Digitalizing Old Photos

This has been a long overdue. Many times I thought of starting but never really started this project. A box of photos about eight years needs to be scanned, documented and stored.

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time, you must make it.
– Charles Bruxton

Here is the first scanned photo of Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine – one of the oldest city in the US. This was taken while we were traveling to St. Augustine before the era of digital camera/photos. Minolta Autofocus SLR camera was my treasured camera at the time. As soon as the world transitioned from manual to digital, we did make the shift too. Still today I have that camera and some unused films. It all makes me nostalgic.


I will write more about this digitalizing experience as the process goes on…

Total Solar Eclipse – the moon will make America dark again… momentarily

The countdown has begun. Eleven more days to go to witness the Great American Eclipse.

On Aug 21st I am going to witness my first Total Solar Eclipse here in the US. You are science buff or not so science person, every one of us will witness this unusual event which never happened here in the US in 99 years. This is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. Anyone who is in a 70-mile band that goes from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a complete blotting(for 2min 40 sec) of the sun for a brief period of time.

Map credit NASA

This will be my second total eclipse. I had a vague memory of my first solar eclipse when I was a child growing up in India. It was a total darkness, birds started to going back to their nests thinking it was evening… and within a few minutes, the sun was back. Everything was normal, but it was one of a kind event.

Today I was looking for eclipse glasses to buy. While shopping, I came to know about many other facts of this solar eclipse. Here are a few things you may want to know.

Total Solar Eclipse – Everything you need to know

How long will the solar eclipse last?

Here’s what you see where you live – interactive map

Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Solar eclipse glasses – don’t get scammed

Watch NASA Eclipse 2017 live – streaming here or here on Aug 21, 2017


Our Identity and DNA Testing

What’s our Identity? Who are we? From where our ancestors came from? We talk a lot about these things these days. Today I saw is selling DNA testing kit for $65. The other one 23andMe advertises for $100. I don’t know, to know more about ourselves is a good thing or a bad thing. I am not yet ready. But it will be always there in the back of my mind. Continue reading

Chrysanthemums are blooming!

The chrysanthemums are also called as mums or chrysanths. It’s almost mid-August and fall mums are blooming.

These perennial mums are my favorite ones.  I always had them in my garden for many years. Two years back my lovely mum bushes died. So last year I started again with a couple of other perennial mums. It paid off. Now, these perennial yellow mums have started blooming. Other mums are also having lots of buds and will start to bloom in a week or so.


When I first started my gardening, Continue reading

Sun Salutaion

 A gorgeous sunrise and there is no better time to do Sun Salutation.


O seeker, know the true nature of your soul,
and identify yourself with it completely.
O Lord, (may we attain) the everlasting consciousness
of Supreme Light and Joy.
May we resolve to dedicate our life
to the service of humankind,
and uplift them to Divinity.

-Yajur Veda

Fragrant Jasmine in full bloom

Today is the day.  My Jasmine is in full bloom. It is at its peak and is beautiful!

My home is filled with the fragrant smell of jasmine. This brings back the memories of my childhood days in so many ways. I love this three-day showdown of jasmine bloom. Though it will bloom through out summer, the peak is mostly for 2-3 days.


A few years back my friend gave me a small plant of jasmine. Continue reading

Summer Days

It’s summer. It’s getting hot and humid. All that comes to my mind is ice creams, ocean, streams, a nice book to read and curl up with a sense of laziness… Summer dog days are in full swing.


So peaceful. Here is my doodle taking the afternoon nap.