Monthly Archives: November 2015

Red Morning Glory-Himalayas

The brightly coloured flowers of the red morning glory vine flourish in the Himalayas. They are found almost everywhere by the side of the road on the winding roads. A beautiful flower to accompany you on the serpentine roads…..DSC08175 DSC08173 


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Our orange tree

In our backyard a solitary orange tree has stood for over 20 years. It’s special because my sister planted an orange seed taken from an orange she had just eaten. We made fun of her and were amazed when a tree took root from that seed. For the first time , this tree bore a sackful of perfect oranges. I had the pleasure of eating the last of this crop.imageimageimage


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Good lurk to you

Most stalkers are obsessed by good lurks


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Solitary beauty

At 14,500 feet, I came across this tiny flower. It caught my eye, even though there were exotic flowers around it. I looked around for more of its kind but did not find any. Why do humans want to fit in, it is a miracle that we all stand apart, even though we belong to the same species…..Let’s celebrate the uniqueness, tall or short, fair or dark, classically beautiful or monstrously ugly, we are unique. There is no book that says what is ugly and what is attractive, we are all born different. 

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Night-flowering Jasmine, full of natural cures

The Night-Jasmine tree is native to parts of Asia. Every part of the beautiful tree is edible and full of antioxidants and amazing chemicals. The fragrant flowers fall through the day and last only for a day. The pictures below are of a tree in our backyard. When we wake up in the morning, the carpet of white flowers with bright orange-red centers greet us. The flowers, bark,  seeds, stem and fruit of the tree are said to cure viral, fungal and parasitic diseases, and contains substances which protect the liver and boost immunity. The leaves have been used to cure sciatica and arthritis in traditional medicine. 

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For the Batter-ment of mankind

A Chef can be Good, Batter or


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Bheem Pul, Mana, India, the Bridge to heaven

In the village Mana on the Indo-Tibet-China border, a stone bridge connects the village to the ‘Path to heaven’ (written in an earlier blog). It is a bridge which is made by a huge rock that lies over the Saraswati River. Legend has it that it was made by one of the Pandava brothers ( the most powerful brother called Bhim, hence the name). When Draupadi was traveling with them to heaven, she could not cross the River Saraswati. Bheem picked up a large boulder and placed it across the river for her to cross. Apparently, the ridges on the rock were made by his hands. The Saraswati flows under the bridge. It is magical in more ways than one, at this point too there is a rainbow over the gushing waters of the river. 

The Saraswati River cascading down from above….

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The plaque on the bridge…

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A bridge with an amazing view, and the sound of the river…

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I could not get enough of the rainbow….

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The single slab of a rock/ boulder that lies over the river to literally get you to the ‘other side’..

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The bridge….as you can see here, the mountain to the side stops short of the river…

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Each to their own

The Urologist trusts leakipedia, while the Chef


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Man of action

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Hanuman Langurs-Himalayas

The Gray or Himalayan Langur is also called the Hanuman Langur and considered sacred. These langurs have a gray body with a black face. They inhabit the forests in the Himalayas and live in groups of families, keeping their young close. The ones we encountered while traveling through roads in the forests did not appear to be afraid of humans. They move around casually, and appear to pose for the camera…..

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