The Wandering Mind

Lord of the Rings is one among my most favourite books. These lines written to Frodo by Gandalf keep haunting me.

‘All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by frost…’

But many a time, those who wander are lost, maybe not in the physical sense. The past, the present and the future are not in their places. The mind wanders and moves from one place to the other without recognizing where it is. Many a time when I see my young friends who cannot speak or understand what is happening around them, I wonder whether their mind is wandering about helplessly or do they have a concept of what a mind is. We will never know. It is such a helpless situation for those around them. Then there are those people who are unable to control their minds due to so many problems which may not be of their making. They understand their mind is wandering but are helpless as so much of what is happening is beyond their control. They must be feeling so helpless. Some time ago I came across this very touching poem by someone who has Alzheimers.
“Hi, it is okay if you stop and speak to me,
I can’t talk anymore,
But I can still see.
So it is ok to stop and say hello-
I can hear you, but
I may not know.
What is it you are saying to me.
The words, they get all mixed up these days.
And the tears make it hard to see,
But don’t be afraid, to stop and talk anyway.
After all,
it is only me.”


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A Photo a Week Challenge: Bundle of Joy

My  grandparents  with their great grand children in 1986 🙂


Brother and sister 🙂


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touch

This week’s topic is the colors of the sense of touching or feeling.  This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights you sense of touch.  It can be thorns on a rose, a soft baby’s face or tree bark.   

The joy of feeling the sweet little fingers of our grandson:)


Touching and feeling the bell in the temple:)


Feeling the wet glass of the car, fun to draw:))



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Weekly Photo Challenge : Connected

There is so much of bonding when families, friends and relatives are connected.

Our daughter and her son


My husband and grandson 🙂


Our son and grandson:)


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

This week’s topic is the colors of the sense of seeing.  This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights you visually.   Be creative and have fun. Feel free to dig around in your archives for photos if you don’t have anything new you can photograph.   Most of all I hope you have fun.

Clouds have always fascinated me. They look so beautiful in the blue sky and the dark clouds add to the fascination. These photos were taken last Sunday:)




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Travel theme : feet

Enjoying with our grandson:)



Bound Together

I am reading this very interesting book called Bound Together by Nayan Chanda. It tells us how traders, preachers, adventurers and warriors shaped globalization. The writer writes, “This book is thus the result of a personal quest for an understanding of, if not answers to some questions: who are the globalizers and how does one explain the global origins of everything that surrounds us.”

While reading this I was reminded of seeing a black coloured chinaware urn we saw in Bangkok. A similar one was used in my husband’s family for decades. They had been used to store tamarind or salted raw mangoes. Both must have been made in the same place and then moved on different parts of the world.

My father, while working in the Indian railways, had been sent on deputation to Nigeria. We used to go there during holidays and had the opportunity of eating rice, wheat flour and so many other things which were made in different parts of the world. In the eighties, we had been in Libya for two years. There too, we got things form different parts of the world. And what is there to say about transport and communication?

The Skype makes it possible for us to see and talk to our daughter and grandson almost every day. They are in Germany. About two decades ago keeping in contact with people far away was so difficult, international calls being so expensive and letters taking so long to reach. Nayan Chanda tells, “Like cotton and coffee, the micro-chip or micro-processor is both the product and the promoter of globalization. But unlike them, this tiny brain behind today’s machines is invisible… there are many millennia of thought and inventions by countless people from all over the world behind that tiny computer brain.”

The other day we were passing through a small place when I saw this old building with a very modern sounding sign board. The binding together of the old and the new was fascinating. Equally fascinating is the knowledge that sitting at home I am able to come into contact with fascinating and nice people from different parts of the world. Thanks to WordPress and thanks to blogging. 🙂


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Thr daily Post Photo Challenge : From every angle

This week, photograph a stationary subject from three different angles.

Last Sunday, we had been to a beautiful temple dedicated to Shri Umamaheshwara, in a small village called Narampady.

The Flag Staff or the Dwajha Stambha is a very important feature of our temples. Below are the photos of the Flag Staff of this temple from different angles.



The base of the Dhwjha stambha