Women of the mountains~ a few clicks from Alchi village and Khalsi Tehsil in Leh district, Ladakh. It was harvest season and a time I did revisit some of my favourite poets. Ladakhi women wear a flowing robe called sulma usually paired with a loose blouse called tilin, a bright coloured sash or skeyrak isContinue reading “Bounty”
“Having nothing, yet hath all.” So many conditions of Happiness are available, they say. Sometimes very little is needed to make one happy. Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh
MOONLAND, as they call it! Nestled among the mountain folds is this quaint little village Lamayuru in Ladakh (11,890 ft above sea level). A dramatic topography which resembles the surface of the Moon and an enchanting monastery atop a hill render Lamayuru a unique, timeless charm. Lamayuru monastery, built in the 11th century, isContinue reading “Welcome to the Moon Land!”
“Ring out the old, ring in the new, …. The year is going, let him go” [In Memoriam] Here’s the last sunset of the year 2021. Clicked from the bridge over Saigon River. Hoping that the new year will bring joy, peace, health and prosperity to all. Wishing everyone a happy new year!
Two interesting words that I came across recently are derieved from the Greek word pogon. One is ‘pogonotrophy‘ (beard growing) and the other is ‘pogonotomy‘ (shaving or cutting of a beard). That led me in reading many interesting facts on beard growing! In the Victorian era doctors were believed to prescribe growing beard as a preventionContinue reading “No Pogonotomy?”
Standing tall on the busy Dinh Thien Hoang and Phan Dang Luu intersection is the Gia-Dinh Gate in Ho Chi Minh City. The bright yellow gate captures the attention of any any passer by. Gia Dinh Gate was the gateway to the Ecole de Dessin Gia Dinh , an arts school in Saigon foundedContinue reading “The Yellow Gate”
Seeking solace and comfort
A day before he set to start his journey northwards, I captured him in all his glory! Uttarayana starts today… The Sun enters the zodiac sign Capricon/Makara. Happy Makar Sankranti! Happy Pongal!
Why make so much fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue? Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)- Though some savants make earth include the sky; And blue so far above us comes so high,Continue reading “Beating Monday Blues with Frost’s ‘Fragmentary Blue’”
Banh Trang or rice paper wrappers are edible Vietnamese rice wrappers made from steamed rice batter. In the south and north they are known differently. Here, in the south these thin, translucent round rice papers are used to make fried spring rolls cha gio and fresh cold spring rolls goi cuon. The filling can varyContinue reading “What’s Cooking?”