When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.  – Unknown.

Friday is a fun day! Well!  I am called “School Teacher Radha” at home. Because I’m always a bit more serious than rest of the team of three pranksters.  Here is why I don’t like being in pictures with my life partner. The best part I like about him is the Prankster part. But I also don’t like it, because I have to always stay very alert at home,  you never know who is going to play the next prank.  Wes is an ardent gold panning and metal detecting enthusiast. Check out his blog here goldbuddies

You all have a good weekend!

Something to think about….

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On March 31st 1959, the Dalai Lama fled the Chinese suppression of a national uprising in Tibet, and crossed the border into India, where he was granted political asylum.

Born as Tensin Gyatso on 6th July 1935 in Taktser, China, he was designated the 14th Dalai Lama in 1940, a position that eventually made him the religious and political leader of Tibet. At the beginning of the 20th century, Tibet increasingly came under Chinese control, and in 1950 communist China invaded the country. One year later, a Tibetan-Chinese agreement was signed in which the nation became a “national autonomous region” of China, supposedly under the traditional rule of the Dalai Lama but actually under the control of a Chinese communist commission. The highly religious people of Tibet, who practice a unique form of Buddhism, suffered under communist China’s anti-religious legislation.

After years of scattered protests, a full-scale revolt broke out…

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Enjoy the silence

Lose yourself in nature and find peace.-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace. –  Thich Nhat Hanh.



Good Karma…

When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.  – Richard Gere.

This is so true in my case. Living away from India for the past 10 years I have experience this random act of kindness from unexpected people, calling me, helping me, telling me  “It looks like you needed help”.  How do you think about that? How do you respond to it? How do you react to it? I have no words to explain how blessed I feel. In any crisis, I almost take it for granted to look up to sky and say “Hey Uperwalla ! Hello God Almighty! Are you sending me a message or a messenger or some one? I am an eternal optimist and have this undying faith in Almighty.  It always works, either someone calls, or I meet a total stranger, that wants to help. I will be like wow! so this is an angel sent by God and he/she doesn’t even know it.

Anyways, woke up this morning and found this beautiful message. I set it as my desk top background to remind me what i can do each day to improve my selfish self.  The message and picture is from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation,

Pay it Forward

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. – Thich Nhat Hanh.

You all have a good day today!


“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your innate contentment. It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.”

 ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.


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We’ve had some unusually foggy weather every morning this week and it’s presented me with a great opportunity to photograph some very local landscapes. This image was taken at a neighborhood pond. I was hoping to see the owl I spotted here a few weeks ago, but no such luck.

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Ostrov,The Island

Ostrov (The Island) is a fascinating biographical movie, about an unusual Monk in a small Russian Orthodox monastery, Northern Russia.  This is directed by Pavel Lungin. I enjoyed watching it. Hope you will like it too.