Ballerina and her dancing dog

The dance is absolutely brilliant. I wonder how long it took to train the dog. Amazing canine!

Friday Funnies – Church Organist

Miss Muriel, the church organist, was in her eighties and was a spinster all her life.

She was admired for her sweetness  and  kindness to all.

One afternoon the young pastor came to call on her. She invited him into her quaint sitting room to have a seat while she prepared tea. 

As he sat facing her old musical instrument, an organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom.  When she returned with tea & scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water  and  its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

“Miss Muriel”, he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?” pointing to the bowl. “Oh, yes” she replied, “isn’t it wonderful ?”

I was walking through the park a few months ago and found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Would you believe, I haven’t had the flu all winter “

(read on an e- mail)

Marigold flowers enveloped in a stone- bowl (WPC: “Enveloped”)


Marigold flowers enveloped in a stone-bowl photo: saba-thambi


                                       Marigold flowers at Auroville, Pondicherry, India

Envelope quote:

“Yes, a deep lesson from the postage stamp. It attaches itself to a moveable material, the envelope and gets going. A good relationship keeps you going forward; a bad one keeps you static. Attach yourself to someone who is also going forward and you will also get there.”    ― Israelmore Ayivor

The entry is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:  “Enveloped.”

பாலைவன ரோஜா (அடினியம் ஒபிஸம்) ( Desert Rose – adenium obisum)

Beautiful Desert Rose

Beautiful Desert Rose

Dessert rose 2 Dessert rose 3

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பாலைவன ரோஜா (அடினியம் ஒபிஸம்) ( Desert Rose – adenium obisum).

Intricate work on Taj Mahal Walls (WPC: Intricate)

 Intricacy and India go hand in hand.  The 16th century white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal leads the intricacy work not only in India but also in the world.

The  white marble walls of the monument are  inlaid with semiprecious stones such as jade, amethyst, lapis lazuli carnelian etc. Inlaid stones are polished and leveled to the surface of the marble walls using a technique referred as pietra dura.

Intricate depiction of flowers and vines also have been carved into the marble stone and polished to reflect in the sunlight. Below is a minute section of the intricate work of the magnificent monuement  of  an Persian Architect.

Intricate work on White Marble (Taj Mahal) Photos: Saba-Thambi Jan2015

Intricate carvings on white marble and pietra dura techniques on dados (lower part of the wall) (Taj Mahal)
Photo: Saba-Thambi Jan2015


Dados (lower part of the walll) on the wall of Taj Mahal (photo : Saba-Thambi)


Close-up view of the dado depicting the carvings and motifs of flowers (Taj Mahal) Photo- Saba-Thambi Jan 2015


Flowers and vines are carved on the white marble and flower motifs as border(Taj Mahal)


Another close-up view of the inlaid semiprecious stones.


A detailed floral pietra dura with coloured stones (Taj Mahal)


Part of the border with semi precious stones.

The above post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

All of the entries are great but  some of them are above all:.

1. Roman Empire Mosaics

2. Fibonacci (Nature’s intricacy)

3. Myanmar Temples

4. Cambodian Bamboo Bridge

Krishna’s Butter-Ball – Travel Stories (1)

Mamallapuram is a place in South India situated ~ 60 km south of Chennai (Madras). Travel time by car takes approximately an hour from Chennai. Historically Mamallapuram was a busy seaport and now a tourist attraction. Tourists flock the place to view famous rock carvings and temples (rathas) which were carved in granite during 7th– 8th century. It is one of the many world heritage sites in India and also an archaeological site of the Tamil Nadu state.


Butter ball

Apart from the carvings, there is a large ball of stone balanced on hilly slope positioned as if it may roll down any minute.

Krishna's Butter ball  (photo: Saba-Thambi022015)

Krishna’s Butter- Ball  at Mamallapuram (Front view)                                                           (photo: Saba-Thambi022015)

Tourists taking photos at the butter-ball (Photo: Saba-Thambi Feb 2015)

Tourists taking photos at  Butter-Ball                                            (Photo: Saba-Thambi Feb 2015)

According to the tour guide, the rock has been there for many centuries. During British occupation in the eighteen hundreds the rock was tested against gravity to see if it could be rolled away from its position. They also used roped elephants to pull it down but the ball never moved an inch!

The locals coined the rock “Krishna’s butter ball” as Lord Krishna was notorious for stealing the butter balls in his younger days. Even though the rock looked like a ball from one side, the view from another side tells a different story.  The side view reveals the elongated part the rock hence the center of gravity well and truly balancing the rock without falling!

Side view of the Butter-Ball (photo: Saba-Thambi)

Side view of the Butter-Ball (photo: Saba-Thambi)

Nowadays the rock has become an attraction where tourists pose for photos as if they were preventing the rock from sliding down the slope. The rock was never free to take a photo without anyone in the background. It was also providing shade for the tourist to stay away from the hot sun.

Five Children of the world with five different faiths

Five children from five faiths