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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Orange You Glad It's Friday, Week 114 - October 30, 2014


First of all, I must congratulate my home team San 
Francisco Giants on their great World Series win.
It was a knuckle biting seven games and, though I 
didn't actually watch them from India, I followed, almost
play by play, on internet news.

I offered prayers to almost every deity, including Lord
Ganesha, the Indian god, known as the overcomer of
obstacles.  To whichever god ( or all of them ) that 
helped my team win, thank you!!  Our city rejoices.

My "orange you glad Friday" post is of a sweet Lord
Ganesha I found at Creative Textiles in Jaipur, a store
that had wonderful fabrics and made lovely clothes 
from them.  I came home with two outfits and this 
little Ganesha.  I now have a small collection of Ganeshas.




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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cats on Tuesday - Indifferent Tom - October 28, 2014


I lived nearly a year, at two different times, with my
wonderful friends, Rosy and Norman Toscano, in
Bandra West, an upscale suburb of Mumbai, India.
The house was shared with three cats who gave me
multiple photographic opportunities.  None of the 
three ever paid a bit of attention to me!

Here's Tom, clearly wishing I would take myself and
my camera off, anywhere!










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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 - Bringing Sunshine to Dispel Shadows Wherever She Goes - October 26, 2014


This precious little imp,
With eyes of brightest blue,
And wisps of golden hair,
Isn't sure what shadows do.




She runs to chase then down,
But they just get in the way,
They're glued at hands and feet,
And follow her at play.




The shadows quickly dissipate,
Lasting just awhile,
For rivaling the sunshine,
Is my lovely grandchild's smile!!!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Looking Back - October 24, 2014




Three years ago, I did it, 
I went through all my things,
Downsizing, giving away so much,
With necessity, retirement brings.

I found that I could do it,
By keeping treasures dear,
Telling myself I'd see them,
In some future year.




With super help from Jeremy,
My stalwart athletic son,
At last, it all was over,
My Canterbury life was done!

I finally boarded my flight,
Two months overdue,
A bedraggled weary traveler,
When those 7000 miles were through.




At last, I'd returned to India,
Fourteen years away,
But I felt at home with many friends,
Acquired each cruising day.




Four months I stayed with Santos,
And my lovely "family" there,
It made my life in India,
Begin without a care.




Next time I went to Jaipur,
A most amazing place,
With memories made and friendships,
That time cannot erase.




Back home to spend eight months,
With the sweetest grandchild ever,
Whoever knew a little girl,
Could be so very clever!!!




Who says that growing older,
Still can't be much fun,
I've realized a dream,
And I still am not quite done!!!




It must have been my destiny,
That Virginia Lynch and I were here,
To share ten days together,
In this country we both hold dear!!!


I've even found martinis,
That meet my discerning taste,
And I'm happy to report,
I've lost pounds around my waist.


As long as I can manage,
With my creaky joints and such,
I'll commute between two countries,
That I love so much!

Carmen Henesy

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diwali 2014 - October 21 - October 25





Once again, for the third consecutive year, I am in India for Diwali.  I still haven't
learned to speak Hindi though my smart phone, a Samsung Note 3, is full of
Hindi aps which I should be learning, so, hopefully, if I survive to use my return
ticket May 5, 2015, I will be able to say more than hello, thank you and goodbye.
One of the aps must be a military or law enforcement Hindi program because it
has such tidbits as, "stop or I'll shoot," and other important commands of that
nature.

Diwali, the "festival of lights," which is, I believe, the most important of Hindu
festivals, falls very shortly after the celebration of Navratri, which honors the
Hindu goddess Durga, in all of her manifestations.  Diwali celebrates the victory
of good over evil, light over darkness, and hope over despair.  Each of the five
days is dedicated to a special celebration.

Diwali is a time when people clean their home, buy new clothes, exchange
gifts with family and friends and make offerings ( puja ) to the gods.  Family
feasts take place and lights, candles, everywhere, there is light.  As night falls,
firecrackers boom until the early hours of morning.

Diwali is a major shopping period, corresponding to Christmas in Western
countries.

I've written in previous blogs about this major Hindu celebration.  The links
are below.

http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2013/11/diwali-2013-november-2-2013.html#links

http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2012/11/getting-ready-for-diwali-november-11.html#linksT

To all my Hindu, Jain and Sikh friends in India and throughout the world - and to all
others who may celebrate Diwali, I send my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and
wonderful festival of lights with blessings from your gods and goddesses.  






Monday, October 06, 2014

Wi-Fi Woes - October 6, 2014

A few days ago, I moved to my friend's home in Sahar Village, across from Mumbai's
international airport.  I'm ensconced in the new upstairs room, with private bath, they built,
surrounded by coconut palms and I even have air conditioning.  What I don't have is Wi-Fi.  Theirs is not strong enough to reach through these thick walls to my computer - though someone else nearby certainly has a strong signal. I wish I knew who  & I might negotiate use of it for a fee.  If the steps to my lofty retreat weren't quite so steep, I would just lug my computer up and down when I want Wi-Fi but, now that I am 70, and not grace
personified, I think it's not a wise idea.  I will just head to Vodafone this week & invest in a "dongle" though uploading pictures is not so great.  Bear with me, my blog followers!

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.

http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2013/10/navratri-nine-day-hindu-celebration.html#links

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.

Thanks to bing images, domain free, for the photos used
today.


http://www.india.com/top-n/navratri-special-9-colours-to-wear-on-each-day-of-the-festival-and-their-importance-154941/

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

Copyright Carmen Henesy September 16, 2014


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