A Picture and a Poem

Without any warning or any particular need lines of a poem that I learnt in grade 8 popped up in to my head.

यह कदंब का पेड़ अगर माँ होता यमुना तीरे
मैं भी उस पर बैठ कन्हैया बनता धीरे-धीरे

ले देतीं यदि मुझे बांसुरी तुम दो पैसे वाली
किसी तरह नीची हो जाती यह कदंब की डाली

तुम्हें नहीं कुछ कहता पर मैं चुपके-चुपके आता
उस नीची डाली से अम्मा ऊँचे पर चढ़ जाता………….

A old poem by Hindi Poetess Subhadra Kumari chahan , this poem describes childhood playfulness. In this poem a little boy express his wish that the Kadam  tree in his backyard was the madam tree on the shores of yamuna (where krishna used to play ) and on that tree he would pretend to be like krishna. I liked the word play and the innocence of the poem and it inspired me to draw this image which I thought of sharing here:



The memory of the poem and the impulse to draw on this was unexpected but a good drawing exercise none the less.

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Making time to play

photo 3(4)This is not the usual scene that you expect to see on a busy day on a busy street- people stopping by to play on the swings- but then Montreal is not your usual city. These swing sets were part of an urban installation called 21 Balacoires and were placed along the Promenade des Artistes. This new urban space links the Place des Festivals with Le Parterre, along de Maisonneuve and Président-Kennedy.

time to play

21 BALANÇOIRES (21 swings) is an exercise in musical cooperation that is half street furniture, half game. It’s the work of artist-designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat. Luc-Alain Girardeau, professor of animal behaviour at the UQAM Faculté des Sciences, helped develop the concept.

swing swinging

Each swing is a musical instrument. Depending on how you swing, it generates different notes. It was a very novel idea and was really enjoyed by the people. Alas! I was rushing past it to go for an important appointment and only stopped by to click some pictures. I could not revisit this before the temporary installation was taken down. 😦


To see a video of the swings in action , click here

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What does the sign say?

“Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” – Matthew 12:38

Are you the one who seeks signs? or are you among the ones who intuitively know the path you must take without the need of a sign ?

Not as serious as the signs asked for by the pharisees in  the Bible, the dictionary defines a sign as An object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. A sign in the mystical sense therefore holds a  great significance.

What are the chances that you will see a sign and if you do would you be willing to do what it asks of you?


Even if you do see a sign donot be too sure you will understand it.


and there are still signs that have not yet come in to being, but will in future.

A signage at the entry of a park that I designed as the part of the project I was working for.

A proposed signage at the entry of a park that I designed as the part of the project I was working for.

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Weekly photo challenge : from above

Find a subject and instead of taking a picture from in front of, at an angle, to the side, or from behind, take it directly from above!

For this week’s challenge I decided to keep up with the spring that has finally sprung in our corner of the world. We have had long and mostly grey winter this season and now that spring is in the air it is difficult to ignore.

Well the Actual ‘above’ shot is really not the most awesome or breathtaking photograph to look at but what is happening here is pretty neat. A new plant is just emerging out from the soil. However fragile we consider it to be it has the life force to push through the seed shell and the frozen compressed ground to raise its head  from under the ground.

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jjb fern 2jjb fern 3Some tiny plants have come up.But let’s just have a look at what it looks from the side just for the sake curiosity. jjb fern 4


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Looks nice right? It is so intersting to see the leaves uncoil and soon this little corner of my garden will be full  of thick fern leaves. 🙂

jjb fern

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