Monthly Archives: September 2017

Vital statistics assessors

The New Age BMI, BMR, weight, height and girth assessment experts are…………

  • Sales people in the garment stores!!!!!
  • Security personnel at airport who frisk us!!!!

I got the sweet confirmation of a reduced circumference when I walked into the stores I’m familiar with….I like to buy something new before a flight….yes, I’m getting on a plane tomorrow…’my true love for to see’……..Anyway, the sales girls and boys looked intently at the parts of me which were the areas of interest according to the clothes I was taking to the trial room…..they guessed the newly reduced size accurately!!!! 

In fact, these were generally the same people who had recommended a size larger than they were now suggesting 2 months ago when I bought the same stuff!!!!! They were accurate down to the decimal points!!!! 

I look forward to my monthly physical and biometric examination by the lady at the airport tomorrow morning…..all the people who assess us are polite and experienced…..I have a new-found respect for them…….yes, I came home and ate a milk chocolate……and actually ate half of it, before discarding the other half….this is a first for me!!!


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Khonoma Green Village, Nagaland, India

Our traveling had led us to hidden treasures, tucked away in the remote corners of India. One such gem is the Khonoma Green Village, tucked away in the hills and clouds……the people have decided against cutting down trees, the villagers have made beautiful stone cut paths up and down the hilly terrain, with flowerpots along the paths!!! this enchanted land has several species of birds and butterflies unique to the area, and flowers and trees that thrive……


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Himalayan Blue Poppy

One of the most exotic flowers that I have seen is the Himalayan Blue Poppy in the high altitude mountain slopes of the Indian Himalayas. This is a flower that makes you stop, gaze, smile and click a picture in your mind. That, and the rarefied mountain air make you gasp awhile!!! It is a delicate plant with rows of flowers one over the other in a vertical fashion, with a dark center peculiar to this region. 

This flower is extremely difficult to cultivate and is known as Meconopsis betonicifolia, also known as the Himalayan blue poppy. It was was first discovered on a failed mission to summit Mount Everest in 1912, by Lt. Col. Frederick Marshman Bailey (source-Wikipedia). It reminded me of butterfly wings……

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Abuse of angels

There are some born to misery

Right from their delivery

Onto the planet earth

Have never gotten their worth

Instead of being nurtured and loved

They are abused, pushed and shoved

They stop crying for help and lose hope

With the horrors they survive and cope

Some escape to inspire and help others

While others become abusers of their sisters and brothers

The powers-that-be seem to abandon them

How is that they only favour some

Of the children that are born

Some are pampered, others are torn….

Help if you see the signs and signals

Protect children from a life so dismal…..

 

 

 

 

 


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Red Kidney bean flowers–Indian Himalayas

While trekking to yet another destination in the Indian Himalayas, I came upon a leafy plant with delicate white flowers. It was a whole field of red kidney bean plants. The kidney beans grown in the mountains is one of tastiest and healthiest, The plant later produces pea like pods, laden with stacks of kidney beans, which are dried and opened to get the hardened, dark red beans,IMG_4305 IMG_4306 IMG_4307

It is not difficult to imagine that anything grown in these picturesque surroundings and in the rich soil in these areas would be of the best variety. 

 


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The Great Hornbill-Nagaland, India

How can one visit Nagaland and not see the legendary Hornbill??? All we saw were pictures and sculptures that depicted this glorious bird…finally, at a secret location, we saw several of them……this one was my first………….he was the most impressive……the most captivating and fascinating bird, ever!!!


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The Simplest washroom

The North-Eastern part of India has, like most places, the richest and the poorest…in terms of material wealth. In the remote areas, it was a pleasant sight to witness the recently constructed, government-aided, free and clean washrooms. We were offered an inside look into a thatched home…..it was clean, and had a bathing area, a kitchen, tiny bedrooms, with wooden partitions and wooden beds. The huts are generally made at an elevated level on the hilly slopes. The washroom has stored water, and a window which faced into the forest over the hill. The floor was made of bamboo sticks, with gaps in between, to allow the water to drain on the slope below!!!

Luckily, there is no shortage of land in the hilly areas where running water is not present in some homes…..


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Auli- world’s highest man made lake

Auli, located at an altitude of 2500-3050 metres above sea level, is a popular skiing destination. it boasts of the world’s highest man made lake, which is used to make snow and fire it from ski guns along the ski slopes. The lake is bordered by beautiful flowers, and the location offers a panoramic view of mountains all around, including the Nanda Devi peak.

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It is a location that inspires real meditation…..the feeling of connecting to the universe….


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Flowers Bloom undisturbed

When you trek in the mountains, be sure to look at the wonders around you…the stream which comes straight from a glacier, the tiny bird that sings uninhibitedly, the clouds that smile and dance, the butterflies that romance the flowers, the tiny buds ready to bloom……the journey is even more enjoyable than the destination. You may even see all the stages in the life cycle of a flower, the tiny bud, the half opened bud, and the flower itself.

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Survivors

Winters are harsh in some countries, with heavy snowfall and months of subzero temperatures. While travelling on the roads of Kazhakstan in minus 15 degrees, we were enjoying the stark landscape of snow and barren trees. The locals were gearing up for a long and tough winter while tourists like us revelled in the fresh snow that was steadily falling all around us. From the windows of the heated car, it looked like a Christmas card. A lot of effort was being done to prevent the dangerous ‘black ice’ form forming on the road. Vehicles which were blowing steam to melt the ice were closely followed by others which scooped and scraped the snow off the road. All of a sudden, rows of trees caught my attention. Dark, tall, leafless trees on either side of the road with a multitude of bird’s nests, thriving, though exposed to the harsh weather. The trees come back to life after each winter with leaves greener and more beautiful than before. The bird’s nests get covered by foliage once again. The birds live through the winter and emerge when the conditions are right. A few birds could be seen hovering or flying to the nests, too quick to be captured on film through a car racing through to get to its destination.

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Sure, some birds migrate in the winter to warmer regions, but these are the ones that stay on. Inspiration comes not only from human beings, but the animal kingdom too…….


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