link day!

three videos, three wild cats, one festival, one poem and a quote. things that moved me this week.

 

this moved me. we walk by so many people who are disabled physically in different ways. some more stark that you take note, and some one can hardly notice. i take the train to work. and local trains in mumbai are not disable-friendly. one day, i met a blind woman, catching the local at peak hours. she is one of the bravest people i have met, and she doesn’t think so, which makes it even more special. she travels from andheri to bandra everyday and for those of you who have done that route, it’s quite a packed section! here is a beautiful look at “because who’s perfect? get closer.”

 

i’ve never been to africa. and that’s definitely on the list of places to visit. with this video, i so wish i was one of those people in the car… “lounging lions!”

 

animals are surprising. just when we tend to ‘stereotype’ wild animals, they break out, show us the exception to the rule. so that doesn’t happen just in english huh?  this leopard surprised me!

just submitted some photographs here. if anyone’s interested you should send them in. it seems like a lovely festival in the making, and what better way to be part of it. of course i’m partial as my cousin’s part of it! presenting “do din”

 

and on a day that nelson mandela passed away, i am reminded once again of the poem invictus (and the movie where i first heard it). the power of those last two lines, the empowerment in them!

Invictus

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
to end, a beautiful quote by nelson mandela:
“We should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall”
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