Yoga Peacock!

Ah, something always happens on a Monday morning that makes me feel good….today it was this peacock that decided to imitate my rooftop Yoga….(I was hidden from the world but birds can fly to locations far above me and look, perchance accompany me )……

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Paneer paranthas

It’s a great feeling to eat a delicious parantha, but what makes it even more tasty is sharing this experience with family at the start of a day. I’ve eaten too many paranthas, like any other true-blooded Indian, but I rate the paneer parantha as the tastiest.

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Take grated cottage cheese (home made is the best kind) add chopped onion, coriander, green chillies, grated ginger, red chili powder, a pinch of dried mango powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

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Take kneaded whole wheat flour, roll out into half the size of a thick roti. Place the mixture of paneer generously in the middle. Close it all round, sealing it with your fingertips.

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Roll it out gently and place on a hot tawa. Flip it over when it shows signs of being cooked.

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Add ghee on it and around it. Flip it over again.

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Remove from heat, enjoy it with yoghurt and home made pickle.

For weight watchers : Don’t add ghee, flip it over, heat on direct flame to cook well. Enjoy!

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In flight Yoga!!!

An airline is India is offering ‘simple in-flight Yoga’. A demonstration of sorts is given and passengers are expected to carry out some ‘maneuvers’  sitting in their seats!! It is India, and I saw this on a domestic flight…………Indians do their Yoga at home, in ‘unusual’ positions and are either passionate about it or indifferent to it. A person who appeared to be from an offshore location seemed intrigued though……and filmed the ‘Yoga’………………it made me smile, and that is always enjoyable.

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Green with envy! Green Bee Eater

Indulge me while I relate the chronicles of the birds that fascinate me, in my own home!! When one bird gets the ‘prize’ catch, the others flock around…..they follow, attempt to distract and gaze at the catch till it is devoured. Then they fly away from the bird that has had a heavy meal. The bird that has just eaten more than seemed possible for its little body, then sings with glee……Unbelievable ? Here is proof of the envy…….remember the 3 Kingfishers I clicked a while ago, among whom 1 had a fish in it’s beak and the others were glaring and making noises and following it around…..Birds just get as emotional as us, sometimes !!!!

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Beautiful dustbins -Meghalaya, India

Near the village voted the cleanest in Asia in 2003, we noticed beautiful baskets that were anchored to the trees and shrubs at an appropriate height. Yes, we looked inside to see that they had been used by people to throw their trash. A unique and attractive idea that is prevalent throughout the villages of that area….

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The toss of the Dragonfly by the Green Bee Eater

The birds in the garden think I’m a plant…..they fly around me, almost perch on me, sit by me…the moment some other human comes along, they fly away as if their collective tails were on fire!!! They ‘hunt’ in our garden and I have pictures where they ‘offer’ an insect to me….This dragonfly made the mistake of flying into the bird zone…..after a million dexterous maneuvers, the fly was tossed into  the bird’s mouth…..I have the satiated look afterwards and the song that followed from the bird stored in my camera..for now this image speaks a thousand words….the ecological balance has to be maintained…

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Another end, another beginning

The sun may set on you, it shines for someone else, somewhere far away

As another corner of the world celebrates the break of dawn

Another zone is bustling, every hour of every day

Off to work they rush, before daylight is gone

The need to succeed in the material world

Life spins by in a whirl 

Stop awhile, share precious moments with those you love

Before we all depart to the heavens above……

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Mr Wake-Up call

The rooster has a clear, loud tone, meant to wake you up. I have no clue how he is always on time, at sunrise…………In our home today the wonderful, musical sound of a dozen Koyals woke me up at 5.30 am…..trust me, it was far from musical at that hour!!! I went out with my camera, but they did not show themselves, I could make out from the rustling of the dense foliage in our mango trees that they were thoroughly enjoying themselves………….

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Purple Sunbird female -our garden

The sun-birds are some of my favorite visitors in our garden. They pose beautifully and fly with such grace that one can only applaud and be mesmerized. This lady has been caught by my camera several times, only because she is gracious enough to oblige,,,,,,

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Golden shrimp plant

The ornamental value of a plant makes it desirable…..are we attracted to all things bright and beautiful? I do not see many pictures of crows or hear recordings of their crowing…..I see beautiful pictures of pretty and vibrant animals and plants, including our species……I wait for the peacocks and green bee eaters and the Coppersmith barbet that visit our garden , I hop out of a moving vehicle for a beautiful flower, a sunset, a stream, a butterfly, an Indian Roller or a Kingfisher……I ignore the mynas, the sparrows, the pigeons and the crows…..All that glitters is gold…..yes, when one gets to know someone one can look past the physical appearance…..which leads to the appreciation of the soul, more beautiful than anything known to us…..

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