Monday, November 28, 2011

Winters in India: With a cup of tea..

A busy November is just behind me, now its time to look forward towards winter; full of exciting journeys and enthusiastic feast. December is a month when I attach wings on my shoulders and keep buzzing from place to place... White Winter, Breezy Winter, Soft Sunny Winter and Winter with steamy cup of "Chai" AKA Tea...

Do you really think Tea time is only popular in England? Well think again!! Tea is a popular social event in India. And why wouldn't it be? India is the world's largest producer, exporter and consumer of tea. Here morning starts with a cup of tea, office chat/work would't be complete without biscuit and tea, meetings and conference start with tea and ends with high tea (a fairly enough food pack with tea of course), and a chilly day usually ends up with tea in quilt..

So here I am, Standing in balcony with a cup of tea..

Sometimes it feels good, just stand in the balcony and hear either the silence or the world whizz by. Looking up at the night sky, blurr with a little fog, sound of several footsteps making their way home trying to beat the pace of the cold, dark night, Master calling the name of his dog, silencer of someone's car going past.. there is so much activity yet so much calm, there's a different melody to each night and yet it is quite...

It started getting cold here, giving me goose bumps. I don't know what is more clouded the fog ot my thoughts. I gave myself a crisp nip to avoid the thoughts. The power of thoughts truly amazes me. Fact is that I can sit comfortably on my extra soft sofa chair and sip the hot cup of tea and think about NOTHING.. but here I m standing in balcony and thinking about each and everything...

Thinking about Graduation days, no matter how empty the pockets are, they were always full, no matter how much the pressure is, there was always time to chill, and no matter you studied or not. it always worked out in exams..

Thinking about the competition where I was awarded 2nd Prize and Judged consoled me by announcing, that it was by a few points... ggrrrhhh!! Ahhh!

Thinking about the funny situation which force me to "change" my opinion about you. The first time I met you, I thought I saw you, but I was wrong, I didn't seen you at all and now I think I got a glimpse of YOU... I didn't see you before, cause you built a wall between us.. a wall of self preservation..

Winter is all about thinking.. thinking about everything.. with A CUP OF.....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Agra, India

Keetham Lake is about 20 km from Agra, located within the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Keetham declared as National Bird Sanctuary in March 27 1991 by U.P Forest Department India.

Keetham lake: Google Map

The entire lake is formed in a catchment area of 7.13 km2. Keetham lake is pentagonal in shape. There are artificially created islands, which use as shelter and breeding grounds of the Migratory as well as Resident birds.

More than 206 species of migratory and resident birds are known to have their resting habitats at Soor Sarovar. Keetham lake plays as a host and welcome a wide range of avian fauna during winter season.

The whole Sanctuary lies in a sprawling 15-acre green expanse protect not only several bird species but also mammals like wild boar, blue bull, spotted dear, hyena, fox, civet cat, jungle cat etc.

A wide variety of Herpetofauna also reside in this sanctuary, rock python, cobra, rat snake, turtles, monitor lizard are few major examples.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Piece of Friendship :: The Last Broken Piece..

It was almost a year since Sally and John spoke to each other and today they accidentally ran into each other at a shopping mall. Wondering whether they should talk to each other, they cast awkward glance at each other as they browsed through the mall. It is funny how two friend who were once inseparable were complete strangers now... 

Friendship is perhaps one of the most beautiful relationships that two people can share. Friendship is about sharing each other's opinions, dreams, fears, aspirations and hopes. Friendship is about engaging conversations, which go on and on as friends lose track of time. Friendship is about cherishing old memories of togetherness and creating new ones everyday. Although when you watch friends hanging out and having a great time it seems as if these people just belong together, friendship does require a sound mutual understanding with lots and lots of love and care for each other.

Can a friendship that starts with 'no sorry no thank you' and reaches to the 'friends forever' or 'friends for life' stage end on a bitter note? The reason for a broken friendship might be many, but most often when people look back at their broken friendships, they regret it.

I'm watching you with very tired eyes,
as you sweep up the last broken piece.

The friendship broke between us.
You took the first piece of anger,
I took the last piece of sadness.

Staring at each other in an almost accusatory tone.
I didn't ask you to clean up the mess.

But there you are sweeping
and I can't be okay with this.
I'm watching you with very tired eyes,
as you sweep up the last broken piece...

So if you have a friend with whom you've fought for some reason or have simply lost touch due to your busy schedule, then its time to give them a call or meet up. Life is too short to hold grudges and harbor bitterness, cherish the people who have been with you and are always with you...