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Gateway of Arch

This must be my 10th trip to St. Louis in the last 10 years and never once I spend any time exploring the city. From the airport to the office, to the hotel and back to the airport is what I have typically done.

This time when I landed in this beautiful city of Missouri on Sunday, the plan was not any different. A big meeting on Tuesday and Monday was planned for a day-long preparation. But the good planner in me made sure we spend the day wisely to get some free time in the evening to explore the place.

St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri. The city has many things to reckon to, from house to the famous beer company Anheuser Busch, to be the proud owner of the most famous baseball team, the city by the banks of the Mississippi River has many historical moments to relish in yonder.

We didn’t have much time to explore the city in leisure, for we had a busy schedule the next day starting early morning. Our choice was to pick one place and we unanimously decided for the Gateway of Arch.

The Gateway of Arch is in the heart of the city. A 630-foot tall arch made up of stainless steel is the world’s tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. It was commissioned in the year 1968 and it took 13 M US dollars (equivalent to 80 M in today’s value) to build the structure. The visit was worth by any measure. By the time we reached, the access to the Archtop was closed. I guess I would keep the view from the top description for a different day. Here are some pictures, for your lovely eyes.

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My Thoughts

How many times I have taken your name
just to feel the metallic taste
of your vibes in my senses

And how many times
I have weaved stories
of our accosting moments

the scarlet skies,
the crimson eyes
sparkled with your vibes

And I proudly acclaim that
you can take away everything from me
but can never steal the thoughts
that holds you close to my heart,
for they are mine
away from your malicious reach

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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

It was the last Sunday of my stay in Chennai. I was supposed to meet someone over lunch but the plans changed at the 11th hour. So. I made an impromptu plan to visit Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. The place is the oldest bird sanctuary known in India with over 40,000 birds visiting every year from all over the world. The best season to visit was winter and November was the best time to do bird watching as the avian build their nest and prepare for their breeding season.

It was a couple of hours of drive from the Chennai city. The place was located in the quietude of the Kanchipuram district in Tamilnadu. Spread over 74 acres with lakes and trees. The entry fees were about 60 Rupees (less than a US dollar), including 50 Rupees for the mobile camera.

The place was an oval-shaped pathway opening to a series of lakes and shrubs with thousands of birds dwelling. It was a breathtaking sight and the fact that birds flew from all over Asia and Europe to nest, breed, and mate was fascinating to learn.

I saw species of pintail, sandpiper, wagtail, and teal to name a few. Here are some pictures for your eyes only

Date of Visit: 24-Nov-19

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Warmth

The only warmth I feel in the coldness of the northern gelid airs is the presence of your reminiscence

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Reasons

You may be determined today to stay aloof,
putting our hearts to the hilt of abjection,
for reasons that you firmly believe today

Or it maybe a presumption that you outlined,
fearing where this might lead,

It could be an illusion too
where you fear thinking
how we are so different like chalk and cheese

I am sure your reasons have its own merit,
but I am certain
no matter what you think today
when the cloud of your pretentious reasons will fade
you will realize illusions and apprehensions
are the only reasons
one should never reason with

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Broken Dreams

I came to accost you
hold you in the folds my heart,
like how you used to fit so well
in the crevices of my soul

I came with myriad dreams
and splendor thoughts,

I came with hope,

I came to create our world,
brick by brick
to raise a shelter
we would call our own

I came with such feathery dreams
and a deviant hold

And now I am leaving with nothing
but a morbid soul

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The Kiss of the Winter Sun

I love the kiss of the winter sun basking my world, and in its drape I reminisce the days when you were around, for then, even in the dreadful winter nights your love kept my soul blithe oozing warmth of a million warm days

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Old Times

And when I look back in times
and play the reel of the adolescence times
the nostalgic moments of my yore days
when the skies were blue and the world was pink
when happiness remained in the littlest of things
when houses were small and dreams were big
when we cried over trivial things
when life was simple and friends were dear
when mischiefs were innocuous and love was real

Not that the current times are not worth it
but the feel of being oblivious
still lingers often on my smile
when I think of the old times

Reticent Memories

The labyrinth of a reticent mind so hard to decipher, for the memories that used to give obnoxious pain are the only hope left for his survival now – the juxtaposition of a passionate dolt

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Afflatuz Post – Treasure Trove

Friends, as some of you know I have launched another website to post some of mine as well as fellow bloggers work. Here is the link to one of my creation I posted today

Treasure Trove

Will appreciate your visit, follow and comment. Thank you

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