Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses – Alphonse Kerr

So lets think positive 🙂

Hello friends its monsoon here and Gods creation is replete with colors. Could not resist sharing this riot of red from our garden! Have an awesome weekend!




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.

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  1. brar ajaib singh says:

    dear dilip, roses and thorns are perfect similarity with human life. we live for others, live for give and take, live for good return on investment in life, live on hopes. when result is not as per our expectation we are miserable. let us learn from innocent and beautiful roses as well as from thorns to live here and now…… relaxed like roses. dont seek, dont ask, dont knock, dont demand…….relax……….. If you relax,it comes, it is there…… you start vibrating like roses . with warm regards.ajay.


    • Dilip says:

      Good one Ajay,

      Yes true wisdom lies in being at peace with both – roses as well as thorns. And this as you said rightly can come only with acceptance and surrender!

      Warm regards!


  2. Sriram says:

    Dear Sir,

    A nice quote and wonderful camera angles – so do i appreciate the photographer in you or the thoughtful writer, who used the photograph well?

    Its a better quote than the half-full / half-empty quote of the optimist /pessimist. Rakesh’s experience and the perspectives of his cousins reflect the same thing.

    The lesson is so obvious, yet we fail to see it – its not about the events that happen to us stupid! its how we perceive / react to them!!

    Hence all our Masters focused on getting the inner settings right and focused inwards for no amount of ensuring the external context ‘correct’ will help create a sense of comfort / happiness within.

    Why do we react differently to similar contexts & situations? Why are we wired so differently?

    An interesting insight – Chimpanzees have 24 chromosomes; we have 23 – its just that one chromosome is different and we get an entire new species! but wonder of wonders, we share the same 23 chromosomes with every other human and yet we are SO different from each other!!

    Its very much like the roses in the pots – though they all are roses, no two of them are exactly the same!

    “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”
    – this is an ancient quote that Steven Covey tumbled upon when he was browsing through a library in Hawaii – he created the 7 Habits & then the entire Franklin Covey Corporation – after meditating on that one thought!

    This quote in combination with the Serenity Prayer is what the roses are all about!

    So there’s a lot to learn from these roses after all !!



    • Dilip says:

      Dear Sriram … feels real good to read your comments. The chimpanzee example leads us to wonder why we humans consider ourselves so different from each other when we actually are made of the same 5 elements. To achieve a state where we believe and feel we are all the same soul is a very high state of being.

      To know of Covey’s source of inspiration is fascinating indeed. The quote is beautiful and I thank you for sharing.

      Many thanks Sri!


  3. Rakesh Kotti says:

    Lovely Roses Sir!

    And the accompanying quote reminds me of an incident that happened a fortnight ago, when I was on a holiday with my family. We had been to the picturesque Papi Kondalu, in the Godavari river.

    Before our boat cruise started in the morning, we had visited the temple at Polavaram, but had to hurry our visit as we were getting late. One of our more pious cousins was not very happy about us rushing out of the temple (on a river island). We tried to explain to her that by going late to the boat, we will be disturbing everybody’s schedule.

    Later that afternoon, when we were about five hours into the cruise, in dense jungle (the nearest inhabited hamlet was about 40 KM downstream), our boat had a technical snag and refused to move forward. It only spun around in circles. Finally the engines stopped and we could all hear the loud silence.

    People were tensed but the crew (young college boys, who work part time with the tourism company) showed great leadership and handled everybody’s emotions well. After overcoming the initial sense of panic (and the fear of naxalites), some people decided to swim in the river to beat the merciless Andhra heat.

    Three or four hours later, just before a brilliant sunset, a rescue boat came to tug us back. As we approached the base camp at Rajahmundry, we sailed past the Polavaram island temple.

    My cousin looked at me and said:

    “It’s because we did not have a proper darshan of the temple, God punished us by damaging our boat”.

    I didn’t know what to say, as being an atheist, I felt my views might be misinterpreted. However another cousin came to my rescue and told her:

    “Why don’t you look at it this way?
    It’s because we went to the temple, God protected our boat from sinking. And being attacked by the naxalites. And from the crocodiles and wild animals…. Besides we got to swim in the river, which the tourists on other boats couldn’t do. And God gave us all this mirth almost free, because the tour operator promised us a 75% refund”

    I guess it is all a matter of perspective!!!


  4. These are very gorgeous!! Wow!


    • Dilip says:

      Hi there, Just read your post on “The Official Guide to MBA” – its brilliant and very well written. I am sure my young friends the budding MBA’s would love to read it.

      Cheers and thanks!


  5. Nisha Sashidharan says:

    Dear Sir,

    IT’s an awsummm creation of God & wt a Splendid way to welcome monsoons through your blog. By sharing it with us you have refreshed our minds and they look so beautiful !!!!

    For me ROSES speak of LOVE silently in a language known only to the HEART ❤ !!!

    By the way are they from your farms ???

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us n hav a gr8 week ahead 🙂

    Nisha S.


    • Dilip says:

      Hey Nisha … what a lovely quote! and may thanks.

      We have a few plants in our back yard – in the farm its only herbs 🙂

      Hows the dissertation going? must chat one of these days – best regards


  6. Lubna says:

    Its beautiful. I so feel like making a trip down to Pune.


  7. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for sharing nature’s abundant beauty with us!

    The succinct quote by Kerr clearly tells us to “Think Opportunities, Not Constraints”.

    The fabulous pictures remind me of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s classic lines about the importance of living in the present:

    “These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or
    to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today.
    There is no time for them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in
    every moment of its existence. But man postpones or remembers;
    he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past,
    or heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee
    the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he lives with nature in
    the present, above time. ”

    Here’s wishing you a great weekend.

    Thanks and regards,



    • dilip says:

      Hello Geetha,

      Your quotes honor the beauty of the red roses beautifully. Yes life will always have its ‘ups and downs’ like the roses and the thorns – that’s life!

      Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

      Warm regards!


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