Smile, for you can light the world!

I could post a zillion pics of my kids for this week’s Word A Week Photo Challenge on the A Word in your Ear blog, seeing as the world this week is Smile. But I refrain from being the over zealous mom. I cannot but extend the word Smile into the word People. It is certainly the warmth of the people in our lives that makes us go on, day after day, despite hard times. And what best way to take strength and inspiration from them than to pay tribute to their smiles, that most precious gift that can instantly chase away gloom and lighten the heart, quicken the step and bring us back on track, when we fear we will lose our way.


This casual click on my kids fooling around one Sunday morning a couple of years ago is my absolute favorite! I am allowed to be a pit partial…I think


Our neighbor she is and her smile has been a mood-lifter for sure!


Aadyaa surprised herself by not crying the first time she played Holi full blast, the festival of colours


That is Udai in absolute glee at the water pistol he is wielding. Also on holi!


Enigmatic smiles are the specialty of this particular friend!


Her sweet nature is reflected in her smile….at her son’s Upanayan ceremony, which is when Hindu Brahmin boys are formally accepted into the fold) my bhabhi is decked out in all her finery!


Another Hindu festival of Karva Chauth, when wives fast for the health and life of their husbands. This was taken in the lawns of my apartment block. This friend seemed amused in the midst of everyone else being seriously immersed in the rituals!


What are they upto? Udai and his grandmum fooling around


Two wonderful smiles and two weak-watery expressions…this was clicked after Aadyaa bought that small earthen pot from the tribal potters that squat on the pavement near our home…


About ramblinginthecity

I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on January 28, 2013, in Personal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Lovely pictures Mukta. I am sure you have a huge collection of all kinds of smiles but shortage of time might have limited the number posted here. Please consider creating a series of posts on them.

  2. wonderful you have made my day 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on A Word in Your Ear and commented:
    a heap of happy smiles from rambling in the city in response to the A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – SMILE

  4. henrywilliamsonn

    Reblogged this on henrywilliamsonn and commented:
    Smile do lots of

  5. I love the happiness I see flowing so openly. What wonderful photographs! 🙂

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and smiling with this post… They often say a smile is infectious… It certainly has gotten me smiling 🙂 Thank-you

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