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See “Pilsen”: "Lime tree" by N p holmes - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lime_tree.jpg#/media/File:Lime_t...
"Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana Flower Closeup 2146px" by Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Co-attribution must be given to the Chanticleer Garden. - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sweetbay_Magnolia_Magnolia_virgi...
See “Devon”: “mural opposite devon bank” taken by Damon Taylor on October 5th, 2010. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/ocean_of_stars/5055699029/in/photostream/
See “Meghana”: "Garlic" by Donovan Govan. - Image taken by me using a Canon PowerShot G3 (reference 7907).. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Garlic.jpg#/media/File:Garlic.jpg
See “Raj”: “Lal Masoor Dal and Palak” by Miansari66 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALal_Masoor_Dal_and_Palak.JPG
See “Mamta and Kavia”: "Jain" by Guigenius at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jain.gif#/media/File:Jain.gif
"Ahinsa" by Jain cloud - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ahinsa.jpg#/media/File:Ahinsa.jpg
"Kheer" by stu spivack - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_spivack/2283734405/sizes/l/in/set-72.... Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kheer.jpg#/media/File:Kheer.jpg
"Khichuri-edit" by Drriad - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Khichuri-edit.jpg#/media/File:Kh...