Veggies, Flowers, and Forbidden Love

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It’s nineteenth century. India is under British colonial rule. The high Brahmin priest Nilakantha, secretly leading Hindus to perform sacred rites forbidden by the British, rages against the foreign opression. His daughter Lakmé (French version of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity), accompanied by her servant Mallika, goes to the river to gather flowers for the forbidden ceremony. A priestess herself, Lakmé is splendidly decked out in gorgeous Indian jewellery. As a sensible girl, she doesn’t want to lose it in water, so she removes all this stuff – lots of it! – and neatly places it on a bench. Off they go into water, apparently in order to sing the famous Flower Duet (watch the two foremost Russian divas Anna Netrebko and Alina Garanca in Gala-concert):


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  1. chattykerry says:

    I will never think of a flower bouquet in the same way again. A most wonderful Valentine story, if a sad ending. Lest we forget…

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    1. Thank you so miuch for your thoughtful comment, dear Kerry.

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  2. I love the idea of the vegetable bouquet Dolly! What a sad story, but with a legacy so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Dorothy!

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  3. A tragic love story, and delicious dish.

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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  4. purpleslob says:

    Uh oh!! This is not sounding good!

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    1. Come on, veggies are good for you, and flowers are always beautiful, and two out of three is not bad!

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      1. purpleslob says:

        lol!! True, but eating beautiful flowers are even better!! 😉

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      2. Sure! Do you know that different color rose petals have different flavors if you lick them? Red roses taste raspberries – happy Valentine’s to you, my favorite purple person!

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      3. purpleslob says:

        No I didn’t!! I’ve have to try some wild ones!

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      4. Lick them, don’t chew. I don’t know about the wild ones, but red rose petals make delicious jam – dreamy!

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      5. purpleslob says:

        Ah! Licking would make a difference! Thanx for the tip!! I’ve never had that before. It sounds scrumptious!

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      6. It is, but I cannot bring myself to kill live roses by plucking petals off them to make jam. Anyway, The Boss is not allowed sugar, so there…

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      7. purpleslob says:

        You are so tender hearted! Well, whatever the Boss has too have, goes!! ❤

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      8. I am not sure I am tender-hearted, but my grandmother had drummed it into my head that flowers, trees, even grass feel pain if you hurt them. I love red roses, and I don’t hurt those I love.
        The Boss is pre-diabetic, so I put every effort into making sure it doesn’t evolve into a serious condition. it is genetic; his mother had it.

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      9. purpleslob says:

        ❤ Oh no, those genetics! gggrrr!

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      10. Yeah – grrrrr! 😻

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  5. Lulu: “This is why you should make sure to secure your jewelry in the locker room before going into the water!”
    Charlee: “I don’t think they had a locker room there …”
    Chaplin: “We think a better solution is, don’t go in the water!”

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    1. We don’t go into water. Do you, Charlee and Chaplin? Lulu probably does, doesn’t she?
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  6. A amazing story, just “in time” for the wellknown “Day of Love”. Thank you, Dolly! Have a beautiful day! Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! You too, have a wonderful day!

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      1. Thank you very much, Dolly! You as well! 🙂

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