Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sky - Thursday Challenge

The Sky From Above

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed, it feels an impulsion, this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

-Jonathan Livingston Seagull-
'An inspiring book'

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Entirely Up To You Dick Darling - My Old Gentleman

A cousin of mine was telling me a very interesting thing last Saturday; some movies that we watch during childhood have a lasting impact on our thought process he said. I did agree. They make us who we are. Inspiration does not take longer than striking a match during that phase of life. We ended up discussing about all those beautiful movies that we used to watch way back then, a very nostalgic conversation that one was, there was no end to our flashbacks. And all that while I had one particular John Williams sound track from a movie running in my mind. 

A while ago when I heard that this man has left us, I could not get this one scene out of my head for hours, it is from an another adorable movie. The love with which he waves his hand from inside the carriage every time the train passes by, it just makes me wish for a Grandpa like him.  If you have watched the movie ‘The Railway Children’ and remember the character of The Old Gentleman who does everything possible for the three kids in the movie, you know whom I am missing and talking about. Or I am sure you remember the quirky scientist John Hammond, wearing a white shirt and a hat, walking around with a stick like he owns a normal zoo and says Dr Grant, my dear Dr Sattler, welcome to Jurassic Park!”

I belong to the category of people who have graduated their childhood through this movie and derived a hell lot of inspiration to learn about evolution only to realize how minuscule we humans are, and hence this feeling, I have lost a teacher. How can we stand in the light of discovery, and not act?he had said. Even Spielberg considered him as an inspiration. It is indeed amazing how we connect to people whom we have never met. No wonder I had that soundtrack running in my reverie.

Although internationally acclaimed and awarded for his direction with the film ‘Gandhi’ in which Lord Richard Attenborough had literally put his life into his work and many of his other films which he has directed or acted in; like Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle and Chaplin to cite a few, I have always remembered him as a white bearded Santa Claus like old man with a odd gap between his central incisors which kind of inspires even the dullest man on this earth to smile.  

I happened to read one of his interviews in the Guardian in 2008 now, and I could not stop myself from sharing. Here is the link : Richard Attenborough on laughter, levity and the loss of his daughter. Most of us know about our actors and directors as artists and nothing beyond that. We appreciate and laud them for their work but rarely do end up getting a personal connect. Today I cried, because with Dick like he preferred to be called, I had one. A part of my childhood and science, I owe entirely up to him. Thank you for making it beautiful.

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Rest in peace Lord Dick Attenborough. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

House To Home

"HOME: A place not where you are from, 
but where you are wanted"

-Abraham Verghese in Cutting for Stones -

Coincidence happens very often if you believe in it often :-) When Blogadda came up with this Re-Do-Your-House with Make My Homethe walls of my home were as happy as my imaginations could get. I haven’t stopped smiling since the past few days because it’s all renovation at home this week. Ah! The new paint smell in a place where I have always had the feeling of being wanted, matchless!

With the feel good spirit already around I searched for things at Make My Home to add something to the newness here. I was in complete awe with their collection of home decor, to settle with only three was obviously tough. I browsed for hours like a kid in the candy store and finally decided on these beautiful stuff which in my opinion will make the walls and corners of my home smile.Nothing perks up a home faster than the right things in the right places. When bringing new things into home there is so much to be kept in mind, especially if someone is houseproud like me. I think of the need at the hour, the affordability, the space available, the time I will end up spending cleaning and maintaining, lastly and most importantly whether the rest of people at home-my family will use and like it. My theme therefore for the makeover is 'Family'- A blend of ethnic, comtemporary, chic and casual-A little bit of everything, what everyone may like :-).

A clock on the wall is more than a bare necessity. Some of the best times of life are said to be spent at home and a wall clock captures all those precious moments. Despite wearing wristwatches and carrying mobile phones most of us look at it to keep track of our day, don’t we? When the hands go tick-tock in sync with my heart beat especially in the lull of noon or in the middle of night I am assured I am at home, and hence this need. This beautiful handcrafted antique wall clock is something I would like to have on this newly painted cherry red wall in one of the bedrooms. I like it for the aesthetic sense in the wooden carving and the brass border, also the gem stones of four different colours add to its exquisiteness.

One coffee table in this curtained orange corner of the living room would make this place more than comfortable, I do not mind trading all the pleasures of this world for a cup of coffee and a game of cards or Scrabble here with family and friends, or maybe a pen and a newspaper crossword. How better can good times get if this is possible! I liked this piece of furniture for its frame and finish, a great utility in an otherwise empty space. 

Perfect lighting can energize our mood particularly during the night. This Basilisk table lamp with its curves not only caught my heart but felt perfect for this corner of my room. I like the way the light is slithering through the holes in the grooves, very classy and magical. I am as impressed as the kids in the picture, after all its about optics and good ambience. 

Home d├ęcor means to be comfortable with our matter in our space, having the right appliances and accessories adds to the positivity our homes deserves to have. The three items in my wish list appeal to me for nice and strong reasons, I am hoping to give them to my home soon.

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