The shades of life


I’ve found that sunlight never ceased to show its presence in literature. It can exist in many forms and it’s capable of eliciting different moods in reader. For, the yellow rays of mellow sun are a symbol of hope and love while dull rays of setting sun can become a hint of death and despair.

Thomas Hardy in his novel The Return of the native describes the beauty of Thomasin’s hair. He says

“The sun, where it could catch it, made a mirror of Thomasin’s hair, which she always wore braided. It was braided according to a calendric system: the more important the day the more numerous the strands in the braid.”

Khalid Husseni the author of The kite runner writes this beautiful paragraph. The hint of setting sun precedes some tragic and horrific events in a story.

“Rahim khan slowly uncrossed his legs and leaned against the bare wall in the wary, deliberate way of a man whose every movement triggers spikes of pain. Outside a donkey was braying and someone was shouting something in Urdu. The sun was beginning to set, glittering red through the cracks between the ramshackle buildings”.

Again, Charles’ Dickens in his novel The tale of two cities describes the arrival of cruel Marquis in these words.

“Monsieur the Marquis in his travelling carriage (which might have been lighter), conducted by four post-horses and two postilions, fagged up a steep hill. A blush on the countenance of Monsieur the Marquis was no impeachment of his high breeding; it was not from within; it was occasioned by an external circumstance beyond his control—the setting sun. The sunset struck so brilliantly into the travelling carriage when it gained the hill-top, that its occupant was steeped in crimson. ‘It will die out,’ said Monsieur the Marquis, glancing at his hands, ‘directly.’”

I’m not good at taking pictures but I can’t resist capturing different shades of sunlight.


December sun was looking kind and the leaves were looking majestic in its shade.


My cousin thought it would be a perfect pose.


Maybe that was this white sunlight that inspires me to capture this picture.


15 thoughts on “The shades of life

  1. I love that you notice the nuances with writers and how they have a romance with the sun and sunshine. How very sensitive of you. The more practice you have with taking pictures the more confidence you will gain, I just got a new camera so that I can take better pictures for my blog too! I don’t know if you are familiar with what the Peace sign looks like, if not you could Google it, but I see that in your first picture. Your cousin strikes a fabulous pose and if you see something special in your third picture then it is special. Look at how the sun casts shadows on the pavement and then just gleams off of it in other areas. 🙂

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  2. Lovely thoughts and lovely pictures. yes. The romance of writer’s with sun is neverending. I was reading GRRM second book in A song of ice and fire and he had expressed sun and its effect many times.

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    1. I believe A song of ice and fire is preceded by A game of thrones. I’ve heard about it but didn’t read it. You’re so very right about the romance of writer’s with sun. I’ll be honest while studying I always look for the presence of nature, for reading about the rustling of leaves and warmth of sunshine gives a soothing effect.
      Thank you Nitin, you like reading these thoughts it’s so very encouraging 🙂

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