Window To Man’s Soul

There’s something about windows. In the words of Quentin Blake: You see, I don’t draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot.

A window is alluring as it secures and gives us a view. What we access through it may have varied overtones: a life away from life, the blossoming beyond our reach, frightening us as much, high altitude and back.

Our 4-year-old son – isn’t this a tricky phase – doesn’t listen to us much, but when he’s in an institution he conducts himself well. Thank god. Here, I captured him through the window of his Taekwondo class.

 

Racing upwards at 14 miles per hour in a glass-fronted elevator, it took us 59 seconds to reach the observation deck (116th floor) of CN Tower. If I edit this photo, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada may look like a leaflet. For more CN Tower posts, visit CN Tower defies gravity and CN Tower in Toronto.

 

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From atop the CN Tower, and as the sun peeked through clouds, Billy Bishop Toronto city airport (center-right) looked abandoned.

 

I’ve said this several times and am saying it again that we are lucky to be living in an apartment with this view. For almost a decade now. What you see here: Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River, Brooklyn, Marina yacht club in Jersey City. -It was early morning Sunday; the Norwegian Cruise Line ship was returning to Manhattan from Bahamas. We’d taken this ship for our Bahamas and Florida tour some years prior. See Life on board the Norwegian Gem and Great Stirrup Cay in Bahamas.

 

The window that gave us utmost happiness also worsened our fears during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The effects were severe in NJ and NY: businesses lost billions of dollars, half a million homes were destroyed, around 50 people were killed. I took this picture around 9 pm. Storm surge/strong wind pounded Newport, flooding the walkway up to ten feet. Sustained wind speed: 75 mph. We’d taken this advisory from our building management seriously: “…all windows in the apartment are maintained closed, locked and the blinds in the lowered position…that the wind is not permitted any opening, which if allowed, can potentially result in the further opening of window or, worse yet, ripping out the entire window.” Though we lost electricity and the fire alarm beeped all night, we survived unhurt. -Strange that I remember what Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said: Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide?

 

We had fun riding this tramway that spanned the East River and connected Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island. Midway to the island and at its highest elevation of 250 feet, we saw another tramway journey back to Manhattan. The window overlooked East River,Β the Queensboro Bridge and Roosevelt Island.

 

As we approached the Toronto-Pearson International airport in Canada, the pilot’s reminder to fasten our seat belts matched these bumpy clouds we saw through the window.

 

At Mount-Pleasant station in Brampton, Ontario, the windows of this moving bus reflected the not-so-clear activities behind me. Billy Wilder had said: An actor entering through the door, you’ve got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you’ve got a situation.

 

Mail trucks don’t use window doors in summer. Here, I see the driver’s seat and the bright ambiguity through it.

Windows to a soul (Photo Challenge). Witty and attitude (Daily Prompt).

34 thoughts on “Window To Man’s Soul

  1. Interesting take on windows! BTW I need support for winning the award for 60+ category. Pl. click the above category and to the requisite.

  2. Great Post Mahesh. Each photograph speaks for itself. You have beautifully captured your thoughts about windows and I loved reading it πŸ˜‰

  3. You’ve got such a beautiful view from your apartment! I can just imagine how lovely it would be to just watch the outside world through those windows! πŸ™‚

  4. I’m back – and I had the pleasure of reading this in the sun= with some java – and it was a delightful read.
    seriously – such a lovely take on windows as we meandered different ones with you – and some of the past posts mentioned I was familiar with so that was connecting – and the new things were just interesting – like feeling that glimpse of what y’all felt during Sandy

  5. A wonderful post, so many wonderful views, and each of us have our own unique views through our own particular windows.. Each perspective holds a different angle, each holds its own light and shade.. Each a memory etched differently within each mind..
    Loved the picture of your Son.. And my Granddaughter who is six has been doing Jujitsu for a year.. On her second belt.. And has come out of her shell since joining..
    The CN Tower brought back my own memories of the yr 2000, as My husband and I took the early morning lift to the glass floored top.. The views stunning and I remember feeling so brave as I stepped out onto the glass floor with heart racing, as I am not good with heights.. Canada is a beautiful country and I so loved your narration throughout Mahesh..
    Thank you πŸ™‚ And I hope you and your family have a beautiful week πŸ™‚

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