Mundane pleasures

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Light and shadow
play together
on a bed made of gold

In response to Trablogger’s Mundane Monday challenge. Good one J.

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Safe havens

The tiger reserve is on the other side of the river named Denwa

The tiger reserve is on the other side of the river named Denwa

In the peace of my heart
new shoots grow
cool breezes blow
the forest around
the sights and sound
nature in harmony
with itself and me
there lies my peace
a piece that I carry
buried inside somewhere
it is what keeps me going
knowing this harmony exists
knowing I was a part of it
knowing it is safe and being cared
knowing my safe haven won’t go anywhere

To the Satpura Tiger Reserve and all such national parks and sanctuaries and to people who make sure they exist

Feathered surprise

The day turned super-exciting today when we had an unexpected visitor….

A lovely parakeet

A lovely parakeet

I was doing something in the kitchen when me n hubby both heard some odd voices which none of us could place. I thought some kid was playing and making them and since was doing some work in the kitchen, ignored it altogether. It was hubby who while trying to find out the source of voice, came across this lovely visitor 🙂

And boy were we awed…

None of us spoke for some time while taking in its beauty and colours..while hubby being fond of photography, well you can imagine. Most of these photographs are by him. And this guy or gal (no idea…but I guess its a male…males are beautiful in birds aren’t they..) was merrily making different sounds. We counted at least six to seven different sounds.

Hubby being multi-talented 😉 …was matching the birdie’s whistling with his own..as close as he could. I could see the bird searching for the source of the sound and probably getting confused when he couldn’t find any of his mates nearby. I wanted to see if he would eat anything. So, braving the idea that if I get close he might fly, I took a plate of fruit and chillies and kept it on the window sill. We could see him getting interested as he came down a few bars, but unfortunately not more than that. I had another idea that probably he needs water…so we kept that too. But nope!! No success…

He then stopped the whistling and started preening those lovely colourful feathers, in different poses.

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This went on and on while we waited for him to touch something that we had kept. After a while he took to chewing the window knob. Was it chewing or he was sharpening his beak, I don’t know. But it was damn funny 😀

Then I had another thought. Remembering that bird feeders are kept on a height, I thought the food and drink that we had kept were too lower and maybe the bird was uncomfortable with that. But we were also afraid that bringing a stool might scare him off. And he did move a few bars up as I neared the window with a stool. Luckily for us, either he had had interactions with humans before or this was one fearless birdie 😉 . He went on preening merrily as I kept the stool, looking at me from one corner of his eye. The minute I kept the plate and water on the stool and went behind, he started coming down 😀 . And this is what happened..

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He didn’t actually eat any pistachios, just removed the shell and went on to the next one. The orange too was eaten like some rich spoiled kid that leaves the fibrous part out and just eats the juicy part 😀 . Didn’t touch the chilly or pear. For three hours this went on like a show..with us forgetting our original plans as we welcomed this bird hoping it will return again 🙂 .

Lets see. Hopes are up!!

Have a great weekend guys and gals! 🙂

Beauty and Beholder……….Daily Prompt

We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?

A serious subject today. Beauty is relative. As everybody knows and will agree, what one may consider beautiful might not be the same for someone else. But there are some beauties which are undeniable, acknowledged by all. Also, I believe beauty comes in different types and natures. For eg. today’s actresses Katrina, Priyanka, Deepika are all beauties no doubt, but flighty kind of…forgettable. But think about Madhubala and Nutan, now those are timeless beauties. Even 50 years from now, I don’t think anybody will deny this.

Another kind of beauty is of nature. Some may find it in the first rays of sun lighting up the snow-capped mountains while some may find it in the deserts of Sahara. Then there are gentle beauties like the acres of flowers blooming in spring season and rugged kind of beauty like the harsh climate of Ladakh. It depends on where you are born and brought up. People living in the deserts of Rajasthan are more prone to find the desert beautiful than the green pastures. Those who are from mountainous regions like Lahaul and Spiti will feel out of place on plain areas.

I believe beauty cannot be just captured by eyes but all our senses – smell, touch, feel. When someone says “Her voice is music to my ears.”, it means the person founds her voice beautiful in the sense of feeling it musical, sexy etc. “mmmmm…that pasta smells delicious” is an acknowledgement to the wife’s culinary skills…another kind of beauty. There is beauty in absolute silence broken only by the winds. I could give countless examples, the meaning of which would be the same. Whatever a person likes is beautiful to him or her, be it looks, music, food, nature etc. And by this statement I also mean, that it is in our power to make things beautiful or ugly.