Monsoon Madness – Travelling by train in India opens you out of a vista of rain-washed, chequered fields and people toiling within…
The rains bring a new lease of life and happiness to the vast majority of the population who rejoice in the rebirth of the parched earth… As Gibran says’
The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy.
I quench the thirst of one;
I cure the ailment of the other.
It was on one such memorable journey from Danapur to Varanasi, that I spied these women returning to the fields after lunch…..
The Shravan month of the Hindu Calendar is a month of fasting and abstention. The full moon of this month is celebrated as Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi (Bond of Protection) all over North India, where sisters tie a thread around the wrist of their brothers, praying for their longevity and brothers on their part promise to protect their sisters always….
Given that this month is part of the monsoon months, it is not often that one has clear skies to capture the moon; this year I was lucky enough to have very clear skies and a bright moon to capture….
An insanely crazy rainy day was coming to an end…. whipping winds and thundering clouds slowly part way to a glorious rain washed sky that looks insanely blue and fresh….
In the space of a mere 20 minutes, the sky went from thundering blacks to a beautiful blue with powder puff clouds….
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
The Indian Blackberry or Jamun tree (Syzgium cumini) is fruiting like crazy in my garden and it is a veritable feast for all the birds and animals around…. it was a pleasant surprise to see several butterflies also fasting on the succulent juices…..
Here one can see a female Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) feasting on the fruits…
It was a hot Sunday afternoon, and in the 42 O C heat of the Danapur afternoon, this little visitor was taking a break on some plants in the balcony. Later, I identified it as the Marsh Dancer Damselfly (Onychargia atrocyana). Managed to take a couple of nice pics of this Sunday visitor