I am in the midst of a viral fever and as I type this, my fingers are trembling, probably from the cough syrup (tastes good, really). I’ve been sleeping most of the afternoons, in addition to the nights since the last four days. I am hoping to be back to normal routine in two days max. Little did I imagine that my fantasy of sleeping in the afternoons would come true so quickly. Nature’s way. Who can refute it?

Today, I was just going to show you a photo of my living room, because I’ve been spending most of my time here. I hate to hang around the bedroom when I am sick. In fact, I usually don’t get sick enough to stick to bed, but this time, I think my guardian angel decided that the best way to get me to slow down was the ‘flu. And look at the perfect time management – I had no work deadlines and was planning all sorts of fun things with Vidur. Ah well. I still think we had a good time, whenever I was awake. We all ate together, watched TV together and laughed a lot together. 
Of course, I’ve been sneaking a quick look at my email in the mornings after coffee and late in the evenings. If I didn’t, oh boy, don’t even wan’t to imagine that particular mountain. As I checked email this morning, I was chatting with my best friend and before I knew it, he transported me to a land of the most beautiful flowers. And I thought, hey, I’d like to take you right along with me! Here we go, then. To Kashmir, no less.
First, a cup of coffee in my living room, okay? Do make yourselves comfortable! I make a perfect cup of pure delicious coffee.
Now that we’re refreshed, off we go to Kashmir’s beautiful gardens. Ravi, my friend, is not only the best photographer I know, but also an amazingly generous human being. In four words, he is the best. From the hundreds of photos in his album, I had a tough time choosing these. I love him for taking the time to add a description to each of the photos. 
Over to Ravi, now! Enjoy! 
1. Pahalgam, J&K. The good thing about early flowering season is that one can catch the awesome cherry and plum blooms, which are usually the first to bloom. This one was in full bloom and it made a nice picture in the backdrop of the snow capped mountains. I first noticed this one while having Maggi noodles in a wayside tea shop. Believe me, Maggi never tasted better! 

2. Budding leaves and first flowers in the Pahalgam town park. .The first growth of the season is so fast and frantic that one wonders why the tearing hurry.. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the small town of Pahalgam has some really wonderfully maintained parks. I would definitely go back there.

3. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar. With the help of some vivid imagination, the gardens do take you back to the Mughal era. One thing that crossed my mind was that the plants and trees in these climates are so well programmed to live their lives.. The never ending cycle of shedding and budding.. The environment controls them and their actions, and from the way things are heading, that’s what scares me most.

4. I think it is a coniferous tree. On the way back from the Sankaracharya temple in Srinagar, we stopped to get a good view of the lake below and these buds caught my eye. The Sankaracharya temple is not just a temple.. It is a proof of the perseverance of a single person who gave his life to restore Hinduism in the north of India.

5. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar.. Though we were a little too early into the flowering season, nevertheless, were dazzled and awed by the range and beauty of the flowers, both planted and wild. This one pansy was probably growing wild amongst these pink beauties.   I wonder how this garden must have looked in the heydays of Mughal rule. No way of knowing fully, no ?

Are you surprised I am feeling much better? Thank you, Ravi! If you’d like to be floored by his photography,   here’s his Facebook page.
Let’s head over to the gorgeous Unknown Mami’s blog (love her for hosting this!) and grab our travel itinerary! I really could do with some fresh air!

Before I sign off shakily, I am especially grateful to my lovely friends who overwhelm me with their love, their writing and their compassion. Special thanks today, to:  

Love y’all!

Have a great week ahead, folks!

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  1. Terri Sonoda Reply

    Ah your living room looks so colorful and inviting! Wish I could enjoy coffee with you right there. Ravi is an amazing photographer! All the photos were beautiful, but that last one took my breath away. Many thanks for sharing your friend and this beauty with us! Have a lovely Sunday and Feel Better!

    • Tweak my ear, Terri for the late reply. I’d so love to have you over to spend some time with me! Hugs! Thank you for your lovely comment – indeed Ravi is a cool dude. And thanks for the kind wishes. I seem fine already!

  2. Laurie Matherne Reply

    I am sorry you are not well. Those flowers were amazing. Thanks for inviting me to your living room.

    • Thank you, Laurie. I’ve been enjoying your blog posts in my mailbox! I’d love to have you over!

  3. I LOVE your living room! And for being a “sick room” just now, you sure do have it neat as a pin.

    I see my NAME in this post. My NAME in print! I feel honored, and thank you soooo much for including me in that very special list.

    • 🙂 Hugs, Keetha! Your blog is very special to me. Thanks for your comment about the living room – I straightened it up before I took the shot. 😀

  4. My Inner Chick Reply

    I loooooooooooove your living room. The colors make me smile 🙂

    You make me smile, dearest Vidya.

    Love Love Love. Xxx

  5. You are right, Ravi’s pictures are absolutely stunning! Feel better soon!

    • Thank you, dear Tami! Ravi’s photo albums are a treat! I love that he writes descriptions for the photos!

  6. Hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this.
    Your llvingroom is very nice and the flowers– gorgeous!
    Happy SIMC, jj

    • Yes,Joanna – I am almost fine now. Viral fevers are yuck. Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

  7. I love the flowers Vidya – they made me feel good just looking at them. And I’m hopeful they do the same for you my friend…be well.


    • Thank you, dearest Elle. I was really overwhelmed when Ravi just gave me the pictures with the text. Love him for it.

      Hugs to you!

  8. Hi Vidya,

    I hope you’re feeling better now, my friend.

    I can certainly relate to the point you make about checking up on e-mails and worrying about the mountains they might create when left unattended! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the cool photo of your living room and the lovely ones from Jammu and Kashmir. The flowers were amazing and they made me smile and uplifted my mood.

    How often do you go to J&K?

    • 🙂 Thank you, dear Hiten! I am terrified of my email mountain. Really!. About J & K… 😀 I hope to visit there sometime next year. This is thanks to my friend Ravi, who has been traveling quite a bit. And he’s a fantastic photographer. Glad you enjoyed the photos! Thanks again, for the lovely wishes! I am back to my usual routine now.

  9. AH, Vidya, you overwhlem ME! I am so sorry you have been feeling sick. The pics in this blog are beautiful tho and perked me up too. Eric is back from India. His next trip will be near the border to Pakistan. Still no where near YOU! Boo!

    • 😀 Pakistan eh? I still say, nearer and nearer – one day, I’ll be waiting at my gate expecting you to arrive! I know it. Hugs! Glad you enjoyed the flowers. They’re stunning, aren’t they?

  10. Aw Vidya, sorry you are sick. I do love how you accept that it was nature’s way of allowing you some afternoon napping. Thanks for this lovely visit! Your living room is beautiful and the photos are amazing!
    I hope you are feeling much better tomorrow. Have you napped enough? 😉

    • Oh yes, Lori – napped to my heart’s (and body’s)content – and really enjoyed the four days of almost bed rest. Sury and Vidur have been keeping me in splits. I love that it was a long weekend with everyone at home. Just being together speeded up my recovery. Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

  11. Cathy | Treatment Talk Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    Get well soon. These are just beautiful pictures, and fun to see your wonderful living room. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Fran Sorin Reply

    Poor Vidya…..I hope you’re feeling better. I love your living room/salon….what an inviting place. And the nature photos that your friend took….what can I say? They make my heart sing. Sending you healthy energy and a big hug…Fran

  13. Fran Sorin Reply

    Vidya….I love your living room and the nature photos are …well what can I say? They make my heart sing. I’m sending you healthy energy and a big hug…Fran

  14. So sorry to hear you’ve been sick. I loved this glimpse into your home though, and all these beautiful flowers!

    • Thank you, Emily! I’ve been enjoying reading your blog posts very much. And each time, I am so glad we connected!

  15. Feel better real soon. How beautiful to display these flower photos. Thank you. And a big thank you for your continuous support to my blog.

  16. What gorgeous flowers! And I’m sorry you’re sick – hope you feel better soon!

  17. Hey girl, just checking in to see how you’re feeling. love your living-room! i’d happily spend all day there! like i said on twitter, these photos rock!

  18. I’m so sorry that you weren’t feeling well friend. I hope that you’re on the mend now.
    Those pictures of flowers make me so happy…they’re great healers.

  19. Hello Vidya. I just found your blog last week. I’m reading this post at the end of a long day at work and feel transported. They are beautiful. Thank you and please get better soon.


  20. The pictures are amazing. I also hope you feel well soon.
    When I read your writing and see these pictures it reminds me of what an amazing friend you are to so many people. I have seen your posts and kind and thoughtful comments all over the internet in the areas that my computer roams, and you are consistently wonderful.
    Thank you.

    • Eric, thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I am going to be a permanent red complexion now 😀 I find it easy to be nice. Simplifies life enormously 😀 I am glad you’re my friend!

  21. What amazing pictures! I also hope you are feeling well soon.
    When I see these pictures it reminds me of what an amazing friend you are to so many people. I read your posts and see your thoughtful comments all over the internet where my computer roams, and they are consistently wonderful.
    You are a great friend to many, you take the time and make the effort to show you care.
    Thank You

  22. Love your living room!! I want to come have tea with you some afternoon! Wish I could just transport myself there!

    • 🙂 You are among my favorite people, Galen. How I wish I could get you over, just like that! And then, later, in the evening, we can go watch the skies from my terrace. The sunsets are gorgeous. Hugs!

  23. Hope you’re feeling better!!! Love the colors in your living room-it’s so cheery and colorful.
    These are amazing pictures-Ravi is amazing!!

  24. I am so sorry you haven’t been feeling well. I knew something must be up or down with you, but I’ve been so crazy busy I haven’t gotten a chance to stop by until now. I hope you are doing much better. Thank you so much for introducing me to the photographs of Ravi.

    • Thank you Unknown Mami. I am always lurking on your blog 😀 even after I read your posts in my email. Ravi is an amazing friend, and so talented. And yes, I am fine now. 🙂

  25. The living room looks cosy enough to curl up and spend days…:-)

    Lovely flowers , and Kashmir. This is where we all want to be . And avoid this hateful heat.

    Enjoyed the post. Hope you are already well and busy.


    • 🙂 You’re welcome, Pattu. We can share some strong filter kaapi! Yes, aren’t those flowers lovely? I hope to visit Kashmir next year. I know how hot Hyd can be. I’ve handled a sales career in the 47 degree heat 😀 Stay indoors and plenty of liquids. Hugs!

  26. thoughtstomull.com Reply

    What an inviting, cozy living space you have! It beckons, “Sit down, have some coffee or tea and conversation.” Hope you are feeling better. And your photos are beautiful!!

    • Thank you, Janet, I am fine now! 😀 Yes,that is just what I would want you to think about my living room. Can you imagine you and Terri walking in – and what fun that would be! Well, I can fantasize, can’t I? More fantasies have come true than I’ve kept track of! Hugs Janet!

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