When I saw this week’s challenge, I thought, “Oh! This is going to be fun! I have loads of pictures just right for this theme.” As I went through my pictures and others’ too, I realized how lucky I was that I could see the wonders and the beauty of this world, feel awed and inspired by them and enjoy them. But there are many who are deprived of experiencing this joy.
In India, it is estimated, there are 3.5 million cases of blindness with 30,000 new cases being added every year. Corneal blindness is the most common causes of blindness in India. The good part is that most such cases can regain their eyesight by corneal transplant, and the sad part is that not enough corneas are available to bring light and hope to these people. Lack of awareness about eye donation is a major hazard in this direction and even though a lot of effort is being made by the government and other agencies the situation is far from bright.
As a small contribution on my part, I pledged to donate my eyes a few years back and hope that someday I’ll bring Light into someone’s life.
This week’s travel theme by Ailsa is ‘Sky’. As it happens, the sky is a favorite subject for photography for both, my daughter and me. Sharing a select few.
I’d intended to do this post as such but when I saw this week’s challenge I thought that it would be appropriate to set it here. A little story first.
I remember, as a kid I loved to sit on my dad’s lap and ask him to draw me pictures of anything and everything that came to my mind. A bird, a house, an elephant, a tiger, a horse, I would demand and he would just pull a few lines on the paper and lo! it would be there. The tradition was carried on by my brother, and later by our children. Apart from that we never saw him indulge in any kind of art work. He is an engineer by profession and spent his life with machines . For us he was a genius with maths and physics and chemistry and with his help all our problems in these subjects seemed to vanish.
Then, he retired. He spent the initial years of his retirement settling down in this new way of life. One day he picked up his pencils and colours and started sketching and painting. His paintings surprised and shocked us. He does not yet paint from his imagination but just picks up an idea from a book, magazine or a postcard and paints on any surface that takes his fancy or is available at that time, like paper, canvas, plywood board or even tiles.But for us they are nothing short of Masterpieces-
These are sketches of my daughter and my nephew
This week’s photo challenge is- sign says. My entry for the same has a little story behind it.
This was four years back. My Cardiologist (and not so old) husband suffered a heart attack. He was hospitalized and underwent an angioplasty. By God’s blessings and everyone’s prayers he returned home safe and sound. Those were some real traumatic days for the family.
Once he was home, friends, family, colleagues, all turned up to visit him. That was expected. What we also expected was that these people would come with serious faces and ask the same questions again and again. So my daughter and me decided to put up this sign on our door-
Needless to say, it worked perfectly. People came in laughing and smiling and we did not talk about the illness at all.
This week’s (almost gone) photo challenge was ‘Patterns‘ and A word a week challenge was ‘Mountains’. Having spent the last few vacations in the mountains I have a whole horde of pictures of beautiful mountains and I decided to combine the two themes. SO here goes–
A very interesting challenge this week : Pattern. Patterns are everywhere around us. Nature shows off her patterns everywhere; in plants and in animals. Man created patterns, sometimes plagiarizing nature itself. Today I share with you two patterns that are an intricate part of our lives… or should I say our wardrobe.
These are two very famous styles of Tie-dye patterns of Rajasthan.
The first one is called the ‘Bandhani’ or ‘Bandhej’
A saree in this pattern is a must in every bride’s trousseau.
The second pattern is called ‘the Laheriya’. “Laher” in Hindi means waves and that’s how this print in tie-dye looks.
Sarees in this pattern is a favorite of women, specially during the festivals of the Monsoon(rainy) season.
My entry for this week’s ‘A word a week challenge‘
Once again a word that can be interpreted in so many ways.
This week’s challenge is ‘Home’. A beautiful word with endless interpretations. Creating a home with your partner is just as beautiful process as living in it.
It was a beautiful, bright, sunny morning when he proposed to her. Shyly she said yes. He was besides himself with joy and turned round and round on the spot, bobbing his head up and down.
They would need a new place to live in. He promised to find the most beautiful place for her. After a few days of hard work, he finally found a nice, warm, green and safe place where he could live with his beloved and raise there children. He decided to spruce it up for her.
slowly he started collecting building materials and commenced work on there dream home.
Slowly, bit by bit, he was done. He then decided to give her a surprise and show her what he had prepared for them
She came, saw and loved the place. Just wanted to make it a bit more comfortable. He immediately got to work…..
…. added a few more comforts, rearranged the furniture….
…. and finally she was happy. She settled down to enjoy her new HOME.
Needless to say, they lived happily ever after!!!!!!
For this week’s challenge (although a bit late), I have chosen a ‘sari’. An Indian woman can never have enough of them. Here I show the famous ‘Patola Saree’ from Patan, a town in Gujarat. Patola is the name of silk sarees unique to Patan.
The history says that, king Kumarpal (12th century) brought 700 Patola weaver families from Maharashtra to Patan. Today, only the Salvi family continues the craft. A sari takes about 6 months or more to be woven into the masterpieces that they are.
see more about Patola here and here.
P.S. This picture was taken by my daughter during her school trip to Patan.