FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Early Peacock View and tiger spotting

The view was inspiring. The early morning sunlight penetrated through the huge canopy of trees. The rays looked golden. Darkness eloped and dawn woke up slowly stretching its arms.

We were sitting in the jeep parked at the road side to observe the sounds of birds and foot prints marked on the road. The guide was trying to catch the signals given by birds or monkeys in case tiger was around. We were told to be silent and not to move. My camera was ready for any situation. In the meantime I saw two peacocks coming out from the bushes and walking towards the road. They stood there as if to enjoy the warmth of the rays. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity and took a picture of them standing on glittering grass. I could not capture even half the essence of this beautiful surroundings.

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The rays were so soothing and full of peace. We were allured by the calmness of the forest. I took some more.

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The guide was alert. He told driver to move fifty meters ahead near a Naala/ pool of water. That was the most common route which a mother tigress had been using for last two weeks. There were strong indications given by monkeys that she was approaching fast and reach there anytime.

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He drove fast and parked near the  above naala. The tigress generally was taking this route to go inside the core of forest. She had given birth to four cubs three weeks before and she had to hunt a big animal every three to four days to feed them. She killed one wild boar four days back and it must be finished by now therefore predictions of her coming out for a fresh prey were quite strong.

Minutes gone, half an hour passed. No movement, zero appearance. Suddenly the driver started the vehicle and turned the jeep at 360 degree. We got scared. He drove really fast this time and went to the other side of the naala. He parked the vehicle near the turning. What we saw coming towards us was something grand and amazing !

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A full grown up adult tigress was walking just in front of us. I could feel chill in my body finding her so close. Actually she had outplayed all guides. She changed her track and rather coming out from pool of water she went in opposite direction to come out at the other end of the road.

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She looked absolutely graceful yet wild, ferocious yet quiet. The striped big cat was walking fearlessly in her habitat. She walked few meters on the road. I was clicking like crazy, must have clicked hundreds of pics until she crossed the road and vanished into the thick bushes. What a day it was at Kanha National Park ! 


I was so thrilled when Cee at Cee’s Photography Blog invited me to join for this challenge. Marilyn also asked me to join on the same day and I said,” why not?”

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!) each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!

Today was the fifth and final day of this challenge and I admit that I enjoyed it so much. I had so much fun in finding the old pictures or clicking fresh ones to write a story based on them. THE BEST PART WAS TO READ THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND READERS. Thank you all.

On this day I invite all of you my talented friends to carry on. I would love to see my dear friend Robin of Witlessdatingafterfifty joining me but I know hers is a picture less blog and she is happy with it. She writes such lovely posts that you don’t miss pictures at all. She paints it with her words. 

I also want to invite Amy and many more who spell magic with their photos as I believe it is always good to give an open invitation for these challenges.  So it’s for you my friends ! Have a great day 🙂

This is also in response to Serendipitous Photo Prompt presently running on serendipity.

FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Let’s start with a Serendipitious Bang (DAY 4)

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I am here to hold hands,  do you know?

A hope, a hit parade, won’t a flop show

A clear heart, a sincere beginning, no low

I join with full excitement, floating with flow

We will go far, it is a promise, can be sure

Let’s celebrate the day, raise the toast

First step has been taken, cordeliasmom post

There will be few more if not many

Who’s interested in numbers anyway

It’s all about relation, passion, vision here

As blogger community we love to share 

It is a beautiful dawn, welcome the rising sun

Let’s walk together to have some fun

Make “Serendipitious Photo Story Prompt” RUN !!!


The above post is in response to Five Photos Five Stories Challenge and also to Marilyn Armstrong’s ” Serendipitous Photo Story Prompt.” She has come up with a prompt idea which is worth knowing and joining. Join the fun – post a photo and write a story, then link back to Marilyn Armstrong’s post. The more, the merrier!

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Cee at Cee’s Photography Blog invited me to join in Five Photos Five Stories Challenge. The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are: 1) Post a photo (or more!) each day for five consecutive days. 2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you. 3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance! Today I invite my friend Ruchi of Come Travel Along to join in the fun filled challenges neverthless it is entirely her wish. You can check her beautiful blog to enjoy her stunning pictures and great work.

FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Let’s go to Hurda Party ( Day 2)

“Have you ever tasted Hurda?” inquired my husband.

“Now what’s that? Never heard about it.” I questioned.

“Even I didn’t get the chance before. Now we have. It is nothing but coal roasted tender jowar, supposed to be healthy yet tasty. Get ready for the ‘Hurda Party’. Here is the invitation from Nath Group. It sounds fun.”

Jowar and tasty? huh ! I had doubts. We left for the event. The venue was  located in the outskirts of the city. It took us an hour to reach.

Well it was actually a colorful event ! It was like Roy G. Biv event with lot of fun activities planned based mainly on hurda. At the entrance we saw some very creative floor designs/rangolis made out of vegetables, dry chillies, corns and cereals. I started taking pictures at once which made my son uncomfortable.  DSC07242 DSC07243 Around four hundred people were gathered in a lush green ground near the fields enjoying farm fresh products near the stalls. There were freshly plucked guavas, radish, roasted tender jowar, fresh curd, bananas, boiled corns Oh yes ! Hurda was the show stealer along with other cereals, served on a platter. I was tempted to taste all. Irresistible food it was !

The green cereal is hurda/coal roasted jowar
The green cereal is hurda/coal roasted jowar

Hurda is roasted on coal in mud pits which gives it an earthy taste. This freshly roasted hurda is then eaten with an accompaniment of various types of chutneys made of sesame seeds, groundnut, dry coconut, garlic and red chillies. Additives like jaggery, revdi, lime and miri shev make the experience all the more interesting. As people were there from morning till late afternoon, spent more than half of a day at the farms, a proper meal was laid out in one of the stalls that comprise a typical menu of jowar and bajra rotis, pithla and vangyachi bhaji. Sugarcane juice was one of the most sought after stall. It was so naturally sweet ! I had three glasses full. Store house of energy I must say. Cost of food was included in the entry ticket.

Traditional Maharashtrian food
Traditional Maharashtrian food

The concept of  hurda parties is not new for locals. Out here in Maharashtra these events are annual feature especially in Marochi Chincholi which is 55 kms away from Pune and  in Aurangabad. Conventionally people organize farm visits every year in the period between December and March to feast on hurda. Over the years this simple celebration has turned into a lively event with a lot of other attractions that provide people a glimpse of rural life.” DSC07255 While we were chatting with one of the party organizer, he said, “Earlier this outing had an objective of tasting farm fresh food but now there are other add-ons for the people like, bullock cart rides, games, rangoli competition etc. People also love to try their hands at ploughing the fields, plucking fresh vegetables and flowers, enjoy the swings brought for children.” The event was held for two days.

It was a memorable experience as we got a chance to venture into the jamun, mango and custard apple orchards located in the area. We felt positive energy as if we were connected to our roots.” Thanks Nath Group for making our day so lively and healthy.

Colorful attires healthy food
Colorful attires healthy food

FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES CHALLENGE:

You all must be aware of this challenge by now. I was so thrilled when Cee at Cee’s Photography Blog asked me to join for this challenge. On the same day Marilyn also asked me whether I would be interested in it. I said, ” Why not ?” It offers so much fun and creativity and moreover all my friends seem to enjoying this.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!) each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!

Today I would like to invite my friend Ledrakenoir who happens to be a great photographer as well as a gifted writer. He was among those first few blogger friends who have always supported me since I have started blogging. He is elder and a well -wisher. He may not comment on all my posts but always make me feel that he is there appreciating my work with his surprise feedbacks. You may like to visit his wonderful blog and enjoy his superb work. Have a good day.

FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES CHALLENGE: A date with Langurs (Day 1)

You all must be aware of this challenge by now. I was so thrilled when Cee at Cee’s Photography Blog asked me to join for this challenge. On the same day Marilyn also asked me whether I would be interested in it. I said, ” Why not ?” It offers so much fun and creativity and moreover all my friends seem to enjoying this. 

Here is my photo

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Oh My God ! He is so close…..my hands trembled for a second while I tried to take a close up of this unpredictable creature. Tarun was not at all happy about my bravado nevertheless he was the one who was on steering and managed to bring the car so close so that I could get a perfect close up. I thought he would run away but hats off to this character… he did not budge from his place despite we were at shortest distance away.DSC_8526I slowly positioned my camera, slid down the window glass clicking one after the other. Once I download them I found that the focus could have been better. Might be I was holding the camera too tightly since I had this fear of him snatching it away all along I took the pictures. Really he was within the reach.

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There were other lagurs enjoying the early morning light sitting on the railing. Few were sticking to the branches of a big Banyan tree.DSC_8517

As a little girl I heard the story of langurs slapping the children from my grand mother. The Hanuman langur is capable of doing nasty things at times like, breaking the wind screen of the car with his tail tip which is generally looping towards his head or jumping on the car roof to bend it nicely. They are considered sacred in Hindu religion but the irony is they have to steel food to survive in urban areas because people feed them only in temples. Farmers harm them for raiding their crops and biting people.

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We stood there for sometime, parked our car to enjoy the misty weather. I took pictures of the trees, the valley and some more langurs. Finally we winded up and left for our home. Tarun asked me,” What will you do with so many photos?” How can I make him understand the importance of these pics? I will need those for next four days. lol……


The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!) each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!

I would like to sent invitations tomorrow as all of whom I thought have already been invited by other participant bloggers so let me check with others. Have a nice day.