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It Won’t Be Long, So Just Let Her Be!

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Browsing through my past posts, I came across this gem. It is a must-read for anyone who has a daughter.

I get emotional every time I read this.

Originally posted on Insanity at its best!:

Daughters are precious. Seems like yesterday when I took her into my arms for the very first time; it’s been 17 months already, and time seems to have no intention of slowing down. At the office, I just can’t wait for the day to end so that I can enjoy the sound of her laughter, the sight of her cherubic face, the touch of her little arms wrapped around me, the taste of the half-eaten saliva-soaked potato chip that she lovingly shoves into my mouth, and the smell of watermelon-flavored baby shampoo in her hair. Every day I get to spend with her is a day I cherish.

There are instances when my daughter’s out with her mother and I finally have some peace. I hate to admit it but I am super-excited about the prospect of getting some alone time for myself, but five minutes into this ‘quality time’, and…

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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Fluttering Across Stratford-upon-Avon

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Nestled in the heart of Warwickshire, UK, is Stratford-upon-Avon, a town made famous for its association with Shakespeare; to be honest, that was the only reason I wanted to visit. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined falling head-over-heels in love with this magical place. It was refreshing to see the laid-back carefree attitude of the people in general, enjoying the beautiful sunny day with their loved ones, walking their dogs or getting some icecream from the truck; it just seemed to portray a general sense of well-being.

If you want to escape the fast-paced city life and need a few days of R&R, Stratford is the place to be. There are plenty of activities in and around Stratford that you could indulge in; I’m mentioning some of my favorites here:

  • Visit the Stratford Butterfly Farm; consistently voted one of the best attractions in the UK, this is one place I could’ve spent an entire day in
  • Visit Shakespeare’s house and Anne Hathaway’s cottage
  • Take a stroll along River Avon or just sit at one of the benches, take in the sights and breathe in the mildly fragrant air
  • Get in on one of the ferries or row a boat on the river
  • Attend a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and get the full 360-degree Shakespearean experience
  • Wander the streets of Stratford soaking in all the history the town has to offer

Here are a few highlights of my day there; so without further Ado, let’s get on with it:

 

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Fearing Harmless Canines

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Walking along River Avon, I came across this beautiful dog. I asked the owners if I could take a few photos, to which they graciously agreed. As I bent down to take some pictures, the dog came running towards me. This was the last photo I took before nearly dropping my camera and hastily evading this magnificent creature.

I don’t know what causes this deep-seated fear of dogs. I recall an incident in 1996-97 when a dog (probably rabid) chased me for half-a-mile trying to catch up with me; I ran as fast as my legs could carry my fat, bulky frame, and breathed a sigh of relief only after stepping inside my school gate.

Everyone has fears that they need to overcome and this one is mine; let’s see if I get the courage to pat a dog on the head one day without assuming it would bite my head off almost instantaneously.

Enough said. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Travel/Escapades, Wildlife and Nature

 

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Beauty Within Me

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Humans are, by nature, superficial beings and try as we might, we form an initial (instinctual) assessment of a person (or a thing) by the way he, she or it looks. What we need to train ourselves in is to ignore the first impressions, peel off the layers and develop a deeper understanding in order to truly judge someone (or something).

Flowers, however, are beautiful inside and out. Enjoy!

 

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Coloring The Colorful

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a nifty must-have tool for amateur and professional photographers alike. The versatility of options and ease of use makes it one of the best photo editing software available today. The best part of using Lightroom is that the more you explore, the more you discover.

The color toning and retouching features are exciting for people who want to add some oomph to their photos. I have loved this tool since I first discovered it and have been treating photos ever since. The photo above shows a original picture I took at Stratford Butterfly Farm in the UK; the two below have been retouched for a more dramatic look.

Enjoy!

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Beholder’s Eye

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This, right here, is undoubtedly one of my most favorite photographs and I think words are redundant to describe this piece. It was taken at Stratford Butterfly Farm at Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Photo Adventures, Travel/Escapades

 

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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For girls, it’s all about accessories. Their love for color and sense of style start to develop at a very tender age; for my daughter, it was at about one-and-a-half years. Her shoe collection is ten times the size of mine (which consists of 4 pairs of shoes, a couple of sandals and a pair of slippers) and she loves her accessories as much as she loves her parents. I try spoiling her and I cannot resist the urge to buy stuff that I think she’ll enjoy wearing/using; at least 70% of my impulse buying results in a purchase for my lovely daughter.

A few days back, we happened to visit a local bazaar, a heaven for my now almost three-year-old Fatima. We came across these really neat bracelets made out of old telephone wires and I couldn’t help myself from buying them for her. Pink’s her favorite color and purple’s mine, and since most of her clothes belong to one of these two color-groups, this purchase was a no-brainer.

Hope these photos can inspire all of us to recycle and possibly ignite a spark of creativity.

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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Essays on Life, Parenting, Photo Adventures

 

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