Friday, December 12, 2008

A small measure of peace

One of the many perquisites of staying in Ooty is that one can enjoy the magnificence of nature to the fullest. There are many quick getaways that offer very spectacular views of the panoramic landscape. During one such expedition to Pykara, on November 11, 2004, I snapped these pictures of the small lake and the adjoining waterfall.



Much like still waters, life is sometimes calm and quiet without incident. But things change with time, quite like how the excruciating summer dries up even the deepest waterhole or how incessant rains cause a deluge leading to untold misery!



But, neither famines nor floods last long and the spirit of life comes alive with the passing season. We too, like the water, face many an obstacle! These impediments are meant to refine life and help us ascend continuously. In the end, life triumphs by being progressive, determined and consistent.



Consistency and determination are known to bring the best out of human beings. Despite these menacingly fixated rocks, the water gushes forward without a thought or apprehension! Nature is an ongoing process with a great deal of consistency, one that moves ahead with time irrespective of what comes to be! Shouldn't that be the way of life too?



Nature is a fantastic craftsman, for there is always a very high level of equilibrium in every part of it. A healthy balance is very essential for a conducive lifestyle. There is not a natural creation that you could attribute asymmetry to. Why, then, is there a great deal of incongruity in our lives? Are we not natural? Or is it that we choose not to be part of nature?

Awarded

Vimal Vijayan a.k.a Vimmuuu gave me these awards and cited a distinction with some of the most kind words. I wish to thank him very sincerely for giving me these accolades, which make me feel truly honoured!





This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

As is custom, I will roll out these awards to eight fellow bloggers who have been significant motivators and a matter of pride to be associated with. They are;

Jim of The Hunt for Paradise

Aria of Terminal Moraine

Polona Oblak of Fish Eye

TV Satheesh of Thoughtful Oblivion

Babooshka of Ramsey Daily Photo

Tr3nta of Madrid Daily Photo & Tr3nta

Rakesh Avin of Thoughts Unleashed; and

Glenn Standish of Toruń Daily Photo

48 comments:

  1. Hi Rak!

    A very nice post, dear..
    Life and Nature -- both complimentary and supplementary...wholesome connection :)

    and Nice pictures..

    and good to see the awardees :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  2. Thank you so much for the award. It is a real honour! Glad you enjoy TORUŃ DAILY PHOTO. Greetings from Poland!

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  3. Mindblowingly beautiful and excellent picturization.

    Congrats and all the very best for future posts! Keep it up and You Rock!

    cheers,
    Jayashree

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  4. i loved the photos..makes me miss india living in a desert gone rich country :(

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  5. Very nicely written - and illustrated! ... and congratulations! You start to have quite a collection or awards!

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  6. awesome pics man.
    especially the 1st one
    and congrats on the award

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  7. Hello Rakesh,
    A very nice blog you have going.
    Sorry it took me a while to get to your space, but I have not been at a PC much in the last few weeks.
    Best,
    Tarsh

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  8. Hey rakesh,

    Thanks for the awards...abhi would i need to give a acceptance speech :-)

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  9. that is so very true! and nature knows how to balance it also!!

    thanks for the award!!

    take care!!!

    ;-))

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  10. Have seen Ooty only in movies.. those are lovely images and as usual nice words..

    congratulations for those wonderful awards.. and many thanks for considering me for the same..
    all the best.. keep writing :)

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  11. Though balancing is life, without falling either, life seems quite moving. More glad or depression is not appreciation, ones we follow to live with those moving beside we see the light enters our life. Very nice pictures, I too like pykara and still have to blog about this place.

    My very best wishes to winners. Congrats Rakesh!

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  12. thank you for the lovely trip to pykara..

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  13. Such an amazing place and stunning photos... I am mesmerized by its beauty!
    Take care...
    ~Michele~

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  14. Hi Rakesh! With a 48h day I would have time to enjoy your blog more often; shame on the time controller… ;))
    Congratulations on your much deserved awards! And a happy (belated) birthday to your father!
    This post is quite balanced: interesting text, lovely pictures! Great to read it!!
    Meanwhile Blogtrotter is departing Tunisia 2007, but managed to keep the delay in posting on twelve (12) months only. Great achievement… ;)) Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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  15. Nice pics, and congrats on all the awards. you really deserve them.

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  16. Nice pics!! Awesome locations! And congrats on your awards!! My wishes for you to bag more :)

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  17. Hey, btw, you've been tagged..
    www.thegeminimind.blogspot.com

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  18. Your photographs prove that how beautiful this place is .... A must visit for nature lovers....In between, congrats for the award....

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  19. thank you very much for thinking on me for this awards...

    The place you photographed is beautiful...

    thank you again... :-)

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  20. Man... the pics are totally awesum..the waterfall pic reminds me of shillong !

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  21. Devika Chechi

    Thanks very much for your encouraging words as always! You must visit Ooty sometime!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  22. Glen

    It has always been a pleasure. Besides, for some reason I have been strongly associated with Poland through literature
    I believe it is a wonderful country and hope to visit some day

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  23. Jayshree

    Thanks very much for your comments. Greatly appreciate them!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  24. Nivedita

    Living in India has its wonderful merits and perquisites too, eh?

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  25. Peter

    Thanks very much for your messages which I very highly appreciate

    Warm Regards

    Rakesh

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  26. Praveen

    Thanks budd. The place is awesome too! In fact, these pics were taken via a 2.0 MP cam which is kinda semi-retired now. Am waiting for the day I'd treat myself with a DSLR ;)

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  27. Tarsh

    Welcome here and thanks very much for your appreciative comments. Appreciate it very much!
    It feels good to connect to someone who has a passion for nature and so very remarkably portrays it!
    I must say, it is a wonderful effort!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  28. Rakesh

    You are welcome budd...... And the acceptance speech part .....
    "No Comments"

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  29. Satheesh

    Yes indeed, nature knows all too well the fine art of balancing things, which we need to imbibe in ourselves to become better people!
    Many Congratulations on the very well deserved award!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  30. Aria

    The Ooty that you see in the movies is unfortunately only a part of movies! The reality is very different and often disgusting.
    Its sad that such a place has been ruined due to commercialization!

    Thanks for your comments and also, many congratulations on the award!

    Do start posting soon..... I miss reading your work!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  31. Jeevan

    Yes, life is an ongoing process and is a good teacher too! One learns to ascend with every experience and learns valuable lessons.
    Thanks very much for your messages which keep me motivated at all times.

    Warm Regards

    Rakesh

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  32. Magiceye

    My pleasure! Thanks very much for your comments!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  33. Michele

    Its wonderful to see you!
    Welcome back!

    Yes, this place is remarkable, particularly during the monsoons.

    Thanks for your comments!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  34. Gil

    Don't we all want to have more hours in a day ;) Time is essentially a very sparsely available commodity!

    Thanks very much for your messages and wishes!

    Greatly appreciate them!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  35. Vimmuuu

    Thanks very much my budd! But for your thought, I wouldn't stand to have earned them!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  36. Vibu

    Thanks ever so much for your words of encouragement which are a source of great motivation!
    Also, thanks for tagging me!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  37. Deepak

    Yes, Ooty is a wonderful place and worth many visits! You should consider visiting there sometime, particularly during the winters (Nov - Feb)
    Thanks for your comments!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  38. Tr3nta

    Many Congratulations!

    To me, you are the face of Spain and its culture which is very likeable!

    Thanks very much for your comments. Appreciate them!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  39. ArmyGuy

    Thanks very much! I wish to travel to the NE sometime. I've heard that it is the closest one can get to heaven while on Earth!
    Shillong must be fabulous!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  40. It seems am last here!!! Congrats for the awards,, well Loved the pics!!!

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  41. Amazing pics Rakesh! Ooty is so beautiful.


    And congrattz to u and to all the ppl u passed this great award to! :)

    Keshi.

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  42. Hello……. !
    Very cute all these pictures... Great…….
    You are welcome to my blog…….
    Wishing you in advance "A Merry X'Mas and A Happy New Year''

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  43. Bharath

    Thanks very much! Doesn't matter if you are last here, what matters is your presence and ensuing comments!

    I am in receipt of your email and will respond soon.

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  44. Keshi

    Thanks very much!

    Yes, Ooty is a beautiful place but has been ruined due to commercialization!

    The Ooty, that was during my childhood was a place of sheer joy and extreme beauty!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  45. Hi Femin

    Thanks very much for your comments! Appreciate them!

    Thanks also for the X'Mas & New Year wishes!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

    Seasons Greetings!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  46. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking... makes me nostalgic.. :)

    Unfortunately I have not been back in Ooty since we left more than 10 years ago.. :(

    Really miss it all the more, when I see these pictures!

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  47. Hi Rakesh

    I am honoured. Thanks so much, I hope I live upto it :)

    Cheers

    Jim

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