POTD: Blessed ๐ŸŒบ

The hibiscus is so common that it doesn’t get a second look (from me !). They are planted and shaped as hedges around our apartment complex. They seem to have no complaints; they just grow back after being trimmed. The leaves are always glossy and green and the flowers are in pretty colours – red,…

POTD: Glorious sea of magenta ๐Ÿ’– (guest post)

The magenta water lillies are in full bloom as far as eyes can see. They have covered the paddy fields and are a spectacular sight to behold !! And where is this? @Kottayam, Kerala. Early morning is the best time to visit this lovely scene and you can go amidst this bloom in a vallam…

POTD: August blooms ๐Ÿงก

While father and son were parking the car and figuring out the online pay and park mechanism at the Museum Cross Road in Bangalore; I was drawn to these downward drooping pastel orange coloured flowers on the boundary wall of a nearby building. Why are they facing down and the colour is so pretty ๐Ÿงก….

A moment in memory: Fuchsia ๐Ÿ’•

Some words remain etched in my brain and the word Fuchsia is one in the list. I first heard of this colour from one of my older cousin sisters as she was describing the colour of her wedding sari, the manthrakodi – the colourful sari the bride wears for the wedding reception. The bride wears…

POTD: July blooms ๐ŸŒผ

Three flowers on my Pathumani (10 O’clock) plant today. Yellow flowers ๐Ÿ’›. They are probably the easiest flowering plants to grow; they flower practically everyday, pretty little things๐ŸŒผ. They make my day !! I hope to get the pink ones too ๐ŸŒธ !! This is probably the first flowering plant on my balcony; borrowing the…

POTD: Spotted ๐Ÿฆ‹

When you have the time to click butterfly photos๐Ÿฆ‹, it’s a sign that you are relaxed and have time on your side๐Ÿ˜„. Both are good indicators because June so far has been hectic; more on that later. But today morning was unhurried and so while venturing out to collect the fish delivered at our apartment…

POTD: River and rain in Kerala ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง

My folks at home in Kerala reported incessant rains from yesterday morning, 14 May Friday and it’s still raining there today also. The reason is a depression and low pressure over the Arabian sea that could potentially be a cyclone (named Tauktae) in the making. The rains though are providing a welcome relief from the…

POTD: Prayer flags ๐Ÿšฉ

โ€œThe Buddhistsโ€ฆ.put their prayer flags where the wind will blow them and their prayer wheels in the streams where the water will turn them and get on with their work while the prayers are said. I think that is wisdom.โ€ – Rumer Godden, British author  The photo is a view from the Buddhist temple at the…

POTD: Summer rain & reflections

It’s pseudo-lockdown in Bangalore due to the severity of the 2nd wave of Covid 19. All shops are closed but home deliveries are happening. With nowhere to go, the roads are empty. At the main roads there are cops asking why you are venturing out. And yes, there is vaccine shortage or maybe it’s just…

POTD: White Moon ๐ŸŒ

Irrespective of how old you are and how often you have seen the moon during the day, you still can’t help exclaiming “The moon is out early !” How come ? You wonder silently. And if you are with company, you point the moon out to the other(s)๐Ÿ˜Š. “Look !” And that was it. Can…

POTD: A moment in memory

This would be a familiar picture for many. Any guesses !? I do not know if it is still there; this was an exhibit at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. We were there in 2017 ๐Ÿ‘‰Singapore Day #2: ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands I don’t remember seeing any…

POTD: Champa โ€โ€

A reference to the Champa is found in almost all books Indian. It’s sweet scent is what attracts the pen “From across the road, the dense heavy scent of the champak wafts in.” writes Anita Nair about her home in Bangalore in the book Goodnight and God Bless ๐Ÿ‘‰A charming slice of life ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“– I…

POTD: Jacaranda ๐Ÿ’œ

If there is one common theme that threads the nostalgic memoirs of Bangaloreans, it has to be the flowering trees of the Garden City ๐ŸŒณ. Among the plethora of trees in Bangalore, two are always fondly recalled – the Jacaranda and the Champa. I had no clue what the Jacaranda looked like….until now. It’s flowers…

POTD: Sweet and in season ๐Ÿ‡

Sunday mornings we have a local vegetable seller set up shop at the apartment complex. And today he had grapes, the slender, seedless green variety. Sweet !! As Ruskin Bond reminded fruits are a compensation for the summer heat. ๐Ÿ˜Ž To know which fruit is in season, you just have to look at the push…

POTD: A quirky bunch

A vase from Ikea, a wine bottle, a tea pot and a sugar bowl. A quirky bunch, but they sit in perfect harmony on the kitchen counter housing the money plants๐ŸŒฟ. I like them.

POTD: Delirious in the desert ๐Ÿœ

A smile from yesteryear can being a smile today too ! A memory from the desert safari in Dubai in March 2018. ๐Ÿ‘‰Marhaba Dubai: The Desert Safari. It was a holiday with my college friends. The lady putting the henna designs was charging Dhs. 30 per hand. Immediately, my friend and I worked out the…

POTD: Farm to home ๐Ÿ

Pineapples from Kerala๐Ÿ; grown in our relative’s land and hence has the premium tag of being 100% organic. And they are enormous too; speaks about the fertility of the land and the well tending hands !! Living in Bangalore, it’s food items that we prize during our visits home in Kerala. Though we can get…