Category: #Places

Solo & Susegard

I’m currently relaxing in Goa and experiencing a sense of “susegard” which in Portuguese translates to being relaxed, contented and in a state of bliss when one chills by the seaside.

This is my first solo trip, though for just a day. My bestie joins me in a few minutes. And we will spend the weekend here; a weekend of madness and some mindless banter that we specialise in.

 

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Wordy Wednesday #1- Feb 2017 #BARWoWe : Love’s Epiphany

 

This Week: Word Prompts

Educate

Ethereal

Epiphany

Extraordinary

Basic guidelines:

Use the prompt in your posts.
Write a minimum of 100 words on the prompt.
Visit others. That’s it 🙂

It was the first day of February, The month that portended love. The month when many hearts came together as one, and many were reclaimed.

Jay and Sriparna were taking a trip to Thailand. A trip celebrating 10 years of togetherness. They had barely taken any one on one holidays due to their hectic schedules at work. They had left the kids with Dadi who was always more than happy to have them over and spend time pampering and teaching them new skills like baking, even making samosas, donuts, cross stitching etc.

On this balmy yet beautiful February morning on Sriparna’s insistence, they had taken off to yet another Buddhist temple. They had visited a few during their trip, but this one was supposed to be highly revered. As they walked through the grand, majestic door of the temple that was built in various hues, superimposed with a lot of gold, they caught sight of the extraordinary looking statue of Buddha. It sat there ensconced on a majestic seat, covered in the most resplendent finery. The look on Buddha’s face was ethereal and so very calming. The Buddha seemed to look back at Sriprana with benign eyes and bless her. Even Jay stopped short on his feet to gaze at the Buddha. He normally just wandered around aimlessly, just trying to be a good husband and giving Sriprana company. After all, they were on a romantic getaway together. 

Jay and Sriprana could not take their gaze away from the Buddha, There was something unexplainable, something so real, life-like about this Buddha that it had them spell-bound. Sriparna had read Buddha’s Lotus Sutra and many books written on him and his philosophy, but her leanings were always dismissed and brushed away by her side of the family, a family of staunch Hindu believers. Yet her quest for finding what worked best for her spiritually never ceased to exist. Jay was an atheist, yet open to any religion or form of spirituality. 

Sriparna saw a set of meandering stairs that led to the floor above the statue. She followed them through, to be greeted by a foyer which directly looked over the Buddha’s crown. She felt a magical halo around the crown of hair or Ushnisha, the three dimensional oval at the top of the head. She went down on her knees and  started meditating. The temple was almost empty and serenely quiet. As she meditated, with her eyes open, she felt tears of happiness trickle down her cheeks. She was experiencing a spiritual epiphany of sorts. She could feel the presence of Shakyamuni and his aura emanating back to her and speaking to her about the reason she was there- to embrace the Buddhist path, to imbibe the beautiful practice of unconditional love, of touching lives through compassion and acceptance, of making a real difference in this hatred-ridden world, and propagating world peace by educating people about love, harmony, and co-existence. 

Sriparna had found a love of a different kind, a love that was unexplainable. After all, it was the month of spring, the month when love found its way into many a hearts, knowingly or unknowingly. This was a divine kind of love. Ethereal, magical, truly incredible. 

Jay came up the stairs looking for her and was surprised to see that pristine look on Sriparna’s face and the blush on her cheek. The doors to love had just been unlocked, and a new kind of life awaited them.

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This post is written for Wordy Wednesday # 1– February 2017 #BARWoWe

Linking this post to https://blogarhythmblog.wordpress.com,

#FridayFotoFiction : Unrequited

#FRIDAYfotofiction #week 10

UNREQUITED

 

 

 

The mist rolling tea gardens always transported Arpita to another world. A world, where there were no worries, just gaiety, playful abandon, enveloped in the love of Ma-Baba, Aboni Kaka and Junmoi Didi who managed the sprawling estate home with perfection. The gardens were a family heirloom, nurtured over decades.

Ma-Baba were no more. She had moved overseas with her Dutch husband and had just returned to sell the glorious property. Arpita bid a tearful adieu to the staff and as she stood looking at the gardens poignantly, her heart welled with deep gratitude and unrequited love.

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Linking up this post for Week #9 of the http://ultimateblogchallenge.com Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Writing this 100-word post for the prompt #FridayFotoFiction #Week 10 and linking it to Mayuri http://www.sirimiri.in and Tina’s http://www.tinabasu.com blog

 

 

10 Day “You” Challenge: 6 Places

 

#allaboutme #blogchallenge

6 Places

 

  1. Any place by the Sea or Ocean or a place surrounded by nature, water bodies, flora and fauna
  2. Bombay: Have a certain connect with this city which has so much character, hope, feelings and life. Though I have never lived here.
  3. Home: Our terrace with the garden chairs and surrounding greens. Also the sunny balcony by Arusha’s room, and her room with her beautiful wall art.
  4. My newly acquired web page, http://natashamusing.com
  5. In the company and hearts of my Darling Hubby and girls-both furry and human and my best friend, Ritika.
  6. At my favourite cafes like Madison & Pike, Cest La Vie. Di Ghent, Roots Cafe with a book or my writings.

 

 

The one off Board I designed for Madison & Pike

 

 

 

 

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