♥ Will you be my Valentine?? ♥

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love-is-you-love-30949107-960-8541With you, I speak day and night
You know my thoughts, my insight
I can’t call you shadow, you are within
The best partner, you have always been
You don’t keep secrets, but you hold mine
Today, I ask you – Will you be my Valentine?

Like the sun, you brighten my world
Without you, every moment is curled
I rise with you fresh, as morning to noon
Should I call you miracle, or god’s boon?
You are my spirit, you are divine
Today, I ask you – Will you be my Valentine?

You are my star that never leaves the sky
Even when the clouds are low or high
This sky changes colours from dark to blue
You know me; I am an open book just for you
You hold me tight, make me shine
Today, I ask you – Will you be my Valentine?

Like the candle without a flame
Like the person without a name
I have no existence without you my dear
The best of buddies, you bring me cheer
Oh my soul! My heartbeat, my lifeline
Today, I ask you – Will you be my Valentine?

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Mom’s lap.. ♥

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Mom 1My mom – the first one to know me when I was not even born. The one who cared me before me seeing this world, the one who understood me before even me understanding myself. The first and the most special relation I made in my life.

That’s what god says – “just because I can’t be present everywhere, I have given you a mom” 🙂

When I was born, my mom would have felt that I completed her world. I am sure she spent all these years dreaming about my future, praying for my well-being, protecting me from all the evils of the world.

In my childhood, she molded me to be a good human-being, gave me values of life that define what I am today, became a teacher (rather the most strict teacher :P) so I get the importance of education, played with me as a friend, taught me value of social life and the various relations that we hold. She sacrificed her own dreams for me and would have seen them come true through me.

Like a potter, she molded the pot of my life ♥

As I grew to the most rebellion age of teen, friends became priority. Mom became a character who imposes restrictions all the time. Listening to friends and being with them all the time was like a prestige of life, ignoring what mom had to say about it. Mom was like a old-fashioned person in life.  Though I loved her so much that time as well, I never bothered to tell her the same. She was more of a person whom I can take for granted anytime and everytime.

Mom silently absorbed all that and still kept caring the same way as she was.

Then came the age of early twenties. Mind and heart were full of dreams of bright future, college, career. Enjoyment of life was at the fullest.  New friends, new jobs, new environments kept coming and going and I got too involved in these attractions. Mom was at home, for me, just to be informed where I am. That’s it. Yeah, sometimes to order her to cook my favorite dishes.

Mom still adapted to whatever I did.

When I told her that I want to marry the person I love, of course her dreams of my marriage would have got scattered. However, just for my happiness, she agreed and made sure the biggest event of my life was made the most memorable one.

Even today, when I am busy managing work and home, she keeps calling me everyday to know my well-being. Sometimes I speak with her sometimes, sometimes disconnect her calls when I am in meetings, sometimes forget to call her back due to work, but she has not given up her consistency.

That’s what my mom is!!

Today, when I am taking this journey to be a mom soon, I realize what all my mom has done for me and what all I have given her in return.

Of course I never forgot my responsibilities towards her health, towards giving her those small surprises on her birthday and all, but when I look at what she has done for me, they all look too small to be done for her.

I feel lucky to have her in my life and feel sorry that I couldn’t do much for her that she really deserved.

I feel like silently putting my head in her lap and ask her forgiveness. I am sure whatever stage of life I am, my mom’s lap is the most secure place for me in this whole world where I will get unconditional love without any second thought.

Love you mom!

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.. 🙂

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.. 🙂 🙂