A birthday wish!

“Ma, am in Ambattur now. How many more stations before I reach Chennai Central?”

“I don’t know the exact no. of stations but just look for Basin Bridge. Central is the next station”

“Maaaa, how can you not know? You are supposed to know everything” πŸ˜„

And that led to this:

To my dearest kutti daughter,

When you were a little girl, maybe I had answers to all your questions.

When you were a teenager, I answered many of your questions honestly but you didn’t know the enormity of your questions.

When you started staying all by yourself there were many questions of yours for which I had an answer but was unable to convince you with it.

So, my dear girl, your mom doesn’t know the answers to many questions you ask and to many questions of her own. But I don’t worry too much about not knowing them. I will know them when the time is right for me. Till such time, I will journey towards it.

And this is what I want to tell you today – your birthday – Just listen to your heart and move forward and the answers will be revealed at the right time. Explore your life and enjoy your experiences as you keep journeying towards your goal!

You don’t need to know the answers to move forward. Just trust the process and what your heart tells you!

A very happy birthday darling!

Lots of love

Ma.

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Wonderful Wednesday!

This WW has always been my perfect muse! So, let the pictures do the talking today πŸ˜€

I have chosen the color pink for today to brighten me up!

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This picture was clicked outside the bus terminus!
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This was outside a restaurant while I waited to be seated! The tiniest pink flower so far!
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My love for mandala coloring in pink!
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The gentle spokes of the vrikshi poo!
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The favorite pink in bloom!
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The sky in pink!

When you are happy and you know it…

I remember those days when my girls were in kinder garden and we all used to sing all the nursery rhymes together! Its a funny disposition for the mother. I don’t remember any rhymes from my young age but I remember all the rhymes I learnt along with my daughters. And one of our favorite songs was this – when you are happy and you know it, clap your hands πŸ˜€

It is simple and it just makes you feel happy with simple gestures! After all, as grown ups all we want in life is happiness. Sometimes I wonder, why can’t we do just as this song says…clap your hands or stamp your feet or do whatever that makes you feel happy!

After I got my smartphone, I have become this obsessive clicker of clouds, flowers and anything that catches my eye or anything that makes me happy!

Here are a few shots to make you smile, feel happy and feel bliss. These are the Firangipani flowers which always look like as though they are smiling at me. Naturally, I smile back at them πŸ™‚

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Smile and be happy…its quite simple πŸ™‚

The shooting star story

Just imagine this – for as human beings we have this innate quality to imagine things, sometimes out of proportion too, anyway – there is this window in my kitchen which faces the western sky. There are no huge buildings as of now that could possibly block my view of the sunset. This is the place where I stand with my cup of tea or generally stand there sipping water and watch the sun go down in the evenings. Many of you would have seen those dramatic sunset pictures which I have shared or keep sharing everyday!

The view from my kitchen window!

There are many towers which are visible to the eye when I look out of the window.Β  They could be for the electricity or the mobile phone service.

One evening, as the sun was setting and as it became dusk, I noticed a blinking light. I got excited and called my daughter. Together we stared at it, made a wish – it was a shooting star! Both of us were so elated that we could even spot a shooting star.

Days went by. And we saw the shooting star again. At the same place and around the same time. We were happy with our coincidental spotting of the shooting star. It was quite a feeling, I tell you!

Another day we saw a blinking red light in that same place. We wondered if that blinking light could be on top of a tower or something. But it went off after sometime. Now, if that tower is stationery then the light too should blink at the same place, right?

We were asking each other questions in a way to find an answer to this blinking white (sometimes red) light! It was one single light only!

One fine day, illumination happened. As we thought hard, we realized that it is the direction of the airport from my home. And the blinking white light is that of an aircraft that moves towards my direction. The blinking red light is when they turn around for landing. We could come to this conclusion only when we happened to see an aircraft during the daylight.

As I normally stand near the window for a long time only during sunsets, I had failed to observe this aircraft during the day.

Anyway, all is well – shooting star or aircraft, my wish has been fulfilled πŸ˜€

Intentions for social media

I think it is a great idea to go with writing sparks from instagram! Here is another one of my favorites!

We are all surrounded by social media or rather we live inside the bubble called social media. There are only a very few who consciously don’t get into it.

The others are out there in the field of twitter, facebook, instagram, whatsapp and what not! And its becoming a tad fashionable to post each and everything out there for others to see, read and comment.

There are plenty of rubbish data that goes on in circles, fraudulent news that keeps getting forwarded, people trolling others accounts, commenting with hurtful words and generating enmity. When I come across such accounts, I first block them without any hesitation. I come out of groups when I can’t stand the stupid forwards that people keep sharing in the group without even reading it fully. I just make sure that they are not part of my circle in any way.

There is also a side to this social media which gives me so much of positive vibes. There are accounts that help people to talk themselves out of depressing thoughts. There are accounts that inspire, motivate through healthy interactions. Some people’s art bring us happiness. And then some people’s music soothes our souls. There are true stories of good work done by people which greatly inspires others. And then there are accounts which make us laugh, smile and be happy.

The main point is that it is not a bad place if you have eyes for only good and positive content. Look for the good and it will come to you. The proof of this is the amazing friends I have made through this social media. They are real people with a beautiful heart and I found them all online. And their reality is heartwarming.

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Make your virtual social circle to mean something worthwhile!

Solitude

Somehow my instagram stories are giving me the spark to write everyday.

As much as I love the crowded streets of Ranganathan street in T.Nagar, I love the solitude of sipping my tea and enjoying that moment with myself. The early morning cup of coffee before the whole house is up is something so special and it energizes me a lot! I can actually spend the whole day without talking to anyone and just be contented with my thoughts. A book will help surely, if I need a break.

I also enjoy soothing Rafi songs in the background giving me the comfort of those moments where only me and the voice of Rafi exists! I can go about doing something or other inside my home and without watching that idiot box.

And my new found love is mandala coloring, which is helping me to bring clarity to my thoughts which sometimes runs in eight different directions.

I used to be so lost in my thoughts about what I did and what I didn’t do and that used to lead to self-criticism and it was stressing me too much. But the past year has taught me many lessons and one among that is not to be self-critical in any situation.

As my insta story goes, that is not loneliness for me, its absolute freedom to do what I want, to think what I want.

So, what about you? Do you love your solitude? πŸ˜€

Today’s intention

This is one of my stories in Instagram today. I shared it from another account I am following.

It is such a beautiful message and more an intention for this day. A poke in the direction of love.

Among all the running around we do everyday, we just forget these small gestures of acknowledging or reciprocating a good will.

Here I am, actually showcasing art by my nieces in a way of telling them about how proud this aunt is! Its my way of expressing my love for them. When I bring them into my space aka my blog, its a show of my love.

So here it goes:

This picture drawn by my niece blew me! I was stunned at her representation of the sun as a woman. All along the image that comes to my mind is Sun God driving his chariot of seven horses. Here she has celebrated womanhood. The sun rays are like her hair. And those figurines that dance around represent the joy that sunshine gives. Isn’t it amazing!! Sending this little one loads of love from this athai❀

And this beautiful painting of Krishna is by another niece. Am a big fan of her quiet and strong personality. She has her way of doing things and I admire her inquisitiveness and curiosity to learn. Her smile is her biggest asset which gets things done for her! Sending this tall girl who is aiming on becoming the tallest in the family, all the love from this perima ❀

And then there is this cute little bunny rabbit, who is a beautiful girl with the wisdom of sages living amongst us and imparts her knowledge in her own ways!

This is a conversation between her and her father:

We have been giving my daughter, goat leg soup made at home, as prescribed by her doctor. I reguarly go to buy legs from a local butcher. Assuming that she may not like to see animals being butchered, I have never taken her along. Today, due to unavoidable circumstances, she was pulled along. Not being able to stand the smell from the shop, she chose to stand 20 meters away in shade of a tree, waiting for me to collect the legs. I collected, we came home and were lying down, discussing our outing. She started to speak (not that she ever stops 😜 )…

She: Appa, they were killing that chicken in front of my eyes, I could not see that. How can they do that? It is such a poor creature. Killing it is like killing you.

Me: How is that?

She: It is all the same life in everyone.

Me: How?

She: It is the one same big life that is there is small pieces in everyone

Me: (Swallowing my shock of her understanding of this truth) So?

She: came out these words in absolute confidence – “Hence, there is no difference in life, it is all the same. I could be a girl, you could be a boy, it could be a chicken, but life is all one!”

Me: True! If only the world understands it the way you do….

Now, isn’t that wise?! She is a beautiful child filled with love for people around her and am so much in awe of her story telling and creative writing skills. Maybe she will author some amazing book one day! Sending this dear girl lots of love from athai❀

Guess what? Am so happy now. With these small messages and words of appreciation to three little girls, I feel that my intention for today is beautifully done. I hope they get to see this post from me where I have tried to express my love for them.