Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tranquility Defined - January Theme - Best Photo of 2008

Tranquility Defined :-
Tranquility is an alert condition during which ones usual worries and anxieties no longer have control. This leads to a state of clarity in which insight occurs. In simple words, tranquility can be compared to the clearness of the water. It is not the stillness or movement, it is the clearness, that is tranquility. The tranquility of your mind can exist both in stillness and movement.

(Pic of the Kali River clicked at Karwar in Hankon Joog village)
Tranquility is the same thing as relaxation, because when you are tranquil you are relaxed.
Achieving Tranquility can be done by simply watching our breath. But the mind is not used to it and will be distracted the moment you start sitting in meditation watching your breath. The mind will try to unsettle you with anxious thoughts, tempt you with happy thought’s, if all else fails it will throw in a few exotic thoughts.
For example if you are a musician, your mind may distract you with the promise of new tunes. And if you are a painter it may suggest pictures to you. But you don’t have to worry that you will lose tracks of these creative insights, if you continue with your meditation. Each of these distractions arises and then passes away so they should simply be observed.
The Value Of Thinking Meditation is the friend of thought and shows that it is not thought that is wrong, but our uncontrolled way of thinking. Meditation helps us to make better use of our thinking, to become part of the clearness rather than the confusion.
The tranquility experienced in meditation will help your mind to become less cluttered and help in thinking more quickly and clearly; examine arguments more thoroughly; see through problems more readily and look at issues more objectively.
Text Source - Here

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Click here to view thumbnails for all participants This is the Last Photo for the January Theme - Best Photo of 2008. All through the month I have posted pictures of my town Karwar assuming that all are the Best ones that I clicked. I give no accolades to my photography skills, but the fact I know and have realised long back is that Karwar is a town with lot of Scenic places and opportunities for Landscape Photography. I have tried to make best of it, with my Nokia N-70 2 Meg Pix Mobile Camera. And I am constantly trying... to get the illusive one Best Photo...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Just another Day at Polem Beach - January Theme - Best Photo of 2008

None can notice the Life go by at the Polem Beach. Its a peculiar "non-Goa" kind of beach, with absolutely no commercialism, no beach shacks, no sunbathers, no crowds whatsoever...
Its a place where one can dissolve into one-self, and not know at all !!
This same beach attitude continues Southwards to the next beach at Tilmati in Majali, Karwar.

Somehow, even after all these years, Polem beach seems to have missed the tourism bus. So you beach purists, this one’s for you. This is one beach where chances are you’d still see a middle-aged guy, bronzed with the sun, in a loin cloth and a small pot slung across his waist, feeling his way up a coconut palm to fetch some toddy. A rare sight in the otherwise commercialized coast of Goa. Polem beach is way down south, almost threatening to slip into Karnataka. But it’s worth a trip. Source
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Picture this !! - For the January Theme - Best photo of 2008

The unspoiled, secluded beach of Karwar is an ideal destination for vacationing and recreation. This scenic beach lies on a thin strip of tropical sand tucked away between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The palm fringed ivory beaches and the serene ambience of Karwar provides a perfect retreat for avid tourists. The idyllic setting of the Karwar beach inspired Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. The Devbagh beach, located about 3 kms away, is among a number of small islands on the horizon and popular center for diving and snorkeling.
Location: Uttara Kannada, Karnataka State
Best Time to Visit: November to March
How to Reach: Karwar is the main station on the Konkan railway, 8 kms from the Beach

Picture shot with my friend's (Mayur)'s Nokia N-73, from the window of a Building under construction....
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Insects mating...

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Doont know what Insects are these... found them in like this .......

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

When it Rains, it Pours...

In Karwar, when it Rains it POURS !! The South-West Monsoons generally arrive in the 1st week of June, and make Karwar their Home till mid September. Moisture-bearing winds come from the west, and yearly rainfall averages 3000 mm on the coast, and as high as 5000 mm. Karwar, with the Arabian sea on one side and Western Ghat - Mountains on all other three sides, is turned into a Nesting Place for the Clouds, the Clouds literally descending on Karwar mountains. However, Reports say that the amount of Rainfall has been decreasig over the years, but to any person in Karwar during the Monsoons, these Reports appear frivolous, as he is busy dealing with the Fury of the Monsoons.....

News from The Hindu - THE FURY of the monsoon has been all too evident along the west coast in recent days, with Karwar in Karnataka receiving over 40 cm rain in a single day...... Source

For Karwar Weather Report - Click here.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Blue Bells ?


Are these Blue Bells ?? I am not sure...
The Flowers at this Link are Similar, but the leaves are different...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sling Shots for Sale !!

These hand-made Catapults/Sling Shots are for Sale in the Karwar Market.
Made of V-shaped Wooden sticks, Cut Rubber tubes and a piece of leather to hold the Shot.

How to Make a Sling Shot - Link
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Stranded !!

The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.
- William Arthur Ward

Picture for the January - Best Photo of 2008 Theme... with 151 Bloggers participating....

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

Green - January Theme - Best Photo of 2008

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Green is money 
green is my truth 
Green is honey 
on my roof 
Green is my god 
green is land 
Green is a wad 
of contraband 
Green is a color 
green is my name 
Green is the dollar 
that put me in shame 
Green is grass 
green is my car 
Green is a mass 
on a distant star 
Green is my breath 
green is my greed 
Green was the death 
of my spititual seed 
Green runs over 
green runs deep 
Green is the rover 
that warrants my keep 
Green is my love 
green is the beginning 
Green is above 
my personal sinning 
Green is peace 
green is a tree 
Green is an aura 
that helps me to be 
Green is my soul 
green is my heart 
Green is my goal 
to heal me to start 
Green is the mountain 
green is the sea 
Green is a fountain 
that washes o'er me 
Green is a place 
green is learning 
Green is this race 
that keeps on burning
Green is the world 
green are the people 
Green are hurled 
under a steeple 
Green is the grace 
green is meek 
Green is a face 
that I will seek 
Green is forgiving 
green is rising 
Green is for living 
and compromising 
Green is a planet 
green is a kingdom 
Green is a pallet 
of colors of wisdom 
Green is this word 
green has meaning 
Green is a bird 
flying and leaning 
Green is my life 
green is my way 
Green will strive 
to keep me at bay 
Green is not money 
green is my truth 
Green is honey upon my roof..... 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The New Years' Day - January 1, 2009

River Kali - Serenity Embodied...

Thomas Mann
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
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