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School Nostalgia

The photograph was taken while driving through South Goa. It was the eve of Independence Day, and I spotted these girls by the highway, chatting away, lost in a world of their own. The sight immediately brought back a flood of memories from both middle and high school, how I used to walk home every day from school discussing myriad topics with my friend.

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Glimpse of Fort Kochi

I shot this picture at the waterfront at Fort Kochi more than a year ago. We were racing to catch the sunset, but the crazy traffic en route did not let that happen. Though I was very disappointed on missing the sunset, this picture somewhat made up for the loss. 

The place was teaming with families out for the Sunday evening. What this silhouetted picture hides are the piles and piles of rubbish strewn about. It is heartening to see the area festering with muck. From the looks of it, it appeared like it hadn't been cleaned since ages. This was in 2016, is it still the same? Or has it been cleaned up now?

Planning the BIG Day- Part 1

Prologue So there. This is a series I'd planned more than a year ago when I had begun to plan my own wedding. A simple search will throw up hundreds of search results on this topic, especially in the last few years, as the 'wedding market' has seen a huge boom! 
Various events which a few years ago were unheard of such as a pre-wedding cocktail party, pool party, or a fancy pre-engagement, pre-whatever photo shoot, have now become the norm. Talking of photo shoots, wedding photography is another separate area. So amidst all this and the societal pressure to live up to expectations or 'status', the whole idea of planning a wedding can get overwhelming. 
So what does one do? I did go through it all, but thanks to advance planning and some wise decisions (all thanks to Dad), the entire phase was a memorable one, and I did enjoy every bit of it. Which is why I'd decided back then, once I get back to my routine and start writing again, I would definitely put up all …

Diwali along the Coast

Another Deepavali went by. As always, it was a beautiful week, despite all the issues we faced, such as not being able to get leave, rains, change of plans, etc.

This year was special as it was my first Deepavali post-marriage. Owing to various commitments, we could not celebrate it entirely the traditional way, but we did try and make the best of the time we got to spend together. We had the traditional Aarti 'shown' to us by my Dad and favourite Aunt who takes my Mom's place. The usual Diwali lunch with fish curry and fry did not happen, but we did substitute by gorging on some yummy kebabs and kulfis at Barbeque Nations.
One thing I look forward to every year is painting new diyas for the occasion. Lighting up these diyas all around our home along with my Mum-in-law was fun. Amidst all the brouhaha on burning crackers, my husband and I suddenly decided to burst crackers to get the 'feel' of Diwali. It has been more than fifteen years since I've touched a sp…

Fields by the Sea: Apsarakonda

I shot this picture at Apsarakonda beach, in Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka. Apsarakonda in Kannada translates to mean a pond where divine damsels (Apsaras) take bath. Located about 5 km short of Honnavar town, this is a beautiful locale situated right by the sea. What amazes me is the proximity of the rich rice fields to the sea- doesn't the salinity affect the crop?
The best time to visit would be late evening just before sunset, as one can sit and enjoy the view from the view point on the hill, with the evening breeze kissing your nose. It's not heavily crowded either.
From the view point, a short walk via a nicely cut out flight of steps takes you straight to the beach. Alternatively, one can directly drive down to the beach itself after enjoying the view from the viewpoint, as walking back up after sunset would be scary.
The beach is virgin. Very few people frequent this place. We spent a long time here just sitting next to each other, taking in the fresh salty breez…

Parasurameswar Temple

I begin this Temple Trail series with the last temple that we visited on a day spent on foot, walking around the old town part of Bhubaneswar city, on a pleasant winter morning. Having seen bigger temples earlier in the day with beautiful stone carvings (about which I'll be eventually writing about), the first thought on seeing this temple was how small it was compared to the others. But then, the feeling slowly began to sink in. This was built in the year 650 A.D., meaning it's been standing there since more than 1,300 years! Can you imagine that? More than a millenium! Wow!
This temple was built in the 7th century by the Sailodbhavas, whose family deity was Lord Shiva. This is a fine example of early Kalinga architecture, with all characteristic features like a rising Vimana or the tall structure constructed over the sanctum sanctorum (or the garbagriha), and the jagamohan or the rectangular area from where devotees pray to the deity placed inside the sanctum. 
The walls are c…

Kori Aajadina (Mangalorean style Chicken Sukka)

This post has been written as a part of Livogen Iron Chef Contest, an initiative by Livogen to spread the awareness regarding the importance of Iron in our day-to-day diet, and also an effort to bring out crowd-sourced recipes rich in Iron. Simple yet effective modifications in our diet and lifestyle can go a long way in treating and preventing the development of Iron-deficiency anemia.  As a doctor myself, I advocate the use of iron rich food rather than taking mineral and vitamin supplements. Plus women in the child bearing age group are more prone than men to develop anemia. I urge all women to take care of their health first, as a healthy lady is the key to a healthy family!
This recipe was given by a lady who works at the same place as I do. In the local tongue (Tulu), it's referred to as 'Kori Aajadina', which simply means 'dry chicken'. Today it's more popularly known as 'Chicken Sukka'. The initial preparatory phase involves a bit of roasting and g…