Strokkur Geyser, Iceland

The word geyser is derived from the Great Geysir. However, Geysir is very unreliable these days. Strokkur, on the other hand, with its reliable eruption cycle has become a more popular tourist destination. Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in the geothermal field in the Haukadalur valley in Iceland. Nearby are located many smaller geysers (as well as the Geysir).

Strokkur was supposedly set off during an earthquake in 1789. It is a very energetic geyser, the water sprouting around 10-20m high. At any time of the day, you can see rings of tourists, cameras in hand, waiting for the geyser to erupt. And Strokkur doesn’t disappoint; it erupts every 8-10 minutes sending fumes of sulphur your way if you stand in the direction of the wind.

Strokkur- waiting
Waiting for the Strokkur geyser to erupt

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The Observer

Observing the street
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Watching people through the window is his job. Well, not exactly his job, but a prelude to it.

Staring out the window at the lush landscape, tickling streams—not his scene. Why sit on the other side of the wall when you could directly bask in the sun, play with the waters, and climb the mountains? Maybe when it’s raining. But then he would rather go out in the rain than watch through a hole in the wall. He loves dancing in the rain as much as he loves making people dance to his tunes.

His window seat doesn’t face nature, but the concrete street—a crowded road with heavy footfall—not the highway packed with moving vehicles. He isn’t interested in watching the different models of automobiles passing, though he does love cars and bikes. Watching people isn’t a hobby, but a necessity. Else, how would he find someone suitable? He doesn’t like to use someone he knows. That would be risky. His feelings would interfere with what he has to do. Watching a crowd is safe. There he finds strangers, whose pain and sufferings he can bear with a detached mind. Continue reading The Observer

Book Review: Canvas of a Mind

Book: Canvas of a Mind

Author: Purba Chakraborty

Paperback: 170 pages

Genre:  Psychological Thriller


Book Review : Canvas of a mind

I love psychological thrillers, and this novel has an added appeal of an Indian setting. Besides I had read Purba’s earlier books, THE HIDDEN LETTERS, and THE HEART LISTENS TO NO ONE. Hence, I had high expectations from CANVAS OF A MIND. I’m glad to say that this novel lives up to my expectations. Continue reading Book Review: Canvas of a Mind

his love gave her words,

his absence motivation—

a writer was born


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Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey

A lighthouse
lighthouse at Dyrhólaey, Iceland

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Book Review: Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD —The Return of Damayanti

Book:  Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD: The Return of Damayanti

Author: Nisha Singh

Publisher: Partridge India (2017)

Paperback:  450 pages

Genre: Thriller


Book Review: Return of Damayanti
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Book Description:

On his second adventure, Bhrigu Mahesh is called to help by a hapless, retired clerk named Nataraj Bhakti, who thinks he is being haunted by the spirit of his dead wife. As he investigates, the mystery deepens and takes a sinister turn. A woman gets brutally murdered, and the great detective faces the challenge to either catch the killer or risk the destruction of many innocent lives.

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If you destroy a bridge, be sure you can swim.

―Swahili Proverb

Paris Bridge
Pont Marie, Paris.

Everyone speaks well of the bridge which carries him over. ―Anon

Hohenzollernbrücke, Cologne.

Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.

—Stephen Levine

Kapellbrücke, Lucerne.

If you are good at building bridges, you will never fall into the abyss!
―Mehmet Murat ildan

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Wordless wonder

Sometimes, the scene before you is so beautiful, that words are useless, the camera fails to capture the true essence, and you’re left stunned.

Faxi waterfall
Faxi Waterfall

Vatnsleysufoss, the picturesque waterfall, is located on Tungufljót river, Iceland.

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The Earth

Betaab Valley
Where the trees, mountains, and the sky are in harmony
Where the animals can live in peace 
Where the rivers can stay pure
Where the flowers still laugh

This is what makes the earth…Hope we bring back peace and harmony on our planet.

Happy Earth day

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All the above pictures are taken in various parts of Kashmir. Sadly, Kashmir is going through a very difficult time. But, the time will pass. Even though terror might seem powerful, its hold is momentary; love, on the other hand, reigns forever.

Spotted deer

Spotted deer

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