Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

Hey friends,

Here is my submission for this week’s photochallenge – Silence

There is nothing beautiful than the silence of nature. Especially when you live in a city flooded with sound of traffic and people all around you and living life like a robot, these short getaways to the heart of nature where there is no intervention of humans make me feel so good. Its like rebooting myself and filling a fresh energy to push me ahead to prepare for the upcoming routine schedule.

Time stood still in a deep sorrow

My vision blocked by thick fog

Ruling out the parallel life I live

Still I feel I am locked in a cage

Eager to fly like a bird let loose

Wander away to worlds unseen

Move away from all the havocs

Snuggle in the silence of nature

Kanheri caves

Hey Friends,

I have been planning to write a blog on Kanheri caves since I visited the place few months back. These centuries old caves are located in the heart of Sanjay Gandhi National park situated 10 km from Borivali , Mumbai. These caves are one of the finest examples of the Indian rock cut architecture whose period of establishment is considered to be in between 1st century BC and 11th century AD.

The road to the caves itself is a visual treat with lush green forests on either side along with lakes and streams adding its beauty.

The distance from National park entrance to Kanheri caves was around 23 km. I would have preferred to go by walk exploring the scenic beauty of the place but due to lack of time , I had to head directly to the caves.

Though there are 109 caves in the whole area , most famous out of it is the chaitya griha which is believed to be used by the buddhist monks for meditation.

Entrance to Cave no: 3

Sculptures on the cave entrance

This history of Kanheri Caves is very ancient. The word “Kanheri” comes from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri which means Black Mountain. It is believed that Buddhist Monks of the Hinayana Faith started the excavation of the Kanheri Caves from the hills in the 1st Century. Later on, the Buddhist Monks of the Mahayana Faith also contributed to this excavation process.

Chaitya griha (prayer hall)

Though I am not a person who is much interested in history, end of the day, I started admiring the historical carvings and sculptures and I can’t stop myself from praising the talent and hardwork put forth at that age where no machinery was available and carved with bare hands with minimal tools! Truly incredible!

After all these centuries, encountering all harsh weather conditions , these caves and the inscriptions and artworks still stand with all its pride and valour. Every Indian who visit these caves will surely feel a spark of pride being part of such a great culture.

Weekly photo challenge – Weathered

Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth

Hey all,

Here is my submission for the weekly photo challenge – growth.

Massive he is standing deserted

Abandoned when years passed

Several seasons he encountered

Marked by wrinkles over his skin

Stages of growth he had strolled

Branched and rebranched in time

He was a shelter for all in need

A massive giant and king one day

Time extracted everything he had

Now passing life counting his days

Into the light…

The way is in front of my eyes

Gleaming with streaks of hope

Shadows engulfing from behind

Implying the darkest past I fared

I ran to the end of twisted road

Gasping for breath and panting

Heart beating at an alarming pace

Ready to collapse at any moment

I ran and ran as fast as I can

I could feel the warmth again in life

Shoving off all my fear and doubt

A whole new world opened for me

Beautiful and bright as heaven

All I could feel is your intense love!

Weekly photo challenge!

I have been going through my gallery searching for a meaningful photo to submit for this week’s photo challenge and got stuck into this capture.

All those who search for the hidden meaning inside this image, I would like to suggest you to read the following poem!

They stood there divided by the river

Struggling hard to be together

Stretching its branches in full length

Leaning towards to feel the touch

Still they feel they are one soul

With the bridge connecting them

Villains are there in all love stories

Here river turned to be one

Still they waited days and months

For that precious moment to come

When their soul and body be one

And remain together forever…

Favourite capture 2017

Scotland of India – Coorg

Hey friends,

After a long break, here I am back with a breathtaking vacation spot which is known as Scotland of India – Coorg. Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka, India which is known for its natural beauty comprising of beautiful misty hills, acres of coffee plantations, countless streams and lakes, thick forests and magnificent waterfalls.

My search for a peaceful yet beautiful place to explore which contain all essence of Coorg led me to Coffee cadu estate and Mandalpatti hills.

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Coffee Cadu estate stay , Madikeri.

These exotic cottages are located 10 km from Madikeri town in the middle of coffee plantation. I reached Coffee Cadu in the afternoon. After check in formalities and lunch, at 3 pm we started for Mandalpatti hills.

The  lush green Mandalpatti hills are situated 18 km from Madikeri town, at an altitude of 4050 ft and is part of Pushpagiri reserve forest. Only way to reach uphill is by 4 Wheel Drive vehicles. You can hire a bike or can opt trekking too. We hired a Jeep. The drive was bumpy throughout but the effect was nullified by the breathtaking view on either side of the road.

Road to Mandalpatti hills

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View from the hill-top

Mandalpatti is a full-course meal. The magnificent view of the Pushpagiri mountain range along with cool breeze and fog took me to a different world. I dont remember how long I sat there embracing the scenic beauty. I waited till sunset and once the light started fading, the day giving its way to night, I started back to my cottage.

By the time I reached back there was a bonfire awaiting and it was quite a blessing to sit by the fire in that chilled night.IMG_1775

Early morning, I went for a walk through the coffee plantation and was undoubtedly reviving. The whole area was covered with coffee plants with deep red fruits (coffee bean) with orange trees planted in between. Pleasantly cold climate with gentle breeze and mild fog made the walk a memorable experience.

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Coffee beans

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The walkway through the coffee plantation

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coffee plants with beans

Spending some more time exploring the coffee plantation, I went back to the cottage to pack my stuff and have breakfast as it was time to for me to checkout and wind up my small trip.

Theory of life!!!

Entrusting my life on tiny threads

Which are already breaking apart

Wait is long, hunger is strong

All I crave for is a prey in my web

All I can see is darkness ahead

With subtle movements beneath

Waiting to swallow me whole

Trying to figure out my feelings

Fear, hunger, anger or failure

Hope is fading away with time

A home fully ready to collapse

To push me into the deep hole

What awaits there; life or death

Can be answered only by time

I stood there unable to figure out

What exactly is the theory of life!

Windows of nature…

Its always known that there will be a light in the end of a dark tunnel. Though it is a very simple sentence, it projects the message of hope in the journey of life. The darkness of hardships and the light of accomplishments.

This is a well known fact of life. Am I being too philosophical? Though that is not my intention this view made me think philosophically. The sea is still bright and full of light while everything on the shore was engulfed in darkness.

Standing on the shore and watching sea through the coconut tress, I felt as if I am gazing at brighter side of life through a huge window standing in dark. Every sorrows and instances which I went through in my life came gushing into my mind. It reminded me of how I used to sit near my windows looking outside expecting the dark clouds to move away and lit my life with a new sunrise.

Gazing afar I stand here alone

Exploring shades of dawn and dusk

With the little waves talking to me

and clouds watching from above

Scattered clouds,rumbling waves

Breaking the silence of nature

Washing away the sins of mind

To the brighter start of a new day

Weekly photo challenge – Experimental

Hey friends

Here is my submission for this week’s photo challenge!

You might be wondering what a bunch of flowers have to do with this week’s theme ‘experimental’. Let me explain.

I bought my new Iphone 7 plus last May. The only reason I chose 7 plus over others is because of its added camera option of dual lens. The portait mode in this phone gained lot of popularity within few days of its launch.

When I got my phone I was so excited to try the portrait option and was searching for something to click. I was at home and I saw this beautiful bright bunch of flowers standing there. I felt it was talking to me. It was asking me “don’t you feel that I am good enough for your experiment”!

I went near the flowers and adjusted the camera to get the depth effect and then the perfect capture and thus a beautiful portrait image was saved into my gallery.

When the heart bleeds for thy love

to wipe away the tears of loneliness

Searching for the long lost love

Reminding of the days cherished

Memories are the only remains

Feelings are washed away by ocean

Leaving a deep scar in the heart

Swimming in the depth of darkness

Searching for the glimpse of light

Hope is fading away with time

Still I am living holding myself tight…

Weekly photo challenge – experimental