Monday, 30 November 2015

mundane monday - #60

i haven't been taking a whole lot of photos lately, and this soapy sponge is one from the archives :) i had taken this in 2012, but i think it didnt make it to the monday posts so far. the original picture is here, but i've posted today a slightly edited version. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

mundane monday - #59

november is drawing to a close, and it is the beginning of the end of the year. the dipping mercury makes you crave warm cups of tea, crank up the heater and just curl up under covers - until of course, reality gives you a kick behind and reminds you of the never ending list of chores :)

meanwhile, coming to this monday's picture, the one below is a set of rattan boxes from ikea, called 'fryken'. (i use them to hold an odd assortment of stuff in my living room and bedroom, but emptied them out to take the pic.) it is the one here. the original photo when i took it looked quite 'blah', but turned out much better after a bit of editing.
see my other photos of stuff from ikea here and here.

mundane monday - ikea fryken rattan boxes

Monday, 16 November 2015

life is fleeting...

if there is one thing that i have been reminded of again and again and again in the past few years, it is that life is fleeting. you never know what is going to hit you when.
the more you try to make sense of life, the more you realise there is no sense. the more you try to find a purpose to your existence, the more you are convinced that there is none. what matters is just the moment, every moment. the ‘now’. just live. because you dont know if this moment will extend into the next. and that into the next. make the most of it while it lasts.
sometimes it feels like this world we live in is a lost cause. it has become pretty much routine to wake up to depressing stuff, whether its war in the middle east, bombing in europe or floods in india. lives have become mere numbers, mere statistics. sometimes it feels like the more progressive our technology has become, the more regressive our hearts and souls seem to have gone. but then as much as you hear about the violence and callousness, you also hear heart warming stories of strangers who pitch in to help, of policemen and firemen who put others’s lives before their own. and such things make you feel like there is still hope. who knows.
of late i really feel the need to ‘detox’ myself of all the news overload, because i realise ‘news’ has just become jobless people bickering over useless stuff. im convinced that im going to lose nothing significant by being a little less ‘updated’, instead maybe spend my time and bandwidth on better stuff in the world.
strangely, as much as it depresses, it also seems to strengthen my resolve to “make each day count” (as jack, in titanic, would say). how do you do it ? i’m not sure. but hey, if you can allow yourself to be a little more silly and a little less worried, i guess that counts. if you can squeeze a few more laughs into your day, i guess that counts. if you can feel good about who you are right now, and not try to meet some imaginary standards set for yourself, i guess that counts. ( that last part, feeling good about yourself - so tough.) 

its easy enough to stop and smell the roses once you start trying. forget the big stuff and just do the little things. because hey, most of the ‘big stuff’ are not in our control anyway. i’ve been realising this all the more recently, as i spend a lot of time with my neighbour’s kid. as often as i keep contemplating on life and such, i have also been letting myself loose, colouring on ice cream sticks with markers, playing monopoly, or making craft projects with cotton balls, food colours, and glitter.
it is so liberating to shut off the newsfeeds, and instead spend an afternoon watching sea lions in the galapagos, fish in the maldives, or elephants in kenya. or even the taj mahal or ajanta caves if you like. it is amazing to be virtually standing inside museums online on the google art project. it feels such a relief to laugh out loud till your sides ache, looking at silly ‘pinterest fails’ - just go ahead find your own way to give yourself a break from all the toxic nonsense around.
do what you need to do and move on. there is a surprising calmness inside when you realise that should just stop over-thinking and become over-emotionally invested in your own life and that of others, because after all,
que sera sera... whatever will be, will be.... the future is not ours to see.

Monday, 9 November 2015

mundane monday - #58 | diwali special, throwback monday !

today happens to be not just any monday, but the eve of diwali, india's biggest festival.
i think that is an excellent reason to have a post that combines both my monday and thursday series, making it a throwback monday :)

and so, here is a vintage diwali ad, from one of those classic indian brands, HMT watches. (hmt stood for hindustan machine tools)

image source - from here

and i also found this article about 5 of the iconic models of hmt - interesting to read about the 'dowry watch', i had no clue about that !


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