Posts Tagged ‘peaceful’

The sadness of peace

July 21, 2014

In the middle of the whirlwind.
There is, too, the peace
That is the aftermath of war
And toil, and struggle:
This peace is not always happy.
This may be the peace of death, of regrets
Of waste, of what might have been.
Is this sad peace, the deteritus of destruction,
Always welcome? Is peace always better than war?
Peace…without serenity, without prosperity
Is just the cessation of foul acts
Without the hope of its continuance.
Peace can often be
Tears in a widow’s eye
A maimed limb,
The passing of what was good and happy
In a life lived just a while ago.
Peace can the quietness
Of the broken body of a girl,
Mauled bestially, and left to bleed.
Peace can be the loneliness
In a home when one partner has walked out.
Peace can be the quite of a crash site
Where people are looking for bodies.
Peace…not welcome when it’s just a piece
Of conflict, pain and sorrow.


Peace and quiet

February 21, 2014

I thought it must be lovely to rest, with the winds from the field blowing one’s way, the sun shining around, and open to the elements:


When the colours are washed out, it’s not monotony, but a serene, peaceful monochrome.


But then, I felt that the departed soul might mingle with the Everlasting, and might not identify with just one spot. The memorial is not for those who are gone, but for those in whose memories the departed live..


March 30, 2009

After a hard, back-breaking day, I got back home in time for nothing useful or productive, so decided that today was the day I was going to Start Swimming. And so off I went to our little poolette….

The water felt like silk (ok, well, it *could* have been warmer I guess, especially the pre-swim shower which our building authorities seem to have connected up to some Himalayan snow-fed spring.) I was happy to notice that months of absence have not slowed me down too much (yes, I could’fasten’ up my laps a little!)…and that I could do 30 laps with no difficulty at all. (The laps in our pool are also lapettes.)

I am feeling so fresh, though tired…the frustrations of the day have dropped away, and I am at peace with all the world again, even with the mason and plumber who were my main instruments of torture the whole day long…

How lucky I am to have this pool of blue, clean water to swim in as long as I wish to. How many generations hence will swimming pools be a thing of the past?

Meanwhile, on Sunday I went for the Lalbagh Heritage Walk, organized by Max Mueller Bhavan as an Urban Space Event; here’s a close-up of a Traveller’s Palm that I took…

travellers' palm lalbagh 290309

Let not anyone tell you that abstract art is nothing like Nature makes…Nature has abstract art everywhere; lovely designs, numbers, one-off pieces of exquisite creativity…

All the things that got broken this weekend can be repaired….

March 1, 2009

Yesterday I was on my way to the Heritage Walk when someone whom I had been trying to contact all morning, called on my mobile. I was awkwardly getting out of an auto….so my bag fell down…and my precious MLC (Canon S3)…isn’t working any more. Off to Thomas of Cambridge Layout tomorrow…wish me luck folks, it’s like my child is having surgery..I am SO attached to that camera!

mohanvee, I would like to see your photographs too…

Luckily, Divya had a new S5, and she just took out her SD card, I put in mine, and used it to take all the pictures…and Malleswaram was a treasure of heritage indeed! Thank you, Divya, that was indeed nice of you.

I just typed “sugery”and the ads next to my LJ window changed to all sorts of medical ads!

Something else nearly got broken for good; I was almost on the point of cutting off something, but I decided, it’s worth the effort, swallowed my frustrations and feelings and am persevering…and I think it’s going better now. I hope my efforts are not in vain!

Q. What did Dracula say about the beautiful lady?

A. I love her in vein.

I am in one of my silly moods, when I miss giggling uncontrollably and idiotically with that daughter of mine, over everything and nothing…

Wish me luck with my poor little MLC, and I hope I don’t have to pay out a very large sum as a repair bill!

I had a wonderful weekend so far….an easy trip to Bannerghatta with Vijay Hegde (for once, no one else was free…we just took a Number 365 from my front gate to Bannerghatta and came back the same way!). Here are the white lilies on the plake (between a pond and a lake) near the Bannerghatta Butterfly Park area….

Doesn’t give a great sense of serenity?

Mylapore Morning….

December 31, 2008

As I felt better in spite of a disturbed night, I decided to walk to, and in, Nageshwara Rao Park.

The park has been really beautified,and is a nice green place to walk, and is large enough that one can walk in a direction opposite to other walkers and not be “herded” along in one direction.

At several places there are posters of old photographs, depicting the Madras (it wasn’t Chennai then) of yesteryears, and there are some majestic old trees that cool one’s eyes and soul, too.

There was a yoga class in progress in the sandpit, and several people were walking briskly backwards (I don’t know if this will really help their health or just cause surprise, amusement, or amazement in the minds of regular walkers.) Several pretty girls had the fine sheen of sweat on their smooth skins, which looked more appealing than the same sheen on the necks of some young men, alas! Monkey-capped old mamas (hey, hey, I must watch this tendency, they are probably my age!) and head-covered-by-scarves old ladies toddled along, each content to keep up hes own pace.

It made a very happy beginning to the last day of 2008.

I have been waiting for KM to finish up some work and then leave for home…but it looks as if it’s not going to happen today. So I guess it’s going to be a year-long stay at Chennai this time 🙂 Came in 2008 and left in 2009!

2009 was also the registration number of the beloved Premier Padmini (Fiat) that my brother had…sitting and thinking about it.

Waiting, all packed and ready, means that I have been able to do nothing else. But I don’t mind being idle in comfort….!

I have internet access now as my sis in law has taken a break from working at home….so I will edit (if this connection permits it) one of my photos and put up a nice New Year message to all of you….if not, I wish each and every one who reads this a happy, healthy, peaceful new year.

But I hope to get my greeting card up…

Ten minutes

October 25, 2008

It’s rare to find….
Ten minutes in the middle of a busy day.
But just now…it’s happened.
Most of my chores are done;
The last bit of lunch can be started
After a little while…
There is a sense of peace,
Things done, being on top
Instead of the usual scramble to keep up.
It’s peaceful in this room;
The weather’s lovely, cool and cloudy,
And I feel serene.
Happiness consists of…
Ten minutes like this, in little pieces, here and there,
I hope…I always find these ten minutes of peace each day.


October 6, 2008

Sometimes, the most intense agony is the one that has to be borne silently…my prayers are with someone who is suffering terribly right now.

I was struck by the serenity and peace of this scene on the first floor of “Dodda Mane”, the 108-year-old house where “Malgudi Days” was shot. The books speak of reading, the chair at the window, of contemplation, peace, and a quiet pace of life….

A quiet scene, beautiful in its stillness…no TV, no video games, no hectic action. A place where a human being is not a human doing.

Two happy people

January 6, 2008

As we left Ranganathittu on our way home…

two goats, two palm trees, and a magical smile ranganathitttu 040108

She doesn’t have an i-Pod, she doesn’t own a Merc;
Her life, for the most part, is extremely hard work.
Two goats, two palm trees, toil all the while…
But how can someone be called poor with that simple, happy smile?

And here’s a photo taken by amoghavarsha

birding and photography DM 040108

She doesn’t have an i-Pod, she doesn’t own a Merc;
She has never faced the other woman’s kind of heavy work.
But she is aware of her good fortune, the freedom from strife,
She is happy that she can lead such a lovely life.

Just blank and peaceful…

July 21, 2005

Such an uneventful day; neighbours were inaugurating the office of the company they have set up with the help of the parent company in Japan. Attended the inauguration and the dinner at the Taj Gateway in the evening….and spent time with friends. How lovely it is to have no major worries, and spend such good time together! Nothing to write about actually means that I am contented and very happy…surely something to write about!