WPC: Monsoon

Monsoons or the rainy season is a much awaited season in India. Not only do we wait for the rains to rescue us from the blistering heat but also provide life giving water.

For this week’s Photo Challenge: Elemental, I have attempted to capture the many hues of the rainy season.

But first the promised view of the lush green fields from the train πŸ˜‰

20170804_112506One tiny single room house in the midst of nowhere – quite a reversal from the cities!

RainOn the way back by car we were caught in a torrential blinding downpour. I thought it was the perfect way to capture the rain πŸ˜€

RaindropsAnother way of capturing rain is by focusing on puddles – can you make out how heavily it was raining?

ShelterAs the rain gathered intensity, some sought shelter…

Two birds

While the more adventurous ones, reveled in the rains…

Three bathBut unlike the birds, these three didn’t have any choice and hence they bore it stoically and came out squeaky clean πŸ˜€

20170720_080609After the rains – clean fresh and sparkling! Yet the monsoons which bring relief from the sweltering heat and also wrecks havoc in many parts of the country.

Water PotThe flower pots are a good indicator aren’t they? And this was just after two hours of rain. Thankfully the rain eased and the water receded. I wonder what would have happened if the rains hadn’t stopped…

Thank you for stopping by πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

CB&W: On The Way

Cee’s latest black and white challenge is about any new photos that we may have clicked. Recently I traveled by train, through acres of lush green fields outlined by tall trees under overcast grey skies. And in the midst of such life, such greenery here and there stood bare trees holding out her naked branches in defiance of season, time and public glare. I am unfailingly captivated and enchanted by their unspoken yet deafening declaration of supreme confidence that reaches out to me from so far away. I missed capturing those beauties but here are a few glimpses of the journey through a rain splattered window.

 

FieldjpgVast green fields that stretch on and on with a handful of people working them. And we complain of rising prices…

LevelcrossWhen I was little, I remember feeling a sense of pride and achievement at level crossings. So many people were waiting for me! πŸ˜€ Now I can feel their restlessness, their impatience.

PowerAs a child, I used to think of these as effigies of the demon king Ravan and his cronies waiting to be burned down. Now I know that our worlds will come crashing down if these were to go up in smoke πŸ˜€

EntNature has found her own way of dealing with these ‘demons’ that mar her beauty. Don’t beat them, use them πŸ˜‰

ShedA thoughtful make-shift shed at an obscure railway station. One even had a tree growing through it. Or (more likely) the shed built around it πŸ˜€

White flowersJust some random white flowers from another journey on my two feet.

Have a super weekend πŸ™‚

News Flash: I came back to add a photo of another journey of another kind

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Thank you for your company on this amazing journey πŸ™‚

CB&W: Trailing

Life has been very hectic and it’s been a while since I participated in Cee’s photo challenges. I have been keeping track but then I kept getting sidetracked. This time, even though I am late, I simply had to break the jinx. Here I am with a few BW photographs of paths and trails. It has also been ages since I did quotes – hope you like πŸ™‚

Campus“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber

Lodhiβ€œThe best journey of life that you can take is inside yourself to discover your new thoughts, new ideas, and new hopes.”  Debashish Mridha

Bay View Inn, Havelock“Having had enough of the lure of straight paths, this I have begun this journey with the determination to lose my way.” I dared to translate the first two lines of one of Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s songs – poth harabo bolei ebar pothe nemechi…

Hampi

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal” – Henry Ford

Rock garden

β€œAlways listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” ― Robert A. Heinlein,

Home

“We are kept from our goal, not byΒ obstacles,Β butΒ by a clear path to a lesser goal.” Bhagwad Gita

Path“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking” – Buddhist saying.

The Doting Grandma

Contrast Tree

This stolid and probably ancient tree reminds me of a doting grandparent. Can’t you just hear the fresh green ‘uns demanding another story? welcoming their eagerness, she lets them clamber all over her and if a few friends join in – no problem! There’s lots of space and love to go around πŸ˜€

Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 299

COB: Some Cute Stuff

Hola friends, it’s been a while since I participated in Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge but worry not, I have been hard at work all this while πŸ˜‰

Hope you like them as much as I do.

CockCock-a-doodle-do! Now that you are wide awake, let’s see what else is in my kitty.

Carpet catA designer rug – err oops a designer kitty πŸ˜€

Cats on wallThese two were having an important family discussion about their daughter’s upcoming wedding arrangements when my friend Svkuki Rekha (apologies to both – I plead old age) snapped them.

GoldenMoving on to bigger things, a huge bronze statue of Lord Shiva’s Nandi the Bull in eternal repose. I am not quite sure about the other one but it appears to have Greek overtones. What do you think?

OwlSuch a cute owl – loved the toes and the bow. Lovely color combination too! What say you?

DollThat’s me signing off for the day πŸ˜›

So which one is your favorite?

Do let me know – thanks for visiting and have a super day πŸ™‚

For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 157

In the Stillness of the Night

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All day long

I wait for

darkness to fall,

for them to slip into

the folds of my sleeves

and doze off.

Alone

I

begin

the

search

for

myself.

 

For Becca’s Sunday Trees – 296

CB&W: Touch Wood

Yohoo I am back with my photo features – touch wood! Yep that’s the theme for this week’s BW challenge hosted by Cee. Okay fine – Things made with Wood. So come join me on my hunt for woody stuff πŸ˜€

MonkeyA makeshift ladder for monkeys – can you spot them?

Bearand bears. I would’ve loved to see it climb up πŸ˜€ I wonder what that barrel is for? Vat 69 perhaps πŸ˜‰

VikingMoving on, we come to boats. Not any ordinary boat but ones used by Vikings on their quest to fulfill their adventurous spirits πŸ˜€

ToolsThey used these tools to aid them in their boat building tasks.

PalkiBoats carry people over water while this carries people over land. Mostly rich people or brides – the first time she goes to her new home in a palki, veiled and decorated.

tortoiseNext we have two painted wooden tortoises. The black one is my favorite – which one is yours?

OwlA hanging owl with its unblinking gaze trained right at you πŸ˜€

Owl2Another owl with fine craftsmanship – yep my favorite. Yours?