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Picture 2- THE ABODE OF SPIRITUALITY

This picture was clicked in the April of '10, high up amidst the hills in the temple town of Tirumala-Tirupathi.

As the night sky spread across the spiritual centre, one can see tiny speckles of light which lit the sky that night... and with a keen eye, one can spot the 'Gopuram' of this erstwhile abode of Lord Venkateshwara.
Frequented by hundreds of thousands each year, and a place where I myself have been to many times over the years, this picture seemingly captures the spiritual calm while the tiny dots of light represent the guidance it gives to many a yearning mind and heart.
Yet, it belies the frenzy that lies within and beneath the cover of dark.
The many steps as you make the 14 km journey upto the summit, the scores of eager devotees that throng the santum sanctorum, and the peace one can appreciate right in the midst of all of this.

For anyone, who's been to this temple, the experience is unforgettable!

Picture 1- ANTONYMS

This picture was clicked early on a February morning in '07!
The place 'Ghosai Ghat', near Srirangapattina!
The reason I'm compelled to include this picture is the fact that this flowing stream fascinated me.
If you notice one the far end, the stream is calm, snaking it's tranquil course through maze-like islands of rocks, in no particular hurry to reach it's eventual destination.  And yet, as it nears the camera, one can notice the elements of turbulence, roused from it's slumbers, it roars past, challenging any one who dares to near it.
This depiction of a quaint stream compels me to consider the striking similarity it bears to the human mind.  One the one hand, we lay about, languishing in the dark alleys of our past; soaking in the melancholy, falling in and out of the realms of reality, and even as time beseeches us, the mind drifts...
And yet there are times, the mind races ahead of the body at a frighteningly frantic pace, ideas hurtle off every ticking mi…

NEW ACTIVITY!

Hey guys, this is a writing exercise... for me:) And since we all know that a picture speaks a thousand words, I'll be sharing my thoughts 'bout these pics of mine! As for the writing, it's called 'Flash Writing', and basically comprises of all I have to say in 12 sentences!It's a form I'm still discovering, but enjoying it all the same! Thanks Kav, for introducing me to it!

Hey, just started blogging as a fantic Fan for RCB... frankly overwhelmed to see i've had 31 comments so far!!! whohoooo!!!!Cheers, Nive!!!

THE MAESTRO

22 years, 453 ODIs and 18,111 runs and the prize is finally his!Sachin- 'The Cricketing God'- Tendulkar stands tall amidst the shower of confetti, on home soil, proudly holding aloft the cup...- a sight no Indian fan can ever erase from memory!Every time SachinRameshTendulkar walked out to bat this series, the reception was thunderous, but the man himself too seemed to be on a mission, to annex the elusive crown, the 6th attempt just had to get him there! And get him there it did! Finishing as the tournament's 2nd highest run getter, destiny couldn't have written a better script. As one of the lucky few ones who witnessed the Maestro at his best (during the tied match against England @ the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in B'lore), trust me when I describe it as 'exhilarating'! The man has an insatiable quest for the game and the game itself seems to have anointed him her favourite son... Why else would fate hand him so many lives, as in the match against Pakistan?…

THE CAPTAIN’S CALL

Amidst the thunderous applause that reverberated through the Wankhede on the night of 2nd, April, 2011, Mahendra Singh Dhoni emerged to hold aloft the object of a million prayers, the World Cup Trophy!Having silenced every wagging tongue, with a Captains innings of 91*, the Indian skipper not only sealed his place amongst the greatest ever captains, but also won a billion hearts! Over a 7 year period, the boy from Ranchi has come a long way from the swaggering long haired youngster to the new (bald!) but extremely self assured individual carrying the (thankless) mantle of the ‘Captain of the Indian Cricket Team’. The T20World Cup victory, Victories galore with the CSK IPL team (both, the IPL as well as the CL-T20) and now the World Cup itself, and with numero uno annexed in both Tests and ODIs, Dhoni has taken Indian Cricket to the pinnacle of success!… And so everyone wants a piece of Dhoni! (Just look at the no. of ads he features in right now: Reebok, Sonata, Pepsi, Aircel… and th…

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!

... Feels amazing to finally be able to say this!A gritty performance by a gritty team, guided by a gritty coach/mentor and backed by a gritty fan following running into millions!!! India's 2ndCWC victory on the 2nd of April, 2011 couldn't have been scripted any better... coming as it did against co- hosts (and one of the teams of the tournament) Sri Lanka... at the original 'Mecca' of Indian cricket, Mumbai, a tailor made finale for the Maestro's last swansong in World Cups!!! ... And so when MSD rose to the occasion and slogged the ball for a 6 in the penultimate over, pandemonium resulted! The much hyped golden geese had finally gotten their hand around the Golden Cup! But the victory was never as easy as one would have liked it to be! Jayawardene's classic knock under pressure, Pereira's flash in the pan heroics in the last couple of overs, and Malinga delivering those initial blows meant it required a whole lot of strategising and a lot more composure ( …