Symmetry in Nature – What a Wonder?

Symmetry in nature – what a wonder?!

This little plant (in the front yard) caught my attention as I was rushing to pack the kids up in the car to take them to Tamil School today morning. I paused for a second to admire the symmetry and felt compelled to take a picture of it.

Adi gave me a stern look and said: “Amma, You have been nagging us all morning to get ready and get in the car. Now you stand there enjoying that silly little plant and then clicking pictures of it. Get in the car – NOW.”

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. – Herbert Read

I got in the car and then proceeded to give the kids one of my long lectures. The topic was “stop & enjoy the little things in life”.

What little thing did you enjoy today? A leaf, a plant, a fruit, a conversation, a smile, a hug, some hot chai. What was it?

Karthikai Deepam

Karthikai Deepam or Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu specially Tamils Festival of Lights. The festival is observed in most Hindu homes and every temple, and falls in the month of Kārttikai (mid-November to mid-December) as per Tamil calendar.

Maa Vilakku (Rice Flour Lamp) is made during special occasions such as aadi velli,purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.

Maa Vilakku is a special lamp made with freshly ground rice flour and jaggery kneaded together as a dough with a dent in the middle where we pour ghee, place the wick(thiri) and lit the lamp.

Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan Mavu Vilakku for Karthigi Deepam - 1 - Ambal Balakrishnan