Irrepressible

Here’s wishing all of you a wonderful fresh happy and healthy New Year. Like this tree may nothing faze you or get you down!

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Tree

and

you thought

I

wouldnโ€™t

be able

to make it

without

you

CB&W: Howz That!

Yeah yeah I am late again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But hey! Better late than never right? ๐Ÿ˜€ And I have just the right set for Cee’s last week’s Black and White Photo challenge: Houses. But then I may be prejudiced so I’ll let you be the judge – free and fair!

Got your wig on? Let’s go, I mean scroll ๐Ÿ˜‰

42This house (okay building – Cee did say we could be creative ๐Ÿ˜‰ has its head in the clouds. It’s in Kolkata and called The 42. Apparently they wanted to build 65 floors but were denied permission (as it would be too close to heaven?) and restricted it to 42. ๐Ÿ˜€

OyoI snapped this photo in Bengaluru for the reflection – looks really cool doesnt it?

Punascha

This is an open terraced house Punsacha (once again) at Santiniketan where the Nobel laureate Guru Rabindranath Tagore penned his immortal pieces. I was entranced by the idea of windows on the side walls of the open terrace. But then it was probably put there for the rainy days when the terrace would be covered with tarpaulin.

SantiniketanAnother house at the Santiniketan complex which I preferred to admire from afar ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kolkata is a city of contrasts much more than any other metropolitan city in India, except perhaps Mumbai. And scenes such as this one is liberally interspersed between swanky new state of the art buildings.

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We were bewitched by the house or should I say the invisible residents of the house?

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Ruins

Was it not

just yesterday

when you

cut me down

to build your empire

upon my ruins?

 

The Freeloader

Hello! I am back – anyone miss me? Ah well neither did I – so there! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have been busy traveling and I did lots of shopping – tree shopping ๐Ÿ˜€ I saw scores of grand aging graceful and otherwise eye catching trees. But there’s one (or should I say two) that stand out among them all.

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The outer tree is a deodar tree and the inside one is the jarul tree (Lagerstroemia speciosa giant crape-myrtle, Queen’s crape-myrtle, banabรก plant for Philippines, or Pride of India). At least that is what a local guide told us. But I am not really convinced, especially about the deodar tree which grows in the Himalayan regions and has needle like leaves. Perhaps it is the sal tree? Do you recognize the trees? Ferdi? Anyone?

But these are technicalities and as the bard said what is in a name? Especially when there is so much to see, marvel and wonder over.

Can you see how the jarul split the mother tree? And that despite being split she continues to nurture her protege? Did you notice how the jarul tree was cut away from its base and roots but yet it continues to grow deriving nourishment, sustenance and support from the parent tree.

A marvelous example of nature’s beauty, tenacity, and capacity to survive against all odds isnt it?

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No one

can save

me

from you

not even

me

#3 of 7 B&W Photo

It’s Day 3 of the no explanation no people 7 day B&W photo challenge. Simple right? But me being me – I had to go and complicate it ๐Ÿ˜€

โ€œI never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details.โ€ โ€• Ursula K. Le Guin, The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

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Right left

straight

up down

and

sideways

she tried

her hand

at everything

believing

knowing

that one day

even fate

would give in.

Thank you Orange for nominating me – people please do check out her awesome blog and selection although I have to confess this one is my favorite and not just because it breaks the rules ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you are worried and upset at having missed my earlier posts on this challenge here are the links ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 1

Day 2

Have a great day and see ya tomorrow!

One for All

AES

gn@rโˆ ed

knยงtty

bโˆ‚nt

straight

or

skewed

black white brown

or

green

this earth

belongs to all

like it or not

***

PS: In keeping with the spirit of the thought I tried to do different but wonder if I went overboard? Do let me know – thanks!

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Unrequited

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arms

outstretched

I wonder –

would you

ever

take even one

step forward?

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City-bred

Elegant and graceful

she reaches for the sky

all the while attempting to

conceal her scars and wounds

behind the drapery

20171024_093725Doesn’t she look as if she is trying to cover her naked ‘ugliness’ with the money plant? Clearly she’s been around humans for far too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

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