Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Basking in the Sun after soaking in the Rain


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Motherly Bond

Motherly bond!

The mom and the ducklings had wandered off to the busy street near the mall.
The curb was too tall for the babies to climb and the mom won't leave them behind at any cost.
My heart melted seeing them cuddle with her as she protectively sat there against the curb.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Know as "The Queen of fruits"
It has many health benefits including a glowing skin :-)
Queen Victoria announced a 100 pound reward for anyone who would fetch her a fresh one.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dahlia with hidden flames


I was captivated by the half curled and half unfurled petals of this beautiful flower. Only did I notice the flames like center, later in the picture.
Made me think....
How sparks of emotions are contained inside...
Hidden from the outside  world.
How we need to pay closer attention to make them out.
But how pretty are they, once found out.


Thursday, June 18, 2015


Waxberry (Yangmei)
Tangy with a hint of sweet
Very juicy with a mid seed

I have only seen them in Shanghai but I think they are found in other parts of the world as well. 
They have high health benefits that include a boost to the immune system.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Ramadan

The gates of mercy, forgiveness & benevolence are opened wide. Grab the downpour of all the blessings of this holy month, my precious family & friends.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Say it with a Rose

Poppy Swing

Poppy Swing

Growing up, I loved my time on swings. The higher the better. I could spend hours sitting or standing, taking the swing to extreme heights, in opposite directions.
The love continued even after adulthood. I would run towards the swing whenever I would see one.
The joy came to a halt when I developed vertigo after giving birth to my first born.
My heart would sink at the slightest dip of the swing.
I could no longer go high, yet, I'd hold my infant in my arms and take her to the swings for mild moments, back and fro, as she enjoyed the ride.
With time, I overcame the vertigo and when my children needed a chaperone, I went with them on the multi looped roller coaster and enjoyed every ride, screaming my lungs out with them.
I could enjoy the swings again.
A few more years, and a bad back, brought back the gripping fear of jerks.
No longer, I dare go very high on the swings. I am back to mild rides, although occassionally, I sneak in a higher one :-)
As I looked at the Poppy in the picture that looked like a swing, the memories rushed by.
Oh, how life takes us on the swing ....up and down.
                                                       Shamsa Anwar

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Each is pretty & unique
Some have colors, some have none
Polka dots or lines onlique
Scattering joys , flutterings wings
They are beautiful and  mystique

This butterfly inspired these lines as I remmbered the time when I saw it clutching the tiny flowers in the winds strong enough to blow my embrella away.