Sunday, 31 July 2011

July is done





Why Ruby? Good question. Seeing my grandmother's ruby set made me wonder about this gem. Rubies known as the "Rajnapura" or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July's birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. Burma has the best colour and quality, the deep red rubies. The names of some of the world famous rubies took me back to my primary school history. Mandalay Ruby,Timur Ruby, the exotic name of Timur or Tamerlane from Central Asia who invaded India and took the huge ruby in 1398!Presented to Queen Victoria it remains in the Royal collection but the fascinating inscriptions on the flat surface records five emperors who owned it and the longest inscription reads as follows and I quote :
- “This is the ruby from among the 25,000 genuine jewels of the King of Kings, the Sultan Sahib Qiran (Timur), which in the year 1153 A.H. (1740 A.D.) from the collection of jewels of Hindustan, reached this place (Isfahan).
The description surpasses all:“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”.It brought back the old Indian tale of the 'Lost Ruby'where the Minister finds the lost ruby in the stomach of the fish and rushes back to return it to the king, one of the many childhood stories that one imbibes as part of one's culture. July certainly makes the sky ruby red at times and watching the sun set on a late summer evening is wonderful.July is over and it has been a mixed summer weather wise.Sunshine and showers.

There is a lot going on in the Lit world. Book launches, readings, the Ed Fest this month and other festivals galore. An exciting time as September approaches with our own local Milngavie Book and Art Festival to look forward to.

A couple of months to go for my novel two to come out I hope.It is in the last stages of birth. The manuscript transformed to a book makes all the hours spent on it really worthwhile. I can't wait to hold it as a book in my hands. The minute I get the cover and news of its launch I'll post it on this blog.

1 comment:

Alison Hughes said...

Lovely post Leela. Love reading about your culture. Saw some fabulous "ruby red" skies in July - these are the ones to remember amid all the other dreary ones July brought us.

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