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Banyan tree

The material for this post was shared by my dad during a family trip to India 10 years ago 🙂

Banyan trees have special significance in Asian countries.

Vines drop down from branches and join and grow into the trunk, thereby enlarging the tree.

This results in a sturdy tree with thick roots.


This tree is significant because of the importance of family in Eastern cultures.

As children grow up, marry, and have children, they’re not just starting new homes, but enlarging the family. Staying connected.



Traditional Indian clothing

Indian clothes range from the practical to the gorgeous. All types of colors, patterns and textures can be found. Here are some of the most common types of Indian clothing.

Women’s Garments

The Sari
~Worn with a blouse, it is a long strip of cloth wrapped and tucked around the body.

It can be tied many different ways.

The Choli
~Long, flowing skirt and top, worn with a dupatta, or scarf.

The Salwar Kameez
~Loose pants and a tunic-style top, also worn with a dupatta.

Men’s Garments

The Lungi
~ A tube of cloth wrapped around the lower body that can be tucked up into “pants” for work.

The Sherwani
~Long jacket worn with loose fitting pants that tighten at the lower leg

The Turban
~Can be wrapped many different ways. Popular among the Sikhs.

Some of the finest and most beautiful Indian clothing is demonstrated at weddings.

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia

Star of India

This 563.35 carat diamond was stolen from the Hall of Gems in the Natural History Museum of New York in 1964. It was the only gem in the collection that was rigged with an alarm, but that wasn’t much help as the alarm wasn’t working at the time. The thieves scooped up $400,000 worth of jewels that night but were soon apprehended. Most of the gems, including the Star of India were recovered; however, the same can’t be said of the Eagle Diamond.

Source: Jewelry-blog


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