Monthly Archives: July 2016

‘Skinny’ cucumber

This variety of cucumber is thinner, longer and more tasty than the ‘normal’ cucumber. The beautiful yellow flowers resemble the flowers of the gourd and cucumber family. This grows in our kitchen garden too…..get skinny now !

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Alpinia purpurata-rare wild flower, India

Wikipedia does not know that this plant grows in India!! There, now I can stop smirking and attempt to wax eloquent about this fabulous beauty we spied in the remote jungles which have not found their way into the list of tropical rain forests…….the plant stands tall and bright along among the lush greenery, has deep┬áred bracts which you would consider are the flower, but the white flower that scales the summit of the plant and blooms triumphant is the flower…..A gorgeous plant, called red ginger / ostrich plume, it can not be ignored. It is meant to be admired, to interrupt hectic travelling schedules, to be gazed upon at leisure….and left unharmed.

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Magnolia champaca-JoyPerfume tree

How many have seen and smelled the beautiful flowers of this tree? I have seen, touched and smelled these flowers for the first time… And no, we did not harm or pluck them. This tree has an intoxicating smell and attracts birds.. And humans!!

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The bird and the girl

Shoot me if you can..said the bird, though I do not understand why you don’t use the large lens?

My hands ache, my restless spirit can not stand at one point, I have so much to see and explore and admire…said she.

Well, then I will sit still for you, till you smile and yell yippeee…….said the tiny, beautiful, kind and wise bird….

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“Goldan”

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Rainbow Monday

I do hope you all had an amazing weekend…..and the joy extends into the all-important Monday. The beginning of the week dictates what will follow …or so we think…some are superstitious, some are weary, and some afraid of the all-powerful Monday. Have a great one…

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Peace

Have you seen something that ‘Blue” you away…the colour blue is soothing and brings joy. When all you can see is an expanse of the most exquisite shades of blue…you cannot but exhale and inhale the pure evening breeze that swirls and twirls and tickles you…

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Mussaenda frondosa-white flag bush, dhobi tree

As the name suggests, the white leaves surrounding the bright, tiny orange flowers of this plant can be spotted from a distance. It grows wild in the north-eastern part of India, and I have seen it here for the first time. It has been reported to have medicinal uses, for gastrointestinal disorders, liver disorders, respiratory disorders…………..and eye infections!!! A beautiful plant, it is used for ornamental purposes too.

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Maternal Instinct-Birds

A lot of people around us keep ducks, hens, pigs and geese in and around their homes. When 16 ducklings were hatched, we wanted to take a look. When we entered the pen, there was a lot of clucking and flapping of wings, followed by a football/ soccer style huddling of all the grown up birds. We had to peep over the birds that were guarding their young….and caught a glimpse of the cuddly and beautiful 5 day old birds. Is it a maternal instinct? or a nurturing one, which is present in all living beings, regardless of their gender or species? Some of the most nurturing, tolerant and generous people in the world were not mothers, though they have been called ‘Mother’…….

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Water from glaciers

Unrelated to global warming, a bit of the glaciers melt every summer in the Himalayas. The water sparkles, gurgles, streams down the mountains and allows easy access to the purest and richest water. People collect it, drink it, use it in their praying ritual…..yes, people like me get it tested and when it is declared safe by a lab, guzzle it…:)

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