Just Breathe

"Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear." -Rumi

Ocean Villa circa 1920

You never know what you might find exploring the quaint city of Pondicherry. Colonized by the French, the city's colonial architecture bursts forth in the most unexpected places. In the middle of a fishing village flanking the ocean promenade we stumbled across this beautiful sea swept mansion. The juxtaposition and contrast of cultures surprising the senses in the most wonderful way. We immediately pulled the motorbike over to take a picture overwhelmed by the diverse facets in the layers of every day life.

Rangoli

One of my favorite early morning experiences in India is seeing several generations of women in colorful saris just outside their humble home, working in silent harmony together to create a perfect temporary colored pattern on the ground in front of the entrance. Rangoli, also known as a kolam , is street art in which patterns are created using colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes, but they can also be very detailed and intricate. The purpose of Rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck as well as create a sacred welcoming area for the gods. The patterns are was

Feeling Blue

Blue. Everywhere. The narrow lanes, stairways to further wonders, cracks and crevices filled with blue, divine and mundane, pale and deep, vibrant and quiet. A blue for every moment. Jodhpur, a city where reality feels like a dream.

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