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Five Days of Black & White – Day 2

I would like to thank Lore from Snow’s Fissures and Fractures for nominating me for the “five days of black and white photography challenge”. She is a terrific writer and a talented photographer. She is really creative with presenting her photos. I learnt a lot about photography from her, thanks Lore. 🙂

For Day 2 I would like to share a statue of Buddha.

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Buddha at home

Although, I do not practice Buddhism but I love any statue of Buddha. I have a small wooden statue of Buddha at home. I just love its calm and serene look.

Every morning I look at this statue for some time. However, during those busy days I might skip this ritual. Whenever something is troubling me or I feel depressed I look at this statue and get a feeling as if someone is sitting in front of me. (Call me mad but I feel the presence).

Here, I would like to share a small story with my dear readers.

I was learning reki at the time when I bought this statue. I automatically felt inclined towards owning a statue of Buddha for myself. My teacher had two big marble statues at her place.

I started inquiring and found that the metal and stone pieces were way too expensive. So I thought that a wooden one would be fine. I looked for it…some were big, too big…some were small, too small. I found this sitting at a corner and it was just the size I was looking for. Somehow this was the only piece.

I bought it. I kept it at a higher place. But I was not completely happy. I felt the carving was not good – but I had already bought it. I continued with my reki and meditation. I was not practicing my ritual then – of looking.

On the last day of my reki course I looked at the statue. It looked as if the image was carved perfectly well. For a moment I felt that it would have been carved from looking at the real person…its lips, eyes, the glow on face…looked human, shall I say or more artistic.

I shared my experience with my teacher. The answer was simple,” You have changed your perception towards the statue and that’s why it looks beautiful to you.” Yes, that day I learnt one of the life’s most important lessons – you need to change your perception in order to look at things differently and only then can we see the beauty and sometimes the hidden meaning of things.

For today’s challenge I would like to nominate Suyash Chopra. He is a brilliant photographer. Once you are at his blog you would feel that you are breathing along the photo itself.

I would love to see you participate. I would also totally understand if you would decide not to participate for any reason.

The rules of this challenge are:

  1. For 5 consecutive days create a post any past or present photo in black and white.
  2. Each day you invite a new photographer to join the fun.
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Five Days of Black&White

I would like to thank Lore from Snow’s Fissures and Fractures for nominating me for the “five days of black and white photography challenge”. This post was long due but as I was struggling with time I could not post earlier. However, as I now get to play along I’m really happy. 🙂

For day 1 I would like to share this photo.

rajnigandha flower buds

rajnigandha flower buds

Everyday is a new gift with new possibilities and endless realities. Life is sweet and fragrant only if you’d stop, to savour a moment’s beauty. I had bought the stem of rajnigandha flower on a rather sad day. But while photographing the buds I saw its beauty and felt happiness seep into my heart. Rajnigandha is one of my favourite flowers.

I would like to tag Della from The Passion Dew for this challenge. She is a brilliant photographer and I love her photos. I’m sure you’ll be glued to her blog once you are there.

I would love to see you participate. I would also totally understand if you would decide not to participate for any reason.

The rules of this challenge are:

  1. For 5 consecutive days create a post any past or present photo in black and white.
  2. Each day you invite a new photographer to join the fun.

Joke of the day

It is said, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Sometimes things just happen and you decide to laugh. Today was one such day and I had my portion of laughter medicine and thought it would be great to share some portion here with everyone.

My sister and I had gone shopping and were returning home.

I just asked her, “L***** do you want some chips?”

And she said, “No, I’m chewing gum.” It was the way she had intonated that made me laugh and I asked her quickly, “Since when have you become Chewing Gum.”

Then she corrected herself and said, “No, I mean I am chewing a gum.”

 

It’s all about WordPress…ing

Do I like writing? This question just occurred to me and the answer to this question is I certainly enjoy writing. I know that I’m not a writer nor do I claim to be one. I’m just a normal person writing…writing for, I don’t know, may be many reasons or none at all.

What does WordPress mean to me?

It means a lot by giving me an open sky to express myself. I’m not here to write like the other good writers (that you’ll find) on WordPress. Well I’m not any influential writer, but I’m just a normal person and I write to share my experiences of life. I write about what I’ve observed in my life or in general, things that I would like to change, things that made a difference in my life, things that made my life better. But then there are times when I just write to relax my brain cells (it is a good therapy, can you believe it, believe it).

This is how WordPress makes me happy?

Does it give me chocolates, no of course not but something more valuable than that. I remember as a child, when I was in nursery our teachers used to give one star or two stars; I didn’t know the purpose then, but we as little children used to be very happy and count who had earned the maximum from the teacher. Whenever I look at the stars from WordPress I feel like that same child again. I don’t do what I did then…counting. But it brings sheer joy and a sense of appreciation to me.

There is something else as well that WordPress does, wouldn’t you want to know what that is. It helps me to exchange comments and interact with my fellow bloggers. When I receive and posts comments; I feel that the very inactive post has become alive.

How can you miss the small plus like signs? WordPress says that they are your followers. They mean so much to me. I sure feel a greater sense of responsibility with the rising number. I respect them and their time.

Every like, every follows and comment counts and makes a huge difference not only on my blog page but also in my life. It shows your appreciation; it gives me the added power boost that is so needed at the sudden low tides of my life.

But then I don’t worry too much as I have said earlier I’m no serious writer. I write sometimes to be read and heard, and the other times not to be read at all.

 

What inspires you?

What inspires you?

The question asked was, “do you think inspiration is necessary in life?” It then lead to a series of questions.

Q. Do you think inspiration is necessary in life?

A. Yes, I think it is very important in one’s life.

Q. What inspires you?

A. I can say people and things.

Q. What kind of people or who inspires you?

A. Well! I would say that I’m inspired by people who have influenced history or may be have/had something unique in them.

Q. What do you mean by “who have influenced history”?

A. By history, I mean those people who have stood against odd times and people for their beliefs or talents and abilities. For example, I was always inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci. He was everything that you could think of a painter, sculptor, engineer, mathematician, inventor and a writer. I don’t know if anyone else dreamt of a flying machine or a time machine before him, but he did at his time. Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary geniuses that time has ever produced. Galileo, who brought a revolutionary change in the field of science and astronomy, the ones that, became a foundation for today’s discoveries. How can anyone forget Thomas Alva Edison? Well! These are just to name a few. They were just ordinary people who chased their dreams and believed in those. They were simple people inspired by things or people around them (at least that’s what I believe).

Q. Earlier you said “people who had/have something unique in them” what do you mean by unique in this context?

A. By unique, I mean something that they did differently or a talent they possessed (it could be something normal or anything extra ordinary in their life). For example: Mother Teresa, J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs etc.

Q. You had mentioned about things earlier, so what kind of things inspires you?

A. Things that are related to nature or perhaps nature itself.

Q. What or who do you find more inspirational people or things?

A. I would go with things.

Q. Why not people?

A. Well! These people may be from a distant past or distant present. By distant past, I mean the ones in your history books; and by distant present, I mean the ones who are alive but you do not know them personally (their information can be derived from books and internet). There could be people around you as well who inspire you like your family members, teachers, your boss (might be likely) etc. These are people whom we know that’s why they make an impact on us and inspire us to a great deal. However, they might not always be in a positive frame of mind or might be sad at times. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing; it’s just human nature. Everyone has their highs and lows in life; and that is how we learn, leading to who or what we become.

Q. What is your reason to choose things?

A. I find things to be more inspirational than people. Firstly, they are not dependent on any information (internet, books etc). Secondly, you see the things just the way they are (in their own form). For example: a star has and will always shine. The river will always flow with the spirit of life in it.

Q. Do you think inspiration is necessary in our lives?

A. Of course! I think inspiration is a way of life. Inspiration helps you to go on in life. I think everyone should be inspired by something or someone. If you are not, then you are not living at heart, you are just leading your life. Inspiration is just the right tool to catapult your life to endless limits.

So, what inspires you?