365photos 2011, Life in India, photography

..meaning abode in Urdu or Hindi.. not really sure.

The little ones building the nest in our window are almost done..
looks like we may have baby birds around the place soon enough..


Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs

365photos 2011, photography, randomness

“An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs.
You would never see an ‘Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order’ sign,
just ‘Escalator Temporarily Stairs’.
Sorry for the convenience.”
– Mitch Hedberg

I am aware there isn’t much to this composition but I kinda liked it so you are stuck looking at it

Happy Holi!

365photos 2011, Self

May this Holi burn out the bad and bring in the good!

Holi is about colors.. about love..about friends and family and laughter and sweets! There’s a bon fire.. you put in grievances and bad thoughts and burn it all out. And from the ashes you hope for a fresh start..

(That’s the theme of my amateur drawing of a phoenix rising from the ashes and flames somehow relating to Holi..In my defense, we were given crayons and chart paper.. But hey I won 3rd place 😉 )

Day 19: of colour and conformity

365photos 2011, musings, photography

Some of my favorite things.

No, I’m not turning this into a fashion blog.

Just look at the colors my dears.

Did you react on seeing these? Or recoil, maybe? There’s usually compliments on how pretty the colors are. But more often than not, shocked expressions at the brightness and inward scoffing about my garish taste.

Bright is not sophisticated apparently. But to me a bold, saturated color speaks of joy and makes me smile. And I’d rather smile.

To get to the point, in the reactions, is another aspect at play. The ones with the shocked expressions do not mind the color so much as the idea of wearing it on their person. Why? Because it would draw attention.

Bar a few, most of us like to be invisible. We like to blend in or fit in the crowd.
Isn’t it true, that all human beings come with the same set of tools. A thinking brain, five senses to understand and interpret what we see and learn and the ability to express. Our uniqueness lies in the way each of us does the understanding, interpreting and expressing bit. And yet we are taught to think similarly. Anyone who attempts to do something new or apart from the norm is usually squashed down. Anyone who tries to be bold, bright or different is considered a danger. And then that becomes the way we train ourselves to think. Confined to the set of ‘corrects’ and ‘wrongs’ that we are given since childhood. Can you imagine what a wonderful place this would be if everyone lets their creativity flow? Where there is no fear of the unknown..where Galileo is not prosecuted for calling the earth round? Because eventually everyone is going to accept the wild idea as the norm.

Are you afraid to stand out?