Alphabet Soup!

The Challenge: Write down the letters of the ABC. For each one, choose a word that begins with that letter. Now, write a post about anything — using all the words you’ve selected.

Here is a short ‘welcome note’ for Christmas using the alphabets in order of appearance. Enjoy! 🙂

Christmas is Near!

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Amazingly Blissful Christmas

Delights Everyone Finally!

Grand Homes Illuminates.

Jesus Knocks Life,

Macarism!!

Night Outstanding,

People Quietly Remember;

Snow Travels Uninterrupted.

Vibrant Wishes,

X-MAS Yells;

Zeal !!

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

The Beauty of Black and White

The first thought that crossed our mind when we read about the topic for this week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge:Open Topic was that, we can select any topic of our choice with no restriction. But then, this is just one way of looking at this topic. The word “Open” carries other profound meanings as well.

This is indeed a challenge!

Photo shops can easily create a black and white picture.  What we preferred to bring to our viewers was something original. We finally collected some of our photographs that were in Black and White and that could be related to the word ‘Open’.

The photographs we have shared were not edited and are in their original form.

Enjoy the real and original beauty of Black and White as we make an effort to relate it to the Open Topic.

1. The Passage 

( open: adjective- allowing access, passage, or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked)

Clouds give a passage to the final rays of the Sun to reach the Earth before dusk. 

This photograph was taken in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India. An evening in Bhimtal. Very light shades of the blue and orange is also visible.

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 2. Spread the Light

(open: verb- unfold or be unfolded; spread out)

Sunrays unfolds and spreads out as the Earth starts a new day.

This photograph was clicked in a cloudy morning, from Almora  Uttarakhand, India. We could not resist sharing this picture. Observe how a red ball of fire can open itself turning white and spreading light. Cannot think of a better way to represent ‘Open’.

Beautiful sunset behind the hills-Almora

3. The Truth

(open: adjective- exposed to the air or to view; not covered)
We are open minded when we have the courage to face the truth or accept the truth. So, what is the truth about life?

The truth is revealed by Nature- “there is light after every darkness.”

This photograph was taken in Munsiyari. The sun is seen rising behind the Panchachulli peaks. It was an awesome view as we observed the Himalayan peaks turn black as the Earth was giving way to sunshine.

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4. Outdoor

(open: noun- outdoors or in the countryside.)

This is a view of a beautiful evening of Connaught Place, New Delhi, India. Many of the buildings in this area are white and the evening makes it a perfect view of black and white. The Sun is visible as a white ball.

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5. The Open Challenge

(open: noun- a championship or competition with no restrictions on who may compete)

Black mountains and White patches of clouds in the sky with the white ball makes a perfect picture for The Open Black and White Challenge !

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Hope you had a wonderful journey as you traveled through the immense beauty of Nature and could listen to what Nature had to Open up with.  :-)

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Luxurious Moments!

Feeling Fancy Or Nothing at all !

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Let us assume that we were given unlimited funds to plan one day full of any and all luxuries that we normally can’t afford.

Unlimited funds to use luxury and just one day? Not fair!

If unlimited fund is given to us, we would have asked for unlimited time to fulfill all our earthly dreams and wishes. 

On one hand, unlimited funds in hand will be a huge burden in the head! And spending that money for the luxuries we generally can’t afford; that too in one day; will be another headache! Why waste the time running around like fools trying to purchase or avail the luxuries? Too many of them !

There is no definition of luxury. It is a relative term. Suppose we had sufficient fund to go to the Moon; a desire to travel round the rings of awesome Saturn would be a luxury for us. Further, if we could make to Saturn, how about a day’s trip of the infinite Universe! Therefore, our luxury knows no bounds. And having everything will land us in a situation where we will find our self having nothing. We will gradually be drifted away from the more meaningful and most wanted moments in our life. Luxury will no longer be luxury but a misery.

‘Moments’ are something we generally overlook, even though we always have it with us. They are our only possession. They are the most luxurious of all because even unlimited money can’t buy these moments for us. After having everything, all that we will seek are: time to spend with our near and dear ones, time to relax, breathe free and the time to spend and enjoy every bit of natures’ wonders.  Therefore, we would be better off having nothing rather than have everything and get lost in infinity.

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

White: The Advent of Winter

WHITE IS COOL !!!! 

 Feel the cool breeze and the softness of snow;

as you scroll through the pictures below! 🙂

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This photograph was taken in Kanatal, Uttarakhand, India.
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This photograph was taken in Kanatal, Uttarakhand, India.

How about a drive cutting through snow?

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On our way to Kanatal

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Listen to that Voice

Food for Thought:

When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

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This photograph was taken in the awesome Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India.

Thanks to WordPress for selecting our topic of discussion on Gut Feeling for the Daily Post. Glad to be a featured blogger in Daily Prompt. 🙂

While we were trying to recall the last time we followed our instinct, what provoked us was: if its our instinct, we have to be sure about it. If we are not sure about our action, it will definitely not be the right call. And our post follows…

It is a difficult task to differentiate between intuition (instinct or gut feeling) and thinking. There is a very thin line of distinction between the two. While Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning; thinking is the process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something and arrive at rational judgement.

Following our intuition is like that shooting star. Just like a shooting star passes by leaving no traces behind; our intuition is our conscience, that inner feeling or inner voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior giving us a glimpse of what should or should not be done. What we have observed from our life experiences; intuition never goes wrong! At least it did not go wrong with us, so far we could identify between that instinct and our thought. What we believe is, after following that instinct if things went wrong or did not materialize; then we probably missed our intuition and what was guiding us was our calculative mind.

We have encountered many instances when we followed that first voice from within, in any tricky situation. However several times we have even tried chasing that voice in vain because we never knew when it crossed by! What happened several times again is, when we ignored that first voice and tried to reason out the things, everything went wrong. After something went wrong, we regret not following that first voice.

To a great extent we have tried to master the art of catching the first voice. What we learnt is, the mind needs to be calm; and self belief, positive thinking and faith are the guiding factors to catch hold of that instinct.

Many of our posts created here in WordPress are the results of following our instinct, including the current one. 🙂

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

The Countdown: Life with WordPress

“Through this post we also take the opportunity to thank our readers and viewers for their incredible support.”

The Countdown

This post is all about our journey here in WordPress since July 2014 till December this day. The first day (July 14) with WordPress was quite monotonous as we had no idea what to do. But as we moved ahead in this journey, we managed to gather readers and viewers from every nook and corner of this world. And as we approach this New Year, we have high hopes of expanding our contribution to reach as many readers and viewers as possible trying to share our ‘share of life’.

So, let the Countdown to a new beginning start !

10. July 14: THE BABY STEP

The Other Side of the Story:  Our first post. This post tried to compare the rich and poor from a different perspective.

Aww…. 😦

This looks so incomplete; without any picture or tags. No likes or comments either. But that did not de-motivate us. Probably because approval of others was not what we were seeking here.

9. July 16: THE FIRST VISITOR

Finally we were spotted by someone. Thank you Samoan Sword, for sparing the time to read our post. As we are academicians, this was what we thought would be beneficial to the society we are part of. Yes, Value Based Education System, the need of the hour! This post was all about the young learners who must be guided to shape their own mind so that they understand the importance of positive values and apply these values in their journey of life.

But how irresponsible of us! We did not even bother to reply back to this first visitor. We must have been busy customizing our Blog to make it attractive in the simplest way possible, trying to make it clearly visible and legible.

8. July 18: WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

Will Power Matters ! Our third post that provided us the limelight.

This post too carries no tags or pictures. It looks so dull ! However, this time we somehow learnt while experimenting with WordPress that we could share our posts in Facebook. And here we are with 45 likes! But none to like in WordPress still. But two of the bloggers did comment on this post. Thanks to Tammi Kale and susieshy45 for visiting our blog.

This was sufficient for us to keep us moving in this new world among strangers. We were enjoying this new experience playing with our own thoughts and feelings and sharing it with the world without the least expectation of being selected to publish our work.

Wonderful! Isn’t this an achievement in itself? Definitely yes! This, kind of boosted our enthusiasm and energy to devote more of our time in expressing how we feel about everything around us, trying to improve as we stepped ahead.

Will Power indeed matters !!

7. July 27: THE TURNING POINT

Something suddenly struck our mind. Being crazy travellers, we had that bulk of photographs with us that could not be utilised so far. And here was the opportunity to portray and share our experiences through our photographs. And there was this turning point! The Call of the Hills– Yes, our next post.

We decided to bring our writing skill and photography together in one platform and make our existence visible and possibly work towards the purpose of our life to spread the message of unity and peace.

And we came up with our first ever ‘wonder post’. We call it a ‘wonder post’ because it looks so lively. Even now as we opened it to include the link, it was so exciting to read our own experiences and bring back those memories back to life! It is an awesome feeling of getting lost in the sweet memories of the past treasures. And what is more incredible is that we could share it with the world! This is amazing! We really did it!

The breathless journey!
The breathless journey!

4 bloggers liked it and 17 likes from our Facebook friends. We believed we were doing great, at least we made ourselves feel so; no harm, isn’t it? And most important we found that magic wand!

6. July 28: THE PUSH AHEAD

Age is just a number: Our first ever entry to the Daily Post! It was short but was indeed a challenge. And it was like we discovered that silver lining in the cloud.

And our journey continues…

We continued posting at a stretch day and night. WordPress was our new love.

And here was the twist! The Daily Post and Weekly Challenges got us in its grip and we started relating our life experiences to the themes these challenges provided. It was a blessing in disguise to come up before the world as an example (good or bad). We did not have any trouble choosing what to post because there were already plenty before us, as if they were prepared to assist us in our endeavor.

Here are some of our posts that would definitely keep your eyes locked to the screen. We have numbered them in ascending order of likes by other bloggers.

5. The Tussle between Venus and Mars

Men and women

Women and Men are both marvelous and inspiring creations of the Unseen Creator. They are different, yet meant to be together. They are opposite, yet they attract each other!

Be a part of this thrilling experience!

4. An Extreme Tale

We made it

A Tale of the Good and the Bad brought together in this post. Find yourself lost in the ups and downs of your own life, trying to lift yourself up in the ladder of life as you scroll through the post.

3. Taste the Lemons

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Find out what we do when life gives us lemons. No, we never make lemonade. 🙂

2. Way of Life

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Scroll though some of our photographs that have something to say about the way of life!

1. Humanity- The Connection  The most loved post of our blog!

The Connection 

We have created some of the wonderful memories of our life with WordPress- our readers and viewers! What more could we preserve from our life in 2014 than these memories and the pleasurable and marvelous conversations with strangers from all over the world. An achievement indeed ! 🙂

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

One-Word-Photo-Challenge: Pine

One-Word-Photo-Challenge: Pine

The following pictures are of the pine tree found in the hills in India. These photographs were taken in Ranikhet. Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

“CHIR” is the Hindi term used for Pine.

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© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Way of Life !

“Do not worry about going fast; you are not in a race. Do not think of going far; you cannot defeat death. Just walk. Enjoy the journey.”     —- Ahmad & Ahmad

This post is part of two challenges: Cee’s which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #23 and Nurthuring Thursday

In response to the Challenges, we share below few of our photographs that actually describes the Way Of Life!

Here they are:

1. Beautiful

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Clicked at Birla Institute of Applied Sciences, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India.

Our life is sometimes beautiful, straight, smooth, supportive (represented by the green tress, if you could not guess that) and with available directions to show us the way to our destination.

 2. Indecisive

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Clicked at Terrace Garden, Chandigarh, India.

In many instances life puts us in a situation where we are not sure which way to go; whom to follow, whom not to follow. The choice is ultimately ours! 

 3. Twists and turns

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Clicked at India- Nepal Border (Dharchula in India and Darchula in Nepal)

Sometimes our life changes its direction as we climb up the path of growth. This is seen through the changes we undergo, in our thoughts, behaviour and way of living as we cross childhood, adulthood and old age.

 4. Challenge

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On way to Munsiyari, Uttarakhand, India.

Our life offers us many hurdles. These hurdles may be in the form of depression, rejection, fear or failure. It is up to us if we wish to go back, wait or go ahead and face the challenges. 

 5. Struggle

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Inside Bijrani, Jim Corbett National Park, Ramnagar, India.

Life is not always smooth. (represented by the gravels on the road). Though we know the way, it demands hard work and patience as we move ahead. 

 6. Unsolved Mystery

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On way to Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India.

Finally, life is an unsolved mystery. However smooth or straight the way is, or far it may stretch, after a point it goes out of view. To relate, we are heading towards infinity, towards the unknown!  

How would you describe your way of life? 

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad