Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thus spake the Butterfly....

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  

~Nathaniel Hawthorne
It came to Shalini while we were strolling on the white sands of Coral Island in the Pacific. The powdery white sand, the azure blue waters, the cool breeze and the sound of the rolling waves on the coral reef were enough to transcend one to a dream world. Her pursuit of finding the most beautiful shells to carry home as memorabilia led her to one of the simplest yet beautiful creations of God-the Butterfly shell.  (Scientific name: Donax variabilis, Common name: Coquina)
She ran to show us the shell, while we stood around it admiring its beauty, I couldn’t but notice the similarity it had with the butterfly.Holding it against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, I wished if it could speak to me.

If it could speak to me, may be it would have spake thus… 


"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, 

"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."  
~Hans Christian Anderson
I do not know whether I was then a man 
dreaming I was a butterfly, 

or whether I am now a butterfly 
dreaming I am a man.  
~Chuang Tzu

15 comments:

CornersandMoments said...

Little things in life are often the big ones. Lovely post !!

Sanctified Spaces said...

enjoyed reading this post.

Pradeep B said...

I never knew that there were too many emotions behind this, when you took those snaps :D

dr shalini said...

That was overwhelming..the post speaks volumes..:)

Kichu said...

well It was a time when imagination provided better pictures than hdtv:D...The pictures were great and the post is well written cheta...

Sandeep Menon said...

# Corners and Moments,
Very true, often the little things in life carry a bigger significance than the big ones.

# Sanctified Spaces,
Thanks for the comment.

Sandeep Menon said...

# Pradeep and Shalini,

You both have been witnesses to the scene when it was being shot.More shots to be posted soon..

# Kichu,
Nice to find you here, Krishna. Thanks for the comment and do keep visiting.

mina said...

That first quote is so lovely and very true.

Amazing photos - looks like a wonderful experience. I hope we'll make it to Thailand someday!

Sandeep Menon said...

# Mina: Thank you for the compliment ....
Am sure you and Alex will make it to Thailand...it is a beautiful country, you'll enjoy every bit of it.

Smitha said...

What a lovely post! Loved the quotes you used, and the shots are beautiful!

Priya Shankar said...

Loved this post! Your pictures are so beautiful too.

Sandeep Menon said...

#Smitha: Thank you for dropping by...The shots were impromptu, but they match the quotes well.

# Priya: Thanks!You too have a very meaningful blog.

The word verification says 'inver'...is it trying to tell me something?

nikheel said...

Nicely captured the simple thing in our lives. Super post! loved the quotes too...
waiting to see some more pics.

Sandeep Menon said...

# Nikheel: Thank you... will surely post more snaps. Office life is demanding..wish I could also take a 'creative' break from it all...actually, today evening, I discussed your calligraphy with a friend and was appreciating your style, later on when I came online, was pleasantly surprised to see your comment.

nikheel said...

Hahaha!
I know every one needs this creative break. One needs to breath in outside world too and the blog helps a lot, i guess its the same with you.
Thanks for appreciating my work.
Cheers!