Category Archives: India

Healthiest and tastiest….Plant-to-plate!

The PTP is unbeatable in health and taste….we are lucky to have a kitchen garden in which we grow some vegetables, herbs and fruits…..the Plant-to-Plate method is the best to get the maximum nutrition and taste out of anything edible….freshly plucked, cooked instantly and eaten while it is hot….it does not get better than that….our eggplants are merrily providing us a regular supply of eggplants……….we are enjoying the baingan ka bhartha…..the larger eggplants are roasted, the skin peeled away and the pulp is mashed. In a pan, desi ghee is heated, garlic, green chili, onions, turmeric and tomatoes are added and cooked, the mashed eggplant is added and cooked well. Salt is added and the dish is ready!


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Jacarandas- Himalayas

The Jacaranda tree has always been one of my favourites….to see them blossom in the Himalayas was icing on the cake for me! The vibrant trees seem more beautiful on the mountain paths……


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Every angle of the UFO in our garden

One of the many UFOs in our garden allows us to get a view from every angle.. here are some pictures.. the one from below was taken when it was resting on a tall rose bush.. it glided over to a smaller plant and we got the landing position and the aerial view!!


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Lady Koel comes to our home!

She lives in our garden, mostly hidden from view….she flies over us when we do not carry our cameras….today she made an exception, she appeared and posed….glory be!!

Her glowing ruby-red eyes made contact….and a connection….


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Nandaprayag….Himalayas

There are 5 Prayags or confluences of the Alaknanda River in the Himalayas. I have written about all except Nandaprayag. In the massive destruction which began from around the Kedarnath temple a few years ago, Nandaprayag was the only one affected…..It took some effort and probing to see it, as people have now begun the planning for the reconstruction of a temple at that site…..The Alaknanda and Nandakini rivers meet here….


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Spoonbill bird….near our home

The Spoonbills are back…..another bird which migrates to India around winter….and has been named so that non-knowledgeable people like me can identify them!

Since ancient times species of the animal world, and the homo sapiens have traveled far and wide to survive and thrive….it would be really cool if we have gigantic birds, who would want to carry us to magical places!!!!

 


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Traffic jam!!!…reactions vary

it’s that time of the year….festival time…..shopping…it seems like the whole world is on the road…..here is how people react….

  • The Honkers…they are the creators of noise pollution, it serves no purpose
  • The Inch-ers…they inch their way into a lane
  • The Yellers…they yell at the people, the cars and the lights
  • The Switch-ers..they switch between lanes
  • The Chauffeurs…..they are paid to maintain their composure
  • The Readers and Callers….they read, call, text
  • The Masters…..those who have drivers and are not necessarily affected
  • The Rushers….they are late for an appointment/ flight and they honk, they inch, they yell, they switch 
  • The Watchers….they get out of their cars and watch everyone!!

And then there is my Mom….once when we were stuck and I almost became a yeller….I was saying that our country needs less cars and people……she put her hand on my arm and said….”This population is the reason that we have someone cleaning our toilets and home, driving our car, cooking our food and being grateful for a job!!”…..Mumma could see the good in everyone and make a bad situation a wonderful experience….we talked to each other after that and forgot about the sea of metallic monsters all around us…..


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Khonoma Green Village, Nagaland, India

Our traveling had led us to hidden treasures, tucked away in the remote corners of India. One such gem is the Khonoma Green Village, tucked away in the hills and clouds……the people have decided against cutting down trees, the villagers have made beautiful stone cut paths up and down the hilly terrain, with flowerpots along the paths!!! this enchanted land has several species of birds and butterflies unique to the area, and flowers and trees that thrive……


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The Great Hornbill-Nagaland, India

How can one visit Nagaland and not see the legendary Hornbill??? All we saw were pictures and sculptures that depicted this glorious bird…finally, at a secret location, we saw several of them……this one was my first………….he was the most impressive……the most captivating and fascinating bird, ever!!!


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The Simplest washroom

The North-Eastern part of India has, like most places, the richest and the poorest…in terms of material wealth. In the remote areas, it was a pleasant sight to witness the recently constructed, government-aided, free and clean washrooms. We were offered an inside look into a thatched home…..it was clean, and had a bathing area, a kitchen, tiny bedrooms, with wooden partitions and wooden beds. The huts are generally made at an elevated level on the hilly slopes. The washroom has stored water, and a window which faced into the forest over the hill. The floor was made of bamboo sticks, with gaps in between, to allow the water to drain on the slope below!!!

Luckily, there is no shortage of land in the hilly areas where running water is not present in some homes…..


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