itslife.in is all about life. From birth to death life’s journey is unpredictable for human beings, animals, birds, and plants. Each life is celebrated in different ways and the human beings are the only species who are able to express feelings with words and expressions. For humans, life is not about “to live” but to “let live”, share, love, accept, reject, talk, fight, laugh, cry, get angry, travel, have hobbies, read, get education, work, celebrate festivals, cook, taste different cuisines, have relationships, acquire material assets and so on. Life never ceases to impress and life just goes on stopping for nothing.
In this website I have tried to bring in the essence of good living and it is loaded with information on travel, hobby, cooking, gardening, relationships, goodness of nature, festivals, and so on. All this information has been collected and experienced over the years.
I dedicate this website to all the previous generation women, who have sacrificed and fought to have their voices heard and have tried to bring in positive changes for women in the society. It is because of them that we can hold our head high and lead a life of our choice.
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The logo depicts the earth, life, water and sky. These four things together make earth the most beautiful planet in the universe. The earthy colors (brown and red) representing the earth, green the life and blue – sky and water completes itslife.in theme.
Life Impressive For Ever is the full form of LIFE and this tag line summarizes the essence of itslife.in
The logo is hand drawn by me, but I thank and appreciate Mr. G. Navaneetha Krishnan for transforming it into the digital form just the way I had imagined.
I would also like to thank Mr. Jeganathan.T for setting up the website and making it easy to organize and share the information and thoughts.
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About me (Shantha)
I am an ambivert with varied interests. Love my family and friends and Mysore. I believe that the day I stop learning will be the day I stop living.
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Your website depicts how wholesome life is. It is truly a delight to read the articles and views you have shared, an eye of every detail that you of contributed on itslife.in. All the best to you.
Just stumbled across your site while looking for a picture of Hotel Mayura Hoysala. Thanks you so much for putting together such a beautiful and useful site,
Have you ever considered compiling all these posts into book form? Could make sense. Anyway, please make sure you back up all your posts. Relatively simple to do this on WordPress.
Thanks Sharath, yes..I am taking back up of all the posts periodically. One of my hobbies was to compile information into organized books. Hence, most of the information on this website is already in book formats complete with table of contents, index etc., (7 volumes of recipes, 1 on flower arranging, 1 on vegetable carving, 1 on bonsai, 2 on gardening). None of the books are published. With blogging technology I am very happy to be sharing this information with others.
I was just going thru your cv and saw this link,it’s a beautiful site and believe me you are really good at writing..
Keep the good work up
Thanks for the lovely words….it is so encouraging.
Congratulations for writing such an informative blog.I stumbled upon it accidently.You have a very good collection on varied subjects. Keep this good work going, and educating people like me.
With best wishes,
Thank you Lavanya…
I would like to use one of your photos of Tabebuia trees for a non-profit newsletter and would like your permission. ( http://www.itslife.in/wp-content/gallery/gardening/garden-tabebuia-aurea1.jpg ) and my be: http://www.itslife.in/wp-content/gallery/gardening/garden-tabebuia-aurea5.jpg The newsletter is for a mental health organization and of the volunteer authors refer to this tree so I thought it would be nice to show them what it looks like. (Circulation 1300 b/w but the online pdf file will be in color.) please get back to me soon… They just gave me this project this week and I have to build a newsletter from scratch since they lost all the past… Read more »
Can you please post the recipe of ‘SANDIGE HULI’.
With Best Regards,
Hi Meera, I will try to post Sandige Huli as soon as possible.
ಆತ್ಮೀಯ ನಿರುಪಮಾರವರೇ, ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮನೋಜ್ಞವಾದ ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟ್. ಇಂದು ತಾನೇ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸೈಟ್ ಅನ್ನು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪ್ರಕಾರದ ವಿಷಯಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿ ಸಂಪದ್ಭಭರಿತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಂತಸವಾಯಿತು. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬರಹವನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರಿಸಿ. ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.
ನೀವು ನನ್ನ ವೆಬ್ಸೈಟ್ ಭೇಟಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದಕ್ಕೆ ತುಂಬ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.
very interesting blog with a mysorean twist, just like it. one of the very few to be sans rubbish, sans self proclamation found online.
liked all the sections. keep up the good work & let more come out of ur stable.
wanted to comment in namma kannada, but kud’nt.
Thanks for visiting and the comment. I will do my best to constantly update the blog.
nimma baraha dalli Mysorena sogadu nodi santhosha ayithu-shubha haraikegalondige
Your website is too good.It gives a lot of information on festivals and the ways on performing them.Thanks for the wonderful work .This morning I did the Bheemana amavasya pooja according to what you had written .
ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ ಶ್ರೀಧರ ರವರಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ನೋಡಿ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.
It is nice to hear that you performed the pooja using the information here as a guide. Thanks for the comment. Keep visiting and have a great festival season.
I stumbled onto your lovely site while looking for Gejjevastra. I was in the process of making some myself instead of buying.Thanks for such a simple explanation and wonderful informative site.
I live in Mysore , so all the more nice to see a mysoreans site.
Mysore is my favorite place on earth…I keep visiting very often. It is heartening to note you liked the information here. Lots more is coming…keep visiting.
With best best wishes,
please give me a particular nursery address of bangalore from where i must get this tabebuia aura flower seeds. thank yoyu.
Susanta, Lalbagh nursery is one of the best and largest in Bangalore.
I am from Mysore. Wonderful recipes. I have tried couple of them.
Do you have recipe for sakkare holige (sugar Holige), if so pls
thanks a bunch, good luck
Ramya, thanks for visiting and trying out recipes. Yes I do have the recipe for sakkare holige will post it soon.
We are from allahabad and celebrate ganeshotsava . We would like to submitt a report about our function organise here . We have photograph also to display
How it can be happen
Satish, I am sorry but right now I am not accepting contributors articles but I admire your enthusiasm to showcase your culture. Keep visiting.
Dear Sow.Shantha,I just happend 2 visit u r sight ,while going through jur Photograph of Sri.VeeraNarayanaswami.Its so nice 2 have a Dharshan of the Lord.As if i am inside the temle.Once again my best wishes n thanks for lthe nice sight .Pls.U can post me latest pictures,stories.all ablut Mysore n surroundings.
It is good to hear that you enjoyed the photograph, I feel my effort is paid when I hear that a reader is satisfied by seeing the pictures or by reading an article. Sure…there will be lots more pictures and articles coming. Please keep visiting.
Thanks and Regards,
I have posted your request for Sakkare holige recipe. Please check it out.
Happy Gowri Ganesha festival!
U have some really good pics..very talented.
Thanks Sheba for your views…I still have a long way to go!
Shantha avarige Namaskaaragalu. Just like everybody else, stumbled to be here…. looking for ‘Dasara Flower Show’. When I looked around the website, I tried to lift it away with both hands, but could not…. it is so heavily loaded with so much information. Kudos to you for gathering all those ‘Mysorean stuff’ and making it e-available to the world! As a Mysorean (a rare breed these days, eh?) I thought this is a place to feel like a Mysorean! Generally, Mysoreans seldom leave Mysore and I’m one. I have not looked deeper into the website, but Southekai gojju, Herlekai gojju,… Read more »
Namaskara Dinakar avarige, Wow! your response is so overwhelming and coming from a Mysorean means a lot to me. Thank you so much. Yes, most of the Mysore recipes can be found in the website along with authentic North Karnataka recipes as my mother is from Hubli and Udupi recipes as my husband is from Udupi and many many others, which I keep experimenting in my kitchen lab. And I would have loved to try out your grandmother’s recipes. Every single photograph of yesteryear is preserved at home and I have made an album starting from my great grandparents to… Read more »
The first half of the above set is a repetition to this which I uploaded just now on Picasa, here: http://picasaweb.google.com/dinakar58/MysoreVintageSigned?authkey=Gv1sRgCJHPx_i58r36Qw&feat=directlink Shantha avarige namaskaaragalu. Thanks for the prompt response. My grandmother was famous for Badanekai Yennegai, Muchore, Halkhova Obbattu, BeLe Saaru, Eerulli-Aaloogedde Huli (rarity – onions were taboo and a separate IligemaNe for that!)… I should say “et cetera”! She left us in 1978. Perhaps you or your parents may be knowing my grandparents. The album links could provide some clues!! Today, I went on a ‘heritage walk’ (took leave/holiday from office). Some pictures of my route: http://picasaweb.google.com/dinakar58/DasaraHeritageWalk?feat=directlink Dasara has… Read more »
Hi Dinakar, The old photographs are a treat. Thanks for sharing. I was in Mysore too during the first 3 days of Dasara and was shocked to see tourists clambering on to the pedestal of Chamaraja Circle and taking pictures. The rains also played a spoil sport like every year. Nonetheless I am always carried away by the enthusiasm of the people and feel proud to be part of the celebrations. I just hope Mysore does not become an eye sore. Yummy! Halkova obbattu, never heard or tasted it…..I can imagine how rich and tasty it must have been. And… Read more »
Wow, again prompt reply. Having seen the Dasara and people of yore, I have become a critic of present day Dasara (I simply cannot accept certain things though I try to be a bit flexible). People have no respect or value for public and heritage objects. The vandals just don’t care — they are all from outside, you know! Tell me how many “Mysoreans” are in Mysore! How can we expect them (who came in recent years to this city) to love the city? Don’t you agree? A small number of us frown and shout to satisfy ourselves, but it… Read more »
Dinakar, I live in Bangalore, so I find Mysore always a peaceful place to unwind albeit many aspects of the city changing for the worse. Instead of spending time in Mysore city itself, during our visits we explore places of interest within a radius of 100kms, which includes historical sites, wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, rivers and waterfalls. Not many Mysoreans are even aware that they are living in a place surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and there is a need to know, conserve and preserve such treasures.
There was an article in a supplement in Deccan Herald in the last ten days. It was about Masala Dosa. Somehow it has gone out of our pile for something else and I’m unable to find it. Please do look for it because the writer has mentioned a few interesting points about it including its mention in old epics. Make a search. I reckon it may be useful.
Deepavali greetings. Hope there is less smoke and sound this time, a time when there are thousands suffering due to flood havoc.
Deepavali Greetings to you too Dinakar. The article in Deccan Herald must have been interesting….please access the following link to browse through Deccan Herald epaper http://deccanheraldepaper.com. You can also read through their archives.
I tried the e-search also before I posted above, but I could not locate it. The e-paper has only the last 10 days’ editions.
all food recipes are very interesting
I just bumped into ur wonderful site today. Amazing work. Left India and Mysore in1991, really miss Mysore, maharanis college, Christ The king convent and manasa Gangotri.My friends. kalidasa Road, Ambode, vade, road side gadi puri etc etc…….
Your knowledge of plants and gardening is really good. We do find quite a few rare species of flora and fauna here in Johannesburg. I shall definitely try to post them.
Thank you for your lovely comments and it is nice to meet another Mysorean in the cyber world.
Do you blog too?? I would love to see the pictures of the flora and fauna in Johannesburg. Please let me know the URL.
Happy New Year!
The above is the URL of my exclusive blog on my schooldays. I also studied at CKC. Scrolling down for older posts there will take you to my memories at CKC. Hope that rings many bells to you!
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hello Shantha, i am sonia here did u recognise me if yes, answer me. itslife is a wonderful site Shantha congrats for what u are doing.
Thanks for appreciating. Of course I remember you.
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