“The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers” ~ Basho
The Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India has been managing the Empress Garden Pune since 1880, with an aim to nurture and preserve flora of the region. The Society organizes annual flower shows and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year too the flower-show was held on 23 to 26 Jan 2015.
I’d love to share a few of the pictures which hopefully capture the enthusiasm of the flower-lovers and the beauty of flowers.
“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature” ~ Gerard De Nerval
“Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light”. ~Theodore Roethke
With different climates in different parts of the country India grows a variety of spices and condiments used in almost all traditional cooking. The grain art below has a number of spices and condiments creatively arranged. Some of the ones used below are: Cinnamon, Moong dal, udat dal, massor dal, tuar dal ginger, garlic, green-chilly,cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, asafoetida, cardamom and star aniseed.
Enthusiast visitors and garden lovers not only enjoyed the beauty of flowers but purchased garden material too. Some typical rural food and snack preparations were laid out in the food stalls.
A rural delicacy called Hurda (roasted tender jowar) was also available. Hurda parties are organized at distant farms and villages in the month of December where the fresh grain (jowar) is roasted on coal in mud pits giving it a earthly taste but not many city folk are able to enjoy such rare outings.
Thank you friends have a beautiful day and remember the Chinese wisdom “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other”.