No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha All is procession; the universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion. -Walt Whitman Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. -Thich Nhat Hanh Inspired by Cheri’s Photo Challenge: Path

It’s Fall

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. by E.E. Cummings (Photos by Viraj Thakur)

San Diego – New Year at Gas Lamp District

The Gaslamp District provides a vibrant, youthful and rich experience to visitors. Only a short two hours drive from Los Angeles, this place offers a round-the-clock party atmosphere with plenty of bars, restaurants and dive bars to chose from. It extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, covering 16½ blocks. It includes…


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There is so much beauty in the ordinary and so much ordinary in the Beautiful. Beauty lies in the perception of the beholder. But finding the “extra” in ordinary is what makes life beautiful!

Photo Challenge: Natural Boundaries

Man has set so many boundaries; be it the barbed wire protecting one’s private property or the well patrolled country borders. Even the houses we build are meant to set boundaries from our neighbors. No matter how strong these human boundaries maybe, the boundaries that nature sets are insurmountable.

NOLA – The Big Easy…

New Orleans had been on the top of my bucket list for so long that I almost did not believe my ears when my husband suggested visiting New Orleans for his Birthday in May 2015. We stayed at a hotel which was walking distance to the French quarters. The first thing we wanted to do…


India is famous for its ancient monuments and their unrivalled architecture. Here are some pictures of old temples some of which are well preserved and others in ruins. Yet even the ruins are a great testimony to how incredible these monuments must have been in their day. It makes me proud to see the mettle…


Weekly Challenge: Motion

Hello Spring!

True … Spring is not officially here until March 20th this year, but these specious blossoms are a welcome reminder that she is ready to wake out of her slumber any moment and stretch out fully revived into her majestic splendor. Happy Spring Everyone!

Walls can talk

I loved this week’s Photo Challenge posted by Cheri Lucas. I must admit I never before gave a thought to how we are intrinsically attuned to decorating our walls with the best life has offered us; be it scenic paintings, pictures of friends and family or decorative items that we have collected over the years….

Out of focus

    Inspired by Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Avante Garde – Abbott Kinney

Abbott Kinney (situated between Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey) is famous for its Avante garde style, and it’s cool, hip vibe. Named after the famous developer who built the Venice Canals in 1905, the main strip boasts of some of the finest restaurants, artsy shops, wine galleries and fun to meet local artists. There…

Pedestrian Art

The pictures above are of beautiful Arizona vibrant with its man made and natural art. For more on this beautiful place, read my article: The Great Arizona Outback  Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs and More

What do you live for?

Most of us meander through life without ever really asking this question. We let life lead us where it will. Yet there are a few enlightened individuals amongst us, who not only know what they want but they know that no amount of material wealth and comfort will quench their thirst for knowledge and truth….

Photo challenge: Endurance

Some of these pictures are from Hampi a village in Northern Karnataka – India, said to have been built around AD 1336-1570. As you can see the craftsmanship on these artifacts is intricate and unique and has stood the wrath of time warranting to be called signature specimens of the timelessness of art.

It’s a wine thing!

Not too long ago I visited Malibu Wines which is a beautiful winery that offers wine tasting options along with a sunny outdoor locale. The best part about this place is the setting which offers an amazing view to the valley (very picturesque). They welcome you to pack yourself a picnic and order wine from here, it makes for…


Here is a glimpse of Goa in Monsoons. Thanks to the rains, nature has OD’d (overdosed) on colors. These pictures were shared to me by my sister who recently visited Goa. I thought these pictures suited perfectly for this week’s Photo Challenge. Photos courtesy Viraj Thakur


Here are some pictures of the famous St Xavier Church of Goa. The relics of St. Xavier are kept at this church in a silver casket and brought down for public viewing once every 10 years. The next exposition is planned for 2014. Ubecute believes and respects the sanctity of all faiths and is not affiliated…

The great Arizona Outback

There are counted few moments in everyone’s life when you feel like you are in the midst of something so grandiose and majestic that it’s almost surreal. If you have visited the Red Rock Mountains or the world-famous Grand Canyon in Arizona then you probably know what I am talking about? Recently we drove to…

A Shadow

Ever since birth this dark billowy figure follows me. Shape shifting; thick and stout, or narrow and long, depending upon where the sun rests on the celestial compass. Reticent yet resolute; watching my every move. Like the spy that never gives up even after the war is waged or like the shepherd who never stops…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

Here are some pictures of some of the opulent rooms at Hearst Castle, decorated with tapestries and painted ceilings and impressive paintings. I love these pictures because they are both elegant and gothic at the same time. I am a big fan of “goth” may I add?

Finders, Keepers!

I love this picture which was a really lucky find that I and my Dad stumbled upon one day visiting a temple in Goa. It was an old beat up building of what looked like an old hospital or pharmacy to me. My Dad who has a great eye for all picturesque things asked me…