See how the wire runs through the branches? This is how a bonsai tree gets its final shape. Sheer torture, isn't it? Reminds me of the long necked women [trekearth.com]- of Thailand and Burma. Or for that matter the tradition of binding the feet [message.snopes.com] of women in China or Japan. In India, especially in the south, I have seen ear lobes sagging down [en.wikipedia.org] due to the use of heavy earrings or studs. P.S. Do visit these links to see how women have been tortured in the name of ‘beauty’ and ‘tradition’. Well, these fallen flowers had not lost their beauty yet. Radhika, towering over the trees! For the first time in her life she enjoyed her height. She must have felt like a giantess among the pygmy trees. She stands 5'4" tall. Walking up and down this ‘pebble- walk’ bare-footed daily, would enhance our health- the board said. May be it stimulates all the nerve endings of the organs-supposed to terminate in the sole area- and thereby keeping them healthy, as per the acupressure theory [acupressure.com]. I tried it and certainly the feeling was good. In fact, very, very good! Wish the ashram was nearer to my home. Then I could have used it daily. A forest in a tray- this one!