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Meera at Legoland Boston

photo of giraffe in front of Legoland Boston by Arun Shanbhag

What could you do with three million Lego bricks? Build a city of course. At the recently opened Legoland Boston, the highlights are a few of Boston’s iconic buildings, painstakingly assembled with Lego bricks. The attention to detail is amazing and they have captured the main sights including a miniature of Fenway Park filled with […]

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Meera goes sledding

pics of Meera sledding in the snow in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

We all complain about the snow. Yes, it’s usually a big mess. But after it has all been cleared and the sun is out, Meera loves to play in the snow. Here we are out sledding on a nearby hill, with one of our neighbors. Everyone had a great time. Here’s Meera after last January’s […]

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Meera: When do we grow

pictures of Meera in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

On her annual visit, the doctor told Meera how much she had grown over the last year. That night Meera comes to me, her shoulders are hunched and a concerned look on her face.

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Meera in the Blizzard

Meera Pics from the Blizzard of 2013 by Arun Shanbhag

We survived the Blizzard of 2013! Ended up with about 2 ft of snow. The hopper on my snow blower is only 20 inches high and it was a challenge to cut a walkway in the snow pack. The snow came in from the East and our East-facing home got a wallop. I opened the […]

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Meera turns Five, with Pappa

pictures of Meera turns five by Arun Shanbhag

We celebrated Meera’s fifth Birthday in Boston. It took us a while to get here, but thankful for all the grace (anugraha) we have been blessed with. Here are pics of Meera with Amma on this day.

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Meera and Spiderman

Pic of Meera's Spiderman by Arun Shanbhag

Spiderman has become Meera’s big hero since my brother gave her this stuffed Spiderman several months ago. If I ask Meera to drink milk, she retorts, “Does Spiderman drink milk?” One of the best parts of my day is walking Meera to her pre-school. On her walk she gets to see new flowers bloom, hear […]

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Meera and Sleeping Phlox

Pics of Meera posing in front of a phlox garden flowers by Arun Shanbhag

I have the good fortune to walk Meera to her pre-school every morning. We walk by our neighborhood and cross a park on her way to school. It’s Meera’s field trip (picnic) everyday, and I am her lucky guide.

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Amma coming to Boston, July 2012

Amma in Devi Bhava during her Boston visit in 2011. Dates for Amma‘s (Mata Amritanandamayi) Boston tour have been announced and Registration is now open for the Retreat. Here, you can read about my fabulous, life-altering experience with Amma. Hope to see some of you there.

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Meera Arrives in Boston

pic of Meera in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

M & Meera arrived in Boston! Took this pic with my iPhone as she waves me off to work. Its been a long road since this, but well worth it. Now Meera is making friends anew and learning English.

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On Walden Pond

On Walden Pond pics by Arun Shanbhag

I started the New Year chanting Lokāh Samastāh Sukino Bhavantū at an Amma Satsang. Then after a short nap, drove over to a friend’s and chanted the Hanuman Chalisa, seven times; then walked around Walden Pond. What a beautiful day to experience the magnificent. Walking Yoga, circumambulating the emerald blue stillness. A time to quiet […]

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At the Cape: Chatham Bars Inn

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What a writing snob. I can only write sitting at my desktop computer and post pics shot with my Nikon. This has to change. So here I am at one of the most fabulous resorts on the Cape, and have to blog about it. Downloaded the WordPress app for the iPad/iPhone, and let’s see what […]

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Video: How to do a Pec Fly & Chest Press

I don’t do weights! But my trainer friends urge me to build muscle tone. “It will help your running,” they argue. I do anything which helps my running.

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Update: Nesting Red-tailed Hawk in Boston

Fascinating to keep up with this Hawk’s nest. Even after I got back from Mumbai, the Hawk babies were still in the nest. Now the babies are larger and ready to fly out. Also, tragedy. I am updating this older post with new pics as the Hawks grow up. So please visit often. And for […]

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Nesting Red-tailed Hawk in Boston

June 30th and July 1st, 2010 Of the three chicks, there was the biggest one who started to flex its wings and hop on the railing first. The second one followed within a week. The third was little and 4 weeks late to even flapping its wings. I managed to get them all on the […]

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Boston Skyline from the Red-Line

From Park Street outbound to Alewife, the Red-Line T comes above ground at the Charles / MGH station, goes across the Longfellow Bridge and then dips back in the tunnel at MIT. A short snippet of the Boston Skyline taken from the Red-Line as it speeds over the Charles river. The trip between stations takes […]

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Kids Who Bring Joy

Since they were infants, I have shot pics of all our friend’s kids. They are a joyous bunch and I love showcasing them. Now, with Meera on the scene, some of my friends wonder if I’ll ever be as passionate about taking their pics. Well, they do have a point :-E| But for now, here […]

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Spring in Boston

The days that used to lie curled up, numbed by penetrating frost, bit by bit stretch out their limbs now that winter’s past. ~ Sri Dharanidhara from Vidyadhara’s Subhaashita Ratnakosha Translated from the Sanskrit by Daniel HH Ingalls, Harvard University Press The original verses were composed between the 8th and 10th century. Vidyadhara probably compiled […]

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New Year Greetings 2009

from the Boston Public Garden Happy New Year! Wishing you all, A Blessedly Beautiful New Year! Peace, Health and Prosperity! (what else do we really want? … ok, good food!) M&A Our Other New Year greetings: New Year 2013: Meera at Play in Boston New Year Greetings 2008 New Year Greetings 2007 New Year Greetings […]

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Make Way for Katrina and Brandon!

Last Fall, our friend H asked me to shoot pics of her kids for their holiday greeting. Katrina is such a delight; ever since she was a toddler, every time she saw me she’d run over screaming “alun! alun! alun!” and give me a big hug. And Brandon is such a champ! No doubt I […]

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Ms Vibha

Meet Vibha, darling daughter of our good friends Vandana and Aravind. I shot this pic during a gathering at our friend's place on August 15th. All kids had dressed in traditional garb to celebrate India's Independence Day. Along with her mother and brother they are currently back in Bangalore and Mangalore visiting family. If any […]

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Running along the Charles River, Boston

Boston's long winter makes me more intimate with treadmills than I care. With winter's grip slowly loosening, I take every opportunity to test my running legs outdoors. Even though we have yet to see 'warm weather', we have had a good number of running days. Thursday last week was just spectacular. The sun was out, […]