RANDOM THOUGHTS FEB, 2020

IF………..

If we lie to the Goverment,
it is felony;
if it lies to us,
it is politics.
If we are late in payments
We are evading taxes
If the refunds are delayed,
it is because the Govt was busy with the poor
If we ask for information,
we are misusing RTI
If the Government wants to know
the no of hair inside my nose;
It is security
We live by a set of perverse theorems,
none of their analogues being true.

FEB 2, 2020

LESSONS OF HISTORY

This is about subversion of democracies by Nazis
SHARED FROM Paul Bowen

HITLER SEIZES ABSOLUTE POWER

FACE BOOK Fen 3, 2020

WINTER YIELDS TO SPRING:

A faded leaf here symbolizing winter is overwhelmed by tender shoots of spring, as the cycle of life repeats.,
“………..the poetry of the earth is ceasing never………..”

FACE BOOK Feb 17, 2020

MORE ON ORCHA-ABOUT BETWA

Orcha is located on the banks of Betwa-a 600 kM river that rises in the Vindhyachals (Hoshangabad in MP) and flows north east to join the Yamuna (near Hamirpur in UP).For more than half of its path, it tumbles along, rocky terrain & could be fun rafting.So far away from the Himalayas, unexpectedly, its waters are clear and blue.

A little known river, short in length, ‘long’ in beauty-beautiful like a ‘violet by a mossy stone, half hidden from the eye…”

Some of its pictures I could capture for my memories, shared with you below.

BETWA RIVER AT ORCHA 3
BETWA RIVER AT ORCHA 2
BETWA RIVER AT ORCHA 1

FACE BOOK FEB 18, 2020

ORCHA

FROM A TRIP TO ORCHA
ORCHA is a heritage town practically hidden from view, near Jhansi in Madhya Pradesh, 450 kM from Delhi. BUNDELKHAND RIVERSIDE is a heritage hotel there-a kind of fairy like place one sees in dreams. Apart from rare natural beauty, the town is full of well preserved Hindu forts and temples and it is a local belief that Lord Rama visits the local temple there.
Here are 3 quaint pictures from this ancient town-a photographers paradise

A view of “The Bundelkhand Riverside”.
A Holy man basks in the winter son, outside a palace,while his glowing, resplendent attire, completes the scene
While the palace conjures images of a glorious past, the clothes-line at bottom right, like fine print in an insurance, doesnt let you get away from the mundane present.

DACOITS vs DEVELOPMENT

The road we took to Delhi, from ORCHA in MP, cut across the famous ravines of CHAMBAL River, where, dacoits like Man Singh, Abhey Singh once roamed. DACOITS have since gone; (perhaps turned politicians) and replaced by DEVELOPMENT.
The dacoits lived in harmony with nature, let wild life flourish; while ‘development’ has come by its sacrifice. Pictures from 1 to 4 show the landscape that the dacoits left behind and the 5th one shows what ‘development’ is doing to it-the bridge cost a million but with degraded environment, the river chose to dry up.
Hence the question came to me: which is better?-dacoits or development?

DACOIT INFESTED-ONCE UPON A TIME
TIGERS ONCE ROAMED HERE

FEB 19, 2020

A DRAPERY OF SOIL EROSION
RUGGED-UNSPOILT
A MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE
BUT THE RIVER DRIED UP

FACE BOOK Feb 19, 2020

A VILLAGE OF CANALS

Netherlands has a village named GIETHOORN which is called “Venice of Netherlands”. It has no roads and only canals which are negotiated by boats fitted with noiseless electric engines. The village website, giethoorntourism.com, says that “the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds”.
Delhi motorists may find it quite hard to drive around in boats here-not because boats are not motor cars, but because, I guess, the boats there, are not fitted with horns.

NALIN SHARDA commented:-“Delhi motorists will get withdrawal symptoms”. Nalin Sharda is Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen University, Karlstad University & Florida Atlantic University.

NO TRAFFIC LIGHTS HERE
KIDS, SUNSHINE & PEACE
NOT A RIPPLE

FACE BOOK FEB 21, 2020

ALL FEMALE REGIMENT 1945?

FOR MORE ABOUT THE PICTURE
PLZ VISIT THE LINK BELOW

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/looking-back-77-years-ago-when-india-had-an-all-female-rani-jhansi-regiment-in-boses-azad-hind-fauj-506561.html?fbclid=IwAR3oBJBf4GxLoOjW6f_BsZeT05HNHI5cx7EZguiMHwiL9JtzDmtrp_FqmLU

FACE BOOK FEB 23, 2020

A POEM FROM GEETANJALI:

“This is my prayer to thee, my lord-strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart .
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.”

(Below is a rare color photo of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – with daughter Bela to his left and daughter-in-law Pratima to his right. This photograph was taken by Albert Kahn in 1921.Courtesy: Pininterest)

TAGORE WITH HIS DAUGHTER and DAUGHTER in LAW

FACE BOOK FEB 24, 2020

SEMUL FLOWER:

HARBINGER OF SPRING:
Read about it and see some of its pictures at

FACE BOOK FEB 26, 2020

A DRAPERY OF FLOWERS

Bignonia venusta, common names orange showers, golden showers, flaming trumpet, is a great vine to grow to cover a wall, a sloping roof or a pillar. there is just one catch-it requires day long sunshine. I planted it as column and have it for 3 years but it has never flowered-big trees around allow barely an hour of sun in the winters.

ORANGE SHOWERS

FACE BOOK Feb 28, 2020

DAILY SHOWS

PRESENTED BY
By the Greatest Showman
No Booking, No Tickets,
No Rush, No Parking Blues
These shows are free to see.

FACE BOOK FEB 29, 2020

SMILE A WHILE

SOCIAL DISTANCING
GOD DON’T YOU BLESS HIM

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