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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shape of a citrus tree

The alphabet "P" or the number four in opposite direction?



I like this shape of a small citrus tree. Its density and the openness of its branching in this unique and rather abstract way is quite appealing to me.

Shape and structure is the most dominant feature of a tree at any time of a year, so sometimes I have this feeling that trees actually communicates with us through the shapes they attain rather than the leaves they grow.

So what do you think, is it the alphabet "P" or the number four in opposite direction?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A desolate tree - Remains of a glorious past

"The time of spring is past,
The rose-leaves in the garden drift apart,
Among the trees the bulbul sings no more.
How long, madness, shalt thou hold my heart?
How long, exaltation, shalt thou last
Now spring is o'er ?"

From
THE DIWAN OF ZEB-UN-NISSA, the eldest
daughter of the Mughul Emperor Aurungzaib.



A lonely tree at Hiran Minar, a hunting resort of Emperor Jahangir, near Sheikhupura, Its a city in the province of Punjab slightly northwest to Lahore in Pakistan. The name Sheikhupura is derived from the nick of Jahangir, who was known as Sheikhu by his father Akbar the Great.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Its a pomegranate time

Yes, the beauty of my pomegranate ( anar) tree also persists at night time.
Here is the brief history of pomegranate in Islam which help you to understand that sufi poetry I mentioned below. There is a lot of admirations for pomegranates in Islam. It linked with eternity and fertility and it is among the list of 12 foods mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).



The pomegranate which laterally means " seeded apple" is an ancient fruit and it is mentioned three times in The Quran Majeed.
It is stated in Surah Rehman, "In them are fruits (of all kinds), and dates and pomegranate.Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny? " [55:68-69]

It is also reported that one who eats three pomegranate in the course of a year will be inoculated against ophthalmia( inflammation of the eye) for that year. Its the fruit of Paradise and traditionally, it was believed to be important to eat every seed of a pomegranate, as one can’t be sure, which aril came from paradise.
The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)said it cleanses you of Satan and evil aspirations for forty days. " Eat the pomegranate for it purges the system of envy and hatred."

Similarly, Hazrat Ali( R.A.) said that "the light of ALLAH is in the heart of whoever eats pomegranate."


Pomegranates, Sufi Poetry from Pakistan:

Pomegranates, when they sing
It is sweet as rosy-nosed apples
Pears, hale and hearty
Like my grandma’s songs

May you live as the angels
Forever, like the pomegranates
That never die, unlike the
Dead that never come to life

And – when they smile
The pomegranates, it is like
No weather you know on earth
It is eternally the cloud

The perfect cloud with exactly
The kind of sunshine you saw in
Your picture book as a kid
With a rainbow

And it never feels hot or cold again
So forget the crude, vulgar types
The jokeless
It rains only when you want it to rain

Say, I am the richest, most famous
I’m the best I’m the best
I am I am
God is staying on earth tonight

Forget the cunt charmers
The heartless
Stinky beasts, smelly genitalia
It is crystal clear

God is staying on earth tonight
So He told me
Amidst the pomegranates
Everywhere at the same time

Pomegranates never die
They are roses in my grandmother’s
Kitchen
Where God lives

Prepared for banquets
For householders of the garden
Of spring followed by spring followed by spring
It is God’s kitchen

Where we are children
Sustained, without fire dwellers
Frozen in time, never to progress
Through God’s freezers of fire

The genitalia people
Frozen in time, smelling their genitals
Forevermore
And – we throw at ‘em rotten pomegranates

The fungus ones
Our diseases of old times covering their lips
Their wishes
The dirty freaks

But we have slept well
Now we only remember joy of all time
It is pomegranate time
He loves me

Reference:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Flowers for all seasons

Today's Quote:
"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one."
- Edna St. Vincent Millay


Monday, November 9, 2009

My Ripened Pomegranates






Among all the fruit giving trees, the pomegranate tree is my most favourite. I have two pomegranate trees in my garden both of which are of same variety. They are small in size but completely delicious. Now I am just waiting anxiously for that bless moment when my mother would give me the green signal of picking them up.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Health benefits of eggplants

As you have noticed it by now that I have changed the template of my blog. I have done that before and why I always keep on changing the themes of my blog is mostly depends on my moods. I always in need for a change. Do tell me what do you think about this new template?

Now coming back to the post. Personally, I don't like eggplants much because for me they are almost tasteless. For some of you, they can be bitter in taste or its hard to cook them. But in-spite of all this, the good thing is that, they also have their benefits and can help in lowering the risk of coronary heart disease.

They are native to South Asia and known in South Asian countries as Brinjal or Bengan. They are available in markets throughout the season but their growing season is from August to October. This year we are growing them in our garden as they are nutritionally very important.



Some health benefits of brinjal or eggplants:

They are used as brain food because the skin of eggplant contains a phytonutrient called nasunin that helps protect the lipids in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform.

They are rich sources of phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. It is believed, the phenolic acid in eggplant or brinjal is responsible for the eggplants slight bitter taste and browning that results when the flesh is cut. The antioxidant property can help prevent cancer, bacterial and viral infection.

They also reduce glucose levels of type II Diabetes.

They have a high source of dietary fibers, which is helpful for the proper functioning of the digestive system, and also acts against coronary heart disease.

I have that two variety of eggplants or brinjals (green apple eggplant and Asian eggplant) in my home garden which is easy to grow and cook.


References:
To know more about eggplants or brinjal,
visit these websites for more information:

Eggplant -- A Mad Apple with a Dark Liaison
Benefits Of Eggplant
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Eggplant

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My aquarium fishes

A couple of months ago we brought two gold fishes for our aquarium as it was desperately in need of some new fishes. Here they are ... living happily or rather wondering about the thing (cam) in my hand.


The plus point is that they always have such expressions when I was about to feed them or perhaps they know exactly about their feeding time.

While searching, I found a very interesting article about gold fish memories. They say goldfish have a far better memory than the three second memory myth. Read it here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The colourful flowers of Bougainvillea

...And the Bougainvillea magic begins...!







The evergreen colourful Bougainvillea flowers are in full bloom these days. And they should be as it is the best season of the year for them to grow. Though I found them blooming through out the year but not far as best as in this season. Usually they flower all year in warm climate and if pruned with care they showed much better result but in containers they requires less water to flower. Just give them a suitable place and they know how to climb all by themselves. There is not any medicinal and culinary uses of this plant but has only ornamental value.

In the last picture, there you can also see a nest hanging by its side which has been left abandoned by its inhabitants for almost three years by now. Yes, its a long way to go but we kept this nest in its place as it is because it gives this bougainvillea a very constant and admirable look. What do you think? huh

Monday, October 12, 2009

An illustration

As nowadays there is nothing good in my mind but just to study so I think its a perfect time for me to share things that are lost in my inbox for so long.

When I publish this post about the Book Cover 2 in August this year, I never realized that the author of the book would himself talk to me in person. After that, he send me this illustration of hummingbirds ( for my love for featuring birds and trees) which was part of an article in the NY Times on the naming of things, and why it has fallen by the wayside in modern times.


I am really thankful to him for sending me this illustration which no doubt proves to be a fascinating addition for my blog.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Walk into the light

Today's Quote:
"Go to a garden
And just stand in it.
Breathe in the air, the fragrances,
the light, the temperature,
the music of the different plants, insects, birds, worms,
caterpillars, grasshoppers, and butterflies.
Inhale the prana (cosmic energy) of all the abundantly
growing things.
Recharge your inner batteries.

This is the joy of natural meditation."


- Lama Surya Das, "Awakening to the Sacred," 1999



When I walk into my garden, I dare to see light reflecting through the pines at night.



Its kind of act like a meditation. It is as though my own soul must be bright invisible green.



"In this light, my spirit saw through all things and into all
creatures, and I recognized God in grass and plants."

-Jacob Boehme

Friday, October 9, 2009

It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.

A week ago, my father had an operation of Achilles tendon injury. Achilles tendon rupture requires immediate immobilization or surgery to reconnect the tendon. It was a minor operation and everything went well.





These are some flowers that we cordially received from our friends and relatives during our stay in the hospital.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Can you think of a suitable title for this image?

If you have to choose a name for this photo, what would it be?



A year ago, I asked this question from some of my friends in another blog that what they think about this photo and they all came out with different ideas.
Read the comments here.

The right side of the photo is rich with the big green tree, the mosque and all, but the left side is almost barren. And there is a pathway where the image completely ends up....
I know there is too much thinking involved in this photo. But I want to be aware of what do you think about it. Share your ideas and thoughts about this photo. I'd appreciate it.
Waiting for your response.
I'll prefer " A mud mosque near a tree".

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dirt, trees, leaves and feathers

Today's Quote:
"Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root."
Malay proverb

There lies a mango tree in a small corner of my backyard which provides shade not only for us but for all the birds that visited it.
This corner happens to be a favorite spot for the birds. Mainly because there is a grapevine just side by side with a mango tree where they like to spend most of their time. As this place remains undisturbed by us so it is also serve as a good hiding place for them.

I was planning to post these photos after my exams on November but love for trees grows stronger and stronger and finally I came out of my room in the wonderland of nature.
Today, I spent my afternoon under the shade of a mango tree and was surprise to discover the small wonders of nature under it.Sharing some photos...

... of leaves of mango tree and grapevines...


Some more grapevines leaves...I love the way they grab it...

...

The wall is already occupied so this vine decided to land on the ground...


These dead leaves reminds me of the Autumn, not so far away...

And then I found an eggshell under a tree ...


Just think, why this place is good for hiding things...

tree trunk just give it away...

Dirt, some feathers and fallen leaves...



No doubt, termites have done their job very well ...


A bee hive on the grape vines...


Now comes a pomegranate tree...with lots of pomegranates...


and citrus...

".... if I wanted to have a happy garden,I must ally myself with my soil; study and help it to the utmost, untiringly. .... Always, the soil must come first."
- Marion Cran, If I Where Beginning Again

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A money plant in my room - Help needed

I have a money plant in my room. It has 15 leaves so far. But now due to the quality of light they are receiving in my room or perhaps because of over watering issue, the leaves of this money plant have started turning yellow. On the other side, it is also bringing some new leaves. Now the question is, I am thinking of replacing this money plant due to lack of attention I am giving to it and to bring another plant in place of it. What do you think? Should I replace it or not?
These are some recent photos of this money plant along with some books.





To know about money plants, check out my previous posts on it,

Money plant

Some photos of money plant

Some more photos of Money Plant

Friday, September 18, 2009

Keep a green tree in your heart

Today's quote,
"Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to
call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away.
If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way."
- Langya





A Chinese proverb goes like this,
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come"

Considering it in my mind, I decided to keep a green tree close to my heart. And waited earnestly for a singing bird to come in.
But lo! what happened.
Inspite of craving for a singing bird, a pair of crows robbed my heart!

Recently I have heard a fact about crows, they say
"A group of crows is called a murder."

Thanks to God, they are only two of them! I am bless.

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