As I turn 28 !

So, on 9th of March 1990, a cute,little baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs.Roy in burdwan. Hence on 9th march 2018 (easy calculation though πŸ˜‰ ),she turned 28. Yes,that cute, innocent, studious is now grown up to be a psycho writer and a bird freak. Well you are absolutely right, that would be ME,of course me,who else would call me innocent or dare to call me a freak πŸ˜€

In a glance if I say,it continued for three awesome days. As you read on,you will realize how freaking awesome it was for me that it took me 4 days to get over the madness and write this up.

CAUTION : I am going to brag a lot about my surprisingly romantic husband. Keep reading if you enjoy. Well just keep on reading πŸ˜‰

Day 1

A day before my birthday is a brilliant day for lady to be born in,but no surprises I was a day late πŸ˜€ Well 8th March it was, I was already in a great mood at my work place and there entered this elderly customer with a red rose and chocolates to wish the only lady staff “A very prosperous Women’s day”. No wonder my face shined like a star. With all the beautiful thoughts, I finished my day job and left for home. I was waiting at this children’s park for my husband to pick me up as regular routine. He arrived ,I hopped on the back seat of our two wheeler. HE turned the bike exactly opposite to our way home and started. To crush all my arising queries, his answer was “we are going to have nariyal pani (coconut water )”. I was like okay.. As I sat quietly, we crossed the coconut seller,the market and many more turns to be said before the road took us where we were leading i.e. Mall De Goa. As I was blabbering how frizzy my hair is and how awful do I look, he dragged me inside and rushed me to one of those Sunglass stores. Bought me a nice pair of glares (I needed one badly!) along with some casual shopping like a perfect husband for the very first time πŸ˜›

This may sound too ordinary to you but all these were kind a first for me in 28 years. More to come. Surprise over surprise.

when the clock hit 00:00 the cake was set on the table.I cut it while singing “happy birthday to me” at the top of my voice. HE joined me taking laugh-intervals while filming my craziness. So far so good.

Day 2

It was my birthday,we didn’t take leave and were at our work places.I wasn’t having that a good day till I reach home in the evening. A parcel of another birthday cake and chocolates were waiting for me. That was from the newest member of my family. My sweetest boudibhai (sis-in-law). It was past 6.30 and I was literally ordered to be ready by 8 pm. As it turned 8,I was almost ready ,like ALMOST πŸ˜€ my door bell rang. I opened up to find one of our few friends we hang out with standing with a big chocolate in his hand. I shouted with surprise “where are we going after all? will someone tell me already”. No one did of course. I cut the new cake and left for my unknown destination.

I couldn’t guess at all where our friend’s GPS took us. It “was ‘THALLASSA ,in little vagator”. I have heard about this place but the enthusiasm of being there got me.Such happening place, I tell you such happening place. Dining tables looking over the beautiful Ozran beach,awesome upbeat music and not-at-all cheesy but bouncy crowd dancing and enjoying the Friday night out. There were food,drinks,performances and lots and lots of crazy music. In short not-at-all my husband’s type. I looked at him and he uttered ” Enjoy your birthday sweetheart. Table will be ready by 9″. The very moment I fell for HIM again I swear. Nonetheless to say we boozed up and I danced like crazy.

Day 3

Arrives the day after.10th March 2018. 2nd Saturday. A holiday for us. I already smelled something fishy as they tried to keep it secret as strongly as possible. We were up and ready by 10 AM and again I didn’t know where were we going. After riding for almost 45 km we reached our destination lead by our friend’s GPS again.

My eyes opened wide as I read the board ” Welcome to Bondla Wildlife sanctuary”. Which place else could be the best surprise for a wildlife enthusiast like me! Though my lens couldn’t support me that day as it needs treatment,I had a memorable time out there INTO THE WILD.

Its not about visiting particular place or dining at a specific restaurant,its the thought process behind all of them that matters. All the planning that HE did just to make my birthday special simply cannot be praised by simple words. I usually call him an ‘unromantic introvert guy’ but not anymore. Romanticism isn’t about the roses,chocolates or expensive gifts. For me the definition of romanticism changed forever. I have known him for a decade now and all I say about him is that he is different from others. But that is what that makes him ‘Unique‘.

Lastly to my dear Partner, I just want to thank you for the love and support that you have showered upon me in all these years. I might not even deserve them. And this is by far the best birthday for me. And I wont hesitate to say “I am a proud wife of a freaking awesome husband “.

That’s it people!

Thanks for reading till the end. Hope you enjoyed as I did πŸ™‚

Until next time.

Much love,

Riya

Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary

Hello everyone, Today i.e. 12th November 2017 is the 121st birth Anniversary of the person who is famously called the ‘Birdman of India’. Only due to his dedication and systematic bird surveys across India, Ornithology has its place today’s India.

Being a padma bhushan and padma vibhushan awardee, sir SΓ‘lim Moizuddin Abdul Ali is a hero for many Indian birders /bird watchers.

Today, my post is dedicated to him.

This post is about the Salim Ali bird Sanctuary in Goa and few of the birds that I captured in my lenses around my neighbourhood.

Lets start with the place which told me about this legend for the very first time. Yes I didn’t know about him, as I was never that of a bird watcher (always loved the wings though in the open sky). But only when I came to Goa and started waking up to bird chirps, I have grown this keen interest in them. I cant say, how much I love watching their activities and trust me I can do that all day πŸ™‚

Lets start with Dr Salim Ali bird Sanctuary, that is situated on the Chorao Island in North Goa district along the mandovi river.

As soon as you deboard the rivander-chorao ferry, you will find this sanctuary just to your left.

This is the entrance path.

As soon as you enter this place, serenity will attack you from everywhere.

Walking paths has been beautifully carved helping birders and tourists to make their way.

These beautiful yet strong stone pallets will take you closer to what-we-call Peace.

Not sure what these are. Could be find everywhere in the mud. I took this capture as they formed animal figures to me πŸ™‚

I also see myself as I grow up – says the tree

Beautiful stretch of rich flora and fauna can be seen here along with the various kinds of bird calls. I wish I had a better lense when I went to this place last time. Unfortunately couldn’t spot any of those eye catching wings.

No wonder I want to visit this place again and again. Next time I am here, you bloggers will be with me πŸ™‚ I am such a jungle person.

You can see the happiness index πŸ˜€

I am sun’s alarm clock~says the bird

Serenity and calmness is what your mind finds in such places. Find some time for your soul and visit these nature bound places, not just to find birds but to find yourself πŸ™‚

These are my best frames that could describe the peaceful attitude of this location.

A far away click of the Brahmini kite πŸ™‚

Stay with me till my next post which will include my bird spotting activities in Goa. *Promise*

Till then,keep smiling and keep birding:)

Much love,

Riya