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At that moment #3 : A dance of light

Long long ago, during a bus ride to Toulouse on a grey day…

I rested my head on the seat in front of me. My small travel bag was hanging from this seat whose strap was between my forehead and the seat on which I am resting my head. Not a single drop of water was consumed from the water bottle I am carrying and I am staring at the half eaten Oreo packet I had bought, in the seat’s small netted elastic basket. I ate just one from the packet which I had brought.

In the twilight zone around 100 km away from my destination, I saw a dance of light on my hands as I held them clutched. The flickering light came from the right side of the bus. I looked towards the warmth.  I saw a giant cloud in the shape of a tortoise shell with the sun behind it trying to lurk out towards me just like the head of a tortoise from its body.

As bus kept moving, shorter trees along the road made way for a clearer view of this giant shell of cloud between a brown and a bald head in the right side seats of the bus. Two smoke trails emerged from this giant cloud. The trail was gaining length as two airplanes were flying away from this cloud towards left.

At this moment, dark gloomed over the bus as it entered a tunnel. A few moments of ride, few moments of darkness with little light and then at that moment we emerged into…

A beautiful landscape on either sides. Green land glimmering under the golden light at the golden hour of the day made small hills with little houses made of red bricks on top to shine bright, even from the farthest distance. A bridge made of stones with many giant pillars supporting a railway line between the small hills on my left, reflected the warmth of the bright light and hence the stones seemed yellow in color. To my right, a valley sheltered many houses than it’s opposite side. There seemed enough light to shed over these beautiful small houses, even though they were closed to the direct contact of Sun’s warmth as a small hill stood between them. 

A little curve along the road towards right, made the sun rays shower the light to wake the sleepy eyes that were either slept or were lazy under the twilight ridden bus ride to Toulouse.

People woke up from cold to the dance of light.

(PS: I got to know that this is my 150th post in WordPress blog. I have no idea what to tell. Keep checking out folks for more posts and thanks to all who are constant supporters and at times appreciated the work. )

 

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The Train Journey

Last week on a train journey to Fontainebleau, which is around 60km from Paris, I was lucky enough to be seated by a window. I was travelling alone, due to which, I sought the companionship of music.

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It was beginning of the evening. Among the rows of 10 seats, punctuated by a passage to walk, dividing them into bays of 3 seats facing another 3 seats one side and 2 seats facing another 2 seats on the other, I opted for a seat on the 3 seat bay, by an east-facing window in the train moving southwards of Paris. When I sat, there were only very few people.  In the row, front of mine, sat a blonde woman, facing the same direction as me, on a seat tall enough that the only part of her visible to me was the top part of her head. Diagonally to my right, in the 2 seat bay and in the same row and direction as that of the blonde woman, was a couple who sat close to each other and were engrossed in the phone which I assume belonged to the guy, as he held it firmly while the girl was tapping randomly on the screen. Even though I was not keen on those who were sitting behind me, I did hear, in this French speaking nation, the voice of an English speaking young woman.   Then a group of 5 boys, who appeared to be south east Asians came and occupied the remaining seats in my row. While they occupied the 4 seats in the 2 seat bay, the remaining person occupied the right most seat facing the south direction, in the 3 seat bay.

Unperturbed by all this, I took out my kindle and resumed reading The immortals of Meluha which I had begun to read earlier that day, all the while listening to music. This is something I don’t usually do but I just gave it a go this time. Sometime later the sound of the train suppressed the music that I was listening to. So, I increased the volume a little so that I could hear music clear enough to make my mood flow with music and it worked. Unexpectedly, this didn’t distract my reading, rather it set up a perfect evening ride, amidst the dancing of golden hour light through city buildings, as the train left  Gare de Lyon.

I was immersed in reading and observed very little outside the window. The City never amuses me so much as what nature does. The city buildings passed by just like that. My eyes darted away from my Kindle for brief moment to look at the river Marne. After crossing the river my eyes scooted to and away from the window. As train reached outskirts of the city, houses seemed to go far away and greens seemed to approach the railway tracks. In the meantime, I finished a chapter and kept the kindle inside. The train was proceeding in a constant motion and I changed my playlist to one that included OST from movies.  My eyes were now completely glued to the windows, looking outside. I had travelled on this route quite a number of times in last few months. When I first travelled, it was a cloudy day and the river adjacent to tracks had flooded the nearby houses. I had learnt from news earlier that day that there was a flood in Paris but never thought that I would be a witness to it for the first time in my life. There was a calm aura after the floods and my friend, who was then travelling with me, expressed his concerns on how the floods had affected many lives while I had been trying hard to see beyond the calmness left behind by the flood. I couldn’t see what I wanted to see that time. Next time, when I travelled through this route it was snowing. Compared to the previous journey, this time, I enjoyed looking through the window and it was my first time travelling while it was snowing. The snowfall outside the window did put a smile on me whilst being accompanied by melodious songs from my playlist. The third time I travelled, everything seemed dry, as winter was ending and it was just before spring set foot.

This being my 4th time and that too during spring, I saw lush green trees, alongside the tracks, which were moving rapidly matching the rhythm of train’s motion, but in the opposite direction. Behind these trees, far away, were small towns which seemed to be situated in the valley. I could see only top portions of the houses, which were built in typical French style of architecture. Compared to the trees, these houses seemed to move back little slower. As I looked beyond these house, I observed green hills moving slower than the houses. The farthest I saw, were clouds which seemed rooted in their position.  The first thing I observed was, that the objects closer to train were moving fast while ones farthest were slow.  As I was engulfed in this moment, I was intrigued by a thought from one of my fellow blogger’s post. In his recent post, he explained about his train journey and the things he observed from it and at the end, he asked the readers to share their train journey experiences. At that point of time, I had passed it as just a suggestion. However, at this point of my train journey, I was driven to bring out a meaning from the experience I was enjoying.

The following is what I understood from my recent train journey…

Just like the train, my life is moving at a constant pace. Even though train is at constant speed, objects around the train seemed to move at different speeds. Trees along the track were fast, the town behind the trees were slower and hills under golden clouds on a beautiful warm evening were either very slow or seemed to be completely motionless. Looking back at my life, I realized these things are like people in one’s life. In my life, there were people who brought me smile and joy but left quickly, just like trees passing by. Towns which were slower but bigger enough to hold my sight were like those friends who were a part of my joys and adventures and I know that they will be there for a very long period just like the towns which grew bigger in time. And then, there is the hill, which is the ‘home’ to not just the trees but also to many other living things. They will be there even as I move far away from them. It could be concealed from sight at times when the trees alongside the tracks hide them completely, but moments later the hills will again be in line of sight just like my family is in mine. And it dawned upon me that, I look at the hills with high regards just like I look at my parents and brother along with Rocky and Tinkoo.

A start

I was away from WordPress for a very long time for the reasons I am trying to make a list. However, I used to come across other blogs often and check out how the world is been seen from other perspective and words.  One of the main reasons to be away from blogging is my masters and in particular my thesis internship at Aix-en-Provence because of which I had to stay away from family (India) and friends (both India and Poitiers, France). Others reasons include eat, sleep and travel!

 

 

Talking about traveling, I had a lot of it. Moving from Poitiers to Aix-en-Provence was one big event in 2017 which led to a gateway of meeting new people and awesome trips to Rhone-Alps, Provence, Monaco and many other places mainly in the south-east region of France. And the above video is the result of those awesome trips and memories.

It seems every moment is a fresh start. There is no need to wait for a new year or new month or new day for a fresh start. It can be done in the very next moment as you live. Every moment are new and it doesn’t matter how you live, but just live. I like to live eating awesome foods and traveling and other things.

Let’s start a new moment to live and enjoy!!

 

Euro trip – Roma, Italy (Day 1)

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Long long ago I had been to Rome, the capital of Italy and I explored Rome also called as Roma to my fullest extent. Since then I was trying to share the memories I had with Rome, ancient city from Roman times. It was fascinating to see some of the old roman structures standing to this date surviving many wars, weathers. Considering myself as learner and fan of history I was happy to be in this ancient city and witness the following architecture and monuments of ancient Rome.

Thanks to Roma pass, my friends and I had pretty easy access to visit these amazing places in our three day stay at Roma. On the first day we tried to explore as many places as possible and the result is here.

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Colosseum

 

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Eurotrip – Florence, Italy

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Florence, also called as Firenze is one of main cities of Italy and home to some of amazing art works of renaissance period, is also my favorite city in Italy. Florence was second stop during our trip to Italy after Pisa. From Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David to panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo along with Italian cuisines, everything was perfect and I enjoyed every moment I stayed in Florence.

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We reached Florence in the evening and by the time settled in our rooms it was already dark. We thought of exploring the city and its night life. We started our journey visiting Galleria dell’Accademia where we came across famous Michelangelo’s masterpiece David and many other art works. Being someone who is fan of history, I heard about David and saw his picture for the first time in history book during my school time. And the moment I stood next to the actual sculpture, it made me realize how far I have come in time and space. The look on David’s face and his famous warning glare which said “you talking to me?” and veins on his right were some of the amazing details of the sculpture that caught my attention. Further exploration of the galleria led me to some other amazing art works and my favorites are here.

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Masterpiece

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Later that evening we had dinner in a restaurant whose name I forgot but not the taste of pasta and lasagna. Then we got the opportunity of enjoying the chocolate syrup and waffles en route to our hostel rooms during last hours on the last day of the stalls. Then, met our friends from Toulouse at Ponte Vecchio.

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Next morning with a city map in our hands provided by our hostel receptionist, we went to Piazzale Michelangelo. There we met our friends from Toulouse.

Then we all went to visit Giordino Bardini, Palazzo Pitti, another house of many roman arts and culture where we spent most of the day.

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Later we headed towards cathedral by which it was dark already but still had lot of time to spend. Enjoyed the street music, some more foods and finally left Florence with awesome dinner at Salaam Bombay and the beauty of renaissance arts.

Eurotrip – Pisa, Italy

Last exam of the year finished just days ago, and finally it’s holidays. This time I have no plans of going on trips instead I am thinking of completing certain some things. First and foremost, to complete Naruto series which by now is done(almost). Then to read couple of books, watch movies and some more TV shows and if possible learn a programming software. And so, I have started this Christmas holidays.

I don’t know where I came across, once I read a new year resolution which said to travel to a place to which you have never been. I liked this thought and I made this as my new resolution too, some years ago. And I have been cherishing up this resolution by traveling to new places. The year 2016 was adventurous as I traveled to some really amazing places whose list started from Pisa of Italy. Here are some pics from my trip to Pisa.

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River Arno

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No trip(considering if you are into taking pics) to Pisa is complete without people trying to lean against leaning tower or trying it to save from further leaning. Here is the pic, my friends trying to prevent the tower from leaning!

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2015 Year Trip

From minute things in my home in India to the magnum buildings in Europe in 2015, I present the things, places I saw which inspired to see some more places in 2016.