The Shepherd

Near a meadow of a hamlet …

A vegetable hawker irately halted his nearly empty cart near a meadow of a hamlet, where a flock of sheep were grazing in the early afternoon as a farmer’s boy watched them

“Did you bunk off school? And where is your father? He hasn’t supplied any vegetables since the past week.” the worried hawker furiously questioned him.

“My father is in the city to work as a daily wage labourer, he said that he’s deep  in debt”, replied the happy-go-lucky young lad by spontaneously spinning a long stick in mid-air.

Red Lily – By NORA ROBERTS

BOOK REVIEW

Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred fifty novels. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print, and she has had more than one hundred New York Times bestsellers.

She is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favourite novelist”. Visit her website at www.noraroberts.com

This edition was published in 2005, a romantic fiction; is the final novel in the garden trilogy.

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Some excerpts from the novel:

She shifted her gaze towards Harper and ordered herself to ignore the little ache that came from thinking of him married, making babies with some woman whose face she couldn’t see.

Of course, she’d be beautiful that was a given. Probably blonde and built and blue-blooded. The bitch.

Whoever she turned out to be, whatever she looked like or was like, Hayley determined she’d make friends. Even if it killed her.

“Something wrong with the potatoes?” David murmured beside her.

“Hmm. No. They’re awesome.”

“Just wondered why you looked like you were forcing down some bad-tasting medicine, sugar.”

“Oh, just thought about something I’m going to have to do, and won’t like. Life’s full of them. But that doesn’t include eating these potatoes. (Pg.31)

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            Though the dark wasn’t deep yet, the path lights were glowing, those pretty soft green lanterns speared at the edges of the brick to guide the way. A few early lightning bugs blinked on and off, on and off over the heads of flowers, and out beyond to the roll of grass to lose themselves in the shadows of the woods.

            She drew in the perfume of heliotrope, sweet peas, roses, and the more pungent aroma of earth. All of those scents, along with the different tones of growing green would forever make her think of Harper, and this place. (Pg.79)

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 She turned her head to give him better access, and her heavy eyes blinked clear. Widened. “Harper.”

When she jerked in his arms, he just shifted his grip. “What? It’s not next week yet.”

“Harper. Oh God, stop. Look.”

         Amelia stood in the doorway, the storm raging at her back. Behind her, through her, Hayley could see trees whipping in the wind and the bruised fists of clouds that smothered the sky. (Pg. 122)

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They turned away from the lights and the action of Beale Street and wandered toward the river. Tourists flocked there as well, to stroll through the park or stand and watch the water, but the relative quiet made it easier for her to go back in her mind, and take him with her. (Pg. 138-139)

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“Um, when you do all this, you pick the parents—the pollen plant, the seed plant. Deliberate selection, for specific characteristics.”

Her blue eyes, Harper’s brown. His patience, her impulse. What would you get?

“Right. You’re trying to cross them, to create something with the best—or at least the desired characteristics—of both.”

His temper, her stubbornness. Oh God. “People don’t work that way.”

“Hmm.” He turned to his computer, keying data into a file. “No, guess not.”

“And with people, they can’t always—or don’t always—plan it all out like this. They don’t get together and say, hey, let’s hybridize.” (Pg.293)


 Needless to say that I enjoyed every bit of reading this novel and I am extremely inspired by her writing.

Indian Miniature Painting (2)

Many paintings are from Sanskrit and folk literature …

The subjects of these miniature paintings are in relation to the subjects of the manuscripts mostly religious and literary. Many paintings are from Sanskrit and folk literature. It is on the subject of love stories.

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IMG_2366 - CopyRagini Gauri: Malwa, Central India, C 1700 CE

IMG_2379 - CopyA Lady with Attendants: Rajasthani, Bikaner, Late18th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2381 - CopyPrincess Enjoying a Pleasure Party: Rajasthani, Bikaner, Early 18th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection 

IMG_2387 - CopyThe escape of Rani Rupmati with Bajbahadur: Rajasthani, Jaipur, 19th century CE

IMG_2395 - CopyBalaji Bajirao alias Nanasaheb Peshwa: Deccani, Satara, Copy made in 1854 at Satara

IMG_2399 - CopyRagini Vasant: Deccani, Hyderabad, c. 1725 CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2401 - CopyRagini Jogia Asavari:  Deccani, Hyderabad, c. 1725 CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2423 - CopyShiva Parvati: Pahari, Guler, Late 18th century CE

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Photographed at CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA 
(THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA)

Indian Miniature Painting (1)

The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork …

 

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The earliest surviving miniature paintings are on palm leaves from the 10th century and on paper from the 14th century. The highlight of these paintings is the intricate and delicate brushwork, which lends them a unique identity. The colors are handmade, from minerals, vegetables, precious stones, indigo, conch shells, pure gold and silver. With the advent of the Mughals in the mid 16th century, the subjects of miniature paintings included portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna.

 

IMG_2297 - CopyBuddha and Goddess Marichi: Folios from manuscript of Prajnaparmita, Palm leaf, Pala Style, Eastern India, 12th century C.E.

IMG_2321 - CopyThe Devotee Offering His Daughter to the Clouds in Marriage: An illustrated folio of Anwar-i-Suhayli, Chapter IV, Story 12, Mughal, c. 1575 CE

IMG_2331 - CopyPortrait of an unknown nobleman:  Mughal, Delhi, c. 1675 CE

IMG_2335 - CopyPortraits of Begams: Mughal, 19th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

IMG_2337 - CopyTajmahal from the river side: Painting on Ivory, Mughal, Delhi, Early 20th century CE, Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection

  IMG_2352 - CopyLadies Enjoying Huqqa: Rajasthani, Bundi, Mid-18th century CE

IMG_2354 - CopyLadies Passing their time on the terrace:  Rajasthani, Bundi, Late18th century CE

IMG_2358 - CopyManabhava of Radha and Krishna: Rajasthani, Kishangarh, Mid-18th century CE

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Photographed at CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA 
(THE PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM OF WESTERN INDIA)

Art (2)

Some more photographs of KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

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img_2576-copy-copy A stall with exceptional creative work

Ride on the ROCKING HORSE

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img_2637-copyPosing for a modelling portfolio, at the backdrop: Installation – Time Pause based on the special theory of relativity. Artist – Krittika Jain, Dev Moorjani, Nihar Salia

WishLoom: Made from textile waste by the local craft community of Anjar.  img_2641-copy

Some fun time …

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 – Art (1)

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is held in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a nine days long festival, held in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India; this festival always commences on the first Saturday of February.

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Friends posing for a selfie, at the backdrop is the installation Ashva

Ashva is the Sanskrit word for a horse, one of the significant animals finding references in the Vedas as well as later Hindu scriptures.  This installation is done with hanging charcoal. Charcoal has been used since earliest times for a large range of purposes. This hanging installation depicts the qualities of horse and indicates movement. 

The Cube of Hope: Artist – Abha Talesara

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This installation is inspired from the Cube Personality test where each of the elements represent an aspect of one’s personality. For example the horse represents the spirit while the cube represents the ego. The particular way in which the elements are set in this installation is representation of the artist’s personality.

Topiary of Kalaghoda: Artist-  Rinkal Pravin Chheda

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Topiary is the ancient art of clipping shrubbery and trees into shapes.

Dhai Chaal ki Gati: Artists – Anushka Karnawat, Chirag Agarwal  (cagarwal56@gmail.com), Kavin  Rao, Parth Parikh, Vaishali Kataria

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‘Dhai Chaal ki Gati’ or ‘The Speed of the Knight’ (the character represented by a horse’s head in the game of Chess) is our take on the theme of this year’s Kalaghoda Art Festival: The Speed of Light.

An abstract idea that combines the mathematical expression of the speed of light  (3.0 x 108 m/s) with the checkered pattern of a chess board to create an installation that aims to commemorate the return of Kalaghoda.

When viewed from the front, one can see the three legs of the number ‘3’ which can be used to sit upon. The next part of the expression, ‘x’, is stretched to form a slide and with a step at its base. Further on , ‘10 raised to the power of eight’,  is symbolised by the ten steps leading to reach the massive high, ‘8’, from which one can enjoy everything that the Kalaghoda promenade offers from an elevated view point. The last part of the equation, ‘m/s’ becomes a low seating. When viewed from the designated ‘x’ mark one can experience the mathematical expression unfold.