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Cold mountain – Han Shan

Zen poetry at its finest…..Nature – best teacher

Fav minimal designers

Eileen fisher – elegant , Jasper Conran ss17 & Daks 2017-2018 and of course the original minimalist Jil Sander

Plants …urban jungle and auroville

https://stanflouride.com/2016/11/26/nasa-guide-to-air-filtering-houseplants 

Interesting site about houseplants,greenhouses and interiors – https://www.haarkon.co.uk/explore-blog/

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/heaven-in-the-eyes-of-the-beholder/article19706338.ece
“My biggest inspiration is my life in Auroville,” she says, over a Skype call from the experimental township where she lives and works. The rolling landscapes and unfettered spirit of Auroville are her muse. “Her untamed wilderness often hits my heart. And I always work spontaneously following a mood in my heart.”
Much of her latest collection, “…so many heavens…”, which will open at the Centre d’Arts Citadines, Auroville on September 16, is a paean to Auroville. “We had a bad monsoon last year and lands were starving for water,” she remembers. Her work at that time was dark, “shades of brown and bronze, with pools of blue,” to symbolise “this longing for water”.
Then there would be one shower and in two days, star-like wild jasmines would light up the gritty dryness. “It was glorious; this alternation between seeming death followed by abundance and optimism. And this would make me weep that we are surrounded by so many heavens… each a universe in itself.  “We all carry seeds, many different kinds of seeds,” says Sundaravalli. But like a plant, it needs the right environment to blossom, she smiles.  

Research – http://www.sacar.in/index.php

Muzzikk…..

👌 choreography…. Expressin’ wid hands …👇

Vacay , marathons etc.etc..

https://youtu.be/2EHqe7HHayk

 

this simple pleasure that could make me feel strange and sad and light at the same time was something I can call freedom. And in this ‘freedom’ rested the beginnings of faith, of an inexplicable lightness which was like the spreading glow from a lamp, moving away, carrying one away, as it were, from everything else, something which fails to measure the expanse of one’s life. For me, today, a good poem probably does just that. http://www.thehindu.com/books/singing-of-trampled-grass/article19689961.ece

 

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/rain-spotting-on-natures-canvas/article19699449.ece

A couple of coconut trees spiral up into the blue sky. This is the square canvas with the ‘nature painting’ that my window affords — assuredly a sight for the sore eyes of this city-dweller wearied by quotidian cares. And so, many an hour on Sunday mornings is spent lazily focussing and defocussing on this work of art, embellished by a gentle breeze and bird-calls of various tones.

Water-brushed hues

And then comes the monsoon. Same time, same place. But the painting is now getting ‘water-brushed’. ………..The hitherto still-life painting seems to have taken on a life of its own. The tone and texture of its green components seem to alter as the raindrops descend on them. I watch in fascination as the green carpet below winks and glints at me. These are the hundreds of small leaves, of varying shades of green, doing flip-flops as they give in to the pressure of the droplets. The rapid change of surfaces creates an overall shimmering effect, maintaining a true rhythm with the steady rain.

Meanwhile, a little above the ground, the large taro leaves sway like elephant ears. Hardly under any pressure from this rain, they coolly flash and flaunt their water-droplet pearls. At eye-level is a staid wall of green in the background, formed by the closely packed, unremarkable leaves of a clump of trees. The rain seems to just disappear into this wall, leaving no trace of moisture. Shifting my gaze, I look up to see the unruffled leaves of the coconut palm shirking off this precipitation in the form of drops dripping from the tip of each leaflet. And so this painting gets embellished for those magical moments. Missing in action are the butterflies and dragonflies, subdued out of their flight by the rain.

And so, the minutes stretch to an hour or so as nature does its stuff, uplifting the mundane to the ethereal. Myriad film song lines pass through the mind, describing gentle rain. Time passes, fleetingly, unknowingly; the spell is usually broken by the lunch call or some guests. Reluctantly, I peel myself from the window, thankful to both circumstance and nature, for the serendipitous gift. And, a line from another poem (by John Updike) comes to mind: Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

Singing of trampled grass  Jayanta Mahapatra

I remember one of those simple pleasures that seemed to provide me with a new beginning or give a new meaning to my days. This was when I would let my feet hang still in the waters of a flowing stream and feel the water flow past past me. Or, climbing up the old mango tree, lying on a low branch, I appeared to be in another world, perhaps giving me a glimpse of the world inside of me.

Who will cry the cry of the dropping leaf? Who will whisper the whisper of the summer breeze? The politician or the poet? Or the silent pain of the pebble kicked by a child? Or the sob of the rose plucked off its stem? Who will mourn the moan of the trampled grass? Only the poet.

Perhaps poetry shall always remain an attempt to remove the burden of time from this world, and poems will continue to do this through images, metaphors, symbols. Time, ever present, ever passing, making us wakeful while we are asleep, making us hear our pulse in the silence of the night. I quote a line from the Atharva Veda XIX: 53.

Time drives as a horse with seven reins,

thousand-eyed, unaging

possessing much seed;

him the inspired poets mount;

his wheels are all beings.

And one asks: Does a poet use time to get away from time? Does he surrender to this rite, capturing in time a fragile moment of meaning? Merely for the sake of the feeling of freedom?

…..write through my anguish and the awareness of my presence, and in the process reveal myself, perhaps going out of myself, leaping into blindness or light.

Call it freedom. For what we dream can well enter the realm of undream, causing something to come out of it, something like a quiet self-discovery or even prayer, that brings a joy in the recognition of ourselves against the fear of time. Call it freedom.

………… not bother about the conscience of the world — simply be the water that flows, finding its own level, even if it is soaked away by the earth, with no trace left behind. In this, in such a poetry of today, committed to the many worlds we live and believe in — the human, the historical and the moral — can one touch the heart of freedom.

freedom? Is it the path through unknown places of the heart, a path that is both unreal and of a transcendent nature and yet is something that foresees the event of death? ……

Boxes , Labels and Qs

https://www.buzzfeed.com/genamourbarrett/things-single-girls-are-tired-of-hearing?utm_term=.rv6g244aAO#.omrBwLLDY2

http://viralstories.in/breaking-44-typical-indian-stereotypes-stop-presuming-everything/

 

You literally asked me this question two weeks ago. Aren't you tired of asking yet?

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You literally asked me this question two weeks ago. Aren’t you tired of asking yet?

. “Isn’t there someone that you at least like?”

Sorry to disappoint.

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Sorry to disappoint.

. “Why are you still single?”

Do I have to have a special reason? It just is what it is.

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Do I have to have a special reason? It just is what it is.

. “I know you’re probably looking for a partner, but I just want to be friends.”

Just because I'm single doesn't mean I want to date you. Please get over yourself.

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. “You need to stop being so picky.”

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. “Maybe you need to change your attitude.”

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9. “Stop looking for love and let love come to you!”

Life-changing advice. Never heard that before, thank you.

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Life-changing advice. Never heard that before, thank you.

. “When are you going to get married?”

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. “What about kids? Are kids on the cards any time soon?”

What? No. Stop asking that.

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What? No. Stop asking that.

. “Time is running out, you know.”

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. “How long have you actually been single for?”

Does it matter?

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Does it matter?

. “Don’t you get lonely? I’d get so bored if I was single.”

That could be more because you have a boring life than the fact you have a partner, but cool.

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That could be more because you have a boring life than the fact you have a partner, but cool.

 “You should start a new hobby to meet people.”

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. “You need to put yourself out there!”

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. “If you’re not careful, you’ll end up as a crazy cat lady.”

GREAT! I LOVE CATS. They're so fluffy and don't ask stupid questions.

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GREAT! I LOVE CATS. They’re so fluffy and don’t ask stupid questions.

. “I know someone I can set you up with!”

Lord no. Please, no. I'm fine.

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Lord no. Please, no. I’m fine.

 “You should try Tinder/OkCupid/Match.com. Have you tried them? Have you?”

I have received enough dick pics to tell you that yes indeed I have tried them, thanks. Not for me.

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. “There’s plenty of fish in the sea! Speaking of fish, have you joined Plenty of Fish yet?”

Arghhhfsohgehgughehu, go away.

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Arghhhfsohgehgughehu, go away.

. “I think it’s so great you’re so comfortable with being on your own.”

Yeah, thanks, I'm a great inspiration to all of womankind. *rolls eyes*

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Yeah, thanks, I’m a great inspiration to all of womankind. *rolls eyes*

 “Why do girls make such a big fuss over getting a partner anyway?”

Maybe it's because people like you keep asking them when they're going to get one? Maybe.

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Maybe it’s because people like you keep asking them when they’re going to get one? Maybe.

 

    . Because it’s not the dress code here..

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    2. Because there are actually people who are truly self-made..

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    3. Because it doesn’t require a marriage certificate…

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    5. Because it’s travelling a she likes not necessarily binging.

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    6. Because they are as much a part of this country as you and me.

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    7. Because reading could be loved by anyone..

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    8. Because language is only a medium of communication..

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    9. Because they are not the descendants of Jaadu

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    10. Because even we aren’t Italian and still love pizza…

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    11. Because, even Star City is a bike….

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    12. Because being a Punjabi doesn’t stand for Patiala pegs..

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    13. Because a good art can never remain hidden…

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    14. Because ek ladka aur ek ladki sirf dost nahin ho sakte was just a dialogue from a movie….

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    15. Because no doubt girls like to shop but they too like to be self-dependent just as you guys….

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    16. Because fashion is just about defining yourself… Not your definition.

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    17. Because even we are Indians and it’s not our mother tongue either…

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    18. Because even they need to reach for work on time…

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    19. Because being Mother India doesn’t require running about the trees dancing…

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    20. Because doing what you love doesn’t alter your gender…

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    21. Because the RTO didn’t deny license me on the grounds that I’m a female…

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    22. Because poems need a conscious mind…

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    23. Because the canteen also offers other things…

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    24. Because you always have a choice to move elsewhere…

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    . Because respecting women isn’t community specific…

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    27. Because sooti saree is not the precondition to helping the society…

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    28. Because even she filled ‘good handwriting’ books in school…

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    29. Because not all have a questionable taste in music…

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     Because it’s neither fair not lovely to be a racist….

     

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     Because no degree can force you to not take up your dreams…

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    32. Because your taste buds do not know which state you belong to…

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     Because you only marry once and with your own species…

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    . Because if you ever passed your primary school you would know Madrasi is just for Tamil Nadu residents; and that’s just one of the states from South India…

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    . Because Delhi is not an another name for Sick Perverts Club…

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    Because it gets paid to be skilled….

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     Because what people tend to confuse modernism to with short skirts is just westernisation….

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    . Because I could actually uproot a hand-pump and blown your head way…

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    . Because all love comfort over style…it’s not just a phrase…

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    41. Because loving blue doesn’t make you a lesbian….

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    42. Because 10 rupaiye ke liye se jhik jhik even I don’t like….

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    43. Because it doesn’t cost anything to make someone laugh either…

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     Because red is also the colour of danger…

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    Ipsocon ,13th to 15th october

    hanu

    hanu reddy , poes garden

    After drooling over gorgeous macaroon pics for eons….finally had my first bite at concu on a break to hyd….. ..  the  macs were amazing, but the same can’t be said for the cheesecake . why go to laduree paris… when one can have amazing macs at india…

    Creative by Nature

    “With traditional arts in Asia much emphasis is put on long-term practice and effort, so as to reach continuously higher levels of skill development. There is a deeper character training happening as well, to reduce the ego’s voice, let go of fears, cultivate mindfulness, increase gratitude and live more fully in the present moment.” ~Christopher Chase

    tea ceremony ichi go

    Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind

    Beginner’s Mind is a phrase from Japanese Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki’s book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. He uses it to describe an approach to life that is empty of preconceptions and egotism, yet very mindful.
     
    “In Japan we have the phrase shoshin (初心), which means “beginner’s mind.” The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind… This [means] an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind…

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    Dream pop

    navigating thru the mystical world of dream pop……last year was beach house …today -youth lagoon . still not tired of bh- tc