This is almost the last post from my home in Bangalore. The packers were here yesterday.
And there are gods and flowers on the car dashboard to protect travellers.
If you are still keen to hear about life in Bangalore, and you need something to fill the drumlin-sized gap, I recommend clicking through to these blogs.
And I must plug the blog written by my friend Helen, who moved from England to California, and then to Bangalore. She writes about the exotic and the school bus on Towers Take a Trip. Get there quick, before she too leaves Bangalore.
Thursday 15 August is Independence Day in India. I am back in the UK for a holiday, so I can’t show you anything of the celebrations in Bangalore or of the Lalbagh Flower Show. Instead, here is a much more low-key post, of some flowers which I photographed in Varthur a couple of weeks ago.
I often see loose flowers for sale, in shops like this, or from roadside vendors, to be made into garlands for women’s hair, or for religious offerings. One stall in Varthur was selling roses and jasmine.
They were also selling ready-made garlands. I don’t think the ones with shiny paper are designed for temple offerings: I think they are more likely to be used to welcome people. Do my Indian readers agree? Who would wear these garlands?