Recently, I figured out something new about myself. I realized that unknowingly, I collect sunsets. This might be due to the fact that waking up to a beautiful sunrise and grabbing the morning cup of green tea isn’t practical anymore. I also realized that I always try to reach office as early as possible although my timings are flexible and I can afford to wake up late- unknowingly though, I like to reach home early so as to enjoy the setting sun with my little pooch! But due to heightened traffic conditions these days, I only get to see the warm colors of the setting sun while I am in the cab on my way back home. Why is it that our eyes get glued to the radiating hues of the sunset and we get transported to an enchanted universe?
Every day when I walk towards my cab or while I board it, I get amused by the cotton candy clouds. When I figured out this new thing in me, I researched a little about sunsets. I got to know that watching sunsets cause psychological effects which enhances long-lasting satisfaction in life. Studies show that appreciating natural beauty boosts well-being, increase generosity and enhances life satisfaction. Just like love, at first sight, a beautiful sunset leaves you speechless and even if, for a fraction of a second, it stops time. Nature has always inspired me. It’s not only exuberantly beautiful but also powerful and scary. It’s nature after all and there is no comparison to it. For me, a sunset idealizes a perfect romantic time and if nature doesn’t move you or if it’s not the reason for you to stop and appreciate the setting sun, I have no idea what is.
Whether it was stopping by the famous sunset point Valley View, in Guwahati, Assam, with my ex-lover or walking on the sands of a beach in Goa, I have always visualized sunsets as an epitome of fleeting beauty. It symbolizes the end of a day for which we are thankful to have lived and a promise of a new dawn. With the sun’s last rays peeking out from the horizon comes the realization that tomorrow holds a multitude of possibilities. You know that it will not last, but you treasure every last bit of that awe-inspiring beauty. The happiness associated with the sunset is maybe because it’s the calling of finally going back to our loved ones after a hard day’s work or maybe just because the radiating hues are simply spectacular. Without even noticing it, I have managed to capture a lot of sunsets on my phone and I can tell you that these pictures have become sacred treasures in my heart.
” As the sun let its guard down, the last light shone exuberantly
Like the last hope outlived its soul, I would love you longingly
Till then I’ve waited to love and now, I’m waiting for love, my love
For love is a circle, like the dawn, the dusk and the dawn.
To the nameless search of actuality that sent you far and away idly
My ignorant conscience weeps heartfully and mindlessly
I sense an endless stream of thoughts that bind you
Unlikely, nothing except thee lingers my reason, to remind you
Let the sky shatter its shades while my lips grace them ardently
My eyes gaze into the past, set to never return into this melancholy
Now I go back to the chaos in my life that built itself missing you
Like the disoriented flocks wait for the spring, and I long for you
I would wait for you one more dusk and dawn
For love is a circle, like the dawn, the dusk and the dawn. “
♣ CREDITS ♣
CREATIVE DIRECTION & STYLING | SHIVANI BORUAH
PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITING | SUBHAM DAS GUPTA
POEM | MANOHAR UTTEJ (Many thanks to my talented friend for this beautiful poem)
CONCEPT | Longing for a beautiful natural phenomenon such as the sunset amidst the fast modern life
OUTFIT | A pair of denims and a wrap top( MADE IN MOROCCO, both of them ZARA); wrap tops are a thunder these days. A pair of white pointed mules( KOOVS)
ACCESSORIES | Necklace worn as a headgear
LOCATION | Subham’s Terrace on a beautiful evening, Bangalore
Although some people are lucky enough to lose themselves in this beauty of nature, for others, enjoying a sunset doesn’t come readily. Coming to this post, though this is a sequel of my Moroccan story, it’s all about my love for this beautiful natural phenomenon- sunset( and not Morocco)! For a long time, I wanted to capture the beauty of sunset in my blog and the wait for a 15 days’ time due to the Bangalore rain was worth. I sourced all the props from my beautiful blogger friend Anusha Kondapaturi of THE SMALL TOWN BLOGGER on the day of the shoot but alas, couldn’t go on with it due to heavy rain, again! Since the day I and Subham started to work together, we mostly shot in the morning sun and he too wanted to create some beautiful visuals in the golden hour. Once we were done with this shoot, our happiness knew no bounds!
Some soft music with the beauty of a sunset – a perfect farewell kiss for the night!
~ Stylishly Yours,