Symmetry in Nature – What a Wonder?

Symmetry in nature – what a wonder?!

This little plant (in the front yard) caught my attention as I was rushing to pack the kids up in the car to take them to Tamil School today morning. I paused for a second to admire the symmetry and felt compelled to take a picture of it.

Adi gave me a stern look and said: “Amma, You have been nagging us all morning to get ready and get in the car. Now you stand there enjoying that silly little plant and then clicking pictures of it. Get in the car – NOW.”

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. – Herbert Read

I got in the car and then proceeded to give the kids one of my long lectures. The topic was “stop & enjoy the little things in life”.

What little thing did you enjoy today? A leaf, a plant, a fruit, a conversation, a smile, a hug, some hot chai. What was it?

How do You Blow off Steam?

More Magazine  asked me how I blow off steam?

Check out their slideshow  on some unusual ways entrepreneurs regain their peace of mind.

Here was my response:

Recall a Positive Memory: I have several pictures that are captured in my mind’s-eye. How stunning the landscape looked from Mt. Dana Peak at 13,000 feet or how the clouds were just an arms’ reach away when I stood on Mt. Whitney Summit at 14,500 feet. I only have to close my eyes for just a tiny bit and transport myself to the sights, smell and sounds of sheer beauty–to a place where I felt very much alive and at peace. Then, I come back, re-energized and ready to take on the world.

How do you blow off steam?

Karthikai Deepam

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu specially Tamils Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar.

Maa Vilakku (Rice Flour Lamp) is made during special occasions such as aadi velli,purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.

Maa Vilakku is a special lamp made with freshly ground rice flour and jaggery kneaded together as a dough with a dent in the middle where we pour ghee, place the wick(thiri) and lit the lamp.

Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 1 - Ambal Balakrishnan