Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our World- Coorg

Last week I had gone on a trip to Coorg, the coffee country. This being the mango season, villagers were selling their mangos on both sides of the highway. They were cheap and delicious!

 We visited the Monastery built by the Tibetans. They came away to India with the Dalai Lama in 1962, when China annexed Tibet. Here in Coorg, thousands of miles away from their homeland, they are followin their customs and traditions.
 The old lama who looks after the beautiful garden,,,,
 Inside the temple, there were many people of different faiths, silently praying.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday who make us see different parts of the world.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our World- A Temple with 108 Pillars

 Last weekend I had gone on a trip to Hassan with friends. We visited some amazing temples there. The most striking was the 900 year old temple at Belavadi, which has 108 pillars of soapstone. The idol of Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is the most beautiful image I have seen.
 The gardens outside are well kept. The priest offered us rice with yogurt, which we thankfully accepted.
 Like all ancient Hoysala temples, this one had stone elephants guarding the main door.
This is my contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

O for Opulence

 Macao, one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, is the fourth richest region in the world. Whileits opulent malls offer onyx and diamonds, the casinos can take your bank balance from O to !,000 000!

 The orange tinge in the computer generated sky in the casino makes you feel o!so relaxed. The obdurate opine that they can obtain oodles of money by observing the game, but they know not that the odds are against their ocular prowess!

 My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for this wondrful meme.
Thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger, who organize ABCWednesday every week with aplomb.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sankraman - Songkran

 Today, the 14th of April is a very special day to Hindus and Buddhists. Many Hindus celebrate it as the New Year's Day. It is special day in Thailand and Cambodia too, where they call it Songkran.

 This is the season for flowers. In Kerala, this day is celerated as Vishu , and in the state of Assam, it is the Bihu festival.
The Amaltas  Cassia is blooming profusely everywhere, adding to the air of festivities.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Flower Market, Hong Kong

 It was early in the morning when I visited the Flower Market, and the shop keepers were still arranging their flowers for sale. Therewere lovely flowers and foliage everywhere- they had all arrived that morning from Thailand, Australia, Netherlands and from all over the world. It was a beautiful sight.
 Lisianthus blooms from Mexico were new to me. They look like roses although they belong to the Gentian family. I was sure I could make them bloom in my garden, but could not find any shop selling Lisianthus seeds. They are also known as Eustoma.
 Proteas were another flower we never get to see in India. They are startling in their appearance.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, for giving us an opportunity to get a peep at what is happening in the other parts of our world.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our World -Beautiful Hong Kong

 Iwas in Hong Kong last week, and I am always amazed by its beauty and energy.
 The skyscrapers seem softened by the fog.
 Boats of all hues sail in its waters.
A pengun in Hong Kong!The Ocean Park does a great job ofconservation.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Honnavar- the City of Gold

 Honnavar was once, truly a city of gold. It was a prosperous town with pleny of European gold coming in from its exports of spices and chemicals. Queen Channabhaira Devi who ruled over it and kept the Portuguese at bay, built great waterways and canals from the river Sharavathi.
 The municipal office is housed in a colonial building.
 Mangrove line the sides of the river, which are home to many different birds, as well as crocodiles.
 The river joins the sea at Honnavar. Tiny white flowers of aquatic plants dot the canals.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for making the meme happen every week.