Monday, April 20, 2009

Basant Bahar- Spring blooms

The desert has come alive with the blooming wildflowers and trees. Some years the blooms are more abundant than others, and I think this year was one such year. The weather has also been beautiful lately, with really nice-long-cool evenings, just the right weather to enjoy outdoors.

In pictures is Palo Verde (pal-oh ver-dee) which is Arizona's official state tree

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Foothills - Pushkar

Truly rang rangeela Rajasthan….

I wish I was there again, sitting on the lake shore, listening to folk music, indulging in my favorite pastime-people watching, sipping endless cups of tea with maybe …some somosas….yumm!

Well, I am in another desert as far away as possibly can be!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

PHENOMENAL WOMAN- that's me.....

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when
I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.

I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

from-- And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Pictures of some phenomenal women from my last trip to India -September 2008.