The Blue Hour Spell

A panorama of the Haji Malang Range as seen during the blue hour with the entirety of the range standing tall and the lifeless concrete jungle at the bottom. No matter how much I have photographed this scene, it always has something new to interest and captivate me.

Sunset Perfect

Though it is high time for the monsoon to have stopped completely, it does rain quite often even now. The mornings usually have an overcast with the sun making a brief appearance at times. The evenings follow with raging thunderstorms that are often accompanied by spells of heavy rain. But inspite of having an unpredictable weather, the evenings often lead you to amazing scenes like these, becoming a must needed treat to the tired eye and soul. And the fact that these untimely rains keep the dust, pollution and heat in check is always a boon!

The Green Stairway

A beautifully lit sky forming the background to a vibrant lush green slope of a hill as viewed from the foothills during sunset at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Enter the month of October and the rains will be soon gone, only to surface next year. Though it rains quite often even now, the signs of the retreat are evident. This year, it had rained enough and after a point it had started becoming a pain. Yes, the monsoon is far better than the scorching heat of the summer and water is a resource that one always finds good use of. But I wished it had rained in patches and a bit more mildly, giving everyone a small window to enjoy the fruits of the monsoon. Or maybe I, as my city, should have prepared in a much better way to have take it more as a boon than a bane. But there is always a next time. And yes, I will really miss the rains once they are gone…

A glimpse of the Near Future

A panoramic view of the large empty plot (in the far background) being developed for the impending “Navi Mumbai International Airport” amidst the ever beautiful hill ranges, mangroves and various streams, as viewed while descending from the Kharghar Hills one fine afternoon.

It would be fun to watch how many airplanes would fly out of this location in the coming years and how ‘wise of a decision’ it was to make an airport in this particular location in the first place.

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A flock for Lesser and Greater Flamingos gather during noon at the holding ponds at Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.

It had been a while since I last visited the site. And given the immense heat and we witnessed this summer, I didn’t expect any birds in the region. But my joy had no bounds when I saw these magnificent beings come down from the skies in large numbers, electrifying the whole area with their sounds and vibrant colors during this time of the day when I would love to stay indoors.

Divine Chaos

The universe is chaotic. There is something or the other happening in some part of it, each and every moment.

Though some find peace in this very chaos, ‘most’ see it as an obstacle to ‘peace’.

A very few from the ‘most’ set out to restore order and bring that peace to the world.

Finally an insignificant fraction of this ‘very few’ come to a point only to realize that this very peace and order they sought coexisted in the same chaos they wanted to run from and set order to.

Though by now this revelation would have been a journey of a lifetime, the wisdom from it was worth the effort.

Chaos and peace have been two side of the same coin, coexisting ever since. Chaos is just as beautiful as peace is. And always will be.

Staring into the Distance

A myna perches on the terrace of a building during sunset before heading back to its nest.

 

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When the Hills Lit Up the Night

A forest fire ascends a segment of the Kharghar Hills, a rather common sight during the winter season.

‘Why exactly one would do is?’ is something I still haven’t found a concrete answer to. I did get a few answers along the years. But to honest, the answers do not do justice to the amount of damage such incidents have caused. But ironically, the real damage has never been to the hills neither to its real residents. It has and always will be to those guests who came down to the valley looking for shelter and sustenance, eventually forgetting the gift of life they had been receiving all along.

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An Evening to Remember

Chaos, amidst the cold silence

A feeling of fullness, all within none

Thrill, that would very much kill

Retracing the steps that were once feared for being the unknown

Taking that leap of faith with the mirage of a goal in your head, but never in your heart

And finally, embracing something from where it all started from – the darkness

An evening, well spent…

 

Puppy Attack!

It was a normal start to the day for me. I left for the hills early, hiking my way up and down through the route religiously. Gave my legs a cooling lap at the stream, as I listened to the wise old and fun couple crack sense and jokes, all at the same time. The usual stalking by a few ‘newer’ mini birds and a calf (a first in a long long time!) followed before I decided to head back to the base camp (the most rewarding part of the entire pilgrimage, as well as the most time consuming one!)

And then there were the usual ‘distractions’ to detour – a few more birds and invertebrates, which would make me stray yet again (but something I never really regret). I was hooked on to once such distraction and by the time we had enough of each other, I was lying on the trail, tired and hungry. The blazing sun had worn me out and I decided to take a few minutes off before heading back, laying there to review my bounty.

That’s when these Lilliputians showed up – trumpeting their arrival with pants, scouting and securing the trail, as their master trailed behind. As cute as they could get, I couldn’t resist and snapped a photograph, without their permission. But they weren’t impressed by my act and didn’t seem to like me either. As their attack got more vicious (cute, to be honest!), I decided to get up and clear the way for them. And as they passed by,  they gave me that look which very well meant’ If we wanted you dead, you’d already be dead’.

And I was like, ok…

Yet another, best of days at the hills and a fun kick-start to the day!