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London during spring season 2017

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Bursting with big blooms  (clicked at an Ilford front garden

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Does anyone know the name of this beautiful flower ?

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Blooms covering  entire leaves

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A tree still hasn’t woken up

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Fluffy blooms!

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Palm tree in a different angle

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Jet planes sketching  lines on the sky

Indian women in pictures through the ages

Just came across some images on  BBC News Asia published in 2014. These are  black and white images of women  taken  in the era of 1850 to 1950

 

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Group of Marathi women in 1875 (Credits: BBC News- Asia)

Follow the  BBC News images  for more pictures

Death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Travel Story 2)

Today is the 68th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi the Father of the Nation of India. Mahatma means the great soul (maha – athma). Gandhi was assassinated at the former Birla house in New Delhi on the 30th of January 1948. The non- violence advocate was met by his assassin Nathuram Godse a Hindu nationalist while he was walking with his grand nieces to a prayer in the garden. Gandhi was aged 79 (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)

Former Birla house is now known as Gandhi Smirti which serves as a museum for the great soul as he has spent his last days in that house.  Last January our family had the opportunity to visit the former Birla house and would like to share some photos on Mahatma Gandhi’s 68th Death anniversary.

 

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Tracing Gandhi’s last steps in this world

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On the way to his prayers

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Accompanied by his grand neices

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The place of Gandhi’s martyrdom

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last few minutes..

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“Hey Ram”  was the last words uttered by the Great Soul.

 

 

 

Mahatma Gandhi stayed in a room at the back of the Birla’s house. It was a simple room with his only few possessions as  described in the images.

 

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A view from his room to the garden

 

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Worldly  remains of Gandhi

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Mahatma’s bed  without sheets (currently it is covered with a sheet  and a cushion)

 

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A little space where he met his visitors (Birla’s house)

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Spinning wheel and a desk to use his mighty pen. Three  favourite monkeys are also  in the image ” See no evil, hear noevil speak no evil”

 

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Gandhis’ walking stick and his footwear

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Gandhi, a living truth by Rabindranath Tagore

 

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A great moment for the photographer!

There are times that you have to be at the right time at the right place!

Here is a photo captured by an Aus-Lankan while touring in Sri Lanka. One of the infants of the monkey is enjoying a drink from his mum while the other is having a cuddle.

Daljit Raj Chelliah a keen photographer captured this moment at the top of the cave- temple hills of Dambulla (தம்புளை) located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The cave temple is archeologically conspicuous land mark of Sri Lanka  whose inhabitants dates back to the third Century BC.  During 10 -12 CE Dambulla was ruled by the Viceroy of Raja-Raja Cholan of Tamil Nadu.

 

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Family time! (Photo credit: Daljit Raj Chelliah)

Happy New 2016

Wishing everyone a very bright  peaceful new year!

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Savoury milk rice with hot chillie sambal (kattai sambal)

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Jaffna specialty for the first day of the year!

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Quite innovative!

 

 

 

The Bright Orange Clivia Lily

It is spring time again in Perth, Australia.

The flowers are blooming,

Birds are chirping and the weather is getting warmer.

It is the best time to go for long walks and admire the Mother Nature.

Below are the images of Clivia lilies which I have captured  on my smart phone.

The bright orange Clivia lilies are native to South Africa also referred as kafir lilies.

Is it  is politically correct to refer as “kafir” lilies nowadays?

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