Monthly Archives: December 2015

Crown of thorns or Christ plant

Legend has it that the Crown of thorns worn by Christ was formed by the stems of this plant. It is a plant with red flowers and thorny stems, with a mildly poisonous sap that acts as an irritant when it comes in contact with the skin. A beautiful flowering shrub, it has flowers in different colours, formed by two petals.

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Fat is great for your skin and soul

Please remember to try to stay within the weight for height chart and get your blood sugar and cholesterol checked. All good? then eat some fat, it’s one of the best ways to make your skin healthy, and we all know that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. Tasty pakoras cooked in oil with omega fatty acids and essential fatty acids is are tasty and healthy. What the hell!! use any oil for frying.

Recipe…

Slice onions, potatoes, cottage cheese and cauliflower. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan ( never re-use cooking oil)

Mix gram flour with water, ground and roasted cumin and coriander powder, salt and finely sliced green chilies. Optional–ginger and black pepper powder, coriander leaves.

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Coat the sliced ingredients with the gram flour batter, deep fry in the heated oil. Dry on an absorbent paper towel.

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Dust with dried mango powder/ chat masala. Enjoy, your smile is unstoppable, your skin is glowing already.


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Little yellow bird

I love birds and flowers, but am terrible at naming them. I do hope this is Adelaide’s Warbler!! it could be a grey wagtail or a yellow bellied warbler too….it’s a beautiful little bird that flies away when I get near enough to photograph it. This bird flies around me everyday in our Himalayan home. During the monsoons, I stayed indoors one day, looking out through the glass windows. This little bird appeared out of nowhere, tapped on the glass, looked at me while hovering for an instant, and flew away. The pictures do not do justice to the beautiful yellow on the belly of the bird and above the eye of the bird….

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State of mind???

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Black winged stilt

What an appropriate name…..stilt like legs, black wings…I wish all names were this simple in life. For instance, people should be called Rosy, Blackbeard, Handlebars, Fringe, Toothy, Curly…….but these are based on the physical appearance which should not matter at all. So should people be called Moody, Happy, Smiley, Frowny, Goody, Helpful, Saintly……Greedy,Creepy, Cheater and Yucky will be every third person so I guess that won’t work too 🙂 

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The hopping bird

The early bird catches the worm…..the hopping bird catches my eye…

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Freudian slip?

When we say ‘I have a few


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Kingfisher white throated

Whenever I travel within India, I see at least one Kingfisher on the way. I’m not superstitious but I consider it as a good omen now. There could be a simple explanation…the birds live near our home…but then where is the magic if one gets logical. The brilliant colours of the bird never fail to amaze me…these pictures were taken of birds perched far away from the vehicle I was traveling in…

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Black winged Kite

The black winged kite has a wide wing span like the falcon and eyes like the owl. It is found in open grasslands and is a bird of prey. I know some humans who remind me of this bird. This picture was taken by me, identified by Harjeet Kohli. 

This bird reminds me of the owl, a nocturnal bird. Some of us are owls, who like to stay up late at night. With nightfall, the starlit sky and the lights of our homes transform the universe into a wonderland, full of mysteries. I’m definitely an owl. In some cultures owls are considered a bad omen, foolish even, while in others they are considered lucky and wise. 

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Good cooking guy

The baker died


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