The small star fruit plant in the compound is as always laden with fruits. It looked pretty! and even more so when cut to make those little stars from which it has been given one of its several names – the star fruit! Otherwise also known as carambola and in my language, heinoujom.
Ben Huber’s challenge this week is to think of Opposites. My first thoughts were of oppositions as in standing apart but then thinking about how i would express it in photographic frames, most of the photographs that I had in mind seem to be complementary rather than stand apart. Contrast rather opposition.
It made me think of the old lines ‘opposites attract’ but it also made me think of an off-handed remark someone once made: if put an attractive thing and a repulsive unattractive thing next to each other, it would increase the quality of both.
My foodie response to the challenge is ‘hawaijar and fresh u-morok’ or fermented soya bean and fresh chilies of the species locally known as u-morok (some refer to it in English as king chilly, ghost pepper, or know it as bhut jolokia, etc.). Crush the chilies and mix them with the beans and add some salt and you have a side dish that makes most Meiteis drool over.
As ingredients they stand in opposition – the freshness of the chilies retained by being frozen while the soya bean has been soaked,cooked in slow heat and fermented for about five days and has been ‘freshly’ unpacked. It made me think of the binary opposition of Levi-Strauss ‘The Raw and the Cooked’.
The opposition is not just of the ingredients but also of the taste and smell. As a lady once described to me – ‘let the u-morok chilies and the hawaijar war one another’ (u-morok ka hawaijar ga kaonahanlo)!
Be warned, those chilies look damn attractive but they are fiery.
‘in sync with one another’ – as beautiful and as elusive as that:Partners
a randomclick while wandering around in the ruins of The Lucknow Residency
Abstract: it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
Riding the boat in the backwaters of Kerala (India) among the mangroves leading to the Golden Beach of Varkala, the images on the water surface disturbed by the ripples seemed more fascinating than the objects that it reflected.
Vibrant: Delhi has some really interesting places and things to explore. one of them is the bangles shop particularly at night. The glitters, colours and glasses of the assortment of bangles lined up for display makes it so attractive – even for someone who never buys them. The photographs here were taken during the Diwali craft bazaar at the Dilli Haat grounds.
The Daily Post prompts us on ‘Optimistic‘ while Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge for this week is ‘Pink-Magenta Flowers‘: for me the two prompts seem to converge on an afternoon of Pink Ice flowers.
Flowers never fail to lift my spirits. Sometimes I just like to sit in gardens or lawns among the plants and flowers. These pictures were taken on one such occasion when I spent a lazy post-lunch winter afternoon on a break from a long spell of what seemed to be highly unproductive effort to finish something I was working on. For the short time I spent there, it made me feel good to reconnect with nature and remain positive.
Cee’s challenge invites for flowers in the colour range of pink to magenta. I am sticking to the colour pink and to one flower, the Pink Ice flower. I got distracted with the bees hovering around these flowers. It was such fun to watch the buds unfurling right before your eyes in moments. In the next few moments, the first bee sat on it and in a short while there was a party of bees! I did have fun taking these pictures. It was much later that I realised I had not taken any photograph to capture the flower itself as the main focus!!
p.s. trying out the slideshow in this post, not quite able to make up my mind if i like it or not. would really like to hear your thoughts
My response to Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – anything that starts with the letter ‘S’
Sea, sand, sky at Kerala’s Golden Beach, Varkala (India)
S is for ….. Sea
S is for …… Sand
S is for ……. Sky
S is for …….. (wish i could say ‘Ship’ but it’s a boat!!)
A scene at Wangoo village in Manipur (NE India)
My submission in response to Majka’s photo challenge ‘From Above: Trees‘. This is a shot taken on the hillock in the outskirts of the village of Wangoo. I had written my thoughts on the trip on an earlier post. The river is the main source of water for the villages along its bank. locally known as turel achouba (the big river), its English name is the Manipur river. It drains off water from the Loktak multi-purpose dam. from this view point, it is the skies, the river and the trees that is striking.
The trees, however, veils the houses on either side of the river – something i appreciated on visiting the village after taking these shots.The river bank ran along the backyards of the cluster of houses on the east. It was approaching evening by then. there were people drawing water, washing utensils and checking on the fishing nets they had laid down earlier in the day.
My response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Blue-Purple Flowers
Commelina/Dayflower – Wangden Khoibi (in Manipuri)
Blue Pimpernal – called Neel (literally blue) in Hindi, not sure what it is called in Manipuri
not sure which flower this is
I realised i had many photographs of flower in the blue-purple colours and some I had already posted earlier on my blog. I am sticking to the colour Blue. Just for the fun of it, i have arranged them in order of the size of the flowers. Except for the third flower, the others are considered wild/weed. I wonder what the third flower is.
Thought I should try to take part in more photography challenges. here is my entry to Cee’s B&W weekly challenge. The topic this week is ‘light’. What better way to start it than with shots taken from the ‘Diwali’ – the festival of lights! I had written about the festival in an earlier post, for those interested click here. In frame are shots of terracotta oil lamps. the second picture is a terracotta oil lamp with the motif of the two Hindu deities associated with the festival: the elephant-headed Ganesh and Lakhsmi the goddess of wealth.