MAY the month bid farewell!

Originally posted on House Sparrow:
The gulmohur tree in our Bassac Garden May too is standing at the threshold, turning back and waving her hands bidding goodbye… Until we meet next year, the red hot May! How quickly the months fly! May brought with her a bundle of pleasant childhood memories, more intense and heartbreaking memories…

A heaven called Earth

“Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep.” Emerson   Yet another Earth Day is here today… A day dedicated to mother Earth who grows younger as her children grow older. She forgives the miscreants, her children and tolerates the harm theyContinue reading “A heaven called Earth”

The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake

    Unaffected by the hustle and bustle happening around, Hon Kiem Lake looks so still and unperturbed like a green mirror. On a pleasant february morning eleven years back I bade good bye to Hanoi after a month long stay in Nghệ An -a province in North Vietnam- hardly expecting to visit Hanoi onceContinue reading “The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake”

Who knocks? That April!

Who knocks? That April! Lock the door! I will not be pursued! He stayed away a year, to call When I am occupied. But trifles look so trivial As soon as you have come, That blame is just as dear as praise And praise as mere as blame. ( from ‘Dear March come in…’ -EmilyContinue reading “Who knocks? That April!”

Dear March, come in!

      DEAR March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat— You must have walked— How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, come right upstairs with me, I have so much toContinue reading “Dear March, come in!”

Beach Dwellers

    Who sells sea shells on the sea shore?   Hundreds of turret shells washed upon the shore could either be a seasonal, temporary phenomenon or an alarming and disturbing sign of aquatic pollution; I don’t have the slightest clue. The crowded Vung Tau beach, in Vietnam had turned to a beach of shellsContinue reading “Beach Dwellers”

Serene and jade green

  There’s a thin line between … The breathtaking photographs of unbelievably transparent and clear blue waters of Dawaki river in Meghalaya, scattered with a few boats that looked as if floating in the air were taking due rounds on the social media a few months back. When I chanced upon a similar sight, thoughContinue reading “Serene and jade green”

Harvesting sunrises and sunsets…

THE SOUL should always stand ajar. That if the heaven inquire, He will not be obliged to wait, Or shy of troubling her. Depart, before the host has slid The bolt upon the door, To seek for the accomplished guest— Her visitor no more. Emily Dickinson Yes, don’t be careless and forget to leave yourContinue reading “Harvesting sunrises and sunsets…”

The Grand Sentinels of the Emerald Waters

  Standing tall and majestic on the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, the lime stone structures offer a spectacular panoramic view. These Karst formations resulting from millions of years of erosion (developed by the repeated regression and transgression of the sea on lime stone during wet and warm tropical climate) stretch overContinue reading “The Grand Sentinels of the Emerald Waters”

Bring me the sunset in a cup…

BRING me the sunset in a cup… BRING me the sunset in a cup, Reckon the morning’s flagons up, And say how many dew;  I imagine a cup filled with sunset whenever these lines come to my mind. It’s a favourite of mine and I love the authoritative tone of this Dickinson poem. When IContinue reading “Bring me the sunset in a cup…”