Hello October!

Hello October! Bring us Peace. Good bye grey skies! Hydrangea bushes, please return the borrowed colours. We want the azure skies back Fill our minds with radiant joy. Come back gentle breeze with your pretty tunes and playful laughter. “Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.”― Mort Walker Bring us smilesContinue reading “Hello October!”

Daisy, the poet’s darling

Contented they are in their lowly status Daisies spread joy to the beholder. Here are lines from three different poets on the simple, demure yet cheerful Daisies…A bed of daisies on a hill station brought back flowery memories of  Munnar days… smell of the fresh air, pine trees, evergreens, bird songs and cool weather.   SaidContinue reading “Daisy, the poet’s darling”

Oh! darkly deeply beautifully blue!

Oh! “darkly, deeply, beautifully blue,” As someone somewhere sings about the sky. Lord Byron The dreamy quietness of the blue up above has the power to sooth your soul. The unruffled nature of the vastness of the blue sky overawes you and sponges your worries and woes away. Peace and happiness just fill your being.Continue reading “Oh! darkly deeply beautifully blue!”

The days when the smiles over tears will prevail…

  August sky has been a drama queen, a tantrum queen!  The bold and wild artist that she is, she throws her hissy fit throwing her paint and colours all around her at the end of the day. With lights and sounds she scares the mortals down.  Her  brilliant creativity and imagination flow unrestrained andContinue reading “The days when the smiles over tears will prevail…”

Vu Lan Festival…of Spirit Month and Faith

Vietnam is celebrating the month long festival of the hungry ghosts or Vu Lan festival now. Vu Lan which is also called Trung Nguyen, is closely connected to the Asian tradition of ancestral worship. In some of the other Asian countries too ‘All Souls Day’ falls on the full moon day or 15th day ofContinue reading “Vu Lan Festival…of Spirit Month and Faith”

Have you got a brook in your little heart?

August, with her leaping clouds and cheery blooms, is in town! Hello August…Hearty welcome! Today’s dawn was so bright and cheerful! A row of  Rain Lilies/ Zephyranthes  just about to bloom in the early morning sunlight was a delightful sight. I waited for the lilies to bloom fully and the pink burst of joy filledContinue reading “Have you got a brook in your little heart?”

Shades of Rain…

Look out at the July skies! Ready to burst open at anytime. Mountains of clouds come floating with no warning; heavy hearted they hover around for a while, then they pour down… The hooded clouds, like friars, Tell their beads in drops of rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow June-July rains are entirely different in Kerala, myContinue reading “Shades of Rain…”

The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake

    Unaffected by the hustle and bustle happening around, Hon Kiem Lake looks so still and unperturbed like a green mirror. On a pleasant february morning eleven years back I bade good bye to Hanoi after a month long stay in Nghệ An -a province in North Vietnam- hardly expecting to visit Hanoi onceContinue reading “The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake”

Beach Dwellers

    Who sells sea shells on the sea shore?   Hundreds of turret shells washed upon the shore could either be a seasonal, temporary phenomenon or an alarming and disturbing sign of aquatic pollution; I don’t have the slightest clue. The crowded Vung Tau beach, in Vietnam had turned to a beach of shellsContinue reading “Beach Dwellers”

Harvesting sunrises and sunsets…

THE SOUL should always stand ajar. That if the heaven inquire, He will not be obliged to wait, Or shy of troubling her. Depart, before the host has slid The bolt upon the door, To seek for the accomplished guest— Her visitor no more. Emily Dickinson Yes, don’t be careless and forget to leave yourContinue reading “Harvesting sunrises and sunsets…”