Looking back at this picture today and this tall pyramid, which is called the ‘Temple of Kukulcan’, all I could see is how tiny we humans are and how our lives revolve around these other tiny lives while there exists a gigantic universe out there beyond our comprehension. There was a time when these other tiny people called the Mayans built this entire ancient city of Chichén Itzá.
At times, we live in such bubbles that we tend to forget how we are all a part of a greater purpose and there is so much meaning to each of our lives. While I stood besides this structure, it inspired me to give back to the world something powerful enough that would withstand all storms and generations. These pyramids are the some of the oldest standing man-made structures built by the Mayans. It evokes the thought in me that if those tiny people could do it, we too, carry all the strength and power we’ll ever need within us to change the world.
It also reminds me that you have the strength and power to create things larger than yourself and all you need is to expand your thinking beyond trivial things and broaden your horizons. To think beyond your bubble and start thinking about this world and how you could make it a better place. When you start building towards something meaningful in life, brick by brick, step by step, there will be a day when you will look back and simply marvel at the beautiful world you’ve created. ✨
PS: If you ever do get to visit Chichén Itzá, definitely hire a tour guide because this place is filled with so much history and interesting facts that merely taking pictures with the pyramid won’t do any justice to it!
Exactly a year ago, I started writing and updating my blog regularly on WordPress and Instagram (I created ‘The Shooting Star Blog’ in 2015 as a hobby). Being stuck at home due to covid-related lockdowns, I had finally found the time and determination needed to write consistently. And here I am, a year later, holding a book that has one of my pieces in PRINT!!
From writing poems on the back side of my question papers in school to finding one of my poems being printed in a physical book (e-book as well!), it’s been quite an amazing journey. Also, my favorite part of it all is that one of my poems I had written celebrating Women’s Day is being published.
This also reinstates my faith in the Universe and makes me believe that if you pour your heart into something you really care about and put in your honest efforts, things do tend to work out. Generally, for the best.💫
Isla and me decided to meet at Pebble beach. She always loved the beach. Probably because her name itself meant an island in Spanish – Isla. I faintly remembered our beach getaways during college days. It had been 10 years since our last rendezous at the beach. Since the Californian winds blew quietly that day, we decided to directly head down to the beach.
For the longest time we just sat quietly on the sand, staring at the deep blue ocean in front of us. The sound of the crashing waves being the only sound amidst the awkward silence. I suddenly remembered, this place was called “Pebble beach” and I saw all these pebbles lying around. I grabbed some pebbles from around and started stacking them one above the other. Isla joined in too. We both got engrossed in placing the pebbles on top of each other, trying to maintain their balance. While we were at it, I said, “You know, people stack these stones to make a..”. “Wish! I know”, she said and smiled. I smiled as well, amused at how she remembered this random thing I once told her.
Just like that, here we were, 10 years later, skeptical if we had lost our connection and wondering if our friendship could ever make sense again. Yet, we were back to being those same two kids who used to run off to the beach, where we would stack some pebbles together, wishing for future adventures together.
I didn’t wish for anything that day and I know she didn’t as well. Maybe, one of our wishes from the past did come true. Because here we were, reunited as the best friends we always thought we were.
A wise old man once asked me, “Son, do you want to hear the story about the thousand suns?” Intrigued by the man’s question and worn from my own exhaustive journey, I sat down to hear more. Then he said, “There are these thousand unique suns out in the world and if you let their rays fall on you, your life will be filled with inner peace and happiness, no matter what. You will find them either during sunrise or during a sunset. There won’t be any signs, but make sure you look towards the sky each day and you will just know.”
I searched for long, trying to find these magical suns that would be the light of my life. I visited that old man again after a few years, desperate to find out how I wasn’t even able to find even one of the thousand suns. He looked at me and started laughing. I thought I had made a fool of myself trying to find something that didn’t exist.
The old man then said to me, “Here you are talking about how you failed to find the magical suns that would enlighten your life. And yet, you couldn’t think about every sunrise and sunset you saw during your journey. Those were the rays of sun you were supposed to collect and you’ve been doing it all along. Every time you paused to stare at the magic of this universe, the different colors of the sky and let it grasp your attention, you did collect all the magic out there.”
That day, I thanked the man and walked away to catch another sunset.
P.S: Took this shot of a beautiful sunset at Tulum beach, Mexico. Missing the beach life a lot! Do you guys prefer to watch the sunrise or the sunset?
Let’s collect flowers and save them in a book Pressed amidst random pages, where no one would look From the days when we wished for the time to stop So that our good times would run in an endless loop
Let these flowers you pick from the ground Remind you of days that made you forget time And how happy you were in your own little world Oblivious to everything happening around you
And each time you come across a dried little flower I hope the faint scent and its imprints on the pages Remind you of a time when this flower was in full bloom But right now, it’s a cherished memory, an invaluable heirloom
P.S: We found these cherry blossom trees in the Japanese Tea Garden located in the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Eagerly waiting for the cherry blossoms to arrive again this Spring!
If you ever wonder what you’re made of, Think about the flowers that bloom through branches and thorns alike Their purpose is to grow into these beautiful flowers That makes walkers stop by to adore and smell Or make people carry a fresh bunch home To remind them how beautiful this world actually is How even a single stem can brighten up your day And how an entire bunch fills your entire room with fragrance
Let these flowers remind you That you too, are meant to grow into something beautiful Sometimes you need to just let yourself be Maybe a sunflower, maybe an orchid, maybe a tulip You don’t need to be a part of the same bunch
Choose whatever you want to be and sow the seeds today Slowly growing roots and expanding your stems Even if the world looks at you just as a bud today, There will be a time when you too, will be in full bloom. 🌸
P.S: Came across these lovely flowers while taking a walk in New York City. Loving the spring vibes all around!
They say, she tells a story without any words All you have to do is pause and simply watch her flourish Through the long branches of trees old and new How she cuts through massive rocks that try to block her way And flows over the tiny pebbles that people once threw
She doesn’t seem to care how they view her or judge her criss-cross path For all she knew was to flourish through it all Changing courses when the obstacles didn’t let her slide through For one way or the other she was meant to endlessly flow
She moved seamlessly, being her unapologetic self That grew and outgrew everything that came under her way Roaring through the wild forests, “I am born this way and this is what I am meant to do”, She gathered all of her forces and incessantly she moved
Leaving the world to see the marvel that she was A natural beauty, creating magic wherever she falls ✨
P.S: This picture was taken at the Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina and was shot on my good old iPhone 8. Always fun to try something new in photography! Also, happy weekend!
All I’ve ever know in my life Is to shine Amongst heads held high and hearts full of pride Even through dark night skies And peeking through skyscrapers so high Anything that tries to dim my light Only witnesses how bright I shine without putting up a fight For I never learnt how to dull my sparkle even through time Coz all I’ve ever know in my life Is to shine. ✨
P.S : This picture was taken at the Bryant Park Winter Village in New York. It’s almost Spring in New York and I was surprised to see the Winter Village at Bryant Park still lit! Loved how glorious the Empire State building looks from here. Hope everyone’s excited about Spring!
“Friends forever” were the words we sketched under our desks For we never even thought our lives will ever be a mess My partner in crime and my friend in need, Me for you and you for me, that was our world indeed
We didn’t live for tomorrow, coz our present itself felt like a beautiful dream We laughed our hearts out and celebrated each other’s wins Holding hands, we ran with the wild winds, stuck with each other like glue Look at us now, jumping into the phases of life without any clue
They say heartbreaks are tough but what about friendships that were lost None of us can put a value on the pain they cost For love may come and go, but true friendship is one of its kind Which comes with an unsaid promise, to be together through space and time
To my dear friend, even though we may have drifted apart You and our friendship had a happy place in my heart And if I ever come across a picture of us, your hand on my shoulder and us smiling together I’ll cherish the memories and pray that you don’t lose that smile, it’s all that matters!
Take a moment from your walk back home And walk into that cozy café that you see everyday For once, just grab an empty table there The one where you see groups of friends laughing And the couples that sit on one of the corner tables Where the fairy lights brighten up a dark winter evening And the decor still reminds you of the holidays Where a cup of cappuccino comes with a heart made out of cream Don’t forget to smile at the small gesture Instead of grabbing your phone, grab a nearby book or get one of your own Or simply look around and see the world around you The world that doesn’t just exist in your head But is living and thriving with warmth and love So instead of pouring out all your thoughts today Ask the lovely waitress to pour you another cup of coffee The one that comes with a heart And take a moment to lean back and just live! ✨
P.S: This picture was taken at one of my favorite cafes in Brooklyn, New York called Pasticceria Rocco. Have been a regular customer since last 5 years and I simply love this place!