Monday, 28 October 2013

As Diwali beckons...

Marigold, 'Kumkum' and lotus
tea-lights and lanterns
diyas and rangolis, 
shades of gold, rust, red, orange and pink...

fresh flowers and sweets
brass, copper and silverware, 
peacock feathers and paisley motifs,
gorgeous fabrics, textures and patterns... 

love, laughter ,
family and friends
and loads of happiness :)
Yes, Diwali is here...again !

More is coming on Diwali...real soon...

stay tuned :)

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The magnificent temple of Borobudur

After a beautiful break
returning from Central Java 
the land of mesmerising natural beauty,
profound traditions in history, 
art and culture,
and learning.

[Shakyamuni-Siddharta Gautama Buddha
Borobudur, Central Java, 9th century]

Rulers of the Sailendra Dynasty built Borobudur
some time between AD 750 and AD 850.
This vast monument is a harmonious composition 
expressing both the shape of the cosmos 
and man's spiritual quest.

 I've taken thousands of photographs
of this colossal monument,
some of those are coming soon on this space.

The supremely gorgeous landscape of Central Java,
those beautiful green rice fields,
traditional rice growing kampung,
villages of terracotta-tilled houses,
magnificent temples and 'stupas',
all overlooked by soaring volcanic peaks,
still lingers in my mind.

Images are mine and can not be reused under any condition.


Monday, 7 October 2013

Busking in the Autumn Glory..

the beautiful morning sun
warm orange glow
and  Rajashani musicians,
busking in the morning glory -;)

Frangipani in full bloom
just outside my bedroom window..
the view itself promises
an unforgettable autumn morning.

Durga puja is around the corner
the humble home 
is slowly getting decked up 
for the season of festivities.

Indian puja/brass items 
and happy frangipani...
don't miss the delicate Kantha work 
on the fabric...-;)

What is your home let me know sometime...-:)

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

শারদ শুভেছা~ 'ওগো আমার আগমনী' :: Sharod Shubhechha~ Ogo amar agomoni

 শুভ মহালয়া ~Shubho Sharadotsava 

'ওগো আমার আগমনী'... 

শুভ মহালয়ার পূণ্য প্রভাত

full bloomed lotus at home

  On the auspicious first day of Devipaksha

এসো শরতের অমল মহিমা, এসো হে ধীরে।
                        চিত্ত বিকাশিবে চরণ ঘিরে।।

the  fragrance in the air,

fragrance of the  festivities .

Today is Mahalaya(মহালয়া)...
the commencement of 'Devipaksha' (দেবিপক্ষ)
the beginning of 'Autumn Festival' 
in Bengali 'শারদীয়া দুর্গা পুজা '...

This is the moment to enjoy 
the timeless beauty of 
Mahalaya  Agomoni and 'Chandi Path' (চণ্ডী পাঠ) 
by (Late) Birandra Krishna Bhadra
a very nostalgic moment for every Bengali
it's all about our childhood memories....
all those auspicious  moments 
in a beautiful autumn ( Ashwin) dawn 
and that magical  telecast on All India Radio.
An 'Oratario' invoking The Goddess Durga
Sanskrit Chants,'Slokas' and Bengali devotional songs 
those unforgettable melodies
by versatile artists of yesteryear's..
'বাজল তোমার আলোর বেণু
মাতল রে ভুবন...'
still in my heart!!

Warm wishes for a very Happy Durga Puja 
and Happy Navaratri 
from my home to yours -;) 

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Please, do not reuse them in any form without my written permission. Thanks!


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