Thinking of Mewat on Earth Day.

I don’t know if they own the farms they work on, and I understand their life is tough – but it was Earth Day yesterday and I smiled when I thought of the women in Mewat working in the vast, green and golden fields.

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The blue sky… (not seen in my neighbourhood)

Road to Mewat

And the birds.

Nooh, Mewat, Haryana. Nikon D7000

Sparrow in Nooh, Mewat, Haryana

Green Bee Eater, Nooh, Mewat, Haryana

Green Bee Eater, Nooh, Mewat, Haryana

Pied Kingfisher.Pied Kingfisher, Nuh, Haryana

And it might all change disappear in future, in the name of development.

Clours Mewat

Mewat sunset by Brat Three. 

Sunset in Mewat, Photograph by Brat Three

And though I am was disheartened after reading about the rigging, violence, death and curfew in Punhana, Mewat.

And although there is no news of re-polling, yet.

And I still don’t know how without zero tolerance to any kind of foul play, do we expect to have free and fair elections?

How do we expect non-violent ordinary people (like us) to be involved then?

Do you think this involvement of common man and women can make a difference? I do. 

Sanjana talking about Right to Vote to equal citizens – some of who officially vote, but possibly have never seen a polling booth. 

AAP volunteer Sanjana in Anaaj Mandi, Punhana

It’s difficult sad to imagine violence in the peaceful, sometimes picturesque, villages we walked the lanes of.

Peaceful Mewat

There were women at work everywhere.

Women in fields

A friend asked, “Are you more involved in these elections than in any earlier elections?”

It sounded like an accusation and I felt almost apologetic at first 😦

But this is exactly what has changed. Many of us who were outraged by the system, and willing to contribute time and energy knew no way in which we could make a real difference.

I used to wonder then, when we read in our History text books about ordinary people stepping out of their homes to support Gandhi. It’s easier to believe and totally understand that now – specially when you can see it happening.

The commonest Indian crib was – “Is desh ka kuch naheen ho sakta” (Nothing can be done for this country)

And then something changed.

Alka talking to women in Taudu. I had taken only 300mm F/4 (zoom lens) so could not capture the actual scene – a small group in the fields at some distance. 

Alka in Taudu fields

So there we were, city people, some of who had never been to a village before, in and out of Mewat homes and lanes, drinking tea, talking, listening – warmly welcomed by strangers who did not expect to see us again.

And we were learning more than text books or media could ever teach.

I intend to go back and share this picture with this family 🙂 And maybe be, be a part of their lives in more ways than just listening to them.

Mewat, Baby

And the most amazing part: I am not the only one.

So yes, I am more involved in #Elections2014, and for this opportunity I am grateful to the person who made it possible.

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When you can’t do anything else…

The child pointed to the carrots in the rikshaw.
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So how did you go to school?

This is what makes Brat Three happy :)

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More than an year after buying running shoes and after having given up any hopes that it would ever happen, after having deleted the apps for running from my cellphone –  I have started jogging 😀

Didn’t expect it to happen. I had gone down to see why Brat Three was late from the park, she was playing what she called basket ball but which didn’t look like it, but she was having a lot of fun – so I decided on an impulse to attempt to run. And I loved it 😀  Brat Three loves it even more, she loves it that she can run way faster. (She finishes the same round of the park in 44 seconds, I take 1 minute 13 seconds).

So she runs ahead and hides in the hedges or bushes and jumps at me out of the darkness, with a loud ‘Ho’ and I get a fright almost each time, and that makes her day 🙄 And how many times can you do that before you are fed up? Brat Three can do it forever 🙂

When I happened to mention this to my mother, she, all but burst into tears – she said this is what makes her happy.

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Brat Three loves frocks. Frilly, lacy, preferably glittery, shiny, colorful pink frocks. The first time I spent some time showing her more comfortable options before we picked a pink frock (will share pictures). The morning after she wore it I entered her room to hear her singing, arms stretched out in a hug to the frock on a chair back. She sang, “Frock I love you”.

Here are some more recent pictures in a black frock that she also likes because it has lace, satin, ribbons and frills.

These pictures were taken on the way back from a birthday party…

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“…Audacious smiles
laughter ringing clear-
warm hugs and
little sudden pecks on my cheeks!

A whirlwind of a girl;
now here, gone in a flash!…”

From Usha Pisharody’s For a Daughter I Wish I’d Had!!!
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She wishes she was a bird or at least a Flutterby 😀
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Learning with Brat Three.

Two conversations with Brat Three

A kitten by a road side.

On 19th Jan 2013.

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Why this?

A Morning in The Life of a Blind Cat.

We met this blind cat in Bombay – ne (he/she) has found loving humans who feed nem (her/him) and let nem be.  [The Need for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun]

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I first saw nem (him/her) when ne attempted to bully this little kitten we were sharing our breakfast with,

cats and dogs like human company

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The kitten saw nem coming and …

Frightened cat

Ne seemed to know that the blind cat couldn’t see nem, ne stayed still.

The kitten is hiding from this blond cat...

Look at nir ears, ne is listening. The kitten made no sound.

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 We suggested ne has some fried egg too,

blind cat eating fried egg

And ne did taste some,

Tasting before rejecting

Then decided there were better things for nem to do. Like being scratched and petted…

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A blind cat in Bombay, Nikon D7000


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And listening to humans talk about cats. Blind cat sitting on chair

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A kitten by a road side.

This kitten (in Pune on the side of a busy road) had a rope around it’s neck, the other end was secured under a stone – I think to prevent it from being run over.

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It called out to those who would hear him.

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This head butt is a how Sherkhan expresses his affection…

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I wish he wasn’t born here, or brought here, to live by a busy road 😦

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But it does have a family, for now.

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And plenty of love from people passing by,

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Note: All pictures taken with ISO set at 3200 for some shots the evening before 😦 

Updated to add:
Here’s why I didn’t think the kitten had been abandoned.

a dog and a woman

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This afternoon.

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Lazy Sunday mornings…

Mobile pictures from this morning.

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Somebody’s back on the cushion.

Meaning the temperatures have come down 🙂

Is he planning to sleep?

The handsomest cat in the world Looks like it?The handsomest cat in the world almost asleep Did you doubt it 🙂The handsomest cat in the world - asleep

What do the birds and the bees have in common?

I keep a bowl of water for birds, but guess who drops by for a drink?

“Water!?”

1Bee testing the waters Dip a finger… 2Bee dip a little handTake a sip. 3bee disturbs waterSense the camera? 4bee again Realize the suspicion was right! 5Bee notices the camera Walk upto the window…

Now what is this one trying to say?

Thank You?6Staring BeeIs this a Bee or a Wasp?

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Some random smiles from HP Connected Music IndiBlogger Meet in Gurgaon :)

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Happy whispers? 🙂

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Trying not to smile 🙂

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2. Before…

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After  😉

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#HPConnectedMusic, Indiblogger Meet, Gurgaon, 20th April 2013

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…And laughter…

#HPConnectedMusic, Indiblogger Meet, Gurgaon, 20th April 2013

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5. Sunny Deol steps…
Dancing like Sunny Deol :D

6. Moon walking…
Moon walking :)

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9.  And some more dancing

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And then the Photo session….

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I have been busy…

He’s been busier 🙂
IHM's cat 1

IHM's cat 4

IHM's cat 1
He still found time to …

IHM's cat Puppy