SoftyPink n GloriousRed

…. the colours of life with my kids


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When flowers beckon!

I was fascinated when I’d read about the cannon ball tree, especially the flowers seemed interesting and appealed to the botanist in me. It has an unusual arrangement of the stamens which has been modified into a hood. And is hence known as the Naga Linga flower and the tree is the Naga Linga tree.

Not very long ago I happened to spot a tree in the area where we go for our dance classes. And some of the days I take that route depending on traffic. Recently when I went that way I was reminded of the tree and was wondering if its in bloom and that I should go check sometime. Thing is, there’s another tree beside it and I’ve never been able to notice the blooms from afar.

Incidentally, the very next day we ended up going to that very street for a lunch treat from BIL and parking constraints ensured we parked the car near the tree! The first thing I did on getting off the car was to run to the tree !! 😀

Its incredible how wishes/thoughts manifest and then are fulfilled… in the most amazing ways!!!

Here are a few clicks taken using my mobile phone…



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P.S: Found a nice write up and lovely pics here !! Go ahead and check it out if you are a plant/flower person like me 🙂




I never tire of watching the sky! The lovely clouds…the beautiful patterns and amazing colours leave me mesmerized !! Needless to say, my pic archives has loads of sky pictures 🙂

Sharing a few recent ones.. all pics captured on my humble phone!

Trees silhouetted against the colourful sky!
View from our office terrace.. splash of colors!
View from our office terrace..
View from our office terrace..
Civilization.. and nature one frame!
A close up of the setting sun.. captured while waiting at the traffic signal
Riot of colours!.. another one captured while waiting at the traffic signal..


From the famed Rose garden in Ooty 🙂

L is for Light!

And leaves 🙂

Effect of light on fresh new leaves of the season… translucent and so very delicate…



Linking this to the letter L at ABC Wednesdays – Round 18.


Evening sky !

The dramatic evening sky in all its glory. Felt lucky and blessed to be treated to these gorgeous views on my way back home when I started early from office on a couple of days, Feb 1st and 2nd , to be precise 🙂

Just couldn’t resist clicking!!


Wonderful and awe-inspiring..isnt it !!


I indulge myself from time to time by gifting myself some of the lovely flowers available at the florists. The weather here is favorable and most of the flowers stay for at least a week or so.

Carnations are one of our favorites and they come in an amazing variety of colours! here are a few recent clicks..




Hope you like them 🙂 Cheers!

Art love!

We are a family of art lovers! 🙂 Not serious art aficionados in a strict sense but we love to create/dabble in art. A large part of my childhood vacations were occupied with drawing, painting. I would then randomly showcase my creations on the walls. Mom was always very encouraging and never stopped me from putting up stuff on the walls 🙂

I mostly dabbled in water colours on paper. Later on, sis 2 learnt nib painting during her college days and I picked it up from her. We made a couple of paintings and they adorn the walls at dad’s home. With the kids, colouring and painting become a fun activity that they loved! Lots of drawing, colouring , painting over the years 🙂 It is still a favourite past time for Ammu. She now loves to browse, and draws inspiration from the world wide web!

More recently, sis 2 took up painting on glass, glass bottles specifically. This love became active again after a spell of dormancy! Glass, paints and other stuff were duly purchased and the kids and she came up with a few paintings on glass. Yet to be framed… here are the pics..

Glass 1
A Geometric pattern.. outline by sis2, filled in with colours by Ammu n Adi !
Glass 2
An abstract one by Sis 2
Glass 4
Lotus in bloom sis 2

Some recent art work by Ammu..

In her favourite motif – hearts!
Sketches! Ammu loves making sketches these days.. We’re quite in awe 🙂

Hoping this happy, colourful, artsy streak stays alive and keeps us alive to the sheer joy of creating! 🙂



Keeping it simple for the last letter for this round. And quite apt too..

Zinnias from our little balcony garden. Gifts for us this Christmas and New Year! 🙂

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Linking this to the letter Z at ABC Wednesdays.

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Diwali 2015 – Rangoli…n Rays of light!..

This Diwali, it has been raining non stop and I almost decided to write about the Rain! But the thought of rangolis and the rays of light lit me up and lo the U turn !! 🙂

What looked like a dreary and uneventful Diwali due to illness n dull rainy weather turned into a lovely one thanks to Ammu’s enthu…yet again! Diyas, Rangolis, dressing up – quintessential fun Diwali! sans any of the Diwali sweets n savouries though…

On day 1 of Diwali, Ammu was feeling restless and was looking for something to do. Luckily I had a stock of unused diyas from last year. I suggested that she try painting those and she was thrilled at the idea. I expected her to finish just a couple and give up. But post lunch, the enthu caught on and sis joined her. Together they painted a dozen diyas… in various colours and designs! Totally unexpected 🙂

I on my part managed to decorate a single used CD as diya holder, with some glitter from her craft supplies.

Painted diyas

We made rangolis in the evenings. It was wet and windy outside and no way were the diyas going to stay lit even for a moment. On day 2 and day 3 we made rangolis inside the home just so we could place diyas all around 🙂

The Rangolis


The diyas… all lit. Rays of light to dispel the darkness…the essence of Diwali!!


Hope you all folks had a fun filled Diwali as well !!

Linking this to the letter R at ABC Wednesdays.

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