“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
~ Roald Dahl, The Minpins (1991)
I believe Roald Dahl hit the nail on the head when he said the above.
Too busy growing up and doing all those things that children do, I never really noticed the magical beauty of my birth place – until later, when returning year after year we travelled through towns and villages that had remained unknown to me thus far. Sometimes being bounced on the worn seat of a ramshackle bus along with a bunch of engineering students returning from college in a distant city; sometimes driven at breakneck speed in a taxi whose driver insisted on buying us breakfast; sometimes when a rickshaw driver took us to his home to meet his family. This is beauty. This is life. This is Magic. This is saying Thank You to our Creator.
We have started the season of Lent. Most observers of Lent will forego for forty days something they love dearly. This is a period of reflection, of taking time to look deep within to find the real “me”, of keeping quiet, to give thanks for life and creation.
The photograph is one of many I had taken while travelling through India in 2017.
Stay safe. Be well. Keep looking for that magic in your life.
Purabi Sinha Das
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