Friday, December 11, 2015

Fascinating Brazil!

Earlier this year, I spent a week at Brazil. At Sao Paulo and then at Rio De Janerio, was able to visit lots of places and see the sights. Managed to pack a lot during this time and got a sense of the country, the people, the culture, their economy and more.
As a summation of this time, I could think of this work in progress sand castle on Copacabana Beach as a fitting metaphor. A country drenched in old world and contemporary charm, in the new economy and the erstwhile. Statuesque in its beauty and yet sand-castle-like fragile!

We only have what we give!

A quote from Isabel Allende came to my mind, when I read about Mark Zuckerberg announcing his decision to donate 99% of his FB shares to charity.
I put the quote on a tile that I photographed at Escardia Celeron at Rio De Janerio in Brazil earlier this year!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The beautiful dragon fly from Varca


When I first sighted this dragon fly, I thought it was a tiny butterfly or bird. After I shot a picture on my phone and it was only after I enlarged it that I realised it was a dragon fly

It was the first time I've seen a dragon fly flap its wings in such a wide arch. Or even move the wings way below the body when in a perched position. It was only after I was able to photograph one more closely (this time on my point and shoot) and with fully spread wings that I also noticed the unique angle of the front and rear wings. A third first is the coloured wings on a dragon fly! All of these first made this set of sightings special. Have you seen this before?



Saturday, September 05, 2015

wish all my teachers and students a happy teachers day!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Inside out or outside in...


Any discussion about motivation veers to carrots and sticks, pleasure and pain. Regardless of this, what is greater? External motivation or an internal one driven by understanding and acceptance. That something needs to be done.
I read this simple analogy recently that made the point so well. So I thought I would put it together with a visual and share it.
What do you think?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Listen...


I wish I'd learnt this much earlier in life. And it always surprises me how much of a difference this makes. It is amazing that so many of our default settings, like this one here, or say the speed at which we judge people, situations etc with so little information are so much of an issue. I often wonder where we pick up these defaults. Got any ideas?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Makes you wonder - How can anything justify war?




Last December, I visited the War Cemetery in Kohima. Walking in this serene place going from grave to grave (1420 of them) and reading the messages from their near ones makes you wonder, how can anything justify war? Where regardless of the outcome, thousands of lives are gone forever. Even concepts like patriotism seem like smart man made ideas to put a fellow mans life in danger

Reading the age at which these people lost their lives, the families they left behind and their mostly brave, always-poignant messages make you think, of how the families would have coped. With losing their son, husband, brother in the prime of their lives.

Visiting the cemetery, I'm sure is a way for affected family members to get some closure on their loss - we saw some of them spending some quiet time at the grave of the ones they had lost.

A few months ago, I received an email as a response to this photograph I had posted as a part of a review of that visit. The sender, overwhelmed by recognizing the tombstone in my picture as the one belonging to a relative, was writing to express gratitude of their family to me for the post.

It rekindled the same feelings I felt while at the cemetery, and I realized that through that picture and mail I'd become a small part of that family's healing.