Supermoon 2017

A supermoon captured on this cold night Continue reading

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Festival of Lights – Deepavali/Diwali

I am blessed and happy to celebrate Deepavali/Diwali with my family. Diwali is around the corner and almost all in every Indian home preparation is underway. Many festive foods, beautiful diyas, decorative rangoli, and family/friends celebrations are taking place. It’s a joyful celebration with friends and family.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful year ahead. Happy Diwali!!

Om asatoma sadgamaya.
Tamasoma jyotirgamaya.
Mrityorma amritamgamaya.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Om, lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from darkness to the light.
Lead me from death to eternal life.
Om, peace, peace, peace.

Shanti Mantra from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

This peaceful Sanskrit mantra is widely chanted in many Yoga classes for meditation.

It’s October and Fall is in the air

It started to look like fall. It’s been more than twenty days since it rained. So the prediction is that due to the lack of rain we may not get those gorgeous fall colors. The tropical storm Nate’s effect will be here tomorrow. So there is rain in the forecast and hopefully more vibrant fall will be here soon.

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Listen!  the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!
–  Humbert Wolfe 

Pumpkins are coming, lots of Oktoberfests, farm fall festival activities are happening and slowly fall is ushering in. Continue reading

9/11 Sixteenth Anniversary

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This is National September 11 Memorial in New York city commemorating September 11, 2001, attacks, which killed 2,977 victims.

I still remember. It was Sept. 2001. I visited the twin towers with my friend. We went to the observation tower, walked inside the connecting subway which ran between the two towers. It looked like a shopping mall. We clicked out a photograph with the tower behind. All done and enjoyed. Then after a couple of days later, one fine morning I watched the horror unfolding. Since then the US changed in a number of ways. It was not the same as before.

 

It’s Time

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

-Rabindranath Tagore

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I loved drawing, painting and everything crafty. But years went by and I lost the touch of painting. Last year I got a few canvases and the whole bunch of paint related things and I picked up that paint brush again. It felt so good that I lost myself in painting. Now it’s time to pick up that paint brush once again and keep that paint and brush flowing on the canvas. It’s time to create. Sometimes we forget what brings us true joy. It needs to be reminded and revisited.

Anyone felt like this or am I the only one?