Spring like feel to Late Summer

I know.
It just looks like some road side yellow color flowers.

It is.
It is also more than that.

As I take a walk with the boys discussing something utterly foolish….this bright colored flower bush catches my eye.
It adds a spring like feel to late summer.
It also add a spring (pun intended) to my walk.

I observe. Therefore, I am.

At Omkara Ganapathy Temple on Ganesh Chaturthi Day

I have a thing for temples.

I am not religious. But, I still have a thing for any place of worship. One can’t deny that there is a reason that humanity gathers at these designated places of worship…to thank, to pray and to gain strength.

Many years ago, during a Thaipoosam walk, my friend Balu Rajagopal talked about a Hindu Temple in a city called Temple(!?) in Texas. He talked about the origins. He talked about bringing the Omkara Ganapathy statue in the temple. He spoke so vividly about the Kumbabishekam.

I shared with him my fascination for Concord Murugan Temple (the temple that was our destination after an 18 hour Thaipoosam walk that day).

I never thought that life will eventually lead me to move close to Balu’s much talked about Omkara Ganapathy Temple in Temple, Texas.
Not only that.
Somehow, this month, my fate/destiny/choice (or whatever else you decide to call it), made sure I stood in front of Omkara Ganapathy Temple, in utter awe, on Ganesh Chaturthi Day.

As I get older, I am completely mystified about these chance happenings in life…that don’t seem like chance after all.

Hope y’all had a great Ganesh Chaturthi Day!

Warm water of the Atlantic Ocean. Met my feet.

Another first.
Warm water of the Atlantic Ocean.
Met my feet.
For the very first time.
Joy knew no bounds.
Extra special.
Because waited for this moment for so long.
Since reading about warm Atlantic Ocean waters in grade 8.

 

My love for the Pacific Ocean: http://ambalbalakrishnan.com/2013/07/21/national-bridges-at-santa-cruz-in-california/