Lock-down Notes

The sun shines bright, brilliantly illuminating the fresh and vibrant leaves of a tree before setting behind the hills.

This whole lock-down situation is interesting. Yes, it is being done for everyone’s safety and at the same time it also created a hell lot of problems. But one set of problems I would like to highlight today is the boredom factor people encounter. I remember the time back in the 90’s when things like on-demand entertainment through the internet wasn’t a thing. But still whenever there was a power outage or a bummer of that sorts, I don’t remember a whole lot of people being ‘bored’. Everyone always had something to do. The ‘frustration element’ never seemed to show up.

Though the current scenario is quite different and dangerous, the fact that people just got bored seems rather unfortunate. This is happening even with the internet and major communication channels still up and running. This fast-paced life has managed to take out even a generation who weren’t born with these comforts in the first place.

Though this whole situation and the lock-down are unfortunate, I still would see this an opportunity. An opportunity to clean my gear, stay calm and composed, to stop and stare enjoying the little things in life, develop hope, get started with all the tasks that had been neglected for long and most off all- learning the lessons that one really needs to and be better prepared the next time around 🙂

At the Edge, witnessing the beauty ahead

A panoramic view into the canyon below from the cliff of the Tiger Point at Lonavala.

The current situation of the world is that of uncertainty and sorrow. And especially in an age when most of the people are well connected, each of us is able to witness this firsthand, helplessly.

But this same calamity has brought out a positive side of the world. Be it the tireless spirits of medical personals and the people involved, the mutual understanding and kindness between citizens, the ability of many to be there in a family and the overall revival of nature due to drop in pollution levels.

There is no denying or underplaying the fact that this is the one of the worst disasters of all times and the sorrow it has brought along. But seeing the positives even when standing at the very edge of uncertainty, holding on to the hope for a better future is just as important as the cure is.

Stay safe everyone. This too shall pass. There is beauty and peace beyond all of this 🙂

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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