Wanderlust : Discovering the unexpected

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via Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

A late entry for this weeks challenge. But nevertheless, happy to post.

Wanderlust for me includes a flavor of surprises and unexpected discoveries while exploring new places.

For this weeks photo challenge, I will take you all to one such unexpected forest that my better half and I ended up visiting during our trip to Goa. The state of Goa in India is almost synonymous with a lovely coastline and youthful beaches full of activities. We were travelling from north to south Goa and did not know that the route that we took passed through a dense, beautiful green forest. It was a wonderful surprise to explore dense vegetation of trees and canopies along the road; much in contrast to the otherwise rows of coconut trees seen in the rest of Goa!

Even now, when I tell people about having explored a forest in the otherwise beach-centric Goa, people are so surprised!!

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Earth depictions – The Indian Himalayas

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Whenever anyone talks about the grandeur of the Earth, there is only one thing that comes to my mind, and that is the majestic grace of the Indian Himalayas.

Happy Earth Day to you all!!

Here are two pictures from my recent visit to the Himalayas

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The Kumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

 

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Twilight is my favourite time in the Himalayas. As the sun bids you farewell for the day, it colours the mountains in a different shade. So peaceful, so retrospective. 

The security of simplicity

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The word security makes me think of a state of mental calmness and absence of the fear of losing in a race. Kind of like the ‘inner peace’ state. Inner security you could say.

One element in human nature that imparts this kind of a security is simplicity. Simplicity of lifestyle and of thoughts frees a person from complicated insecurities arising out of a rushed, complex, racing desire to constantly be after something in life. I have often noticed the greatest inner security in people with the simplest of lives.

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This picture here is a representation of one such place where I saw tremendous mental security and content in the people of this village. This village is called Mana, a small village set in the Garhwal Himalayas of the state of Uttarakhand in India. We visited this place on a Sunday where we saw this scene near a school. The photograph is not great since I took it with a simple phone camera, but hopefully will convey the general theme.

Notice the little children participating in a race while parents look on with appreciation. The women were seen to sit in a row and knit sweaters, caps etc for the upcoming winter. This knitting is the chief source of livelihood for the women in the village, while the men engage in farming. That pretty much sums up the lifestyle in this village. The people here were so happy, so content, so secure in their little world. Simplicity and in turn security in true sense.