Raths and Rage

Yesterday we had been to the Rath Yatra organised by ISKCON in London. It started from Hyde Park and ended at Trafalgar Square. We were there until the raths crossed Picadilly. That itself took around 2 hours. It was my first time and the energy and the unity were astounding. I loved how everyone irrespective of caste, creed, nationality, colour, and race joined in what they believed and brought joy not only to themselves but also to the people who were watching them too.

At the same time, India-Pakistan match was going on. We heard a few of them talking about it on the way. By the time we were heading back home, we knew that it was a lost cause for India. We already have enough reasons to disrupt the peace and harmony of any place. We don’t need sports as a reason. The best team won. Sports is all about sportsmanship. No point showing your hurt by raging against the team who won. Whoever it might be. That’s so shameful. I was reminded of Hermione’s quotes when I read that news article.

“That’s the trouble with Quidditch,” said Hermione absentmindedly, once again bent over her Rune translation, “it creates all this bad feeling and tension between the Houses.”
She looked up to find her copy of Spellman’s Syllabary and caught Fred, George, and Harry looking at her with expressions of mingled disgust and incredulity on their faces.
“Well, it does!” she said impatiently. “It’s only a game isn’t it?”
“Hermione,” said Harry, shaking his head, “you’re good on feelings and stuff, but you just don’t understand about Quidditch.”
“Maybe not,” she said darkly, returning to her translation again, “but at least my happiness doesn’t depend on Ron’s goalkeeping ability.”

It is just a sport after all. 🙄

Happy Festival Weekend

Happy Vishu and Tamil New Year (Belated…it was on Friday)

Happy Easter! 

Finally, ready to have my dark chocolate egg breaking my #Dechox fast! It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. It might have been if I had given up on sugar totally. Wouldn’t mind doing it again next year 😉

WPC: It’s all green

I am taking this week’s Photography Challenge theme as an excuse to post some of my photographs from last week’s St. Patrick’s Parade in London, where green was the color of the day. It was such a fun parade. green2green1green3green4green5 (BTW: Things are a bit confused here because of an incident at Westminster. Hoping that there will be some clarity soon on what exactly happened. Be Safe!)

Winter Wonderland

We went to Winter Wonderland, which is at its 10th year this year, in Hyde Park, London. Here are some photographs of that place. I did not go in any ride because of the crowd and let’s be honest, most of them were s**t scary. I half expected to have snow falling on us 😉 It would have been awesome. But the kids were having their time of their lives.
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X-Mas at the Regent Street

When we went out on Sunday, we had the pleasure of going through Regent Street, London which had these beautiful displays throughout. Here are a few of them.

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I half expected people to break out in a flash mob and sing some Christmas songs! 😉