“Sunset is still my favourite colour and rainbow is second.”
Of all the hours that ever held any magic for my soul, it is always the early break of dawn on the Eastern sky and the splash of gold on the Western one that held me in raptures every single time I can remember. It is no different now than it was in my growing up years in the hills of the North East except for the fact that we don’t see clear blue skies any more or smell the clean mountain air in this bustling pollution-ridden metropolis.
Days come and go and most of our busy lives are lived in endless tasks and chores that emerge and end with the to-do lists which run our lives. We seem to rush through the best hours of our days chasing our dreams and watching out for latest innovations to enhance our lives. And, through all of this, the spectacle of life happens to unfold itself in the countless everyday moments. Do we even have the time to stop, lift our gaze and look out of the window? Most of us don’t.
I know I have spent the best years of my life chasing happiness in the most unlikely of places and often, to my disappointment, in places where I should never have invested any time, effort or money. Well, that’s what life lessons are for! So much wisdom at a price. Alas! There is no better school than experience to teach us this. It has taken a long time but I can finally say that it is only now I realise how for the longest period of my life, I have actually experienced abundance from the one source that we hardly ever look up to for fulfilment—Nature! It makes me grateful and happy but it also reminds me that this moment is ephemeral and will not last forever.
Even today, my heart skips a beat to see a beautiful sunrise or to savour a breathtaking sunset, and because life has taught me that I need to slow down my pace every now and then, I make it a point to do so with a cup of tea and a book, relishing my few minutes of silence, to recharge myself after a long day and focus my energy into living more consciously. Perhaps, a little more mindfully too.
A couple of years back, I took to photography to explore and learn more about portraits. Sometime during the course of my experimentations, I began capturing sky pictures, and almost instinctively, I knew that’s what I enjoyed the most. The fact that I get an amazing view from my sixth-floor balcony is definitely one of the many reasons that I share sky pictures so often.
Here are some random (unfiltered!) shots taken from my living room balcony over the last couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy them as much I did clicking them. Until next time, Happy Skywatching!
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