Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Morning Breeze!

Morning breeze!

Tranquil morning walk
Outdoor with early birds;
Walking & Holding, natures hand,
Cool air breeze
Slaps my face
Softly with grace!
Gentle breeze flows languidly;
Reach passing through woods, orchards
Mountains, sea and meadows;
with sweet, whiffed cool touch
And changes the silent world!

Listening to the tune of the breeze,
she sings to me through needles and leaves
nature's song can be seen in the trees!
Songs of beauty,
just a rhythm
without any words;
That breaks silence of nature
to incarnate fusion of nature.
It’s pleasing to my ears;
Celestial cool touch lifts my soul.
Usher inner peace!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Experiencing the Wild Side-Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Travel through beautiful wooded trails is always exciting and soothing and appreciate the rich diversity of plant and animal life as the colours, scents and textures of this extraordinary landscape unfold before you  gives lot of excitement. Last month I got opportunity to visit wild life one is the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, and another one is Bannerghatta National Park.

Ambasamudram is my husband native place of whenever we go to native we also made a detour for the famous Agasthiyar falls, which is also a religious centre. The Agasthiyar Falls lies inside the Kalakadu Mudunthurai Tiger Reserve Forest. After Pappanasam check post the entire journey is uphill and very scenic.First we went to Agasthiyar Falls.
Papanasam Falls (also known as Agastiyar Falls) are located in the town of Papanasam. It is a small town, yet popular tourist destination situated in the Ambasamudram taluk of the Tirunelveli (Nellai) district of Tamilnadu. The nearest towns are Ambasamudram, Vikramasingapuram,. The place is also called as Papavinasam.
The Papanasam town is a famous picnic spot amongst the locals and the tourists. The Pothigai Hills beautifully provide background to the Agasthiar Falls.
 Rich in culture and heritage, Agasthyamalai was at the core of the reserve, while several temples and teerthams set deep inside the wilds added a mystic touch to it.Tirunelveli’s perennial river Tamirabarani was joined by smaller rivers like Manimuthar which cascaded down the rocks. The best time to visit the Agasthiar Falls is in the morning, at the time of sunrise.
Legend of the Agasthiar Falls
The height of Agasthiar Falls is 120 meters. The shrine of Munivar Agasthiar is located atop the cascade. It is believed that during the holy matrimony of the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, all the Gods and Goddesses from Heaven had gone to the Kailash Parvat, in order to attend the auspicious ceremony. This disrupted the balance of Earth, for which Munivar Agasthiar meditated at the Agasthiar Falls and the wedding was completed smoothly. To commemorate this event, a procession is taken out by the locals of the idol of Munivar Agasthiar on the anniversary of Shiva and Parvati every year.
There are other dams like Papanasam, Kodayar, Karaiyar besides Manimuthar, offering scenic views, but not all of them were open to the public as they were hidden in the dense habitat of the KMTR.After bathing in Agasthyar falls we headed journey toward Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary .
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary:
Away from hustle n bustle of city life, drove yourself into the deep jungles of this tiger reserve.Located in the Tirunelvelli district of Tamil Nadu, at the foothills of Western Ghats and the adjoining areas. The flora ranges from forests of the tropical wet evergreen to the tropical dry deciduous and thorn forests in the lower hills and covers an extensive area of 895 sq km.About 14 rivers and seven dams are in this forest. This Hills have no possibility to stay anywhere inside sanctuary except for forest officials. Just a day trip.
Mudanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several hundred plants and animal species and Wild life lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to this wildlife park. The sight of so many members of the animal kingdom is sure to amaze everyone. 
Some of the wild creatures that can be sighted in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary are Tiger, Mouse deer, Leopard, Rusty spotted cat, Brown palm civet, Leopard, Sambhar, Spotted deer, Malabar giant squirrel, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Sloth Bear, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Martin, Indian pangolin, King Cobra, Python, Monitor Lizard, Flying Lizard, Pit viper and others. It is certainly very thrilling to explore the dark mysterious forests and see all these beasts in their natural habitat

 If you want to behold the beauty of the winged creatures and listen to their sweet humming voice, the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is also the right place for you to go to. The avifaunal population of the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of Ceylon mouth frog, Grey headed bulbul, Great Pied hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Grey hornbill, Oriental bay owl and Broad tailed Grass warbler.
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The Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible and arranging a trip is no problem at all. The nearest railway station is Ambasamudram located at a distance of about 6 km. Buses are frequently available from here. The months of October to January are ideally suited for a visit to the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.Trekking opportunities are also there in the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. However prior permission of the Wildlife Department is required if you are interested in trekking.

Although it is tiger Reserveit is very rare to see tigers and lepords. to explore the forest we need special Permission from forest ranger.

It is certainly very thrilling to explore the dark mysterious forests and see all these beasts in their natural habitat.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Soulful lullaby

A lullaby is a soothing piece of music, usually played or sung to young children.    There is something so magical and beautiful about these lullabies. A soothing music to help those tiny toddlers fall asleep is a beautiful practice followed by mothers across the globe since ages. A woman may not claim to be musically accomplished..but when she carries her baby in her arms and rocks him/her to sleep, she starts singing lullabies. No one teaches her before marriage about how to sing her baby to sleep. Yet, she gets this magical power to mesmerize, soothe and comfort her baby.
(Pic from google image)

I used to rock my kids in ‘thooli’ cradle made by folding and tying an old cotton saree. The tying of the ‘thooli’ itself is an art and perfected by my mother. The ‘thooli’ swinging to and fro and singing song to my kids in the soothing tone is like almost hypnotizing the baby to sleep. I used to sing few Bhajans. Sometimes I use to hold babies in my chest and sang these sweet lullabies. But in spite of knowing all these songs, I used to sing some favourite Classical Carnatic songs to croon my babies to sleep. They used to listen to my rendition of “Karpagavallinin porpadangal”,chinachirupenpole,Parathpara Paremeswara Papanasamsivan songs, few Bharathiyar's song and Uthukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer songs. At the end of these songs, they will open an eye and say mmmaaa and I would start off again :)

However, unfortunately times are changing and this custom has undergone many changes with time. What has happened to the mothers of today? Motherhood itself is changing drastically with most urban women doing a balancing a fulltime job and the task of childcare. Unlike our mothers and My generations mothers who could easily sing those soothing lullabies and  that would put us to sleep in no time, new age moms are finding the act of putting a child to sleep a tough one. Why?  Simply because most of them actually do not know how to sing a soulful lullaby!Initially few days even my daughter doesn't know song to console her baby.now she holding him and started singing songs what she knows:)

My beautiful newborn one month old grandson, has been with me from the day he was born. I speak to him in our mother tongue. I even put him to sleep with lullabies. He puts his little arms in my neck and puts his small feet on my lap while I sing him a lullaby. The two of us share these tender, blissful moments with each other.

For him I sing songs what I sung for my Kids. Apart from that he likes "varam thantha swamiku " a Music composition by Ilayaraja in Neelambari raga. 

Whenever he cries I sing this song and he stops his cry . This raga that is soothing like a lullaby that cradles one’s senses. This is a raga that is associated with relaxation, peace, and slumber. 
 Another song he falls asleep listening is Chinnanjiru kiliye'. Its a famous Bharathiyar song based on raagamalika in tamil.  so many thalltu songs in Tamil to sing. 

Today’s moms save songs on mobiles and pcs..One of his another favorite is aararo aariraro, aaraaro aarirero ,aararoo.. aarirero....

yaradithar enaluthai aditharai soliyalu, kanne navamaniye- a laali/lullaby song for baby krishna by Bombay Jayashree and

 Manikkam katti - P. Unnikrishnan. whenever he listens this song before end of these songs he sound asleep.

 While it is not advisable to put a toddler into this habit of depending on a gadget to fall asleep, it will be lot nice if they get to sleep listening to some ‘meaningful lullaby’ instead of a movie song. Mothers, who worry about inability to sing a lullaby, not to worry as babies do not care what their mothers sing or how bad their voices are, as long as they perform it with soul! We have all seen it how much every kid loves the warmth that the mother gives them and make them fall asleep. In a new research it was mentioned that child-mom relationship getting stronger with soulful lullabies.The children who go to sleep listening to lullabies of mother grow into more confident people , its feels protected and emotionally happy.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Contrast Colours!

A little uplifting of the mood
by beautiful contrasting colors
live in a world of yellow and green,
An abundance of colors rarely seen,
deepest red among darkest green;
pink shells on brown hand          
cobalt blue ocean
wave against orange sunset
A tree fell on the front lawn
Crushing pink tulips;
Creating a beautiful panoramic view!
Their cheerful forms and colors
Mesmerizing nature with various hues
when your vision is able to capture
all good things of life
It depicts that life is beautiful !