Author Archives: Manisha Rathi

Pyramid Orchid–Himalayas

Pyramids are magnificent, whether they are made of brisks and stone, or composed entirely of tiny pink orchids!!! In the Himalayas, the pyramid orchids stand erect, with tiny orchids wound tightly around the stem. A beautiful plant, worth a second, actually a thousand looks…..

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Gazinia flowers in our backyard

The brilliant colour of the gazinia flower are beautiful and the geometrical symmetry only adds to the mesmerising effect of the flower. Surprisingly, it is supposed to have been brought to other nations from South Africa.

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It is definitely one of the most fascinating and colourful flowers in the world.


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Halogen air fryer oven

The holiday season is the time for familial bonding and overindulgence in food . One way to enjoy food without excessive calories is to air fry food. My sister and brother-in-law treated us to goodies made in their halogen air fryer oven. Kebabs and grilled snacks can be cooked to perfection. Dust with roasted and ground spices to your taste and enjoy!!imageimageimage


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The Cell that holds us captive!

How many remember what life was like before the magical device called the mobile/ cell phone entered our lives???The cell phone is¬†wonderful in so many respects………….

  • Getting help in emergencies
  • Connecting with friends and family
  • Completing professional work through email, calls, etc
  • Navigation
  • Taking pictures

Is there a downside???

  • Children are often given phones to play with, to watch videos, play games…………..heaven knows what deleterious effects the bright images have on young brains and eyes….studies have shown they are harmful…….
  • Radiation…what havoc does it cause???
  • Addiction for games, connecting with social media
  • Stress-induced myopia……

What do we do? how much is too much??? what is the optimal use for a phone???? maybe we should agree to keep them away from children……

 


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Sunday morning breakfast

A Sunday morning is best enjoyed…nay, celebrated…by waking up late…..a leisurely, delicious breakfast is mandatory…..here is what we ate today……an egg sandwich! Boil 2 eggs, mash them up and add 2 dollops of fresh cream (removed from the top later of full-fat milk that has been boiled and cooled), add salt and freshly ground pepper and spread on lightly toasted multigrain bread……enjoyyyyy!


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Double Branded Crow Butterfly in Flight-Himalayas

The majestic double branded crow butterfly glided past at the banks of the Ganga River at a picturesque location in the Himalayas. I ran after it, trying to click pictures. Well, I did capture it in my memory as well as in my camera. 

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Black rice-Manipur, India

Traditional feasts include black rice desserts in Manipur. The rice is slightly more sticky than white rice and has a different taste. It looks beautiful as it is purple when cooked. it contains Vitamin E, Iron and Anthocyanin. The best variety is always the one that grows closest to you and can be consumed immediately after eating….


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Healthiest chocolate

The most sought after food in the world is……….chocolate!!! No wonder, since it has chemicals that are mood-lifters and give one the feeling of being in love….chocolate has Phenylethylamine which imparts the feeling of love and passion, and tryptophan causes the secretion of serotonin which uplifts the mood …………….when something does that to you, and is delicious…….there is no downside. Wait!!! to be healthy it is recommended that dark chocolate should contain a minimum of 70% cocoa……below that, you are loading up on sugar and milk solids…….the 85% and higher percentages of cocoa in chocolate are supposed to be the healthiest, but many people do not enjoy the taste….I love the higher percentages of cocoa…….it is about time that we stop calling the white form of chocolate as chocolate……..indulge, enjoy, the world is a better place with chocolate in it…..

 


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Silver Oak Tree-flowering

The Himalayas hold precious treasures….for example, the gold flowers of the tall silver oak tree!! it is a tall, beautiful tree which has the largest flowers I have ever seen…..the birds that feed on those flowers are beautiful too….

 


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Each to their own

The Urologist trusts leakipedia, while the Chef


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