Jaffna Oh my Jaffna! (WPC :Cover Art)


Palmyra  is the iconic palm  in Jaffna – the Northern Province of  Sri Lanka. The beauty of the Borassus palm  is that each part of the tree, from the root to the tip has an economic use.


Palmyra Palm Tree in Jaffna

Palmyra Palm Tree in Jaffna

The leaves of the palm is  fan shaped and the mono-cot could grow up to 3 meters.  A fermented drink   toddy (kallu) is also made from the sap of the  young  floweret (inflorescence). The chosen photo would be the Cover art if I had to write a book about Jaffna oh my Jaffna!

Cover Art.


Night Time at Melaka (Malaysia) – WPC

Glowing Tricycles in Melaka, Malaysia- January 2014

Glowing Tricycles in Melaka, Malaysia- January 2014


photo credit : alfietjan2014




This entry is in response to the photo challenge Nighttime.

Split-Second Fall (Weekly Photo Challenge)


Just this morning while I was scanning my Twitter account,  I came across  a photo which is suitable  for  this weeks photo challenge.

The photo has been transferred from a face book account. Be appreciative of the unknown photographer who captured this split-second -fall.

Credit  also goes to @vilambaram the Twitter account from Chennai, India.



Split-Second Story.

Soft Walnut Chocolate Cake

Looks yummy!

Soft Walnut Chocolate Cake.


WPC: Street Life of Melaka (Malacca) in Malaysia

The photos below were  taken  at the Town of Melaka  during our visit to  Malaysia in February 2014.

Melaka was ruled by Portugese, Dutch and then by English for many centuries. Each coloniser has left a mark of their own (either good or bad) in the  port city of Melaka.

Meleka reminds me so much of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon ), which was also ruled by the same three colonial rulers for over 45o years. These photos were taken in the streets of  Melaka

Photo credits: AlfietFebruary14

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Some of my  favourites from Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.

1. Giant puppets in San Fermin Fiesta in Pamplona, Spain


Pursuit of Happiness – March 20 – International day of Happiness.

March 20th  2014., is the second international Day of Happiness .   The day was  declared by the United Nations General Assembly in June 2012.


It's hard to measure happiness

How do you measure happiness? (Photo Credit: Canberra

Happiness contributes to 16 scrabble currency

Content with Social media? (Graphic credits:


A song about Happiness “Dont worry, be happy ” by Bobby McFerrin (Video Credit to YouTube)


Happiness is not something ready-made

It comes from your own actions

– Dalai Lama-


Happiness depends upon ourselves

 – Aristotle-

Happiness consists not in having much,
but in being content with little
 – Marguerite Gardiner-

So What is Happiness??

A pair of slippers makes a barefooted man happy,

Exchange of new shoes  for an old pair makes another happy,

Where do we draw the line for happiness?

Is it  in the philosophy of  each individuals ?

Whatever your philosophy is .. ..

Be Happy and celebrate the Happy day!!!


Weekly Photo Challenge : “Object” – A bouquet of Lavender

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
– Oscar Wilde-
A bouquet of Lavender

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
– Oscar Wilde-

A bouquet of Lavender (photo credit: alfietSept2013)

Related article: Weekly photo Challenge : Object 

Some of my favourite entries:

1. The fox and the crow from Aesop’s fable

2. Manneken-pis


Juxtaposition – Weekly Photo Challenge

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This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge ” Juxtaposition “

Nelson Mandela the Madiba is no more (1918 – 2013)

“I hate race discrimination most intensely

and all its manifestations. I have faught it

all during my life: I fight it now, and will do

so until the end of my days”

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 – Dec 05, 2013


Modern South Africa has lost his father. The international symbol of the world, admired by young & old, blacks & white has left this earth for a better place.


Rest in Peace Madiba!

Nelson  Rolihlahla Mandela born as a tribal prince, who lost his freedom to fight for the freedom of others. Faught for the  freedom of the black South Africans against the  anti apartheid government of that time and jailed  for treason for 27 1/2 years (1964 – 1990) in the notorious  prison Robben Island.

Won a Nobel Peace prize in 1993 (shared with de Klerk) and became the first democratically elected black President of  the modern South Africa in 1994.  He had the great ability to bridge the gap between the blacks and whites of the Modern South Africa. He also  became an advocate  for fighting against Aids .

Nelson Mandela  was also known as Madiba  by his tribal name retired from  public life in 2004

I have re-blogged the  article which I  wrote on this blog in June 2013 while he was admitted at the hospital.

Finally Heaven has got ready to accept the great leader of earth.

Quotes of Nelson Mandela

There are only a handful of  men & women on this earth who became the Masters of the situation and sacrificed their whole lives for the good will of fellow human beings.

Martin Luther King (Jr) from The United states of America, Mahatma Gandhi of India, 14th  Dalai Lama in Exile , Mother Theresa of India , Aung San Suu kyi  of  Burma ,  Pakistani  school girl Malala  Yousafzai  and  Nelson Mandela (Madeba) are few of them.

While I type, the nonagenarian  Nelson Mandela of South Africa  is fighting  for  his life in a hospital.

I would like to share some of Nelson Mandela’s quotes below.


“Education is the most powerful weapon 

which you can use to change the World”


“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that

there are many more hills to climb.”


“If you want to make peace with your enemy,

you have to work with your enemy. Then he

becomes your partner.”


“A good head and a good heart are

always a formidable combination”

Quotes of Nelson Mandela.

Let the little children come to me


Thousands of Catholic families from around the world gathered at the Vatican over the weekend to celebrate the Year of Faith with Pope Francis.A small group of children was invited to sit on the pope’s platform to listen to speakers from across the world speak about their faith and families.

Pope Francis and boy

Pope Francis was visibly amused when one child stayed on the stage instead of returning to his seat on the steps.

Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Luke 18:16

See more photos here.
Source:  NCR Staff

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