A vibrant, dazzling kaleidescope of elemental colours...a perfect skirt to wear during the peak of Perseids Meteor Shower* AND in homage of India's Independence Day... the saffron and green and (hints of) white and the silk paisley print...
I don't celebrate India's Independance Day as such because, although I am truly, deeply, proudly Indian and celebrate Indian festivals, follow rituals and am Hindu** [although other than the fact I don't eat beef, I'm not a practising one!], I am not from India. I was born in one country, brought up in many others (I'm an Islander) and am a proud Australian.
I respect and honour this day, my great-grandparents are from India and they left because of the struggles this brave and beautiful country faced in its quest and right to self govern and be recognised.
It shocks me that India is discounted for so many reasons. Indian civilisation dates back around 3300 BC! Through the centuries, India has given the world much of its knowledge and skills and spirituality and culture and lifestyle and activity and food and technology and science... much more. And yet... what?
Trivial but important example. The world's most recognised entertaiment celebrity, population wise, is an Indian man (the great Amitabh Bachchan, western cinema would have to combine 5 of their greats to make one of him) and yet... Dev Patel is still waiting for Hollywood -that great purveyor of equality. ha!- to come knocking. sigh.
I'll get off my soapbox now, even though the point of view is good from here... J
MORE PICS AFTER THE JUMP!
Click on these smaller images to see large view. The last image was taken just after the hail storm.
*I'm a bit of an Astro geek (-nomy and -logy) so I'm always aware of planetary activity. And oh man, we had some wild weather in Sydney today... a hail storm! In winter! Crazy! Then it just disappeared, leaving the sun to wage war with storm clouds.
**Foremost I am a global citizen and my spirituality reflects that. I think quite a few of you will understand what I mean. There are many who I feel as I do.