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Lens-Artists challenge #183- Memorable events

Ann Christine wants us to show some memorable events, either new ones or delightful memories.

In any ones’ life, one must have surely come across at least one memorable event.

My friend, it’s true that we all have not just one but many memorable events.

Sometimes we can’t be sure which one is the best.

Starring from childhood to school/college days, friendships, fun moments, exchange of marriage rings to a new addition in the family or receiving the first paycheque or your greatest achievements….there are too many. Is it not so?

“Some memories never fade” unknown

I have a question for you.

Do you make memories or do memories make you?

I don’t have an answer.

But I do know that we do remember moments though we may not recollect the exact date as we age.

To be precise thanks to the camera and the photos we take, we can re-live in the past with those fond memories.

One feels happy that one is part of that moment.

I Do have many memorable events but one thing I cherish a lot, as I am ageing is my interaction with Mother Nature.

All I see is magic!

Aurora

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” unknown

This experience is unforgettable!

An amazing experience.

And one is never tire of watching this Cosmic Dance!

Message

“Life is shorter, live it.

Love is rare, grab it.

Anger is bad, dump it.

Fear is awful, face it.

Memories are sweet, cherish it.”

Unknown

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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This post is part of Ann Christine’s LAPC challenge #183 MEMORABLE EVENTS

LAPC #182- Interesting Objects

For this photo challenge, Pattimoed, asks the participants to post images of interesting objects.

I was finding it difficult because I know that many photographers (who are a crazy lot like me) find beauty in everything. 

They spend hours together for a particular angle even try different positions and in the process disappoint the other family members.

Many times their hard disc storage space is exhausted because they refuse to delete the dejected photos. 

Ultimately beauty in the eyes of the beholder!! Is it not so?

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!

Tequila

“Our tequila is so hot it makes them take off their clothes!!” Unknown

 No By Two… Or One By Two

One-by-two

Juice is sweeter when shared with good friends

It’s a funny phrase typically used in India. No other country in the world uses this phrase to my knowledge.

This phrase is typically heard at tea/coffee/soup/juice shops.

What does this phrase convey?

One By Two:

A person telling the shop owner, “Give us ‘one by two’ coffee.”

Here the item (cup of coffee) is divided into two roughly equal portions for sharing and invariably the shop owner has to provide an extra cup without charging.

Now the two friends can share the cup of coffee equally between themselves and pay only for one cup.

No By Two:

Here the shop owner (by displaying a notice as shown in the photo above) makes it clear that the sharing of one cup of coffee/juice is not allowed; neither he is willing to give an extra empty cup or glass.

 

THIS VIEW IS A-MAIZE-ING!

Sweet-Corn

“I want to Corn-fess my love for you” Sonali Gupta

ROASTED SWEETCORN WITH CHARCOAL

A typical roadside preparation in India.

Have you ever tasted it? In case you happen to visit India, don’t miss this item. 

It’s known as Bhutta and charcoal is used to roast it.

Indians just love it.

Tastes excellent as you savour it hot, in chilly weather.

Butter, salt or lemon can be added to enhance the taste

Very popular in hill areas.

Roadside eating is common during monsoon.

Said to be good for the eye, hair and skin.

Since it has a high carbohydrate content one must eat in moderation.

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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Lens-Artists challenge #181 ‘Double Dipping’

This week Tina Schell of Travels & Trifles encourages us to share photos from other challenges in which we participate or places in which we post and she perfectly titled her post for this challenge DOUBLE DIPPING

There are so many wonderful Photo Bloggers hosting so many lovely challenges, but for the
space constraint, I would have talked about each one of them.

My post for this challenge is meaningless, if I don’t mention Cee Neuner the host of many challenging challenges, a very kind and encouraging person and never fails to acknowledge our participation and promptly responds to our comments.

She is also the author of TIPS FROM CEE, helping beginners and other enthusiasts with flower photography & Black and White photography

At this moment I have just 3 photo challenges.

1. Cee Neuner (Cee’s Photo Challenges) –Flower of the day

Red-Orange--Flower

“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect” Terri Guillemets

2. Debbi Smyth’s (Travel with intent)- One Word Sunday –WEATHER  photo challenge

When there is ambiguity and the vision is not very clear, what do you do?

Are you thrilled or tensed up?

If you ask me, I get excited, because an uncertain future is thrilling.

Mist

“It’s the uncertainties that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful” Oscar Wilde

3. John Steiner’s (Journeys with Johnbo)  – CELLPIC SUNDAY   photo challenge

Hunt 

Do you love hunting or being hunted?

I know it’s a stupid question.

“Man is the only predator who hunts his own” Kenneth Eade

Garden-lizard-dragon-flyHunter-hunted

“If everyone in nature were too talented not to be hunted by others, everyone would starve!” Mehmet Murat ildan

The above image was taken with the One Plus 6 cell phone.

I did a little bit of cropping and my apologies for the reduced resolution.

You can notice in the image, the garden lizard just caught an unwary dragonfly for its breakfast.

The usual story of the hunter (dragonfly which hunts mosquitoes) getting hunted (the lizard in this case).

So either you be a hunter or get ready to be hunted.

This is the law of Nature.

Whether you would like to interfere or not it’s up to your discretion.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running”

Dan Montano

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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LAPC-Favorite Images 2021

SUN-KISSED

Sunrays

“Be comforted dear Soul!, there is always light behind the clouds” Louisa May Alcott

LIVE LIFE IN WARM YELLOWS

Yellow-Flower-Hibiscus

“If happiness is considered yellow, then I know why it’s my favourite colour” YQ Baba

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philo

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This post is part of

✔Tina Schell’s LAPC- Favourite images 2021 photo challenge

✔Cee Neuner’s FOTD photo challenge

✔Terrie’s In your rare view mirror  Photo challenge

SERENE

Serene

It means calm, peaceful or tranquil.

Serenity is a state of calmness or being in tranquillity.

One must be untroubled.

Serenity is nothing but an idyll of your soul!

Our lives move smoothly without any ups and downs.

How does one achieve serenity?

Each one of us is different and each one of us tries to find serenity by some means that can differ from person to person.

“The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquillity”  Swami Rama

I get my serene moments when I am with Mother Nature

Yes, my friend, I forget myself as if I am in deep meditation.

What about you?

serene

“Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem” Eckhart Tolle

Can you expect serenity these days?

With COVID reborn as OMICRON, showing its fangs and economic activity at its lowest, so many loss of jobs, people struggling to survive, more restrictions, sealed borders and many busy knocking the Heaven doors, how can you expect Serenity?

You don’t have a shortage of Gurus, Pundits, Scholars, learned people who are ready to help you, somebody with their 10 points and a few others with rules of 20, and you are assured of inner peace either by free means or by payment methods.

Social media including you-tubers have become ever busy with advice and tips.

You are back to square one with more confusion!!

What is the answer?

My friend, smile and laughter are the answers.

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel as free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?”
Sri S. Satchidananda

What are my thoughts?

  • Be alone and spend time with yourself for a few minutes.
  • Calm down your monkey mind.
  • Spend time with nature…as my photograph above depicts. You need not go to the Himalayas.
  • Life is not just about your family problems or imbalance of your work-family commitments. It’s much more than this. You do things that make you smile.
  • Be thankful for what you already have and many are denied even the minimum luxury you have at present.
  • Remember you have to win the battle in the mind.

Message

“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there” Robert Pirsig

 

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Pattimoed’s LAPC #179 – SERENE

Lens Artists Challenge # 178 – you choose

In this photo challenge Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles asking us to post a subject of our own choosing.

Thank you Tina.

Trees are nature’s air conditioners

I admire trees.

My mind is at peace when I am with the trees.

I even forget myself.

We always fail to understand how much trees teach us about ‘life lessons’.

The list is too long but interesting and sadly none has time to read and learn.

And you can check the list on the internet.

“Plant a sapling, it costs you nothing but helps you to be alive” Ayan

Trees

“Trees are great messengers of peace. One of the worst crimes of modern humankind is indiscriminate cutting down of the trees, and forests, in the pursuit of establishing civilization. No wonder, that modern civilized society has everything but peace” Banani Ray

Snow capped mountains

What are my thoughts?

In my part of the world, we never experience snow.

So it’s exciting when I see a snow-capped mountain.

My friend, mountains make us feel alive!

And nothing like spending time with Mother Nature!

And the snow-capped mountain gives me those moments to be in awe of a beautiful world!

I am humbled by its enormous size and height.

I can breath a fresh air.

One forgets all the stressful parts of life in these moments.

Snow-capped-mountain

“The mountains are calling. I must go” John Muir

Thank you for your visit.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Tina R Schell’s LAPC- #178 You Choose Photo Challenge

LAPC #177 Celebrating

There are thousands of reasons to celebrate and rejoice.

Hundreds of occasions waiting to be celebrated.

You name it…you have it.

A celebration can be a wonderful way of having a good time together with all the loved ones.

Many are worth cherishing in the long run.

One just can’t wait!

For this topic, I have a different take unlike most of the participants 

Why?

Because my topic is dealing with celebration of different kind.

And majority of us don’t even consider this to exist!

And one particular ‘celebration’ can be daunting to some

This is celebrating one’s birthday.

You must be wondering I am joking.

Who on the earth hates own birthday??

My friend, I am serious.

Things can change

Things are OK as long as we were kids. We had our part of the fun on those days.

But as you grow and start facing the real world, the mood is different.

Life is stressful and uncertain.

Every birthday makes you aware that you are ageing.

Though you have many quotes and bits of advice on ageing ( Age is just a number etc), not necessary that they are helpful to you.

Your friends have climbed the ladder in their career yet you are at the bottom, struggling hard.

You experienced so many failures in your life.

I can go on and on…

So, how can you enjoy your birthday?

Maybe that you celebrate the day for the sake of it and just to comfort your near and dear ones

This birthday cake says ‘Happy Birthday Tension Master’ in a loving way ignoring the name of the person!

Birthday Cake

“If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good” Buddha

Why is it that these days many are having Birthday Blues?

Does this BB sound familiar?

My friend, you are not alone. There are many, silently experiencing.

Birthday Blues- nothing but depression and many reasons can be found

  • You are lonely and none to share your day
  • Family dynamics
  • Ageing
  • Mental illness
  • Being friendless
  • Stressful life
  • Chronic illness
  • Being pressurised to feel happy
  • You are less loved
  • Being an introvert
  • Watching birthday celebrations on social media can depress you further

What to do?

Solutions are available depending upon the situation.

Every problem has an answer.

But why do such things happen in the first place?

This is because humans are highly complex creatures.

Humans can never understand other humans.

When you try to explain and reason it out, the more problems you land into.

So these kinds of things get repeated and nothing can be done to prevent but one can search for solutions.

Message

“It’s hard to answer the question “what’s wrong?”-when nothing is right” Unknown 

Thank you for visiting my site.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Amy’s LAPC #177- CELEBRATING photo challenge

Featured Photo by Burak Kebapci from Pexels

One image one story

One image one story

What do you see in the above image?

Can you guess?

You may or may not.

Yet a picture can convey 1000 thoughts.

Let me tell

The posture of this person gives you a hint that he is a senior citizen.

He is seen sitting on a pavement that gives an idea of his status in the (so-called) civilized society.

The clothes he is wearing tells of his financial status.

The blue bag( empty)on which he is resting tells his only richness.

The way he has covered his entire face with a semitransparent plastic mask tells about his health status.

A plaster bandage on the left side of his forehead tells that he must have suffered some face injury.

If you closely observe, there is a small opening in his face mask at nose, telling that he is breathing.

His hands are clenched and kept on his lap indicates his helplessness or frustration or maybe he is feeling cold due to outside weather.

He is sitting next to a closed shutter indicates the absence of a roof over his head.

He appears to be unwelcome.

He is all alone.

And he seems to be abandoned.

And  the same old story all over the world.

Who is responsible?

Can you blame God if you are a believer in God?

I don’t know.

The time at which the click taken was approximately 8.00 pm.

This is the story of this person

Poor, abandoned, homeless with health problems.

This person is part of the society at large which lacks sympathy, empathy or compassion.

For the rest of the people, it’s another day in paradise!

Moral of the story– Help the homeless if you can afford.

                                                        ***    End of the story  ***

“You can spend money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course” Jello Biafra

The World still cares for you if only…

Nobody cares for you unless you are beautiful, rich, popular or dead”  unknown

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Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Ann Christine’s LAPC- #176- One Image One Story photo challenge

A brilliant theme.

Thank you AC.

Follow your bliss

Black Beauty

I find my bliss in photography.

I always wonder about the ability of the camera to freeze the moment- and this moment, we all know, we can never get back, but this amazing technology makes us re-live at that moment at any given time.

I am sure many of the other photographers agree with me that as we are busy taking photos of interest we forget ourselves.

We spend hours together to get the best angle possible and we try our level best to get the best shot whatever may be the time and where ever maybe we are.

On many occasions, we annoy our spouses and near and dear ones because we fail to spend time together with them.

I know their complaint is genuine. But I feel helpless.

“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else”  Joseph Campbell

I am happy to be in the company of other great photographers there in the WordPress

Aurora

“Amid the majesty of night, What splendid vision strikes my eyes, In glory bursting on the sight, Forth from the northern skies?” Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch

Those of you who are lucky to watch the Aurora will never forget the experience.

You can’t describe your thoughts as you watch Mother Nature’s soul-stirring phenomenon.

This experience is enchanting and you feel you are in Heaven, joining the Cosmic Dance of Nature’s magnificent spectacle.

How true the following quote!

“You don’t know what you’re going to get into when you follow your bliss” James Hillman 

Did any of you experience Northern Lights?

if so what was your feeling at that moment?

Thank you for visiting my site.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Lindy Le Cog’s– LAPC #175- FOLLOW YOUR BLISS photo challenge

Thank you Lindy Le Cog

LAPC # 174- Shapes and Designs

These are simple clicks of Mother Nature.

Heart-Shaped leaf

These are leaves of Peepal Tree (Sacred fig or Bodhi tree or Ficus Religiosa)

The sacred fig has religious significance in three religions (Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism).

The tree has a long span between 900 to 1500 yrs.

The tree leaves are used traditionally for various ailments.

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation” Rumi

Flower Design

“In design Mother Nature is our best teacher” Van Day Truex

Thank you for visiting my site.

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

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This post is part of Pattimoed’s LAPC # 174- Shapes and Designs photo challenge

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