The Nature I’ve Seen

Topic for today’s Daily Prompt : The Natural World

I spend first few years of my life in my grandparent’s house that had a beautiful garden and trees everywhere. It also had a great view of a part of the Western Ghats. I fell in love in nature at that point itself. The place I grew up in  is a town named Palakkad in Kerala, India.

The first photo is the view we had from the terrace at my grandparent’s house. The hills you see in the photo are part of the Western Ghats and the region is known as Malampuzha.

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The rest of the pictures where taken during a train journey which passes through Walayar Deer Sanctuary, Palakkad.

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I had a hard time getting good shots from a moving train on my mobile camera so some parts of the photos look a little blurred.

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Sunday Song #4

Song:  You & I Both by Jason Mraz from the album Waiting For My Rocket to Come(2002).

I really like listening to this song. The music, the lyrics and his voice all work so beautifully in this song.

Other songs by the artist that I like :

  • I’m Your’s
  • Wordplay
  • I Won’t Give Up
  • 93 Million Miles
  • The Woman I Love

I couldn’t find an official video for the song so I’ve posted a lyrics video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjdPS5H2ewM

 

P.S  Video insert doesn’t seem to be working but clicking on the link should take you to the video.

Always A Companion

For this week’s Photo Challenge  the topic is Companionable.

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear that are books. They have always been a there for me. When I had no friends, during tough times in my life or simply when I wanted to lay back and relax.

Books

I picked few books by some of my favorites authors to keep in the background. My bookshelf is not in a condition to be photographed right now. Will clean it up and post some photos in the future.

Forever And After

Today’s Daily Prompt is : No Longer  A Mere Mortal.

I would prefer not to make much changes in my lifestyle other than have some source of income.

If I do take a potion that makes me immortal then these are things I would probably do:

1.Travel and see the world. Staying in one place for too long is not something I’m interested in. Eternity should be enough time to see the world.

2.Find some good long term investments – I know that sounds boring but I really don’t want to spent eternity as a hobo. I don’t need huge returns just an amount that can help me live my day to day life.

3. Considering the previous point works out I would prefer a comfortable house as a base, a place to come back to. Not big mansions or anything, never was a fan of those. A small cottage preferably near a beach. Though that might not work in long term taking into account the rising sea levels and all.

4. Work out more. That would be a big change in lifestyle seeing I don’t work out at all these days. If I’m living forever at least I should be in shape.

5. I’m not all that selfish I would like to help people. If I have all the time in the world then I can change at least one persons fate. I would take that over doing nothing any day. No, I wont be a super hero or anything but just a normal, or not so normal, person providing a helping hand.

6. Learn some of the things that I never seem to have time to do like playing instruments(guitar,violin and piano), write a book and cooking techniques (eternity would be hell without good food).

I think that’s a start. I’ll probably think up more things later but  should be enough for now.

Hunting Skills

Here is my post for today’s Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!

 

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Simba And Patches

 

This photo was taken in 2011 during a practice session on hunting skills . The mother cat was not my pet but was a frequent visitor and decided that my house was good enough a place to raise her kids.

These guys were quite adept at finding things to play with. As they grew up their mom started giving them lessons on hunting using ropes, paper balls or live rats. She would show them how to crouch, how to pounce and how to kill.Needless to say I wasn’t a fan of the live rat sessions because that meant I had to join them and I try to throw away the rat before they created a mess.

When this photo was taken their mom had finished a demo and left them to continue on their own while she watched from a distance. In their little kitten minds the rope probably took the form of a snake. They pounced and tugged and chewed it for a long time. Then got bored and went back to running around the house.

 

Mom having a snooze

Mom having a snooze

Inferno – Dan Brown

I’ll try my best to keep it spoiler free. I don’t plan on giving away any major points of the plot so you can continue reading.

Just like the rest of the novels featuring Robert Langdon, this too is set as a race against time where he has to follow clues to find out where to go next.Compared to the other novels this one has a slower pace and less drama/action so that was a little disappointing but just like the other novels it is not at all boring.  

The novel is based around Dante Alighieri and his work Divine Comedy. There are no secret societies or cults in this book, which is what we usually associate with Dan Brown’s novels. Instead it revolves around science. The antagonist in the novel is geneticist and Dante fanatic named Bertrand Zobrist who proclaims to have found a solution to solve the problem of over population by drawing inspiration from the Black Death.

Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence with no memory of last two days of his life. He is saved from an assassin by one of the doctors Sienna Brooks and finds out that the first clue to finding out answers as to what is going on is hidden in a container with a  bio-hazard symbol.

The novel has Brown’s usual plot characteristics of  involving artists, famous paintings, sculptures and buildings of architectural significance, along with Langdon having a female side-kick who helps him while the novel unfurls and they travel from a country to next following clues.

I can’t write much without giving out the plot or any key points hence the short outline in this post. I consider this book worth reading. If you liked his previous novels you will like this one too.

My Rating : 4.5/5

My Take On The Daily Prompt(The Artist’s Eye)

I know the prompt says to write about a painting or sculpture I’m drawn to but I’m writing about an artist whose paintings where one of the first I saw as a child and fell in love with it instantly. The artist was my maternal grandfather.

My Grandad - The artist

My Grandad – The artist

He passed away when my mom was just a teenager so I never got to meet him. My mom had a collection of his sketches and paintings. When I first saw the paintings I didn’t actually know anything about art. I was too small to understand art and artists because at that time what I drew with my crayons was to me just as same as art. Older people drew big and complex pictures, kids like me drew smaller ones that are not so complex. After growing up I was able to admire his work and see more clearly how he brought pictures to life.

There is no lack of talent in my family. There are artists, sculptors, dancers, singers and writers but the first person that comes to mind when it comes to talent is my grandad.

There are two sketches I like the most and I can still recall both of them with every detail. One is a pencil sketch called “Light and Shade”, I can still see clearly in my mind the way he captured light falling on a corridor through arches and the shadows where the light couldn’t reach, every detail and shade was perfectly produced on paper with his pencil.The other one is a painting of a white kitten against a black background. The fur and eyes of the kitten was done so beautifully that you almost felt it is going to come out of the painting any minute. Unfortunately I don’t have the paintings with me or photographs of them right now, so I can’t share it with you all.

The main reason I fell in love with his paintings was that this was the proof to the life lived by a person I never met. Through his art I could see what he saw in the world through his eyes as an artist.