Readers’ wildlife photos

January 14, 2021 • 8:00 am

Reader “Sherfolder” sent some lovely street photos from India. The captions are indented, and you can click the photos to make them bigger. These really make me want to get back there!

The first two photos are from Rishikesh, a man sitting on banks of the river Ganges and the Hanuman Temple.

This photo shows a farmer transporting load of leaves of meetha neem (Murraya koenigii) also known as curry tree. It is widely used in Indian cuisine as a spice, even though it has nothing directly to do with the preparation of curry.

The next one shows a cattle herder giving her buffalos a short rest at a bus stop.
The following photos show people staying overnight at the train station of New Delhi, residents of a village in Rajasthan I met on a Sunday morning, cleaners of the Amber Fort in Jaipur, local visitors to the Jodphur Palace, flower sellers, and finally the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. Beautiful photos!


      The word “curry” comes from the South Indian name for the curry tree (“kari” = black)

      The leaves are called curry because they have a blackish color and the word for this plant in South Indian languages is “black neem” or “black leaf.” The word for black in South Indian languages is “kari.”

      It is a key ingredient in south indian curries (stews, salads, etc.) and the name curry itself comes from this. (Google the etymology of curry)

      1. Thank you very much for these interesting references. I did not know about these semantic roots. It seems to me that the etymology of the name curry reflects the complexity of Hinduism in miniature.
        India is such a terrific country.

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