March 28, 2008

Hello Spring

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

The sun shines warm and bright, the sky is blue and clear, the sparrows twitter as they fly around, the pigeons around my window sill coo as they walk past, the sounds of singing birds and rustling leaves is delightful to my senses.

Days are pleasantly warm and nice and evening breeze is cool. April is almost here, and it would be good to spend more time outdoors before it gets unbearable, as the summer is almost round the corner and seems to be in a hurry to arrive.

Before I give more attention to the latter part of my above statement, I’ll try and concentrate on the present, and enjoy it. I love these visits to the beaches, to the parks, to watch the butterflies flittering from flower to flower, the sun rays through trees, the sights of flowers blooming, bees humming, birds singing, and the migratory birds still lingering around the sea shores. I get much happiness in exploring the desert showing signs of green life with patches of colors of pink, yellow and white blooms.

Fugue should see a resuming of my writings on travels to Madhya Pradesh that is somehow going at a snail’s pace, and I shall try to post more often in future.

My last month's visit to the Kumaon region of Uttarkhand of India was the 20th state and union territories that I covered. This summer, I intend to explore the rest of the State around the Garhwal parts of the Himalayan region.

On the other hand, besides India and Kuwait - two countries where I have spent a major part of my life - with this visit to Jordan (a second proper visit as the previous one was during the evacuation time just prior to the Gulf War I when I passed through it hurriedly), I have now visited 16 other countries. No, I will not bore you with the list but because of requests from a few friends, I wish to write about them (if and when time permits) on a separate blog or at least post some pictures of those places though some of them before I had a digicam will need to be scanned and then posted.

To get back again to one of my favourite topics, i.e., nature, we live in a world of wonders, and it is manifested as we watch nature unfold before us during each season, isn’t it? It’s such a privilege to be alive and to be a witness to those changing seasons!

Thank you for visiting Fugue and leaving words of encouragement. Indicaspecies appreciates your comments. Let’s spring in the air in celebration at the onset of this spring.


Indrani said...

Hi Celine,
Pl do write about the countries you visited. Through these blogs I get to learn about other countries, the first hand experiences are more revealing than what you get to read in books and journals.

Indrani said...

Forgot to mention, that first shot of flowers was beautiful.

Smita said...

March - The season to just be... Will look forward to your Garhwal travel stories.

Zhu said...

Oh lucky girl! I envy your travels and of course, the description of the spring over there!

Here mine: it's currently -14C, I have about 3 meters of snow in the backyard... oh well...

Anonymous said...

Celebrate Spring! I am feeling all the positive energy springing from the ground and flitting back on the air.

GMG said...

At this rate, and travelling every month, you'll beat the record; I'm becoming so jealous... Petra!!!
One of these days Blogtrotter had a visitor who had an amazing and beautiful travel blog: sold his house and was travelling around the world for some months already... unfortunately lost his track...
Have a great weekend!

backpakker said...

beautiful make me feel like Im doing nothing ..

indicaspecies said...


I'll try to do what I can and thank you for showing the interest, and encouragement. :)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for dropping by. I welcome you, and the spring. :)

Garhwal will be in August most likely, so those tales are like.. at least 5 months away!

indicaspecies said...


You've had a wonderful trip to France, and your Paris pictures vouch for that.

Spring arrives at the close of a winter day, and I hope pleasant days arrive in Ottawa soon. Until then, keep smiling. :)

indicaspecies said...


Darlene, I can sense the positive energy darting from the ground, into the air, getting right into you..and me..haha!

Celebration time. :)

indicaspecies said...


Petra was good, and I know you are not jealous. :)

I just happened to get a chance to travel during the past two months, but I guess it won't happen now till the summer. And leave alone beating the record, no way could I dare to even compare to your extensive travels and I will not either. Have a great weekend, Gil. :)

indicaspecies said...


Lakshmi, thanks.

You are kidding, right? You are one of the most active persons I've seen around, what with your extensive travelling, writing, and what nots. :)

Saibal Barman said...

What a brilliant quote to begin with--for me, an ardent fan of Dickens, it's most rewarding !
Welcome back, Spring ! And, my friend !

indicaspecies said...


In addition to the quote borrowed from the West, I can also add a touch of the East to welcome spring with Raga Vasant and Ragini Bilawal.

Thanks for the welcome. I wish you a great Spring as well, my friend. :)

San said...

Dazzling springtime photos, Celine. We are lucky on two counts: 1. Spring is back. 2. You are back.

indicaspecies said...


That's a very warm welcome. Thank you very much. :)

Anonymous said...

Checkin in too late. What's with the last paragrapph :) 16 is a lot of countries, my passport just has 4 countries and a 5th coming up soon. I was a bit concerned when you mentioned "another blog". It would lead to, as they say, brand dilution!

indicaspecies said...


Thanks for your comment and your concern. I do understand what you are conveying and your opinion is valued.

Anyway, for now, I am busy writing on India in this blog. Another blog is just a thought. Let me see whether I would really get around to managing one or not. I'll be in touch with you on this.

Your 5th is one of the most interesting one. I wish I could make it there too. :)