A New Day

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A sunrise behind Sam Desert, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

Everyday is a new day,

A new beginning that tries to say;

Be as happy as you can be,

Be the change you want to see;

Keep it simple, keep it clean,

Live the life that you always dream;

Where there is a will, there is a way,

Be thankful to the Lord while you pray. 

This post is part of a Daily Post Photo Challenge: NewThe Daily Post: Be the change and  Nancy Merrill Photography

© 2015 Ahmad and Ahmad

Warmth of Love

Weekly Photo Challenge- “Warmth”

Here is something nice and cozy for you.

Feel the warmth hidden in the following pictures. 🙂

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 “Hey brother! Wanna play?”

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 “It feels so good to be with you.”

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“You are in my arms now. Don’t worry, I’ll play with you and take care of you.”

Children are more logical and practical than adults. They know how to forget. They know how to forgive. They know how to give love and get love. Why is it so difficult for adults to embrace humanity and spread the message of love?

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

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

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

An Extreme Tale

We made it

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens quotes: 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

There were several instances in our lives too when the above quotation best described our life. The extreme tale between emotion and logic, the tale between appreciation and criticism, the tale between having everything and having nothing which exist even today and has been told and retold since ages.

Here are few of the instances that we tried to recollect from memories of our life span to create this post.

1. Emotion and Logic:

There was this period in our life when we had to take that difficult decision and choose between emotion and logic. While emotions gifted us with the utmost strength to face the harsh realities of a self-realized and self-designed life of blissfulness; logic on the other hand tried to guide us to a known world where everything seemed to be absolutely perfect or at least were destined to be perfect. On the contrary, if logic helped us choose the partner of our choice, emotion reminded us of our responsibilities. That was the best of times for us as we were extremely excited to dream our future together. But again that was the worst of times for us because we had to choose between ‘people we love’ and the ‘person we love’.

2. Appreciation and Criticism: 

Yet another period in our life when we were caught between appreciation and criticism that resulted into yet another extreme of acceptance and rejection. While our hard work and efforts were recognized and appreciated, every minute detail of our success landed us into criticism. It was like being sent to the top to be pushed down to the bottom. While trying to scramble between appreciation and criticism, we were introduced to a new world of stress that left us juggling between acceptance and rejection. Accepting life as it comes or rejecting the situation and fight back. Everything seemed to be in a network, leaving us bewildered. While stress left us with sour memories, it also opened the door to new opportunities. That was the time when we realized our new love for writing and discovered WordPress. That was the worst of times but it has also been the best of times.

3. Having everything and Having nothing:

For whatever reason; knowingly or unknowingly, we found ourselves lost in life’s philosophy. It was like a turning point. It was like going back after travelling half way in the cycle of life; going back to where we came from. It is the period of realizing new dreams and aspirations, where we are all set to face an entirely different world where dreams could turn into reality and where we develop the craze to create our own path. The tussle between having everything and realizing that we actually do not possess anything further enunciates the pleasure of contentment and at the same time leaving us with a heart filled with unfulfilled desires. This is the period when we tend to question our existence and at the same time desire to live life to the hearts’ content. This is the period when heaven and hell coexist. This has shown us the best of times and also the worst of times.

Though difficult, life moves on and so did we. Life is not a competition. It is all about living, not winning. Find the good in the bad while accepting the bad in the good. Faith and hope finally helped us make the two extremes meet and it is the combination of both the extremes that actually completes the life-cycle

 © 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

The Converge

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Pictures Speak

Indeed pictures speak. We realized the beauty of this saying after we started accepting the challenges here in WordPress. Some of our photographs which probably could never have been shared with family and friends now can actually speak !

Here are two such photographs taken during a train journey from Delhi to Pune. Never knew it could be given a geometrical definition of Converge !!

Our explanation of Converge that could be defined from the photographs goes like this:

“The further you go, the closer you get. Never interfere with the people you love and who loves you. Let them choose their way. They are always there with you.” 

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Virtual is Real !

Grateful and Guilty

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Here is a short Gratitude Note we have written for Technology. For us, TECHNOLOGY is the guiltiest guilty pleasure. We have tried to express our guiltiest guilty pleasure in the note. Hope you enjoy it.

Dear Technology,

It has been a decade since you trespassed our simple and happy territory. Crawling all the way from the 19th century you finally established your roots in our sweet little world. You captured our hearts by assisting us in gathering the known lost hearts and souls and incidentally landing us in the unknown world of  addiction. We are happy to have you with us for making our lives easier, faster, more effective and efficient. You have intelligently supported us in covering our laziness.  

Technology, we must admit that you have been a great stress reliever. We appreciate the ample amount of time you spend with us, hardly allowing us to feel the absence of our near and dear ones and gradually stealing those emotions from us. You have showed us the way to kill those soft corners in our hearts. Your presence made us strong and practical.

We are also grateful for your 2G, 3G and many other creepy connections. Though irritating and time consuming, they have taught us the power of patience. Thank you for embracing us and guiding us to the world of solitude- a place full of wonder where virtual is real.

Thank you for being with us whenever we needed you. You deserve to be loved! 🙂

Yours Faithfully,

Addictive Users

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

New Dawn

How often do you get to (or have to) be awake for sunrise? What happened the last time you were up so early (or late…).

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We are daily early risers, except on a holiday, when we are reluctant to detach ourselves from the coziness of the cradle. Yes, we prefer calling it the ‘cradle’ because we have observed and felt the support provided by the planks of wood as we rest ourselves in deep slumber, totally unconscious and least bothered about the surrounding environment.

We generally have to be awake early to see our child off to the school. It is always refreshing to feel the silence of dawn, the freshness of the air and the beauty of the enthusiastic nature waiting to spray its fragrance to the world for a new beginning. But we quite often miss out on the tiny exquisiteness.

It was just a month before we started this blog, when we woke up just for sunrise.  The previous night we were discussing about those tiny moments in our life that we generally overlook, those moments whose presence is the essence of our life; a sunset, a clear night sky, the chirping of the birds, the cool morning breeze and there are plenty of them for all of us. But they often go without notice in the midst of the hub-bub.  We decided to rise early the next day, not for any cause but to give company to the ‘ball of fire’, as it rises to spread its light. That day we awoke just for that sunrise.

We needed no alarm to wake us up. The enthusiasm and willingness was sufficient to open our eyes. The sky was grey, with lights twinkling all over the city. We moved out to the balcony, inhaled the freshness into our soul, feeling content to wake up to another day. From our balcony one can get a clear view of the Chakrata- Mussoorie- Dhanaulti Hills. Luckily, the sky was as clear as crystal and the visibility was just perfect for the much awaited sunrise.

We sat silently, running our eyes from one end to the other trying to capture every bit of the morning delights. It was amazing!

The rays of the huge fire ball was gradually reaching the surface of the earth. Those rays; which we were quite eager to draw in our childhood paintings, after placing the sun behind the mountains; were now visible to us in reality. The snow-peaked mountain ranges- the mighty Himalayas, somewhere far behind the Shivalik Ranges cropped up in our adventurous mind as the rays crossed our eyes. The grey sky was all set for a transformation as we witnessed the rebirth of the morning sky. The sun was rising, at a snail’s pace, spreading the message of patience and calmness. (We would never have related the sunrise to patience and calmness had WordPress not come up with this Prompt!) Gradually the pale orange shade behind the mountains was turning bright.

Just then, the silence of our soul was disturbed by the sound of science. Is the sun really rising or, the Earth moving down to give way for the sunshine to reach the Earth? And we were reminded of Galileo’s theory. We could then feel the movement of Earth and the pull of gravity. It is not the Sun but our Earth in consistent movement out there in space. Why don’t we just fall off? How are we just hanging there in space?  Strange indeed!

Finally our patience gave way to a bright day ahead. We could see a tiny bit of orange light coming up the mountains, slowly and gently moving up, just like a queenly bride moving forward towards the assembly on her wedding day. The sun was finally there with us to brighten up this corner of the Earth where we stay, reminding once again of the daily routine and bringing us back to reality from those moments of blissfulness.

It was a pleasurable experience!

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

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ROBWOP – The WordPress Robot!  

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WordPress says: Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

Since we started off on a journey into this new world called WordPress, everything seemed to be sunny and bright, except one. The only job we hate is just scrolling down the posts in haste when we have other chores awaiting us. We hate missing out those Daily Prompts, Daily challenges, the reflections, and the hidden words of different souls, those unbelievable journeys, the optimism, the pessimism, the positive, the negative and million other opinions, enthusiastically waiting to be embraced by the million viewers.

It was only yesterday we disclosed about our relationship with WordPress, (You Know You Make Me Wanna) and today we are here again to unfurl the hidden, ‘speechless passionate feelings’ for this blooming love. Yes, WordPress is the new love in our life.

Our journey with WordPress has been an incredible journey so far. But we have also felt the pain of bouncing over many of those wonderful posts, hoping to catch them up later. Oh! We have seen them look back at us with moist eyes as they are scrolled down the page. We have felt the pain of missing out ‘the feel’ of the hidden messages behind every photograph shared. We have felt the pain of disconnecting with WordPress every time we are reminded of our daily chores and responsibilities.

WordPress is our addiction. Yes, it is a sweet poison that kills time, the wine that leaves us unconscious and unaware of all the happenings in our surrounding environment. It keeps us engrossed in the garden of words that spreads the fragrance of knowledge, feelings and emotions.

We were in great need of an assistant that could help us in reading those entire intellectual, strange, funny, informative posts; prose and poetry; and someone who could take us to the lost world of those awesome photographs, wherever we are.

What a wonder! WordPress heard our prayer and showered on us this wonderful gift without delay. It is a Robot!

Now that we possess a Robot, we will never fail to see and read anything that pass by. Wherever we go ROBWOP (yes, this is the name of our Robot) would accompany us. We can now keep track of those million ‘speechless expressions’ from every nook and corner of the globe waiting to be heard, read, explored and felt. We can now continue with a conversation with any blogger anywhere, anytime, anyplace uninterrupted and ROBWOP would just type them down in less than a nanosecond!

And yes, our ROBWOP has a 10G internet facility for uninterrupted connectivity! Phew! What a relief!

Thank You WordPress for this wonderful gift!

© 2014 Ahmad and Ahmad

Daily Prompt- You, Robot