Purpose of being

I have often heard this saying but never understood it. It says that everything has a place or reason for being in this world, even if we cannot understand it. Don’t know if that is right or wrong. Watching this snail move slowly to wherever it was going, this thought popped in my head as to what is the purpose?img_0487

It’s quite probable that these questions of “purpose” and “being”come only in the heads of humans. Is it that the rest of the life forms already know their purpose?

Like these ants building their nest on a plant. How do they know what they have to do?

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Ants making their nest on the plant

Or this beautiful butterfly resting briefly on the leaf before fluttering away again?

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The amazing thing is that small size doesn’t mean less complex! The programmers of life must be super intelligent beings.

Observing the nature makes me realize how little we know of it. And yet, this ego makes humans feel that they are the only beings that matter. Nature must indeed be laughing at this misconception..

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Satisfaction

In our day to day lives, most of us are so busy just getting through each day that we forget what is it that really gives us satisfaction and thus, happiness. I don’t know if someone gets satisfaction out of getting up each morning after snoozing the alarm five times, sometimes getting breakfast and sometimes having to forego for fear of getting late, getting through traffic to reach the place of work, managing the work through the day, coming back exhausted, eating, sleeping and then starting all over again. Then add to it the responsibilities of the family and you won’t know where the day went. The things we accumulate in this process – are they satisfying us?

What gives each one of us satisfaction is very subjective.

For me, satisfaction comes out of creation. It could be the solution to a problem, an artwork, a piece of writing, a nice meal, and best of all, seeing the creation of mother nature.

For instance, after planting the seeds, watering the plants, protecting them from the pests, isn’t it extremely satisfying to see the flowers turning to fruits?

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So take a break, sit back and think..what gives You satisfaction? Then what’s stopping you from doing it?

For some more interpretations of satisfaction, check the posts here.

Focal Point

I often am fascinated by the human body – what a marvelous work of engineering! Today am admiring the wonderful sense of sight – the eyes. It’s raining out here and I am just looking out at the scene through the glass window with a cup of coffee. With my eyes, I can see everything so clearly even outside but the camera can focus only on what’s closest to it. 

In this photo, you can see my coffee in focus and the chaos outside, even if it’s blurred. So I am very thankful for the camera because that’s possibly the only way I can capture and share the moments that I like, visually, with everyone, for lack of that kind of artistic talent which also requires time and effort to master. 

Coffee on a rainy day

For more photos about interpreting Focus, you can look here

And here is the photo of the same place after it has stopped raining.

You call it Wanderlust, I call it Life

So someone asked me where had I been recently. I asked – in mind or in body. In mind, I am going everywhere all the time but the body won’t be able to keep up with it :-).

The word of German origin “Wanderlust” means an innate strong desire to travel. Another lesser known in English but also of German origin word is “Fernweh”. This word means sickness/longing for far off places. You can decide for yourself whether your feelings match more with Wanderlust or Fernweh. For me, it is the latter.

So from my recent physical trip to a far off place, here are some pictures that I would like to share that describe the journey.

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Going for sightseeing

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The Jet to take you far away

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Tired travellers resting their feet

Inpired? Then enjoy some more thoughts on Wanderlust here.

Solitude

Somehow the word “solitude” translates to “tranquility” for me, instead of the “state of being alone”. The latter is usually associated with loneliness and has a kind of negative connotation. But I believe solitude is a very powerful thing, not because you are alone but because of what your mind is telling you when you are alone! For some that is a very scary thing and for some it is a very pleasant state of existence. Scary probably because of the social conditioning or the fear of the unknown and pleasant probably because one can be or do whatever one likes without the fear of being judged by fellow beings. Whatever it may be, I think everyone should have some time to be just with oneself. It does make you think a bit differently than usual, which I believe is a good thing. I think that is why the ancient people of India went to the forests to meditate, to be with themselves, to be with the nature, to learn something,  for all the answers are probably within us but we just don’t get to hear them in the humdrum of our mundane existence.

There is this one scene that I captured on my lens which brought on me the feeling of solitude – in the commonly understood meaning – that of being completely alone. 10275584_10153294403428217_8774058467903492262_o

For some more thoughts and interpretations of solitude from bloggers around the globe, check out this page Solitude.

Wishes and Dreams

I often wonder about this process of wishing and dreaming. Is this something that only humans can or animals also have these kind of thoughts? Anyway, for the purpose of this post, let’s see how we make our wishes. More often than not, they are given as an appeal to the gods in whom we may have faith and wait for them to be fulfilled.

Here’s a lady lighting incense at a Buddhist temple probably wishing for the well-being of her loved ones.

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And here are the locks that we see on the bridges (I don’t know who started the trend) put there by couples who wish to “lock” their love forever and throw the key :).

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And here are the wishes that people of the erstwhile East Germany had (now painted on an artistic graffiti wall).

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It’s quite a coincidence that very recently I learnt (not yet completely though) the sentence formations for wishes and dreams in German. Oh yes, there is a lesson about that too in the curriculum! I don’t remember having been taught that in English or Hindi as a theme :-). But then nobody says German is an easy language to learn. I can only wish that I can learn it!

If the theme made you wish for more, then you can check out the thoughts of bloggers from across the world here.

Magical creatures are everywhere!

Every time I see these mice at the bridge, I imagine that that one day they were scuttling away and a magician threw some star dust on them and they froze like this! What could the story be? Was there a lovely but poor maiden who had these mice as friends and one day the evil magician came and took her away or was there a town troubled by the mice and the magician was called to get rid of them? Was there a prince and his loyal friend who were turned to mice by the magician to take over the kingdom or were there two conspirators who wanted to capture the kingdom and the king’s wizard friend came along just in time? The magic is in the possibilities – isn’t it?

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If you’d like to know about other thoughts on magic, you can take a look here.

The Search…

In life, more often than not, don’t we just go down just hoping that it would probably take us where we would find what we are looking for and then realize at the end of it that it wasn’t the one? But on the other hand, do we actually know what is that search even for?

I wish all the alleys (metaphorically) that we come across in life, had this kind of a sign post so that we knew whether we want that end and therefore, to go down that road or not.But alas, that’s not how life works and we have to walk till the end of every street that we make a choice to go on to find what lies there..
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You can find some more soul searches here at Quest

Looking up

As I was coming to work this morning, these guys caught my attention – soaring up and looking so happy! Seeing them immediately lifted my mood. I think the inventor of the balloons was a genius – he/she knew how to bring a smile to a child’s face with the simplest thing – air :-)!

What is more amazing is – it’s a timeless and boundary-less thing – don’t children across the world love balloons? And  when they are grown-ups, then the balloons bring back the memories of childhood with the birthday parties and fetes and of a time with may be simpler cares.

(Incidentally, today’s Daily Post’s photo challenge is about Looking Up. How apt!)

Rain

As I am sitting here in my office room, and it is raining outside, all I am wishing is for the rain to stop so that I can go home and start my weekend.IMG_0590

But it used to be so different in India..where the rains were always welcome on hot days and the drops brought out the scent of the soil parched by the brutal sun. It was like the earth was thanking the rains by giving out that beautiful scent. But now that I am not there, I don’t know if I will ever enjoy the rains in the same way as I did when I was in India with the ubiquitous chai-pakoras with friends and family. For those who don’t know about the Indian street food, chai-pakoras (tea and fritters) is a fare that you will find throughout India with variations – from small make-shift stalls to big restaurants but of course, the best ones are at the homes!

May be need to find new friends and invite them over for a rainy evening and recreate the magic of Indian summer and the rain. In this new place which yet doesn’t feel like home, there will be times like these which will bring back memories from back home and make me want to fly back in time…I know I have to move on and make a new home here but I can be nostalgic from time to time and that’s when I will make chai-pakoras and soothe the yearnings of the heart with the taste on the tongue!