I don't know that anyone has ever asked them - but I've never seen them make a fuss...so they must be ok with it!
"I think the producers of the movie "Bride and Prejudice" had been sneaking peeks at your blog before they made the movie! We were reminded of your artful color-themed photo extravaganzas of India when we saw the movie last weekend. It's billed as "Bollywood meets Hollywood" and has some great music and dancing." --Sheila
Uh uh...good thing I put that copyright symbol on my blog, eh? Music and dancing - yup, that sounds like a Bollywood movie.
"Spectacular photos, Basia, as usual! What a delight for my mid-March-in-Rochester color-starved eyes..." --Sheila
Yes, I was thinking of you snow-bound Rochesterians when I started this series...
Did you save the best for last? Oh wait, that can't be because there is still green and red and black and white...... to do. --Donna K
Yeah - we've still got a few more colors to go...
"I love the water lilies and the pink powder (spice?) in the round tin." --Dale
"What is the pink powder? The lilies look even better in the picture than on location". --Donna K
Looks like you two have the same tastes! The powder is called rangoli powder. It comes in various colors - orange, yellow, pink, and purple. It is mixed with salt and used to create intricate designs, called rangoli, on the ground, like this:
"Any chance you can send me some of that mango cheesecake with mango sauce? It looks very enjoyable, and I imagine it would be even more so if I were able to enjoy it while watching a sunset like that one!!!" --Trina
No problem, I'll Fed Ex it right over! It tastes especially good if are wearing an orange saree with orange jasmine in your hair. . . :o)
"Those marriage wreaths-- are they real flowers? They would be beautiful on the wall. " --Shannon
Yep, they sure are. Here are a few more for you.
"You know that this is ready-to-be-published material. Serious question: Have you copyrighted it?" --Donna K
Well I did put a copyright symbol at the top of my blog - but to tell you the truth, I'm not quite sure what that means for me, or whether I need to do anything else. It seems like if someone wanted to rip off my stuff they could do it whether I had a copyright symbol or not, and I would never know it. I guess it does give me some legal recourse if I ever did find out about it?
You've heard of Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy? It's a three-book series (now also a movie), with each book named after a color: Blue, White, Red.
Introducing-- Kruszewska's Colors of India Trilogy! Except, it will be more like a "quintilogy" or maybe even "octilogy" (are those real words??) with each blog entry dedicated to one color - orange, red, yellow, pink, green, blue, etc.
I'll start with the national color of India - orange. Well it's not officially the national color, but vibrant orange seems to be everywhere, especially in clothing and flowers.
Spice vendor, Pondy Bazaar, Chennai
A sweets stand in Old Goa
Girls in various shades of orange at a wedding ceremony
Artfully arranged carrots (yes, they really are this odd orange-reddish color, not quite the orange we are used to)
Oranges on road to Rajastan
Bright-colored sarees are standard dress at the beach
Saree color-coordinated with jasmine blossoms
Flowers from garden in my previous house
Flute vendor at Mamallapuram
Dressing like the locals (in front of a salt mountain)
Flower wreaths ready for a wedding
Mango cheesecake with mango sauce at Cornucopia restaurant in Chennai
Monk at a Buddhist center in Chennai
Dancers welcoming customers to restaurant in Agra
A bird in the bush, amidst crimson blossoms, at Kodaikanal hill station
Street sweeper at a Hindu temple in Chennai, who somehow managers to be color-coordinated with the logs!
This flower vendor was making the rounds in a village on his bicycle