Monday, July 21, 2014

Walking in the Himalayas

 A walk in the Himalayas is a wonderful experience, in spite of the huffing and puffing lowland folks like me do!
We walked from Rackcham to te Buddhist village of Chitkul at 11,000feet.Wild cherry trees were full of bright pink blossom. The snow capped mountains, the ice cold gurgling river, the bracing air, the butterflies and wild flowers filled my heart with joy.
With thanks to the hard working team of Our World Tuesday, where you can see what our world is made of....

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A for Apple Blossom

It was apple blossom season in Kalpa in May. Everywhere we went, we came across apple trees laden with beautiful blossoms.
 In August, the delicious Kinnaur apples will start coming to the market...
With thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and her team of admirable managers for hosting ABCWednesday every week.

Our World -Recycling

In India, everything is recycled. Our newspapers and magazines are recycled, cotton clothes are recycled, glass bottles are recycled... the list is endless. The recycling begins with a humble individual known as the 'kabadiwalla', who collects our discarded things and pays for them.
The Kabdiwalla is honoured in this sculpture made of broken pieces of china. It is given the pride of place in the Mall Road in Shimla.
This is my entry to this week's Our World Tuesday.

Monday, July 7, 2014

At the Seaside- Our World

The oxcarts are plied on the beach to transport goods from one coastal village to another.My thanks to the team of Our world Tuesday.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ylang-ylang for Y

The scent of ylang-ylang flowers is fruity and mild. The flowers are a greenish yellow. The vine can be pruned to make it into a bush .For some reason, the ylang-ylang has lost its allure for  the local gardeners. I could only get a plant from Daboli in Maharashtra
With thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt who founded ABCWednesday, and her team .

Monday, June 30, 2014

Taala Maddale- a unique art form

 Taala Maddale is an art form popular in Karnataka. It combines  poetry, music and acting.  (The Bhagavatar (second from left) sings the story in his rich baritone to the accompaniment of special   drums and other musical instruments. The actor (extreme right) renders his dialogue between the songs. Everything is done sitting down, and the emotions like pathos or anger are conveyed by the music and the drums.The young boy in the picture is a master drummer.
 Taala Maddale is performed at homes for  small audience. It is very popular in  coastal Karnataka.
A rapt audience at a performance last Sunday...
This is my contribution to this week's Our World Tuesday.