Tuesday, June 29, 2010

these days...

I have been spending a lot of time in my sun-soaked terrace...the summer solstice which was a couple of days back has been blessing us with some long bright days~
With balmy weather in Bangalore, here are some season's treasures and morning photographs that I clicked with a cup of chai in one hand...
Frangipanis pose and lure me with their intoxicating fragrance...
The hose-pipe coils itself around my feet...
Tulsi ( Holy Basil) seeds that have been hiding under the soil suddenly sprout green leaves after the rains...
...so does the Ficus.
Chameli ( A very fragrant Jasmine) is in season.
Some collected here for offering to the Gods in my pooja shrine.

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.

~Abram L. Urban

Enjoy your day~

Monday, June 28, 2010

inscribed on my heart...

Once more my mind wanders off to Ladakh, probably because these tibetian chants have been playing on my laptop all day long...


While in Ladakh apart from the sublime fluttering flags seen everywhere, we came across some inscriptions on smooth round rocks and stones. We learnt that these are 'Mani stones' on which 'Om Mani Padme Hum'~ the universal mantra of Avalokiteshvara is inscribed.
These stones are regarded very sacred.
What a beautiful way of remembering Him.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

the humble roti...

...and the various Indian breads like paratha, puri, chappati styled so beautifully in this Elle Decor feature~ Feb-March, 2010 issue.
Bajra roti with a dollop of pure white butter served in a 'Kansa' thali...Love the use of traditional vessels. ( Here is a post about my love for traditional Indian containers;-)
So mundane, so everyday thing...but so special.

Monday, June 07, 2010

As...

...the magical dust settles down on another summer vacation, I move the memories of beautiful days spent in the lap of nature in Ladakh to that little corner of my heart, where I will return again and again to take a peek.

Meanwhile the slow rhythm of everyday life picks up. The daily routine, the mundane(ness) infuses me with a certain calm.
Trying to see beauty in everyday life brings a certain sense of gratitude towards the One.

live today.