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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


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….

Dying to be Me… Book Review… Anita Moorjani

I resisted reading this book initially.

When I finally laid my hands on it, I devoured it in two days.

I cannot explain my feelings. My initial reluctance arose (unfairly) from scepticism and my subsequent reading, from the simple and honest way in which it is written.

The book is a factual account of Anita Moorjani’s fight with cancer. The relentless progress of the disease and the irrevocable prognosis of imminent death.

Yet, she survives, against all odds.

The book describes her ‘Near Death Experience’ and all the insights it gave her. This is the part when eyebrows might be raised. But she ploughs along diligently.

Ms. Moorjani explains the reason why she got the disease and how she healed… It makes for fascinating reading.

Had her experience of disease and recovery not been backed by credible proof from hospitals, this book would not have had any staying power at all.

She explains the biggest dilemmas in life in the simplest of language.

“We are here to discover and honour our own individual paths…”

“I am at my strongest when I let go, when I suspend my beliefs as well as disbeliefs and leave myself open to all possibilities…”

“The very act of needing certainty is a hindrance to experience greater levels of awareness. In contrast, the process of letting go and releasing all attachments to any belief or outcome is cathartic and healing…”

So, what’s new? You might say, and you won’t be wrong 😊… But it’s not in my place to allay your doubts.

It’s yours. ❣️

Insights from the Garden… ❣️

The gardener had got a bundle of saplings.

He unknotted the bunch and began separating the delicate plants. Since they were of the same variety, I couldn’t understand this segregation process.

I questioned him about the same to which he replied that they all have different needs.

The healthy ones can survive with less sunlight, so I’ll plant them in an area that will be good for them. The very thin and sickly ones need my special care so I’ll plant them keeping that in mind.

The other ones need different amounts of water…. I have to understand that and give them what they require in order to be healthy and happy.

This is no different from our interaction with people… Each one has a different need that, if we are wise, we can identify and fulfil… Our understanding of the people around us can help us to make our relationships that much stronger and more meaningful 😊❣️

#storiesfrommygarden #insight #everydaylearning