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I’m Feeling Lucky

Its crazy. We are already at the end of the second month of this magnificent 2015..too soon!

January has always & always been special to me. I so love this month. Everything about it. The newness, the hopes that it brings along, the joy, the dreams, the spirit and everything.  I’m still appreciating what January brought along this year and feeling really sad that it past by so soon.

I’d like to mention that I’ve been feeling so lucky since some time. It all started when I received a Christmas greeting card as a surprise from God-sent-friend who I don’t even know. I accepted it & kept it on my desk in the office until a week past New Years and then took it back home where it stands still on the table. Its a hand made card.

Not long after that I received another gift – a lovely pen from another God-sent-friend who I don’t know too. Its a lovely white pen with a golden design on it. (blue ink). What sign does it give? What shall I convey to myself to do? so… I accepted that as well. I haven’t used it yet. Its very pretty.

 

Treasure

Treasure

So it was January and about a week after this pen arrived was my Birthday. It was so special. The celebrations back home in Goa were so good. A day much filled with happiness. Meeting with good old friends has always been my favorite moments and then the memoirs I always treasure. Having spent my birthday back home in Goa was indeed a gift! Though I’m a January queen and I love snow, I’m here spreading the same snowy pure & divine peace. Perhaps, that is why this snow queen is given a task to live in India. Well, Its such a task!

Yet another interesting story was about Piano. I happened to read about this Gracious lady Natallia, A Russian Pianist. I saw her website where she has some of her videos & pictures gallery. One could tell I was impressed from the awestruck expression on my face. Beautiful & Brilliant. She turned out to be an inspiration. She is so confident, fluent, so expressive.. I mean, just about everything a great Pianist can have. I began dreaming again..it was like how Julie Powell dreamed of Julia Child.. So much in relation.. If only I could meet her some day, I thought.  There’s so much to learn.

Just then, I was told that we have a Piano recitals which was going to be held for the Valentine’s day and the theme was of course, Love! I was asked to choose my favorite and I picked “Way back into love” from the movie Music & Lyrics. This is a piece which has a very descriptive theme. Soft & hopeful. The stage was lovely with red & white balloons flying up and obviously with so many of the lovely Pianos. There were many groups performing but mine was a solo. I deeply enjoyed this particular performance. Its my favorite. May be it was the theme..the sight was such! So lucky I felt.

One fine afternoon I walked down to the ground floor of our office. There were a group of people who appeared to me like the ones from the advertisement company. Not sure why but they called me in and took a photograph. They were from Etihad. They presented to me a water bottle from Etihad. Yet another unexpected thing which I am now using everyday.

I also met with another my type of a person recently. An absolute shopaholic! and so we went hopping to  shopping and spent a lot on most of our favorite brands. We shopped till we dropped only to know that we dropped upon some of the nicest eateries around the town. What fun!

Accepting whatever that came my way blessed my heart with sheer joy. No regrets. Then, it was one of those lovely Tuesday evenings when I was playing the Piano. For some reason I remembered Natallia. It was suppose to be her Piano concert on the following Friday. That sudden moment when I uttered it and at once we (with my super cool Piano coach) decided to attend the concert. The place was too far from where I live and the concert was in the late evening but nothing could stop me.

That Friday evening was so beautiful. It was one of the special evenings where she marvelously played the Piano so expressively, so fluently, so wonderfully..It was like each of those pieces had such wonderful stories to tell! The concert gave me an opportunity to dream of those dreams.. to believe to be passionate..It was so inspiring. It was at the end of the concert that we got a chance to meet her! yes! I met her. I met Natallia. I shook hands with her. I thanked her. Oh my my.. such a dream come true experience it was! She is such a star!

Life is beautiful when we realize the beauty of it everyday, don’t you agree?


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Surprise.Love.Happiness

I received a gift of happiness! A gift from oceans across, far away dreamy land, from an Angel who lives deep into the snowy mysterious woods.

Surprise!

Surprise!

You are just too precious Kathy!

Lake Superior Magazine

Lake Superior Magazine

From the cold, freezing cold Lake Superior, to the Queen of January from India; a January Edition.

Joyful moment to be cherished forever

Joyful moment to be cherished forever

As I opened the magazine, I found the autumn leaves inside – those I always dreamt of, the ones I always wanted to feel, the ones I wanted to collect and keep inside my books, the ones I wished to draw on, the ones whose color I love. Look at the snowy picture on the pages behind! Is the lake frozen now?

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

They come from Lake Superior. They are the special ones. The original. The pure.

Some more..

Some more..

I am deeply touched. Misty eyed. Is this true? I’m so thankful to you Kathy Drue.

Look at that! The shade!!

Look at that! The shade!!

The most beautiful one.

Lovely

Lovely

Gift of Love

Gift of Love

And then…oh my!!!!

A card! Work of Kathy's hands.

A card! Work of Kathy’s hands.

Tell me, isn’t this the most precious? This is so adorable..so sweet!

These are worth the thousand words...

These are worth the thousand words…

I feel blessed. I’m so thankful. Life seems much more beautiful..

I just can't leave them down

I just can’t leave them down

You made my day so much more beautiful, dear Kathy! You added several colors to my morning & this will be remembered forever..These are a treasure. May you be blessed abundantly with beautiful colors of joy in your life too.

P.S. I showed them to my colleague at work amid-st the bustle of daily chaos, and she was excited to see them too. She specially liked the hand made card. She says I must visit Lake Superior some day..


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Henry?

Wearing my viollette skirt and a weiss blouse holding a blaue umbrella, I walked past the village Chapel. I barely noticed anything on my way, neither did I realize the stubborn smile not wanting to leave my face and my ears listening to Henry absolutely without my permission.

Who is Henry?

An uninvited spare who has been glued to me on his toes. A chap who has arrived out of nowhere. A complete stranger whom I have no intention of knowing. But here, I have my eyes and ears so devout, so still, as if they do not belong to me anymore. My hands automatically raise themselves holding his and he drops my fingers from the top, making a pattern which if fallen on the grand Piano in the same pattern would produce the best music in the world!

When Henry begins his counseling speech, my eyes, ears and hands listen to him so devotionally as if he is a master of all, descended from God. They act as if they are receiving the worlds number 1 training.

I let them.

Months past, and I observed them get sharpened. I left the rest of my desires for which I needed them to act upon. I let them do as they like. I did carefully observe if Henry was spoiling them, being suspicious. He did not.
They are so fond of Henry. Its like they share so much with him, they spend hours together. They are always obedient to him. They get pretty close!

Whenever I sit in-front of the Ritmullers Grand Piano, I look into the music sheet. But, before I even begin reading the signatures, my hands are already on the keys. My eyes screen over the scales as if they have mastered them. My ears listen to the tempo and verify that its just perfect. My eyes, hands and ears are so much in sync! There’s hardly anything that I need to do to get them under control.

Astonished by this, I laid back. Rest of the hours I spent thinking endlessly. Who is Henry after all? From where did the forces come in? How is my body not even paying attention to my mind which is filled with other crap – of work, of hatred, of displeasure, of loneliness, depression…

I searched everywhere, until I stumbled upon this book. Below is the cover picture:

Henry Steinway

Henry Steinway

Henry Steinway? Oh, that’s you? You are not a stranger! you are not an intruder! You are Henry Steinway!!! The one who made Pianos in Germany and United States [Henry E. Steinway (February 15, 1797 – February 7, 1871)

All I did was scream out a big WOW! I mean, WOW!!

Well, below is what I play:

Ritmuller Grand Piano

Ritmuller Grand Piano

Isn’t it amazing?


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A Time for Sharing, A Time for Believing

The season of cakes,chocolates,wine,decorations and celebrations is already here.  Kalkals, dodol, bebincas are out of the oven in many of the Goan houses. Now that we have Facebook and people share every single tiny bit of their preparation right from the coconut and jaggery mixing together, I can’t wait until I get home.

For me, Christmas started a month back.  This time, the first Christmas tree that brightened my eyes and filled my heart was this:

First Christmas tree of the year.

First Christmas tree of the year.

Welcome, My Child

Welcome, My Child

The Red Decor

The Red Decor

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Or Do you like the Blue?

Don’t you dare tell me you reuse all the decorations from the previous years. Don’t you dare tell me the allure of fascinating decor pieces from the shop don’t pull you closer. Yea?

I know you will come and pick the pretty ones yourself.

I know you will come and pick the pretty ones yourself.

Honey, Sweeteners, for the season.

Honey, Sweeteners, for the season.

She sets up the Vine. Look at the photo on the front door. Does she dedicate her service to her grandmother?

She sets up the Vine. Look at the photo in the front. Does she dedicate her service to her grandmother?

Makes you want one of these two?

Makes you want one of these two?

Market place. Not sure about the people, but the Sun is rejoicing for sure!

Market place. Not sure about the people, but the Sun is rejoicing for sure!

Pretty ones, all to add to my collection.

Pretty ones, all to add to my collection.

While the parents shop, and here I thought I was the only fan of these maple leaves.

While the parents shop, and here I thought I was the only fan of these maple leaves.

All so Chrismassy

All so Chrismassy

The Musician who entertained all throughout.

The Musician who entertained all throughout.

Is'nt it a fair set up, walk around with a cup of hot wine.

isn’t it a fair set up, walk around with a cup of hot wine.

There is one lady, I will remember forever. A lady I met in the train on my way to Wien, a Doctor by profession. A Slovakian who studied medicine in Russian. Kind-Hear ted, gentle, and pretty too.

There is a box kept next to her that contains the cakes and sweets she prepared. She offered some to me, and the beautifully layered cake, I can't explain, it was the best cake I ever had in my whole life!

There is a box kept next to her that has the cakes and sweets she prepared. She offered some to me, and the beautifully layered cake, I can’t explain, it was the best cake I ever had in my whole life!

I would forever remember the conversation that I had with her, the message she conveyed to me touched my spiritual soul. If only, I could meet her again! will I, ever? Thank you, dear lady!

Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!


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A Wondrous Place – III

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The Gates would open.

Upper Belvedere

Upper Belvedere – Wien

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A Wonder Palace? Welcome to Vienna!

Whimsical?

Whimsical?

Calls for a walk, though the weather so chilled

Calls for a walk, though the weather so chilled

Breath & Gaze! How far can you see?

Breath & Gaze! How far can you see?

Many can play Hide & seek, When one is alone - "How I wish you all were here"

Many can play Hide & seek, When one is alone – “How I wish you all were here”

Do you admire the architecture?

Do you admire the architecture?

Where are we? A pathway to..?

Where are we? A pathway to..?

Looks like a Botanical garden to me, not so pretty during the winter - but lets check.

Looks like a Botanical garden to me, not so pretty during the winter – but lets check.

Joggers are here too

Joggers are here too

Multiple paths, choose carefully.

Multiple paths, choose carefully.

And for a wallpaper..

And for a wallpaper..

Come let us sit for some time, let us allow our mind to relax, dream.

Come let us sit for some time, let us allow our mind to relax, dream.

Creativity has no bounds

Creativity has no bounds

Something special

Something special

Magnificent

Magnificent

A blessed family, How sweet! I missed my family..

A blessed family, How sweet! I missed my family..

Look at them.. cute nah?

Look at them.. cute nah?

Hungry? Try a chicken steak with fries, why not?

Hungry? Try a chicken steak with fries, why not?


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A Wondrous Place – II

Good Morning ya all! All fresh for the next visit? I do hope you had a good breakfast, coz we gotta walk & walk, jump, run & climb too.

So lets begin..

The road that will take us. Show us the way.

The road that will take us. Show us the way.

Do you know what this is? Come lets check..

Do you know what this is? Come lets check..

Devin's Castle - The entrance!

Devin’s Castle – The entrance!

Magnificent yeah?

Magnificent yeah?

Climb up, No waiting.

Climb up, No waiting.

Aah! See, Aren't you delighted to walk thru' these walls?

Aah! See, Aren’t you delighted to walk thru’ these walls?

You like the view through the window, don't you?

You like the view through the window, don’t you?

This view it is.. wow!!!

And the view from the other edge… wow!!!

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This caught my eye

Can you describe the beauty?

Can you describe the beauty?

How curious a Chinese man is. A castle well that goes 55m deep down into the earth, was dug up in the 15th century.

How curious a Chinese man is. A castle well that goes 55m deep down into the earth, was dug up in the 15th century.

Boundaries. Castle compound wall.

Boundaries. Castle compound wall.

Beautiful Bratislava

Beautiful Bratislava

She waits outside.

She waits outside.

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And the calf too

Time for lunch? Lets explore some place for food too..

In the old town.

In the old town.

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This one or…?

Inviting?

Inviting?

I truly hope you enjoyed the trip to Devin. Well, our journey doesn’t end here. There’s a lot more to come. 


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A Wondrous Place – I

A new place, a new life

A new place, a new life

C’mon hurry up. Lets take a trip together to “Bratislava, Slovakia” 😀

Left Right Left and Jump

Left Right Left and Jump

Beautiful Castle - Bratislava Hrad
Beautiful Castle – Bratislava Hrad
C'mon lets walk together through the old town

C’mon lets walk together through the old town

Look who!

Look who!

Divine, up, up

Divine, up, up

Man at Work!

Man at Work!

Cool yea?

Cool yea?

Oh My Highness!

Oh My Highness!

Hmm..

Hmm..

And that's me alright?

And that’s me alright? Alone, Independent, Amidst nature..

Companions, they are.

Companions, they are.

Don't worry you are not alone in the dark. I am with you. I wil give you light ~God

Don’t worry you are not alone in the dark. I am with you. I will give you light ~God

Admire, Dream

Admire, Dream

Tired of walking? I let you take rest. But, you gotta be fresh tomorrow for I will take you to a special place. Its a surprise 🙂

Thanks for your visit ~Castle

Thanks for your visit. Good Night! ~Castle