There are vacations you take and then there are vacations which make you feel you're living out your dreams. It isn't hard to figure out which category my current vacation falls into. The last four days I have been living in paradise.
I wake up and I feel that someone has turned me into a character and put me into a picture post card. How can every single thing be so perfect, so tranquil, so serene and so fill me with so much joy? This is truly THE BEST vacation I have ever had. As cliched as it may sound, it is true. I am in Maldives right now , sitting on my ocean deck of my water villa, surrounded by the sea which has multiple shades of blue. It feels as though all the blues of my painting kit have opened up and poured themselves into the water--cobalt blue, prussian blue, aqamarine blue, peacock blue, sky blue--name it and it is there. The pictures here are not photoshopped at all--this is how it really is! It is out of the world. It is amazing. It is tranquil, serene-- a piece of paradise, right here on earth. This is Nature in all her splendour.She is comforting, she surrounds you with peace and she fills you with a contentment that makes you feel so good to be alive. This is what real beauty means to me.
I have painted a few sea-scapes over the last few days but I am too lazy to upload those pictures. This post too, I initially thought I would come back to India and then blog. But it is different when you are right there--living in this moment. It would take me just a few minutes and so here I am sharing a few pictures with you, which will give you an idea as to what I am raving about.
Blue skies. Clicked from our flight into Maldives. We took a direct flight from Bangalore which brought us to Male. From Male, we took a sea plane to this island we're staying at. Maldives is made up of 26 Atolls. There is no single word in English language which captures the beauty of these atolls. They truly have to be seen to be believed.
This is a picture of the sea plane. Yes, they land and take off in the sea. It was the first time I was flying in a sea plane. I had only seen them in movies.
I couldn't resist clicking this picture of Satish as we waited to board our sea plane. He did not know I was clicking. I love this picture of his :)
This is where the sea plane landed. We walked from this jetty to the island. The accommodation is luxury personified. Satish clicked this picture of me as we were waiting to be shown to out water villa.
The water villa is just that--a large, posh, tastefully done up home in the middle of the ocean. There is the gentle sound of lapping water as I type this.And of course a million shades of blue.
It was raining the day we arrived. That added to its beauty. It was so romantic. It was our second honey moon. (We have been married 16 years now) and it set the perfect mood for the holiday :)
This was the view from our deck, as soon as we arrived.
Soon it stopped raining. We went snorkelling.
The sea life is indeed amazing.
You forget every single thing when you are in the water, swimming with the million fishes. The coral reefs , the myriad colours, the different kinds of water life you see--it just feels ethereal. You almost expect to see little mermaid swimming along you and you expect to be taken to the palace of the ocean king under water. It is a totally different world.
I don't have any snorkeling pictures because we were too busy getting carried away :) Besides, I do not have an underwater camera :)
You can see the water villas in the back ground. Of course, I could not stand still for long and I had to leap in joy :)
And this is the blueness which has me enchanted. I have a thousand photos of the blue. I completely love it. I can live here surrounded by this for the rest of my life and I will be happy :)
I like this shot of me which Satish clicked. I am sipping a cosmopolitan. I would like to say that I am thinking some deep philosophical thoughts about love and loss, and how things change. But really, I am just thinking about how nice my drink is ;) .
I like how he captured this one too. :) Here I am just trying to stop the wind from blowing hair into my eyes. :)
That's all for now folks! I am heading out for a swim in the ocean (once more).
Have a HAPPY day! Banish negativity.
Life is indeed beautiful and too short to be away from the ones you love.
___________________________________________________________PS:1. If you want to see more pictures,drop a comment and let me know and I will do a part 2 of this post, once I get back.
2. Just submitted this post on Indibloggers as a part of 'what does real beauty mean to you?" contest.