- Find Out For Yourself!

Ambi Pur Perfect Road Trip - Runner-up

Diwali Surprise Gift!
Thanks Indi For The Couple Movie Tickets!

At times, I feel so dull --- Just idling and doing nothing...
No one to converse with, Nowhere to go, Not to visit any new places and Not to meet my peers.
I don't have much to do now - a - days...
Recalling The Past Week Does Help In Conquering The Loneliness Though...

Last week, when I came to this house for the first time, I got a Gala Welcome.
I was showered with flowers --- A traditional Arti and then sweets distributed among all.
My figure and color were appreciated by all. I dreamt of going places with all the family members, proving to them, my worth by displaying my specialties and making them feel proud of me.
But, nothing of that sort happened.
I haven't yet got the chance to display all my abilities to my best.
How I wish for that day to come soon in my life!

Ah! God then listened to my prayers and last Wednesday, I rejoiced when on the way to the Market, plans of A Weekend Outing initiated among all the family members.
They were discussing about various places and I was wishing that they zeroed in on one - to which I could zoom off at my maximum speed!
And YES! I was glad when they decided on Agra as the Ultimate Destination!

On the D-Day, I got a thorough wash with soapy and then refreshing water. I was sparkling in the rising sunlight of the Morning Hours.
My owner checked me thoroughly and got my tank filled.
YES! I am the Majestic Flame Red Sedan With Black Roof --- Tata Vista D90 ZX...

My owner, his wife, their two small cute kids 
and the Family's adorable American Sniffer, Snappy --- all were so excited --- Just like me and gathered their stuff for the picnic and stocked it in my boot.
Yes, there is ample boot space in me --- So much so that no one was disappointed!
They made their separate baskets comprising eatables, toys, games, mats, food for Snappy...

The moment came and we started towards Our Road Trip!
We passed through garbage dumps and stray cattle but to our rescue, there came the ultimate Odour Eliminator (unlike its competitor Maskers) --- AmbiPur --- With The Sky Breeze Variant By Our Side, Malodors Just Vanished Into Thin Air --- Breezy Cool!
Thank God For AmbiPur!


The 'Breezy Cool' AmbiPur Sky Breeze Variant...

I went through the cramped internal roads full of rickshaws, two - wheelers, oddly parked vehicles in front of illegally encroached shops and houses -- where I couldn't speed up and was getting irritated.
My owner had to change my gears so frequently that it hurt! Ouch!
But at last, I was relieved of my pain --- as we reached the Yamuna ExpressWay, Noida and WOW! I sped past the trees and other vehicles too!
I was loving the smooth road and hence, along with my speed, my Owner and his family also started gearing up...
We all were enjoying the Fresh breeze and Greenery by the roadside. Kids started singing songs to play Antakshri. Even Snappy was enjoying himself  with the melodies in his own puppy voice...
I used to feel elated whenever they sang any song about me and my speed.

I was enjoying the trip --- to cover approximately 200 kilometers via Mathura - Vrindavan --- racing by --- But the one who caught my attention --- Red Chevrolet Beat...  --- The One Who Made My Engine Beat Faster!

But suddenly one junkie Truck making strange voices passed by, at a very close distance!
How I hated him because I lost track of my Beat!
For a split second, I was really scared but then My Owner swirled my steering a bit and we were on our path again...

Our Trip started getting more engrossing when my Automatic Rear Wiper sensed drops of water on my Rear Windscreen. The kids started making Jolly Faces on the Windows.

Then the round of Jokes started.
I never cherished such Wiper - Tickling Jokes in my whole life...
As we progressed towards our destination, we came across a mustard field --- lush green leaves enlivened and refreshed by the ongoing slow drizzle... 

Golden Yellow Flowers added to its aesthetic appeal... 
The view was simply breathtaking!
Hence we halted for a while and they went inside the field for a quick photo - session.
When they came back, kids adorned the sides of my Windshield with few stems of those mustard plants.
 I simply loved it!

By that time, everyone was feeling hungry. Out came the picnic baskets with mouthwatering delicacies and snacks.
I was not hungry yet as my tank was just near to full.
Thank God! I need not fill my tank after every few hours like 'Homo Sapiens'...
I gave such a smooth ride throughout that even the kids didn't feel nauseated.

The biggest advantage of the road trip --- that they could enjoy the picturesque countryside, nests of Tailor Birds hanging from the trees, silos and scarecrows in the fields and the fresh air --- all giving a refreshing change from the pathetic concrete 'Jungle Of The City'...
Another advantage they took of the Road Trip was to halt the journey at their own wish. They stopped over at the temples of Mathura and Vrindavan --- prayed to Lord Krishna and ate 'Pedas'...

I was racing as the road was not very busy but still I was in full control of myself --- taking care in giving way to occasional farmers on bicycles and bullock carts.

Finally, we reached Agra. They parked me in the parking lot and went to see Taj Mahal...
I could only see the Majestic Tomb of this Wonder Of The World...

Annyway, I also found my way to spend my time...
I was observing other vehicles parked by my side --- some cute small ones, some long ones, some of my shape and size and some Tourist Buses too...
People passing by me were praising my looks!
I felt elated and saw others feeling Jealous of me...

Some hawkers selling groundnuts, Fried 'Papads' in long baskets, some with momentos, keychains and postcards of the White Wonder.
Some selling glass earrings and bracelets and some with the World Famous Petha.
As they came out of the monument's complex, they bought those momentos and the Pethas...

Glass Earrings From Agra!

Now was the time for our return. I was fully ready! On the way, the sun started setting which they captured in their lens.

We all enjoyed the Trip and reached back home.
The Whole Family thanked God and appreciated me and Ambipur too for a safe and fragrant journey and all the enjoyment they experienced thanks to me!
I was glad too that I met everyone's expectations and enjoyed this Road Trip along with them to the fullest...

This post is my entry for 'The Perfect Road Trip' Contest organized by AmbiPur in association with IndiBlogger.
You can vote for this post here.