“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable”  ~William Wordsworth

Last Sunday was a typical Pune monsoon day with a cloudy sky and a light drizzle – basically fantastic weather. Rains always create an air of freshness and spirit and so I get a call from my friend asking me to join him for a long drive. We had an enjoyable drive to the outskirts of the town on zero-traffic roads.

And soon we reached our destination area to savour the beauty of the verdant hills and the scenic lakes. This year too the rain Gods were smiling and the lakes were full-up to the brim. Yet they exuded a certain tranquility and majesty making us feel relaxed and recharged.  I think at the end of a work-week its good to have breaks. The idea is to have a change from the routine.

So how do you energize yourselves on weekends? 🙂


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.

18 responses »

  1. Abhay Shirke says:

    Dear Sir,

    Nice pics! Reminds me of taking the Deccan Queen in the monsoons! Thirty years of making that run hasnt diluted the richness of experience although civilization is definitely cutting into the natural beauty! Nature in full bloom with wind in my hair, dreams in my eyes, vagrancy in my heart while my worries fast receding in the rear view mirror!

    If I am not travelling on weekends, I like to read the Sunday Times of India first page to last, play chess online or in person, catch up with Readers Digest issue, watch a movie with family at home, weekly shopping and lastly but not the least clean the house as much as possible!

    Best Regards Abhay


    • Navin Kumar says:

      Dear Sir,
      It is considered highly intellectual to put the blame of nature’s destruction on the desires of majority. Can we really blame the majority for it’s desires? Those who constitute the majority do not even know the repercussions of valuing what they value without questioning.The real question is : Can the majority be really held responsible for it’s actions as a result of free will? Is it not that their behavior is a result of millennia of conditioning shaped in a certain way through scriptures, which forms the DNA of so called dominant cultures, and political ideologies?? When we talk about scriptures we are inadvertantly cementing one BELIEF SYSTEM or the other which ultimately kills our desire to question what is known to us. A BELIEF SYSTEM stops us from looking for ways to improve our understanding of the surroundings, allows us to enjoy our ignorance,keeps us less responsible for our actions, keeps us detached from mother nature, and stops the masses from coming out of their deep slumber. Barring a few exceptions the so called Rishi and Muni fraternity have done more harm than good because they knew that real erudition of masses on KAAM, KRODH, Lobh, MOH, MAAYA would take away their deity like status.If they made every Tom, Dick & Harry truly enlightened then who would worship them? And why would the king or the establishment ever think of enlightening the masses? Why is it that none of the scriptures have unequivocally declared that knowledge inevitably keeps on refreshing itself?And it is the process of knowing which needs to be encouraged and not the knowledge itself which is more precious.

      Perhaps in all our cultural emergence, we have not emerged at all from being ANIMALS! We are too shortsighted, can’t sacrifice pleasures at hand for future bounties ( we have the birds to confirm this – A bird in hand is worth two in a bush!) and think that we are exclusive!

      Can we not appreciate the fact that it is the animals who are more in harmony with nature than we HUMAN BEINGS?

      Therefore, we need to redefine cultural emergence in such a manner that it does not enter into a conflict with nature.

      Thanks & regards,
      Navin Kumar


      • Navin Kumar says:

        Dear Sir,
        Wanted to write ” And it is the process of knowing which needs to be encouraged which is more precious than knowledge itself.”


      • Dilip says:

        Hi Navin sorry for the delay in replying your interesting comment. Frankly while I agree with most of what you say and would like to add that each one must start by doing something he values and not be overly concerned about others.

        This approach provides focus and makes us feel better too! Thanks.



  2. Prachiti says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for sharing these pics of a rainy day! Really it made my day. Here in Dubai currently it’s hottest time of the year..scorching heat, high humidity, and temperature is around 45 to 48 degrees..
    I really miss rainy season in Pune. When I go out for work in this heat i just think to myself about those rainy days in Pune and Kokan. The nature is at its best this time. Here in Dubai rain is couple of days affairs.

    These pictures and the article is so refreshing that when ever I will feel that it’s too hot I will see these pictures.

    Enjoy the best season of the year!!!!


    • Dilip says:

      Hey Prachiti,

      I am glad you liked the pics. Ya this year we have have lovely rains and more to go. To imagine such high temps in Dubai makes us realize how fortunate we are here in Pune.

      BTW I liked very much your post on Destiny and the other day I sited by chance a large wall at a car park with a nice Destiny quote. Will put it up in the near future.

      Thanks and regards!


  3. Dear Sir,

    Awesome pictures!! Great to know you took a long drive during monsoon. I am sure it was immensely enjoyable as well as refreshing.

    Monsoon has always been my favorite season among all six and I being from the land of rains (North-eastern India), have grown up falling in love with the rain every year. It was a routine for me to climb up to a nearby hill from my house, approximately 700 meters high from where a magnificent view of the mighty Brahmaputra is visible, and spend the rest of the day(Sometimes bunking classes too!) gazing on the absolutely breathtaking view, sometimes shared with my pals. I miss those days!

    During my stay in Jodhpur, Rajashtan, I had some experiences with the rain which is one of my favorites. Cant resist myself from sharing it here:

    It was a Sunday, after a refreshing breakfast of DAHI-JALEBI, I was stretching my legs on the couch when suddenly I felt as if there was a solar eclipse ( Sunlight wasn’t visible, as if it was dusk at 1100hrs!)

    I went out like my neighbors, who were in obvious joy ( they were experienced bout this phenomenon). the wind was very fierce, bringing lots of sand along. After 10 minutes, the rain started. I took this opportunity to get drenched, and after half hour or so the downpour stopped. the temperature drop was at least 20 degrees, and the road were overflowing as Jodhpur roads are not well equipped to handle heavy rains. It was absolutely great weather for the rest of the day, and first time in three months I took a nap without turning on the cooler. I was lost in memories of my childhood, and felt homesick.

    Hope I didnt bore anyone in my effort to write something.

    P.S : Its raining in here right now, and I am writing this enjoying a great view of Navi Mumbai out of my office window on the 15th floor…




    • Dilip says:

      Oh wow Dheeman … thanks for sharing a thrilling experience of a Solar eclipse in Rajasthan. Just reminds us of the celestial forces that silently execute their grand design. And the magnificent view of the mighty 2900 Km river Brahmaputra during the rains must have been awe inspiring. Rivers are considered as females in India except the powerful Brahmaputra which is male. I have witnessed this rivers beauty and grandeur as also her devastating power when in floods during my Army days.

      Enjoy the rains in Mumbai 🙂 Best regards.


  4. Vedant Sharma says:

    Hi Sir

    Hope u r doing great!!

    I am glad see the pics and remembering my days in Pune especially rainy days… When I was in Pune, I went to various places there especially near to Mulsi Dam and Luckily, got the chance to see the nature in close up look. Really, PUNE rocks!!

    Thanks again for uploading this post.



    • Dilip says:

      वाह वाह वेदांत मेरे दोस्त ….बहुत दिनओ के बाद … तबियत खुश हो गयी 🙂 Great to hear from you! I am glad you were reminded of your college day outings!

      Oh yeah Pune Rocks! Cheers!


  5. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for sharing these awesome pictures! And the fact that you have given us this beautiful quote by my favourite ‘Lake Poet’, William Wordsworth, has made my day!

    This post clearly reveals the poet’s sensitivity in you. After all it was Wordsworth who famously defined poetry as: “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”

    ‘Written in March’ is one of Wordsworth’s best poems on the beauty of Nature:


    As James Allen said in his timeless classic, ‘As A Man Thinketh’:
    Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet tempered, balanced life?” It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always, sweet, serene, and calm.

    Thanks and regards,



    • Dilip says:

      Dear Geetha,

      Your comments always add immense literary value and richness to the article. “Written in March’ by William Wordsworth resonates with a poetic beauty. I found it soothing and with a lot of meaning.

      And I would like to draw much inspiration from James Allen’s ‘As A Man Thinketh’. How nice to be in balance and be ‘sweet, serene and calm’.

      I am delighted to note your comments are being appreciated by viewers and students. The learning in them is valuable.

      Thank you and kind regards!


  6. Dilip! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You have a wonderful site here. I am enjoying my look-see! Take care!


    • Dilip says:

      Howdy Margie. Thanks for the compliment and when it comes from a super blogger it means so much to me!

      I liked your blog immensely its creative and spontaneous. Regards!


  7. Sriram says:

    Dear Sir,

    the quote and the snap are apt. Ofcourse it’s in nature that we thrive and we all LONG to be one with nature and look forward to many such weekends and drives. (that’s partly the reason why i choose to teach in Pune, while I stay in Navi Mumbai – so it gives me all the pleasure of a wonderful drive every fortnight atleast! – that’s combining work with a break !!) Monsoons are the best season for me, precisely for the wonderful driving in the rain and loads of hot cuppas and bhajias!!

    Perhaps its the stark contrast in the landscape between the grey / brown summer to riots of green and multiple colours that makes the monsoons so wonderful!

    But looking at it a little deeply like Shakespeare would want us to, if nature is so wonderful, why do we not respect it?

    In our quest to eliminate the downside of nature – ‘survival of the fittest’ – which we see as CRUEL – the cheetah pouncing on the ‘helpless’ deer – all our ‘perception’ we created CULTURE – where it is decided either by King or by Majority what is right, what is wrong and from there sprung the conundrum we face today!

    That’s perhaps the reason why our Rishis & Masters went towards nature to reclaim themselves and came up with concepts of living that meant living in harmony with nature not as an enemy of nature.

    The problem was that they coded them in rituals and practices whose logic got lost in transition and now we call them SUPERSTITION, because we are unable to fathom the depth of logic that went into those rituals.

    So we have gone one step ahead to CLAIM nature as our SLAVE and perhaps the worlds largest garbage dump on Mt Everest is a mute witness to our pyrrhic victory over nature.

    But nature does return with forceful vengeance at times to tell us that we are not masters after all with tsunami’s and earthquakes and floods and cloudbursts, yet man doesn’t ponder deep enough.

    Perhaps in all our cultural emergence, we have not emerged at all from being ANIMALS! we are too shortsighted, can’t sacrifice pleasures at hand for future bounties ( we have the birds to confirm this – A bird in hand is worth two in a bush!) and think that we are exclusive!

    It’s trips like these to nature’s sanctuaries that we get the time to reflect and think, should we not do something to preserve if not grow the nature around us?

    And then starts the classic procrastination mantra – WHAT CAN ONE MAN DO?! – ask Dilip Naidu and his Jugnoo Farms – that’s what one man can do!!

    So the question to ask is – how natural are you today?!



    • Dilip says:

      Hey Sri … so that’s your ‘recharge’ secret eh? instead of looking at your weekend drive to Pune and back as something tedious you remain connected with nature’s bounty! Actually this is practical ‘gyan’ – we need to in be in this mode while performing our daily routine and during our highs and lows even in the absence of a physical sanctuaries … by remaining in a state of constant aware …

      Yes you are so right in our stampede to chase wealth, mega-profits and development we do not hesitate to ravage the Almighty’s creation .. despite natures warnings nothing much happens … Yet I think there is a ray of hope in the good work being done by some NGO’s in India and abroad … of course each one of us must do our own bit too ..

      Ha Ha setting-up Jugnoo Farms was a fascinating process of reinventing myself from a ‘pucca’ Military Burra Saab to a common village Kshetkari …

      Thanks Sri …

      Jai Jawan Jai Kisan 🙂


      • Sriram says:

        I guess that’s how nature balances itself – by converting burra sahibs into green farmers!!

        The problem is of balance – and humans have a poor track record when it comes to balance – in anything.

        So we create environmental terrorists as well – who keep declaring doom’s days, i have lost count of the number of times earth was supposed to have had its LAST day !!

        Infact the 2nd Chapter of the Gita where it all begins, The Lord Defines Yoga as Samatva – which is equanimity or balance.

        The particular verse is V 48 of Chapter 2 –

        “yoga-sthah kuru karmani
        sangam tyaktva dhananjaya
        siddhy-asiddhyoh samo bhutva
        samatvam yoga ucyate”


        yoga-sthah–equipoised; kuru–perform; karmani–your duties;
        sangam–attachment; tyaktva–giving up; dhananjaya–O Arjuna;
        siddhi-asiddhyoh–in success and failure; samah–equipoised;
        bhutva–becoming; samatvam–equanimity; yogah–yoga; ucyate–is


        Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.

        So the confounding problems we face are perhaps rooted in our excesses – we first become burra sahibs and then green farmers – perhaps the way is to be a burra-hara human!



      • Dilip says:

        Dear Sriram … honestly this is awesome it explains the philosophy of life powerfully… and “confounding problems we face are perhaps rooted in our excesses” is true … we are responsible for creating our own problems and once this wisdom dawns we regain our balance … and Burra and Harra must go together 🙂

        Cheers & have a great weekend!


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