Should I call it “photography-mania”??

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This year has been a wonderful journey so far – from bitter-sweet experiences, adventures, jaunts -to getting completely insane sometimes. 😉 I loved spending time with my hobbies and felt content acquainting with my own self..

And when I was doing so much of it, I met eyes with something that has drawn me crazy for a while now and I just can’t stop thinking about it.. Wherever I go, it just follows.. I keep wondering if its inspired by Vodafone?? 😛 So, let me keep it simple and tell you what it is. It’s called – in simple language – “photography”.

Photography for me till some time back was just smiling at the camera with all possible poses and asking my husband or my friends to click me.  I must admit, it’s a big pain for them 😛

I love capturing every possible moment in my “tiny companion” called camera and rejoice going back my memory lane with them. Doesn’t it fill your heart with joy to glance through your old snaps of those lovely moments that you never wanted to pass; those that can make life look worth it?I am no different 🙂

Well, things have gone little further to this now. My role of posing in front of the camera is taken over by me indulging in capturing the beauty of Mother Nature.. From flowers, farms, oceans, hills to sun, stars and sky – nature amazes us with its prettiness; and when locking them all in my camera, I thank God for his artistry.

No, don’t think I have stopped troubling people to snap me, I still do that and don’t see a day when I will ever stop! 😛

Aaeemm, thinking if I should be calling it “photography-mania”? 😉

Now, let me show you some of the snaps that made me feel like a “proud photographer”

Though I am enjoying every bit of my insanity with the camera, my husband doesn’t seem to be happy about it – he has understood my silent wish of getting an SLR camera from him. 😛

Long way to go.. 🙂

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Happy Jaunting to me – The Spiritual Way.. :)

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“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” — Danny Kaye

Travelling – the one thing that excites me most in my life! I get totally insane with my pursuit to travel places, meet people and of course get myself clicked in a camera 😛

From my earlier post – Adding memories to life – you would have already figured out how much I enjoy travelling. Travelling to me is to get refreshed, to explore my inner self, to experience the beauty of nature and to get lost in it by being just “ME”..

And now after a short (and unpleasant and boring 😦 ) medical break, I am back – back in action 😉 – on my jaunts! Just like “The Batman” Rises 😛 And yes, my jaunts are different this time! They are not beaches or hill-stations or recreation places, they are – spiritual ! 🙂

Our hearts are closely connected with spirituality. How much ever technologically advanced we become in our life, there still are a lot of whys hows and whats, some questions unanswered, some doubts uncleared, something missing that our “modern lifestyle” doesn’t fulfil. That’s when we seek spirituality; we seek a connection to that supreme power!!

My travel this time is going to be places of divine power, places that are worshipped by thousands and millions, places that are believed to fulfil wishes 🙂 Ofcourse, all my in lovely country – INDIA 🙂

Well, fortunately, I have got a simple, happy and satisfied life – no complains and no regrets at all.. My purpose of this trip is to “add cherries on the top” of my life thank god for putting lovely people in my life circle.. The second purpose is to seek strength to face all situations with a smiling face 🙂 even when life turns blue.. I don’t wish a cake walk in life – I am visiting them with a faith to get my bit of peace of mind.

I don’t expect God fulfilling all my wishes, for the simple reason that, my wishlist is much longer than the queue of millions of devotees in these temples 😛 I can’t put god in so much pressure you see.. 😉

Uhh, I am still in the middle of a hectic work week and my heart is already “day-dreaming” about the mini-vacations planned for the next couple of weekends! How do I tell it to have patience, they are still few days away 😉

So here is the plan for next 5 weekends:

This weekend: Satyanarayan Pooja at home

Every journey begins with a step and my first step begins in my own home with a small Satyanarayan pooja. This month is believed to be holy and auspicious as per Hinduism and it’s a practise I follow to offer this prayer every year at home.

 

 

Next weekend: The Tirumala Hills – Tirupati

Tirupati – the home of Lord Venkateshwara. Since childhood I have heard a lot of stories about this place. It’s believed that Lord Venkateshwara took a loan from Kuber for her marriage which he has to pay till end of Kal Yuga and that’s how he is the only diety with hands spread. Isn’t it interesting ! Well, as of today, this temple is richest in India. Its situated inmidst of 7 hills that takes around 4 hours to climb. This one is gonna be adventurous for sure 🙂

The third weekend: Mahalakshmi – Kolhapur

I have been to Mahalakshmi temple earlier and believe me, its beautiful with ancient architecture mapping its presence from more than 500 years old. Lakshmi is Goddess of Wealth and power and is visited to seek prosperity. Its believed that after visiting Tirupati, you should visit Kolhapur otherwise your Tirupati trip is not considered complete. This is because of the belief that Goddess Lakshmi is Lord Ventakeshwara’s wife and Goddess Padmavati’s avatar.

The fourth weekend: Trimbakeshwar – Nasik

Well, I don’t know much about this place apart from the information available on Wikipedia, L I just know it’s a well known temple of Lord Shiva and a place where Lord Rama and Sita stayed for a while out of their 14 years “vanavasa”. You will have to wait till my next blog for more details 😛 I am visting this with my parents for a pooja – my special effort for their good health. 🙂

And the last one: Mantrayalam – Andra Pradesh

I first visited this place after my marriage with my in-laws. My father-in-law is a follower of Raghvendra Swami who took Samadhi here in Mantrayalam about 400 years ago. The one thing I like the most here are the evening prayers – the holy sound of drums,  the holy songs sung by people, the chanting of mantras. It just creates a divine environment around us  – and ofcourse within us. 🙂

Well, looks hectic but I am so very excited about them! Monsoon, rains, beauty of nature and the holy places – best combination ever.. 🙂

Happy Jaunting to me.. 🙂 🙂

When you are happy – world is beautiful!

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Have you ever realised that you react to same situation differently depending on your mood? When you are low, every small thing irritates you to its depth and when you are happy, serious problems look easily solvable.

Our moods are like weather, constantly changing. The tiny creatures called hormones run the show of emotions and moods in us sometimes creating wonders and sometimes turning you upside down by blunders! 😉

And to avoid myself getting into blunders, I have got my arms and ammunition ready to keep my mood “happie happie”! It has worked most of the times and I am trying to get it going ALLways!

I have observed when I am happy – my schedule goes exactly as I plan, I dress at my best, I cook deliciously that day (and enjoy eating those extra calories 😛 ), my work is not delayed, my home is all clean and shining 😛 , I blog – overall I see the world so beautiful! 🙂

So let me introduce you to my helping hands that pull me out of the blue-gray feeling and turn it to the best of my moods:

1)      My iPod – I am crazy about music. If anyone asks me one thing that I can’t live without, its going to be answered as iPod. I just have to switch it on and it changes the whole world around me. I start dancing on my toes and start dreaming to touch the sky! Thanks to my iPod that gives me a feeling of sitting next to my favourite singers and listen to their songs! 😉

2)      My cutie pie plants in the garden – Whenever I see them, these tiny colourful creatures give me a feeling of relaxation, calmness, feeling that the world is full of fragrance 🙂 . Nature has its own strength of adding charm to our lives!

3)      My books library – I love reading fiction – till an extent that I totally get into those characters and start feeling them! I completely forget the world around me while reading them. They take me to an altogether different space where no one except me (ofcourse I am one of them here 😛 ) and those characters exist. This space gives me refreshment and when I come back from there, I carry a big smile on my face!

4)      Last but definitely not the least – My family and friends – I have wonderful people around me to change the game. I believe in caring and sharing. I make sure I am always there when they need me and thankfully I have always found them around whenever I need. It’s a blessing to have such loving people around. For them also, its not a big thing for change my mood – they all know very well that they just need to get a chocolate box for me 😛

With so many helping hands, how can I afford not to be happy 😉

So here is a question for you.. What’s your happiness mantra? 🙂

Adding Memories to Life.. :)

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Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~ The Wonder Years

How true is that!

Memories play a significant role in our life, they are like frequent doses of happiness. Memories of happy time spent together can bring smile on our face and give strength to cope up with tough situations, memories with friends keep reminding us we are not alone even when we are not able to connect with them frequently, memories of achievements keep us going.

Last few weeks have been amazing for me and I must admit it has been the best period of my life. I kept travelling every week while I was exploring myself, trying out different activities that I have never done before and of course enjoying being myself!

It all started with a weekend when I witnessed a cricket match LIVE! I never thought I would get a chance like this, probably I never tried before. This was indeed a spectacular experience. Thousands of people around, all the heroes of cricket just at a distance of few meters, the so much loud music, the flags and the cheers for the team, all of it made it a perfect evening!

The astonishing environment there gave the much needed energy to my mind and blood flowing!

Added this experience to my memory basket!

 

Next came the trip to Sanskruti Resort – the compensation trip that you would know why if you have read my earlier blog – A Sunday of Emotional Roller Coaster. Unlike the extra vibrant cricket stadium, Sanskruti was calm – with magic shows, mehendi art, dandhiya and ofcourse a variety of Snacks and Food – something I love the most in my life 😉

While dancing on the traditional beats of Rajasthan, I felt like a free bird away from all my thoughts of routine life, all the responsibilities and all the worries around that keep my head occupied.

This too goes and takes a seat in the memories part of my mind!

Then came the trip to Goaaaaaa.. We had been planning this since 3 years and were never successful before. This trip not planned till the last moment was one of my best experiences on beaches. The breathtaking water games were the main attraction here. The experience of riding a water boat and jumping on the violent wave is the most thrilling thing I did in my life!

As its truly said, adventures are stress busters for us. The so much shouting, the fastest heart beat ever, all add up to keep the clean our mind well!

And ofcourse I cant ever forget the beauty of those big churches, the silent spiritual environment they have, the cruise experience in the middle of the sea and witnessing the sunset – all adding life to me!

Collected memories to keep them fresh all my life!

And the last but not the least one – the unforgettable Mount Abu trip.  In the Aravalis, experience of that chill breeze was something miraculous. I never thought a place in Rajasthan can have such amazing weather. Exploring the rock mountains, the hill-top temples built centuries ago, the calm experience of boating on the lake and ofcourse shopping on my toes emptying almost my entire wallet is what I really enjoyed there.

What best can make a woman happy other than shopping!

Last 4 weeks have been like a high tide of my life with all different experiences each week.

And ofcourse this helped me bond with my family, my friends much better than before. Only thing is, they had a tough time fulfilling my requests of snaps in almost every corner and with almost every pose.. 😛 Ok, that’s what family and friends are for, a casual explanation to myself to avoid embarrassment!

I am happy to carry these memories with me which will bring a smile to me whenever I think of them!

Let me keeping adding such memories and make my life worth living!!

Under the Stars and the Moonlight..

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Under the stars and the moonlight
Lying on the bed, with dim light
I felt so calm, felt so rejoiced
After a long time, I could hear my own voice

Chill breeze roving my hair
Touching my soul, showing its care
Small and big, stars twinkling bright
Making me feel, everything is just alright!

Nature has its own way of giving
It shows us how best could be the living
No doubt it’s the best teacher
Showers its love on every creature

Stars says shine no matter what is life’s game
New moon till full moon shows life can’t be same
Night says wait, there will be light soon
Every sunrise shows life is a boon

Clouds might hide them for a while
They wait till the cloud pass, then come out with the smile
Clouds are like problems we shouldn’t be scared
They come and go along with the air

Under the blanket, in my own world of thoughts
I thank god for this beautiful life I have got!!