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Of Seeds and Sand: How Words Transform Us


Have you ever gotten an email that you never expected (and didn’t think you deserved) and it changed the course of your day? Yep. I got one yesterday. I was going about my calculus homework when I clicked on a random private message on Facebook. Although I won’t quote their words because it was rather personal, I will however share the most beautiful thought presented in the message…

Place trust in the digital universe like the real universe…Thoughts are like seeds…if you spread them out and tend for them, they will blossom into something incredible.

So not only am I blogging as this kind stranger urged me to do, but I am spreading these beautiful thoughts to you through this blog. It appears that no matter how small we are when we stand alone, together, we can be (and are) enough… ❤ Shilpa

P.S. Thanks MJ for this brilliant shot on one of my favorite beaches! 

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We Are Not What We Were Called


It takes a long time, perhaps a lifetime, to overcome childhood stigmas. It is up to us to remind ourselves that the we can, at our will, scrape away every label which was given to us without our consent.

Because the only label that sticks, is the one which we allow.

Have an amazing weekend! ❤ Shilpa

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The glass blower’s secret

Just as the glass blower molds glass

and fills it with the rainbow

seconds before it hardens,

our innocent years fill us up

with habits,

with dreams to fulfill.

Perhaps after the formation,

we must break apart into a million pieces,

so that we may pick up the ones

which resonate with our soul

and glue them back together

with the hope of creating something resembling

the truest expression of our self.

We mustn’t fear the breaking,

because only after the breaking

comes the re-formation.

❤ Shilpa

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Real Slow

So my bestie is an astro-G (yea, she’s an A U T H O R I T Y on everything outer space) and I have had the pleasure of getting to learn so much about the Pluto flyby and really appreciating this lil planet with a big heart (she has a wickedly detail-driven blog @ countablyinfinitethoughts.blogspot.com) . But, Ms. Rode, this meme kills it. #word#lol #pluto #drivingRealSlow #meme #heartplanet #dwarfplanet

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Still I Rise By Shilpa Tripathi

Still I Rise By Shilpa Tripathi, Construction paper, poster paint, Ink

A few blue moons ago, I had posted the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. This tremendous poem inspired me to create this wall art (currently laid out on a wall along the entrance to my bedroom). I thought that this was kind of inspiring so wanted to share it with you!

The letters are drawn and painted with ink (No, They aren’t printed XD) and the graphic work is done in poster paints. The poem and the work represents the hope I have every morning when I wake up: People rise out of difficult situations every second… There is nothing that should bring us down. 😀 ❤ Shilpa

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Self-Portrait (Or So It Seems)

Self Portrait By Shilpa Tripathi

Self Portrait By Shilpa Tripathi

This is my very first Self Portrait.

Why? I have too many pictures of me.

So whats this painting about, you ask?

You can’t photograph that!

Also, I guess once every twenty-or-so years, is almost kind of mandatory.

So what’s with the flames? Well this was supposed to be a painting of Sati. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hindu mythology, Sati was Shiva’s wife (the God of destruction). I wanted to represent the story where she jumped into the flames of her father’s ceremonial pyre to represent her faith and love for Shiva.

On reflection, I realized that I have jumped into the pyre for my beliefs too. And so have many other courageous girls and women I know of. Before I knew it, I started feeling that Sati’s story represents that of every woman (or individuals, really): Those who jump into the fire for what they love.

Soon, the painting started to evolve as a representation of the sacrifices we make for our love, faith and belief and how every time we jump, we rise like a phoenix: More beautiful and stronger than ever before.

Though it’s a self portrait, I dedicate it to every woman (shout-out to my my mom, sister & grandma). ❤ Shilpa

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Where’s Harry (Potter)?

Where's Harry By Shilpa Tripathi

Where’s Harry? By Shilpa Tripathi

I just found sketches of Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Severus Snape and Serius Black in my art treasure chest and thought I would share it in the form of a movie poster. I just had to utilize their expressions, they all have such ‘searching’ expressions, don’t they? Well, Severus just looks suspicious. 😛

It’s obvious that I’m a die-hard Harry Potter fan. Well, I’m a die hard Harry Potter Series and JK Rowling fan. Apparently I drew my own version of Ron, Hermione, Snape and Serius (before the movies came out) and left Harry out. :/ So, I decided to make a fun little project called Where’s Harry? In my imagination, it’s a story of when the four of them go on a spell-filled and magical-creature-ridden search on Ron’s Nimbus 2000 (Serius and Snape apparate ofcourse) to search for Harry Potter. The adventure that ensues is nothing short of magical (roll your eyes at the pun if you must)!

LOL…. enjoy!

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