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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grasses Which Sustain

 Grasses are the food factories of the world. Millions of humans are dependent on the grass called Rice for their sustenance. The picture above is a grass known as Job's Tears, which is also a food for many. Besides rice and wheat, we are dependent on the Sugarcane grass for sugar , and Bamboo grass for paper and other uses.
The desert grass Stipagrotis plumosa plays a major role in sustaining the ecology of the desert. It is a food for the desert animals, and a shady nook for the small birds. Its roots hold the shifting sands of the desert. Nitrogen fixing bactria in its roots make te soil fertile.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday and to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Frogs of my Frogpond

 They are the adventurous ones, the frogs. From my pond, they foray into my front verandah.
 Some wouldfain sit on the fat lily pads
 This one is not familiar.
 The days are fine and the fair  lilies bloom every day.

My thanks to the fine team of Our World Tuesday, and also to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.