Russia – Matryoshka Dolls


It’s April of 2021 and Day 18 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 18 Country: Russia

I had a hard time selecting one from the world’s largest country Russia. Potential superpower, high human development index, rich in culture, tourism, art, cuisines, museums, lakes, artefacts, there were numerous known’s to pick one. I finally made peace with Matryoshka dolls. Also known as babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, Russian tea dolls etc. are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890. They are a traditional representation of the mother carrying a child within her. The doll set envisages chain of mothers carrying on the family legacy through the child in their womb – usually a set of nested 5 dolls (the original older set had 8).

Credits: by 0x010C – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37316716

Poem:

Bravery will house brave,
Real, more real.
Dreams grow likewise,
Zeal and passion along.
However, one must be,
fearless enough,
To stand,
And stay still.

In similar ways, the fearful will gather more fear and carry the same legacy.

Qatar – Dallah


It’s April of 2021 and Day 17 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 17 Country: Qatar

Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is backed by the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves. The capital Doha is a rapidly growing modern city with skyscrapers and blooming economy. The city leaves behind one mesmerized. Dallah, the coffee pots are known to be one of the best souvenirs of Qatar. They’ve been used for centuries to brew the traditional spicy, bitter coffee. The Dallah brewed coffee is part of the Qatari tradition of hospitality and ceremony. These are traditional coffee pots made of steel, brass, silver, or even 24K gold for special occasions or used by royalty.

Poem:

Some saw it half,
Some with mask,
Some saw it late,
Some oversaw.
What you brew,
The way you brew,
Is usually, always,
And only with you.

The stories of ‘you’ will be passed on and analyzed in the ways you never imagined. There are moments that are beautiful only because you know ‘your’ story.

Peru – Machu Picchu


It’s April of 2021 and Day 16 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 16 Country: Peru

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel in Peru on a 7,970 feet mountain ridge. While its exact former usage still remains a mystery, most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for an Inca emperor. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s. It is both a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s well-known for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar and intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Because the cloud forest grows over quickly in the area surrounding Machu Picchu, there may be unknown trails and ruins yet to be explored.

Poem:

Of all the stories:
That are heard,
That are discovered,
That are assumed,
That traveled,
Folklore’s,
The best ones,
Are the yet untold.

Have you ever noticed that most of your precious and memorable stories are the ones that you haven’t shared with any yet!?

Oman – Wahiba Sands


It’s April of 2021 and Day 15 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 15 Country: Oman

Oman is famous for its ancient aflaj oases irrigation system, terraced orchards fortresses, sailing ships etc. Oman’s capital Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, and also its terrain brings the biggest adventures and hence the tourists. One of tourist attraction, Wahiba Sands is now known as the Sharqiya Sands named for the Bani Wahiba tribe. The desert has been of scientific interest noting 16,000 invertebrates as well as 200 species of other wildlife and 150 species of native flora. The area is defined by 12,500 square kilometres. Classic desert scenery with dunes & flora attracts visitors to this region and is also known for Bedouins (Bedouins are nomadic Arab Tribes who have historically inhabited the desert regions).

Credits: by Andries Oudshoorn – 080318-110 Oman – Sharqiya Sands – Al Areesh CampUploaded by mangostar, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6840251

Poem:

It might be hard,
To count and note,
Every sand grain.
Because,
You can’t count,
You did not note,
You can’t let go,
Any sand grain.

We might think something to be an abrupt event, but every little thing counts and adds up to it. If we did not see, does not mean, it was not there.

Norway – Northern Lights


It’s April of 2021 and Day 14 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 14 Country: Norway

Norway, having one of the lowest crime rates in the world, ranks first on the World Happiness Report. Also, ranks first in better life index, freedom index, public integrity etc. Lofoten in Norway is known for its dramatic scenery – you will be awed by the pictures. Northern lights or Auroras, are pretty famous in Norway. No, not that it’s only Norway where you get to see the northern lights but Tromso in Norway, is widely regarded as one of the world’s best places to see the Northern Lights. Auroras are the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. You can see a compiled image below.  

Credits: original uploader was 14jbella at English Wikipedia and Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons

Poem:

The lights,
That paint the sky,
Like a magic charm,
Like someone there,
Wants us to wait,
Wants us to experience,
The beauty that is,
In every little moments.

It’s not always snow that gives you a chill. I am sure being there, amidst the greens in nothing less than magical.

Madagascar – Lemur


It’s April of 2021 and Day 13 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 13 Country: Madagascar

With ring-tailed, the most known one, there are around hundred different species of lemurs in Madagascar.  They are native only to the island of Madagascar. Lemurs comes from Latin Lemures meaning ghosts or spirits. The mouse lemur is the smallest one and measures less than 27 centimetres. Gaint lemurs, weighing as much 200 kg are all extinct now majorly because of human activity though lemurs are popularly known for adaptations. lemurs play a huge role in maintaining forest diversity, structure and dynamics through the movement of seeds. For no specific reason aye-aye is my favorite and below is an image of that.

Poem:

Scream,
For the day and night,
And a little more,
Walk bare foot,
Feel the wind,
Carry the essence,
Make a chain.
Legacy, is a treasure.

We all need to leave behind something. In-fact, we all do, like it or not.

Kenya – The Mara


It’s April of 2021 and Day 11 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 11 Country: Kenya

Kenya has around 60 national parks and game reserves with dramatic extremes and contrasting landscapes. Trekking, ballooning, snorkelling etc. are popular tourist attractions in Kenya. Maasai Mara, also sometimes spelled Masai Mara is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who migrated to the area from the Nile Basin. The Maasai Mara national park’s Wildebeest (also called as gnu) migration is considered to be the seventh wonder of the world. The “Great Migration” takes place every year from around July to October when millions of wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania. A picture can be seen below.

Credits: by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22856968

Poem:

The ancestral instincts,
The natural vibes,
The untold miracles,
The unsaid secrets,
Do you wonder?
How they do that all?
We claim to be smart,
On smart devices.

What are we doing? Really!? While we do not understand the most of the nature smartness yet, we behave to lead the social ladder.

Japan – Anime


It’s April of 2021 and Day 10 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 10 Country: Japan

Anime is used to refer to all animated works irrespective of genre and English dictionaries define ‘Anime’ as animation originating in Japan. Animation in Japan began in early 20th century. A claim for the earliest Japanese animation is Katsudō Shashin, for which the creator is unknown. Anime and Manga are popular worldwide – One Piece, Naruto, My Hero Academia etc are some of popular anime series that has got a huge fan base. As of 2016, Japanese anime accounted for 60% of the world’s animated television shows. Below is an image from Momotaro: Sacred Sailors (1945), the first feature-length anime film.

Credits: By Shochiku / directed by Mitsuyo Seo – Screenshot from the film., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3134684

Poem:

To be amazing,
To do amazing,
You don’t need,
A group,
A support,
A pat.
All you need,
Is YOU.

The lessons from Anime are nothing less than any arrangement of life inspirations. They take us on a cultural and inspiring ride showing us how our attitude can shape us.

Italy – Pizza


It’s April of 2021 and Day 09 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 09 Country: Italy

Oh, yes. Pizza is a flatbread from Italian origin.  A wheat based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, onions, anchovies, olives etc. The traditional pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven at a high temperature. A formal setting pizza in Italy is served un-sliced and to be eaten using knife and fork. One has to taste the original Italian pizza which tastes lot different from the ones we regularly have. A small pizza is usually referred as pizzetta and the maker of a pizza as pizzaiolo. Below is a picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita.

Credits: by Valerio Capello at English Wikipedia – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=372337

Poem:

The dough,
Needs a kneed,
Gentle and hard,
Mixed, layered, baked,
Sauce, cheese, veggies,
And some love.
The recipe travels places,
Finds a life of own.

Every new travel, every new visit, builds and creates a culture. Used and misused.

Greece – Philosophy


It’s April of 2021 and Day 07 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 07 Country: Greece

Around the 6th century BC, in Greece, Philosophy was used to make sense of worldly happenings. Beyond mythology and religion, they sought to answer life’s big and small questions to explain the world through science and logic. Great thinkers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato emerged from the same period. Observations, reasoning, empirical evidence, and others were used as a tool to study the world.  Seen below in the picture is the school of Athens.

Credits: by Raphael – Stitched together from vatican.va, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4406048

Poem:

While some sit,
In front of a machine,
While it works,
Others work,
Like a machine.
While the philosophy
Is work, is it all,
The same?

For one, laundry is a machine washing clothes, and for another, laundry is washing clothes on own with hands. At the end of the day, everyone needs clean clothes.