In our part of the world Tulsi is considered a very sacred plant and it is mostly planted in the front of the main entrance of the house. It is believed to be sacred not only due to its religious importance but also for the medicinal value. It can cure cough, cold, fever, flu, chest congestion, throat infection, joint pains and many more. It is a cure for almost every type of fever. You can just chew the leaves or make it’s paste to apply on skin or just boil the leaves in water to drink it as a tonic. Fortunately I have got this Tulsi plant near my kitchen garden, beautifully maintained by the previous occupants. I was so happy to see this small pillar surrounded with green hedge. I daily water the plant and lit a diya. You can call it sacred, let me call it a habit, a ritual I have been doing it since my childhood. I believe that in our religion why they must have called a number of trees sacred so that the coming generations keep on planting these species. Even if they do so please Gods there is no harm until they become superstitious. We have to draw the line and understand the difference between sacred and fear of religion. Hope I conveyed my point.
I still hear the echo of water. It could be heard from a distance too while I was desperately waiting to get the first glimpse of the massive, voluminous waterfall. It was like a marvel of nature and the only source of sound in this silent, lush green valley. Breathtaking view which echoes in my memory forever.
The other picture is of a old Mughal Fort where the echo from the glorious past can be heard even today. The intricate workmanship, the architecture, the feel, the royal ambience makes you call those kings from the past and you definitely hear the echo of their footsteps.
Hope you would like my perception on today’s prompt.
Rajasthan, a colorful state of India has a diverse collection of musician castes, including langas, sapera, bhopa and jogi. The region’s music shares similarities both with nearby areas of India and the other side of the border, in the Pakistani province of Sindh.
The people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After working day and night in the harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain whenever they finally come home to relax they let themselves go in gay abandon. There is dancing, singing, drama, devotional music and puppet shows and other community festivities which transform the laborious Rajasthani into a fun-loving and carefree individual.
Each region has its own folk entertainment, the dance styles differ as do the songs. Interestingly enough, even the musical instruments which are simple but quite unusual and handcrafted by the musicians themselves. Some of them are the Morchang, Naad, Sarangi, Kamayacha, Rawanhattha etc. There are dozens of other instruments which are unique and exclusive to Rajasthan only.
The music includes typical folk songs which are being sung by every household. The musicians, dancers and singers are invited to heritage hotels for performances organised for tourists staying there. Indian as well as overseas tourists can be seen dancing and singing along with them at Umaid Bhawan, Taj Palace and other tourist spots.
I met this family during my recent trip to one of the forts in Jodhpur. The entire family was singing a famous folk on tourist’s demand. I quickly took out my phone to record this melodious song. sharing with you all. Enjoy and sing along if you happen to belong to this amazing land of music and dance.
Sorry my video is not being uploaded. I am not able to compress it. I made 22 seconds video on iPhone 6 and it is of 50 MB and is taking ages to upload. Tried compressing but it was still 48 MB. Andy and other bloggers keep on uploading their personal videos, may be they can help me in this case. I will be sharing it soon.
“What’s going on here?”
I asked the person standing at the ticket counter. “Why there is so much crowd?”
“Ma’am they have been shooting for a Chinese film since morning. You know they are shooting for an action sequence, ” he replied excitedly.
“Oh no Ma’am, they aren’t the local people rather they are the local artists enrolled for the shooting.” he corrected me instantly.
No doubt there was so much of confusion and chaos due to the shooting as they were blocking the way time and again to shoot an action sequence. Tourists had to patiently wait for them to give clearance once the take was done.
No more retakes please, let us go. In the meanwhile I made use of time by clicking some pictures of fort as well as mine.
I blog I belong I will play the music life long
Meeting friends, listening to their songs
Murmurs of joys, pains and wrongs
A story to read, an anxious reader longs
About clouds, trees, hills and fog
Lush green meadows and trimmed lawns
Sweet melodies of people who belong
This is a beautiful world to prolong
I blog I belong I play the music all along !
Yellow stands for sunshine, luck, friendship and warmth. Enjoy the celebration mood which is clearly depicted through these pictures.
Snaps can transform us to any era and place
Snaps are valuable resources to find and trace
They become memories, they are evidences
They reflect culture, individual perceptions,
Here are two, straight from the Indian soil
Ahead of a big gathering, saints flock
They are being welcomed by the cheering crowd
I enjoyed the procession and roaring sounds
Enjoy the saffron flavour 🙂 🙂