Footprints on the Sands of Time

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s (27th February, 1807) ‘A Psalm of Life’ is a prayer to mankind to ‘Be a hero in the strife‘ called Life! It is a didactic poem, full of optimism. The poet reminds us to live in the present and lead a righteous life. Act,— act in the living Present! Heart within, andContinue reading “Footprints on the Sands of Time”

A Face in the Crowd

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ‘A Face in the Crowd’ and the topic brought to my mind a myriad pictures I clicked in different parts of Vietnam, just for the love of the conical leaf hats (nón lá) and out of respect  for the strong women here. Whenever I photograph them, I feel that I’mContinue reading “A Face in the Crowd”

In it we taste infinitude…the salt of the earth

“in it we taste infinitude”~ Pablo Neruda   “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavour, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trampled under the feet of men.” Matthew 5:13 [Ye are the saltContinue reading “In it we taste infinitude…the salt of the earth”

Tết is here!

Saigon wears her yellow garb during Tết (Tết Nguyên Đán) or the Vietnamese lunar new year. Every nook and cranny is filled with pots and planters full of Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, Hoa Mai ( Ochna integerrima/ yellow apricot flowers) and marigolds. The colour of prosperity and cheer fills the town. Local markets and flower markets areContinue reading “Tết is here!”

Ashoka, the sorrowless

  Ashoka, ‘the sorrowless’, Flaming blooms that gave Solace to a sorrowful Sita. One of the five in Kama’s quiver, Set to stir young hearts. Our Ashoka tree back home.   [ Saraca asoka, the Ashoka (sanskrit meaning-‘without sorrow’) tree is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. The tree has a notable place in Hindu mythologyContinue reading “Ashoka, the sorrowless”

Remembering Dickens on his birthday

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts”~ Hard Times Happy Birthday to the man who enriched the reading habits of our generation! He introduced us to the Victorian workhouses, to characters like Scrooge, Marley, Oliver Twist, Fagin, Dodger, Pip, Mrs Havisham, Bill Sikes, Nancy;Continue reading “Remembering Dickens on his birthday”

The leaves, like women, interchange…

Here’s one from Emily where she compares leaves to women. I love the tone of the poem and the choice of words. The leaves, just like women, seal a pact of confidence while interchanging their views and secrets. Their intuition or foresight or their reasoning skills are not to be questioned. They are wise, shrewdContinue reading “The leaves, like women, interchange…”

Hello Petite February…

Hello Petite February! Please be Kind. Tread softly, smile bright and bring us blue skies, vibrant sunrises and crimson sunsets.   “Why what’s the matter, That you have such a February face, so full o frost, of storm and cloudiness?” ~ Much Ado About Nothing We don’t want to see you as  Shakespeare thinks ofContinue reading “Hello Petite February…”