WPC: (foodie) opposites

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.

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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.

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WPC: Partners

‘in sync with one another’ – as beautiful and as elusive as that:Partners

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a randomclick while wandering around in the ruins of The Lucknow Residency

images mirages: WPC abstract

Abstract: it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

 
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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.

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WPC: Vibrant – the Bangles Shop

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.

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Pink Ice: WPC Optimism & Cee’s Fun PC Pink Flowers

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.

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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!!

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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 

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: light

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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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

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My first post for the Weekly Photo Challenge. I was not sure if the post is supposed to be a single photograph or not, but I just saw pen and paper blog and thought of posting more than one.

The photo challenge, for me, is to capture the circle that is the sun – ironic as the challenge says, because the sun shines bright and the circle is not always clearly visible to the eye and to capture it through photography which – for me is so much about light and composition. the first photograph stood out for me but then it seems to miss a point of reference.

These pictures were taken on a rather cloudy smoggy day of an approaching winter evening. In frame is a setting sun whose amber tones seem highlighted by the smog.

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