Monday, August 30, 2004


rainybeauty, originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

This is another beautiful picture. I wanted to be seen between those flowers but when I got a copy of my picture I could figure out a shadow of mine:).So had to modify it.

Friday, August 27, 2004


churchview, originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

I really luv this picture of mine. I never expected that my friend had such a great aesthetic sense:). It came out far more better than I expected. The combination of those shades in the sky with that beautiful distant view of the church and the green carpet below makes everything look so fabulous. Good job buddy! :).

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Musings of my mind

Recent incidents triggered a lot of thinking in me. I was wondering how our culture and our surroundings influence us or infact condition us. These in the long run affect every aspect of each individual, the society and on the whole the economy, the development and all other aspects of a country.

For instance if we consider the Americans , they are very rational in their thinking. They are ready to discard their old system and thinking for anything much better and more productive.And I feel this has an impact on their personal life and in their relationships too. If they are not satisfied with what they undergo they make every attempt to better their situation even if it results in breaking up relationships.In some cases, they are too rational and try to dissolve the relationship which does not provide any satisfaction. Thus their thinking does help them most often but at times results in a loss of peace of mind, especially pertaining to relationships.Thus they have their own positives and negatives.

On the other hand if you consider the typical Indian attitude, they stick to their primitive and the nutured methods continuously with no attempt to change them. The same applies in personal life and in forming family bonds. Everything is so stereotypical. There is a general cult which is followed . Even while making crucial decisions like choosing a career or a life partner most of them compare their fellow friends and use it as a base to dtermine what they want.No one wants to try something different and the ones who attempt it recieve very caustic remarks and have to struggle like a hell.

But the lining in the cloud is that still most of them try to stick to their family bonds which is a good gesture. They want to try and remain in the relationships against all odds. Thus we have our own positives and negatives.

Thus the education system, the trade, even the system of filling in applications whose format still resembles the british times is followed. No one makes a serious attempt to flow with time .Why is it so?
I do not have any offended feelings or biased notions about any culture and this is just my theorem of comparing and understanding my surroundings, they are my musings which force me to process the reasons behind such a cult in thinking.

Does anyone have an answer for this? Do you think I am right?

Here is a beautiful and very touching tale

Here is a short and very touching tale sent to me by one of my friends. It really touched me and I liked it a lot.

Some time ago a man punished his 5-year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child pasted the gold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He spoke to her in a harsh manner, "Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to besomething inside the package?" The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full." The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger. An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been given a golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


This is an auspicious sculpture wherein Padmavati's father is marrying his daughter to the Lord Balaji.
This ceremony is called "Kanyadaanam"(kanya-daughter/woman/girl daanam-giving away)which forms an important part of every marriage ritual in India.

Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

padmavati kalyanam

This is a sculpture in Arora Temple, Illinois.

I really felt like home when I visited the temple. Almost all of them spoke telugu and the pandit was chanting satyanarayana vratam at that time in Telugu. I felt I was at a temple in Secunderabad.

Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Placid lake

This is a lovely picture of the Iowa river near the campus. The ducks add to the beauty and serenity of the small "river" which rather resembles a creek.
Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

Guess what?

I really loved this snap. I somehow felt it resembled a painting. Some wierd activity was going on in the sky. Can you try to figure out what the clouds look like?
I thought I could see a cat preying on a duck. What about you?

Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

Diffusing beauty

This was taken when we were driving through Illinois. The climate was very unpredicatable; it was rainy and sunny. This picture represents the beautiful clouds which were getting diffused to trickle down as rain.
Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.


This is the log of The University of Iowa. "The Pentacrest" which is surrounded with five buildings is the center of attraction of Iowa city. It adds beauty and represents the "Old Capitol" of Iowa state.
Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.


At last I have the time to post my pictures. Well, I was procastinating this for a long time.
Here are some of the pictures I took while driving from Iowa to Illinois.

I liked this one cos it gives a foggy look and makes the home look mystical and also somewhat attractive.

Originally uploaded by swapna bolleboina.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

As I was flipping through my diary and reading the contents of it, I felt like sharing this hypothesis of mine. I always thought that an equillibrium in the reactions of a person makes him more better.The Newton's third law of motion which explains about the equillibrium in the action and it's reaction can be applied to explain human behavior too.

Most often my experiences assert the point that no one is an introvert or an extrovert.Pertaining to the behavior of a person, I assume that every person can and usually acts in the opposite way which might be unusual about him. It is rather the situations or the comfort level which determine the behavior of the person. Subconsciously every person acts and also reacts to the same action in the equally opposite way. This in fact brings harmony and balances his mental level.Though the degree and the duration may again vary but every person has to be expressive and also reflective or pensive.

A person who is a very complying and obliging employee can be a bossy person at home or with a certain person. This brings about a balance and harmony in the individual.
This happens to me several times. I behave in excatly contradicting way in different situations. Especially in a new situation I might be too quiet and have that innocent and "ignorance is bliss" sort of an expression while my roommates would have just the opposite interpretation of my nature.My periods of chattering have to be balanced with placid periods.

After reaching the peak of saturation and undergoing all sorts of tragedies without reacting, the person has to break into tears or react in opposite way to ventillate his emotions. This also balances his mental stature.Well, this again proves it: Every action has or should have an equal and opposite reaction.

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