Conch generally refers to the shell of Sea Snails that are generally large in size with a siphonal canal and a high spire. Conch shells are used as wind instruments by cutting a hole at the apex and blowing into it like a trumpet. According to Hindu scriptures blowing of the Conch is considered auspicious.
The Conch plays an important role as far as rituals in Hinduism are concerned. During Poojas and other ceremonies the conch is blown at intervals for a specific period of time. In ancient days the Conch was blown to announce the beginning of a war. They are also used now a days as objects in home decoration.
A striking aspect of Indian Women is their thick and shiny black mane that is usually plaited or piled up into a knot. When plaited the hair is held in place by colorful ribbons or bunch of strands that are made from a variety of materials like wool, silk, Cotton thread, Synthetic fibres etc. These add richness to the hair-do lending a colorful and traditional look to the women. For special occasions specially crafted Strands are bought as in adorning a bride’s hair at her wedding. Here you can see a women selling an array of such colorful strands.
Bul Buls are generally characterized by their short neck , a long tail and short rounded wings. Most of the birds have plumes that range from Olive Brown to Black. Very rarely do you find some with bright yellow, red or orange patches. They feed on fruits, seeds, insects and even small vertebrates. They are highly vocal.
Tailor Birds are small in size with strong legs, short tail and long curved bills. The tail is held upright . They have short, rounded wings. They are brightly colored and mostly have chestnut on their head. They get their names because they are famed for the way they build their nests. Large leaves are deftly sewn together at the edges using plant fibres or spiders web to resemble a cradle. A grass nest is then built inside this. They can be found in open woodlands and gardens. Very cute looking birds.