Simplicity is honestly not simple at all. It’s one of the most complex things to decipher. Well, let me put it in another way.

I visited this absolutely beautiful place in Mumbai today. Its called ‘Le Pain Quotidien’ (the daily bread – notice the simplicity?). At our table, as in every other restaurant were salt and pepper shakers and sugar. It got me thinking. The most basic things, as basic as salt, pepper and sugar, can define our whole lives.

Salt – to add taste. And honestly, what is life without taste? Who would like to live a bland life? If there’s no salt in food, its just not edible. Same way, life without the essentials – family, friends, love – is unlivable!

Pepper – to add spice. Ups and downs, highs and lows are inevitable. An occasional, but very essential, spice is always welcome. In fact that is what makes living so thrilling, so amusing, so astounding.

Sugar – to add sweetness. I think what we all live is to taste the sweet taste of success after failure, triumph after defeat, happiness after sorrow. Just the way we end our meals with something sweet, every person hopes his/her life ends on a sweet note, leaving behind nothing but wonderful memories.

Last but certainly not the least, how could I forget the bread! The very simple and essential bread, for the very existence of every being.

So here’s to simplicity of life.



  1. Cathy G · January 23, 2012

    So true. Thanks!

  2. Northern Narratives · January 23, 2012

    Nice post.

  3. jakesprinter · January 23, 2012

    Great photographs šŸ™‚

  4. Joe · January 23, 2012

    I think the up-close approach, as well as the colors. And of course, the simplicity! Great job!

  5. dailyphotoexploration · January 23, 2012

    Now I am craving bread!

    • ThoughtsUnrestricted · January 24, 2012

      hahaha šŸ™‚ If you ever get a chance to visit mumbai, definitely visit this place..

  6. Sophie L. Meunier · January 23, 2012

    Well done!!

  7. Mizz · January 23, 2012


  8. conservingquirky · January 23, 2012

    Love it…one of your best posts till date…

    • ThoughtsUnrestricted · January 24, 2012

      Thanks a lot… šŸ™‚
      I think the best of places inspire the best of my unrestricted thoughts šŸ˜‰

  9. rosesandcoffee · January 24, 2012

    Nice comparisons between life and things

  10. Madman · January 24, 2012

    Simply perfect! Thanks for the share šŸ™‚

  11. namitalad · January 24, 2012

    nice thought…..we can’t live without these simple things and most of the times we take them for granted

  12. 2e0mca · January 26, 2012

    The simplest of spices… Salt ‘n Pepper – love the look of that bread too šŸ™‚

  13. frizztext (@frizztext) · January 27, 2012

    I like your philosophical minimalism …
    greetings by

    • ThoughtsUnrestricted · January 27, 2012

      Thanks a looot Frizz…and i loooved your entry for this week too…starkly simple!
      And I am a big believer of minimalism… šŸ™‚

  14. orples · February 11, 2012

    Wonderful food for thought. šŸ˜‰ I love the way you’ve summarized simplicity. Good Job.

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