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blink issue:four

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blink india: In this 4th edition of blink, we showcase images of the Indian sub-continent. In the next few pages, you will see India in microcosm. Not only the amazing cultural diversity, but also its wildlife, landscape, food and religion.

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To even attempt to depict its diversity in totality is a staggering effort, so we have given you a sneak peak at this amazing country.


people More than a subcontinent, India is a state of mind. A land where both past and future co-exist simultaneously and on occasion collide. Holy men venerating their 4,000 year faith are equally adept with the rituals of modern technology. Taxi drivers make splendid tourist guides, while their cabs with a lime and chilli affixed below the grill to ward off the evil eye, are rolling museums of kitsch.

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To understand the diversity of India, words are not enough, but iconic images of these juxtapositions bring this strange, exotic and magical land alive.


flora and fauna There are many incredible animal species in India. The Bengal Tiger is the most common tiger species and numbers about half of all wild tigers worldwide. Tigers have flexible forelegs that can twist inwards, allowing them to grasp prey. The Asian elephant has been captured, tamed and worked by people for more than 4,000 years. They have a finger-like feature on the end of their trunk that can grab small items.

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Of domesticated animals, the cow has a special place in many Indians lives, even sharing their homes.


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The Indian subcontinent is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 1,250 species ranging from the beautiful Peacock, the national bird of India, to the Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker.

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It is also rich in flora, the diversity reflecting its wide range of climatic conditions. One of the most famous, the lotus flower, symbolises purity. It grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom but at night it closes and sinks underwater, rising again at dawn.


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religion

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Religion is a way of Indian life, permeating daily chores to education and politics. India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism which are followed by 25% of the world’s population.


landscape

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From the magnificent Himalayas bordering the northern boundaries, the magical charms of colourful Rajastan, through to the lush tropical south, India has amazing contrasts in its landscapes.


collection review:alex craig

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Whatever country Alex Craig visits, he manages to capture the character and details that give a place texture, light and an unmistakable stamp of uniqueness. He has visited India many times and revels in the challenge of documenting it’s colour, history and cultural dynamism. Go to www.photolibrary.com and do a photographer’s search for “Alex Craig” (search drop-down list) to view more of his work.


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food


Aloo Gobi Recipe 1 4 1 chopped lengthwise. 1 tsp. 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2 tsp. 1 tsp. Few sprigs for garnishing. 1 tbsp. A pinch

Method 1. Separate the florets from cauliflower. Wash and drain. Cut potatoes into chunks 2. Heat oil in pan, add onions and fry until translucent. Stir in ginger, garlic paste, mix in potatoes, cover to cook. 3. When potatoes are half done, add the florets, turmeric and salt. Cover and cook for a few minutes until cooked. Add the rest of the dry powders and mix in well. 4. Garnish with coriander leaves, serve hot with bread, rice, rotis or as a side dish.

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Ingredients Cauliflower         Potatoes             Onion               Ginger,Garlic paste Tumeric             Cumin Powder        Coriander Powder    Red Chilli Powder   Garam Masala        Coriander           Oil                 Salt               

North and South what’s the difference? South Indian cuisine is mainly roasted and steamed with rice forming the basis of every meal. It contains more ground masalas which includes coconut, red chillies, coriander and other whole spices including mustard and curry leaves. The popular dishes from Kerala are appams (rice pancakes) and thick stews. North Indian cuisine is mainly gravies and powdered masalas, using tomatoes, onion, cumin and garlic. A typical meal would consist of rotis or chapatis accompanied with rice, dal, fried vegetables, curries, chutney and pickles.


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