Like a moth to a flame

The perks of being a biology teacher.

Two students come rushing to me in the morning with eager expressions. In a folded sheet of paper they showed me a creature that left me spellbound. I had never seen something like it before. It was a beautiful and exotic moth.

Luna Moth

The wingspan (shown by a pen in comparison) was around four and a half inches.

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The wings were pale green with delicate tail streamers. The wings also had a prominent reddish rust colour along the edges. And the most striking were the “eye spots” on the wings.

Luna Moth
Only later in the evening, one of the investigators researched about it and found it was known as the Luna Moth (Actias Luna)

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His – Hers… A valentine gift

This Valentine’s day I had a surprise waiting from the love of my life…

I had no clue what she was secretly putting together in the days preceding V-day. But it sure was beautiful…

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The front

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The back

‘His-Hers’ now stands proudly on my desk…

Welcome Snowfall in Mussoorie

From the raging heat of Goa to the chill winters of Mussoorie. It was quite a change. The vacations are almost drawing to a close but today did not fail to surprise me. We stopped over at Mussoorie and were welcomed by a generous snowfall.

View from atop the hill

A view from atop the hill…

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Wynberg-Allen School blanketed in snow

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Snow in mussoorie (5) copyThis was the first time I was witnessing this marvel of nature and it left be breathless!

Clouds on a perfect canvas

The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation… such is the nature of art.

~ Jeb Dickerson.

The Phoenix

The Phoenix

Clouds have always remained the most widely used metaphor in literature. They can signify both sadness and joy, hope and obstacles, dreams and unrequited love.

The Dinosaur

The Dinosaur

Clouds are always open to interpretation… they constantly change, move and look both enticingly beautiful and benign. As an English teacher once explained: ‘Looking up at the sky, we can impose our own feelings on to them. In literature this is called “pathetic fallacy”, where the clouds come to emphasize our emotional states.”

This was a day when I was dumbfounded with the patterns the clouds created in the skies above…

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A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed… It feels an impulsion… this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

~ Richard Bach

It’s called ‘Building’

Inamulla Building… a landmark structure in Dehradun or better known as ‘Building‘”, this is what I was told by a friend.

 

I was awestruck by the ancient facade, which looks like a set straight out of Arabian Nights, complete with the crescent moon looming above the minarets.

But it was not just the sight but the smell which kept me grounded. All around the place there were carts making some of the juiciest kebabs I have tasted!

Dehradun does not cease to fascinate me!

Diwali with a difference

Diwali was celebrated with a difference this year, for two reasons… firstly my wife decided that we make our own lamps to illuminate the portico and in a short while she had tiny glasses painted in elaborate ways.

Together with some water and floating candles they indeed made a pretty sight outside and inside our home.

The second difference this year was keeping away from the colossal waste of money in the form of firecrackers and spending time with the residents of Cheshire Home in Dehradun.

This is where diwali being the festival of light made so much sense to me. Not only was the place lit up to enliven a festive glow all around

…but seeing the people at the home with tiny sparklers and an even greater sparkle in their eyes will remain in my memory forever.

Happy Diwali to all of you!!!

More and more Marigolds

It seems like they have come up overnight… there are marigolds everywhere. I would never have imagined a simple flower like that when grown in abundance can make the place come ablaze!

So let me take you for a short tour around the Kāsiga school gardens.

The pictures above and below are panorama images of the marigolds on the way to the academic block.

And here is the patch of the same lovely flowers outside the dining hall lawns

Try to spot three different varieties in the maze of gold below…

… or just enjoy the ecstasy of the colours and fragrances!

Can’t wait for the next season of flowers!