My wife and I are being blessed by a baby anyday now. So our relatives come over with curd and beaten rice to feed my wife.
The belief is that this will bless us with a fair child. So every one close to us will come over with curd and beaten rice and various other sweets and delicacies for the “to be” mother.
Cactus are thorny, fleshy, harsh and demand that you keep distance.
This one, however, is fleshy and soft – like butter. Got me more mesmerized when one fine summer day I saw it flower up as well. A BEAUTIFUL flower!!!
Pasni, the Weaning Ceremony is one in hundreds of celebrations in Nepal in which a child is first fed rice. Although centuries old tradition, modern science has established the fact that child’s digestive system is capable of processing solid food when they are approximately 6 months old. This is why Pasni is held when baby is 6-month-old but it is different in daughters and sons.
This ceremony is held at five months for daughters, and six months for sons. An auspicious date and time is chosen by an astrologer, usually a Hindu, and all the closest relatives are invited to witness and to celebrate. The rice is the first and easily digestible solid food baby eats. This custom varies with the variation of religion, caste and also place. Like mangolians Gurung, Magar serve with kheer which is rice cooked with milk and sugar similarly Brahmin, Kshatris also do same. Whereas myriads of dishes are prepared and served in Newar. All the dishes are served in one giant woven plate of leaves.
Baby is dressed in saffron silk cloth (although modern families will often put a diaper (nappy) on, to minimize accidents.) The baby is held by the paternal aunt while the entire family feed her or him the first taste of rice. Musicians playing traditional music can be invited to start the function at the given auspicious time. After the baby has eaten, she or he will undergo another extensive puja (worship ceremony) often led by a priest or the oldest member of the household or clan, and accompanied by chanting from ancient scriptures.
For the rest of the day, the baby is dressed in a special outfit, usually made of red velvet and embroidered with silver and golden thread. The child is offered with gifts, money by close relatives, and gold and silver ornaments by grandparents. These ornaments include heavy silver anklets (kalli) carved with dragon at both the ends to keep the bad omens away from baby. These ornaments can be handed on as heirlooms.
Pasni ceremonies have become extensively lavish these days, with large parties of not just close relatives, but also colleagues and friends being invited for the event. The guests, numbering in their hundreds, partake in a wedding-style banquet under tents, which are often catered by commercial catering agencies. They also bring gifts for the child, a new custom that has become more popular with the commercial rise of clothes, toys and other gift items targeted towards children.
Simpler ceremonies are also performed in temples dedicated to female tantric deities, with only a few relatives in attendance.
The ceremony varies from family to family as they incorporate their own long-standing family traditions.
I always used to think, what good is a wide angle lense when I can simply stitch multiple images and under-value the need to carry along a wide lens when I move around.
while I like how Nisha and the flower pot at both sides have come up, I hate how the terrace walls (which were actually STRAIGHT) come to be a ‘V’ when I tried to make the distant horizon come straight.
Moral: wide lenses cannot be replaced…
I got CRAZY when I first bought my camera with my first ever BONUS at work. I knew I bought it to take beautiful pictures, but I didn’t know where to find them.
I know I live in a beautiful place. I don’t just mean the country, I mean the very locale I live in. Its got a small hill right behind my house, a few temples, LOTS of birds moving around, nice people across the busy street buying vegetables in the late afternoon or taking brisk walks in the early mornings. I say if walking and sleeping more made people healthy, ancient folk’s life-span should have sky-rocketed (PUN intended).
So I wanted to share a few pictures of things/people around my house from my early shots. I have used a bit of PICASA and a bit of LIGHTROOM in some of them while others are plain raw shots.