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Hope Springs Eternal

The weather may be unbearably warm, there may be long power outages, work may stagnate, things may go wrong, but there is always hope. I can find always happiness in the most unexpected places. A forgotten incident that springs to the mind, triggered by the sight of something, a blog post, a comment from a friend, a hug from my son, time spent with my family, good news from afar, a kind word…oh, the list is endless – when we care to notice. I do. All the time – consciously. Because the little things add up to make the big difference.
Here’s a series of photos I particularly enjoyed taking – and love. Yes, I have a fetish for these great structures with history attached…

The first five photos are from the 13th Century ruins (Golconda Fort, Hyderabad)
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Calm, still waters. Don’t run too deep, though. It is just a lake. With crocodiles.
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I just love this photo: The bamboo, the lighting and the stone – so serene yet warm! I don’t know why – it makes me think of my friends. Cozy. Happy. Hug. Love.
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Now, let us go grab our itinerary and travel the world from Unknown Mami’s Sundays In My City link up. I love her, I do! Swipe the image below:


Ah, just one more thing:
If you’re interested in learning more about an Indian Classic Art/Dance form, here’s a post you might enjoy reading: Yakshagana Performance by Vidur Sury (you know who that is!)
Have a great day!
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Cheers!

Vidya

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    April 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    At this point in my life, Vidya, I don’t know what I would do without Hope. When things are at their worst is when you need Hope the most. I do have plenty of that! Because of your positive, beautiful outlook on life, and your expressing it on your blog, I am trying hard to find the good things in everyday life. Thank you for that, my friend. Love the pictures. The lake looks so serene, but when you mentioned crocodiles, it took on a bit of a haunting perspective. Thanks for sharing with us! XOXOs,
    Terri

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Dearest Terri – I know. Hugs. It is hope that keeps us motivated to go on, some days. I take a lot of inspiration from you. And feel proud I make a difference in your life. But that’s what friends are for, right? Love you!

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    Molly
    April 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The lake picture is exceptional but they are all beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter.

    Mollyxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you, Molly! Have a great week!

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    sheila
    April 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love this and love the pics! I cannot believe you got so close up to that lake with crocodiles! lol

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      What’s more, Sheila, we had no idea if one was lurking right under our boat! 😀 Lucky the guy told us later. 😀

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    Wayne W Smith
    April 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hope is indeed so important! You pictures this week certainly reflected that as well.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you, Wayne! I spent some time on your blog and enjoyed the week’s posts! Especially the Fragmented Friday and He Said/She Said. 😀

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    Tara R.
    April 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for this great reminder to keep looking for the good in each day.

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    Tara R.
    April 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for this great reminder to keep looking for the good in each day.

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    Tara R.
    April 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the great reminders to look for the good in each day. I love the fort photos.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you, Tara – I originally wanted to title this post with “let there be light” but ended up with the one that’s there now. 🙂

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    Cathy | Treatment Talk
    April 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hi VIdya,

    Love your historical pictures. There is always hope – thanks for sharing!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Dear Cathy! Thank you. When I posted these, I was thinking how strong and solid they are, and have been around for centuries, just like hope. Hugs!

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    StarTraci
    April 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    There is always hope, indeed! And beautiful things around us to see everyday.

    Happy Sunday.
    🙂
    Traci

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you Traci. 🙂 You’re absolutely right and that’s what I live by!

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    Keetha Broyles
    April 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I just read a book set in a castle – – – wonder if the castle looked like that?

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      🙂 Wouldn’t that be grand, Keetha? Some parts of this fort are beautiful and it is hard to imagine that they’ve been preserved so well amid the ruins. Thank you for coming by!

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    My Inner Chick
    April 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    ~~~Vidya,
    your kindess, love, and compassion has no limitations.

    You are such an inspiration to me.

    ….A bright “LIGHT” in a dark world.

    Love Love Love. Xx

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Kim. You inspire me just as much. Love and hugs!

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    Mrs4444
    April 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Interesting. I, too, am fascinated by structures from the distant past. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      🙂 Thank you for coming by, Barbara. You know, as we enter the fort, there’s a beautiful painted map of the place, showing all the features just like a regular painting. I love that place.

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    Purba
    April 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

    This too shall pass – it’s this hope that gives us strength to fight our battles.

    Especially loved the illuminated bamboo capture.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      That’s my favorite Purba. And when I saw it before clicking the picture, the place looked magical.

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    MamaTim
    April 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

    U’ve posted a brilliant inspiring post, inspires me to take note of all things, even the menial.. hugs, oh lovely pix too!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you, MamaTim! I am so glad you came by. Like my son says, even the ceiling fan becomes the most important thing when the weather is warm! 🙂

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    Vetrimagal Vetrimagal
    April 9, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Inspiring!

    And our won Golconda! Lovely photographs.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Right, Vetrimagal 🙂 our very own.

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    Vetrimagal Vetrimagal
    April 9, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Lovely phtographs of Golconda! Mana Hyderabadandi!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks again, Vetrimagal. Mana Hyderabad, manadey. Inkekkada inta manchi ooru?

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    Unknown Mami
    April 10, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I love the first picture, something about the angle.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      You know, UnknownMami – that place is a delight to visit. I’ve gone there so many times over the years and I am never satisfied. I took hundreds of photos.

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    Unknown Mami
    April 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I’m not sure if my comment went through, but I was saying that I love the first shot. Something about the angle.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you! I’ve opted to moderate all the comments as I’ve removed the word verification. 😀 You should see some of the absolutely irrelevant stuff from total strangers!! Hugs to you!

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    ceodraiocht
    April 10, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Love that fourth photo up from the bottom. I also adore old structures.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Maggie. I am in awe to think that these structures have been around for so long. And most of the damage has been caused by people, not always the weather elements. 🙂

      That place is a wonder of shadows and lights.

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    Aileen
    April 10, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Loved the Bamboo photo! Your photos always take me on a journey 🙂

    “there is always hope.” YES 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you, Aileen. I love that picture too!

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    Aileen
    April 10, 2012 at 3:01 am

    “There is always hope” YES! 🙂

    I love the Bamboo photo! Your photos always take me on a journey.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      🙂 thanks for your patience. Hugs – glad you like the pic!

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    Kimberly
    April 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    If you look close enough, you can find even the tiniest slivers of hope. Those are what I cling to when I’m really sick.
    Those photos are really soothing to me today. Especially the water lapping up on the beach.

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      Vidya Sury
      April 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Love and hope are everywhere, Kim. Like my son says, “we’ve got to notice it”. Hugs. I am always happy when you come by!

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