Wild-ish Encounters

Even the urban space yields encounters with the wild and wonderful. In the last few days I’ve been cawed at by a raven, blinked at by a cat, been slobbered over by the cutest lab puppy (no photos unfortunately) and watched the camel man giving rides to children, wishing I was 4 again.

Here are a few photos:


Raven 2

White Cat

The Camel

What have been some of your wild-ish encounters lately?


The Sky Bleeds As We Do

Sky Bleeds


Her Peachness!

Her Peachness by Radhika Mukherjee

Her Peachness by Radhika Mukherjee


Such White Leads Us To Wonder

Such White Leads Us To Wonder By Radhika Mukherjee

Such White Leads Us To Wonder By Radhika Mukherjee


When The World Stops

When The World Stops By Radhika Mukherjee

When The World Stops By Radhika Mukherjee


On The Way To Narnia

On The Way to Narnia by Radhika Mukherjee

On The Way to Narnia by Radhika Mukherjee


At The Cusp of Magic

At The Cusp of Magic

At The Cusp of Magic


Celebrating A Hundred Posts On Light Under Shadow!


It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Started as a way to feel creative, like me again, Light Under Shadow was originally called ‘From Deep Under The Shadows’; exactly what I felt like, that I was hidden somewhere in shadow.

From tentative beginnings to finding validation for being all that I can be, to this amazing milestone, of a 100 blog posts! It’s been a blessing to be a part of the WordPress blogging community for all these years!

I want to thank you for daily doses of inspiration and soulfulness and for the amazing support you have shown this whimsical little blog of mine.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane with a recap of a few noteworthy posts:

3 Most Visited:

Amazing Series

Waterfall of Overflowing Flowers

earth spirit

3 Most ‘Liked’

The Flickering Light Of Hope

The Circular Thoughts of My Writing Mind

The Surprise Sunshine Song

3 Most Commented:

A Beautiful Send-off From the Bengal Sky

Question For You


A Few Personal Favorites:

A Photographic Memory (A Flash Fiction Piece)

Why I Don’t Write Good

Since… [A Short, Fictional Poem]



I hope to see you here for the next hundred posts! :)


Time’s Gifts: New Favorite Things

Smiley Dolphins. Photo Credit: Pinterest.

Smiley Dolphins
Photo Credit: Pinterest.

Moving through the years, one accumulates a wealth of things. Some of these ‘things’ are material and many, many more are ephemeral wonders that bring a simple and bright joy. I got thinking about what are my newest favorite things and in no particular order, here are some of them:



The single green-yellow butterfly in the garden outside

Intense blue Pune spring and summer skies

The curtains of bougainvillea lining the main road

Brandy snap biscuits from the Cookie Man stalls

The miniature Van Gogh print on one of my bookshelves

Sketching and my new sketching pencils


Aloe Vera

Tart and tasty strawberry jam from Green Tokri that cures all ills

Guilty pleasure: Red Velvet pastries and cupcakes with delicious cream cheese filling from Moshe’s at Crossword, Aundh

Downton Abbey

Tea Tree Oil – amazing for skin ailments

The scent of lavender

Trying the Headspace meditation introduction course in quiet, luminous afternoons

Slowly getting my words and rhythms back

My new sunburst yellow kurta

The joys of planning a book out

The pain of actually sitting down to write it

Re-reading, re-discovering Terry Pratchett

The Upanishads

P.B. Shelly Poems

Twitter poetry

The incredible and incredibly talented WordPress Blogging Community that inspires me so!

Pretty bookmarks

Being calm, gentle and open

Letting go of anger, and learning to be vulnerable again

My shaggy pink stuffed-toy mascot…


What are some of your favorite things?


Rihanna’s American Oxygen Re-imagined

I have immense respect for Rihanna as an artist and her song American Oxygen with its powerful vocals and visuals struck a chord with me. And as I went about my day humming it and hearing it again and again in my mind, an alternative vision of the song arose in my mind.

I present to you, Rihanna’s American Oxygen: re-imagined.


Breathe out, breathe in,

It’s the whole world’s oxygen.

Every breath I breathe,

Comes from a fragile rainforest.

Turning nickels and dimes into empires,

Goes against basic economics.

We need a level playing field for all,


Breathe in the world’s bounty

The wide world’s oxygen.

I say, you see, it’s everyone’s dream.

Young girl, anywhere, hustling,

Don’t think your life is small,

Limited to a situation.

You can be anything at all,

If you fight for it.



I say, try and see,

Just close your eyes and breathe.

Breathe out, breathe in!

This bountiful earth’s oxygen.

Every breath we breathe,

Chasing a better world’s dream.

We’ll sweat in futility for nickels and dimes

Till we fix the environment.

Breathe in, breathe out,

Climate change is just a few years away.

Breathe out, breathe in!

This bountiful earth’s oxygen.

The hurtin’ earth mother’s oxygen.



We know, us all, that this is everyone’s dream.

Young boy, hustlin’,

Be tender and strong!

Get the wheels in motion,

Join hands, build the dream,

You can do anything at all,



I say, you can see,

If you close your eyes and dream.

Breathe out, breathe in!

This bountiful earth’s oxygen.

Every breath we breathe,

Chasing a better world’s dream.

This is the new world!

We are the new world!

And we all count.