Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I love watermelon and so when a friend sent me these wonderfully creative artworks made with melons I had to load some on my blog.
Have seen them here in Bangalore at fancy salad bars laid out in 5 stars. But where I saw some as gorgeous as these were in Bali and Bangkok.
Every fruit and salad bar was adorned with them and many as beautiful as these.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
THE LARGEST FLOWER IN THE WORLD
The largest flower in the world is blossoming in Blanco , Veracruz , Mexico .It is
2 meters high and weighing 75 kilos, it has the peculiarity of blooming only
during three days every 40 years. You'd only see it once or twice in a lifetime!
Amorphophallus titanum (Araceae), also called "cadaverous flower" has the peculiarity of blooming only for three days every 40 years,
a privilege that Mother Nature bestowed on this town in Veracruz .
With Climate Change making Bangalore crazily hot, I wondered if our Litchies would ever fruit. Planted around 8 years ago, they are full of flowers and tiny baby cylindrical fruit. Take a look at the trees in the pics.
I have seen trees in Malleswaram loaded with fruit and have written about them around 10 years ago, but now I wondered as the Hayes Road one is definitely around 20 years old and has never fruited.
Now I will have to keep an eagle eye on the fruit with Narsimappa and sons ready to greedily eat all that comes up there. So fed up of the Rose Apples flowering and fruiting and us getting nothing from there ever even to taste.
Anyway this has been exciting and will watch to see if any of the hundreds of little fruit mature!
Today I walked down to take pictures of a creeper in Richmond Town, on Rhenius Street which is covered with flowers. The flowers are breath takingly beautiful and the buds too look really strange. I have loaded both pictures of the flower in full bloom and the buds as well.
It is a creeper with dark green large leaves and it throws a regular vine out like any other creeper that needs to be trained.
Please look at it and enjoy, and if anyone has any idea what its name is, I would be very grateful if you shared it with me.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I had this email sent to me by a friend and thought it would make a great post for all of us who scurry for time everyday.For me my day never has enough hours in it for everything I would like to do and end up rushing and cramming more than I can handle most often.
These little aids help to cut back on wasted time in homes and I know many of them will be a great help personally for me!
The first one is naming cables with the plastic selas used to keep bread fresh. Another is fixing a magnetic strip to stick our clips and pins. Another is to put our shoes into shower caps found in most hotels rather than pack directly in our clothes. And the last and most useful for me is to put the sheet and one pillow case into one case and neatly stack them. I waste so much time finding the second case or even the matching sheet!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Was sent these pics by email and was totally tickled with the mushrooms on the see saw, the bunch of grapes, the watermelon piggy and the cutest of all - the chow-chow being coy with a kiss! Enjoy!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Yesterday we went to have a dekho of the tomatoes growing in the farm and check when we can contact Safal to buy the crop. It's our first try and I wonder if we will get any money in return!
Narsimappa has also put down a field of Water melon which as you can see in the pic have begun to fruit. They are tiny and yet already have the trademark stripe on them. I am sure like the tomatoes which are organic these too will be delicious!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Always, whenever I have worked with scientists, I have just read their stuff and looked for a story and then never really connected. They were faceless academics who touched my life for the period of working my story and we never ever met one another again.
Then I worked Gopi Sundar's story. Gopi a scientist who works out of India and Minnesota and then suddenly he was coming to Bangalore. Kindly and generously he agreed to speak to my class in St Joseph's and what a great interaction that was. The kids initially were in awe of him, but after a while they relaxed and quizzed him no end.
I hope the interaction makes a few of them want to be environmental journalists. We desperately need a few more in India to fight for our poor planet which is in dire distress and sensitize the world about the loss of the flora and fauna desperately trying to stay alive.
It was a marvelous two evenings - one after the next where I was asked to cover two musical events in the Alliance de Francaise! When Mini gives me these events to do, it forces me out of hibernation where I am happy just reading scientists papers to write stories from. Or just laze infront of the TV watching junk!
But the second event was even more fun because I asked my students to come for the event and get a blast of fusion music which I was covering. It was their first time going for a music show and they were thrilled to be witness to something they had never enjoyed before. Four fresh faces, armed with their note pads and cameras came and felt like royalty which we journos are treated like at shows -- as we are given the best seats in the house which are reserved especially for us.
I have sent off my piece with the pictures I have shot -- lets see what they write. It's nice to get a fresh perspective to these shows from the younger generation of journos!
Friday, January 6, 2012
No celebration for me is complete without flowers and preferably scented Lilliums! Patricia from Daffodil florists outdid herself this time and made the most exquisite arrangements for Bonnys 60th birthday! Look at the pics, people were floored with the beauty of the arrangements.
I saw an orange variety growing in hot houses in Coonoor. It was such a stunning sight seeing these orange blooms growing in such huge numbers and cut in large bundles every morning to be sent to grace our homes in Bangalore.
This particular magenta/pink variety is a stunner. Much nicer than the white and the scent, I wish with all my heart, someone creative learns to bottle it!
Amazing isn't it? How humans see opportunity in the areas least expected.In the last two years or more I have been watching malls shooting up in Bangalore and our lowly date palm which we all ignored in scrub areas, suddenly become centre of attention! Landscape gardeners have found them easy to transplant and even at 6 feet and over they overcome the trauma of transplantation and thrive in their new homes!
Ofcourse as usual we humans are interfering with nature for our benefit, as they are easy to maintain and don't create too much litter which needs daily cleaning.Never thought I would see the day when these palms played natural decorators in the city and though they do not offer too many benefits in terms of cutting back on pollution, at least they are real trees and our own domestic beauties rather than imported exotic varieties.