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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

For more information on Rashtrapati Bhavan, refer to the links below.

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