There are flowers wherever one goes in India. Bowls of bright orange marigolds at the bottom of a stairwell. The Portuguese introduced marigolds to India. They are also known as "The Herb of the Sun" and are symbolic of passion and creativity. Curtains of marigolds are strung up at Hindu weddings. Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi, the ideal couple are worshiped with marigolds, hence they are auspicious at Hindu weddings, blessing the couple divine blessings and a happy and prosperous life ahead.

Surprising Insights Into My Most Popular Posts in 2015

Last year’s goal – to blog every day.

I write 256 posts – almost daily…

245-1013-A0248The most popular post is 15 Things That Happened The Year The Internet Was Born. What’s surprising about this is that it I write it in 2014 and judging by the search term results people come here because they want to know “what happened 25 years ago today” or a variation thereof into google or other search engine. It’s amazing that people want to know this all the time as this search term leads to this article 118 times in 2015.

The next most popular posts are the ones about my time in India. Again, search results leads to these posts:

The sun trying to rise and show itself through the smoke in an early winter's morning in Mumbai
The sun trying to rise and show itself through the smoke in an early winter’s morning in Mumbai

Mumbai in January 2012. A tentative sunrise in Mumbai is made a bit more interesting with the ever present smoke and pollution. This is nothing compared to the pollution in New Delhi as it once again makes news headlines for the health hazards it poses to all who visit.

 

 

The bride and groom place floral garlands on each other in a symbol of the connection of marriage
The bride and groom place floral garlands on each other in a symbol of the connection of marriage

The Connection Of Marriage – Wedding Season in India – March 2015. The culmination of my trip to India is a wedding. It’s such an adventure of colour and sound. Everyone is so kind towards me and Sharon. It’s a privilege to attend this event during wedding season in India. India is a country of contrasts and colour which still makes me yearn to return as soon as I am able.

The white brilliance of the Taj Mahal
The white brilliance of the Taj Mahal

An entry into WordPress’s weekly photo challenge with the theme of Symmetry is my photo of the Taj Mahal from February 2015 even though the photo is taken in 2012 – thank you photo archives! I have written a few posts about this beautiful monument and have wonderful memories of the visit.

 

This year I aim to blog daily again. 256 posts is my current record which I want to beat.

If this post sounds stilted and weird, it is because it is an entry in WordPress’s daily prompt – Write Here, Write Now – i.e. to write a post entirely in the present tense. The subject matter is not conducive to this but it is fun anyway. How have I done?

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