Queen Nandini’s Yummy Fruit of the Day Challenge: Apples


This is my second challenge. Seeing that there is no challenge on fruits I decided to start one. Fruits are one of the things that we humans need to eat in order to live a balanced life.

How Does It Work?

This Fruit of the Day challenge is a daily challenge.

Be creative and challenge yourself.

Last but not least, ENJOY and have FUN.

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My fruit of the day today are apples. An apple is a sweet, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.

Cultivar that yield their crop in the summer include ‘Gala’, ‘Golden Supreme’, ‘McIntosh’, ‘Transparent’, ‘Primate’, ‘Sweet Bough’, and ‘Duchess’; fall producers include ‘Fuji’, ‘Jonagold’, ‘Golden Delicious’, ‘Red Delicious’, ‘Chenango’, ‘Gravenstein’, ‘Wealthy’, ‘McIntosh’, ‘Snow’, and ‘Blenheim’; winter producers include ‘Winesap’, ‘Granny Smith’, ‘King’, ‘Wagener’, ‘Swayzie’, ‘Greening’, and ‘Tolman Sweet.’

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a common English-language proverb of Welsh origin. It espouses the folk-wisdom that apple consumption (or consumption of fruits and vegetables in general) has identifiable health benefits.

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Animal of the Day: Nandi the Bull

Here is my fourth entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog https://idahobluebird50.com/2019/09/18/aotd-september-18-2019/

Nandi is the gate-guardian deity of Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva. He is usually depicted as a bull and he also serves as Shiva’s mount. According to Saivite siddhantic tradition, he is considered as the chief guru of eight disciples of Nandinatha Sampradaya, namely, Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana, Sanatkumara, Tirumular, Vyagrapada, Patanjali, and Sivayoga Muni, who were sent in eight different directions, to spread the wisdom of Shaivism. The word Nandi has come from the Tamil root word, Nandhu which means to grow, to flourish, or to appear, which was used to indicate growing or flourishing of white bulls, as well as divine bull Nandi. The Sanskrit word nandi has the meaning of happy, joy, and satisfaction, the properties of divine guardian of Shiva- Nandi. Almost all Shiva temples display stone-images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine. Agamas describe him in a zoo-anthropomorphic form, with the head of bull and four hands, with antelope, axe, mace, and abhayamudra. In his mount form, Nandi is depicted as a seated bull in all Shiva temples, all over the world. This form has been found even in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia.

The white color of the bull symbolizes purity and justice. Symbolically, the seated Nandi towards sanctum in Shiva temples, represents an individual jiva (soul) and the message that the jiva should always be focused on the Parameshwara.

From the yogic perspective, Nandi is the mind dedicated to Shiva, the absolute. In other words, to understand and absorb light, the experience, and the wisdom is Nandi, which is the guru within.



























You Can Run but You Definitely Can’t Hide from Karma


Four Romanian nationals are accused of stealing from temples in six American states, including Georgia.

Three Metro Atlanta Hindu Temples were targeted by thieves in broad daylight back in May, according to the FBI.

Now, four Romanian nationals are accused in the thefts as part of a nationwide crime spree.

Valer Iazmin Varga, Robert-Aura Adam, Ana-Loredana Adam and Stela Patricia Varga, are charged with conspiracy to transport stolen goods.

According to authorities, the four walked into the Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple in Cumming on May 16th.

The four pretended to be tourists. While one man distracted staff members, the other three stole jewelry worth more than $15,000.

The next day, the four traveled 50 miles to the south, and hit the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale.

“I was just here at this spot, only 30 minutes before. I went to eat lunch downstairs. A number of our trustees talked to them,” said Sheela Lingam, the temple President.

Lingam says she remembers the four as being polite and cordial.

They seemed interested in learning about the Hindu culture.

But it was all a rouse, according to federal prosecutors.

“These defendants posed as tourists and allegedly stole gold and money from places of worship,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “They exploited their victims’ customs of receiving visitors with open arms in their temples and religious centers, and also allegedly involved their minor children in their theft scheme.”

The FBI says the four suspects hit Buddhist and Hindu Temples in six states from May to June.

According to a federal affidavit, the four also visited a temple in Lilburn, but it’s unclear if anything was stolen.

They’re all in federal custody.

“Even employees got scared,” Lingam said, “so we talked to everyone and told them we will put in safety measures.”

Those safety measures include increased security and surveillance at the temple in Riverdale.

All guests must now present their driver’s license upon entering.

“It’s not a normal process for us. But it’s become a normal process now,” said Lingam, “we don’t have a choice.”


One Liner Wednesday: Same Thing

This is my my sixth post for Linda’s One Liner Wednesday Challenge. This week’s challenge is Life is Short or just random funny and inspirational one liners. Here’s a link to Linda’s blog

One-Liner Wednesday – Same thing

Some pictures of same things Quotes



Some Same Thing Quotes

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

~ Unknown

“A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.”

~ Thomas Hobbes

“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”

~ Doris Day

“There have been struggles and challenges that I have faced that few know about but I hope will help others going through the same thing.”

~ Ginger Zee

“Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not.”

~ Michael J. Fox

“Unless you’re involved with thinking about what you’re doing, you end up doing the same thing over and over, and that becomes tedious and, in the end, defeating.”

~ Sol LeWitt

“Design, whether it’s on your body or in your home, is the same thing.”

~ Blake Lively

“Everyone I went to school with went to university, or took a year off and then went, and that was the norm – so I did the same thing.”

~ Stacey Farber

“It gets tiring, doing the same thing everyday.”

~ Ajay Devgan

“To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.”

~ Herodotus

Animal of Day Challenge: Garuda the Eagle

Here is my third entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog https://idahobluebird50.com/2019/09/17/aotd-bobcat-september-17-2019/

Garuda is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. He is the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha respectively. Garuda is described as the king of birds and a kite-like figure. He is shown either in zoomorphic form (giant bird with partially open wings) or an anthropomorphic form (man with wings and some bird features). Garuda is generally a protector with power to swiftly go anywhere, ever watchful and an enemy of the serpent. In Hinduism, Garuda is a divine eagle-like sun bird and the king of birds. He is described to be the vehicle mount of the Hindu god Vishnu, and typically they are shown together. Garuda, also referred to as Garula, are golden-winged birds in Buddhist texts. In Buddhism, the Garuda are enormous predatory birds with a wingspan of 330 yojanas. In Jainism, Garuda is a yaksha or guardian for Shantinatha. Garuda is portrayed as a human figure with wings and a strand-circle.


BOTD September 17, 2019: The National Birds of both of my countries

This is my fourth post on the Bird of the Day Photo Challenge and it’s in response to the Bird of the Day Challenge by Granny Shot It. Here’s the link to her blog https://grannyshotit.photo.blog/2019/09/17/botd-september-17-2019-blue-herons/


The Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus) was designated as the national bird of India in 1963. Vividly colorful and exuding oodles of grace, the Indian Peafowl commands a lot of attention. The peacock and its colors are synonymous with Indian identity. It is indigenous to India and Sri Lanka, but now features in countries all over the world. Peacocks are sometimes domesticated and kept in the garden for aesthetic purposes. The peacock has been a prominent feature in Indian literature as its resplendent beauty is a source of inspiration for many. In popular legends, when the peacock displays its glorious plume, it’s a sign of rain.  They have iconic status as the carrier animal of the Hindu god Kartikeya. Lord Krishna was always depicted with a peacock feather in his headdress. In Buddhist philosophy the peacock represents wisdom. The peacock and its feather motifs are prominent features in Mughal architecture. The peacock and the peacock feather is still a popular motif to be used in logos, textile patterns as well as designs.


The bald eagle was designated the national bird of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress gave Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams the job of designing an official seal for the new nation. However, the three Founding Fathers failed to come up with a design that won Congress’ approval, as did two later committees that were given the task. In mid-June 1782, the work of all three committees was handed over to Charles Thomson, the secretary of Congress. Thomson chose what he thought were the best elements of the various designs and made the eagle—which had been introduced by artistically inclined Pennsylvania lawyer William Barton in a design submitted by the third committee—more prominent. (Since ancient times, the eagle has been considered a sign of strength; Roman legions used the animal as their standard, or symbol.)

Color Your World: Burnt Sienna

This is my fifth entry for Tourmaline’s Color Your World Challenge and this week’s color is Burnt Sienna. I hope y’all enjoy reading my post. Here’s a link to Tourmaline’s blog https://tourmalinenow.com/2019/09/17/color-your-world-burnt-sienna-3/

Movies/Albums with Burnt in the Title

1.) Burnt (2015)

2.) Burnt Offerings (1995)

3.) Burnt Money (2000)

4.) Burnt by the Sun (1994)

5.) Burnt Sugar (2018)

6.) Burnt (1969)

Movies/Albums with Sienna in the Title

1.) Sienna (2010)

2.) Sienna (1989)

3.) Sienna’s Choice (2016)

Movies/Albums with Burnt Sienna in the Title

1.) Burnt Sienna (2003)

2.) Burnt Sienna (1970)

TV Shows with Burnt in the Title

1.) Burnt (In Production)

TV Shows with Sienna in  the Title

1.) Toyota sienna commercial (TV Mini-Series 2014)

TV Show Episodes with Burnt Sienna in the Title

1.) The Pied Piper of Taz-Mania/The Treasure of the Burnt Sienna (1994)

People named Sienna

1.) Sienna Miller

2.) Sienna Guillory

3.) Saint Catherine of Siena

4.) Pedro Sienna

5.) Sienna Kompany

6.) Sienna Morris

Streets named Burnt

1.) Burnt Creek Ct, North Decatur

2.) Burnt Street, Black

3.) Burnt Street, Nunawading

4.) Burnt Road, Belgrade

5.) Old Burnt Store Rd N, Cape Coral

6.) Burnt Street, Seaforth

Streets named Sienna

1.) Sienna Street, Kraków

2.) Sienna Street, Lublin

3.) Sienna Street, Oceanside

4.) Sienna Street, Mesa

5.) Sienna Street, Mississauga

6.) Sienna Street, Kitchener

Streets named Burnt Sienna

1.) Burnt Sienna St, Paradise

2.) Burnt Sienna Street, Henderson

3.) Burnt Sienna Street, Las Vegas

4.) Burnt Sienna Drive, Madison

5.) Burnt Sienna Circle, Naples

6.) Burnt Sienna Dr, Middleton

News/Media Companies named Burnt Sienna

1.) Burnt Sienna Production

Burnt Songs

1.) “Burnt” by Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, A-Plus, Tajai & Opio

2.)  “Burnt Out Star” by Pond

3.) “Burnt The Sawmill Down” by Keith Whitley released by Aaron Lewis

4.) “Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day” by ESCAPE-ISM

5.) “Burnt Out Car” by Saint Etienne

6.) “Burnt” by The Silent Partner

Sienna Songs

1.) “Song for Sienna” by Brian Crain

2.) “Sienna’s Song” by Geoff Sewell

3.) “Sienna’s Song” by Museum of Fire

4.) “Sienna’s Song” by B-Eazy

5.) “Sienna’s Song” by Catherine Macdonald

6.) “Sienna” by Aether

Burnt Sienna Songs

1.) “Burnt Sienna” by Margaret Urlich

2.) “Burnt Sienna” by Walls

3.) “Burnt Sienna and Avocado” by Emperor Penguin

4.) “Burnt Sienna” by 2nd Outlet

5.) “Burnt Sienna Blues 7” by Sweet Knives

6.) “Burnt Sienna” by Mallet Speak

Burnt Quotes

“There are also always those burnt, hard kernels at the bottom that don’t pop. You know why they don’t pop? They don’t pop because they have integrity.”

~ Marc Maron

“Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume.”

~ Dolly Parton

“Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum?”

~ Christopher Marlowe

“I remember my first ‘Sports Illustrated’ shoot was with the photographer Walter Iooss, and Julie Campbell was the editor, and we were at the president of Mexico’s private house in Cancun – this was before anything else that’s now in Cancun even existed. And they told me to get a tan, so I spent all morning in the sun, and I was burnt.”

~ Christie Brinkley

Sienna Quotes

“Sienna, meet Zacharel. He’s a warrior angel for the One, True Deity. Zacharel, meet Sienna. She’s mine.”

~ Paris

“That works fine for me . . . Sienna Lauren Snow.”

~ Sienna

“Damn, but I like making out with you Sienna. Let’s do it again tomorrow.”

~ Hawke

“Oh, Sienna.” She stroked her hand over the girl’s hair, even as her mind worked at piercing speed. “Has it been cumulative?”

~ Sascha

Burnt Sienna Quotes

“Burnt Sienna. That’s the best thing that ever happened to Crayolas.”
~ Ken Weaver

“My palette contains a warm and cool of each primary, plus four modifiers: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Blue-Violet and Phthalo Yellow-Green just mix as I go for each painting.

~ Matt Smith

“Crayola makes all kinds of crazy colors. You know. Burnt umber. Burnt sienna. Blanched almond. Baby-shit yellow. And so on, and so forth. I’m just saying, cockroaches Have their own color. It’s distinct. Crayola should get on that. The kids’ll love it.”

~ Chuck Wendig

“Border – shades of vermillion, raw sienna, and burnt umber that would grow bolder and more vibrant with the strengthening.”

~ Michelle Isenhoff

Burnt Sienna Pictures





My Sixth Flower of the Day Challenge Post

This is my sixth photo challenge post for the Flower of the Day Challenge and it’s in response to the Flower of the Day Challenge by Cee Neuner Here’s the link to her blog https://ceenphotography.com/flower-of-the-day-fotd-challenge/ 

FOTD – September 17, 2019 – Blackberry Blossoms


I chose six pictures of blackberry blossoms. The first three pictures are of beautiful Himalayan blackberry blossoms and the last three pictures are of blackberry blossoms that I have seen around my beautiful and beloved State of Georgia.


This is a picture of a beautiful flower that I saw when I was walking on the street earlier this morning. Isn’t it so beautiful?

Queen Nandini’s Yummy Fruit of the Day Challenge: Mangoes


This is my second challenge. Seeing that there is no challenge on fruits I decided to start one. Fruits are one of the things that we humans need to eat in order to live a balanced life.

How Does It Work?

This Fruit of the Day challenge is a daily challenge.

Be creative and challenge yourself.

Last but not least, ENJOY and have FUN.

Create a Yummy Fruit of the Day post

  1. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos and post, title your blog post “Queen Nandini’s Yummy Fruit of the Day Challenge” or “YFOTD” tag.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

I usually will respond to your entry on your blog, rather than on my page.

Still have questions? Please Contact Me

My fruit of the day today are mangoes. I chose mangoes because mangoes are the state fruit for the state and country that my beloved parents were born in and I’m thinking about India and its state of Andhra Pradesh.

Mangoes are juicy stone fruit (drupe) from numerous species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant genus Mangifera, cultivated mostly for their edible fruit. The English word “mango” (plural “mangoes” or “mangos”) originated from the Malayalam word māṅṅa (or mangga) via Dravidian-Tamil (mankay as man for mango tree and kay for fruit, or maangaay) during the spice trade period with South India in the 15th and 16th centuries. The earliest known reference to the cultivation of mangoes can be traced to India up to 2000BCE.

The majority of these species are found in nature as wild mangoes. The genus belongs to the cashew family Anacardiaceae. Mangoes are native to South Asia,  from where the “common mango” or “Indian mango”, Mangifera indica, has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the tropics. Other Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango, Mangifera foetida) are grown on a more localized basis.

Mangoes are generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the flesh varies across cultivars; some have a soft, pulpy texture similar to an overripe plum, while others are firmer, like a cantaloupe or avocado, and some may have a fibrous texture.

It is the national fruit of India and Pakistan, and the national tree of Bangladesh. It is also the state fruit of the Indian States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is the unofficial national fruit of the Philippines. A fleshy fruit, eaten ripe or used green for pickles etc., of the tree Mangifera indica, the mango is one of the most important and widely cultivated fruits of the tropical world. Its juicy fruit is a rich source of Vitamins A, C and D. In India there are over 100 varieties of mangoes, in different sizes, shapes and colours. Mangoes have been cultivated in India from time immemorial. The poet Kalidasa sang its praises. Alexander savoured its taste, as did the Chinese pilgrim Hieun Tsang. Mughal emperor Akbar planted 100,000 mango trees in Darbhanga, Bihar at a place now known as Lakhi Bagh.

In 2017, global production of mangoes (report includes mangosteens and guavas) was 50.6 million tonnes, led by India with 39% (19.5 million tonnes) of the world total.


Some different types of Indian Mangoes



Sahdev Dave, Mango Still Life Painting

Animal of Day Challenge: Lord Krishna’s Favorite Animal

Here is my second entry for BettyLouise’s, IdahoBlueBird50 Mysteries Blog, Animal of the Day (AOTD) challenge. Here is the link to BettyLouise’s blog https://idahobluebird50.com/2019/09/16/aotd-challenge-kato-september-16-2019/

I chose to post a picture of the peacock that I met when I went to Austin in June this year. I’m the one that the peacock is looking at in the second picture. I was amazed that the peacock came really close to me. I was glad that I could get a picture of the peacock’s beautiful plumage. I really enjoyed my Austin trip and my family reunion celebrating the 50th Wedding Anniversary of my beloved parents.