Countless Blessings 

Really we received countless blessings and wishes for our younger son Pratyush who by God’s grace has scored 87% in his ICSE higher secondary boards. His result was out two days before and from that day onwards there has been celebration time in our home. 

We took him to nearby water park for party. I cooked his favorite pepper grilled fish, egg bacon pie and stuffed veg cheese garlic bread. 

We watched two movies- Captain America and X-Men Apocalypse back to back, did shopping for both the sons. Luckily my elder son also came home last month to spend his summer vacations. 

I know I couldn’t read and write blogs but last two days were dedicated to my son no. 2. All relatives and friends congratulated him for his bright future ahead. He has to now focus on his intermediate. Also he has to take the big decision of chosing a right stream. As of now he is going strongly on Commerce stream. Science is totally out. 

I hope he takes the right decision and moves ahead with confidence. I will be visiting you all soon. Right now very tired and off to bed. Good night. 


DREAMS UNLIMITED 

 

Now at this point of life I wonder at times that do dreams really get fulfilled? 

If yes then right now I am sitting at the bank of the river and dreaming to float forever…,,

Floating, I dream to enter the other continents..,,,,

I dream of meeting those wonderful people living on other land masses.,,,

I dream of smelling those flowers blooming in their gardens…..

I dream of learning a trick or two about photography…… of woods and bridges outside the houses..,..

I wish to capture Mr. & Mrs. W in their nests. 

I dream….. to get time to blog daily…..

I dream to get my youth again..,..O yes, I am sweet sixteen again…eyes full of dreams and heart full of passion to be successful in life……to do something worth in life…

Flourishing Rajput Legacy

A picture says more than 100 words. Today my pictures will say few more words. I need not to elaborate on this. Have a look on the wealth inherited by generations of Sir Umaid Singh Rao of Jodhpur. Who was he? I have already published a post on family history. Read here

Now some pictures of the museum which is part of their present palace, Umaid Bhawan. 


The flourished palace 
The man himself


The magnificiant palace, 3D model

Flourish

Buddies Forever 


My both the sons are my best buddies.Who else? They make me laugh like  crazy, they wipe my tears, give me immense joy and moreover share their fears and secrets with me. 

They both never dissappoint me when it comes to have fun. I feel young in their company. Tarun pampers them both whereas I do the dirty stuff of lecturing and putting restrictions in the name of grooming them. Does it make any difference to them? 

Times have changed. What was right for us might be outdated for them. Our food, music, fashion, values and even social behavior used to be so different from the present generation stuff. Now you can’t behave like parents with your grown ups. If you dictate terms they will go away. But then why should we do it anyway?

 They want to be treated as independent individuals and I have observed one thing, pardon me if I am wrong, that the present generation is smarter and has ability to take practical decisions. We were emotional fools, they aren’t. They know the power of money and spend selfishly ( I mean mostly on them).  They start saving at early age and very good at financial management. 

I had started working when I was eighteen. Today when I look back I wonder what have I done with all that money I earned over the years? Only collected articrafts, house items, clothes, shoes, jewelry or in other words “junk”. No solid saving for old age. No, I am not cribbing nor I regret because I was doing what I felt right. Perhaps I never earned so much. I am learning from my buddy, my son who has shared some fantastic investment ideas. 

All said and done my sons give immense happiness to us. Tarun is my soulmate but my brats are real buddies who are there for me always. 

GENERATIONS SURVIVING IN STYLE

For the past week I have been talking about Rajput Kings and Maharajas, sharing their palaces photos in my posts, therefore it would be unfair on my part not to share their family generation portraits with you all. They have survived ….the princely state status, Colonial era dependency and now the independent royal family buisness. 

Meet the real Maharaja Umaid Rao from royal family of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The above picture shows the entire family. Maharani(wife) in centre towards her left are her husband Maharaja Umaid Singh and daughter, towards her right stand her son and daughter in law. Son, Gaj Singh II is the current king of Rao dynasty and staying in Umaid Bhawan. 


Umaid Singh was born on 8July 1903 and wasMaharaja of Jodhpur from 1918 to his death in 9 June 1947. 
This is what I got to know about him from wilkipedia. “The second son of Maharaja Sir Sardar Singh, he succeeded his elder brother Maharaja Sir Sumair Singh upon his death in 1918; in 1922 he served as the aide-de-camp to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). Ruling under the regency of his granduncle until 1923, he was then formally invested as Maharaja by Lord Reading. During his reign, Sir Umaid Singh reformed and reorganised the Jodhpur State Forces and the judicial department, introduced a scheme for extending primary education, revised the land revenue settlement and established state pensions and a Provident Fund for state employees. Enjoying a distinguished military career, he died at his estate on Mount Abu on 9 June 1947 after a reign of 29 years, aged but 43.”
The portraits are displayed in the museum formed out of six rooms, earlier part of this extraordinary private residences in the world. Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the finest palace hotels in this planet. No wonder the royal family  still exhibits the old charm, wealth and aristocracy. To experience their hospitality and world class taste one must stay in Umaid Palace  once in lifetime. Generation Survival

The 3D model of the palace

No dissapointment

Who says boys can’t cook as efficiently    as girls? My son tried cheese burst pizza with lots of cheese and chicken salami toppings and it was so delicious ! He made the dough on his own, prepared his own base sauce and loaded it with herbs. It was a big hit and we were so excited to see him cooking.  No disappointment for not having a daughter as my sons do everything what a daughter can do in the kitchen. 

WHERE’S THE SOUL and SPIRIT?

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For me today’s one word  is Struggling….

searching…..

giving up…..

feeling shallow…..

Don’t know how to say you all this…..excatly after four months….

Last four months….no blogging, no writing, no photography I mean I had lost my soul, my spirit, I wasn’t doing the things I love….. I am still nervous….feels like as if I have to start from sctrach…..

I didn’t plan it….it happened on its own….In the begignning of new year I was extremely busy and was not able to write actually. Many bloggers left a note on my last post and I replied too that I would be back soon . I had no idea by then that it would take so long to come back.

Have I lost it? O my God ! I am freezed !….

My followers must have left me, forget me….
What had happened to me? Why was I so reluctant not to log in and write something? Was I running away from myself? My husband told me so many times to leave everything stupid I was knee deep involved with and start blogging but I was adamant not to. Was I tired of blogging and taking work as an excuse? No, after all I was doing for my husband and he needed my support. Or was I trying to prove myself as a dedicated and sincere one to the world? Does anyone care out there, huh?

I missed my friends so much, I used to feel so bad for not reading their blogs…..I terribly missed writing someone,”Keep inspiring” but then why I was not telling her? Why couldn’t I just post two lines.. ” HEY ! I AM MISSING YOU ALL BADLY…ISN’T THERE ANYOTHER WAY  THAT I CAN BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU ALL….NOT ABLE TO BLOG, DON’T FEEL LIKE TYPING ANYMORE.” I was in a different world altogether totally away from creativity and me-time.

Things changed when my husband read one of the mails in my mail box ( I wasn’t even checking my mails ! ) and found out a massage of a very special person. She was really perturbted about my sudden silence. She is a great source of strength to me and Tarun has a fair idea about my feelings for her therefore he told me to act immidietalely. I don’t know whether she will read this or not but ‘ “I’m really sorry for not checking your mail. I am so fortunate to have you in my well-wisher’s list.

Don’t know whether how many people remember this soul and spirit but those who miss me…..(Yes I know few of them who were worried about me and wondered about my long absence) I am so sorry not to reply to their e mails or queries.

I will try to be more regular and will leave a note in case I go away. Has it ever happened with you? looking for answers…..