All posts by Sukanya Ramanujan

Multi-lingual professional with varied interests such as reading, travelling, music and photography.
Ring of Flowers

Perfection in Little Things

I recently saw this flower- I was amazed by the details on it- It looked like one big flower with a ring of smaller flowers around it.

Ring of Flowers
Ring of Flowers

What was amazing was how small this flower actually was. Here’s another photograph of the flower with my hand beside it for scale. Isn’t that amazing?

Small is amazing!
Small is amazing!

So next time- take a good close look around you- you never know when something extremely beautiful will pass you by.

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali! (Again!)

It’s that time of the year everyone! When entire cities in the country feel like warzones with explosives going off without a break and the air is heavy with the smell of smoke.
So enjoy the free fumigation- at least the mosquitoes won’t bite you for a while. Happy Diwali!

Fireworks earlier this evening
Fireworks earlier this evening

Here’s a quick video from this evening

Coolest Calling Card Ever

S- The Search for Straka

“What begins at the water shall end there. And what ends there shall once more begin”

And the book that the quote has been taken from is as enigmatic as the quote itself. And yes, I’m talking about “S” a book by Doug Dorst and J J Abrams (better known from Lost and Fringe). I must confess I didn’t know of the book’s existence until it was actually gifted to me. The book is unusual not only in its content but also its format. The actual plot of the book revolves around the effort of two people trying to find the identity of a mysterious author- V M S Straka- whose last work they are reading. Except that their story develops as margin notes that they write in the book.

The book comes in it’s own pouch- you have to break open the seal with the names of the authors to pull it out.

S
S

Inside is a book that looks and feels like an old library book- this is the book supposedly written by V M S Straka called ” The Ship of Theseus”

Ship of Theseus
Ship of Theseus

The book is full of interesting things inserted into – all of which add to the plot in some way.

Documents Inserts
Documents Inserts
Postcards
Postcards

And I was tempted to add my own to the collection- a Pied Hornbill feather- souvenir from one of my trips.

That feather wasn't part of the book
That feather wasn’t part of the book

One of the things that I was most struck about was the presence of three intersecting tales of love- the one of the amnesiac central character of Straka’s book, the one of Straka’s translator and co-worker (who has also never met Straka) and that of the two people writing in the margins.

Margin Notes
Margin Notes

You can read the book in a variety of ways- you can read the central Ship of Theseus without reading any of the margin notes or the inserts or you can read them all together or you can read the inserts and margin notes and then read the story- completely up to you!

Coolest Calling Card Ever
Coolest Calling Card Ever
Especially with that quote
Especially with that quote

(All photos from my phone camera)

Stories in Stone

The Grandest Show on Earth

I was extremely fortunate to be able to visit the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. Standing in front of it, I was humbled. Humbled by the passage of time- rocks over a billion years – a billion! Some of the stars we see above us in the sky hadn’t been formed when these rocks were around. And stars are so old themselves.

Stories in Stone
Stories in Stone

I captured this image close to sunset (close to Yavapai point). They say that the canyon looks best close to sunrise and sunset- this is because the long shadows create an impressive play of light and dark and of constant movement and colours. Looking at this photograph you have to agree!

 

Back After A Break

You may have noticed that I’ve been silent for the last few weeks- sometimes I feel that it is good to take a break, look back on what you’ve done before and see if there are things you could change. I hope to be more regular in posting over the next few weeks/ months.

I’m amazed that we’re already in October. This year is also whizzing past us- though I’ve done so much this year that it seems a bit slower than 2013- which is a good thing I guess. I hope the rest of the year stays as exciting and colourful!

All set for a colourful last three months of 2014?
All set for a colourful last three months of 2014?

Slow and Steady what?

I’ve never seen a snail anywhere but on the ground. To see one climbing along a vine was a surprise- I don’t know if this is normal or if this was an adventurous snail that was going where no snail had gone before..

This photo looks normal except that I've rotated it
This photo looks normal except that I’ve rotated it

This is what it looks like from the other side

I'm fascinated by how the snail almost seems to drape itself around the vine
I’m fascinated by how the snail almost seems to drape itself around the vine