Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Jungle book was one of my favorite books and the movie by Disney bought this book alive. I think the makers of the movie toured Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary before making the movie. I am stating this … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes

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Tutti Frutti Eggless Cake

Time Required: 45 Minutes Ingredients: 2 ¼ Cup Maida / Refined Flour 1tin Condensed Milk 120ml / ½ Cup melted butter 150ml water 2tsp Vanilla essence 2tsp Baking Powder 1tsp Soda-Bi-Carb … [Read More...]

Beetroot Poori

Beetroot Poori

Beetroot Poori is sure to attract attention when served in a party. Time Required: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 Beetroot 1 bowl Wheat Flour 1tsp Oil ¼ tsp Ajwain, crushed Oil for deep … [Read More...]

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Padavalakayi Beejada Raitha

This is a yoghur based dish, prepared using snake gourd seeds.  Long, long ago my grandmother's elder sister used to prepare this very often. My mother passed on this recipe to me! Time Required: … [Read More...]

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Green Chik Peas Salad

Green Chik peas are usually available in South India during December and January.  The pods have to be removed from the plant.  Shell the pods to get green tender chik peas. Time Required: 10 … [Read More...]

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Strawberry Mojito

This is a favorite summer drink in Cuba.  Here is the recipe of rum-less Mojito. Cuisine: Cuba Time Required: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 10 – 12 Strawberries 3tbsp Sugar Juice of one … [Read More...]

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Kiwi Soufflé

After a hearty bread based meal, Kiwi soufflé is apt to be served as a dessert. Cuisine: French Time Required: 45 minutes Ingredients: 200 gms Whipping Cream 2tbsp Sugar ½ Cup Kiwi … [Read More...]

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Jhunka

A side dish prepared using Gram flour, also known as Pitle. Cuisine: North Karnataka and Maharashtra. Time Required: 20 Minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Gram Flour/Besan 1 … [Read More...]

Travel

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Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Haveli or Bungalows of the by gone era in Rajasthan are as big and beautiful as the palaces. Patwon Ki Haveli is the biggest Haveli in Rajasthan and is situated in Jaisalmer near the Patwa … [Read More...]

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Kodandarama Temple, Hiremagalur

Hiremagalur means the town of the eldest daughter. This town is situated 4 Km from Chikkamagalur, Karnataka. Hiremagalur was a thriving town in the 9th and 11th centuries. Nine siddhas … [Read More...]

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Kukke Subramanya

Kukke Subramanya lies in the midst of rain forests in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada. Kukke Subramanya temple situated here is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and is situated on the banks of … [Read More...]

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Auroville

Auroville means “City of Dawn”, where people live as one in harmony with no nationality, politics, caste, creed or color. The city was envisioned by Mirra Alfassa fondly called as Mother, who was a … [Read More...]

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Sims Park Coonoor

Sims park is named after J.D.Sim who was the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. The garden is spread over 12 hectares with more than 1000 plant species at an elevation of 1780 mts above sea … [Read More...]

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Gadisar Lake

A lake in the middle of the desert is a surprise to the visitors and the presence of an exquisitely carved sandstone balcony in the lake adds to the mystical charm. Gadisar Lake is a man-made lake … [Read More...]

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Gardening

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Orchid Vanda Testacea

My joy knew no bounds when I found Vanda Testacea plants in full bloom in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The pale yellow flowers are very very cute. Added to the charm of the flowers is the light … [Read More...]

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Glory Lily

Plant Summary: The other common names of this exotic flower are Tiger Claw, Bachnag (Hindi), Agnisikhe (Kannada), Agnimukhi (Sanskrit). Because of the curious shape and colors of the petals of the … [Read More...]

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Nasturtium

Plant Summary: Botanical name of Nasturtium is Tropaeolum majus belonging to the family Tropaeolaceae. It is also known as Indian cress. Nasturtiums are flowers that brighten the garden. These … [Read More...]

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Nandi Battalu

I remember my grandmother preparing Kadige / Kajal / Eye liner using the petals of Nandi Battalu flower. She would say the continuous use of this Kadige would be good for the health of the … [Read More...]

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Datura

The botanical name of Datura is Datura innoxia and belongs to the family Solanaceae. The other common names are Horn of Plenty, Downy Thorn Apple, Safed Dhatura (Hindi). Datura is a … [Read More...]

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Honolulu Creeper

The flower bunches of this creeper is like a readymade delicate garland. It is very ideal to grow this creeper on pergolas and to line the compound. It adds a bonhomie feeling to the house or the … [Read More...]

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Common Leucas – Thumbe Hoovu

During Sankashta Ganapathy pooja, I remember collecting the flower and leaves of Thumbe Hoovu growing in empty sites for my parents. Later I used to collect them for Mauna Gowri Pooja. Many people … [Read More...]

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