Monday, April 22, 2013

UBC 22 - AtoZ - Suzy (me)

Day 22  of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge and the letter  S  for the  AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

S is for ... Suzy (me)



Thought I would share a little about myself today so here goes ...

Suzy is a nickname I had in school that I use as my virtual name. Some of my classmates still call me Suzy. Long story about how I got it.  My real name means "Earth" (as in the planet) in Sanskrit and my Chinese astrology element is also Earth. Maybe that's why I feel so connected to the earth. btw Suzy means "Lily" - I'm all nature!
My brother took great delight in calling me "Mati ben" (Miss Mud) when we were children. He's lucky that I have a great sense of humour.


I love the hills and mountains. There is something very spiritual about mountains.Each morning I sip my tea (chai), watch the hills, listen to some devotional music.   It's so peaceful and very serene.

view of the hills from my window


I love watching sunsets particularly at the beach. There's something very calming about hearing the sound of the ocean. Often when I meditate I close my eyes and imagine myself at the beach watching a spectacular sunset or sunrise, with the waves gently lapping the shore. Meditation nourishes my soul and connects me with Spirit.
sunset over the Arabian Sea


Photography is one of my passions. My love for photography began when I was very young as my dad was an avid amateur photographer. I have no understanding of the techniques of perfect photography, but I constantly remind myself of my dad's words:
"photography is all about composition. your photo should tell your story."

image from google images

I use a Canon S80 camera.  I love Canon cameras. 
I share my photos on my photo blog Photos are Fun.


I love poetry. Poems, for me, are the language of love and I am a hopeless romantic. I try to weave my spiritual beliefs and romance into my poems that I share on my blog Reflections Of My Soul. I also love Haiku. One can say so much in so few words. Some of my favourite poets are Rabindranath Tagore, Rumi, and Khalil Gibran. My favourite book is Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet".


Although I love my job and what I do, my passion lies in humanitarian aid work. I believe that this is my calling and someday that is what I will do. During my school days I was a member of the interact club which is the junior arm of the Rotary club. On some Saturdays we visited an orphanage and I loved going there. The children were so beautiful and I loved being with them. The energy there was so high. Perhaps the seeds were sowed then, which reminds me of these words from a Simon and Garfunkel song:

"And the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains"

Now each Saturday morning is spent at the fruit and vegetable market.  It's great to be outdoors in the fresh air and to spend some time with friends.  The market place is so colourful and also has a high energy buzz about it.
Lower Hutt market


I love walking barefoot in the grass in my garden and I love roses.  
My favourite colours are blue, yellow and red. I love greens too - colours of nature!
I love ice-cream. 
I love food - Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican are my favourite. 
I love sudoku puzzles and I love to write.
Maths was my favourite subject in school. 

"You've Got Mail" is one of my favourite movies and "I Love Lucy" one of my favourite shows. 
Tom Hanks, Richard Gere, Audrey Hepburn and Meg Ryan my favourite actors/actresses. 
On the Bollywood front I like Salman Khan and I think Waheeda Rehman was the most beautiful actress ever. 
The Ramayana is my favourite Indian epic and my Lord Rama is my favourite epic hero.  I never tire of watching the TV serials.
The Beatles are my favourite band and my favourite song is "Spanish Eyes". I've loved this song since I was about 10 years old and I am convinced I have a karmic/spiritual connection with it.



My spiritual quest began about 15 years ago and in this time I have learned that the Universe has a plan all of its own. I have finally succumbed to its force and stopped trying to plan my life, direct it or drive it. Going with the flow has simplified my life and made it infinitely easier and happier. 

I look back sometimes and live the beautiful moments that bring a smile to my face and lift me up. I have learned to let go off the bad ones or those that no longer serve any purpose.  I don't think of the future,  and I live my life in the now: 

"Following Universe's flow with Bhakti and Shradha" 

Bhakti = heartfelt devotion and love for the Divine
Shradha = unconditional, unquestioning, absolute faith in the Divine

Oh btw, my favourite other super hero is Spiderman. I mean how can I not love Spiderman after this!

at Universal Studios LA.


Grateful for the many adventures I've had and the places I've visited,  for all the people who have come into my life and those who have departed and particularly my dear late father who was the best ever, for my children who are my strength and joy, for a benevolent Universe that continues to surprise and amaze me as life progresses, and for my Lord who nourishes my soul.

Have the most spectacular day and please share a little of your life.

Warm Regards
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51 comments:

  1. Aha! So we get to know a bit about you!
    I loved "You've got mail" too! I cant stand Indian Tele-serials though and haven't watched a single one since more than a decade now!
    Making the present beautiful and enjoying every moment of it is the right philosophy!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa - I don't watch any Indian TV serials either only Ramayana.

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  2. I loved reading this and getting to know you.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for stopping in at my blog and commenting. I've enjoyed visiting you here today. I resonate with your "go with the flow" approach. Beetles are my favorite band, Rumi is my favorite poet. Math and I did not (and still do not)get along but My husband is a fine math person. I also love to write. I love your picture of the lower hutt market and dream of the day I can live near a market like that. All the best. Alice

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    1. Thanks Alice for dropping by - looks like we have a lot in common :)

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  4. An autobiography of an earth woman :D

    PhenoMenon
    http://capturedalive.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/stop/

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    1. Sounds like that doesn't it PhenoMenon.

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  5. Mati Ben ! :P that is so like Moti Ben which is a pun actually as in gujarati its elder sis in hindi its fat sis :P :P :D

    I loved reading and getting ot knwo more about you :D

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    1. Dhiren bhai nanhi ben ne to moti na kevai. and he wouldn't dare to call me fat sis - my sense of humour wouldn't stretch that far.

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    2. You know gujju ?! :D :D ha ha
      I can so understand the limits of sense of humour :D :D :D

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    3. and please... bhai mat kaho na !

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    4. I am gujju so I better know gujju!

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  6. Thanks for allowing us to know you better.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  7. This was a great post! I would never leave my window with that view you have!! Beautiful!!
    Connie
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. Thanks Connie - glad you liked my post and the view!

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  8. You were such a beautiful child...I am sure you had a wonderful personality to match, as is evident:) I loved knowing you better, getting a glimpse of your life and the pictures of course...You Daddy did a mighty job raising you, and he lives on in your soul. I'm taking home the 'photography' lesson he taught u :))

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    1. Thanks Aarti's mom. My dad will be very happy that you liked his photography lesson. Thanks for the very sweet comment.

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  9. It is so nice to get to know about you. Love the honesty of the post. God Bless.

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    1. Thanks Pallavi. Blessings to you too.

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  10. Good to know you a little better ! That a great view from youe window. It must be lovely to start off your day with such a fantastic view !
    Youve got mail is my all time Favorite too :P

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    1. It sure is Ruchira - always puts me in a good mood.

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  11. loved knowing abt u today . A ♥ for Tom hanks and Richard Gere and Khalil Gibran's poems are my fav too . The prophet is in my to read list ! and audrey hepburn and megryan :* thanks for reminding You have got a mail movie ! U indeed r romantic from ur choices . Good day !

    That view from window ... wowoow ! I am jealous of u :)
    and spider man yep who doesnt like it. My nephew is madddddd abt him
    anyway U were and are cute now !

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    1. Thanks Afshan - you're very sweet.

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  12. Always a pleasure to know more and more about you, Suzy. Like your blog URL reads: Suzy (I'll meet you) Someday, Somewhere (in Mumbai preferably!). :)

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    1. Thanks Corinne - and that's exactly what my blog name means - meet you all someday somewhere!

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  13. Loved knowing little tid-bits about you Suzy! 'Mati-ben' was the cutest trivia about you, I say! And I too love 'You've got mail' and the romance!
    So, S indeed is Suzy! Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Naina - my brother will be thrilled to know that his nickname is such a hit.

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  14. So great to get to know you, Suzy. and you looked so cute as a little girl.

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  15. I loved reading your profile post, Suzy. You've had a very different life from me here in Canada and yet we have many similar interests and passions. I feel a real connection to you since you are a truly creative person who is very in touch with your soul. I always enjoy your thoughtful posts and fascinating photos.

    Cattitude and Gratitude

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    1. Thanks Cat - glad you like my posts.

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  16. Thts a v interesting post! I loved loved loved the view of hills form ur wndow...

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    1. Thanks Meena - I like the view too.

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  17. I love this and find it amazing that we have so much in common on opposite ends of the world. But your view is way better than mine:)

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    1. Thanks Talya - you know what they say like attracts like!

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  18. So many common likes between us and good to know you more. BTW, you did not tell us your real name.

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    1. Thanks Janu - and now you know my real name too :D

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  19. Glad to have met you online, at least :) I love Rumi and Gibran too. The view from your window is so lovely, wish I could live there. I am a romantic too :)

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  20. So lovely to know more about you, Suzy! Such a cute pic of you in pigtails!

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  21. This is my first visit here. And happy to get to know you. And you have some beautiful shots there, esp the girl in pigtails! :)

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    1. Thanks Me. Glad you liked my post.

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  22. Only after completing my post and reading yours did I realize that I, too, could have made today's post about me...all that thinking about S? Duh!

    THank you for sharing about yourself. I, too, am on a it of a spiritual journey...I think the best of us are!

    Shannon
    The Other Side of the Equation

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    1. Thanks Shannon for visiting. I hope your spiritual journey leads you to where you want to be. Glad you are on that journey too.

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  23. BEautiful you , beautiful pictures and beautiful memories ...loved knowing more about Suzy the child , Suzy the poet and Suzy the spiritual :)

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    1. Thanks Sri - oh wow you summed me up pretty well :)

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  24. By far your best post Suzy! Loved your pic and love your life philosophy. (Btw, 'Sound of Silence' is a personal fave too!).

    Keep smiling. Keep gazing out of that window for inspiration.

    Meera

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    1. Thanks Meera. Glad you like my philosophy on life - not everyone agrees with it!

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