Blessed to be Awake. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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The morning today
Came upon me
With hushed steps
Holding its breath
Awestruck
Like Narcissus
At its own
Beauty… ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Clouds add so much beauty to the sky…like musical notes floating, laden with mystery and light… Morphing dawn and dusk into moments of absolute bliss๐Ÿ™


#nature #beauty #stillness #magic #zenmoment #SimplePleasuresofLife #morning #mysticmorning #morningindelhi #delhidiaries

Aah! To Be a Bird

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They visit, and it’s like little pockets of life descend on trees. Their chatter and movement, their being fully consumed by their birdhood makes me realise how much on the periphery we live… How tentative our moves are… How driven by some unknown fear… How little we ask or take from this miracle of our human birth… Maybe we should all be birds ๐Ÿ˜
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#nature #beauty #energy #parakeets #art #myart #mytake #SimplePleasuresofLife #journaljourney #joyofcolour #joyofart #expresslife

Sepia Albums

Mom
As a young girl
Such a joy to behold
sitting on bonnets
Of cars
With hardly a place
To hold

Hanging on to
branches
Of trees, gnarled and old
Drain-pipe trousers
flat ballet shoes
An air of casual freedom
More precious than gold

A shirt knotted in front
Hair, escaping all efforts to tie
Saying hello to older years
And to younger ones, goodbye

There’s so much of her in me
I was amazed to explore
As I sat with all the sepia albums
Spread out on the floor

Her gestures were mine
Her smile
Was mine too
We are more similar
As people
Than I ever knew

I met an age-old friend
As I went from pic to pic
Travelling with her
Through her life
Was a virtual biopic

I saw my mom at six months
I saw my daughter too
Preserved in sundry albums
Along with other
People I knew

Saving pictures on smartphones
Visible with a touch-screen tap
Is no comparison
To whiling away afternoons
With a fraying album
On one’s lap ๐Ÿ˜Š

Washed Out๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

My waterproof sandals arrived yesterday ๐Ÿ˜

Given the weather app predicting incessant rain, it seemed like a great idea to order a large umbrella and new sandals to make my own ‘Walking in the Rain’ memories๏˜Š.

When I unboxed them, I kept a keen eye on the gathering clouds, the day looked promising and I had been so proactive about taking my life head on! All the unsolicited self-help advice on ‘Secrets to Happiness’ were coming together in one blissful moment๏Œผ.

As I lifted the cardboard cover and my sandals revealed themselves to me, their ugliness took my breath away!

Crude rubber, badly stitched velcro, a base of garish magenta that looked worse with my fat feet stuffed inside them๐Ÿ˜. They pinched and prodded in all the wrong places.

I realised that the online shopping space is not a safe space… They lie with fancy words… Just like the weather app that shows 4 fat drops of rain in a thick bed of clouds and none fall ๐Ÿ˜”.

My rainy day memories remain unfulfilled…๏ฅบ… I search for yet more self-help books to aid in coping with disappointment ๐Ÿ™„.

The maid, meanwhile, has borrowed my umbrella as she heads home. Her chances of getting caught in a sudden downpour are far greater than mine… And those sandals look so much better on her feet too… ๏˜

She leaves with a spring in her step and I park myself on my chair… Waiting…

#monsoonmagic #rainraincome

On the Edge

I sit
On the edge
Of anxiety
A lead ball
Weighing heavy
Where the core
Should be
Strengthened
By hours of yoga
Done over years
I clutch
The belly
Soothe
The heart
Breathe deep
Till my feet
feel a
Tingle
From the earth
Rise up
Through veins
And capillaries
And soothe
Frayed nerve
Endings
To
Unclench
The fist
I had
Unconsciously
curled my hands
Into...


Window dressing ๐ŸŒผ

It’s someone elses home but the joy it gives is immense ๐Ÿ˜… We pass it by but carry its beauty in our heart for so much longer…

So dress up your window… Water those plants and plant those seeds you don’t know who is looking up with delight and taking note. ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ˜Š

#acrylic #artofinstagram #SimplePleasuresofLife #happy