A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!

Candle lit paper lanterns The river is aglow with a myriad tiny paper lanterns and the streets of the old town are lit up with  colourful silk lanterns hanging all over. The night of the lantern festival at Hoi An is a mesmerising, romantic experience! The smiling full moon up above looks lustreless when ThuContinue reading “A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!”

Things of past…

‘When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, And moan the expense of many a vanished sight’~ sonnet 30 Porter’s rest/ athani- the last of its kind in our village Anakkara The Porter’s rest ( Athani /അത്താണി /ചുമടുതാങ്ങി) was a blessing to many weary wayfarers carrying heavy loads.Continue reading “Things of past…”

Well, that’s all about a well!

For the love of Emily (again) : a few thoughts on ‘What mystery pervades a well…’   This is our well back home; so much like Emily’s well…still, glassy, calm! What mystery pervades a well! That water lives so far – A neighbor from another world Residing in a jar Whose limit none has everContinue reading “Well, that’s all about a well!”

The Echoing Green!

”Such, such are the joys… on the echoing green” Tranquility personified!  Green bee-eaters basking in the evening sun, a milk white egret in the backdrop     Echoing Silence and Green Anakkara was brimming and echoing with green this November! There seems to have a drastic change in the usual pattern and terrain of ourContinue reading “The Echoing Green!”

Nature rarer uses yellow…

Lady Nature is no spendthrift! She is tightfisted when it comes to yellow…She doesn’t mind splurging all other hues all around, but she saves all the yellows for Sunsets! The bright and resplendent Yellow: the colour of prosperity, joy, warmth; the colour that fills you with cheer and hope! The colour of the metal thatContinue reading “Nature rarer uses yellow…”

Pastoral Idylls…

  Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood. Peace seemed to reign upon earth, … All sounds were in harmony blended.~ Longfellow   Those lines give an all-is-well-here picture of an ideal and idyllic landscape. I was reading ‘TheContinue reading “Pastoral Idylls…”

Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!

Blue Moon, as once in a blue moon! That was a long wait for the rare celestial event called Blue Moon…Even though I knew that there’s nothing blue about it, the element of excitement was no less. This cosmic phenomenon took place on the 31st of July, but to my dismay a bunch of cloudsContinue reading “Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!”

Monsoon Thoughts

It is ‘Thiruvathira Njattuvela‘, the season that marks plentiful rains and gleeful sunshine joined together to rejuvenate the farming traditions in Kerala. Commencing from the second half of June (usually by June 22) and lasting for a fortnight this is the most favoured solar transit, when bountiful rains bless the state with prosperity. As theContinue reading “Monsoon Thoughts”

Some mango tales from mangolicious Cambodia

  My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.                                      Continue reading “Some mango tales from mangolicious Cambodia”