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.
#unbroken #louis #zamperini #laurahillenbrand

Journal JOURNEY πŸ¦™πŸ“’βœοΈπŸ–ŒοΈ


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… β£οΈ

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