KAMALAM

The lotus flower is sacred to many cultures and the pink lotus is the national flower of India.

Symbolic of purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge, serenity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth, many a child in India is called Kamala or Kamal etc, from its name Kamalam.

As it displays beauty while growing in dirtiest waters, it is thought to represent the human race.

Every portion of the lotus flower, ie. its stems, roots, seeds, petals, stamens etc, is used by Asians in food, drink, medicine and water treatment.

Buddhists weave a special robe for Buddha from the unique fabric made from the lotus plant fibres produced only in Myanmar and Cambodia.

*Friday Fictioneers is a talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt © David Stewart

INHERITANCE

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Darling, did you see this article on the smallest minority in India?

That must be the Jewish one.  They have been here for almost 2000 years.

Just understood that!

Actually, during the Indo-Pak war in 1971, it was a General of Jewish descent who carved the greatest victory in Bangla Desh area. It’s because of J.F.R.Jacob that even today we have total control of the eastern board!

Really! Information is that “the credit really goes to General Jacob’s meticulous preparations in the Indian eastern command and to the implementation by his Corps commanders”!

He was later appointed as the Governor of Goa and of Punjab.

*Lieutenant General Jack Farj RafaelJ. F. R.Jacob, PVSM (1924 – 13 January 2016) was a Jewish Indian Army officer. He was best known for the role he played in Bangladesh’s victory in the Liberation War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh. Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the war. During his 36-year career in the army, he also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. He later served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._F._R._Jacob

*Meet India‘s smallest minority, the Indian Israelis

Here’s a look at the Indian Israeli community which has been living in different parts of India for over 2,000 years.  IndiaToday.in  | Written by Neha Vashishth New Delhi, July 5, 2017 | UPDATED 14:31 IST    A +A –
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s trip to Israel holds great importance for the Israelis as well as Indian Jews who migrated from Israel. The Jewish community in India is the fourth largest in the world after Israel, Asian Russia and Iran. As PM Narendra Modi signs defence deals during his tour to Israel, let’s take a look at the ‘real’ minority community in India:
History
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Jewish refugees entered India through the sea route from Judea (Southern Palestine) and settled in India. In 1948, about 70,000 of Jews migrated to Israel after the creation of the modern state. But some of them stayed back.Israel in India: The seven main Jews groups in India:
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Photo: Newsflicks.com
  • Cochin Jews One of the first communities to settle in India, Cochin Jews entered India through sea trade route from Malabar Island and settled as traders.
  • Chennai/Madras Jews – The Madras Jews were mainly diamond businessmen and of Sephardi heritage. They migrated to Chennai in 19th century. Their main language was Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and they helped Indians by maintaining their trade relations because of their language fluency.
  • Bene Israel – Some Jews who lived in India (before partition) were called Bene Israel Jews. They mainly were from Sindh, Punjab and Pathan area. After the partition, they migrated to India and settled in Mumbai, while some of them returned to Israel. Bene Israel Jews are also known as Children of Israel and migrated 2,100 years ago in Maharashtra. About 3,500-4,000 of them still remain in Maharashtra.
  • Baghdadi Jews – This group of Jews migrated to India from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran around 250 years back.
  • Delhi Jews – Delhi’s Synagogue Judah Hyam Hall is the only place in the capital where Jews can pray and is a part of the Jewish heritage center.
  • Bnei Menashe – A community of Mizo and Kuki tribesmen in Mizoram and Manipur also emerged and are recent converts.
  • Bene Ephraim (Telugu Jews) – These Jews are known as Telugu Jews, and their existence dates back to 1981.
There are many Jewish landmarks in India which one can visit to taste the flavour of Israel in India. The landmarks exist in Kochi, Ernakulam, New Delhi, Mumbai and many more places around India.Indian Jews are eagerly looking forward for a minority status in India after PM Modi’s historic Israel visit.
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Sarah Ann Hall

MONEY PLANT

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She cut through the swathes of money plant surrounding and hiding the house. Her mother had loved to nurture it because of the belief that it brought wealth.

Folklore was that the home where it flourished would overflow with wealth. However, unless you were fortunate to procure it from an empty place, you had to ‘steal’ it from someone’s home and plant it in yours. Otherwise, it would have no effect on prosperity!

It didn’t need much care, tending to proliferate and grow profusely. Her mother would religiously rejoice in its progress.

Her mother was no longer there, but it was!

*Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. The species is a popular houseplant in temperate regions, but has also become naturalised in tropical and sub-tropical forests worldwide, including northern Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Hawaii and the West Indies, where it has caused severe ecological damage in some cases. The plant has a multitude of common names including golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy and taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill. It is sometimes mistakenly labeled as a Philodendron in plant stores.

It is known as money plant in India and Bangladesh.

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E. aureum can become a highly invasive species when introduced into tropical countries where it is not native.

In Sri Lanka it overgrows several hectares of the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary in Kandy. Having no natural enemies, it completely overgrows the forest floor as well as the trunks of trees, causing severe ecological disruption.It has also invaded the Kurulukele Forest Reserve in Kegalla, Sri Lanka and other places where it has been planted as a decorative plant, or to hold steep banks along roads. It was included in the Florida Exotic Pest Control Council’s 1999 list of invasive species.

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Sarah Potter