Watercolours seems to be the perfect medium to paint with when the summner months become too hot to handle!
We are sitting in the darkened movie hall and viewing a completely forgettable movie. Its mediocrity of story line, banal acting and vulgar dialogues make us cringe and seem like an affront to the intelligence of a common man. We decide to leave the hall and salvage whatever is left of the evening when my daughter urges us to “Look for the heart.”
Amidst all the criticism and negativity she asks us to seek some redeeming feature in the film. It is there, it is always there, she says. From focussing on all that was wrong with the movie, we try and search for some positives. Surprisingly, we do come up with a few, albeit grudgingly.
That movie has been long forgotten but her simple statement has stayed close to my heart. I do find myself looking for the “heart” in most situations around which life revolves. This change in observation has led me to some interesting discoveries, in everyday living. There is always something that makes it to the top of list as the `heart` of the day.
I ask friends to talk about that one incident that made their day special and the responses are as varied as they are but the common denominator in all of them is the simplicity of the incident that they observed and that touched them.
Someone speaks about a line of a poem, another of the way a certain person was standing with his child at the bus stop. They all speak about it like a snapshot clicked in full clarity amidst the blur that life tends to become. With the process of looking back more incidents pop up that were hitherto unnoticed and fell like ephemeral snowflakes to the ground, disappearing instantly, never to be resurrected again.
It is these small observations that form the richness in one`s life. In consciously observing and focusing on the small sunlit spots of loveliness amidst the dreary, we ensure that our whole landscape is lifted from mediocrity to one of great beauty.
The streets are full of signs of peoples faith… Especially in a country like India, where there are hundreds of Gods and thousands of rituals. A lot of faith gets transformed into exotic pictures for the passer by.
In this photograph, taken against the setting sun, an idol has been lovingly placed between the branches of a Peepal tree. The trunk of the tree itself has coloured thread or mouli, wound around it. The overall effect is an interesting one..
My neighbourhood is teeming with peacocks and peahens.. Till is saw them at close quarters, I did not realise the extent of their flight. Now I know that they can fly fairly long distances and can be found perched on very high places. Given the sheer size and weight of the body, this is quite impressive!
A morning walk is a time for revelations. The thought of venturing out before the sun has risen and to actually witness daybreak fills my heart with joy.
The opportunity to capture interesting sights with ones cellphone is amazing too. The shot above was taken from a Samsung phone, a tiny flower hung suspended by an invisible thread, it was swaying gently in the breeze. A pause, a click and back to my walk… So very fulfilling!