Praying Tree

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This lovely tree came with the plot of land that holds our houses together. Our buildings were built around it, and it continues to stand as the central part of our cluster. It shelters birds and bats in the rain and scatters sunshine through its many leafy boughs. I call it the Praying Tree because of the way its arms twist upwards, as if pleading with the sky. 😊

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Colourful Lentils

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They say Emperor Akbar was the biggest fan of the Panchratna Dal (five varieties of lentils cooked together). His Hindu wife Jodha introduced it to the royal kitchen. The lentils were tempered with spices fried in clarified butter, and this lethal combination of lentils and spices won Akbar’s heart. 😊