May 17, 2010

Heavenly Creature

 There is a Pond near my home, Usually I go there to feed pigeons and ducks. Last week I’ve been there with my brother. We were feeding birds and enjoying the view, Suddenly I went on saying "ohmigod..ohmigod..ohmigod!!". The reason behind such astonishment was this beautiful swan gliding from the other end of the pool. I've been there many times, but never seen this one. It was looking splendid among other ducks and birds there. Luckily I was carrying camera, could take snaps of this Heavenly Creature.

I felt would there be any creature more graceful and beautiful than the swan. The snowy feathers and elegant long neck have made this picture more artistic.

Swan wings doesn’t get wet even though it is in water. In Hindu mythology the person who lives in the world without getting attached to it is called "paramahamsa" means "great swan". This might be the reason behind Goddess Saraswathi choosing swan as her vahana (vehicle). The difference between the swan and duck can be known by "milk- water test" where swan can separate pure milk from adulterated milk.

Little known facts about swan:
  • Swans are the largest known flying bird
  • Though swan is looking so pleasant, it is one of the aggressive birds. The wings of swan are so strong that they can break human arms
  • They usually prefer to travel at nights. They can fly at heights of 28,000 feet, and travel over 2,000 miles, often over sea.
  • Swans can fly as fast as 50 to 60 miles per hour
  • Swan has as many as 25,000 feathers.
  • Swan has a gland just above their eye that enables them to drink the salt water. The gland removes salt from water and excretes as solution through nostrils.
  • Swans are very devoted to their partners, sometimes have only one mate for lifetime.


    May 8, 2010

    Luv u Amma

    She was sleeping on bed by that time I came from school. She was diagnosed with cancer. When she woke up, her youngest and elder daughters were beside her. I was standing and looking at her, did not know how to console her. She hugged me and started crying, then she said, "I want to live, I want to see you growing, I want to see your wedding, I Love you so much". 

     She is one of the strongest women I have come across in my life. She is very active, intelligent, good looking, humorous, caring and sweet person.  She is the one who has made me what I am today. No matter how old I grow, I am still a kid to her. She gives me unconditional love, never says NO to anything. The food tastes better when she feeds me with her own hands. Though she has seven children she likes to share all her secrets with me. It’s because we both share same wavelength and I feel so proud about it. I love her so much and she loves me double. When I hug her, I can feel the essence of pure love. She is the one with whom I feel so complete, she is my Grandmother. 

    Fourteen years passed, still I cannot forget that day. She should be more worried about her health, instead she was worried about me. That is the moment in my life where I realized how important she is for me, the difference between her love and others.  I like to call her Amma, because she is the person who makes that word more meaningful. The bond that we share is just based on trust and Love. I can never take her for granted. Her blessings are protecting me from all the evil powers and I believe they will keep protecting me in future too. 

    I would like to quote a small poem  

    "While we honor all our mothers
    with words of love and praise.
    While we tell about their goodness
    and their kind and loving ways.
    We should also think of Grandma,
    she's a mother too, you see....
    For she mothered my dear mother
    as my mother mothers me."
                                                       -- Unknown.