Magic of Morning πŸŒπŸ˜ŠπŸ™

From the incessant chatter of parrots to the reflective, meditative quality of sunrise… Life gives us reasons, over and over to be grateful and mindful and respectful of this beautiful world πŸ™πŸŒπŸ˜Š

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Golden Mountains and White Lotus πŸŒΏ

The Lotus invade my psyche… I dream about them in silent ponds, going about their business of blooming. I see the colour of water change around them in my minds eye… It completes my joy in the process of art making.

I ease out each leaf from the background and make them cluster around like friends. From their midst I make a Lotus rise, like a queen, regal and brilliant.

Art becomes more than just an act of applying colours… For a short period of time I play the role of a creator, in the limited universe of my canvas… πŸ’•

Nature in Watercolour πŸ’šπŸŒ±

There is nothing cuter than pumpkins and gourd doing their growing under the shade of leaves fanning around them πŸŒ±πŸ’š

Nature seems to be in a magical world of its own… We have to seek it out… It’s never the other way round😊.

#Watercolor #micron 005 #stillmanandbirn #sketchbook #asketchaday #SimplePleasuresofLife #joy #fun #penandpaper

UNBROKEN #BookReview

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A well-thumbed book curls at the edges… This book has been my constant companion till I turned the last page, hence the attempt to control its errant cover 😊

This amazing book is based on the real life story of olympian Louis Zamperini, his childhood (a part that I enjoyed immensely), his personality (he would’ve made my hair turn gray way before its time, if I were his mother!), his career with the Army Air Force (very interesting), his plane crash into the Pacific Ocean with his crew and surviving the ordeal during World War II (simply awe-inspiring and quite unbelievable). Through all these chapters of his life, that have been immaculately researched by Laura Hillenbrand, it was his imprisonment in Japan as a POW that really shook me to the core. It placed me in the middle of the war and made me imagine things that I have only seen in some historical movies made on the Second World War.

The face of hate in the time of war has been unveiled with alacrity and chilling realism. It’s aftermath on human lives and the struggle to move on seems like a distant and unreachable reality for thousands of war survivors.

However, Zamperini does move on, against all odds… And as a reader, one cheers him on, much as the packed stadiums did when he broke all records in his favourite race, the one miler.

There are many things that stand out in this book. One is the uniqueness of a personality such as Zamperini and his brother, Pete. The other is the incredible details of reconstruction of events as they happened…. Piece together like a million – piece jigsaw puzzle by the author. They will leave you breathless.

No matter what one does or doesn’t take away from a book like this, one thing is certain, one will develop a new respect for the ordinary beauty of everyday life, lived in peace… 🌺

I turned to the internet to learn more about Louis Zamperini and was flooded with interesting information.

I missed the movie, but am glad his story has been captured to great acclaim.

There are some lives that the world needs to know about… His is one of them, as are those of his fellow survivors.
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#unbroken #louis #zamperini #laurahillenbrand

Journal JOURNEY πŸ¦™πŸ“’βœοΈπŸ–ŒοΈ

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or some reason its the flowers… Always the flowers, in all states of blooming and dying that grabs my attention… I can sketch and paint them for hours… It’s like there is no better memory of a trip than the blossoms I befriended during a leisurely walk or over a solitary cup of coffee…. ❣️

#Watercolor #asketchaday #SimplePleasuresofLife #joyofart #myart #journaljourney

After You’d Gone – Book Review

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What is melancholy
If not the sound
Of a heart breaking
In despair
And loneliness?

This slow-paced book takes its own time building the lump in your throat. If you really let it, it can get under your skin and send a chill of an unknown emotion coursing through …

Something you never ever want to feel in your life.

What I felt upon reading “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara is similar to what this book evokes….

You feel yourself hanging at the edge of the precipice…. You stabilise your foothold, but you also know that all it will take is a small gust of wind… To topple you over….