A Photo frame does not evoke much reaction from anybody. It’s an easy gift, people give it when no other idea strikes them, the one who gets it looks at it, exclaims and keeps it, may be re-gifts it, all these reactions take place because at one glance one does not see what it symbolizes. It can transform a room when it frames a painting, it can cheer up a person when it frames the photograph of the loved ones and it brings nostalgia when it frames the memories of the “good old days”. Grandparents love to show-off new additions to the family when it frames the baby photos of their grandchildren. It’s not just a photo frame; it is the frame which encompasses the journey of life, loved ones and memories which refuse to fade away.
Harmony refers to a combination of elements which pleases when looked at it as a single element. It could be harmony of colors, harmony amongst people or universal harmony around us. Harmony is basically the agreement of elements with each other. When the elements are not in harmony, the effect is either too chaotic and restless or too boring and disengaging. In the color wheel, harmonious colors are those colors which are related to each other. These colors when used together produce a soothing effect on eyes as-well-as on the mind, like using green and blue together exudes a sense of peace and tranquility. When there is harmony amongst people there is again a sense and ambience of peace and positivity around them. When there is harmony around us in the world, everyone is happy, content and in touch with their own inner beings and in understanding with other elements of nature creating a calm environment which is stimulating and engaging.
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There was a time when getting up late was not an option. People got up, got ready and by the time they got out of their homes, they could see the Sun rise in the East. Almost every child had seen the Sun rising and knew by experience where East was. Dawn was something everyone had seen and experienced the incredible silence, peace and hope that it brings with it. One just had to walk outside the home to see the Sun rise. Today there are people and children who do not know what dawn actually is, they have not seen the Sun rise and have no idea where it rises from, East yes, but where is East? So the android phones come out and East is detected, then one has to get on the roof of their buildings or homes to witness the orange ball of fire ascending, otherwise you cannot see it rising till it is high up in the sky. It seems as if today the Sun rises from behind the buildings rather than from behind the great mountains, the great oceans or from horizon.
Gifting somebody bamboo is considered to bring good luck to the recipient. They are a symbol of longevity, friendship and vitality as they are the fastest growing plant or rather grass in the world which is evergreen. They are beautiful and have captured the imagination of many artists. There are many cultures which used to rely on bamboo for food, shelter and prosperity. Even today in some Asian cultures they are of great significance. When they start growing, they emerge from the ground at their maximum diameter and reach their maximum height in one growing season which is about 3 to 4 months. They are found in diverse climates, from tropical regions to mountains. There are many folklore and myths about bamboo. Some cultures believe that the first man and woman emerged from the split stems of bamboo and humanity began from them. They are used for making furniture, musical instruments, as building material and their fiber used to make textile. Various medicines are derived from bamboos and weapons manufactured. Their pulp is used for making paper and their shoots are edible. No wonder they are considered lucky and useful!
Today, the size of the apartments are getting smaller and smaller, single homes have started becoming a luxury as everyone wants to live in the heart of a throbbing city. Gardens and sprawling lawns have almost vanished from the face of homes in the big cities .Greenery inside or outside the homes have become very difficult to maintain, still everyone wants to bring some kind of greenery and cheer of nature inside the home and take a little bit of their homes outside the house. Hanging baskets are one of the most appropriate, convenient and easy ways of achieving that. Hang baskets of flowers on the terrace and it brings the extension of your home outside, hang a basket inside the house and it brings a piece of nature inside the home.In many cities hanging baskets of flowers are displayed publicly in the spring season through out the city.They decorate,beautify and cheer up the public and showcase the different varieties of flowers.
Spring is fast approaching; Mother Nature is pregnant with new life. Animals and birds are waiting to get out of their shells and hiding ,to soak up the Sun, enjoy the abundance of nature and start new lives. Seeds are losing their coats and about to turn into tiny plants. Trees are adorned with beautiful new leaves. Flowers have started bursting out in colors.
To be entangled in a situation, in a relationship or in life is something nobody wants but it cannot be denied that two or more lives entangled with each other are far better than being alone. The very essence of life is to love, share, care and be bound to someone who is of utmost importance. The fabric of society thrives on the entanglement of people with each other or else there would be no relationships, no happiness, no expectation, no desire, no sorrow, no pain which are the core of human existence.