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 Photo Contributions

Thank you dear friends and fellow blog readers for encouraging me to keep writing. But I feel, that a part of me now resides within you as some of you have begun to narrate ‘your’ experiences thorough your comments, emails and personal talk. You’ve begun noticing the layout design of fruit displays, culture of street food or festive market stalls and how weather plays a role in seasonal markets. Oh! it’s amazing how thoughts weave our stories together.

‘ “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
Brian Tracy

So why not a blog post of reader contributions? Here are your photos.

 1. Summer Treat: Mangoes from Pune, India 

Last summer, Arundhati visited her home town, Pune. In India, summer announces the arrival of mangoes. Ratnagiri, coastal Maharashtra, is renowned for its fruit, it is neatly packed into small wooden crates and cardboard boxes and distributed to the nearest big city markets of Mumbai, Pune and Nasik. As Arundhati made her buy, she promptly sent me a box, albeit via email!

Over 100 varieties of mangoes are grown in India, but Alphonso, locally termed Hapoos reigns supreme! Introduced to coastal India by a Portuguese sailor, these highly aromatic and fleshy prized variety of mango brings instant smiles and conversations on the dinner table. Best eaten freshly sliced, mangoes do sneak into desserts like shrikhand,  phirni, ice cream and  milkshakes.

Mangoes sold at a stall in Pune

Mangoes sold at a stall in Pune

2  Traditional Rice Baskets: Bangkok, Thailand

Friends visited the Chatuchak market that was bursting with local and expat crowds. After hearing an endless banter about items: table mats, printed sarongs, Buddha statues, incense sticks, fake jewellery even colourful rubber slippers that could be bought at cheap prices, I sheepishly asked ‘Do you have even ONE photo for my blog?’. Groan……moan…

Finally, ain’t I lucky with this one ?

Rice Baskets, Thailand

Rice Baskets, Thailand.

My friend, Swati, is an artist, never missing an eye for detail. Needless to say wooden statues and Buddha carvings, tucked into a dark shop, with limited ventilation, at a Bangkok market caught her fascination. Inspired to create another painting, Swati ?

Statues on sale

Statues on sale

3. Enjoy Street Food in Shanghai

On a recent visit to Shanghai, hubby went in search of  local food in the street market. He brought home some treats of noodles, flat- bread coated with sesame seeds and rice cakes. More rewarding though were the photos he clicked for me:) Hubby knows my passion, rather addition to blog writing.

3. Horse Milk and Berry fruit: Kazhakstan.

Having relocated to an exotic distant land, Arundhati is now in Atyrau Kazhakstan. She is an ardent follower of my blog, and here is her contribution.

‘Drasvitiyet or Hello’ from Kazhakstan. In summer lots of berry type fruits are available here. Musk melon and water melon grow plenty, near Atyrau city,where I now live. The sandy soil is rich in minerals and good for melons. The place is nearby to Caspian Sea. Once upon a time, it was all sea here. After sub-zero freezing winters, summer temperature goes to high of 40 degrees, berry fruit thrive.’

‘Both Almaty and Atyrau are very beautiful places. Bordered by mountain ranges on one side that are fully snow-covered in winter, the city resembles mini Switzerland! Almaty is the economic center of Kazakhstan and Astana is the capital city. Prior to 1995, the country was part of USSR. 

Milk vendors - Kazhakstan

Milk vendors – Kazhakstan

Horse meat is commonly eaten here and horse milk is popular drink. The two elderly ladies, in the photo, selling horse milk claim to be 90 years old, and healthy ONLY  because of drinking horse milk!’ she muses.

Thank you so much for your little guest post Arundhati!

5. Trader Joe’s supermarket, New York

‘Mummy….here’s food for your blog’ said my younger daughter, as she made her holiday purchases in New York. Comparing them to Coles Supermarket in Sydney, where she often buys her daily groceries, she has become more aware of fresh seasonal fruit on the shelf, layouts of items differ at different supermarkets, space and staff are noticeably different and wide open parking spaces may not be available in big city centres.

Supermarket shelves at Trader Joe's

Supermarket shelves at Trader Joe’s

6. Chinese New Year markets, Singapore 

A dear friend Maithilee and her daughter, religiously went photo-shopping into the streets of Chinatown, Singapore. Camera in hand, and eyes set on souvenirs for ‘Year of the Sheep, 2015’ they came home with plenty. Thank you very much! My heart now yearns to be part of the vibrant market during ‘Gong Xi Fat Choy‘ celebrations!

Popular varieties of flowers and Chinese lanterns at market stall, Chinese New Year, Singapore

Popular varieties of flowers and Chinese lanterns at market stall, Chinese New Year, Singapore

Malls, housing estate street markets in Singapore (and China) suddenly burst alive with traditional Chinese New Year colours of ‘Red and Gold.’ Street markets are densely packed with a variety of decorations, festoons, Chinese paper lanterns, prosperity dolls, fake fire crackers and gift money bags – all related to the New Year customs. Markets are open late into the evenings, and get more crowded. The night before the Chinese New Year, streets are brimming with people who arrive in large numbers to savour local Chinese food and enjoy the bargain sales – everything MUST GO!

Chinese New Year festivities sold in street markets, Singapore

Chinese New Year festivities sold in street markets, Singapore

Carrefour hypermarket dressed up in Chinese New Year festivities

Carrefour hypermarket dressed up in Chinese New Year festivities

The main street of Chinatown area, Singapore is brightly decorated with lights, lanterns and a larger than life statue of ‘God of Prosperity.’ The Chinese society is materialist and has strong business culture, money thus plays an important role.

Some more photo contributions from other friends as they visit the Sim Lim area and Bras Basah street markets during Chinese New Year 2015.

Here’s wishing my Chinese friends and readers ‘Gong Xi Fat Choy’ or Happy New Year 2015.

That’s all for now. Rest your legs after this world tour!

Remember to keep sharing your experiences, writing comments and travelling the world with me.

Till then..

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”

–Theodore Roosevelt.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Contributions

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This is my entry for The Daily Post Challenge: Scale. A prompt to share an image that highlights a size relationship — that makes us pause, take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in the photo, was the given challenge.

Living in arid desert conditions makes one appreciate the element of Water. Here is a comparison of scale of two important desert fruits: Watermelon and Date fruit.

An explorer, David Livingstone, once literally found vast expanses of semi desert African land covered wildly with watermelons! With an extremely high content of 92% water (and other nutrients), watermelons sustain and provide us nutrition, for over 6 weeks in hot weather. In scale, they range from a few pounds to ninety pounds!

Let’s compare this to the small scale of Date fruit. Truly, this tiny miracle desert food, ranging from 3 cm – 8 cm in size has provided nutrition, health and life to many a traveller across the sands of times! In the lands of Arabia and neighbouring arid and sandy regions where sand dunes and camels live in harmony, the Date Oasis made for a perfect relaxing spot to the caravan traveller. Find more on Dates: Holy Fruit of Middle East, in my earlier post. Caravans often carried large sacks of Date fruit for nourishment on their long journeys. For more information see Wikipedia.

On a scale of 1-10, which desert fruit do you like ? Why?

 

Scale: Desert Fruits, Big and Small

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This post is my entry for the Daily Post challenge: Photography 101 : Street.

Thanks to the Daily Post blog – I’m always on the learning curve. The focus is: Street Photography. It’s reminded me to look carefully while taking shots – what is my focus? what is in the foreground or what is the background? Are the colours intimidating or blurring the photo. I don’t use any expensive camera – its’ just my Iphone or Sony. But as a street market enthusiast, and a blogger, I need to stay focussed.

This photo was taken few years ago in Melaka, Malaysia. The subtle colours of the concrete paved street bring out the colourful yellow costume of the peddler. In the foreground stands his regally decorated rickshaw. In the yesteryears, this was a perfect way to navigate the small winding alleys of the historic old town of Melaka. Tourists and passerby fall in the background, the red brick walls and pavement, adding a contrast colour.

What part of the photo catches your eye ? And why ?

Do leave your comments – it’s good to hear another perspective. Keep learning. Keep focussed!

Street Photography: Rickshaw peddler

Street Photography: Rickshaw peddler

A Lesson in Photography.

Earth – Thy Colour is Green

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This post is in reply to The Daily Post challenge Local Colour

Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

Mother Earth abounds in hues of green – imagine soft green paddy fields on the slopes of Ubud in Indonesia, green grass shoots and shrubs in the desert sands, tall green coconut fronds almost aiming to touch the sky and play with passing clouds, contrast of green surfaces on spiky bitter gourd and smooth skin of bottle gourd vegetables, frilly green lettuce or robust green rhubarb on market shelves. Na, na…don’t you mention that green toad sitting on the lily leaf !

If there is one colour – my option is green! Mother Earth I owe it to you.

Green is the prime colour of the world – and from that all loveliness arises’ 

Here is my entry. Which hue of green is your favourite?  What other green objects please you? 

Apple orchards, Valtellina, Italy

Apple orchards, Valtellina, Italy

 

Shades of green in contrasting surfaces

Shades of green in contrasting surfaces

 

Date Palm fronds bear green cluster of fruit

Date Palm fronds bear green cluster of fruit

So go make your lifestyle ‘green’. Be part of the environment and give back to Mother Nature.

Exercise in the greens

Exercise in the greens

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Dialogue – Extended in Colours and Shapes 

This post is in reply to The Daily Post: Dialogue 

Dialogue is an engaging conversational exchange.

When it comes to photography, dialogue can be perceived as a consensual interaction between two images.

The pink and white colours of fresh flowers took my breadth away at  Ghazipur Phool Mandi, Delhi. Little did I realize there was a Dialogue extended in a fake flower arrangement at home. Thanks to Daily post!

 

A view of some stunning Arabesque designs at the grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque that grace the marbled floor. Henna designs, I experimented with extend the dialogue of similar style. Islamic Art extends into Arabesque designs that use repeated floral and geometrical designs. It is popular not only originally in the Quran, but influencing architecture, Henna Art, motifs on clothing and wedding invitations.

Now won’t you have a frothy coffee with me, at the Emirates Palace restaurant and contemplate on the design ?

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Dialogue – Extended in Colours and Shapes

Colourful silk strands…extra.

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Colourful silk strands…extra

Colour is everywhere around us – in nature, in everyday materials. Different colours are associated with different moods – red for love, yellow spells sunshine. Specific occasions demand specific colour dress- black gowns for graduation, green or red on happy occasions, red and pink for traditional Indian wedding, white for shimmering bridal gowns and so on….

On a visit to a saree loom in the small town of Narayanpet, near Hyderabad, I saw colourful, shining strands of dyed silk threads. Upon drying they would be put on a spool and used on the weaving loom. Beautiful sarees in contrast colours are then woven.

Gorgeous blue and yellow strands made an eye-catching moment.

But wait…why was this extra...green? 

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And the weaver had refused to move it aside, when I requested him to. 

Maybe it was shot for this specific post …Extra, extra.

 

 

 

 

Quilt in Autumn Colours

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Maple Leaf Quilt

Few years ago I wanted to quilt something unique. That’s when I came across the Maple leaf design. This large double bed size quilt is completely hand-stitched.  I know piecing the blocks, using a machine would have made it much easier and neater. However, the warm colours and the thought of a new design, kept me going.

The Maple leaf is the official symbol on the national flag of Canada. Eastern Canada is home to the sugar Maple tree. In autumn, the tree sheds its large 4- 5 point leaves, that create the most colourful, textured carpet on Mother Earth. Warm browns, rust, deep yellow, orange, fiery reds are the colours in autumn. However, for me in Singapore, its purely magical understand how seasons bring on changes in the colours of Nature.

Maple leaf king -size quilt

Maple leaf king size quilt

The block detail

The block detail

As you can see, the soft coloured leaf are at the centre, slowly bursting out in deeper colours in circular way. I wanted to create the effect of twirling leaves, undergoing gradual colour change.

Here are the details :

Total Yellow patterned blocks = 27

Light colour leaf blocks (Centre) = 4

Red colour leaf blocks ( inner ring) = 10

Deep maroon leaf blocks (outer ring) = 14

Border width = 2 inches by 10 cm. Pieces of all colours ( and more if you wish)

Finished square block = 12 inches.   9  patch square for the leaf design. Each finished small square = 4 1/2 inches.

Other maple leaf quilt patterns and block sizes are found here :

http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltblocklotto/ss/maple_leaf.htm

http://www.countrylanequilts.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/mapleleafblock.pdf

Maple leaf -Block pattern

Maple leaf -Block pattern

Uni directional maple leaf quilt

Uni directional maple leaf quilt

I leave you with few pictures shared by my friends, during their stay in USA and Canada.

My friend Medha, from India, is visiting her daughter in USA.  She loves to draw and paint. What better time and place could she possibly be in but USA ? She is having a wonderful time watching the colours of the season and collecting colourful Autumn leaves. Look how creatively she has displayed her fall collection ! Medha,I am sure you are going to paint a stunning picture on your return. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us.

Medha's collection of Maple leaves.

Medha’s collection of Maple leaves.

Medha's collection of Maple leaves -2

Medha’s collection of Maple leaves -2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet and her baby have been busy watching the Autumn leaves change colour. Here are some photos she shares.

Fiery Orange Autumn leaves

Fiery Orange Autumn leaves