Less is More


The Rohtang Pass – the sheer White  Vastness

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I so love these stairs which I descend every single day – the old world charm is still intact.. at times I feel I should peel off the white paint ….


A sharp descent that interested me on a road trip…


One Word Photo Challenge: Scarlet


Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone.
Christian Dior
My entries for the One Word Photo challenge:
This one was taken at Ooty Botanical gardens.. the color was just spectacular in the sunlight !
 wpid-20141002_114623.jpgThis  was taken at home on Diwali Night
20141023_195027This is in a beautiful lake on a recent family holiday
ApoorvaAnother view of the flowers……



 In Retrospect : Yesterday you invented a new astrological sign. Today, write your own horoscope — for the past month (in other words, as if you’d written it October 1st).

October is a busy month for Astraeans. ( https://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/791/ ) You are likely to have guests and a heavy social scene with friends as well. Your family will demand attention and get it too. A few important decisions regarding your children will be made.For those of you in the medical profession, it turns out to be the busiest month of the year.  The good news is that you will earn  blessings and satisfaction on that front. Travel is on the cards and  family bonding increases as a result. Your siblings will also be happy with your company. If unattached, romance is on the cards. If Married, you will spend a lot of quality time together and be nostalgic. The bad news is that you are likely to attend a lot of functions and socialize at home and so will add a lot of weight. It is therefore suggested that you exercise and diet towards the end of the month.  For those of you creatively inclined , you will be appreciated by peers and will bring a lot of satisfaction. wpid-img_20141027_012309.jpgone-lovely-blog-award022414-feature-bannerAll in all a good month for Astraeans.Yaaaayyyyy!!!



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Green

concept photo of earth on green nature ,Earth map by courtesy of visibleearth.nasa.govGreen is the prime color of the world and that from which all its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de La Barca

To me,  green is the color of soothing nature which never fails to calm you … the giver of life itself.  Here are my entries to this weeks challenge on a recent family road trip to Ooty …the queen of hill stations.

The Verdant green of a tea Garden
The Verdant green of a tea Garden
A day In Green
Green – the color of happiness
Green is togetherness
Green is togetherness
Life giving green
Amongst Life giving green



Play of Light : Refraction

This is a picture very dear to me.  Its my daughter on horseback taking part in a tournament where she was the youngest participant and the only girl. A proud moment in her young life. And mine.

The play of light capturing her against the sky is something that captured all the hearts of the entire family. A favorite pic…….

A rider makes her horse gallop during a four bar jumping event
Apoorva makes her horse jump during a four bar jumping event

A moment in Goa during an early morning walk _ Sunrise on the west Coast of India.

Sunrise N Apoorva
Sunrise N Apoorva

And one at Sunrise on the East coast of India… the sleep is still peeping out of my eyes..DSC06415And it sets again on the West Coast

Sunbeams through a  Cloud in a Goan Sunset
Sunbeams through a Cloud in a Goan Sunset

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Ready, Set, Blood Moon !

Prompt: 10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!

This was the first time I had heard of it – a Blood Moon – a rare lunar eclipse that would turn the moon red. A rare event, it is even rarer in that we were witness to a Tetrad – a series of  4 Blood Moons through a 2 year period. To put in perspective, such an event has occurred only twice before in the past 500 years!! Awesome, or what?

I gained this knowledge form my son at the lunch table and was intrigues.  Though the part of the world we are in at present  ( Chennai in India) was not exactly among the favored sites to watch this phenomenon from, we decided to give it a try and found that Moon Rise was at 5.54pm, at Chennai. We traipsed off to the beach – The  Marina Beach –  to have a look-see. This was just a few minutes before the moon was to exit the darkest part of the  Earth’s shadow at 6.05 pm.

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Starring “Me” in My Story!

Today’s prompt : FLASH TALK

You’re about to enter a room full of strangers, where you will have exactly four minutes to tell a story that would convey who you really are. What’s your story?

Once upon a time, there was a young girl, who like all young girls in the stories she had read, dreamt of being swept away by a dashing knight on a white steed.

Alas, all the girls seemed to be pretty, wealthy, lissome and helpless – a damsel in distress, a princess. Our heroine was none of these and so she was not sure what the future held. Continue reading

Endurance : Weekly Photo challenge



Descent of The Ganges  Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Descent of The Ganges
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

This group of sculptures is known as Arjuna’s Penance, said to depict the Pandava prince’s penance to obtain Lord Shiva’s weapon. The sculpture dates back to the 7th or 8th century and is a testimony to the talent of the sculptors of that time.  It has over 100 figures of man and beast, life and nature, brought to life by artisans of that day. Truly a Marvel of mankind ‘s art and skill,  it is one of the Heritage sites protected by UNESCO.  They call it the descent of the Ganges

The lady in the foreground is my Mother , who also is to me, a living symbol of endurance.

You can read more about the Monument here:


And you can read more about my mom here:



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Strange Greetings

Greetings, Stranger!

You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next?

“Why? ” I ask, “Why have you been looking for me? ” I am worried. 

He pulls out a counterfoil. It has my name neatly written on it  with my telephone number and address.

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