If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Captured at marine drive kochi, with lumix fz 200

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e. e. cummings

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Is our world that bad?

These days, after reading the news papers in India, I get depressed because of the prominence of negative news. Today’s headlines in the news papers of my home state are about the resignation of a minister who was tortured by his wife. On the other side, it is the wife’s version of the story or reality. Another major news is the murder of a catholic priest in Bangalore. Then some rapes and murders…plus the regular obituaries and the sports page, the news paper is complete. I am paying money and buying this negativity. Is our world that bad?. Or is it just that the negative news only reaches us, because it is what sells. I would love to believe that there are lot of good things happening around us, and unfortunately they are not getting reported by the media. As an exception there was this news about a village lady in Tamilnadu state of India, who planted and nurtured more than hundred trees on the road side, which gives shade to the passengers in the scorching summer. In my village, there are heroes who voluntarily conducts volley ball camps for the kids, absolutely free of cost. There are thousands of others who does positive things for the betterment of the environment, society and for the upliftment of the underdogs. Unfortunately they are not brought into the public’s eye, and the people who do these positive acts never complain because they are not motivated by the worldly things, but of divine providence. This is where Gandhiji’s quote ‘Be the change you want to see in this world” has it’s significance. Whom are we waiting for?. Let us shut ourselves to negativity and do whatever positive deeds we can which will impact someone, somewhere positively. That could be the need of the hour, and that is modern day prayer and spiritualiy.

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Who is the one hundredth subscriber?

My photography blog  colorbridge has 99 subscribers at this moment, and I am eager to know the 100th subscriber. That is a great milestone for me. Around one hundred people from across the world seeing some value in my blog entries and photographs (which do not have anything to do with my profession as a coach and consultant of agile project management), is really thrilling. Thank you all, who supported me till now, and hope to enjoy your support in the future as well.  As a beginner in photography, an exclusive blog of my photographs helped me to learn a lot from other bloggers experiences and insights about blogging, photography, life and life styles. One of the biggest learning was unity in diversity. People from different countries, while they look different, they are all alike as well. This was one of the great lessons. In fact, I got the inspiration to choose the layout of my blog, from another blog. Initially I started with color rich photographs, then I learned that people love simple, subtle photographs, which have a soothing effect on their souls (disturbing photographs the majority do not like). People see photographs to relax, so do not burden them. Every good photograph is an obligation because the next one must be better than the previous. So, is the reality. When I see a photograph today, which I captured months back..that sometimes make me regret about publishing them. Any way, at that time, that was my best, and I improved over a period of time after several youtube videos on photography and experimentation with mt Canon 550D and Nikon Coolpix S6200. After spending money for the DSLR, and some lenses, my credit card balance shot up, and I thought that I am the biggest spend thrift, till I came across crazier people in my hometown itself, who have spent much much more than what I spent on photography, without any financial returns from it yet. Most of my photographs are published along with an appropriate quote, and these quotes sometime have great positive impact on me myself.  For me photography is quite relaxing, and I do not think that I will be stopping it voluntarily at some point in time. I will continue till my health and financial position permits, that is for sure. Photography has a connection with Thursdays as well. If you publish a photograph on a Thursday, you get maximum likes. I learned it from another blogger from my own town. Do not ask me for reasons, honestly I do not know….but it works….Here is the photograph I just published at colorbridge, which pushed up the subscribers to 99…captured at the backyard of our ancestral home. This tree was planted by my father…bringing back the old memories of  my father and  mother…..

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chambakkaandant