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Colors & Smiles of Nepal

“I choose to collect memories instead of things” – Elena Levon

This one is long due.

We went to Nepal in 2018 during the Dushain festival; ie in the month of October. We knew most of the establishments would be closed as Dushain is the most auspicious festival there and everyone would be on vacation and would spend time with family rather than tending to guests. However, that is what we wanted to witness and experience.

The trip was filled with a splash of red color, beautiful smiles, worshipping people and high swings.

I will do an entire post to show all the beautiful places we visited, this one is dedicated to the beautiful people we saw and met during our journey and the color RED 🙂 . Red was the color of the season, people in red dresses, red ornaments, red tilak(vermillion) on foreheads, on statues, on walls….

Dashain the greatest festival for Hindus, honors a great conquest of the gods over the evil demons.

The faces are covered until the 8th day, however from day 1, there is night long prayers and bhajans.

City prepping up for the festivities

Durbar Square – where people enjoyed feeding the pigeons, running among pigeons and a saint trying to find peace among all the chaos.

Just some random clicks of happy people

Sadhu’s at Pashupatinath temple in their exotic appearances

Sadhus are almost entirely dependent on the alms of others for survival. But, many of them also support themselves by begging, singing, serving as spiritual mentors, interpreting dreams, telling fortunes and reading palms, making amulets, tattooing, performing exorcisms, casting spells, conjuring, or selling medicinal herbs and potions.

Evening bhajan and aarti at Pashupatinath

The famous Sel Roti of Nepal – made of rice flour. it is sweet and deep fried and mostly sought after snack during festivals. The vibrant market place. People finding their future in stars. The royal guard at the Durbar Square. And finally the funky musician selling music in all forms.

Amongst all the craziness, this topped it all. You get to see a web of entangled wire all across Kathmandu. I wonder how they fix it when there is a problem!!!

Prayers to Buddha in his birth place – Lumbini

Lighting a butter lamp in one of the largest stupas – UNESCO world Heritage site – Boudhanath Stupa

Bhanjans(musical prayers) and recitation of the holy text Rama Charith Manas @ Janakpur, the birth place of Sita.

Dashain is, in fact, a festival in Nepal which reunites the families and is the ceremony of reunion and joy. Every house is filled with happiness and delicious foods. The sky is filled with the Kites, the grounds are filled with swings and the people are filled with joy and memories and so was I.

The trip was filled with long rides across valleys and river side, hot Nepali food, visit to the many durbars of Nepal, meeting and greeting smiling Nepalis, paying oblations in the various religious places, breath taking views, taking walks in the festive filled busy streets and shopping, of course… 🙂

This is my favorite pic among all !!!

Somewhere out there is Mount Everest which we couldn’t see due to fog … some other time maybe 🙂

Happy Travelling !!!

Stay Safe n Stay Happy !

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Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.” – Magnus Carlsen

2020 has been one of the most productive years for me. Hoping the same and many more adventures in 2021. keeping my fingers crossed for outdoor adventures 🙂

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!!

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“You can’t resolve a dilemma with all the very same mind that made it” – Albert Einstein

So I like effect of the first one but I am also in love with the glowy mandala of the second one. then again I didn’t like what the glowy thing did to her skin color. So there you go ….

I have to be more creative next time. I am done with mandalas and pouty model.

Happy Photoshopping….

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“In all chaos there is a cosmos, and in all disorder a secret order” – Carl Jung

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“Faith is – to believe what you do not see; the reward of which is – you see what you believed” – Swami Chinmayananda

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“When this oneness with the Universe is not realized, you are fooled by your own name!” – Swami Chinmayananda

It’s been a roller-coaster ride since Corona started. I realized I was wasting so much time and energy just to get ready for office and driving to & fro.  I get to use that time so productively now for the things I love to do. I get to read, learn a new language, paint, cook, clean plus office.

Trying to get back to my commitment of 1 post per 2 weeks :). Let’s see if I can make it to 1 per week!!!

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“A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear” – Yvan Byeajee

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“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” – Thomas Paine

It’s been a long time I have made some art, feels so good. However spending more time with books which is equally peaceful 🙂

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“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Inspired by Elaine’s paintings. I am enjoying the dots art. Running out of colors to fill the sheet 🙂 Hope you can make out what I tried to make here… hahahaha

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“I am very out of style .. or I should say I have my own style” – Alexandra Paul

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“We are all born crazy. Some of us remain that way” – S Beckett

Men have such less options ….hehehehe

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“Fall seven times and stand up eight” -Japanese Proverb

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“Not everyday is easy. Not everyday is the same” – Unknown

I need to get out of this black mode, looks like I keep drifting into it quite often. I will try this again tomorrow but for today I think I am done…

Formal Lockdown is over but I don’t think I am getting out of the house anytime soon. Better safe than be sorry!!! My work is also starting to pick up pace so I will try to keep up with painting as much as I can. I enjoyed doing art during these Corona-lockdown times and thank you everyone who kept me going with your motivating comments and likes. I wish you all a healthy life!!!

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“Success is the best revenge” – Unknown

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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“Everything you can imagine is real” – Picasso

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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Lockdown-day 64

“I prefer living in color” – David Hockney

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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“Sometimes the absolute best thing to do is nothing” – Unknown

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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Lockdown-day 59

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way” – Virginia Wolf

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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Lockdown-day 58

“Bored of being bored because being bored is boring” – Unknown

The pen keeps blotting, its getting on my nerves now and the shop I usually go to is far so I am not risking it!!!

Happy Sketching…. Happy Blogging !!!

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Lockdown-day 56

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god” – Aristotle

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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Lockdown-day 54

“Colors are brighter when the mind is open” – Adriana Alarcon

I slogged to make it brighter and colorful and at the end I like the black-white ones better 🙂

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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“Its still magic even if you know how is its done” – Terry Pratchett

Happy Photoshop-ing…. Happy Blogging !!!

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