The Curve

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I am writing this as part of weekly photo challenge: Curve . I have used a photo from the travel we made last year. This part of road is in a village of Switzerland, it is not straight but is slightly curved, suiting to make an almost 90 degree curve in few meters.

I am prepared to take a turn, as a slight curve often leads to greater curve. A curve is a preparation. I should slow down as it gets more curved, for the view of other side is blocked. A curve means slowing down. I wonder what it would be after we make the turn, will it be the destination of our travel or it reveals much more distance to be covered. A curve leads to revelation.

Contemplating the compulsory curves we have to take to reach the destination, I conclude it as part of life. At least I presume, the path of life is a curve because we should always be prepared for a change of direction, sometimes it demands a slow down to stay focused and last the best, as the journey continues it reveals its beauty. I love a curve, everything that leads to it , everything it leads me to.

 

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Park – A Piece of Nature

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Cities are bursting with technological developments and the innovations are just changing the face of place we live. Even the home where we live continue to pile up with advanced gadgets as time pass by. Do we have a moment to spare from all these hi-tech, to take a small walk in Nature; our ultimate home. Yes, it is possible, if we have a beautiful park in the vicinity.

To take a walk in the park after a tiring day of work at home is refreshing to both body and soul.  An accompanied walk with friend or partner will cool down our mind and put our body organs back to that proper working rhythm. I often find these random walks give birth to many fruitful talks. It is like Nature urge as to speak with our fellow beings just like those trees and birds(don’t you think those chirping are an unfathomable language)

 

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Visiting a park all year means we are experiencing the seasons close at hand. With the spring comes the tender leaves and flowers. Bright hues of flowers in verdant park is a sight to behold .Also witness the arrival of some migratory birds and count the little ones of some, as it is breeding time too.

 

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Migratory bird – Egyptian Geese and geeslings(A Park in Dusseldorf)

Summer days are when people make best use of parks. Picnic lunches are best enjoyed out in those parks under the bright sun

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Autumn wind brings down all those ripe leaves. Winter will be at doorsteps in no time.

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A beautiful park should be the pride of neighborhood.  We can visit that piece of Nature often. Today, June 5 is environment day. The need to protect and preserve Nature is of great importance than ever before . Recent unexpected natural disasters around the world are warning signs for us to contemplate and correct our approach towards environment. Let us promote green and embrace environment friendly acts for sustainability.

 

Cycling

School is around 2 kilometers from my home, I was a happy teenager commuting to school in bicycle. Cycling is one of my favorite mode of travel, then and now. In urban parts of Kerala, a state in south of India, bicycle is only seen among school students, the rest used fuel consuming vehicles to travel around. Following the suit, bicycle journey came to an end when I became a college student. Discarded and unmaintained, it rested in a corner and got rusted. I remember that I felt it as an embarrassment even to go out to a nearby shop in bicycle when coevals used scooter or car.

Fast forward, I am happily travelling around along the beautiful cycle paths. Trailing spouse and expat in Netherlands,I was quite surprised by the ubiquitous use of bicycles and the well maintained cycle paths. It  might be difficult to find a Dutch who doesn’t know to cycle or doesn’t use one. Bicycles are just in par with the four-wheeler(or better as in some cases cyclists are given preference to cross lanes)  in the right to have a path of their own!. Of course  cyclists have to follow cycle path rules, use hand signals and keep traffic signals for bicycle lane.

One of the beauty of this place is canals. Running parallel to the canals there are cycle paths. On a sunny day, cycling the canal side or a wooded area along the cycle path is sure to be a subject of happiness for a bicycle lover. If only I knew the bicycle culture, I wouldn’t have let mine rusted. Happy Cycling , a pleasant outdoor activity.

 

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A cycling path in Eindhoven