CFFC: Happy

The topic for Cee’s fun foto challenge this week is Happy. This one is easy for Cee’s photos and challenges make me happy πŸ˜€ Of course there are lots of other things that make me happy – just as this forwarded message says it:


Some things that make me happy are

DinnerDinner with family with everyone agreeing it was a great meal πŸ™‚

AirportWaiting at the airport! For it usually means that I am off to a new place or going back home – both are welcome πŸ™‚

FriendsMeeting and chatting with friends and families πŸ™‚

OfficeGoofing off in the office


Snapping a quick pic from the television to share with friends (look at those ear pieces!!!)

TruckOr just catch a glimpse of my favorite blue tractor πŸ˜€

SpaceI like my own little space to ruminate, and count all my blessings and gifts that are

GiftGift wrapped

Penny treeor virtual.

Since I like trees so much Penny emailed me this photograph – I was/am terribly touched and thrilled πŸ™‚ “It’s a plane tree in Syntagma Square in Nauplio in Greece. The cafΓ© extends right under the tree. There are seats for about sixty people under the canopy. The tree has been there for at least 100 years , a photograph from 1920 shows it to be a big tree even then.” Thank you Penny for your thoughtful gesture. πŸ™‚


Cherish and treasure the lovely certificate issued voluntarily and unprompted by my (then) 9 year-old niece πŸ™‚

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or the thoughtful chatty little notes left by someone somewhere on this earth :). Isn’t it amazing the bonds we form with people whom we have never met and will never meet? Yet, two of my most cherished friends are gifts of the cyber world πŸ˜€

DonutsPerhaps not the traditional Diwali sweets but they are yummy and sweet nonetheless. Thank you for your wishes Ferdi and happy Diwali to your too. Hope you like the sweets! πŸ™‚ Feast as much as you like, leave aside your calorie counter πŸ˜‰

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful, safe happy prosperous Diwali. πŸ™


War Zone


The summer Sun blazed down with an unbearable intensity.

The air shimmered and Mother Earth sizzled.

The trees stood tall, proud defiant and unbowed.

They had never bent and never would.

She alone submitted.

Perhaps He would be happy.

Perhaps He would relent.

She would do whatever it took.

For this wasn’t just about her.

There were others fighting a losing battle.

It wasn’t much.

Yet for the scorched traveler, her shade was heaven.

Just as not all those who wander are lost, not all those who yield are weak.

Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 306 and the WPC – Layered

CFFC: A Peek into my E-files

Hola all you beautiful people! How was your week? Great I hope πŸ™‚ This week, Cee has a special (more than usual [which is like really a lot you know]) fun foto challenge – she wants Es. At least two. Now if only I had a photo of Cee πŸ˜‰ Or maybe I could get creative and use a screenshot of her blog…would that do Cee? Oh well until she replies, let me see what I can excavate from my archives πŸ˜‰

Here goes…


This one is from the streets of Delhi. A sculpture by Devi Prasad Roy representing Gandhi’s Dandi March of 1930 which sparked the beginning of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement in colonial India.

LawnA lush green lawn with a fountain in the middle. There are lots of trees too and oh they are green too πŸ˜‰

FieldThe generous tree offers to share her colors with the lackluster lawn (thanks Ruma for the photo πŸ™‚

BuidlingA green hatted building πŸ˜€

SteepGoing down the steep flight stairs is my lil sister loaded with shopping bags. I was busy clicking pics you see πŸ˜‰ Psst would you care to see the loot?

ElegantElegant don’t you think?

SareeA A pink and green saree

BheemChota Bheem – part of my gift to her. Another story for another day πŸ˜‰

ElenaWe didn’t buy this doll but we did buy a doll. Why didn’t I include that here? Oh but Khushi didn’t fit into the challenge you see, Elena did. She has beautiful eyes (eyelashes too) and sports a range of colors, white red pink yellow and green!

It time for Elena and me to say goodbye – have a super weekend πŸ™‚


CFFC: Diverse Directions

Cee’s fun foto challenge on D’s has taken me on a wild goose chase and even that didn’t fit the challenge! πŸ˜‰ But nevertheless I insist on presenting photos hoping that as usual Cee will give me a long rope πŸ˜€

But first something that she can’t object to; besides this is her favorite, right Cee? πŸ™‚

DahliaDahlias – need I say more πŸ˜€ Now for some fun stuff

Dancing treeA dancing tree on top of the other trees!

DeplionA depressed lion in Hyderabad outside the Salar Jung Museum

Deplion2Another depressed lion at Lucerne, Switzerland. Perhaps they are long lost brothers, separated by continents…

DuckA duck, just to prove I know what the challenge is all about πŸ˜€ Unless this is not a duck…

Deserted streetsThe deserted streets at dusk

DesignerHA designer house or is it a cafe restaurant? And don’t miss the redefined green wall-to-wall carpeting.


Another designer building at Jaipur, the pink city

DanceDancer balancing on an earthen pot balanced on another earthen pot on the head of another dancer…whew

StiltsDancers on stilts. I have featured these dancers before and if you missed them the first time or would like to revisit, click here.

Hope you liked my selection – thanks for visiting, have a great weekend πŸ™‚



CFFC: Clouds

The week, Cee challenges us to show off C’s provided they are at least 4 letter long. Just the thing I had been waiting for πŸ˜‰ to showcase my newest craze – Clouds πŸ˜€

Come let’s float – up, up and away

PropellerI find it fascinating (and a bit eerie) when I capture the propeller blades in mid-flight πŸ˜€

Plane cloudDid you see the tiny airplane against the cottony clean (happy) clouds?

SalzburgAnd in contrast we have here dark rolling clouds ready to erupt into a storm any minute.

VlatavaContented clouds float lazily over the Vltava river, Prague

Old castleAnd follow it up by a sightseeing trip to Old Castle, Prague πŸ˜‰

20170218_121418Before rushing off to Chidambaram India. Only some of them managed to make it so far.Β  πŸ˜€

MumbaiOr perhaps they preferred to visit India’s Tinseltown πŸ˜‰


KolkataBefore regrouping at the Kolkata airport to catch the return flight.

SkyBack to cloud station – to recoup, regroup and return πŸ™‚

Hope you liked!

CFFC: Be Colorful

Yay! It’s time for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and the topic this week is the letter B and the topic needs to be any color that starts with the letter B. Initially I was stumped but when I scrolled through my recent clicks I had zillions which fit the bill. Shall we get started? What? You dont have so much time? Okay fine – just a few, then, or maybe just a few more than just a few πŸ˜‰

Ready? Of we go…

TrainA blue train from the window of my train πŸ˜€

BuffaloA black buffalo with two black crows taking a little rest between flights.

BranchesBare brown branches amidst the lush greenery. Not everyone flourishes at the same time.

SeatsTrying to catch the egrets from between two brown seats. Stretching it a bit too far eh πŸ˜€


Brick red benches at a deserted tiny station with blue and white fencing

StreamThe brown mud of a dried up stream. Had enough of the train journey? Let’s climb down shall we?

StairsDown the stairs with brown wooden paneling

ScreenA battered brown screen. Wonder why only the lower portion is damaged?

PeacockA blue peacock painted on the wall of a roadside restaurant. Pretty neat huh?

CloudsTime to fly back home braving thick black ominous clouds over blue mountains.

DoughnutsMust be hungry after that long round trip? Go on have a doughnut, it’s free. But make sure to choose only a brown one otherwise you are sure to get a rap on your knuckles. What say Cee? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Thanks for your company – have a super day!



There is Always a Way

Rock treeWhen the going gets tough, the tough get goingΒ 

From the Sound of Music
Climb every mountain,
Search high and low,
Follow every highway,
Every path you know.
Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.
A dream that will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live.
Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 301