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A colorful sky

Today is 14th january. This day is celebrated as Makarsankranti/pongal/Uttarayan in India. This is the first festival of the year and probably the only festival to have a fixed date every year. I was brought up in Gujarat and loved the celebration of Uttarayan. Even in the chilling january, people used to go to terraces or playgrounds and fly kites. This used to be a whole day activity. People also take their music systems with themselves thus enjoy music with flying kite. The sky seems to be a collage of different colored kites. People just love the sun in the chilling winter. This combination seems to add extra energy in them. We used to meet up our entire neighbourhood on their respective terraces.

Festival also implies eating delicious meals. Jaggery has a special place in most of the dishes of Makarsankranth. In western India its gudpoli and chikki wherease in eastern India its pitha. My mother used to make pitha and thus we used to have a nice exercise of climbing up the stairs to the terrace for flying kites and then climbing down the stairs to eat pitha. The preparation has to be made a day before. A holiday is declared in most of the organizations.

Pitha

Another kind of pitha

Today special kite flying competitions and fairs are held. Shops are filled with readymade sweets but what was made by mothers and grandmothers still has its special place in my heart and mind.

Happy MakarSankranthi
Happy Uttarayan
Happy Pongal

Live every moment

Today I read the blog http://ellieverse.com/2014/01/12/a-glance-into-the-ellieverse. It had pictures taken in the blogger’s day-to-day life. These ranged from sunrise to sunset to cakes, etc. Seeing this I realized it has been a long time since I saw the sunrise or sunset. On weekdays my mornings are spent in getting ready for work, on weekends I am asleep as the sun rises. Also since sunset happens daily, I seldom bother to catch it. There are many small beautiful moments in our lives which we seldom appreciate. As time passes we grow old and then one day we realize we had wasted so many amazing moments for the one moment we were chasing.

Another blog which got me thinking was http://linkingloops.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/i-should-be-mopping-the-floors/ where it is mentioned that one needs to take rest and do something that he/she enjoys. This just goes with the theme above, just dont keep running, take rest and then start. Remember slow and steady wins the race. Also you need to unwind yourself. There is nothing better than taking up a hobby or even going for a walk in the evening. You will be able to catch the amazing sunset. The third post that caught my attention was http://inasearchofbalance.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/step-outside/ where the blogger went out to click the pics of the season change after a hard day’s work. On seeing the pics you would realize he was rewarded with the most beautiful scenary.

All the above just reminded me to take rest, enjoy the moment and then move ahead. As they say its the journey is more interesting than the destination. By the time, I came to the end of this blog, I remembered the last time I saw sunrise was in Kanyakumari. Below is the pic:

Sunrise near the Vivekananda rock

Sunrise near the Vivekananda rock

Wheels to feet

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We often pick up our vehicle keys or hire a cab whenever we need to go out for something. Recently I found that walking to the stores/malls for groceries is a good option. It reduces the boredom of walking daily. Also it helps me complete my chores. Also walking along the road allows me to observe my surroundings. Walking is a great exercise but when you do it with a purpose, it becomes interesting. To make it more interesting change the purpose daily like going for groceries, newspaper, paying bills, etc. I wish if we all walked with a purpose, the pollution on weekends would go down to drastic levels. Also our fitness levels would increase. As a child, I used to love accompanying my mother for her weekly chores. These walks used to be really interesting as we used to meet many people on the way. Also it used to allow us to chat with each other thus easing out the generation gap. It doesn’t take much to move from wheels to feet, does it? Guess what walking definitely helps in improving relationships.

Follow your dreams

Niagra falls

Niagra falls

As part of today’s assignment, I was to explore the blogging world. While I was going through the blogs, the most attractive ones were the travel blogs. The first thing that stuck me was they were all based on the thought “Follow your heart”. These were mostly people working in corporate sector and taking up travelling like http://thesoulshines.wordpress.com/about/. In olden days it was said, there is nothing more satisfying than travelling. These were the people who had ventured to distant lands and had gained vast knowledge. The fact seems to hold true even today.

Some new strangers on the way.

Some new strangers on the way.

When you travel you never know what you may discover. The best moments are those when a stranger smiles at you or you can become a part of their festivity without knowing their language something like http://edbourke.net/2013/08/01/monastiraki-street-party/. To some extent travelling with your near and dear ones brings you closer to them http://theadventuresofadr.com/2013/11/15/were-leaving-traveling-the-states-on-the-american-railways/. Life is not a bed of roses.Travelling comes with its own troubles. First you cant be shopping too much as you are travelling. You may face some weather hazards like http://quitealone.com/2013/12/08/snow-jordan/. You may have to walk to rough lands to catch that breathtaking sunrise http://harindabama.com/2013/07/29/the-unforgiving-rinjani/ but then when you see the sunrise all your effort is rewarded. You may even discover some new cuisines to add to your kitchen. As you travel your mind opens up.

Sunrise near the Vivekananda rock

Sunrise near the Vivekananda rock

For all those who are planning to take that much awaited trip, just make your resolution. It is not easy to go for a long trip, therefore start with small weekend trips and then plan for the bigger ones.

A snow covered memory

Today’s challenge was to add more personalization to my blog. When I sat to think about it, the first thing that came to my mind was snow covered mountains and roads. This brought back memories of an amazing trip with friends.

I was brought up in a warm place in India. I always used to fantasize snow as I had never seen it. Once I got an opportunity to visit Aspen with my friends during thanksgiving. It was an amazing trip which got finalized just two days before leaving. Six of us drove in a car from Dallas to Aspen. As we started going towards aspen, the sights I saw left me spellbound. I still remember it fresh. We reached Aspen around 12:00 am. It was warm inside car but the moment I stepped out, it was a dream come true. My feet just landed on snow. I was not able to believe it and wanted to play with snow as soon as possible. But we were also tired of driving so we dozed off as soon as we went to our rooms.

It snowed all night. The next day I saw snow covered roads, houses and mountains. I felt as if I was in some fairy tale. We also went and saw a park full of snow. This blog just gave me an opportunity to preserve that beautiful memory. This exercise has allowed me to learn about headers and backgrounds. Probably I will change these based on my blog posts.

Music is Eternal

My grandfather moved from our home state to a state in another zone of the country. At that time my mother was a child. He was very fond of music. He carried our bengali culture through music in his gramaphone disks. These consisted of traditional songs to folk music to movie songs. The gramaphone was very precious to him. He used to ensure it gets cleaned up and played daily. As a result I used to hear those songs daily. He passed away when I was seven. The gramaphone was still played by my grandmother on alternate days to keep it running. This time we used to decide the disk to be played. There was a disk containing some old movie songs. One of the songs was my favourite “Ek poloke ektu dekha”. It was from the movie “Lookochuri” based on “Comedy of errors” theme. Below is the song:

In the video, the central character (played by Kishore kumar who is also the singer of the song) is alone at home and is happily describing his interactions with his love interest. The video is no less than the song and clearly reflects the mood of the song. One can’t help smiling at the thought of this song. I vaguely remember my grandfather listening to his gramaphone with a tranquil expression on his face. As I grew up, taperecorders and CD players entered and the gramaphone was packed and kept in the attic. Years later I heard that song on radio, I felt so happy. It brought back the memories of my childhood when there was no hurry, no tension, no responsibility but pure happiness. Today the song is there in my phone. Everytime I am upset or stressed, I hear that song. It relaxes me. When I got access to youtube the first thing I searched was this song as it always manages to move me.

When I sat to write this blog, it just reminded me, the listeners changed from grandfather to me, the devices changed from gramaphone to smartphone, yet the music and its effect remained the same. Music is above life and technology. It is eternal.

Day 5: Love Your Theme

Today’s challenge was to try out different themes and write about atleast three of them. I had mentioned in my day1 blog that I participated in this competition to learn about blogging. I must admit each day’s task is helping me learn and explore more and more. I had never thought exploring the themes would be so much fun. When I started my blog, the first thing that came to my mind for its them was a photo of a peacock. Just as it is filled with bright and beautiful colors, so will my blog be. Below are the themes which really caught my attention:

Flounder – This is a beautiful theme. The blog gets divided into more than 4 parts. Each post is displayed as a page in the column in between. The color combination is really beautiful. However the colors chosen are very formal. It may not be very suitable for a blog containing cartoon characters.

Next Saturday – This is the next theme that caught my attention. It has a good combination of colors. Still I liked the way the tagline is displayed just below the header. For a blog on various topics it is quite good.

Cheer – This theme is one which does not suit me at all. It has two columns and one header. The colors used are very dull. My blog represents my countless thoughts and emotions so I want it to be as colorful as a rainbow. I feel when we think of cheering someone up we think of bright colors just as those seen on the props used by the cheerleaders.

One thing I must say, we humans love variety. As I sat exploring various themes on my blog, it became more fun than a task. I have definitely learnt a lot about themes today. At the end I changed the theme to Next saturday. It was satisfying to see my blog in a new avatar. I hope by the end of these 30 days, I have good knowledge on blogging. I think it is the same for all of us.