Sunday, May 27, 2018




( Mobile photos ... Autar Mota )

The search for Lotus roots ( Nadru )  finally ended at China town . Collard Greens (Kaachhi Haak) was a Bonus .

As we come out from the   underground Canal Street Metro station , We start moving towards   China Town. This Street lies close to  Little Italy or Soho Locality . Coming closer to HSBC Building , we   try to seek help from shopkeepers .

" Which side are the vegetable shops?" I ask a smiling Chinese shop keeper selling  so many  Varieties of   dried fish ( Hogaad), dried shrimps and dried Mushrooms.

"What ? I  Don’t follow what  you say." Comes the reply.

We move ahead and speak to another Chinese boy selling Fresh  Baby Coconuts ( Full of water )  on the street.

" You understand English"
"Yeah "
"How much one Coconut?"
" Two Dollar fifty Cent ."
" Where are vegetables sold?"
" Two blocks and make a  left.  So Many  .All good ."

We move towards the suggested destination. It turns out to be a Chinese Restaurant. We feel disappointed. On footpaths ,  We see some  Afro- Americans selling low-priced goods to Tourists. Goods like key rings ,sunglasses, Purses , Bags, toys, wrist watches, caps, wall pictures etc.etc.They keep crying :

" Hey Guys. This way. This way. You gonna buy everything solid .Everything gonna cheap,Yeah  sir. Madam. You Wanna  Purse . Here go 5 dollars.”

I come closer to   a smiling man  selling caps . He has every reason to welcome us as customers.
“ Buy sir.  Madam , I gonna give good caps. Good ones . Take  home.”

“ No. Thanks. We are looking for a vegetable shop. Can you guide us ? We want to buy Vegetables.”

“ What ? Cooked dish ! ”

“ No . Raw . Fresh from farm like kohlrabi, Collard Greens, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Kale, Pumpkin, Gourd, eggplants,  Carrots , Potatoes etc etc.  We Wash . We Cut and then we put on  boil in the kitchen .We eat finally . That is what we want to buy.”

“ O ! I get it. You wanna go  fresh produce Store. Here you say vegetable,  they gonna guide you  Restaurant .They Gonna think cooked Dish.  Go One Block and make a right .  There that market ,So many shop sell fresh farm  produce. ”

We follow the suggested path and cross the footpath where chinese women were selling fruits like  double cherries, Mexican Mangoes , Apricots , Watermelons, muskmelons, pears, apples, plums and   Bananas. Suddenly we find some vegetable shops. Fresh vegetables are on display on the footpath outside  these spacious shops. We stop at  a vegetable shop.  Variety of Collard greens.  Yes Our Haak Saag in various shapes and leaf sizes.

“ What is this ? ”
“This is Jai-lan. Good  . One  Dollar fifty Cents for a pound .”
“ And that “
“Bok Choy ”
 “ Do you have lotus stem ?”
“ What? “
“ Long stem of Lotus Flower. Tubes like inside when cut.  Grows in water. Used for making Dish . In China, also  used for making  medicine . ”
“ Come  Come  . See inside the Shop.  ”
We go inside the shop. He opens a cardboard Box . Something   in Chinese is printed on the Box. As he removes the grass we find   Nadrus looking like turnips. The man looks at my face . I smile and he  smiles too.
“ No  Stem . Say Lotus Root). Say “Lian Ou ”  next time here in this market.”

I was told by a chinese family over here that they love serving lotus root in their  cuisine. They also use other lotus products like  lotus seeds, lotus leaf and lotus root powder to make different kinds of dishes and desserts.
( Autar Mota )

Eating  lotus roots raw can spread parasites or bacterial infections. Therefore, always cook( boil,  stir fry or deep fry ) lotus roots before eating or adding them to your diet.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018




( Mobile Photos..Autar Mota)

While sitting on the bank of Serene  Hudson, Urdu Poet Ghalib's  Persian Mathanavi "Charag e Dair"  or "The Lamp of the Temple" comes to my mind.

River  Ganga at  Benaras cast a spell on Ghalib when he visited the city  in 1828 on his way to Calcutta.Apart from this Mathanavi,  Ghalib expressed his admiration and love for river Ganga and Benaras in many letters  that he wrote to his friends.

In a letter to his student Miyan-Dad Khan Sayyah he wrote,

“Oh! Banaras is a unique city. What to say more about! When is such city born? At the end of my life I visited the city. If I had been young, then I would have settled there and left Delhi”

About river Ganga he writes ,

“Ibaadat khanae naqoosian ast

hama na kaabae Hindustan ast”

(Here people make sacred music from conch shells.

This truly is the Kaaba of Hindustan.)

And surely Hudson river is equally inspiring   during evenIng time. So many good thoughts and old memories cheer up  the mood as and when i come to its Banks.

(Autar Mota)

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Monday, May 21, 2018





(Mobile Photos Autar Mota  )

From November 2017 Till March 2018, this park was converted to an Ice skating Rink. We were there in November 2017 . And now in May 2018 , we found lovely turf and flowers.

Prior to November 2017, we saw a bristling Handicrfats Bazaar in the Park. We also saw  Bank of America sponsored Winter village ,Musical shows and stage performances too. The Park space is always busy and enjoyable.

Located in Midtown Manhattan, The Park is close to Times Square , the spacious New York Library is adjacent to it and Empire State Building lies at walking distance just a few blocks away . The Grand Central Terminal( Train Station ) is also close by.

Bryant Park has free WiFi, world class restrooms, and neat and smart eating joints . Surrounded by iconic skyscrapers, more than 12 million people visit this park each year .

(Autar Mota)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018




(Mobile photos..Autar Mota)

This confident little girl,  done in bronze,  faces the charging bronze  bull at wall street.  We were told  that the present Mayor of NYC   has ordered relocation of the bull and the girl. May  be at separate locations to  nearby stock Market. The purpose is   to decongest Traffic  .Both these  sculptures  located on the Broadway Traffic Median  are proving a hazard to   pedestrians and vehicular traffic .The girl may be relocated first and the charging bull may follow.

This 4 feet tall girl ( weighing around 110 kgs ) looks  impressive and fearless as she faces   the bull. She appears to be saying:

"  I am not afraid of you . I can catch you by the  horn."

Tourist are impressed by her style and fearlessness. People try  to copy her style  while standing close to her for a photograph.

Wall street is clse to American Indian Museum. It is also close
to Bowling green fence that was full of red tulips last week when we were there  . A central fountain adds grace to this Bowling  fence.

This little pony tailed  and fearless looking   girl,   representing female Business prowess(  sculpted by kristen visbal) was installed in March 2017. It was installed to encourage corporate world to put  more women on their Board. It was to be displayed for a few weeks only . But its popularity broke all records and citizens sent petitions to Mayor to keep it.  So it continues to be there. The girl looks daring with her hands on her hip and chin pointed up.

And i would say that the girl loudly proclaims that  Human mental force is always bigger than animal force.

The  Bronze charging bull was installed in 1989 after the 1987  stock market crash. It had become a symbol of american financial resilience post 1987 crash. The 11 feet tall bronze bull,  weighing 7100 pounds ,was sculpted by Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica.

(Autar Mota)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018




(Mobile Photos.. Autar Mota)

Spring has arrived in New York.  River While walking through parks and Paths , i see  Tulips and  Blooming Trees. A pleasant   Breeze welcomes me everywhere. My kashmir, My homeland  comes to my mind again and again.  I scribble..

Beyi  pherrun  Baagus  jaanawaar
Na chha shishruk gham na chha kaanh Tchalla laar
Phaetti gaash tulan beyi shor Tchopaer
Beyi  vuff ta vudav   orra yorr  Tchopaer
Me chha Basaan  daaii vassi prithvi pyath,
Parratchhien neitha-naen hi  posha kulein,
Chhakki Amrit hue  shabnam shehjaar
Sheish Gatchhi laenjji laenjji moolas moolas,
'Beyi Aav Bahaar
Beyi Aav Bahaar...'

(Autar Mota)

My English translation would be...

For Sure,
The birds shall return to the garden,
No more worries of the winter now,
None to make them fly away any more,
Once more a chirpy dawn,
once more flights in free sky;
I am hopeful
About God's personal visit to the Land ,
To spread freshness of nectar  like dew ,
On   every tormented  and naked   flowering  tree ..
And then,
 every branch ,
 every root ,
will come to know :
" Here comes the spring ,
And , Once more the spring is here.'

(Autar Mota)

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