Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring: A season of hope and inspiration

This trip could have never come at the right time than this. I got this chance to go to Paro, a 45 minutes drive from the capital on a weekend for some office meeting. It was a complete break from my mundane and sometimes stressful work. 

And I got to see these beautiful peach baby blossoms at Kyichhu lhakhang at Paro and managed to take few pictures. For many springs I have wanted to take pictures of peach blossom. Until today I didn’t get the perfect time and the perfect peach blossoms as good subjects :).

Next to autumn, spring is the favorite part of the year for me. At last it came with the soft laughter of April suns and shadows of April showers which I love to its end :). To this, I'm reminded of Ernest Hemingway’s words from A Moveable Feast,

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason.”

It is in the spring that life rejuvenates itself from the cold winter and a revelation of new life, hope and inspiration is seen and felt. My once dead flowers in the garden had sprung to life again and watering and caring it gives me immense joy and new hope.  It’s the time for new plans and goal making.  

All the pictures are from Kyichhu Lhakhang in Paro. I love Paro for its picturesque location and the pleasant weather. It’s one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan with an approximate population of 20,000 only (Source: Google). And it is the home to the only international airport in the country.  

And see what I overheard at the lhakhang (I was not eavesdropping :P, I was taking pictures only ^__^)

Chilip Aum (Foreign Woman): "I would like to see a takin before I die. But what is a takin?"
Chilip Aap (Foreign Guy) : "Its like an American buffalo, with the head of a goat designed by divine madman."

I was full of amusement and it made my day.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blogging thus far

Often I think I am fairly new to blogging when I look at the number of posts I have done thus far. But it has been two years since I started this blog.  

So, if asked “what do you blog on?” I swear I would turn beetroot in embarrassment because there is no specific topic I blog on. If you read my posts, you will find that there isn’t a specific topic of my focus. In fact it’s merely the hodgepodge and mundane things I am related to. Thus, the blog name i Relate To That.   

So you may ask “why the pain of maintaining a blog then?”
   1) I started blogging to rekindle my love for writing (as if I was a writer then *laughs*). Whatever little I knew to write, I wanted to keep the passion alive and write for others and for myself to read. I tell you, writing isn’t any one's cup of tea. It involves a great deal of thought-processing for me, and it literarily bogs me down. I wonder how writers keep their writing-hearth burning. 

    2) I started writing to vent out my thoughts and opinions. Blogging to me is an escape from the distress of everyday life. I’m never at that elated height of happiness whenever I’m done with a post. The act of hitting “Publish” button is as simple as it seems but the sensation of its accomplishment is great. Do you also feel the same? To increase my happiness level, I should write more and more and empower myself… (hmnnn...a note to self). 

   3) To connect with like-mind. Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting this blog has helped me find birds of my own feather and apart from my work and other things I spend a major part of my time on reading other’s blogs. The times I’m not blogging, I’m busy reading your blogs even if I don’t leave comments. Reading indeed is the most delightful habit.  

Blogging has revealed the whole wide world in upside down to me. Oh talking of upside down, have you watched the movie Upside Down, a 2012 sci fi romance by Juan Solanas. It’s worth the 100 minutes of your life. 

The connection I have been able to garner through blogosphere is tremendously great. It has been able to connect me to people from all over the world, learn everything about anything. And I hope to continue this with new wonders and excitement until my 3rd anniversary of blogging. 

How have your journey into blogosphere been thus far? 


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