Feeling Blue

I’ve never been a lover of sapphires. Their deep blue color was nice, but not so appealing to me. Having an April birthday, I prefer the clean, crisp diamond to colored gemstones.  But, one look at the azure sea of sapphire toned homes in the Indian city of Jodhpur instantly changed my opinion on the shade.

This most beautiful tangle of royal blue, turquoise, indigo, and slate homes weaves it’s way through the muddled terra-cotta streets leading to the gem in Jodhpur’s crown: Mehrangarh Fort. Deep red, gold, and amber in color it’s stark contrast to the royal blue beneath it only enhances the beauty of the city. 

My parents and I had the pleasure of strolling through the alleyways one afternoon clicking photo after photo. Beautiful blue after dazzling purple, rows and rows of azure abodes, we were mesmerized by the simplicity of these monochrome streets. However, what struck us most was not the richness of color but the strong sense of community woven together as tightly as the intertwining rows of buildings.

Women, men, children, animals clumped together like rubies in a crown, basking in shadow and protection of the ancient fort. Worshipping, having tea, chasing chickens, playing cards or gossiping about the strange tourists asking permission to take their photos. We were welcomed, embraced, shown personal artifacts, and told stories of how magical their blue city is.

Our time spent in the silver chain of sapphires was only an hour, but it was the most significant and astounding part of the city. What lies amongst the ocean of aqua is a deep sense of serenity, contentment, and pride to be part of the diamond that is Jodhpur.

Royal Blue
Royal Blue

 

Rubies in Jodhpur
Rubies in Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort

Jaipur, India

Printing in Jaipur.
Printing in Jaipur.
Kite flying on the roof. Jaipur, India
Kite flying on the roof. Jaipur, India
Jaipur driver, Jai.
Jaipur driver, Jai.
Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Temple in the Mist
Beautiful elephant
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Misty Mountainside
Fort in the fog
Courtyard
Courtyard, Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Mom and Dad at Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Gateway to Paradise, Palace at Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Room with a view
Amber Fort, Jaipur.
Amber Fort, Jaipur.
Dense fog, Jaipur.
Dense fog, Jaipur.

Paper Mountains

My mom and I made a recent trip to the local book shop. Wait, shop is too weak a word; book warehouse is more accurate. We were buried in words millions and millions of them. I love book shops. The smell of new books signify new places to go, new people to meet, new ideas to try. So many possibilities, so little time.

Anyway, we were nestled in our corner piled high with everything from vegetarian recipe books to travel books to Beatles photograph books, when I came across a book my mom had picked up. It’s a small book on how to clear your clutter. What I thought was a simple book on how to downsize your stuff, turned into a keyhole of possibility to clear all the stuff that bogs you down: mental, physical, spiritual clutter, etc.

We immediately purchased this little treasure, brought it home and started organizing our lives. My Mom is busy clearing physical clutter and I am busy clearing emotional clutter. It’s amazing what you can see when you climb through paper mountains. Incredible vistas of opportunity you never knew existed suddenly become clear. The summit is in sight! I think I hear a John Denver song playing somewhere in the distance.

Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble