Coming down to earth

Ours is a small place, it is a University town. Till about ten years ago it had been a quiet, serene and green place. My grandfather used to say he had passed this place in the 1940s and it been a barren hill. Over the years, a lot of change has taken place, but those changes were in keeping with the place. But now they are of a different kind. Valleys are being filled and mountains are being levelled, the whole world is being turned upside down. A concrete jungle is taking the place of a live, green jungle. All this for apartments and shopping malls and cinema theatres. Educational institutions and hospitals are acceptable but not the others . Ironically these buildings are given the names of the very trees that have been destroyed. It is as if this is the beginning of the End.

Recently, my husband’s student came here after a long time. He told us he had heard about the changes and had kept away for a long time as he wanted to retain the memories of those earlier days. Most people who had lived here earlier feel the same. We miss those days. I suppose the same is happening everywhere. In the name of ‘development’ so much is being destroyed.

Last month, I had been re-reading a lot of books by Isaac Asimov. I just finished reading Foundation and Earth. It had been an exciting journey across the galaxy visiting different planets. The hero is searching for Earth. The time is twenty thousand years from now. He and his companions find Earth but there is no Life. Earth is completely radioactive. There was a hollow feeling in the heart when I read this. I know it is only a story. It may not happen. But so much of what Science Fiction writers have been writing has come true. And the road we are taking may make our planet a dead one some time in the far future. We who are here now will not be there then.

But still…

In moments when such thoughts come to mind, I am all the more grateful to all those people who are doing their best to protect and conserve our planet. This proverb which I had read quite some time ago is so apt.
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient American Indian Proverb


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

This week’s theme is the Let’s Go Fly a Kite.  So read the lyrics (in italic below) and see what you can come up with for a topic.  Have fun and remember to find a theme within the verse. Most of all I hope you have fun.

With tuppence for paper and strings, You can have your own set of wings, With your feet on the ground, You’re a bird in a flight, With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite. Oh, oh, oh! Let’s go fly a kite, Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring, Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

A few years ago we had been to Istanbul. One day we went on a two hour cruise on the Bosphorus. It was a beautiful experience. On the way back we saw these beautiful birds, soaring high up in the air, where it is so very clear.





Song of the Road

The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Scale

“This week, play with scale. Insert something into a scene to highlight size: your two-year-old in a field of flowers. A dime next to the huge cinnamon roll you picked up at the bakery. Shoot the giant pile of laundry making your couch look tiny by comparison.* Snap a picture of naturally occurring elements, like a Great Dane and Chihuahua together at the dog run. Share a photo from an airplane window showing us the plane’s engine against the ant-like background of the ground below.”

We, human beings look so small in front of a tree:)


A small boy is so big with a very small toy 🙂


His great grandmother’s slippers are so big 🙂


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A Photo a week challenge : View

“As photographers, we get the chance to take a lot of pictures of many things: scenery, family, scenery, buildings, scenery, pets, scenery. You get the picture (pun intended). I can’t think of anywhere that I’ve ever been where I thought “Wow, I never want to take a picture of THIS place.” And I’m really glad about that. The world around us is amazing. Every place has it’s own type of beauty. So this week’s challenge is to find the beauty in your view, whether it’s just outside your kitchen window or from a once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

View of the beautiful and amazing caves of Ellora


View of the beautiful  and amazing Ajanta caves


View of the River Sabarmati from  Mahatma Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad


View from our home, on a cloudy day



The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Depth

” This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, like me, by showing something (a dense forest, your lawn after a blizzard) that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom. Or go with a more figurative approach: use a deep color palette, play with your image’s depth of field, or highlight a person, a place, or an object to which you feel deeply connected.”

Temples are a very important part of our lives. Every temple has a pond in its premises. They are an important part of the temple.

This photo is of the pond near the temple  of Goddess Mahishamardhini, not far from our home. The feeling of depth is apparent.


The second photo is of the pond next to the temple of Lord Krishna.