Tuesday, 29 June 2010
For more photos and recipe, read here
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
We hear another bird now, one that sings sweetly. It is the Indian cuckoo, called the 'Bou-Ko-Tha-Ko' bird in Bengali. Tea planters say the bird is calling, 'Orange Pekoe', 'Broken Pekoe' or 'Make more pekoe'!!
Friday, 25 June 2010
For a few months now I have not been paying due attention to my blog. It has been a kind of absence without leave. Some of the regular readers have been kind enough to write to me about it. My apologies to them, and to those who made comments on my posts and did not receive any response.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Each and every tea drinker has her or his own way of making that cup of tea. The English people were (I am talking about those good old days – I do not know about these days) very particular about making their tea. First wash the teapot with hot water, measure three –four (as need be) cups of water to boil, put three or four (again as need be) spoons of tea - that is one spoon for each cup and one for the pot....More here
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Some of us here in Kuwait experienced the worst power outage since 1995. (the year I landed here in Kuwait and for others they may remember the period during the invasion)
Saturday, 19 June 2010
I arrived in Sundarbans, the World’s largest mangrove forest, famous for its chief inhabitant – the Royal Bengal Tiger, on a hot morning in April 2010. Now, getting here can be an adventure and perhaps a challenge in itself, because of the remoteness of this place.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
I remember that mom had the same green and red Janata stove and as a kid I used to play with the lever that raised the wick up and down up and down till I got a sharp whack on the back of the head and was shooed away from the kitchen. But it was a big relief for the women from the smoky adupu’s (even though the sawdust ones we had in Calicut were virtually smokeless) or fireplaces and the ‘kozhal’ that was used to stoke the flames. I used to blow (plooom – that was the sound) and blow through it when I passed the kitchen, for the fun of it and as usual got a crack on the head from any elder in attendance in the kitchen for destroying the peace and getting on her already strained nerves. If I remember right, there was a circular thing that you had to lower from the top to shut down the flame, by pressing on the wick from the top. ...........................
Thursday, 10 June 2010
STATE-WISE INFANT MORTALITY RATE (per1000) -
Year 1961, 2003 & 2005
As you can see, some states in India have come a long way but as a whole India is yet to tackle hunger and poverty.
The following are the states which are showing an upward trend and it seems to continue in year 2008 too.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Sayaji Rao Road, the main thoroughfare in Mysore is named after the Maharaja of Baroda, Sayaji Rao Gaekwad, The legendary Maharaja is said to have been adopted by the Royal family. The story goes that as a young boy he was asked by the queen as to why he was called to the Palace and the boy grandly announced with confidence , ‘I have come here to rule !!’
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Friday, 4 June 2010
Thursday, 3 June 2010
The last (and first) time I went there, two years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I was filled with the excitement and anticipation that come before an adventure that is a glorious mystery, a journey into uncharted waters. I was nervous, and terrified that I would not live up to what was expected of me, that I would not enjoy myself, that I would spend my days wondering, "what am I doing here?"