Wednesday, September 26, 2012

THE PERFECT DAY


Today morning was a breathtaking melancholy. There is this confounding paradox you experience when nature is at full bloom in front of you but you have limited time to breathe in its splendor. I was subject to this sweet agony. Clouds in various shades of grey decorated the skies. But they were not willing to part with their droplets as they clung on to them tightly. Rain was tantalizing one and all. One moment it looked to tear away from the clouds and splash us all with vengeance and the next moment its loyalties shifted once again. The sun appeared very shy as it hid behind the clouds and took an occasional peek with the naughtiness of a child. May be it was playing hide and seek with the rain. As it glanced through the broad shoulders of the grey clouds, its rays added more shade, slither and shimmer to the already moistly clouds. Everything under the sun glistened due to this early morning activity of the sky folk.

My morning drive to the office transformed itself into a grand odyssey through the gates of paradise that was graced by nature’s grand opera. I reverently thanked every traffic light on the way, prayed for a traffic jam and religiously tailed the slowest car on the road. I was a happy victim to the wrath and honks of several bustling men and women who were in a hurry to get to work. A guy who angrily passed me mouthed a few obscenities and was shocked to see my radiant smile in return. I guess he might even have thought that I might be a distant relation to Jesus or Buddha. Sorry to disappoint you my friend. Little did he know that the bloom of my smile sprang from Mother Nature’s symphony!     

And it just kept getting better as rain decided to make its grand entry. Winds started gushing around and the rustle of the leaves became music to my ears. There was a particularly enthralling scene I witnessed with bated breath. It was a visual of a water droplet fighting the battle of its life. It was clinging on with all its might to the shimmering glass as it was tossed left and right in a frantic pace. It started its slippery slide downward, was luckily held tight for a moment by another fellow droplet that was going through a similar struggle. The moment was short lived as the Good Samaritan couldn’t hold for long and both of them started their descent together. And then it happened… Flash… my car’s wiper came up like an axe to chop them into several pieces and dislodged them from the windshield into eternity! Poetic!


Nature seemed to be bombarding my eyes with its beauty. I just did not want the panorama to stop. And for the first time in a year, I felt that my office could have been a little farther. But then again, luck was on my side today as I hadn’t brought my lunch and gaily stepped out once again in the afternoon. The scenery had just gotten more heavenly. It looked the children of heaven were out on a picnic. The crayons and the paint brushes had come out and they had let their imagination run wild as they had shaped the clouds into so many breathtaking forms and shapes that I just could not stop gazing. I decided to shun my car and walk down. The graceful trees romanced the soothing wind in the perfect ballet. It was so magical that I don’t really remember what I ate for lunch.

And time took the incarnation of a snail post lunch. It took an eternity for the clock to strike 5 as I hurried out of work to immerse myself in the sea of beauty that lay outstretched outside. And no wonder nature’s last act was its best. The clouds had spread themselves far and wide through the vast expanse of the sky. Their somber grey had given way to a subtle and supple blue. The sun’s red was smeared in a gorgeously slender tinge which gave the evening sky a splendid shimmer. I watched the tinge slowly tail the fading sun to oblivion. With a heavy sigh, I retreated from my balcony with the satisfaction of witnessing a perfect day. Happiness is so simple!






68 comments:

  1. This is the second such post read in morning after one from Ashwini! True, the beauty of nature is the greatest teacher:)

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    1. Very true Sir. :) Nature is a great teacher as it amazes us with its several forms and colors. And every time we are down, it is there to cheer us with its mesmerizing beauty. :) I can't count the number of days nature has made my day bright and cheerful. :)

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    2. And I did read Ashwini's post as well. Lovely one and looks like nature was having a busy day cheering both of us up. :)

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  2. Love your post..your have woven the words beautifully giving wonderful meaning to simple things..

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    1. Thank you so much Ranita for the lovely little comment. :) I was really happy and mesmerized by the beauty nature had laid in front of me. :)

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  3. Ahh mother nature can show us the path to be happiness, and once we have walked that path, do we relaise happiness is indeed so simple :-) Each para has outdone itself. The description is poetic, and bought an amazing scene in front of my eyes! Lovely! and that pic is breathtaking!

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    1. Jenny.. you said it perfectly. Mother nature always shows us the path to happiness.. all we have to do is spot it and follow it. :) Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. Your lovely comment always makes my day. :)

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    2. And yeah.. I was looking for pictures and this one was really fascinating. The sun was just mesmerizing. :) And also it was quite close to certain images I had visualized.

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    3. No posts for the entire oct :-(

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  4. Perfect description of a perfect day!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ahh Indu.. that was just a perfect comment! :) Thank you so much. Yeah.. the day was just too good and I so wish every day is as beautiful. :)

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  5. Coincidence? I have updated up blog with something in the same theme ;-)

    And when things like this happen, I feel that God knows how to please us best. He gives nature a slight touch and makes it appear beautiful and I feel like God takes efforts to make my day start well. When we stare in awe at the wonderful view, something happens within us and we are left feeling happy for no reason and more often we end up spreading that happiness :-)

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    1. yeah Ashwini.. sweet coincidence isn't it. Nature was quite busy making both our days bright. :)

      And this comment of yours is extremely beautiful. Very true.. God and nature conspire in the sweetest of ways to make us really happy. And we spread the happiness around. :)

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  6. That is an achingly lyrical account of oneness with nature I have read in some time. What is amazing, the beauty manifests in the unassuming eyes of the young painters too. Such is the power of your words, I could breath the very air you lived in that day.

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    1. Umashankar.. every comment of yours is something to cherish and treasure. :) The way you understand the writing and your interpretation of it is so wholesome that many times it outdoes the post itself. :) It is a privilege to have your comments. :)

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  7. Two bloggers I follow, with the same theme on the same day..Sky must have been indeed beautiful yesterday all over the world..very poetic Raj. While reading, I was wondering, why don't fire drills at work take place on such wonderful days? hehe..:) As hubby does most of the driving, I get to enjoy the skies often..

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    1. That was such a sweeet comment Latha. :) Sky I guess was extremely beautiful and spreading cheer and joy around of the world. :) And yeah.. that is such an interesting thought.. why don't fire drills occur at such opportune times. :) And I am so glad you get to enjoy the skies. :) Long drives are the best way to enjoy nature's expansive beauty. :)

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  8. Happiness indeed is found in simple things. Glad you found it in the beautiful sky, Raj.

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    1. Beautifully said Zephyr. Indeed happiness lies in the simplest of things and it is up to us to find it. :) Thanks for the simple yet beautiful comment. :)

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  9. I could visualize this perfect day of yours right here at my place.. So beautifully u have weaved the words that it creates a amazing aura around us and takes us into a trance of the magical nature..
    U r so right.. Happiness lies in little things and one who is able to admire these little things can have everyday as a perfect day :)
    I have read this whole post of yours with a smile imagining and enjoying every moment of it :)

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    1. I am so glad you could visualize and inhale the beauty of nature through this post. :) I am so happy that I could bring a smile in your face. :)

      You are absolutely right. :) Happiness lies in little things and if we are able to see them, our days and life would be always perfect. Thank you so much for making my day with such a wonderful and sweet comment. :)

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  10. RAJ, Wow such beautiful words you made me sail through nature's beauty. And doing something like this is celebrating every moment :) loved this post ;) it made me peep across the window and hope for rain! :D

    Also loved the smile part yeah smile more ;) it leaves others guessing!!! And love the confused look on their face :D

    :) wonderful post its still making me wait to get drenched :D....

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    1. Ramya... every comment of yours brings a smile in me every single time. :) I hope after reading this post, nature made your day and your peep through the window brought you rain! Getting drenched in the rain is absolute bliss indeed. :)Am so glad you liked the post and thank you for the lovely comment. :)

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  11. Wow! And the children from heaven have infused some of their creativity in your fingers that typed such poetic words ! Brilliant Raj and the last line was simply superb or should I say happy? :)

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    1. Ah... thank you for the beautiful compliment Jaish. :) I am so glad that this post brought you happiness. :) Nature has that sublime effect on us that leaves us completely mesmerized. :)

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  12. That was literally poetry in motion, Raj. You painted such a beautiful and breathtaking picture in my mind, I am just in amazement of your marvelous writing. I do find happiness in such simple thing in life, like drenching in rain or just looking at the rain for hours sometimes, gives you so much pleasure and happiness. Reading your post just made my day. :)

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    1. Ah.. Akshay.. thank you for making my day with such a beautiful comment. Only someone with poetry in his eyes can see the beauty and enjoy it and that is so visible from your lovely comment. Am so glad you liked the post and am so happy it made your day a little more pleasant. :)

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  13. I agree with Akshay, poetry in prose, is what I call it. Seriously, I feel the same when I am bowled over by the nature. I think many have felt like this, a beautiful day and we soaked into it.

    A very beautiful post and an exceptional writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Saru for the lovely compliment. Nature bowls us over every now and then and we soak in it in complete abandon. I am sure you would have experienced bliss like this and every time it happens our heart dances with joy. :)

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  14. nature has its own peculiar ways to mesmerize :)

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    1. Glad to have you back Jyoti. :) And thank you for the lovely comment. Nature indeed has so many ways and forms to mesmerize us and send us into a trance of joy and excitement. :)

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  15. How poetic is that as you wax eloquent about the beauty of nature. Alas, do we have time to stand and stare?

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    1. Aahh.. that was a poetic comment Rachna. :) It was indeed music to my ears. :) Thank you so much for that. But yeah.. you bring up an important point.. do we always have the time to stand and soak in the vast expanse of nature's beauty? I think we should make some time, dont we?

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  16. Loved your post. It has a rare lyrical quality.

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    1. Thank you so much Jas for the lovely lovely comment. You just made my day. :) Am so glad you liked it.

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    1. aahhh.. I am deeply humbled. :) Thank you sooo much for the lovely award and suprise.

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  18. Good read... :)
    BTW why you don't hide image source in display text? :)
    Visit my blog--> A Happier Life

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    1. A very warm welcome to you here and thank you so much for your comment. It was not my image and so I have to give credit to the source. That is why it is displayed there. :)

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  19. Amazing Read :) Nature and beauty are the things to be praised of.. :) good job.. way 2 go!! keep writing..

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    1. Thank you so much Ranjana for the beautiful comment. :) Nature is indeed an epitome of beauty and any praise or admiration we shower on it is less. :)

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    2. Thank you so much Ranjana for the beautiful comment. :) Nature is indeed an epitome of beauty and any praise or admiration we shower on it is less. :)

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  22. Beautiful imagery you have captured in your prose. Nature is awesome isn't it?

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    1. A very warm welcome to you here Sandeep. :) Am so glad you liked it. Nature indeed is splendid and has so much happiness in store for us. All we have to do is just take it.

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  23. Was that a poem I just read ?

    If these words are spoken to someone who is unable to see what you saw, he'll bless you for having made him overcome his handicap and enabling him to fully sense the beauty of nature just like you did.

    Need I say more Raj ?

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    1. Thank you so much Anupam for that wonderful wonderful comment. You just made my day. Your comment is more beautiful and poetic than the post. :)

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  24. This is a prose in poetry, Raj! Nature is delicious...brilliant capturing. So well written...:))

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    1. Am deeply humbled by your touching comment. Nature indeed provides us with spectacular views and breathes new life into our dull days. Am so glad you loved it. :)

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  25. Love the way you have enjoyed nature's symphony which few other people would crib about. That's the magic of perception..your post sure motivates lot of people to think better

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  26. its always the simple things that give us the maximum happiness , its just we dont see it them and long for something big always

    lovely article sir

    Bikram's

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  27. The writing is also so magical Raj and the imagery, so well-defined. Beautiful work. I sure am glad you had such a beautiful day. You just passed on some pure joy. :)
    I hope the rest of your week is just as good.

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. :) I am so glad the imagery and the writing was soothing to your heart.

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  29. What a perfect day you have had Raj, wish there could be many of such for me as well :p
    Nice post. Keep it up :)

    Regards

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. A very warm welcome to you here Jay. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and compliment. I am sure nature would provide you too with several such wonderful moments of bliss. :)

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  31. You paint with your words. Just saw a beautiful day through your window. enjoyed my visit here.

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    1. A very warm welcome to you Ilakshee. Thank you for that lovely compliment. You made my day. :)

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  32. Lovely post!!....Nature is beautiful always....But, we fail to notice its beauty at times...Its so true that happiness lies in little things...Explored the beauty of nature through your words! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Valli.. You are right.. Nature touches and soothes our heart and soul every single time we care to stop and look. :) Am glad you experienced a bit of nature through my words.

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  34. wow.. a visible presentation of thoughts..

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    1. A warm welcome to you Ruchi. :) Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. :)

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  35. lovely write up !
    Reminds of a beautiful poem by W. H. Davies that we read in school...called "Leisure" here it is for u...

    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—

    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

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    1. wow... thank you so much for reminding me of this wonderful poem. I remember this so very well and this one is so pure and beautiful. Thank you for making my day. :)

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  36. Excellent Posts..I liked them a lot

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