"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Serendipity

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Among the many joys of life in India

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Are frequent unsought moments of intense happiness.

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Such as when I briefly pop out to my local shops

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But surprisingly find myself

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In the midst of sheer spectacle:

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One of the myriad Hindu festivals.

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I stumble into the grace and beauty of music, drama, dance and devotion

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When all I had been seeking was hand towels…

Welcome to my Incredible India!

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“Whether we name divine presence synchronicity, serendipity, or graced moment matters little. What matters is the reality that our hearts have been understood. Nothing is as real as a healthy dose of magic which restores our spirits.”

Nancy Long

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We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that “this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word.”

Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of “a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of….”

From thefreedictionary.com

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5 responses

  1. That elephant foot shot is wonderful. They are all wonderful. I’m off to buy hand towels today! Compare and contrast.
    Have you changed your camera?

    February 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    • Yes, I changed my camera – and it’s all your fault! I noticed a big difference when you upgraded – with, it seemed, an increased depth of colour and even greater subtleties of shade. I am now an extremely happy Sony NEX-5 man.
      Am very pleased you like the pictures!

      February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  2. Great photos! I love your phrase “I stumble into the grace and beauty of music, drama, dance and devotion…” Such a great explanation of the experience of India.

    I have not been to Kerala yet, but have spent a fair amount of time in Tamil Nadu. Now you have me craving some sambar idli… 🙂

    February 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    • Thank you.
      It was idli & sambar for yesterday’s breakfast! Today we had upama, poppadoms and egg roast.
      You must try Kerala when you have the time. It is quite different to TN…

      February 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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