These pics were taken at Kemp Fort, Bangalore.
There is a belief among Indians that tying a red/yellow/orange thread and/or bangles around certain trees in temple courtyards leads to the fulfillment of one’s innermost desires.
Some attempts at shooting the beautiful dancing lady I picked up at Trichy a couple of years back….
I love watching this doll – a bobblehead, popularly known as Tanjore Thalai Atti Bommai (the Tanjore head-shaking doll) in India. One lazy Saturday afternoon, when I was super bored, it was this lady who rescued me and kept me entertained for hours together. 🙂
Is it just me or do her expressions really look different with every movement of her neck and body?
Did you know that there’s a monument that is popularly known as Baby Taj, which could have been the ‘draft’ of the world-famous Taj Mahal? Well, I didn’t, till I visited Agra and was told about it by the locals. The actual name of Baby Taj is Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb, and it is very similar to the Taj Mahal in a lot of respects. According to Wikipedia, the Baby Taj is a mausoleum commissioned by Noor Jehan, the wife of Mughal king Jehangir, for her father. A number of Noor Jehan’s relatives have been laid to rest in this mausoleum.
Here are some pics of the Baby Taj, for your viewing pleasure…
That’s the entrance to the monument, and the GREEN lawns sprawled around it.
We entered the beautifully decorated archway….
…. to find this!
This is another view of the mausoleum from outside…
I loved the sheer prettiness and craftsmanship on the walls and tiles inside the monument. That’s one of the tombs you can see in the above pic.
The place is full of intricate lattices – representing the amazing skills that the craftsmen of those times possessed.
Apparently, there were a number of precious and semi-precious stones studded into the walls and ceiling of the building. Several have been lost, but some still do exist.
That’s the beautiful design on the walls we saw in one part of the building, inlaid with pure white marble. In spite of the heat outside, the inside of the monument was cool and pleasant, thanks to all the marble.
I loved this design on the tiles inside the monument. Very Jodha Akbar-ish.
It’s a lovely structure, and I enjoyed knowing about the history of the place.
Remember I told you guys about this flower that I saw in Ooty and fell in love with? That was about two years back. I loved the flowers so much that I got some seeds from Ooty and we planted them at our home. In no time, the leaves appeared, but I was disappointed when there were no flowers for over a year. The hubby and me painstakingly continued to water and love the plant and hoped that one day, it would flower…. and it did. After about two years, it did, and how!
Beautiful pale pink blossoms started appearing one day, all of a sudden. They were very few initially, but then we began to see two separate, large balls – each made of tiny, pretty flowers. The flowers were definitely worth the wait. My day doesn’t begin until I go out to the balcony and have a look at these flowers and lovingly hold them.
Take a look at these beauties from our garden. I love the colour – it is no wonder that art takes its inspiration from nature. 🙂
ETA: These flowers are called Hydrangea. Just learned. 🙂
This is my entry for the week’s Thursday Challenge. This week’s theme at Thursday Challenge is HAPPY (including Celebrations, Parties, Gifts, Enjoyment, etc.)
This cutie pie snowman was part of the Christmas decorations at our office last year. There were a lot of pics with me that would have suited this week’s theme, but I finally decided to post this one. It might be too late in the year to post a Christmas pic, but I couldn’t resist this one. Moreover, Christmas is one season that means happiness for me.
What’s your ‘happy’ pic? Bring it on!
PS: Wishing everyone a happy Tamil New Year! 🙂
Here comes the third instalment of Nature Watch: some pics of flowers that I spotted near Sankey Tank. I fell in love with these purple beauties in an instant. 🙂
I believe these are the same flowers as in yesterday’s post, only a different colour. Sigh! Nature never ceases to amaze me with her inexhaustible variety…
Aren’t these purple beauties pretty? What say you?