POTD: Delirious in the desert ๐Ÿœ

A smile from yesteryear can being a smile today too ! A memory from the desert safari in Dubai in March 2018. ๐Ÿ‘‰Marhaba Dubai: The Desert Safari. It was a holiday with my college friends. The lady putting the henna designs was charging Dhs. 30 per hand. Immediately, my friend and I worked out the…

Hampi Chronicles: Last glance ๐ŸŒ…

It was close to 5:00 pm by the time we finished with the sights at the Vitthala temple complex. There were buggy rides ferrying people from the Vitthala temple to the car park, driving along the length of the 1 km long bazaar or Chariot street. People were standing in queue waiting for the rides,…

Switching the exam mode ๐Ÿ“

The academic year 2020-21 has been unique experience for the teachers, students and parents, with the online mode of learning. The kid is in Grade 11 and had changed school after his 10th. He went to his new school to write their entrance exam for admission and since then hasn’t set foot in the campus….

Easy Mutton curry with whole spices (One pot dish) ๐Ÿฅ˜

The inspiration to cook comes from many sources; for me, one vein of motivation is the aroma of what’s cooking in my neighbour’s kitchen. My adjacent neighbours and us, we share a wall in the work area. In fact, it’s the only common wall between the flats in the building. The work area is a…

Equwise: Prompt Payouts by InvITs ๐Ÿ’ 

January is usually a bleak month for dividend payouts; Q3 ends in Dec and the subsequent month is usually spent by the companies compiling the financial data. But this time, the new year began with a pleasant surprise ๐ŸŽŠ. As mentioned in a prior post GMDC declared their annual dividend late in 2020 GMDC: Dividend…

A charming slice of life ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“–

One chapter a day would be the ideal pace for reading the book Goodnight and God Bless by Anita Nair, I reasoned as I ordered the book from Amazon and awaited it’s arrival. The reviews said it was a collection of bedside ruminations by Anita Nair and would be a good bed time read. But…

Hampi chronicles: Bazaar and beyond ๐Ÿž

The picture below helps to get an idea about the once thriving markets of Vijayanagar, which must have been glorious so as to be recorded by travellers. R K Narayan paints the picture beautifully for us in his book The Emerald Route ” One can let one’s imagination roam over the old bazaar street in…

Hampi chronicles: Hemakuta Hill – the Granite abode of Gods ๐ŸŒ…

We are on a trail covering the sacred centre of Vijayanagar and after starting with the Virupaksha temple ๐Ÿ‘‰Hampi chronicles: Charmed by the colonettes at Virupaksha temple ๐Ÿ›•, the next destination is the Hemakuta hill situated right next to and above the Virupaksha temple complex. The entrance to the Hemakuta hill is a majestic quadrilateral…

10 Feb: Celebrating Pulses๐Ÿฒ

“World Pulses Day is a designated United Nations global event to recognize the importance of pulses (chickpeas, dry beans, lentils, dry peas and lupins among others) as a global food. It has been proclaimed on February 10 of each year since 2019 by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 20, 2018.” https://worldpulsesday.org…

A Sunday browsing second hand books๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! โ˜˜๏ธ It’s Sunday and since November last year, when we started going about the city again, once a month visit to Church street has become a casual routine. Three- fourth of the Church street has been closed to traffic and it has now become a popular backdrop…

Hampi chronicles: The curse that saved a temple โš”๏ธ

There are many stories leading to the origins of the Vijayanagar empire, too many in fact; but they all have some converging points. A broad outline of these narratives is aptly outlined by Srinivas Reddy in his book Raya stating ” It is a tale of two brothers, a sacred geography and one legendary sage.”…