The Third Capital of Russia

I’ve just returned after a two-day trip to my native city, Nizhny Novgorod, the third largest city of Russia which in some nearest past was called “the third capital” due to the fact that there had been the biggest fair in Russia (right at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers).

I love it. Just because it is the city where I was born in and spent the, so far, largest part of my life. Though it can be also justly loved for its beauty and diversity…

This time it occurred to me that having formed an image of my native city in my mind I have stopped “noticing” the city itself as it is now. Always overloaded by the things to “have time to do” while I am there I go (rush) from place to place dwelling in some thoughts of mine… It was like this two days ago as well but… at least I made myself take pictures of the city – just as it is – thus paying attention to the “details” around.

The road leading from the Kremlin to the Volga.

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Nature vs Humans

When in most parts of Russia it is still snowing (though it is already May 12) and the bloggers, one by one, are writing how tired they are from the 7-month winter, we are happy to enjoy flowers in the forest living in 900 km from the capital. Frankly, I have not expected there can be such a great variety of flowers in the forest just at the beginning of May!

 

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Immortal Regiment – Special Feeling

In the 90s, for me, then a teenager, May 9 was not a significant holiday. Rather, the day was associated with military songs performed by two well-known Russian singers … When our daughter was 3 years old, offering flowers at the Eternal Flame became one of our family traditions. Last year, from the historians of Kirov (a city in Russia), a letter came with a story about the heroic deed of my great-grandfather at the beginning of the war. So many people were there in those years learning about the life of who I myself want to become better, nobler!

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The words of V.G.Belinsky, Russian literary critic 1811-1848, are the following: “Whoever does not belong to the fatherland, does not belong to humanity” which reflects the whole essence of the concept of “love to the motherland”. Or one more saying: “Patriotism is very important. If you have no feeling for your country, you cannot do anything good. Any kind of sacrifice is not sufficient to satisfy that desire to do something for your country and countrymen”. (N. Shrivastava, 1995 ) …

But for the generation of the 90’s – a generation with lost values, it is difficult to develop values, including patriotic values, from “nowhere”. And the idea of the Immortal Regiment is immense – it’s an idea that reflects both love for the homeland, and collectivity, and unity (and in the mind the memory of the feeling, even if it appeared only for a few hours, remains). And here is a confirmation:

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Just My Bike and Me

There are periods in life when nothing goes as has been planned. Meetings cancel, results are not gained, replies are delayed… And at this time the bridge to frustration is quite short…

Today in the morning something in me did not want to give in and persistently continued looking for positive things in what life suggested. And I did what I had been longing for… Took my bike and went to the river… Wouldn’t be possible if not for the unexpected changes in my daily timetable.

The view is absolutely awesome. A deeply blue colour of the water has obviously soaked the indigo tinge of the sky. A loud intensity of the small curly waves of the Volga chains your attention. The sand is being combed by the piercing wind and it is really dazzling because of the too bright sun. And there is nobody. Not a soul… And you just sit down on the so-far-not-very-warm sand and feel completely peaceful – just yourself in the nature.

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In the Very Heart of Russia

In 2011 I moved to another city and my life changed tremendously. Mostly because there appeared people in my life who we were sharing and are sharing now the same views on what the world should and can be and how people can transform themselves and the world around into a much better place.

Since that year my travelling  together with my friends with the uniting purpose of giving concerts (conisting of dance and music) realizing the aim to balance people’s inner state has been on its way.

6 years has passed since 2011 and we are still moving somewhere once or twice a month. Lots of interesting things happened during the last 6 years but let me start with the present as with our present we create the future.

So, speaking about the present… today in the morning after a 17-hour drive in a white W bus we arrived in the capital of Russia. Moscow met us with Continue reading “In the Very Heart of Russia”

The Greatness of the Nation

One person said today, “I just cannot live without birds of prey!” This man, Alexander, is the initiator and motivator of the shelter for wild birds. I had not known before that such a shelter exists in Togliatti (though it has been even shown on the central TV channel). But, judging by the number of cells and pets in them, such a shelter for birds is really required – a refuge from people, from their cars, guns, hands, especially for those who cannot fly any more.

After all, man is higher than birds and animals not because he can torment them but because he is able to pity them. The man sympathizes with birds and animals because he feels that in them there lives the same thing as the one which lives in him.

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