Yes,it is autumn in Ireland. The weather is cooler,there is sunshine more often and there is a bright moon visible from time to time. For the time being I will ignore the blustery wind. It looks almost as if the trees are slowly catching fire ! The leaves are starting to turn colour- from a soft amber to a dark ruby red.
And in another part of the world, in India,my home, the air has also started to cool ever so slightly. The tiny harsingar flowers blooming on trees have started to spread their fragrance . Soon it will be time for Durga Puja- a big celebration for the Bengalis, and Diwali, the festival of lights, for a large part of India.There is an air of anticipation.
|The ‘autumn’ table at India House,Bucharest|
The other day I noticed that the Virginia Creepers around Dublin have turned a flaming orange . And the super markets,Lidl and Aldi have announced the arrival of pumpkins, Halloween decorations , Halloween sweets and witch and wizard costumes. There is Autumn in the air!
So I dug out some pictures of our ‘autumn’dining table at India House in Bucharest taken two years ago. There we had a beautiful Virginia Creeper in our garden that had wound its way into the verandah at the entrance.From the ceiling its leaves would hang down,in autumn, like innumerable drops of fire There was a dinner at our house- it was a farewell dinner for the then Ambassador of Croatia,Ivica Mastruko and his wife,Vesna-very charming people–and I got the chance to cut off the elegant stems of the creeper and put it straight onto the dinner table! I had found a few pumpkins in different shapes and green pears at Obor Market-one of my most favorite places in Romania-and, along with red candles, my table was complete .
If I could,I would tell Lidl and Aldi to sell orange Virginia Creepers as well to complete their autumn-Halloween story.
So here is something to set you in Autumn mode ..
|Fresh pumpkin,dried African gourd,green pears and the glorious Virginia Creeper|
|Gujarati white mirror-work bedspread, Fabindia mats and napkins|
| The other side of the table
Photos(taken without a stand!) : Debashish Chakravarti