Wednesday, April 9, 2014

M for Mother Earth

M is for Mother. Mother Earth which is in the logo of the matchless ABCWednesday started by Mrs,Nesbitt and maintained by Roger.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

L for the Lunar New Year

Last Monday was the Hindu Lunar New Year. It is a joyous ocasion when families get together and have fun and a feast. Before we start eating, we eat a mixture of Neem flower and jaggery. Neem flowers are bitter and jaggery is sweet. The mixture signifies the year ahead, which will have sweet as well as bitter moments. So, with a prayer to the Supreme Power to give us the strength to bear both the bitter and the sweet with equanimity, we start on the food.
The Hindu Lunar calender is based on the phases of the moon. Every month starts on the day after the new moon.The first day of the year is in spring. The years have names- they come in a cycle of 60years. This year is called Jaya , or Victory, which is significant because of the impending elections !

The Lobster Claw Heliconias in my garden look festive with their gaudily coloured blooms.
My thanks to the lovely Mrs.Nesbitt and the learned Roger for ABCWednesday

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

K for King

The kite is the king of all he surveys. He is the knight in shining armour to his wife, whom he never deserts, but he is a killjoy to other predators.
 The King's palace in Mysore houses a golden throne where the Maharaja used to sit in Durbar. But now the last surviving king is dead, and the palace has a forlorn look.
My thanks to the kind Mrs.Nesbitt and the knight of ABCWednesday, Sir Roger.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

J for Jinxed

Blogger is not allowing me to upload any photos for "J for Joy". I just want to thank Mrs.Nesbitt and her justifyably great meme

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Today's Flowers

 The Petria vine is now full of these lovely violet flowers. The old flowers fall , swirling in the wind, to make a violet carpet on the ground.
 All my gerberas have disappeared except this one.
 With the beginning of the hot season, the blue sage is sending up its last blooms.
 The Barbados lily is a charmer.
You can see what else is blooming in the world at Today's Flowers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The letter I

 The Gateway of India in Mumbai is the most visited monument in India. It was built to commemorate the visit to India of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Later it was the ceremonial point of entrance to India for dignitaries like viceroys. It was subjected to three terror attacks since the beginning of the 21st century.
 The Ibrahim Rauza at Bijapur in India is considered by some as being equal to the Taj Mahal in beauty. This monument was built by the kung Ibrahim Adil Shah II in 1626. Ibrahim Adil Shah was a scholar, poet and musician, who has written some songs and poems , which are still sung. He was also a great administrator and a patron of the arts. Ibrahim Rauza  has his own mausoleum, and a mosque. The walls are covered in ornamental carving. The clever architects of the time used joggle-jointing for the roof so skillfully, thatthe ceiling appears to float in air.
The mausoleum was completed in 1626 , just in time for the Sultan who died in 1627.  His queen, Taj Sultana was buried there eight years later.
An inscription on the north door says" Heaven stood astonished at this building when its head rose, as it were, from the earth to another heaven."
My thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, Roger and the team of ABCWednesday.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flowers for Today

 After a couple of days' showers, all the plants have decided to exhibit their flowers! The 'Lobsterclaw' Heliconia is resplendant with its yard long flowers.
The waterlilies in my frog pond are jostling with each other like politicians, to come in the picture.
You can see what else is blooming in the world now at Today's Flowers