India loves to pose – 15

India loves to pose series contains random pictures of people in different moods and gears captured during a moment in their story. I believe that behind every face lies a story. Proud owner of … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes


Kadalepuri Vaggarane

“Kharad kadlekayi beeja bisi puri / spicy groundnuts mixed with hot puffed rice” - long ago an old man used to yell this tag line after every 5 minutes as he walked on the roads of Mysore after 6:00 … [Read More...]


Jamoon Kofta Curry

An interesting and tasty dish with deep fried dumplings prepared using khova / dehydrated Milk. Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: For the Koftas: 1 Cup Instant Jamoon Mix 2 Onions, … [Read More...]


Baledindina Palya

A side dish prepared using tender stem of Banana plant in Karnataka style. Time Required: 20 Minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 foot long Banana Stem Few Curry leaves, Chopped 2 Sprigs … [Read More...]



A tasty spicy dish prepared using puffed rice.  Churmuri is an evening snack very popular in Mysore. Cuisine: South Karnataka Time Required: 30 minutes Serves: 4 … [Read More...]


Idli Bites

A tasty snack using left over Idli / steamed rice cakes. Time Required: 5 Minutes Ingredients: 4 Idli / Steamed Rice Cakes 12 Curry leaves 4 Green Chilies, Slit 1tbsp Oil 1tsp Mustard … [Read More...]


Lemon Rice

Rice flavored with Green Chilies and lots of Lemon juice.  Lemon Rice is an important dish during auspicious occasions like weddings and also during festivals in Karnataka. Cuisine: … [Read More...]


Halasinahannina Dosa

Pancakes/Crepes prepared using Jackfruit.  This recipe reminds of the Kannada version of the song “The bear went up the mountain”, which goes like this “Karadi bettakke hoyithu…..nota nodalu…….halasu … [Read More...]



Jwalamukhi Tripura Sundari Temple

"Kadamba vana vasinim, kanaka vallaki dharinim, Maharha mani harinim, mukasa mulla sad varunim, Daya vibhava karinim vichatha lochamim, charinim, Trilochana Kudimbhineem, Tripura Sundarim … [Read More...]



Goa is the smallest state in terms of area located in the west coastal region of India referred to as 'Goa Dourada' in the local dialect, which means 'Golden Goa'.  Capital of Goa is Panaji.  … [Read More...]


Begur Temple

On the banks of Begur lake in Bengaluru is a 1300 year old Begur temple dedicated to the Pancha Lingas. Begur was a Jain settlement and a center of Vedic and Sanskrit studies. The Dravidian style … [Read More...]

Pookod Lake - Pookot Lake

Pookode – Pookot Lake

Pookot Lake is a perennial freshwater lake in Wayanad district of Kerala. Forests around the lake enhance the beauty of the lake making it the most popular destination in Wayanad. Panamaram stream, … [Read More...]

Sri Ramanarasaiah

When we moved to our own house, I dreamt of hanging an original Mysore painting in the lobby. Thus started my quest to find either the right painting or a painter. Fortunately, I came across a website … [Read More...]

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

When I was walking in Kukkarahalli Kere last Sunday, I got to see many varieties of Mushrooms growing in the thicket.  Not a surprise as Mysore has received copious rains this … [Read More...]


Jal Mahal, Jaipur

When I visited Jal Mahal, Jaipur in 1995, I was very disappointed to see the Man Sagar Lake in which it is situated was dry and dirty. The palace itself was not maintained well. I hoped that the place … [Read More...]

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Brihati grows wild throughout India. Brihati is a prickly shrub that grows to a height of 1.5 mtrs and belongs to Solanaceae (potato) family. Botanical name is Solanum Anguivi. English common name is … [Read More...]



Also known as Globe Amaranth or Bachelor Button is an annual belonging to Amaranthaceae family.  It is known as Adike hoovu in Kannada, Rakthamallika in Sanskrit, Gul-e-makhmal Hindi, and Gundi in … [Read More...]


Akash Mallige – Indian Cork Tree

There are around 20 Akasha Mallige / Indian Cork trees lining our apartment compound. The ground is covered with these lovely fragrant flowers. It is a treat to see the tall trees in full … [Read More...]


Orchid Potting – Method 1

Orchids are unique plants and the potting has to be just right for them to grow well in home gardens.  Orchids, which are epiphytes have aerial roots which needs support as they grow.  Ground orchids … [Read More...]


Orchid Diplocentrum Recurvum

Perched on a tree near the KSTDC restaurant was this Orchid plant in bloom. Query to Prejith on identification of this wild orchid led to the name Diplocentrum Recurvum. This epiphytic Orchid is … [Read More...]



Presence of Bamboo in most of the South Indian wild life sanctuaries like Bandipur, Madumalai, Bhadra, Nagarhole, Tholpetty, and Kabini has played an important role in sustaining the wild and avian … [Read More...]

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