Skywatch Friday – 1

After a week of good work, I feel these sights are little rewards from above to make me happy 🙂

The love for clouds is nearing crazy levels and my eyes feast on the colors and patterns in the sky, whenever I am out. After I installed Instagram, I started clicking those wonderful pictures and started sharing them too. This is my first entry to Skywatch Friday, in an effort to meet people of similar enthusiasm for the beautiful skies!

Window seat’s visual wonders !

Window seats are my fav – by car, bus, train, flight…you name it! Maybe I should remember to book a window seat when I travel to the Moon or Mars 😉

Clicked from the car, sitting in the last seat of  an Innova…

And this from the moving train, the TV Tower of Doordharshan in Chennai 😀

One from the window seat of a flight…am trying my best you see 😛

One from the moving bus too 🙂

And lastly one from the Rear view mirror 😀 😀

 

Day 24 – The “Shawl”story

Just don’t get it wrong – Chennai is not freezing – neither am I in the colder places – nor am I wearing a shawl.  People like me always refer to Shawl as this beautiful Kashmiri one which is used during chiller climates or as a beautiful accessory to a sari or dress.

And then there are others – who refer to the simple dupatta or a stole or a dirty towel as shawl – mind-boggling, I tell you !

Especially in this conservative land, where I live, the use of a shawl is a must, whether you wear a night wear (nightie), salwar kameez, jeans + tee shirt, jeans + shirt, jeans + kurti – anything apart from a sari, you need to wear a shawl to cover your boobs; of course, apart from the basic clothing.  Those people wearing nightie at home, just come down to drop their kids in the school bus in that nightie – Oh ! And covering themselves with a dirty towel which is perfectly defined as Shawl, in this land !

Girls are brought up conditioned by this rule – wear a shawl always ! Cover your chest, hair, face – anything you want.

Boys are conditioned too by this rule – any girl not wearing a shawl is bad – just bad.

I was shocked first, then saddened by the whole damn thing.

During my recent train travel, I met this sweet girl, who was travelling with me. She had come to Chennai for work and on the first day of her job, she wore a sleeveless kurti and jeans. Even if the company allowed the women to wear such dresses, all her co-workers were stunned and started criticizing her and her dress for she cannot wear sleeveless to work – the reason “Idhu Chennai ma” (This is Chennai). She had the shock of her life, as she is so used to wearing such clothes at her place – Bangalore.

But I made sure I’m not affected by this and neither are my girls.

Clothes do not define my personality. PERIOD.

I dislike wearing dupatta…OOPS…Shawl !  I may use it as an accessory whenever I like it but certainly not to define my personality !

There…its out of the system…and I’m relieved 😉

Day 5 – My HERO

Rewind to Dec 1st 2015…The Chennai that got flooded!

Heavy rains lashed on us from evening and was pouring non-stop. Power went off by 11pm. Little did we know that we’ll be off power for the next 15 days.

We couldn’t sleep properly with police sirens and gushing water sounds through the night.

We woke up to a damp and wet morning. No network on phones. No charge either. Peeping out of the balcony gave us a complete shock, as the cars I saw were submerged in water.

I stay in an apartment of 400 flats and we ran down to check the status of our car.

One more shock as we realized the stagnant water at parking was 5ft. Holy God! How did this ever happen!!

My husband S and our neighbor P ventured in the water slowly inching towards the main gate to get more information on this terrible flooded situation.

There S came to know that many senior citizens staying in our apartment wanted to move to safer places but didn’t know how.
That moment another neighbor offered his airbed, if it can be of some help.

That was exactly what S was looking for.

Now S and P jointly helped all the senior citizens to move out of the apartment by making them sit on the airbed and pushed the airbed manually towards the entrance where they were transported via a boat to the nearest pick up point which was accessible by road.

I really didn’t know how many citizens they helped to move out but it was tiring work for 5 days as families deciding to move out increased day by day owing to lack of water, power and many of them were scared to stay alone.

Also S helped in bringing drinking water cans to the apartment for the people who stayed back. He even took lists from He even took lists from people for milk, vegetables and basic medicines and got it all for them.

By the end of 10 days he was so tired of wading through the water so many times…but only physically. His determination to help others was stronger than the physical tiredness he felt.

Till the water drained and we returned to normalcy, S was down helping people.

I’ve appreciated him then but today’s post is an ode to him and his courage and selflessness, as I salute my HERO – my husband!

The Enlightened One

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Enlightened ?
Or the Sun In-lightened ?
The cloud is lighted within
Or behind it
By the brilliant sun
Which makes it stand out
Among all others…
Lets absorb this brightness
And shine away to glory!

Wonder Wednesday

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I was asked this question
About the reason
To my obsession
Towards clouds and patterns…

What more could I answer?
Than the simple happiness
I get out of gazing at them…
Then clicking them…
And of course sharing them…

The clouds do speak
In ways and patterns
To make me smile…

When I look up to the sky
In awe
A prayer to the above
Sent quietly
For more patterns
And happiness !

Snow-peaked mountains

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Snow peaked mountains cloud show

I was absolutely stunned and
Surprised at the
Jaw dropping display
At the Western sky !

What do you see ?

All I could see was
Snow-peaked mountains !!
Oh yeah 😀
Do you see them ??
So what if it’s Chennai ?
So what if it’s hot and humid ?
We take such tiny pleasures
Of snow-peaked mountains
In the City
By such awesome cloud-show !!

A cool breeze
That accompanied me
During the click
Was enough to make me
Feel the snow…sigh !

Its like the God of Clouds
Wants us to be happy
With such patterns
And images to imagine !

All that I can do is click
Write my heart out
And share it with you all !