In my evening walk last last evening I observed some kids at play. Strangely all looking up and gazing at the sky.  I too looked up and what did I see? A sky lit-up with a spectacular symmetrical pattern of clouds.

Cirrus Cloud

It is a wonder how little children have the ability to observe and enjoy simple events. While grown-ups are too busy thinking – non issues. The lesson that children can give us is that being curious and aware we don’t miss out on the amazing things happening around us.

I quickly got back home took a couple of pictures. Much later Sanjay with his Merchant Navy learning mentioned that this happening is termed a Cirrus cloud.

Cirrus over a setting sun

The Wikipedia states “A cirrus cloud is a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude. Clouds are formed when water vapor in the air is cooled and condenses as part of the water cycle. Clouds consist of billions of tiny water droplets (and even ice crystals) floating in the sky and appear in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on how and where they formed.

I would love to add Albert Einstein’s quote and live it:

“There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is”.




About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

35 responses »

  1. Beautiful images and I love the way you integrate the nature with scientific information and later on’s only you who can do that!! Awesome post!


  2. Robyn Lee says:

    Fabulous Clouds ~ enjoyed this post immensely and also Einstein’s great quote which was a great match for your stunning capture. Sending joy! RL


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Its so gracious of you to appreciate. I am happy you liked it. I draw much inspiration from quotes of great people. Thank you for calling on and plenty of joy to you too.


  3. Nisha says:

    Thanks for your words. Hope to see you there more often. 🙂


  4. Nisha says:

    Lovely, lovely pattern in the sky and you were quick to capture it. 🙂


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi and welcome. Just checked out your blog and it’s just super. It has so many interesting articles and lovely pictures. A great place to explore and learn.

      Nice of you to appreciate my Cirrus Cloud 🙂



  5. shail says:

    Wonderful, the symmetry, and to have caught it on camera just then! The sky looks simple Wow. I love the quote from Einstein too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome to my blog 🙂 How wonderful that you liked the cloud phenomena as also the quote. Encouraging words from an ace photographer like you mean a lot.
      Many thanks and best regards.


  6. Supriya S. Dhende says:

    Dear sir,

    How are you? Miss you a lot sir. I m at my home town.There was a grand party at my home yesterday on the occasion of my dad’s 50th birthday.We all enjoyed a lot.

    These Pics are indeed awesome and your observation as usual amazing.”Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature,Isn’t it sir”.

    I believe that If you have high hopes and dreams, I want you to find a way to hold on to them. Even when your arms get tired, don’t lower them. Heaven help the person or situation that’s up against an individual who believes in their dreams so much that they don’t just invite a miracle into their life, they stand at the door waiting for it.

    With Regards,


  7. A leader is a dealer in hope and hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay. Sir…thanks for being the creator of leaders!


    • Dilip says:

      My dear Santanu,

      A warm welcome to you and what an honor! I wish to share a secret with you 🙂

      I held several leadership positions while in the Army. But real essence of leadership was something I gained from my students – and that includes you a professional who must have faced many leadership challenges even before you did MBA.

      Thanks and best regards,



  8. vaidehi says:

    Hi Sir !!!

    Long time since I visited your blog. The article on the Cirrus clouds is just perfect. Right words , beautiful message and perfect pictures to make the blog worth reading. Will follow your blogs as always.

    Have a great day



    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Hi Vaidehi,

      Thank you for appreciating. I am honored indeed. I remember how well you articulated your own views in our interactions at Symbiosis.

      Wish you a lovely week-end.



  9. dilipnaidu says:

    This message is so beautiful! One needs to contemplate deeply on it!

    Thank you dear Gaurav and have a nice day.



  10. Gauav R Arora says:

    I was just going through a story on Meera, a true devotee of lord Krishna.
    At a very young age she was married , her devotion was looked with an angle of doubt and even her husband misunderstood her. The story is basically about how we believe at certain things which actually are not true but we are influenced by external environment and start making our own assumption which are false.

    Ill just like to discuss what Saint Go swami tulasidas advised to Meera when she was very deppresed, he said “Abandon those who do not understand you.the relation with God and only God’s love are the only true elements in life. All other relationship are temporary”.
    In life we come across many people , out of those there are some which really make us comfortable not only as a friend but as a mentor.Its true some relationship are not to be given any names. Its just happen and you really cant have any control over it.

    Gaurav R Arora


  11. Gaurav R Arora says:

    Hi Geetha,
    Others can just lit the spark , but carrying on with the flame is up to you and believe me not everyone is capable of doing so.I’ll disagree with you when you say my maturity level is high, in fact sometime i am a very arrogant child.

    Emotional intelligence is also very hard to build up,however hard you try to be strong and show the world that you are as hard as rock but internally you only know how weak you are.I do agree that there is a very long way to go.

    I believe that the difference between possible and not possible just lies in ones determination and as we said its not about carrying the flame with you but to retain it for a very long period of time…lifetime.

    Thanks for your best wishes,
    Cheers !
    Gaurav R Arora


    • Geetha says:

      Dear Gaurav,

      When I said “Way to go, Gaurav!”, I was actually full of admiration for you. It was not meant to convey this please:
      “I do agree that there is a very long way to go.”

      : )




  12. Geetha says:

    Hi Gaurav,

    I love and strongly believe in this quote because I have experienced it and continue to experience it at various stages in my life:

    “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled the light. ~ Albert Schweitzer”.

    And your high maturity level, emotional intelligence (“its my transition phase which is going on and i want to enjoy it.”) and power of resilience are admirable and enviable too! Way to go, Gaurav!

    Best wishes,



  13. Gaurav R Arora says:

    Hi Geetha,
    It is not that i am beating myself.many a time we are depressed, annoyed and are emotionally very unstable,we feel world is a very bad place to live in and life is waste,but i am lucky that i always had someone in a form of person or events which made me realized that life is not at all bad, Actually it is a mystery and it act just the way we think about it.

    I feel i have realized it very late but the fact is difficulties come to your life just to make you more stronger , if there where no difficulties in life than i would have not been what i am now. its rightly said no pain no gain. its my transition phase which is going on and i want to enjoy it.

    Thank you,
    Cheers to you too|
    Gaurav R Arora


  14. Geetha says:

    Dear Gaurav,

    It is simply great that you have so much of “self-awareness” at such a young age! Believe me, that will help you a lot in the long run. So, please don’t beat yourself up.

    And you are fortunate enough to have been blessed with a loving, caring and sharing sister! Do cherish this precious relationship forever.




  15. dilipnaidu says:

    Hey Gaurav,

    So wonderful to read your little sisters response. I can imagine how must have felt. This is simply divine.

    We all need to to be ‘child like’ in our behavior and its a sure way of ‘being in the present’.

    We having been in class together for the past 2 months. My impression about you is just the opposite of what you have written in the second para. And this is a view shared by your colleagues as well as tutors.

    Purpose or ‘lakshya’ of life is what we need to identify and use it as an inspirational guide. This is what my own mentor too emphasizes.

    So lets all be positive and above all keep smiling 🙂

    Warm regards.


  16. Gaurav R Arora says:

    I think small children do have some magic power in them,i remembered the day i was upset with something and was sitting all alone , my small sister pinky came and asked me ‘Bhaiya where is my chocolate today?’.I was in an aggressive mood without realizing anything i just shouted at her ‘no chocolate for you today’. After sometime she came back with a dairy milk in here hand and said .’bhaiya ye apke liye hai’. I felt so touched and energetic , I hugged her, it was really a great feeling.

    I wish i could be a child again, in fact i wish i be a child forever, as days have gone i have become more and more selfish, aggressive, and Impatient.

    I also like to share a thought
    ‘The Purpose of life is a life of purpose’
    having said that i think i still need to understand and focus on main purpose of life gifted by my Parents.

    Gaurav R Arora


  17. Sahajo says:

    Absolutely Geetha, Thank you so much… It’s so nice to know that you liked the thought…




    • Dilip Naidu says:


      A lovely interpretation of Einstein’s quote. Especially by some one so young as you. I too felt good reading Geetha’s response on your quote.

      I am proud of you. Wish you all the best and Happy Gudi Padwa! Regards


  18. Geetha says:

    “Beautiful Life is an imagination; but Life is more beautiful than imagination.”

    Wow! this is beautiful! A “chiasmus”? right?




  19. sahajo says:

    Dear Sir,
    First of all, thank you so much to share such a wonderful thought with us. The Albert Einstein’s quote in itself is a ‘miraculous quote’, because if we don’t look at this particular quote as a miracle, then it would be nothing but just a mere statement.
    It is really a wonder that little children observe and enjoy even the smallest and the simplest events. And I feel so because small kids never label any thing but the things seem to be very new, and therefore, a miracle to them. For instance, we can consider the example that you have mentioned of kids gazing at sky. Our (grown-ups) mind, with the labeling, is also conditioned by a particular picture of the sky (plain blue) so we hardly think of gazing at it.
    We don’t know what potential even the sky can have. The pictures right here proves it. I’m sure such a wonderful symmetrical pattern of clouds might have never come to our mind unless and until we’ve seen or heard about it. Similarly, we can realize what could be our potential of the ways to look at our life. And I think it is quite clear to us in the Albert Einstein’s quote. If we really live by this quote, our every moment of life could be so beautiful and of course, a ‘miracle’.
    I would like to share a thought –
    “Beautiful Life is an imagination; but Life is more beautiful than imagination.”


  20. Dilip Naidu says:

    Wow Hitesh I am so glad you vibe with the way children express themselves in wonderment. We all need to learn. I am happy that amidst the finance ‘fundas’ and ‘hi-tech’ writings you took a break to appreciate. Thanks and regards. Dilip


  21. Wow, the pictures are simply amazing! It’s so true Sir when you say that children have this brilliant curiosity and therefore are aware of all the wonderful things that are happening around them…

    Fabulous pics really!


  22. Dilip Naidu says:

    Hi Geetha

    What lovely coincidence and J.Krishnamurti’s words almost a ‘mantra’. William Wordsworth’s poem is intellectually so rich but may take me a few readings to enjoy and understand its deeper meaning.

    Many thanks & regards,



  23. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    What an amazing coincidence! My ‘thought for the day’ at work today was this quote by Jiddu Krishnamurthi: “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer; and understand, for all that is life”.

    And when it comes to talking about our “meddling intellect”, I really cannot resist sharing these beautiful lines from “Ode:Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth who happens to be my favourite nature poet:

    “….Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
    And cometh from afar:
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come
    From God, who is our home:
    Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
    Shades of the prison-house begin to close
    Upon the growing Boy,
    But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
    He sees it in his joy;
    The Youth, who daily farther from the east
    Must travel, still is Nature’s Priest,
    And by the vision splendid
    Is on his way attended;
    At length the Man perceives it die away,
    And fade into the light of common day….”

    Thank you for sharing the strikingly beautiful pictures! The sky looks like a gloriously lush carpet!

    And thank you also for that lovely quote by Albert Einstein.

    Thanks and regards,



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