Salmon rose in San Francisco Garden

Salmon rose in San Francisco Garden
The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Navratri Number Three For Me - September 25, 2014 -

This is my third Navratri in India and, each year, I learn
something new about this nine day Hindu festival, honoring the Mother Goddess, Durga.  Today, I read that, for each of the nine days, the Goddess is draped in a different colored sari and her devotees wear specific colors.  

Last year, I wrote, at length, about Navratri, on my blog.  I don't think I could improve on that so I am giving you the link, in case you didn't read it or would like to read it again.

I still have not made it to Gujarat for Navratri, a goal I set for myself two years ago.  If I get back to India next year, as soon as I arrive, I am going to make reservations to spend, at least, two days of the weekendof Navratri in Boroda so I can see the garba and dandia dances, with the men and women in their beautiful costumes.  I have yet to visit Ahmedabad and it is only an hour's flight from Mumbai where I usually stay.

There is still so much I want to see and do in India but, as I celebrate my 70th birthday October 3rd, I wonder just how much time I have left to accomplish all that remains on my extensive bucket left.  If there is a "next life," I hope that list will accompany me!

If you all haven't heard it on the news, this amazing country just put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars for the unbelievable cost of $74 million dollars, about a tenth of what it cost the 
U. S. to accomplish the same thing.  Congratulations to all involved in the Indian space program.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The rickety bicycle rickshaw,
Slowly makes its way,
Down the Jaipur street,
On a sweltering summer day.

The weary driver will certainly,
Have to take a rest,
AFTER a day spent hauling,
Many a harried guest.

Carmen Henesy

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

The Saturday Photo Hunt - Gray - September 7, 2014

While it is already Sunday here in India, it still before midnight in San Francisco so
I will hurriedly add my "gray" post for this meme.  Mumbai rains certainly make for
gray skies which are so appropriate for this post.  Sometimes I can barely see out
my window across the Arabian Sea to the tall buildings on the other side!!!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Eddie and the Box - September 5, 2014

"Don't look at me that way!"
He seems to say to me.
A discarded cardboard box is just,
The perfect place I like to be!

I've room to give myself a bath,
And to keep intruders far away,
I can even hone and sharpen claws,
And nap comfortably throughout the day.

Carmen Henesy

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rose with Rose Hips, Botanical Garden, San Francisco - August 31, 2014

My dear friend, Joanne Olivieri, blogger, writer, poet and photographer, among her
many talents, introduced me to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  I had lived in
close proximity for over 20 years without having visited.  Now, far away in India, I
often look back at my pictures since, in this hot, humid climate, I, sometimes, long
for the flowers, foliage, and trees of the Bay area.  The Garden, however, hosts
beautiful specimens from all over the world.

For the Our Beautiful World theme this week, "Seeds," I chose this rose photo
I took at the Botanical Garden, complete with rose hips.  

According to Wikipedia, the rose hip, which is the fruit of the rose plant, begins
to form after successful pollination in spring or early summer and continues to
ripen through autumn.  You can see here that this flower is still being visited by
bees and the hips have grown quite large.

Rose hips are the seed pods of roses.  Roses can be propagated by removing
the seeds and sowing just under the surface of the soil.  They are slow to germinate
and this may take months.  They usually require a period of chilling.

Rose hips have many uses.  They are one of the richest sources of vitamin C.  
They are often used for teas, jams and jellies, other beverages.  Current trials are
being run for their use in treating various medical conditions.

Rose hips are best harvested after the first frost and, because the seeds have
hairy coverings, it is best that they be removed.

Because of their high vitamin C content, rose hips are often used in the treatment
of colds and flu.  They are often used in the treatment of stomach disorder, diarrhea,
constipation, ulcers and like conditions.  Much of the vitamin C content of rose hips
is lost during drying, processing and storage.

For more information on rose hips, refer to the links below.  Web MD, especially,
has good information on medications, including vitamins and supplements.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan - August 24, 2014

The Gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan

These beautiful gates surround Rashtrapati Bhavan, the 340 room residence 
and offices of the President of India in New Delhi, India.  In addition to the 
main building, there are 320 acres in the Presidential Estate, which include the
famous Mughul Gardens, stables, residences for staff and bodyguards and
various offices.

It took eighteen years to complete construction and, in the year of its completion,
India gained its independence from Great Britain.

Pranab Murkherjee, the 13th president of India, has held the office since July, 2012.
Since that time, he has opened up more and more of Rashtrapati Bhavan to 
the people of India and other guests.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 53 - The California State Capitol - August 21, 2014


On a bright sunny day, against a blue sky background, the state capitol 
of California looks especially beautiful.

This neoclassical structure, home to the government of 
California is located in Sacramento.  The office of the
governor is here.

Based on the U. S. Capitol Building in Washington, D. C., 
it was completed between 1861 and 1874 and, in 1973, it
was listed on the Office of the National Register of Historic Places.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Independence Day, India - August 15, 2014

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On this day, in 1947, the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised 
the Indian National flag at the  Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi, celebrating
India's independence from Britain.

The British had, initially, come to India in the 1600's for trade purposes but,
gradually, took control of India and ruled for 200 years.

Prior to independence, there was a period of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest,
led by Mohandas Ghandhi.

The Indian Independence Act 1947 partitioned British India into India, Pakistan and
what is now Bangladesh, with a mass exodus of refugees on both sides of the 
border.  In the ensuing bloodshed and violence, an estimated 250,000 to a million
people lost their lives.

In the ensuing 67 years, since India became the world's largest democracy, 
every prime minister has raised the Indian flag at the Red Fort on Independence
Day and given a speech.   The new prime minister, Narendra Modi, was no 
exception, and his speech today showed both inspiration and vision for this
vast country. 

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I hope that all my friends in India and worldwide had a very special Independence
Day.  This is actually my third time to be in India for this special occasion.  I
visited India, for the first time, for ten days in February of 1997, never dreaming 
that, as a senior citizen, I would end up living here, off and on for 16 out of 
32 months.  I have grown to love India, its people, its cultures, and all that makes
it great.  

Happy Independence Day.  You have come a long way in just 67 years!

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