One life to love

In the Lap of Nature

Just check out this snap. Itโ€™s a beautiful sight isn’t it?

This was the view from the balcony of the cottage we stayed while at Kurumba village resorts in Conoor. It was a breathtaking view and it was a pleasure to wake up in the morning and enjoy this sight while sipping coffee.

I could feel all the stress from the hectic life in Bangalore melt away while relaxing in the balcony watching the greenery all around and listening to the chirping of birds around. It was good to be away from the hustle of Bangalore, away from the traffic jams and traffic noise….listening to the music of nature.

This Diwali long weekend we had been to this resort for a 2 nights stay. The drive was a pleasure due to many reasons – excellent driver friend who maneuvered the car smoothly along the hairpin turns up and down the hilly roads, the company of good friends, the pleasant chill at the hill station and the breathtaking views we passed.

The moment we reached there, we realized that the long drive was worthwhile because of the breathtaking sight around. The food was pretty descent. Another highlight of the resort is the nice pool filled with chlorine free water. Check out their website (www.kurumbavillageresort.com) for more snaps/details of the place. I am sure that we would be going back to this place once again with in a year.

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November 22, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

Another Oil painting

This is a quick oil painting done in few hours time, without going into details.

This is my second oil painting and I have a long way to go before becoming average in the art of oil painitng.One thing I learnt is that we need to be very much patient for doing paintings. Luckily I have come across this painting course which is helping me train myself.

For an outsider seeing this painting.. it is poor.. but for me, my every art work is an excellant piece of work which I enjoyed doing. I guess I love myself and my art work.
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November 22, 2007 Posted by | Art work | 1 Comment

Avial

Avial is one of my favorite vegetable dishes from Kerala. It is considered to be a very nutritious dish since it is made up of so many vegetables. I always enjoyed eating avial that my mom or aunt made, but never ventured into making the dish on my own.

Then one fine day I decided that it was time for me to make avial on my own. There is a lot of improvement that can happen with practice.

This is the simplest way to make it because itโ€™s my mom who gave me the recipe.

Ingredients

-1 big carrot
-small bottle guard, you can also add small pieces of snake guard, ash guard etc. Since bottle guard is the most easily available vegetable in the category, I use a whole small bottle guard instead of the others.
-small piece of Yam
-One raw banana
-Few long beans which we call ‘achinga’ in Malayalam
-2 drum-sticks
-Curry leaves
-Some pulli extract ( or some curds or few pieces of raw mango)
-2 or 3 green chillies
-1/2 tsp turmeric powder
-1/2 tsp chillie powder
-1.5 tsp Salt (to taste)
-1.5 tsp coconut oil
-few small onion

Wash all the vegetables and remove the skin and keep ready for chopping into 2 inch long by half inch width size.

Vegetables cut and ready for cooking.

Place all the vegetables in a thick bottomed vessel.
Add 1 cup of water, turmeric powder and chillie powder. Close the vessel with a lid and allow to cook. Check from time to time to make sure that the water is not dried out. If required add little water. Once the vegetables are almost cooked add the pulli extract or the raw mango pieces. Add the salt as per taste and curry leaves and let it cook closed for some more time. Grind coconut coarsely with some small onions and green chillies and add to the cooked vegetable. Mix thoroughly and allow to boil for one more minute and switch off the fire. If you are using curds instead of the other options, then this is the time to add curds. Add the coconut oil and mix. Serve with hot rice and enjoy a hearty meal.

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Cookery | 2 Comments

Another New Begining

Every day is a new begining.

I start every day with some promises to self..

-Not to be judgemental in my thoughts and actions
-Accept each moment as it is
-Be receptive to change and new ideas
-Be a good listener

and so on….

Last week we celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniverserry.Its been 10 years since we met, we met during our PG at CUSAT , SMS and its been 5 years since we tied the knot and took vows to spend the rest of our life together. Its been so many great years of togetherness… I have grown to a better person in these years..

This year we conducted a “Purakuthasha” on the day of our anniverserry. It is a half an hour ceremony. This is how the father explained this ceremony called Purakuthasha ( aka “blessing the house” ). When a christian visits the church for the weekly kurbana and prays, he is cleared of all the sins and his mind or conscience is purified to make him a better person, but the house where he stays cannot go over to the church and attend kurbana. So the father visits our home and bless the house, so that the house is purified and everyone who visits the house gets a feeling of relief and happiness and goes away from our home with a good feeling.

I strongly believe that if there is positive energy in our home, then everyone will have a good feeling and relief by visiting us.. then ofcourse such ceremonies which are conducted by various religions in its own ways with its own names, does help the inhabitants mind fill with positive energy which in turn will bring positive vibrations to our abode.

God bless our home and help us spread happiness to all!

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

The model in him

Do you recognise the chap in the advt below ?

It happened a couple of years back. A good friend of ours who is into freelance web-designing wanted a model for some product pamphlet that he was designing for a client. He had asked my buddy and sweetheart to help him out.. intially the plan was to just capture a snap of his hand holding the product.. but I guess finally the model also impressed the designer and ho..ahhh.. his snap also appeared in the pamphlet…

We happened to stop by at the office of our friend few days back and he gave us a copy of the final pamphlet and we scanned the same to circulate amoung our friends the modelling adventured of my sweetheart…

To be frank I was not happy with the costume that he wore for this shot.. but still was very much impressed by the whole concept of having modelled for an actual product.. ๐Ÿ™‚ The shot of P’s masculine hand holding the device came out damn well!

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment