Friday, 24 August 2012

Interview with a Tree

Me: Hello. How have you been?

Tree: Hi! I have been standing tall and long. Thank you for asking.

Me: So tell me something about yourself.

Tree: I am not as old as some of the trees around me however; I have been here for several decades. I have seen the tides rise and fall through seasons and daily routines.  I have encountered the hand of the Great Wind and held on with all my might.

Me: That must have been very fascinating for you. Isn’t it?

Tree: The cold winters test my survival skills yearly, while the sun encourages me to grow higher and bigger. I have seen the hills slide and have adjusted my trunk for it. I grew out and around to reach the sun’s rays faster than those hidden behind me.

Me: What about your basic requirements?
Tree: The ground is good here; I am always well fed.  My green cedar bows are strong.

Me: That is good to hear. And how is the neighborhood?

Tree: My neighbors hug me daily so I know that I am loved.  Small creatures visit me from time to time and chat on my branches.

Me: This is really great. You definitely got many friends over here. But tell me, isn’t it a tough job? To bear all this heat and cold and serve the nature; serve the living. Especially when you don’t get anything in return.

Tree: I live by the water that travels to the sea.  People pass me and don’t bother me. I am a tree holding up the earth around me and trying to reach the sun. You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night. There is always music amongst the trees, but your hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
To this nature I owe a lot, for giving me rains to flourish, for giving me soil to breathe. All I can do is to pay back by helping my bit in evaporation, rain cycles, soil binding. The living I like, some have sown me, some do cut. But what’s life if I don’t do good. My roots below are strong just like my heart. I give them food, I give them shelter. And in return I don’t want anything. Neither me, nor millions like me. But if they can give anything, I want them to thank me once for being what I am. Nothing else. This suites me just fine.

Me: Mesmerized !

And that’s why I planted a seed today!
I did my bit, have you done yours?

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Lightening Sky !

It was a night full of thunders. Cold breeze embraced the land. The clouds roared through the sky and every breathing person was into their house, under the blanket, sipping their cup of coffee. But some hearts were scared, scared of the night. These little ones had never seen the god’s anger in this form. With fear in their minds, they lie in their bed with eyes wide open, looking for those monsters which might be hidden under their bed. One such girl was Dhriti.

It was 10’o clock at night. This 7 year old was afraid of the dark. With her teddy in her arms, she was sitting and wondering what to do. Suddenly she saw light coming from the fireplace. Slowly she slipped her legs in her red sandals and walked to the fireplace. She saw her grandmother knitting a sweater. She went up to her and said, ‘Granny, I am not able to sleep because of the weather.’ Her grand mom lifted her up in her arms n made her sit on her lap. Then she asked, ‘Are you afraid of the dark my dear’? Dhriti replied at once, ‘No no, it’s not the dark; it’s the lightening that’s frightening me’. Grand mom smiled and said, ‘Do you know why the sky shines’? To this Dhriti innocently replies, ‘yes, it shines to scare small children who don’t do their homework’. Grand mom laughs and says, ‘No my child, the sky shines to give you light. It gives light to the passenger traveling on a lonely land in a hope to reach its destination soon. It gives light to the pedestrian who is afraid to cross the road. Not only to them, but the sky shines to tell you that no matter how high it is, it still lights the whole world.’

Dhriti was confused; after all she was just 7 years of age. Seeing the expression of her face, granny asked her, ‘Okay tell me one thing, what if you are walking on a road, after doing loads of shopping with your mom. Both your hands are full with shopping bags and you are not able to hold your mother’s finger. Suddenly the light at the street goes off. What will you do? What if she crosses the road and you don’t? What if you are not able to find her?’

Dhriti seemed worried. Grand mom continues, ‘At this point if the sky lights, you would be easily able to find your mom and be safe’. Dhriti smiles. Grand mom slowly sways her hand on her forehead and explains, ‘Sometimes there are hard times in life. You must see the lightening as a sign to vanish the darkness. If a single beam of lightening can glow the world, imagine how powerful can be a ray of hope in your mind. Success will surely salute you. And the lightening never stays for long. Nothing lasts forever, even the darkest of nights. This night will end too, bringing a new shiny day. You should not be afraid of the darkened paths. Rather you should be the source which lightens it.’

That night, Dhriti had a peaceful sleep with her window open letting in the cool breeze of love.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Ciao Italy !!

Mamma Mia !
Bienvenuto !! (It means WELCOME)

Italy, *sigh !

The name just gives me an adrenaline rush ! I so want to go there once...
Even my Blog's name is in Italian :)
As we all know, Italy lies in Europe, with its capital ROME being one of the many beautiful.
Italian culture has always mesmerized me. It never failed to impress me more. When i was 10 years old, my aunt went to Italy for a holiday. The next month when i saw the pictures, all i could think was to grow up, earn and travel !!!

Its a beautiful country with splendid hill sides and a charismatic view. I could see it right in front of my eyes. How i wish i could just grab a seat in the plane, fly across the ocean and land in the city of Cazzo ! Now mainly, Italy is famous for its two things- FOOD and WINE :)
(*to be honest both r my fav. :P)
Bon Appetite: 

The food !  Italy is quite literally a feast of endless courses, but no matter how much you gorge yourself, you’ll always feel as though you haven’t made it past the antipasti. Even the simplest snack can turn into a revelation, whether you’re downing a slice of Slow Food pizza, a paper cone of fritto misto (fried seafood) or pistachiofl avoured gelato. The secret is an intense, even savage, attention to top-notch ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce. 
Italy serves the world class produce of Parmesan Cheese. And what classic then all the Wines. I am feeling hungry now ! :-/

Bel Paese:

As if in homage to its people’s love of fashion, Italy’s outline – a ‘boot’ – makes it one of the most recognisable countries in the world. I am sure each one of us girls have a pair of boots which we flaunt. And all we need is to buy one from Italy. How can we forget the sensual aromas we get there. Perfumes, ranging from a euro to millions of them, you get to smell the excels. Can someone gift me 1 please, my birthday is coming ! :P 

Now, lets not forget to salute Italy for giving us Galileo, Versace, Gucci, Armani, Al Pacino, Valentino, Monica Bellucci and many others ! The world would have been so different without them ! :P :D

The famous *must watch* sites include:

The Colosseum.

The Acropolis.

Lovely azaleas at the Spanish Steps.

The Trevi Fountain.

The Tiber River with the Vatican as a backdrop.

Also the Italian music speaks for itself. Operas and symphony are always alluring... ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫

Despite incessant praise, Italy continues to surprise and delight. It seems i like i have googled the whole of Italy. I might have never been there for real, but Internet has served me right !!

So with another dream on, to go sit in a bistro, taste some cheese and match some wines, i sign off ! :)
P.S. - I definitely am having a pizza tonight :D