By any other name

“And I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9 NKJV).

Bangladesh is a country of more than 100 navigable rivers plus many ponds, swamps and lakes. It contains the world’s largest delta. Not surprisingly Banglas are fish eating people. Fish is relatively available to them, even to the poorer population. They eat all types – from fresh, salt, or brackish water, wild caught or pond raised. They will drain roadside dishes for tiny crustaceans and minnows, or eat steaks from large species caught in the Bay of Bengal.

Many of their favorites are various species of (or relatives of) carp. There are German carp, China carp, silver carp, minar carp, rui, and many others. I recently ate a new (to me) species which I was told was “katol,” and was similar to rui. After eating and enjoying it my first thought was “by any other name, carp is still bony.” Continue reading “By any other name”

Of baptisms and buttercups

“We might as well just call everything ‘buttercups!’” wailed my friend, as she threw her hands up in despair.

She went on, conjuring up an imagined line of conversation. “What kind of iris is that?” “Well, it’s yellow, so I call it a buttercup iris.”

“How about that lily?” “Buttercup lily.”

“What about that tall grass?” “Buttercup grass.”

“What is that lovely tree in your yard?” “My prized buttercup tree.” Continue reading “Of baptisms and buttercups”