16 October 2011

Sun, Sea, Sand

.... and Sirocco.

{borrowed the dusty hot wind - sirocco from the Sahara, to match the rhyme} =D

My sis told about this secret spot (let's call it so) when we visited her on 25th March 2011. And so on our return trip we took a detour and went there.

The first thing that caught my eyes was this fine silhouette of a mangrove... I think. I was so excited to see the surrounding coastal beauty and almost missed the heartbreaking sight right next to it.

See all the paper and polythene lying on the beach? And I thought this was a secluded one. Despite the sight I inched forward.

There's still more. Did they get washed ashore, or did people toss them carelessly? No one knows.. except the poor mangrove.

The sound of the waves or the wind couldn't hide the painful whimper, "Please save me from these slithering polythene monsters. They are strangling me!"

I looked straight ahead. The blue ocean is silently listening in a pensive mood. Calm and quiet, yet twinkling under the lazy evening sun.

I looked to my right. Some folks have marked their presence all over. The smooth tawny sand was in total disorder. Could they be the perpetrators who accompanied the polythene monsters?

The waves began to rise.. tangled in anxious and tensed emotions.

I wanted to move forward, embrace the vast ocean and become a milky white surf.. so these fine waves could carry me far away from these fearful monsters. 

The salty surface glittered like a silvery mirror and the waves slowly rose high. In fear I stepped back.

But the sea was very kind. It only sent a gentle wave to greet me.. with a smile.

I stepped back more. And the sea followed. 

In the distance the waves roared. But at my feet the pearly ripples smiled. I smiled back at the vast blue ocean who is kind to all alike.

11 October 2011

I'm back!

Hi everyone! How have you been? I know it's been ages since I last wrote something. Work kept me busy and even though I found a bit of time, I was still worrying whether I'll get to visit all the blogs in my blogroll or not. So kept procrastinating.(I know, wrong excuse!) =D

So to update about me, well... I started teaching at this institute since late January and been dealing with the tantrums and mischief of these big kids = 16+. =D They are cute sometimes, and that I only feel when they are about to leave us after their courses end. Partings are really hard to deal with but that's life I guess.

I've had loads of awesome experiences, exciting and adventurous as much as inspiring, touching, annoying, stressing and depressing moments too.. and the list goes on. -__- Eight plus months just flew by and here I am counting the odds of whether I can live with it or without it. =D

Just yesterday we had a lunch party, where each lecturer chipped in a curry and another brought rice. The smell was irresistible and so many homely tastes mixed in, so the meal was fantabulous! And we even asked for seconds! =D Oh and it was followed by an awesomely delicious Watalappan! lol Anyhow this was in fact our 3rd time having a lunch party at our department. I wonder if it's the power of food that makes me feel like it's my 2nd home. =D

Anyhow coming back to the present.. to compensate my long.. much felt... absence (what? you didn't even notice I wasn't around? =P) I have updated my albums and added dozens of new pics! The stories for them will come eventually, and for some... I'll let the pics themselves do the talking. =D

There's lots of stories to share, and I hope I'll get to tell them before I forget. So here's my first story... after a lapse of almost one year!

* CTRL + Click to view the photos in their original sizes.

Mr. Caterpillar

This alien looking puppet caterpillar greeted us one morning, 9th December 2010 to be precise. I was sure it was no living thing from Earth. But defying all rules of physics the puppet started moving on its own.

Such big round innocent puppy eyes, no way this fellow is a caterpillar.. is what I kept telling myself but.. I was indeed proven wrong.

The rubbery quilted body crawled lazily here and there on dozens of microscopic legs. It looked around from time to time with those pitiable puppy eyes.

I gave it food.. um.. these delicious looking flowers and leaves. And was eagerly waiting for it to grow wings, turn into a beautiful apple green butterfly and fly away.. well.. this always happen in alien movies and cartoons, don't they? So.. I waited and waited and waited and.. when I was about to give up.. something totally unexpected happened.

This cute Mr. Caterpillar from Uranus began to metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly... Not.. even close... but a weird looking caterpillar! O__O (a tune from your scariest horror movie is played in the background)

The cutesy face was no more to be found. Instead it grew an elephantine snout. And then only I realized that those big round puppy eyes were.. well.. actually they were distractions! If ever a predator gets close, the eyes could scare away them. Yep, in other words a trick of nature. Indeed it tricked me too! =D And who'd dare to gobble anything that stares at you with such cute puppy eyes?

So.. the poor li'l thing actually had no eyes, I suppose, and maybe it was finding its way through smell or sun light. These fake eyes were located on either sides of its longish chubby tummy. As it won't transform anymore, and now that I knew it was a terrestrial being, I released it back to mother nature.. with a smile. ^__^


That's all for today folks. Have a great week! ^__^
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