A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!

Candle lit paper lanterns The river is aglow with a myriad tiny paper lanterns and the streets of the old town are lit up with  colourful silk lanterns hanging all over. The night of the lantern festival at Hoi An is a mesmerising, romantic experience! The smiling full moon up above looks lustreless when ThuContinue reading “A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!”

Things of past…

‘When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, And moan the expense of many a vanished sight’~ sonnet 30 Porter’s rest/ athani- the last of its kind in our village Anakkara The Porter’s rest ( Athani /അത്താണി /ചുമടുതാങ്ങി) was a blessing to many weary wayfarers carrying heavy loads.Continue reading “Things of past…”

The Echoing Green!

”Such, such are the joys… on the echoing green” Tranquility personified!  Green bee-eaters basking in the evening sun, a milk white egret in the backdrop     Echoing Silence and Green Anakkara was brimming and echoing with green this November! There seems to have a drastic change in the usual pattern and terrain of ourContinue reading “The Echoing Green!”

Pastoral Idylls…

  Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood. Peace seemed to reign upon earth, … All sounds were in harmony blended.~ Longfellow   Those lines give an all-is-well-here picture of an ideal and idyllic landscape. I was reading ‘TheContinue reading “Pastoral Idylls…”

Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!

Blue Moon, as once in a blue moon! That was a long wait for the rare celestial event called Blue Moon…Even though I knew that there’s nothing blue about it, the element of excitement was no less. This cosmic phenomenon took place on the 31st of July, but to my dismay a bunch of cloudsContinue reading “Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!”

Monsoon Thoughts

It is ‘Thiruvathira Njattuvela‘, the season that marks plentiful rains and gleeful sunshine joined together to rejuvenate the farming traditions in Kerala. Commencing from the second half of June (usually by June 22) and lasting for a fortnight this is the most favoured solar transit, when bountiful rains bless the state with prosperity. As theContinue reading “Monsoon Thoughts”

Some mango tales from mangolicious Cambodia

  My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.                                      Continue reading “Some mango tales from mangolicious Cambodia”

Dawn drenched land

  Morning Glory   Bidding farewell to Cambodia was heart breaking…A sudden surge of love for that charming land swept me away. I became too obsessed with inhaling the fluffy clouds and the splendour of the crimson sunrises and the glorious sunsets with a vengeance. I wanted to absorb every bit of the mesmerizing PhnomContinue reading “Dawn drenched land”

Feathered friends, my day brighteners!

  My Phnom Penh mornings are chirp-filled, tweet-filled and music-filled. The musical treat starts at the crack of dawn! The everyday musicale takes place outside my bedroom window, on the Longan tree and the Golden Showers tree. Each one of the choristers tries to excel and outshine the other, yet in perfect harmony! Another interestingContinue reading “Feathered friends, my day brighteners!”