Dreams Hope Destiny


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August Depictions

In continuation to the previous post , The iHeartFaces photo challenge outcome – part 2 is here:

 

Sidewalk

Sidewalk – My everyday path, where I stand totally absent minded with the ear plugs on.

Messy Monsoon

Messy Monsoon – From our village this August

The two wearing Saree with the same design - sisters?

Togetherness, The two wearing Saree with the same design – sisters?

Feet - Pedicure

Feet – Pedicure

Sign - Treble Clef

Sign – Treble Clef, A sign that provokes…

Outside

Outside – An interesting portrait capture event one afternoon.

Up High

Up High

Circles - remember?

Circles – remember? I still do it..


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Happy!

The title comes from Karma’s When I Feel Like It blog where she posts a photo challenge for a month.

1st August 2015.  The word flashed –  “happy”.  That’s exactly who I met. Happiness

When you love what you do

When you love what you do

She illustrates happiness. Her constant smile, cheerful face and passionate expressions. A film maker by profession, she makes documentaries on various life & reality topics that inspire with her thought “reality is always stronger than what you are”.

Miriam jakobs

Miriam, Camera and Action

That’s Miriam Jakobs – a film director from Köln, Germany who loves travelling, shooting, teaching and more.  Her famous works include Das Dunkle Gen, Heaven & Hell, The temple of emotions amongst many others.  She, together with Gerhard Schick, is currently working on a film on urbanization and they chose Bangalore city to map to the urban spaces. Her film shall release next year and I am very eager to watch it, hopefully in their presence again.

While she was in Bangalore, we met several times, exchanged talks, experiences and hugs. We connected with each other in just no time.

1st of August 2015 they flew back to Germany after having touched many lives in Bangalore, shedding light on the long lost and dead Kote fort which is now only 5% alive, driving events, workshops, presentations and so much!

I did not think much about the photo challenge, but the signs! oh the signs! On the day marked for happy, I opened the Diary of Anne Frank and here’s what she wrote on Wednesday, 23rd February 1944:

“This morning, when I was sitting in front of the window and taking a long, deep look outside at God and nature, I was happy, just plain happy. Peter, as long as people feel that kind of happiness within themselves, the joy of nature, health and much more besides, they’ll always be able to recapture that happiness.

Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again. Whenever you are feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and  will find happiness once more.”

So on a happy note, see you next!

 

 

 

 

 


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Love All Around

Dear Readers,

Thank you very much for your good wishes. I am feeling so much better and definitely recovering much faster.

 

Pandan Cake

Pandan Cake

A light, very fluffy and delicious pandan cake from Singapore – Malay origin, is what I received on the 1st of the month of cakes & cookies. Do you know what’s pandan? These are specific leaves from a tropical plant Pandanus amaryllifolius used as a flavoring agent. Pandan leaves extract is also used to make kaya jam and many other delicious recipes.

Well, I must mention to you about the wonderful colleagues across countries whom I work with. If you remember my post from July about Singapore trip was the time when I met the folks based there. Since then, there has been an added flavor to my work. Even though we are all based in different countries, there’s so much that we learn from each other while we work and there’s so much of understanding, professionalism, support, care & definitely fun!

The month of October was a time for healing for me and I was away from the office for a while. I missed the remote connection with my colleagues. I missed the “Good Morning..” buzz that’s usually there before I even log-in to my system. I missed the Chinese voices.

Do you know how it feels when you miss some people so dearly and then you come to know that they missed you too; equally…

The cake above was sent to me by my SG colleagues.  I think its the most wonderful cake in the world! It means so much to me…

They also packed for me two bottles of Kaya Jam – they remembered how I relished the Kaya toast while I was in SG and thus they sent some for me to India.

Kaya Jam

Kaya Jam

Authentic Ya Kun kaya is the one – don’t forget to try this one if you ever fly to SG. Its super delicious!

Not just this, they also sent for me the traditional Chinese medicine well-famous from Eu Yan Sang pharmacy. The one they brought for me is “Essence of fish with American Ginseng and Cordyceps extract”. Its mainly to boost the immunity levels and regain strength. You may look it up, perhaps it helps you too.

There are some chocolates parceled too!

 

Me with Them

Me with Them

This was in Clark Quay, Singapore. They definitely are a fun bunch!

How come? How come I’m so lucky? ha ha..!! Love is all around!!

 

 

 

 

 


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I ♥ Travel

Many of you too, don’t you? Be it alone or in a gang of ten, whether adventure or leisure, cold or sunny, I love travel in every form, shape and size 😉

Wherever the road leads, who cares? let the humps be..

Wherever the road leads, who cares? let the humps be..

The white architectures. There's something about them.

The white architectures. There’s something about them.

I do...

I do…

Traditional - Malay. What's with fish?

Traditional – Malay. What’s with fish?

The ancient letter writing.

The ancient letter writing.

Chinese

Chinese

A Church by the Orchard road

A Church by the Orchard road

So much to say..

So much to say..

A sight worth seeing with Marina Bay Sands Skypark & the Flier

A sight worth seeing with Marina Bay Sands Skypark & the Flier

Merlion - My favorite!

Merlion – My favorite!

Imperial Cheng Ho Cruise.  Alone, so what?

Imperial Cheng Ho Cruise. Alone, so what?

What kind of travel & trips do you prefer? Cities or adventures or historical captures or any other?


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Merlion & more..

Here’s a glimpse of my summer tour + business trip + yet another solo travel, this time to fetch some luck!

A glance from high up

A glance from high up

Singapore it is!!

Singapore it is!!

An island country in the south east Asia, Singapore is one of the world’s major commercial hubs and also a tourist destination for adventure, sight seeing & dining.

From the cable cars..

From the cable cars..

At Sentosa, a view from the cable car

At Sentosa, a view from the cable car

Sentosa Merlion. I found it magnificent!

Sentosa Merlion. I found it magnificent!

This is inside the Merlion.

This is inside the Merlion.

Wish!

Wish! From inside the Merlions’ mouth

I did have the courage of my convictions to capture this into my camera & upload here. Thanks to Kathy from Lake Superior.

I did have the courage of my convictions to capture this into my camera & upload here. Thanks to Kathy from Lake Superior.

The pink dolphins.

The pink dolphins.

Flap Flap all the way

Flap Flap all the way

Underwater aquarium..

Underwater aquarium..

Fishes all around..

Fishes all around..

Happy & Content.  That's me.

Happy & Content.
That’s me.

Thanks for liking the pictures, more to come soon! 🙂


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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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Black and White

Once again, I pick up a photography assignment from Scott Thomas and this time its about Black and White photography.

The details about the assignment can be found @
http://viewsinfinitum.com/2013/03/06/assignment-24-black-white-photography/

The intense black and white photographs can be very catchy and deep, in contrast with the vibrant colors. Most of my pictures are converted to B & W. Well, below is my contribution:

The paddy fields. Coorg, Karnataka. In our Era.

The paddy fields. Coorg, Karnataka. In our Era.

Don't the fields remind of the olden times, in B & W ?

Don’t the fields remind of the olden times, in B & W ?

Stream of water deep down, @ Munnar, Kerala

Stream of water deep down, @ Munnar, Kerala

Mehndi Designs. How many of you like when its black and not red?

Mehndi Designs. How many of you like when its black and not red?

Traditional carvings @ Mahabalipuram , Chennai, South India

Traditional carvings @ Mahabalipuram , Chennai, South India

The hills - country side. can you spot the water stream? @Coorg, Karnataka, South India

The hills – country side. can you spot the water stream? @Coorg, Karnataka, South India

Autumn

Autumn

Backwaters, Houseboat @ Kerala, South India

Backwaters, Houseboat @ Kerala, South India

We. Rowing by the river around a friends house @ Kerala, South India

We. Rowing by the river around a friends house @ Kerala, South India

Parasailing @ Colva Beach Goa, Western Coast,India

Parasailing @ Colva Beach Goa, Western Coast,India

The most favorite of all Sunset at Colva Beach, That's where I belong, Goa, Western Coast, India.

The most favorite of all.. Sunset at Colva Beach, That’s where I belong, Goa, Western Coast, India.

I Hope you enjoyed the photographs. Thank you!