Monthly Archives: June 2013

The ripples

The ripples

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
-Mother Teresa

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The view from the sea

The view from the sea

Gateway of India

If you ever visit Gateway of India, don’t forget to visit Elephanta caves. Though most of the structures are ruined, they are still fabulous.

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
– Henry Beston

The city needs trash cans

I took my nephew to the gateway of India a while ago, and had a really difficult time teaching values. After looking at the sea from every possible angle, he pointed at the bottles and other garbage thrown in the sea. I saw many tourists, foreign and Indian, guilty of the act. I was really very indignant. We, Mumbaites, can be very touchy that way. We might not keep our city clean, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t too.

Looking at my nephew, I realised that this could be a fine teaching moment. He was now busy with his dairy-milk. I told him, “When you finish, you throw the wrapper in the trash can. Other’s will learn from you.”

He dutifully nodded.

Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Gateway of India, Mumbai.

Minutes later, we started searching for a trash can. There wasn’t any. We walked all around the entire stretch and some more. I could see signs of apprehension in my nephew’s eyes. He must have started wondering if he’ll have to keep walking till we spot a trash can. What if we don’t find one?

Finally, I told him to do what I always do. We decided, we don’t need a trash can. We had one at home. We could take the wrapper home in my purse and throw it in our own trash can.

Then, I realised the source of my habit of carrying all such waste home in my purse. There never is a trash can nearby. The only places which have a trash can are the railway stations and the hawker’s stands.

I looked back at the people throwing the trash in the sea. Most of them weren’t carrying any bags. Normally, I am all on the side of cleanliness but even I was appalled at the alternative prospect of carrying all the trash in the back pocket of their jeans.

There are ‘keep city clean’ signs everywhere. The authorities want the city clean? Where’s the trash can?

Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.
– Cyril Connolly

The sun and the sea

The sun and the sea

Is there anything more beautiful than the sea especially when it reflects the sun?

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship
– Louisa May Alcott

Mythological water creature #4 Lernaean Hydra

Lernaean Hydra is a water beast from Greek mythology. Hydra had reptile like traits and possessed many heads. If one of its head was cut, it grew two more in its place.

Hydra has poisonous breath and is so venomous that even its tracks are deadly. It is supposed to guard the entrance to the underworld. Hmm,underworld really seems to have better security arrangements.

Mythological water creature #4
Lernaean Hydra (Hercules and his battle with hydra)
Artist : John Singer Sargent

Image: Courtesey Wikipedia

 

When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea.
-Whoopi Goldberg

Serene sea

Serene sea

Evening sunlight dispersed on the water