Reflecting……..

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Picture taken during Diwali (Festival of lights), November 2016.

When I clicked this, my total attention was on the flame. Only later, I realised that its tiny reflection in the glass at the back, had made its way in the frame.

That set me thinking ……….  In the journey of life, we concentrate on bigger things, major goals; and probably miss out the little moments of joy!

 

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Surprise!

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We came across this statue of Mahatma Gandhi at a place of pilgrimage. A few things, like the silver color of statue, absence of any platform or plinth etc. appeared odd. We clicked the picture.

The Surprise part came a bit later, when the ‘statue’ moved. It was no statue, but a man who had applied sliver paint all over his body, put on the garb of the Father of Nation and was standing still as a statue for as long as he could.

Things people have to do to earn their daily bread!

 

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Security!

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This is an outer fence wall of a temple (Sri Venketeshwara Temple, Bangalore). On the four corners of the temple wall, four statues are installed, to guard or protect the temple premises. These statues are of Lord Hanuman (the Monkey God), Garuda etc. The one seen here is that of Garuda or the Eagle, who is also the conveyance of Lord Vishnu. He is there to ensure the Security of the lord’s abode.

(The picture was taken on a rainy day)

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It IS Easy Being Green!

My Gallery of Green ………..

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My house-plant adding the color green to my home.

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The leaves touching my balcony — as if to say ‘Hello!’.

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The Almond tree right opposite my window.

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The canopy of Gul Mohur tree by the entrance of the apartment building.

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Green leaves offset by the tiny bright yellow flowers.

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A paddy field (on the outskirts of Mumbai) on a rainy day.

 

 

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A Good Match!

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A decorative Jaipur tile coaster and a Malaysian tea-light.

 

A Good Food Match – Indian Style!

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A crisp dosa with spicy chutneys – A breakfast combination that is almost a daily routine in the southern parts of India, but now it is popular all over the country. Together they make a perfect match!

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Against the Odds!

One can find anything and everything in the city of Mumbai — except space. And so, a small balcony of the apartment becomes a mini-garden. But during the April of 2016 we suddenly had to lock our house and go away for more than 15 – 20 days. The months of April, May and June are the hottest months in the tropical country and it is not possible for any plant to survive long without water. However, there was no other way out.

We had a fair idea of what to expect and just as we had dreaded, on our return, we found the green patch in our balcony all dried and dead. One of the prominent among these plants was a Hibiscus or Shoe flower plant, which had given us many such ruby red, jewel toned flowers. During its blossoming season, everyday the plant would be adorned with at least 8-10 such flowers. So naturally we were sad to loose this particular plant.20151214_081833-01

Somehow, we just didn’t feel like throwing away the dried brown stem and thought of giving it a chance. We cut off the dead branches and only the stump remained. My husband had read it somewhere that moisture can be trapped if the cut off stem is covered with polythene. We did that and continued watering the pot through the heat of May.

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The moisture was indeed getting trapped as we could see on the insides of the polythene. But there was no other sign of survival. We had lost all hopes but still continued watering it.

By June, it was two months since the plant had dried up, so no chance of any revival. Then by mid June, the monsoon arrived in a full force. And we heaved a sigh of relief – as we detected a slight speck of green on one of the lower dried up branch.

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Slowly, very very slowly the green dots started taking the shape of tiny leaves. The entire process, from its dried up state to the appearance of the green specks, was painfully gradual. But the resilient plant did return from dead!

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I do am aware that here the picture quality is not perfect for a Photo Challenge. (At the time, the pictures were clicked only to record the process and progress). However, these pictures tell a story of ……….. A Survival — Against the Odds!

 

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