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An ode to Basho

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The onset of spring. Solitude and peace in a Japanese garden. Cherry blossoms waiting patiently for a sensuous rampage. While the magnolias and chaenomeles can no longer wait. They have burst forth like the vanguards of the season. Water – some stagnant, some speeding, lulling, yet not putting one to sleep. Trees – some empty, some flowering, others evergreen as if reflecting the circle of life. So many scurrying thoughts, yet so much peace. Zen. Yes, such were my vagrant thoughts on an empty weekday at the Auburn Japanese Gardens. When I look back and reflect, there were too many […]

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In the Heart of the Reef

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From the rust-coated outback to emerald green, Jurassic rain-forests, the wind beaten, primeval canyons to indigo blues of three guardian oceans, Australia’s beauty is abundant yet scarce, raw yet comely, humbling yet humble. And topping that list, the first among equals, is none other than the Great Barrier Reef. Without it, Australiana is never 100% complete. With it, history unites with geography, while a proud past fights against a fragile future. Comprising over 3000 reefs, the largest reef in the world has existed for millions of years, though the present infantile incarnation is ~10,000 years old, existing since the last ice age. Seen from […]

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At the Bali Bird Park

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A few months back, I was enthralled to visit the tiny island of Bali – the most popular isle of Indonesia. While the journey was a revelation – as most journeys should be – the island had a striking appeal that made me realize the reason for its crazed popularity amidst all kinds of travelers – hippies, surfers, beach aficionados, temple trailers et al. Whatever you could ask for – food, culture, history, geography – the island gave you back in the plenty. But that is a separate story that needs to wait. Yet another surprise that awaited me was […]

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A Louis Vuitton in Paris

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If you are lucky, Life sometimes takes you back to the most vibrant of your down memory lanes. If you can withstand the overwhelmia and still breathe in peace to savor a fresh set of memories, you can’t get luckier… Why do I write this, you might wonder? After seven years, a close friend has gone back to Paris! Paris – the place where the insanity for Bohemia all began. Sometimes it all feels like fast moving scenes in some old, pastel colored movie set – an imposing cathedral here, an art noveau edifice there; small, artistic shops selling bits and […]