Love Story of the Ice – a Photo Story

The ice.


Frozen at the mountaintop.

Searching for her lost love.

Known as the Sun!

The ice knew that when they will mate, she will lose her whole identity.

When they will mate, she will no longer remain the ice. She will get a new form. A form recognized as Water.

A form that will be fluid, unlike its present form recognized as ice, which is little rigid, little frozen …

The ice knew all of these, yet her wait for the Sun gets more and more intense.

Will the Sun show up?

No one knows. Not even the ice.

Does even the Sun know about Ice’s love for him?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

But does it matter to anyone except the ice?

Does it even matter to the Sun?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

But regardless, at the very moment of capture, the Ice was giving a pose to my camera hoping that it will somehow communicate about her wait to the Sun.

But my camera did not even know how to communicate about the Ice’s wait to the Sun.

“I’m so Sorry,” I heard my camera whispering in the ears of the Ice. “I don’t know but I will tell the hands holding me to write about your wait in a language Sun might understand …”

But seems the Sun found it out intuitively and started sending some of its rays for the ice …

Is it, Sun?

Is There a Life after Death?

A lot of people are living in the past;
A lot of people are wondering why things are not working;
A lot of people are thinking about their lonely childhood;
A lot of people are blaming their society, their families or their spouses for the recent disasters they have been experiencing …

A lot of people are living in the future;
A lot of people are searching for the heaven;
A lot of people are worrying what their tomorrow will look like;
A lot of people are doing research to find out whether there’s a life after death …

life after death

The real problem is not whether there’s a life after death;
but whether you’re alive before you’re dead!

A lot of people are living dead;
If you are too then it’d be wise to feel sad.

But it would be wiser to feel sad for just a few moments.

Because things happen in this world because of actions.
Actions of yours or someone else’s.

For actions to happen, your belief systems play a significant part. Because before taking any action, we tend to validate whether that particular action is appropriate or not… but the appropriation of an action is subjective, nothing more and nothing less.

So, you have an opportunity that you can cause (create) the situations for your life.

It is not guaranteed that you will find success in this path but it is a guarantee that you won’t find regrets.

Know that life experiences do not just happen; they are made.
You can shower your life with golden ornaments and choose to become a jade!

Don’t Let Her Go

Each one of us has a special someone whom s/he wants to keep in  life no matter what.

But this post is not about that special someone. This is something that is critical to have if we want to keep that special someone in our life. Yes, that is $$$! 🙂

Watch this 2:45 secs short ad-film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Isha Kopikar and Kangna Ranaut amongst others.

This ad film is a great example of how two totally separate concepts can be connected to make an emotional impact.

This ad film has a simple message: Cleanliness is Godliness. The way they have delivered the message is awesome!

The Ad shows some specific use cases of how a common person does not care much about cleanliness at the same time s/he is worshiping Goddess Laxmi.

The punch? Immediately after the act of an uncleanliness, Goddess Laxmi goes away. The hashtag then reads #DontLetHerGo … pretty interesting way of communicating that if you don’t keep your surroundings clean, you will get poorer.

And no one wants their richness, no matter how little it is, wants to go away.


  1. You can connect two different dots to communicate an impactful message
  2. Provoking emotion is a great way to cause the change
  3. When the legend – Amitabh Bachchan – appeals in his touching way, “It is now time that we all come together to make India a dream country…a clean country so please support this cause!”, people like me cannot stop themselves from not only sharing the film but writing a thing or two about it!
  4. Great marketing is what invokes people’s emotions … if the message comes from a legend, people will listen to it with bias. Bias is one of the most powerful marketing tools!

Ok so we have learned a thing or two from this impactful ad now let’s make our homes, offices, and surroundings clean and #DontLetHerGo 🙂

The Tao of Understanding

The Tao of Understanding

When you understand kindness as kindness, mercilessness arises
When you understand love as love, hatred arises

Thus Happiness and Unhappiness produce each other
Right and Wrong bring about each other
Light and Dark reveal each other
Health and Illness reflect each other

The words have limitations
The written things have limitations
The said things have limitations
The understanding has limitations

Therefore the key
is not to “understand” such things

But to “experience” them …

Understanding goes away; experiences do not.

The Tao of Understanding is
not to try to understand the things,
but to experience them.

Concept Inspiration: Lao Tzu

On Unacceptance

A Lion is a Lion, there is no question of him being anything other than a Lion.

And the potato is a potato. Neither does the Lion ever try to become a potato nor does the potato ever try to become a Lion.


Hence, there is no anxiety between Lions and the potatoes. They don’t need an Arbiter to resolve their internal problems if there are any.

A Lion respects the potato and the potato respects the Lion. They respect each other so much that they even do not eat each other.

The whole world seems to have a clear understanding of the distinction between a Lion and the potato except men.

Men have their insistence: “You must be doing this particular thing (because I think it is right)!”

Men want other people to behave in a particular way –  in the name of society, in the name of tradition, in the name of relationship, or in the name of love …

And the struggle begins: you are torn between who you are and what you must be doing according to the other human beings.

The MUSTS don’t enjoy a good relationship with ‘is’ (being).

If you think about the Lion and Potato example, it’ll become obvious that you cannot be anything other than who you are.

Once this is clear, there is no fight. There is no stress. Nothing is to be proved. Nothing more is to be accepted. What remains is pure YOU and your reality, no matter how beautiful or ugly that is.

So, can a Lion learn from the Potato?

Sure, it can if he wants to but it is not a must for the Potato to learn from the Lion. Potato does not become inferior or unimportant if it learns nothing from the Lion.

Same is the case with Lions. Did you get it?

Unfortunately the MUSTS of the past have taught us to ignore the simple things like this distinction and we try to turn others into something they are not.

The result?

Certainly, something that is not natural.

Will such results make you feel accomplished, happy or loved?


Then why practice MUSTS?

3 Days Bachelor Trip to Diu

Are you still close friends with people with whom you went to college?

If yes, and if you’re still looking forward to creating new life experiences with them, you’re fortunate.

“Friends are the family you choose.” ~Jess C. Scott, The Other Side of Life

In friendship, you don’t “have to” take any actions. You take particular actions because you “want to” take them.

In friendship, there are no social boundaries, no looking good, just pure you … Imperfect and vulnerable.

And that’s the beauty of it. I am fortunate enough to have a few such friends who have been with me in thick and thin times and my words always fall short to describe our friendship.

Though physical distance has increased over the years as I relocated to Ahmedabad 9 years ago, there hasn’t been any mental distance whatsoever and we have always enjoyed spending time with one another.

For last 3 years, at least once per year, we choose to spend time … just 2-3 days … alone. Without anyone’s spouse, children or any other family members.

Idea is to recreate the carefree and stressless life experiences again without much worrying about Bank balances, the decreased amount of investments or increased size of the belly.

2nd weekend of July 2016 enjoyed one such trip. On Friday, we started from Rajkot, drove to Diu via Sasan/Gir, and returned on Sunday.

While the places we visited were good, the memories we created together are priceless. Here is a PhotoLogue of our trip:

The Wait of the Peacock

Spotted a beautiful peacock waiting for the rain.

wait of a peacock

Observed him for a few mins: apparently, he had no reasons to be unhappy but like most human beings, he was not at its happiest.

The reason?

The rain hadn’t come yet.

He was waiting for the rain to come. He was waiting to dance with all his craziness. He was waiting for his peahen to notice him and talk to him at the earliest.

But there was no rain. And there was no peahen.

When the peacock opens his feathers, he becomes vulnerable. Scary animals such as Tigers can target him easily when he is vulnerable … but he’s okay with it. All he wants is the rain so he can dance and bring his head, heart, and soul together in the moment.

The peacock is not only waiting for the rain, he’s waiting to express himself fully and show his true self to someone who matters to him the most.

The wait of the peacock reminds me that no matter what beauty one possesses or what credentials one has acquired in his life, he always wants something else to include in his being.

Like the peacock needs the rain and a peahen to participate in the experience he wants to create, humans too need others to participate in the experiences they want to create.

The best way to deal with it is to accept it that it is okay to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable does not make a man (or a woman) weak, in fact, it makes them strong and opens them to newer possibilities.

Vulnerability attracts.Vulnerability connects. Vulnerability creates.

Vulnerability creates new life experiences.

Sometimes, it is okay to wait. Sometimes, it is okay to be vulnerable. Sometimes, it is okay to let things happen … but it is not okay to stop doing your part.

The peacock waits for the rain but does not stop singing to call the rain. This is very important. When you’re waiting for an external circumstance to turn favorable, you should not stop doing your efforts.

That’s one thing we can learn from the wait of the peacock – depend on others, but continue doing your part.

And one day, you’ll find your rain … and your peahen!