Floral Beauty

    In our part of the world, it’s quite common to spot women adorning their hair with strings of flowers. Every flower has a significance and is believed to bring love, luck, prosperity, and above all happiness to the wearer. Women also believe it brings abundance to their households. Some of these have medicinal value too;…

In Wilderness

It is easy to be controlled, restrained and cultured; after all that how all of us were taught to live. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend about how as kids being wild and free came with conditions (read not being caught by parents). But there is a different kind of thrill…

Like A Rose

My dad turns 65 today, he is one of the few people who was born in pre-independent India (he was born in Feb 1947, India attained independence in August 1947). Even though he is not with us in flesh and blood, it doesn’t mean I love him any less. He will live forever in my…

Honest Gratitude

These is something about roses that warms up the heart. I do think that the concept of red roses is overrated, but when you get the right hues on the flowers on a gracious occassion makes it worthwhile. These were gifted to my mother by an admirer of hers, and it felt nice that she…

Golden Flowers from A Golden Tree

The Aapta tree that I first talked about a few months back, usually blooms in its full glory once in two months. Not many people have observed the tree closely so they don’t relate these pretty flowers back to it. While most people forget the tree after Dussera, I love seeing it bloom every now and then as it…

Red Roses Smell Best!

One look at a bunch of red roses and you can feel the love oozing! The flower has been a symbol of love and passion. How many of them are there you ask? Well, there are 10, and all for my special day on the 10th of November. Shakespear said that a rose with any…

Wild and Free!

The nature has its own way of showing us that not everything pretty is desirable and not everything desirable needs to be pretty. This is pretty much a wild flower, that no one would want to pluck but adds a bit of beauty to its surroundings. Being wild and free ain’t that bad after all,…

Floral Delights

Mogra, popularly known as Jasminum sambac a variant of the jasmine flower native to South and Southeast Asia is usually knotted in a sting and usually worn by women on their hair. It is a symbol of a woman who is happily married. Usually widowed or divorced women wearing flowers on their hair is frowned…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

I took this picture from the lawns of the Kushalnagar Monastery in Coorg. In fact, these flowers I found at every monastery I visited in India. However, I don’t know what its called. Can anyone help me?

Wild Fire

As the rains set in, many trees shed their flowers as a mark of respect. And one such tree is the Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant, or the Flame tree. These plants often spot red of yellow hues flowers that are edible too. Known as the Delonix regia we call it Gulmohar in Hindi where Gul’…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

I love these dew-kissed bell-shaped flowers. However, I took these post a mild shower. They bloom early in the morning and tend to fold in their petals at night fall. And they wake up again with day break for as long as they live. Quite an intriguing life, so much like ours!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red 3

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, or shoe-flower as we popularly call it here, is a beautiful  evergreen flower. It is often offered along with prayers in a temple, generally to Lord Ganesha. The name shoe-flower thus is reminiscent of its purpose, to be placed at the feet of God.