Why this blog is called "Gallimaufry".

gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun.

Originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," "gallimaufry" comes from French galimafrée; in Old French, from the word galer, "to rejoice, to make merry"; in old English: gala + mafrer: "to eat much," and from Medieval Dutch maffelen: "to open one's mouth wide."

It's also a dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a heterogeneous mixture; a hodge-podge; a ragout; a confused jumble; a ridiculous medley; a promiscuous (!) assemblage of persons.

Those of you who know me, will, I’m sure, understand how well some of these phrases (barring the "promiscuous" bit!) fit me.

More importantly, this blog is an ode to my love for Shimla. I hope to show you this little town through my eyes. If you don't see too many people in it, forgive me, because I'm a little chary of turning this into a human zoo.

Stop by for a spell, look at my pictures, ask me questions about Shimla, if you wish. I shall try and answer them as best as I can. Let's be friends for a while....

7 March 2010

Trees grope with itch for Spring! Go on and itch, Trees, you don't know anything....








I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast.

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.

A tree that may in Summer wear,
A nest of robins in her hair.

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
Only God can make a tree.

~ Joyce Kilmer ~




4 comments:

Ranjani Mitra said...

Lovely colors of Spring....

Autar mota said...

Beautiful spring Blooms

Ravinder Makhaik said...

Spring is a season of life but somewhere in the background these opening lines from TS Eliot's - The Wasteland

Quoth

April is the cruelest of month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers

Unquoth

----- do haunt

Gallimaufry said...

Thankee, Ranjani!

Namaskar, Autar-ji, waare choo? Thanks for stopping by.

Ravinder, well said. "....mixing
Memory and desire,..." Wah!

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