A vivid lighthouse standing high on the rocks, among the thick greeny palm trees always wavering to the coastal winds…
and seeing the natural-force of tides beating against those ages-old rocks, soaking the pristine grey sands beside,
and the water splashes and its plentiful droplets flying around forming a little white aura over the waves…
that is such an easing sight for me any day, regardless of morning or evening.
— That is the view of Kovalam lighthouse at the beach – a landmark with a touristic history.
The sand stories goes on… Humid airs survive in the sun there,
hot winds shapes and cooks the wavy, sandy landscape – day and night,
the season is fast approaching year after year, a great reminder of heat and suffering,
sometimes with comforting small oases between the arid sands…
The giant white fireball shone bright-white
over the mighty mountains and the endless fjords,
in this mid-winter seasonal winds across an edge of Arabian gulf,
which saw centuries old history and still willing to witness many more…
Times with bright and fragrant blooms makes lasting marks in my mind.
They are petals of happiness and freshness, full of nature and life.
Nature’s patterns are unique and complex; yet, so beautiful to our senses.
Man mimics them onto a commercial product or an art or design, for lucrative benefits,
Sometimes leaving behind the real beauty of nature in their fast racing-lives,
Forgetting it or even gets negligent of it… What a loss!
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Here are some shots I caught when I was with them:
As the circle of years revolve round and round, it’s that time of the year–
when a year gives its way for the birth of yet another year,
when the whole world celebrate this in the hours of this turn
in a spectacular display of fire lights to amaze the senses;
though it is only for the humans, and not the millions of species of–
animals, birds, insects, fishes or the plants, known and unknown!
As we held some brightly colored redcurrants–which comes from the gooseberry family,
native to Western Europe, a relative of blackcurrant, tart flavoured, with minute sweetness,
used in jams, jellies and wines. It’s fat-free, cholestrol-free. Great source of vitamin C
and antioxidants. It also has great health benefits–in the area of immunity,
helps heart-diseases, prevents stroke etc. Read more about its benefits here.
Well, now a bit of copper story… about copper coins and a very briefed history of the UAE currency-coins.
UAE has seen quite a number of currencies at least for the last 2500 years,
since the days of Greek currency known as ‘Darkham’ which prevailed then–it was during
the era of Alexander the Great. Then Islam spread through Oman and brought Islamic coins
made of gold and silver. Then came French coins of Austrian origin, Ottoman coins, and
Bargash paisa made by the Duke of Zanzibar.
Later the British-Indian Rupee was in use. When India gained its independence on August 15, 1947,
the new government replaced the British-Indian currency with Indian ones.
India allowed UAE and the Gulf countries (Middle East) to use its rupee as the currency,
and UAE continued to use the Indian rupee.
The Gulf Rupee saw reduced value afterwards, which affected adversely on trades and cost of living.
Gulf countries abandoned the Rupee and started using Saudi Riyal and Bahraini Dinar.
After the UAE Federation came into being, the dirham, which is the currency today,
began to be used in the country from May 19, 1973.
Posting to these memes:
NF Inspiring Photography – Catching the light
Weekly Writing Challenge: Multimedia Storytelling – The Daily Post at WordPress.com
Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress.com
Tones on Tuesday
P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday
Journey of UAE currency – Khaleej Times
Further reading: History of UAE Currency (Book), by Emirati Researcher and writer Mutaz Mohammed Osman
A bird in orange color with black and white wings, and having a slightly long beak.
It has a distinctive crown made of feathers. It’s the Hoopoe.
It’s also the national bird of Israel.
I sighted one of them in Khorfakkan, UAE.
The Holy Book of Muslims – the Quran – is believed as a revelation from God (Allah سبحانه و تعالى), and thus this sacred text is highly revered
across Muslim communities all over the world.
It is widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language. The language of the Quran has been described as ‘rhymed prose’
as it shares both poetry and prose – it is more poetic in some parts and more prose-like in others.
Quran was verbally revealed from Allah سبحانه و تعالى in the year AD 609 to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – the Messenger of Allah سبحانه و تعالى -
at the age of 40, through the Angel Jibril عليه السلام (Gabriel), gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, to the year of his death.
Shortly after the Prophet’s death, the Quran was collected by his companions using written Quranic materials and everything that had been
memorized of the Quran. Later, as years progressed, many copies of the same text were made and popularized around the globe.
It is the completion of a series of divine messages that started with the messages revealed to the first man of the mankind – Prophet Adam, and
ended with the last Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Quran has familiarity with major narratives recounted in the Jewish and Christian Holy Books
(Torah & Bible).
Holy Quran was revealed in the Holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic month during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Reciting the Quran
is regarded as a holy and rewarding act, which can be seen more than any other month. When the spirit is right, Muslims spend time reciting the Quran
with reverent love, ardent devotion, and zeal. In this month Muslims greet each other saying Ramadan Kareem, which literally means ‘generous Ramadan’.
The Quran is a miracle from Allah سبحانه و تعالى that it is protected by Allah سبحانه و تعالى from distortion or corruption until the end of the world.
Not one word of its 114 surahs (chapters) has been changed over the centuries since 7th century. The Quran is in every detail the same unique text
that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ over fourteen centuries ago.
This is not all. What I’m noted here is only a very small peek. In fact it is said that if someone want to write about the whole of Quran,
he wouldn’t finish it even if he uses all the trees on Earth as his pens and all the drops of oceans as ink!
This post is dedicated to the Desert Wings Challenge #7 “Ramadan Kareem”, which is actually a late-post from me. Any ways, I had decided to post
and not to miss my dear team’s challenges, I tried this. And for this challenge, I thought there is no other better subject than the Quran.
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Am old and aged, in the shades of grey, with very basic looks and needs for a vehicle.
I don’t travel much nowadays, but I have gone enough in my youth years. I’m taking rest;
Occasionally I go to the neighboring towns and villages… That doesn’t mean I’m weak.
I may not have modern niceties in my racks, for my drivers and travelers. But…
I’m still a strong and willing Fiat. I can tour long roads and make road-trips happen.
The mere mention of the spot Manali brings me fresh reflections of tall and beautiful pine trees,
masking the large ice-capped mountains in the backdrop, that shapes borders with skies and-
the pure white clouds… Oh, there are so much there that I couldn’t capture in my frame,
like those lively apple trees beside the roadways, or the valley homes with gardens, farms,
and its lovely people.The whole scenery truly amazes every travel-lovers!
… Then I thought why not add some more photos from Manali !
A mountain-side road beside the endless stretch of mountain-stream overlooking a row of mountains:
Conical forests of Manali. God knows what lives live in it !
Homes beside the road, near the valleys:
I saw it from a small distance… the orange tinge moving to the tune of the riverine wind;
I was luckily possessed with my cam at this moment, and I instantly zoomed into the little shining wings.
It clung to a long grass leaf strand, touching only its claws, making a perfect clasp so casual…