May be

As I sit here on my porch and the wind chimes above my head ring loud with the strong wind, I can’t help but ponder.
Mind you the birds are singing too. And this one bird in particular, she just seems too happy on this bright sunny afternoon. She’s been chirping non-stop, I did try to follow her voice to find where exactly is she squatting but couldn’t… the big busy branches of the tree are too dense for my naked eyes.
With the COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing guidelines being lifted slowly but surely everywhere around the world, I wonder what this little bird is trying to say in her chirpy melodious voice.
Is she just happy or is she tying to tell us humans something? May be she is telling us to stay indoors a tad bit longer. Maybe she is trying to tell us that without us this planet was doing just fine.
For all these years, we’ve been only taking from this planet and giving nothing in return, selfish much? Today as we sit indoors, the fact is that the sky is more blue, birds have taken up singing again while the trees are busy dancing with the wind and the animals enjoy roaming free.
May be we’ve tamed this beautiful blue planet a little too much for our convenience. May be it was never meant to be this way. Where has the wilderness gone? May be we are not wanted by other living beings. May be this tiny little outspoken bird is their messenger. May be she is not done enjoying the freedom and freshness of clean air. May be this quarantine set her free. May be she is trying to say that this planet is not ours to ruin.
Just may be.. we should think about our actions going forward.. and act upon it. May be the bird is giving us our final chance.. we must take it, for their is no other way…

Saree: Suta; Shoes: Vincent Camuto

Apprehension

Who would’ve thought this would happen to us? I mean look at our planet – what have we done to it? It makes me cry. We kept abusing our planet non-stop, no wonder it’s showing us who is the boss now! People are afraid of people. This looks like a scene from a zombie movie where everyone thinks about themselves and is trying hard to just stay alive. I so hope it doesn’t come to that.
Anyhow, here we are – isolated, quarantined, scared and unsure of the future. Some are sick, some recovering, some unemployed. ☹ I pray for this to STOP. This has to STOP. This is no way to live life in fear and anxiety.
I have two small kids who can’t go out to play, live a normal life like we did in our childhood. I want them to have the same freedom that we adults did at one point of time. Let’s not ruin our last chance once all this is over – that is, if we get that last chance! I hope we do. May all this gets over SOON.
Let’s do our part to calm down mother nature’s anger towards humanity. We are our own enemies. Our cars, air conditioners, factories, senseless meat consumption, deforestation, single use plastics – our destruction list in too long to count. All this has done irreparable harm to our planet. We only have ONE planet. Let’s SAVE it. I am doing my part and will keep doing it. How about you?

This little gem of a saree is gifted by – you guessed it – none other than my beloved mother. Love how graceful it makes me look. It is what you call a perfectly behaved saree. Shoes are Anne Klein -sorry they are sold out now (similar ones).

Solitude

Our recent trip to India was soul satisfying. (Btw, thankfully we came back a month ago, way before all the lockdowns and travel bans). While in India, I basically just did ‘nothing’. I woke up, ate and slept. In my humble opinion, we all need such times in our lives when we are not running behind something. Though this trip was absolutely impromptu and the reason behind the trip was definitely not ‘leisure’ or vacation, I still had a very relaxing time there.
This trip made me realize that we don’t realize, in general we run behind too many things in life. From the start of the day to finish we always have things/activities/chores planned. Our To-Do list is never ending and stuff keeps piling up – it’s the story of our mundane routine lives. From now on, I have decided to block time in my to-do list to do NOTHING. Yep! This time will be used to absolutely do nothing. No nail spas or facials or shopping trips – Just nothing. I don’t know what I will be doing during that time. May be I will pick a pen and notepad and just write my thoughts or may be I’ll just sit and relax and stare at the wall. This feeling of ‘I have nothing to accomplish’ right now would be so freeing since we are always ‘on the go’ and rarely have time to sit and do nothing.
I wrote the above paragraph two weeks ago, when things were not as crazy as now. Looks like I won’t have to ‘make’ time to do nothing, we have been forced in to it anyway. Ok, maybe not nothing, some of us are still working from home, tending kids and the elderly but you know what I mean.. No traveling to work, no socializing, no partying equals to more free time. How are you spending all this ‘extra free time’ at home?
On the plus side, staying home more means more opportunities to wear a Saree. I am sure liking the freedom of dressing up my way – everyday!
This light weight printed chiffon saree in mustard felt perfect for a ‘work from home summer afternoon’. Bought it in Kanpur (India) from a local shop, you can find similar ones here and here. Classic Clarks Moccasins.

Serenity

These are crazy times. Nothing feels real, it feels as if we are part of a movie and events are turning out how it would happen in a movie. I am not going to tell you what to do, I guess you already know all that, thanks to the health officials, social media, TV and all other news outlets. We all know what to do and what not to do during these crucial times. Let’s do the right thing and stay home as guided.

Wore this soft cotton handloom saree to brighten up my mood and day. The skies are grey outside today and so is my mood with everything going on around us. May we emerge even stronger after all this.. and may this pandemic is behind us sooner than later. Wishing good health and safety for all.
Saree is from Suta, white pumps are Abella. This saree did not come with a blouse so matched it with a bluish-gray blouse (my design).