365 Days of Chicago

"Welcome to my blog. This blog is an attempt to live life to its fullest by capturing the essence of day-to-day life in words and pictures. I am trying to post a picture a day of Windy City, Chicago and write about books, ideas, art, and everything else I feel interesting!"

Saturday, February 25, 2012

In Midst of Chaos

I thought today would be like any other weekend. Like clockwork, I called my parents for a Skype chat on a Saturday morning. My sister then informed me that my father had met with a little accident and tears rolled out of my eyes. Not because my dad was in pain, but because I was not there to help him through this. When my father spoke about the incident, I could not help but wonder.....as he was driving slowly on his Honda Activa, a rashly driving Maruthi Van tried to overtake him and hit his mirror. My dad lost his balance.....skid....and fell on the road. I could not help but become angry at the selfish people who just drive away so rashly leaving an elderly injured person. I love India, but most people are like that. But then came my surprise, a few of young students stopped all the traffic and a good Samaritan helped my father get up. He parked his own motorcycle by the side and took my father to the nearby hospital on my father's bike. He stayed with my father till my brother-in-law, Kiran, came to the hospital. My father, by God's grace, had a few minor injuries.

I am far away from my parents, I could do nothing at their hour of need, I could only cry, I could only worry..... I could only write. But this made me realize that....... even in the midst of chaos, kindness still exists. Good Samaritans still exist. It is not money that runs the world, its the kindness, especially from a stranger, that runs the world. I write this story not to unburden my heart, but for all the Good Samaritans that exist in the world, especially those who exist in midst of chaos.

I only say this...'Thank you for your kindness'.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Perfect Snowflake

Chicago was lucky this year, the snow really just started this week with a spring-like weather even on New Year's Eve. But every Chicagoan knows, snow is bound to come and sure enough, it snows 6 inches in one day.  Two days ago, there were flurries. For the people who had never seen snow, flurries is snowfall, but smaller and lighter. The snowflakes swirl down like feathers, and when there is wind, voila! magic just happens. Its amazingly relaxing to just stand and watch all the flurries fly in a chaotic orchestra. I could take a perfect shot of the snowflake and wanted to share with you guys, here is the picture:

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cloud Gate

If you are ever in Chicago, do not miss visiting the Cloud Gate Sculpture in the Millennium Park. Affectionately called "The Bean" by Chicagoans, the sculpture was designed by Anish Kapoor. He is said to be inspired by liquid mercury. Its unique design summarizes the whole Chicago city in its concave dome, which is one of those mathematical challenges that is as beautiful as Fibonacci's sequence. Here is the picture of the day:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A View from Willis Tower

There is something very scary about standing on a glass window with a glass base, which is 103 floors above the ground! That's what Willis Tower feels like in Chicago, IL. It offers you with both romantic and adventurous experience at the same time and it is one of the must-see places in USA. Here's the picture:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Garden on Shelf

I love my latest project of maintaining a garden through this winter. I just feel great around this shelf garden:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kids need to park too!

Saw this amazing kid's jeep in the parking lot. Very cute!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Colors and Skyscrapers

No matter how many times you see the fall colors, you are amazed at the nature's beauty, especially if you come from a tropical region, where there is hardly any change in the temperature, give or take a few degrees. The glass skyscrapers reflecting the blue sky midst fall colors was truly breathtaking. I took this picture at lakefront: