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Friday, November 19, 2010

Change of Seasons

Change of seasons....

by Sutapa Kasibh on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:59pm

Mother nature is truly amazing and I am always awed by the sheer beauty and the routine and ritual that each season has... they are timeless, eternal, beautiful and so awe inspiring....

The year starts off stark, pristine white and bare waiting and preparing itself....As the bare trees tower over the barren landscape it's limbs naked of its foliage lonely and bereft, as the clouds darken, the chill deepens, the heavens open up and lets beautiful soft fat snowflakes like little cotton candy drift down from the skies a beautiful curtain of white fluffy snow as it drifts onto the trees, covering it with a blanket of white, drifting and creating a soft fluffy carpet where you can sink yourself in the cool soft white snow.... at times we have ice pelting down from the skies as it cloaks the trees and the landscape in hard glistening sheet of ice, beautifully dangerous, slick and yet when the sun shines after an ice storm, the ice glitters like crystals and again you are slack jawed at the beauty of mother nature....

Then comes Spring, where little peeks of green sprout through the frozen tundra, where the once barren trees are finally turning color showing signs of life, covered with tiny baby green leaves, bursts of color as flowers pop up dotting the landscape with various hues of colors, tiny flowers to waxy and beautiful vibrant flowers, sprouting all over, signs of life after a bleak barren winter, another on mother natures cycle of life.....

Then comes summer, a time of maturing of flowers, fruits, hot sweltering sun, lush green, wholesome fruits, trees laden with their finery, flush in their prime of life, bestowing shade and food , beautiful flowers, and hot bright sun...

Then comes the most spectacular season of all - Fall - where the leaves get ready to hibernate for the winter, blazing in their glory of red, yellows, oranges, pinks, mauve a virtual smorgasbord of vibrant and dazzling foliage as it changes colors on the tree and as it falls down creating a carpet so colorful, that no human can really capture the depth and intensity of the beauty....

I thank my lucky stars that I am able to be apart of this and experience the myriad beauty of mother nature. Truly blessed...Thank you:)

Monday, November 15, 2010

I am

As I think and ruminate about the person I am today, the foundation was laid when I was born. The lessons my brother and me learnt from our parents holding us in good stead today. The humility, respect for others, dignity of labor, empathy and compassion, belief in the supreme power, more spiritual rather than religious.

Lessons drilled into our heads through words and action, not only told but also demonstrated, absolute respect for elders, care and love to their parents, respect for another person, as we were told there is no one superior or inferior, it is through chance, opportunities etc that one person is better than the other financially or other wise.

We saw our parents take care of their parents, treat them with respect and humility. We saw our dad treat his subordinates and people working under him with equality and love. They were always invited inside our home and hearts, always made to feel welcome, loved and respected. Never looked down upon. We saw our mom treat the maid servant as her own daughter, treating her with love and respect.

What we saw was that the goodwill they shared came back to them several times over. Well loved and respected, the love was bestowed on us.

We were always encouraged to do our best, and thank you so much Ma Ba for always letting us do what we wanted as long as it was within the right boundaries… For letting us have a wonderful and well rounded childhood, for letting us explore, supporting our decisions and most of all for being a friend and a parent at the same time.

Today as we are in the stage of our lives where we are parents, I sincerely hope and pray that we give the right foundation to our kids, that we teach them the love, compassion and humility that you taught us.

I hope that I have become a good person, a person that helps, commiserates and genuinely wants to help others not because she has to but because she wants to. I want this world a happy place, brimming with laughter, health and happiness. I want to let people know how easy it is to be kind, thoughtful and generous….yes I am selfish, am stubborn, shallow sometimes….no means am I perfect…but I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is ok to have flaws, we are humans after all, let us acknowledge and embrace our nuances and work on diminishing our negatives and enhancing our positives…

Will you?