Seeing life through a canvas of colours

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Niya Sera, programme director for a government concern in the capital city, dons several hats with ease. She can paint, write, sing, dance, and cook. What’s more? She is quite a farmer and a splendid gardener too. In short, Niya Sera Ignatius is a superwoman of sorts, quite a personality who drinks in the colours of Nature.

If you're wondering why so active a person has chosen to rest along the sidelines instead of broadcasting her arrival, it's solely because she enjoys her aloneness and prefers not to make a splash on social media platforms.

A native of Kottayam, she was in Munnar till high school. This explains why the picturesque hillstation has its indelible memories for her and why she is besotted with the place despite her exposure to exotic worldwide locales.

Ask a kid to paint a picture and the first try itself would be of a house, a tree, a few potted plants, the sky and then two hills nestling against each other with the sun peeking through them and then of course, birds flitting across the skies. This, says Niya, is an artist's first attempt at a masterpiece. But this picture is an exact replica of what her life was.

In Munnar, the family lived in a splendid house tucked between the hills. Niya is all nostalgia as she remembers her Munnar days. She says she has had the good fortune to travel abroad, widely at that, to see the picture-postcard beauty of several places and interact with different people and their varied cultures. Her exposure to world culture has been of a broad canvas. But not one image can hold up a candle to Munnar, says the lady. This will always be her paradise.

Next to Munnar comes her native Kottayam with its flavours and spices and the taste of home-cooked fish curry with its tangy and spicy flavour.

Quite an introvert, she, however, sees an about-turn in herself these days in that she opens up easily to others and enjoys interacting with people. "In short, I enjoy talking," says Niya.

To those who love to travel Niya says a one-time visit to Gulmarg in Kashmir would be an experience of a lifetime. Such is the beauty of the place. However, she has not been travelling much in the last two years. But a trip once again to Leh with friends is something she looks forward to. Travel can change our perceptions and make us see things through better eyes, says Niya Sera.

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