Friday, June 8, 2012

Turmeric Hands

{Flashback to the Cloud Forest, or, Those First Three Months in India}






How about some India pics, eh? Back when we were freezing our tails off in the Himalayan cloud forest and the monsoon was so heavy entire mountainsides slid and pooled like overcooked baked Alaska, stranding us on our little rainforest perch for three months. We had bedbugs, everything stank of mildew, mold enveloped our shoes overnight like forgotten loaves of weeks-old bread, and there were passages of melancholia I hope not to revisit soon. Our time in Mussourie was all of those things, but it was also punctuated by moments of unfathomable happiness. It's hard to believe we've been back for a year now. 

I just made chicken curry salad in our little Brooklyn apartment and my hands are dyed yellow from the turmeric. That's what brought on the wave of India nostalgia. Turmeric hands. (The spice that stays,  my mother says.) Proust can have his madeleines. I'll stick with curry power.

Have a great weekend, pals. 

19 comments:

  1. Dear Lily:

    I would buy a book full of your musings. Especially with lots of pictures of dogs and food. Thanks for blogging, a new post will make any day better.

    Yes to curry powder over madeleines.

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  3. i tweeted you earlier when you discovered paintings from india saying please tell me more about india and here i am enjoying your words and photographs of a place i long for.

    i drink a cup of hot water, tumeric, ginger and lemon every morning first thing and sometimes i think i use curry, masala and others in almost everything.

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  4. so amazing: your photos, the food you just made, the fact you said 'eh' and aren't canadian, comparing mudslides to alaska (and still making them sound delicious? damn...).

    not so amazing: having bedbugs (duh), moldy shoes, not being able to eat the yummy food you just made.

    unrelated (sort of): i love that little yellow bird you've painted. i really hope we get to see some more of your work here soon! :)

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  5. oh, this is wonderful. i love the idea of your tumeric-stained hands. and i love these photos. goodness.

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  6. I love your birds!

    have a great weekend.

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  7. When Kevin and I first saw your pictures in this post, we said to each other, "This can't be India!" and then we read of your mercurial adventures and nodded to each other: "Yep, that's India." :)

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  8. Also, I've been looking for a good watercolor kit for travel - do you have any recommendations? Those ones pictured (in yet another of your stunning still life photos) look pretty rad.

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  9. beautiful photos and the mood you make with this post. with each of your posts. love your blog. have a wonderful day, Lily!

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  10. So glad to see India photos again. It's easy to look at them and imagine paradise, the reality is something else, but always an adventure I'm sure. The bird painting is lovely

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  11. I love when food brings about nostalgia. btw, I am digging the new blog look!

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  12. It's hard for me to imagine that incredible sounding experience. I'm actually trying to think about the bedbugs though, yikes!

    Love your bird painting!!

    xo
    cortnie

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  13. Amazing. Terrible. An interesting combination which I am pretty sure makes up some of the best adventures. (just had an adventure like myself, trying to forget parts and willing others to never leave my mind.)

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  14. Lovely painting of the yellow bird! Sounds like you had quite the adventure.

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  16. In our household we call Turmeric "manja", due to my man's Indian heritage - loved the tone of this post

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  17. WOW!So amazing shoots!The painted yellow bird is adorable!

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