Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys

How often do you get the feeling that you are running against time and that you will never win! I have been getting that feeling a bit of late and this is not meant as a complaint..it comes from a place of gratitude as there is so much to be done…possibilities are endless! It is Thursday evening and I am so close to missing the deadline for posting but Sandy gives such a great topic that I did not want to miss it.

I was scrolling through some old photos and these surely brought a very big smile on my face…thinking of the simple times and the simple joys that came with that. Thank you Sandy, for such a heart warming topic:)

 

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Taken way back in 1992, this is me and my brother in the sea side town of Digha, West Bengal. A simple slide brought a lot of joy for sure:)

 

 

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Taken in 1994 in the beautiful hill station of Ranikhet in Uttarakhand, India. I remember that as a kid, Baba would take us on trips every summer, some near and some far and while we grumbled at times and got upset when things did not go our way, looking back I now know how valueable those family trips were!

 

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A boy and his tub of cream;)

 

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Is there any thing more simple and innocent than the joy when you take the first lick!

 

 

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Or when you are able to get hold of the remote;)

 

Thanks for stopping by! Simple moments bring in simple joy that is often unmatched. Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is back and that is a matter of wonderful joy as well!

 

A Photo A Day: Last 30 days or so

Time for the monthly a photo a day update! As I was scrolling through the phone for photos taken, I realized I wasn’t going out as much and also it being winter, the scene is a bit dismal. We also did not have a lot of snow this year (and I am not complaining even a tiny bit!) and so there isn’t a lot of pretty white stuff to capture as well. White and black, gloomy and bright, transient yet imperishable these were my moments during the last thirty days or so!

 

These were people moments and the best ones, obviously! The little guy turned five, did not cry at the dentist’s office, has been feeding his little sister and being all other kinds of awesome…being a superhero is just a small part of that:) And the little sister has been active a lot as well, coming up with ingenious ways of mischief¬† and running after her is easily making my Fitbit congratulate me for my 10,000 + steps! Brother-sister duo have been making their own memories as well as they play with each other for longer than before and ‘read’ books together:)

 

Celebrations and food have been a big part of the month gone by. On top of that, I had the rare opportunity to sit at the table, read a couple of pages of a very favorite book and have lunch….a surreal feeling almost ūüėČ Cook, Eat, Repeat started last month and I look forward to sharing more with you in the months to come!

 

Happiness on finding flower petals from a special occasion inside the pages of a book¬† and the ‘are-you-kidding-me’ feeling that comes when ‘unpaired’ socks come out of the the dryer, co- existed in harmony and I am grateful for that.

Just one foot in front of the other is okay. Along the way, our moments keep us company- moments that are silly; moments that make us question our faith in the bigger scheme of things; moments that hurt; moments that make us pause and soak it all in; moments that lift up the spirits and make us push a bit harder; moments where inspiring stories from around the world and this platform that I have come to love so dearly, make us look at things from a whole different perspective; moments where kindness and a friendly ‘hello’ make us smile; moments that don’t make sense and moments that are just perfect.

What have your moments been this past month? Would love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by:)

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: All in a Row

Hooray for the FFPC! And a big hello to Sandy! For the first challenge for the year, Amanda motivates us with this interesting topic.  I must say I have been missing this:)

Looking forward to this year’s challenges at FFPC, where topics help us think and engage not only with with our own creative self but with our fellow bloggers as well and get inspired along the way. I want to give a shout out to Snow as well for her inspiration at FFPC!

Here are some ‘all in a row’!

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Somewhere on our way to the Everglades National Park, FL

 

 

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Farms in the neighborhood.

 

 

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Along the road, that took us to dear friends in North Carolina.

 

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A rain washed spring day last year in our apartment complex.

 

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When we sipped on good wine and chatted with a dear friend @ Napa Valley, California.

 

 

Arranging the  candy is also an equally exciting part of Halloween!

 

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Same goes for the picks. And if only one knew the number of ways that could be done!

 

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Child’s Play

 

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When your love for tradition  (lighting 14 candles on the day before Diwali) makes you take a risk and temporarily overlook the safety aspect;)

 

 

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Waiting for the ride: Rickshaws in Central Park, NY

 

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Frozen clotheslines in our apartment complex in St.Paul, Minnesota.

 

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A strange sight on the side of a river. I was so intrigued by this on my first day trip in this country that I couldn’t help taking a picture…there were few amused passerby as well (at the sight of me clicking this photo) ! Stillwater, Minnesota.

 

Thanks for stopping by and thank you Amanda and Sandy for continuing this!