Recap 2016: Through the Lens of My Yatra Diary...

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start,
with perhaps a bit of magic
waiting somewhere behind the morning.

- J. B. Priestly.

(Picture courtesy: desi Traveler)

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They say time flies.
Sometimes I wonder...
Where exactly does time fly?

That time... that makes up one moment, a minute, an hour, a day, a year... our life. Is it in the great mountains that loom large over us with their dark grey crevices and green patches in between or is it in the vast expanse of the horizons where darkness and light dissolve ever so perfectly to create something so precious and beautiful? The eternal traveller time... wherever it might fly, one thing I know for sure, it never stops, it is forever on the run, even now, when another year is all set to end and bid us goodbye.

The dusk of a paling 2016 is upon the horizon marking a wonderful moment in this journey of time to pause, ponder and reflect on the year going by… the memories made, the goodness cherished, the journeys embarked, the kindness encountered, the authenticity striven, the lessons learnt, the truths discovered … to the wonderful life that was, it's time to gratefully bid adieu and make way for the prospect of something fresh and new.

As the pinkish glow of 2017 pours over the twilight abyss of dark blue... youthful, radiant and bright – loaded with a tinkle of hope, goodness, cheer, optimism and faith in its character - inspiring a thrilling feeling of awe all around; My Yatra Diary… stands at the edge of stillness to turn back the pages... to see all that 2016 was for her and to hope for all that 2017 will be.

Presented below is a calendar recap of 12 posts from the 12 months gone by in the order: Month / Snippet / Picture / Post Link. Most of her posts also had quotes this year along with the write-ups so I doubly hope that you will like going through them.

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Wash me, cleanse me, purify my heart and set me free.

~ Psalm 51.

Shri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameshwaram.


The sea is where I belong.
Meet me that place -
where the music meets the ocean.

Agni Teertham, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.


I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me.
~ Joshua Graham.

Holika Dahan ritual, Holi Festival in Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh.


And I learned what is obvious to a child.
That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time.
That each day should be spent finding beauty
in flowers and poetry and talking to animals.
That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook.

Sunset boat ride in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.


What about barren, abandoned, obsolete, uninhabited places is so intriguing to us?

Us… you as well as me. Is it simply the emotion of intense melancholy that we feel in those moments when we walk through such places, or is it the dive into an unknown mystery, of all that in life that is beyond visual comprehension, that which we call death or is it something else, something more?

Dhanushkodi beach in Rameshwaram.


This little girl down here inspired me.
She didn't mind me clicking her picture.
In fact, did I even matter?
She was totally immersed,
how happy and joyful... in her own little world.
That world, where she sprinkled a handful of puffed rice in the water
And they would all be gone, less than a minute!

Rama Teertham, Rameshwaram.


“Why a widow, even if Mani were untouchable, or something worse,
she is still a gem of a woman for me.
We look for experienced people,
but when it comes to choosing life partner,
we don’t consider experience a good thing.
I am not one who would strangle justice.
No school can impart experience as adversity does.
The person who has a degree from this school
can easily be trusted with the reins of your life.
In my eyes, being a widow is not a sin for a woman…”

~ Munshi Premchand.

Munshi Ghat in Varanasi dedicated to Munshi Premchand.


As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes,
similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes.

Lord Krishna and Prabhu Nityananda at Lord Krishna and Prabhu Nityananda at ISKCON Temple, Chennai.


It's the first day of one of the most awaited festivals of India and one of the most popular in Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi. The much loved elephant God, the cute and mischievous, and one of my favourites - Ganpati Bappa will be home soon, seated like a bosom friend, an intimate confidante, amid His favourite people - with you and me.

Ganesh Sthapana, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, Mumbai


She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.
― Ariana Dancu.

Navratri Special: She's A Woman.


The resting place of the mind is the heart.
The only thing the mind hears all day
is clanging bells and noise and argument,
and all it wants is quietude.
The only place the mind will ever find peace
is inside the silence of the heart.
That's where you need to go.
― Elizabeth Gilbert.

7 blogging years of My Yatra Diary...


Who doesn't love to be beside the seaside?
There is something very beautiful about beaches and oceans.

Those waves in the ocean rising above in full furore, they march towards the shoreline, bubbling and tumbling with all their worth, as if with a thousand stories hidden carefully in their heart, opening it all at once as they kiss the shoreline, then gradually dissolving and dispersing in fragments, in peace, only to rise up again in the distance. There is birth, death and renewal, and love, hope and understanding between everyone involved - all in a matter of seconds.

Some of the best beaches in India.

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......... In the year 2017,

May everything we think, say and do (and write) ... we do it for the pure love of God.
May our life unfold magnificently for us and for all the others around us.
May the new year take us closer to our own selves in our hearts
bestowing on us an inner clarity, a loving nature, happiness, peace, success and simplicity.
May it reinforce our belief in the goodness of human nature,
and May it transform us in ways we may have never known.

......... In the year 2017,

May we always remember that...
there is magic waiting somewhere in the Universe...
and we just have to believe, hope and hold
that one day we shall cherish it for real.

Happy New Year!
Keep Loving and Keep Smiling!

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  1. Arti, Great to read. Keep sharing :)
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2017.
    Greetings ~ da

  2. Such a lovely memorable journey back through 2016. All of the best to you and yours this coming year.

  3. Great looking back into time and moments and I find beautiful perception with each image and quotation… and coming to the seaside’s I could easily relate. Lovely done :)

    Happy New Year

  4. You have been an inspiration throughout my blogging journey and this is so inspiring . Keep up the good work Aarti will look forward to many more such posts in the coming year

  5. Thanks for the heartwarming journeys this year, Arti! Was so tuned to our yatra diary through the year. Wish you a happy new year with more journeys for you and us through your pen. :)

  6. A wonderful recap on the year gone by, each of your post is heartwarming and comes straight from heart. I am so elated that a picture by desi Traveler is the first picture in this wonderful post. Thanks a lot and happy new year.

  7. That's a brilliant turner:) so happy that I have been a part of all your journeys this year and am absolutely certain I will get to read fabulous stories in 2017 too. Have an amazing year Arti:)

  8. Such a wonderful recap of the year...some memories are to be cherished forever.

    Wish you a better New Year ☺

  9. This might be my first comment on any of your post, but yes like always this post too made me just go on and on... With every word their comes an inspiration... Thanks for it Arti... Happy New year to you too...

  10. Happy New Year! Wish you visit more new places this year.

  11. Loved this photo recap of your blog, Arti. I wish you an even better New Year 2017. May you travel and regale us more with your beautiful tales.

  12. Happy New Year Arti, and best wishes for a wonderful 2017.
    I enjoyed seeing your photo recap from last year - hope you get to do lots of travelling again this year.

  13. Wow!!! What a year for you !! you seem to have travelled a lot this year Arti and mostly on soul searching destinations it seems!! Wish you more such travel in the next year!!

  14. A wonderful recap of the entire year,half of which I passed away from blogging... It's liberating to see the beautifully captioned pics Arti! you have a beautiful poet too in you!

  15. Beautiful recap of year.
    Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  16. Happy New Year !! Pictures speaks a lot more than words...
    Amazing photo blog.

  17. Such a lovely tribute to 2016, Arti. Your writing is evocative and elegant. I hope you have a wonderful 2017 too :)

  18. Lovely recap of the year 2016,wish to read more of your warm and soothing writings in the new year

  19. I am lucky enough that I have read all these posts !! wish You would have a wonderful year ahead !!

  20. That sounds like a lovely year. Have a great 2017!

  21. Your writing is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the beautiful year.

  22. Looks like that was a great year. I hope the coming year also has some very enriching travels in store for you. Happy New 2017, Arti. :)

  23. Wish you and yours a Brilliant 2017!

  24. All your posts of 2016 were amazing. And it was a treat to read this post.
    Wish you a beautiful year my dear. Keep shining your light and be the magic you are. Much love <3

  25. Wonderful Arti :) Such a lovely recap and love the quotes, poem, and how they fit in so apt :) Wishing a happy amazing year ahead!

  26. Wonderful :) Seeing your blog I always get inspired to keep writing and posting more often (that sadly I've lost for some time now)...!!! Hope 2017 is much bigger and better than the earlier years and hope to catch you soon in Bengaluru :)

  27. Lovely Arti! I have read so many 2016 posts in the last week that these posts had just become like some random lists after a point..but you post kind of made sense of everything, every place, every event :)


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