Kindling your Inner fire

This June, I had the opportunity to go for a Hot Air Balloon ride in Brisbane, Australia. Belive me, everyone of you must go for a hot air balloon ride at least once in your life. It’s an out of the world experience ! Even though I’m not a moring person, I managed to wake up at 5 am on the day I was supposed to go for the ride. It was a chilly winter morning in Australia. It must have been like 3 degrees outside. I was picked up at my hotel at around  5 30 am. The hot air balloon site was a 30-minute drive from the gold coast. I couldn’t help but sleep through most of the ride. As we reached our destination, I saw an endless strech of land before me and in the middle of nowhere was this huge orange hot air balloon. I had never seen a Hot air balloon ever before in my life. It was huge with a tiny basket below it, where I was supposed to stand. The best thing about the balloon was that it needed constant fire to rise up in the air. Imagine yourself  standing in an open field, on a bone chilling winter morning and then suddenly the mild warmth of the balloon is to your rescue! It felt like sitting in front of a fireplace on a snowy day! I boarded my ride shortly and soon the balloon was rising in the air, a beautiful landscape unfolding in front of my eyes. There were open fields as far as my eyes could see and long mountain ranges covered the horizon. At that moment I rememberd how I used to paint a beautiful landscape with exactly the same surroundings. The only thing missing was the sunrise! And guess what, that was the next most beautiful part of the ride.

Hot air baloon.jpg The surise that I witnessed from the hot air balloon

An orange hue began forming over the horizon.Slowly, as time passed by and our balloon rose up and up in the sky, the sun rays were visible on the horizon among the hills. The shadows of the trees, the glittering of the water in the lakes and the clouds made it a perfect landscape ! I literally had the window seat to the most beautiful sunrise I ever saw. As the sun rose higher in the sky, the sky was filled with a bright yellow light. This is the first time I had this kind of exposure to Vitamin-D, and I soaked in every bit of it!

You might be wondering what has all of this gotta do with the title of this post? Well, I would like to present a simple yet meaningful analogy here. Just like the hot air balloon we too have a fire within us. It has to be nourished and properly looked after for it to keep burning within us. What is this fire? This is the fire that drives you from within. To achieve your goals, complete a task and many other things. Without it, our life would have no purpose. Just like the hot air balloon needs the fire to keep rising higher in the air, we too need it to rise up in life.

I want this post to be a gentle reminder that the fire exists within each of us. Only that it needs proper care to work wonders for us. Let’s all work hard and be persistent and kindle our inner fire!

 

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Bondi Beach

As you can guess from the title that this post is about Bondi beach.
I visited Austrialia in June 2017. It was a delightful experience travelling in Australia, exploring their culture and experiencing breathtaking landscapes. Let me skip to the part where I tell you about my experience when I visited Bondi beach.
After a long day of sightseeing in Sydney I was exhausted. After I got back to my hotel, I was scanning through the map of Sydney, looking for places that I could visit the next day when suddenly I realised that I had completely forgotten about Bondi Beach ! In spite of being tired, I was eager to visit Bondi. I got out, boarded the subway from King’s Cross upto Bondi. The journey took around 15 minutes.
It was a chilly and cloudy evening in Sydney. I hurried down to the beach. Took off my shoes (Yes! I forgot to carry my flip-flops :P) and stepped on the sand, barefooted. I felt like I stepped on Ice XD. Not carrying my flip-flops could have been the worst mistake ever !
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Finally I decided to sacrifice my shoes 😦 But the landscape that unfolded before by eyes was absolutely stunning ! The sun was almost about to set and the sky was covered with a beautiful orange hue. There were people surfing along the coast. Amongst the surfers, I saw a guy carrying a parachute along with him. I was surprised as I had never seen a Parachute surfer before. As he surfed along the coast, the winds guiding the parachute and the surfer carefully balancing himself,I was awestruck ! The parachute surfer is visible in the main photo of this post.
Parachute surfing was a delight to watch, the way he glided on the waves, the parachute fluttering in the sky, cruising in the air. Elegant ! Is all I can say. And at that moment I added parachute surfing to my bucket list. I walked along the coast, looking at the vast spread of the sea, the sea waves crashing just beside me , flamingos hovering in the sky. I soaked in every bit of Bondi , and will cherish this amazing experience forever !

An attempt to define Love 

Love , such a simple four lettered word for something that has such a complicated meaning. Everyone experiences love in their life at some point or the other. Love can have various meanings according to the context of which we speak about it. Here, I have tried to express the different meanings that the word love has which I have experienced at some point of my life.

Everyone remembers their first love. For me my first love is my Mother. And I know that she loves me more than anything else in the world. This is a love which is never ending and unconditional. I think this is the purest form of love – Mother’s Love.

Love at First Sight – Happened to me a lot of times, and I’m sure everyone has experienced it at least once. Everyday we see countless faces. Some of them are very attractive. But sometimes you are walking down a road and see a face that you don’t forget for a long time. A kind of face that makes your heart skip a beat and makes the butterflies go crazy in your stomach.  The thought of that person transcends you into a totally different world. The kind of face that makes cheesy Bollywood songs easier to understand. Sometimes my logical brain wonders how someone can have such a deep impact in such a short period of time. I guess, some  things are best understood by the heart.

Sometimes you meet a person, get to know them. You like spending time with them, and you both click together. You talk to them for hours over the phone as they make you feel special. This feeling can have two different meanings, Obsession or Love. Most of the times obsession is mistaken for love.  But it feels good to be in that place where you can share everything with someone, even your deepest secrets. Someone who likes you for the way you are. Someone who knows your true self. That person who comes to your mind when you are reading a post on social media, that person who you imagine while reading a beautiful poem. The person whom you can spend hours and hours but it seems like only few minutes. You both are in a place where you actually don’t care what other people think about you. You both are completely lost, and have found each other. It feels as if you are living in a world of your own. Thinking about each other all day. Texting, Calling, Talking over the phone all day. These things may seem stupid to listen, but just fall in love once and you will feel the beauty of it.hdhxn

New Beginnings

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(Picture by Me,  Location: Jungfraujoch, Switzerland )

 

We always talk about New beginnings and fresh starts in our life  

I wanna express some thoughts going around in my mind as I have boarded a flight to my  University. I find myself in this huge dilemma. I have a  desire to just stay back and relax but I feel compelled to get out of my comfort zone and do something for myself.

In our lives we may have many new beginnings, like the first day of school, first day of college, leaving family and going to a hostel, first day of vacation and much more. I personally have a lot of mixed feelings on this particular day. It is the end of a phase and a new beginning of another one. Sometimes we find ourselves in a difficult situation on this particular day. The situation I’m referring to is making choices, Choices like breaking up with a loved one, sacrificing our comforts, leaving some part of us behind.

As I am writing this I am in the middle phase of transition of the last day. The place where the past ends and a new start is ahead of us. We make up certain goals in our minds, set certain priorities which we hope to achieve in the days to come. We visualize ourselves achieving certain checkpoints and hope to work towards them. As I am writing this I recall a beautiful poem I heard in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara. The one where 3 friends go on a bachelor road trip across Spain.

Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!
Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho
Toh zinda ho tum!”

(Translated into English

You are Alive! Only if you hustle every day

You are Alive! Only if you visualize to achieve Your Goals )

This verse is very similar to what I am feeling right now. As I sit in the window seat of the plane, I can see the sparkling yellow rays of the sun rising over the horizon into a new day. I can very well relate to this because I too feel like I am just over the horizon, peeking into a new phase which is about to begin.

This article is to all the people out there just waiting for the perfect moment to make a new start. According to me, every moment is perfect, and whenever you feel the intense desire to do something in your life just begin. After all, every journey starts with a single step.