Mesmerising Maharashtra and the west coast

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If you haven’t already seen enough pictures capturing the scenic beauty in India, here are some more for you to feast your eyes on. Joel Xavier is an avid photographer and loves to ride his bike. He graduated from IIM Ahemedabad and instead of pursuing a busy corporate career he went back to mentoring students at business schools. He is currently working as a Student affairs and Placement manager at IIM Udaipur. He has agreed to share some pictures from his bike rides in maharashtra and along the west coast in route to Goa with us today. Here’s what Joel had to say about his journey:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. – H. D. Thoreau
If You feel that the journey holds more than the destination itself; that there is a way to do everything but you would rather do it your way, welcome home. People who snatch life out of time to go off the beaten track and do things their own way, who live life to the fullest because “they wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if they can not learn what it had to teach, and not, when they came to die, discover that they had not lived”. I am, obviously, inspired by Thoreau.
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The journey held far more charm than the destination. Not that destinations were undeserving, but to see and do the usual thing was just not me. If you are shaking your head in agreement, you will probably understand me better.
Thanks Joel for the lovely photo-feature!
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My World In Five Colours

Madhu, who writes a travel blog, The urge to wander recently shared her entry for the Capture the Colour photo competition run by TravelSupermarket.com. Since she left an open invite to fellow bloggers to join in, I felt tempted to share some of my images on my blog even though I am not officially in the photo competition.

The rules require one to publish a post with five original shots from their travels, each one representing the colours blue, green, yellow, white and red. I also need to link back to TravelSupermarket on Facebook or Twitter (with the tags @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour).

Blue

May be this would qualify as teal for many people, My first reaction upon seeing Lake Moraine in Alberta, Canada was “What a pretty blue!” I love this image and the place is very special to me.

Lake Moraine, Alberta, Canada

I am not sure whether to label the next image as white or blue. The frozen Athabasca Falls and the snow is definitely white but the shadows and the blue waters give the picture an icy blue colorGREEN

This picture is from Igatpuri in maharashtra in India. A small town located in the western ghats that started out as a railway town and is one of the best (at least in my opinion) places to see the soothing effects of monsoon. This image was taken during the monsoon, the hill and the surrounding areas become lush green.RED

The St. Joseph Oratory is not only one of the places  to see in Montreal, Canada, a beautiful church building, but is also one of the places of pilgrimage for the catholic believers. The Votive chapel is one large space filled with thousands of candles lit by the faithful.Yellow

Although this image doesn’t scream yellow, love the yellow in the  Swiss guard’s uniform taken at the Vatican. The design of the guard uniform is attributed to Commandant Jules Repond and the colors which make the uniform so attractive are the traditional Medici blue, red and yellow. Although it was winter when this picture was taken the colors of the guard’s uniform pop out in this otherwise bland picture.

 

And this final image is of the yellow-brown sands of Dubai.

If you wish to take part in this challenge please visit the links above. The deadline for submitting your entry is August 29th.

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Going the distance together…. alone

I have been traveling with in the country recently. May be you could guess that from my silence over the last couple of days.

Waiting between flights is a very good opportunity to observe people. Waiting  is imminent yet we all try to keep ourselves busy for that short amount of time. We don’t want to be too involved in whatever it is that we are doing nor do we want to be sitting idle. yet we do all that and in between. We smile at fellow passenger, exchange glances and sometimes names but not more……we all in it together …yet not so much ………

We flip through our gadgets for the non-existant all too important email and message.

Solve a puzzle or a crossword

Read

Take a walk

Carry the weight of the world on our shoulders

Some times even carry the weight of a little future on our shoulders

And then simply Give up !

The best approach however is to observe little children, the place becomes the toy and the playground. Simple moving objects are filled with wonder and everything just seems amazing. It is all in their mind you see, the imagination colors up the potential for fun a place can hold.

A simple golf cart can seem like a chariot of fire if you look at it through the frame of imagination

While we wait for something to happen in our lives, we only have control over our thoughts and reactions. We can choose to be miserable, keep busy or be happy with all  little joys of lives.

Phir Milenge!!