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 🙂

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

Lodhi“The 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

“Always 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 by obstacles, but 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.

APWC: Moving Waters

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”
― Mark Twain

Betaab

“You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.”
― Alysha Speer

Lidder“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” ― Wallace Stevens

Manali2“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Double“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.” ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Fountain“I want to be like water. I want to slip through your fingers but hold up a ship.” – Michelle Williams

Song

“Be fluid. Be like water. Flow around the obstacles.” Master Choa Kok Sui

Linked to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Moving Waters

 

 

Bringing Mythology to Life

Growing up on the banks of the mighty and holy river Ganga, I was fascinated by the mythological story of Ganga’s descent to earth. I never tired of hearing and cannot resist sharing it – the abridged version.

In times more ancient than ancient times, there lived a King called Bhagiratha. His kinsmen had sinned (I shall spare you that story – for now) and were doomed to spent their afterlife trapped on earth with no scope for rebirth or moksha. Pained by their plight Bhagiratha quite literally moved heaven and earth and after a lot of hardships and penance (which involved the cooperation and blessings of both Brahma and Mahesh)  brought Ganga to the earth to wash away the sins of his forefathers.

But that is just for context.

In April 2017 we have found out own real live Lady Bhagiratha – 51-year-old Gouri, a daily wage laborer from Sirsi in Karnataka, a southern State of India.

To supplement her meager income as a laborer, Gouri she also maintained a kitchen garden of sorts comprising of banana, areca and coconut trees. But arranging for water for them was a major issue. She needed to urgently find a solution. Which she did in her own unique (and possibly inimitable) style.

Problem: No water

Solution:  Dig a well.

Problem: No money to hire somebody to dig it.

Solution: DIY

Problem: Nil

She dug every day for 5-6 hours, over and above her job as a laborer. Despite suffering intense body ache and exhaustion, she dug for three months and ended up with a 60 foot deep well. In the final stages, she enlisted the help of three other women to clear the heap of mud that had accumulated.

Today she has ample water for her life giving trees, has earned the respect of thousands and is an inspiration for women world over.

She has effectively proved that where there’s a will there’s a way well.

Hats off to her grit, determination and spirit.

This is my submission for the monthly We Are the World Blogfest which seeks to promote positive news.

Do share your views, opinions, suggestions and positive news.

Thank you for reading and have a super weekend.

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” ― Lady Gaga

Stop crying over your obstacles, it’s time to demolish them, one shovelful at a time

Bushy Greens

Suntree“I don’t see myself as extremely handsome. I just figure I can charm you into liking me.” Wesley Snipes

For Becca’s Sunday Trees – 284

 

The Magic of Life

Isn’t life the most magical of all things? Don’t you wonder how a very few basic atoms (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur) can create life in it’s myriad and varied forms?

Moreover, it never fails to amaze (and inspire) me when I witness life thriving in the most unexpected of places.

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“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen.

life

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ― Shel Silverstein

For the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Magic

Go on have a magical weekend, week, month, year, decade, century… 🙂

The Bent One

“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.” ― Shannon L. Alder

tree

“When you really love someone, you see all their mess and their brokenness and you love them anyway. In fact, seeing all of that sort of makes you love them more.” Heather Hepler

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3-Day Quote Challenge #3

On the final day of the 3-day quote challenge (the other two are here and here) I bring you some of my favorite humor quotes. They never fail to tickle my funny bone 😀

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know. Mark Twain

 Anyone who isn’t confused doesn’t really understand the situation. Edward R. Murrow

I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. Karl Friedrich Gauss

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. Saki

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. Jerome K Jerome

I don’t like money actually, but it quiets the nerves. Joe E Lewis

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis

By the time we’ve made it, we’ve had it. Malcolm Forbes

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. Jean Rostand

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margeret Mead

And some really foot in the mouth quotes 😉

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, in 1943

640K ought to be enough for anybody. Bill Gates in 1981

Rail travel at high speeds above 20 miles per hour is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. Dr. Dionysius Lardner (1793 – 1859)

I confess that in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Wilbur Wright (1908)

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. Western Union internal memo (1876)

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin (1895)

Radio has no future. Lord Kelvin (1897)

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. Decca Recording Company while declining to sign The Beatles (1963).

On an interesting related note, did you know :

George Orwell’s Animal Farm was initially rejected as “unconvincing”.

Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was rejected as “not funny on any intellectual level”

John le Carré‘s first spy novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, was passed from one publisher to another with the withering comment: “You’re welcome to le Carré – he hasn’t got any future.”

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was questioned “First, we must ask, does it have to be a whale?”

Have a super week ahead and keep those fingers dancing 🙂

If you have any favorites quotes, do share them – thanks for visiting.