Mantra for staying in Balance

When you have the blues :( – eat chocolate (dark) :)

And when you feel euphoric :) – eat chocolate (dark) :) :)

Balance with chocolate


Have a super day dear friends :) :)


Annual Flower Show 2015

“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers” ~ Basho

 The  Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India has been managing the Empress Garden Pune since 1880, with an aim to nurture and preserve flora of the region. The Society organizes annual flower shows and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year too the flower-show was held on 23 to 26 Jan 2015.

I’d love to share a few of the pictures which hopefully capture the enthusiasm of the flower-lovers and the beauty of flowers.


Near the entrance

Near the entrance


Marigold Yellow

Marigold Yellow



“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” ~ Gerard De Nerval

Pink twins

Pink twins

 “Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light”. ~Theodore Roethke

Roses are red ...why ..

Roses are red …why ..

Grain Art

With different climates in different parts of the country India grows a variety of spices and condiments used in almost all traditional cooking. The grain art below has a number of spices and condiments creatively arranged. Some of the ones used below are: Cinnamon, Moong dal, udat dal, massor dal, tuar dal ginger, garlic, green-chilly,cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, asafoetida, cardamom and star aniseed.

Grain Art

Grain Art – village scene


Enthusiast visitors and garden lovers not only enjoyed the beauty of flowers but purchased garden material too. Some typical rural food and snack preparations were laid out in the food stalls.

A rural delicacy called Hurda (roasted tender jowar) was also available. Hurda parties are organized at distant farms and villages in the month of December where the fresh grain (jowar) is roasted on coal in mud pits giving it a earthly taste but not many city folk are able to enjoy such rare outings.



 Keen learners

Keen learners

Children too have the innocence of flowers!

Garden material and implements

Garden material and implements


Snacks and food

Thank you friends have a beautiful day and remember the Chinese wisdom “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other”.

Cheers :)

Come lets discover the ocean of truth!

Another gift from God a brand New Year 2015 has begun :) So lets not get distracted with the little pebbles in the sands and set sail to discover the treasures in the great big ocean of truth. For isn’t that our real purpose in this life?

The vast and beautiful ocean is not far it lies deep within ourselves. The journey will be quiet and lonely to begin with but as we trim our sails to the winds we enjoy the bliss of freedom. And this bliss in real terms is here and now ~ love, nature, peace and harmony and unleashing our hidden creativity and genius.

Cheers dear friends ;)

2014 in review and thank you my dear blogger friends

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2015

Peace on Earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day. ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Residents in our society (community) got together last evening for a Christmas Carol Night! The Carols were were sung with verve, spirit and joy by the young and the old with the audience enthralled and unmindful of the cold.

Carol singing

Carol singing


In all the lovely carols I always found the The Little Drummer Boy very touching and meaningful. The poor boy believes in himself and goes in faith to see the newborn King. He does not waver even though he has no rich gifts to lay before the King. As soon as he sees the Newborn King the little drummer boy’s hands start playing the drums as his offering ~ And his little lamb too comes alive. So finally it’s faith that has real value which is much more valuable than the material riches of the world.

“It is not the gift! but the thought that counts”. ~ Henry Van Dyke

My warm greetings to all my blogger friends for a wonderful and cheerful holiday season. May your homes always be full of Joy and Peace!


The wisdom in traveling light

In the last century, a Tourist from abroad visited a famous Indian Yogi who lived a peaceful life. He was astonished to see that the Yogi’s home was only a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a Mat and a kerosene lantern.

“Yogi ji where is your furniture?” asked the Tourist.

“Where is yours?” replied the Yogi.

“Mine? But, I’m only a visitor here.”

“So am I,” said the Yogi!

Would love to hear your views?

To end on a lighter vein! :) :)

No attachments



Sweet lessons on life


Howdy folk

Howdy folk

In my Texas neighborhood, I always looked in wonder at the carefree cute little squirrels flitting about playfully enjoying their acorn meal :) Light on their feet and mischievous taking a photo was always an exciting challenge. This lovely poem (by AB) brings out my true feelings of those moments.  :)

As I walked, my head bowed down,
With the weight of all worldly matters,
I saw this squirrel merrily running around as if the world belonged to him,
But it did belong to him.

I saw him going about his task joyfully without a care in the world.
He was performing the most mundane task of searching for something to eat, or perhaps playing around after he had his fill,
But he, just like me is God’s creature. I marveled at the difference between him and me.
He lived on trust, knowing he will be taken care of.

As he scampered, climbed trees, ran down again, performing in his own little theater as he was the actor and also the audience. He knew the secret of the universe and practiced it,
Whereas I, despite knowing the secret of the universe still believed it was I, who was doing everything, :(
And instead of walking joyfully without a care in the world, I was dragging my feet as if they were in chains.

Oh, to take some life lessons from a squirrel; for he is as much His creation as I am.

I'm relaxing

I’m relaxing


Enjoying my acorn feast

Have a wonderful weekend all you lovely folk :)


Relaxing is an art!

“Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being” ~ Donald Curtis

Life is getting more and more stressful for everyone if only  we could learn the art of true and deep relaxation. In the picture below at the beautiful Andy Brown Park in Coppell Texas I witnessed a flock of geese swimming peacefully. Though calm and orderly above the water below they must’ve been paddling vigorously – another example of balancing ‘action with inaction’ and both are necessary!



Flowing with nature


Why do we find it difficult to meditate? We may sit quiet outwardly yet our mind is not relaxed and remains full of thoughts.  It is the art of relaxing within that we need to learn and one way is to have faith in the natural order of life and flow with it.

Would you like to share with us your way of relaxing? 🙋


Colour in the sky

” If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” ~Toni Morrison

Hi folks Just sharing a few pictures of the balloon festival here in Plano TX . For the thousands of young and old it was a fun day the main attractions were the colourful hot air balloons and the skydivers in full flow. With everyone in high spirits enjoying the festive fervour on the ground and in the air :) The food stalls made brisk sale all the day. :)




Crowded snack stalls behind

Crowded snack stalls behind




Lady bug - me wanna fly too

Lady bug “me wanna fly too” :)







time to go home

time to go home


“Out of the 10,000 feet of fall, always remember that the last half inch hurts the most” ~ Charles Purcell


Which queue shall we join?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend”.~ Melody Beattie.

I very much believe in the above quote. Why then do we get swept away in the deluge of ungratefulness in its different forms such as complaining, getting anger, dissatisfaction and so on? A ‘why me’ attitude is another expression of our ungratefulness. If we are  not grateful means we have lost faith in our Creator. Whereas we need to thank the Almighty for ever breath that we take.

Melody Beattie’s wisdom equates gratitude to “being content” which is a state of bliss. And that state as so many masters say even heals the sick.

Let’s try it out and be thankful to God for all that he has provided – our Life, nature and everything else. I know many of you already do. :)


Lets remember  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” ~ Aesop

Have a great day folks :)