Innocence!

For a few weeks now we had been feeding and observing this heavily pregnant village street cow, who about a week ago suddenly disappeared into the forest and became untraceable, even as we feared the worst. But to our pleasant surprise, she finally returned yesterday with her new-born stumbling and tottering alongside. The cow being … Continue reading Innocence!

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The Midsummer Bloom

Midsummer blooms on hills and vales down ridges and ravines, a splash of boundless colours now overwhelms the greens, lemon, blonde, butter, honey, canary or cream, scarlet, lilac, plum, lavender, any shade you dream. The fragrant bouquet lays a feast with nectar laden sweet, bees and wasps, flies and ants, all gather for the treat, … Continue reading The Midsummer Bloom

Selfless Shellfish!

The tide rises swiftly as ochre hues deepen, the shore then promptly comes alive, anemones and mussels, crabs and star fish, they all break into an impromptu jive, the ebb at noon that left them ashore, some in a tiny pool but most on sands dry, they buried down quick and awaited the eve, of … Continue reading Selfless Shellfish!

An En’tree’ting En’tree’

None of these! The abundantly dung-endowed, narrow, winding, mud tracks; quaint, brightly coloured houses with red-clay Mangalore-tiled roofs, each having their own coconut, betel nut, banana, mango, jackfruit, kokum, breadfruit trees, a courtyard with a cow dung floor and a tulsi vrindavan holding centre stage, compound walls of neatly stacked laterite stone with dried fern … Continue reading An En’tree’ting En’tree’

Ruminant Pursuits (Cud 2 of 2)

Grazing in luscious rolling meadows lush, the ascending heat causes a longing rush, some seek the shade of the underbrush, the wiser though seek out their afternoon slush. Making a dash for the dense chocolate mire, they pause not cause buffalo they hardly perspire, their thick dark skin desires to cool off the fire, hence … Continue reading Ruminant Pursuits (Cud 2 of 2)

Ruminant Pursuits (Cud 1 of 2)

Eager they trudge from the stifling shed, at dawn the hoofed herd pure bred, mothers and calves together they tread, grunting and nudging by a doyenne they’re led. Moseying down the known tracks rusty red, the pastures of their dreams loom up ahead, now grazing at abandon till well they’re fed, and chewing the cuds … Continue reading Ruminant Pursuits (Cud 1 of 2)

“Ca-shew” Like It!

A native of Brazil, the Cashew was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. Though the other Portuguese imports such as potatoes, tomatoes and pineapples immediately caught the fancy of the Indian palate, the cashew took some time in coming into the limelight. Basically because the cashew was brought … Continue reading “Ca-shew” Like It!