Just a gallimaufry of photos ...
Skywatch from my balcony
FROM THE TRAVEL ARCHIVES
The Sheikh Saeed Heritage Village, Dubai
I am pretty sure the birds were taunting the caged cat on the porch.
Banana leaf rice (South Indian cuisine)
Banana leaf rice is essentially rice and an assortment of dishes served on a banana leaf instead of a plate.
A banana leaf meal is best enjoyed using your bare hand as it is said to heighten your senses and enhance the taste. However, forks and spoons are provided for the less adventurous.
The direction in which you fold your leaf after a banana leaf meal conveys a message. Folding inwards towards yourself shows your appreciation to the host for the meal, even if the host is the proprietor of an eatery (as shown in the image above). Folding outwards away from yourself means dissatisfaction with the food, kinda like a rating system though they are some who dispute that this is an erroneous belief. The leaf is also folded outwards during wakes as a sign of condolence to the family of the deceased.