Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to the basics...

A lot has happened between the last time I shared my little travel stories from Kutch, Gujarat to this day.

We have moved to Minnesota from Bangalore.
Our whole home is right now bubble-wrapped and boxed into a 40 feet container, probably sailing through an ocean, to be reunited with us in two months time.

Carrying 6 suitcases we entered our new house in a new country to make it our home.
An empty home with few pieces of rental furniture, borrowed vessels of 2 pans, 3 forks, 3 plates & two tea mugs we started our new journey few days back.






We are acquainting ourselves with our neighborhood flora and fauna.
Learning the names of the trees.
Learning that the squirrels here are larger with a fluffier tail.
Learning that having a rabbit hop around in your backyard is common sight.
Learning that DIY is a way of life.
Learning that smiles are plenty.
Learning that church bells in the evening fill me up with serenity.
In the last five days I have come to realize that life is much simpler.
Easier.
Happier.

Learning that all you have is all you need.

(Images by Arch)

22 comments:

Amrita Tripathy said...

Hey Archana,

First thing I saw of Facebook, the new cover photo. And I was again in awe. The cover photo is so beautiful.. what flower is that?

And yes, it feels good to hear the "rang": your life is simple and yet colorful. All the best for the new home in new land..
P.S: The last sentence "Learning that all you have is all you need." is indeed motivating.. I had to jot it down in my scribbling book and on my workstation. Wishing a happy yet colourful week from your land of colours.. from your old Bangalore.

Sowmya said...

wow..lovely post..very inspiring..nowadays browsing ur blog or flickr has become my morning ritual Archana.Thanks for all the inspiration & positive energy you 're giving me :)

Richa said...

Twin Cities, MN was our home for 7 years! Enjoy the four seasons here even if the longest is winter :-)

Sangita PIllai said...

Hi Archana,
Glad you are settling down in your new home. Beautiful post and beautiful flowers. Yes, indeed, all you have is all you need.

All the best on your new journey.
Cheers!

Kshitiz Anand said...

Always so inspiring to read your posts! Today I get inspired to write more!

All the best with the settling in MN

vids said...

I prided myself on writing well but your blog leaves me impressed and humble...Wishing you all the best in your new phase of life.. your pictures are a reflection of a very beautiful,sensitive and artistic person.

Vandana said...

Hi....just loved reading your post.....simple,a bit of seriousness thrown in....and the description is so vivid...could actually hear the church bells chime and feel peace within....

Swati said...

"Learning that all you have is all you need." Such motivating words. Thank you :)

BongMom said...

Looks like you have settled down :) and found your sun

Jwala said...

Hi Archana,

Happy to see a post after a long time.very good and inspiring post.cover photo is so beautiful.hope to see lots from ur blogs.All the very best.

Jwala.

Naina said...

Hey Archana,

its a delight to read your blogs and they have always alwayssss inspired me in ways more than one :) please do share the pics of your new house in MN and all the best for a new journey..

Honey Bee said...

Love your sandals!! :p

clynicallydepressed said...

What a beautiful post. Love the pictures on your blog!

Dithi said...

Every change is a door to learn and grow. You are stepping through that door now - and am glad that you are soaking in the newness of it and i loved what you ended the post with - exactly what i felt when i came back from 9-months-of-living-out-of-a-suitcase in Kolkata.

Aarthi said...

Such a lovely write up Archana...Goodluck!

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks everyone:-)

bhumika said...

glad to see you back after such a long time. may the new place offer you many more b'ful memories and learnings :)

Pa Ul said...

Your post is great to read. I was wondering why people have different colors of life but still I participated.

C said...

check out the wedge co-op when the farmer's market is closed...http://www.wedge.coop/

Manisha said...

Hi Archana

I have been following your blog rang decor and today by cjance came here. I was just a bit down but reading you this post i somehow just felt too good. thanks for sharing your thoughts and such colour ful posts. if not anything they do act as wonderful stress busters:-)

paromita said...

Hi,

"Learning that all you have is all you need", love your photography and love your attitude!

You reminded me of old memories.... landed here in 2003 with 4 suitcases and my family (two small kids and hubby), came into an almost empty apartment, started life from scratch...slowly built up everything..thats how life is....all you have is all you need :)

I wish you and family settle down well and enjoy it here....welcome to US !!

vineeta said...

Loved this post. The U.S. is very quiet after the noise in India. What we don't realise is that in this country we are used to much much higher decibel levels. I could hear the quietness in your words and in your pictures. Thank you for that.