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“It isn’t easy at first, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace. Even trickier is discovering that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who gets on your nerves is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace. And perhaps most challenging of all is understanding that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is the realization that your heart soaring and your nerves fraying have never been dependent upon other people and their lessons” ~ The Universe
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” – Kahlil Gibran
The dogs and I ambled down to the harbour this morning (10 Oct 2015); armed only with my Samsung South Africa Samsung Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I got chatting to this happy gent and we did a little photo shoot (background replaced as it was a little dreary at sunrise). His real name is Perry.
The accompanying photo was taken on the grass embankment at Wilson’s Wharf Durban looking east towards the Royal Natal Yacht Club over the sand bank, which gets exposed at low tide. At low tide, and especially at sunrise, the exposed sand bank becomes a playground for pigeons and people; whether it be fishermen looking for cracker shrimps, fishing off the edge of the bank into the deep channel or young children running after crabs who are scurrying along the muddy surface. At high tide it is a known fact two most fishermen who have fished this area that Grunter and Stumpnose venture onto the covered sandbank to dig in the mud for cracker shrimp. Shoals of Mullet also swim lazily around away from the deep channel’s seeking some measure of safety. As a young lad, this area of Durban Bay was our playground. If we were not fishing or getting up to some other naughty tricks, then we were digging out clay from some of the banks and placing blobs on sticks to then launch missiles at each other.
“India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms them.” ~ William Dalrymple, White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
The dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin especially in and closer to the old town / harbour entrance can be explored at a leisurely pace for hours on end. On my first visit I ended up getting lost and walking with a heavy backpack for an extra few kilometres. Some great little snack bars and restaurants can be found in this area, which is mostly alcohol free (I did find one official bar doing limited sales). Late afternoon through the road network ending with an ice-cream is a must-do. Morning walks are also great and present some lovely photo opportunities with golden rays striking through the alleys and trees. Think… relaxing lazy days, market buzz in the distance, dogs napping nearby, the odd fly buzzing around and crows waiting for a titbit: I love India! Further along the dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin is the promenade where people gather at the waterfront to exercise, socialise and or just watch the sun go down. I said earlier that Fort Cochin could be described as the cutest little town I have discovered this far in India; it’s maybe also the most “innocent”. The photo below is of two bicycles parked off while their owners watch the sun slowly go down. A gent is seen reading in the background with two passers-by heading along the dusty sand pathway.
Canon South Africa 6D, F4, 1/250 sec, ISO 320
“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“All paths are one” sits very well with me as far as religion and spiritual paths go, although The Buddha does have a special place in my heart. NB: He might not be that smiling overweight chap that you see on people’s mantelpieces 😉.
I see the Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque at 45th Cutting Durban every time I leave home and return. At set times Adhan (the Islamic call to prayer) solemnly drifts across the valley; enhancing the peaceful feeling already apparent in the area.
See previous post of same Mosque via this link.
“Great kings and emperors are reduced to dust. Scientists and philosophers disappear. Athletes and sportsmen come and go. Memory and intelligence fade away. Youth and beauty, fame and possessions, power and pelf disappear. Mountains crumble. O man, this world is illusory. Seek God and enjoy eternal bliss” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda