A Place Called Home 😊

There’s a story right here
Of ancient tubs
And fresh water
Of garden hose
And water woes
Of flowering pots
And shiny leaves
Of sitting under
Shady trees
Of morning teas
That lasts for hours
Of conversation
That never sours
Of little birds
Building nests
Of philosophical questions
Of man’s eternal quest
And realising
Answers don’t really matter
As much as the silence
After all that chatter 😊

#storiesfrommygarden #LifeLessons #home #learning #growing #garden #life #growth #family #beauty #Doondiaries

Flying home 🐦🌃


Refueling before night fall 😊🌃

There is one particular chair that allows me to see the birds without them seeing me 😊🐦. From this vantage point, I check them out. The big and the small, the naughty and the sedate.

I observe a squirrel lie flat against the mud bowl that holds water, he seems to be cooling his entire body before he falls asleep. The movement of feathers startles him and he scurries away quickly. It’s a cuckoo bird or a crow that lands noisily.

A small red vented bulbul also comes now and then. My personal favourite remain the Parakeets, I could see them for hours and not be bored, I could sketch them and never want to change the subject 😊

As the saying goes, “You can lead the horse to water but you can’t make it drink it.” So I’ve learnt with Birds differently… You can place water for them, they’ll find it by their own instinct, you can’t lead them to it 😁
#nature #beauty #instincy #birds #summer #watertales

Summer Saga with Birds 🐦🐦


A crow has perched himself on the rim of the water trough. He is guarding it but he’s outnumbered by the equally stubborn and wilful Parakeets. 😊

For some reason, drinking a few sips of water is not enough, they want to be ‘owning’ the water 😁

One green beauty approaches from the side while the other from the front. With this strategy, they confuse the big guy. This goes on for a while, I wonder if I should intervene in this display of power. I decide against it.

Soon the crow fishes out the piece of ‘roti’ he has been soaking in the water and flies away leaving two happy birds at the helm, no doubt believing that they scared him off 😬

Golden Mountains and White Lotus 🌿

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… 💕

Water roads and Lilly embankments! 

When taking a ride on a shikara in the backwaters of the Dal lake, the parting between the Lilly pads become roads for navigation! At a certain point a right turn takes you to a floating market, another one to the main lake, yet another to a housing colony of homes on stilts. . 

I am told that when the Lillies and Lotus bloom, sometime in June, these backwaters are a sight to behold! Imagine water roads and Lilly embankments! Truly magical! . 

#nature #beauty #stillness #magic #floating #srinagar #india #shikara #InredibleIndia #travel #travelogues #adventure #justgo #travelbug #Dallake

Kindness Matters… 

My faith in humanity is restored whenever I see sights like these. 

In the crowded Hauz Khas market, a retired army officer has seen to it that nobody goes thirsty in this sweltering heat. The terracotta urns look clean and inviting and the gradient colors of the ladles add to the brightness of the place. 

While I was standing there a young mother came with her infant and gratefully filled her glass with clean water for the baby and herself. 

A fruit vendor keeps an eye on these and told me that water is filled from the main house and countless people stop by with gratitude. 

Inspired by one of the shares here, I too started keeping some bottles of cool, fresh water to distribute at crossings. The look of happiness on the face of the recipient is priceless! Someone who is on the road for hours without much by way of shelter or food and under the merciless sun can benefit so much from a bottle of clean drinking water… 😊

It Rained Last Night…

It rained last night. It put an end to days of uncomfortable heat and perspiration. It also brought a wave of gratitude and learning…. It was because of the earlier discomfort that this morning was feeling like a beautiful blessing…

My thoughts went out to those facing a drought, the farmers, villagers…Those longing for some respite, walking miles for just one bucket of potable water…

Pray that the clouds move fast and reach those who are forever looking at the sky, squinting against the sun… Hoping…praying… For rain