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A cup of Tea…..

This post is dedicated to all TEA – LOVERS.

A lovely morning is never complete without a cup of tea. A beautiful evening is all alone without a cup of tea. A movie break is a perfect time for a cup of tea. Need a break from studies? Have some tea. A rainy day cannot pass without a hot ginger tea. Sit at a place from where you can watch raindrops falling on a tree, with your favourite cuppa and you don’t need anything else. Winter is welcomed with Tulsi – Ginger tea. Sometimes, the best remedy for a headache is a Tea……

Once I read few lines about tea , I don’t remember where exactly but they were too good and I’m sharing….

“The first bowl soothes the throat, while the second banishes lonliness. At the third bowl, I search my soul and find 5,000 volumes of ancient poems. With the fourth bowl, a slight perspiration washer away all unhappy things. At fifth bowl, my bones and muscles are cleansed. With the sixth bowl, I am in communication with the immortal spirit. The seventh bowl? It is forbidden : already  a cool , ethereal breeze begins to soother my whole body.”

Well, its time for tea 🙂  ….


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Winter Wonder…

Every season has its own charm. The Winter is most charming , I must say. Think of winter and what comes to my mind is foggy mornings, dew and mist, several cups of hot tea, geyser and of course woollens. Sun becomes the best friend. My grandmother used to put all woollen clothes in sunlight for 2-3 days before we started putting them on. Days become short but full of activity. You can roam in daylight without any problem. Everyone comes out for Sun. All outdoor games become pleasant.

Another reason why winter is good is that it brings Green Peas (Matar). I’m not that kind who loves to get everything round the year. I don’t like the concept of frozen peas. Get a bunch , open the pods and eat fresh or cook aaloo-matar (ghugnee) or choora-matar (matar poha) or make matar stuffed paranthas. Another typical curry of matar is Nimona which is my favourite.

The New Year arrives in winter, the dates start repeating with another year and there is much excitement about new calendars and new diary. Christmas decorations add more beauty to winter. Cakes and gifts for kids and friends and sending new year greeting cards to near and dear ones. I still send greeting cards to my loved ones. I feel internet is not able to create that magic of a card, with a message written with hand.

Then comes Makara Sankranti – A significant festival and a celestial phenomenon. The Sun ends its southward journey and start moving towards north i.e., towards tropic of cancer. Sesame seeds (til) and jaggery laddoos , gajak, khichadi with dahi – choora come into the picture. The more beauty is added by the colourful kites.

Few things like Amla,  sweet potato (shakarkand) are gift of winter. Nature is so beautiful and systematic that if a change in weather occurs, it also brings the suitable kind of vegetation for the season. So, lets stay warm and enjoy winter with your favourite cuppa……………

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The Indian Idol Show

From past few weeks I was watching Indian Idol on sony and was awestruck by the preformances of the three finalists. Out of the three, the most knowledgeable was Devendra Pal Singh. Vipul Mehta had versatility which took him far. Amit was of course my third choice because he has a powerful voice but in soft songs he is not that good. Vipul Mehta won and he was awarded with so many things..Congrats to Him. He was superb in “ tu ramta jogi tu ramta jogi hai “.

Earlier, Amit was gifted a guitar and a Suzuki Hayate. Amit’s best performance was “marjaani marjaani,”

I’m feeling too sad for Devendra. He was too deserving. His best were – “Mujhe raat din, Jaane kya chahe man” and one more classical based song which i don’t remember right now, it was some Virah song. The Indian Idol show organisers should give some reward to the other two finalists also , apart from the winner. Hope Devendra Pal gets his share soon.

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Whats in a name?

Well, They say whats in a name? But I see few letters, A,A,I,N,S  creating wonders. I hope you have guessed by now. Yes I’m talking about SANIA and SAINA.

SANIA Mirza is a leading Tennis player from India. I don’t remember any other female tennis player before her from our country who had played so well. Let us not expect her to become top seeded in singles as we lack such infrastructure in our country. If it happens, it would be a miracle !! (Amen).

SAINA Nehwal has taken Indian Badminton to new heights. She was amazing at Indonesian open, recently. I wish her good luck for 2012 Olympics.

I wonder if any other permutation / combination of A A I N S is going to create wonders !!

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Sydney : The Rocking n Happening City – 1

The Sydney Opera House

Yesterday, talking about Giraffe as the animal with longest cervical vertebrae, I told my friends about where I saw the first giraffe of my life and that reminded me of my Sydney Trip. The nostalgia is still there – Thanks to everyone who made it a memorable trip of my Life. I would like to mention Napoleon on Kent – The serviced apartment, where we stayed. It was a very convenient location and The Darling Harbour was just 10 minutes away from it while the circular quay was 15 – 20 minutes in the other direction. It was at intersection of Napoleon and Kent streets. (219,Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000) (Nearby railway Station – Wynyard Railway Station).
So, How it happened ?
Well, we reached Sydney in the morning from Brisbane and after check – in and usual stuff, we headed towards Circular Quay. It was the most lively and adventurous place I saw in Sydney. Facing the sea it has 6 Wharfs, from where you can choose your way to cruise. Some of the names I remember are Matilda, Thomas cook etc. We gathered Information from Tourist Information Centre and obtained a 2 day Sydney tour pass. (There are many choices depending on how much time do you have ).
Soon after getting the pass we started for the Opera house tour but we were stopped by a different kind of music. We were unable to prevent ourselves from tapping our feet. Decided to look for the source we end up meeting the Indigenous Australians (Aboriginals) playing an instrument named didgeridoo (also known as a didgeridoo or didge) using their mouth. It was a hollow wooden pipe of 1.5 meter, very beautifully decorated. The player needs to blow air through the mouthpiece and at the same time try to make some noise. It was an Aerophone / natural wooden trumpet. The man was playing music and selling recorded CDs of his music. I bought one and it’s still the most different kind of music I’ve heard. (The aboriginals are the original inhabitants of Australia.)

The Circular Quay @ Sydney

Heading towards Opera house we met several tourists who were in awe with the liveliness of the place. WOW ! AMAZING ! MARVELLOUS ! was the expression on seeing Opera house from outside. Sydney Opera house – I must say its an epitome of Modern architecture with the sea (pacific ocean) giving its a perfect company. We went for the guided tour of Opera house which included a visit to some of the theatres and we were lucky to saw one ballet rehearsal. It was a nice

A didgeridoo Player @ Circular Quay, Sydney

choreography and it reminded me of the Opera house scene from movie Dil Chahta hai. Collecting the photographs, we concluded the Opera house tour and came out of the beautiful creation of man. (Those who have seen Lotus / Bahai Temple  in New Delhi may feel a resemblance of the same with Opera house.) What a place !!

Then, it was time for sea adventures. We went for Jet cruise and then jet speed boating. Both were unique in their own ways. Jet cruise allowed kids also but jet speed boating was not for kids – it was a speed boat with 20 – 25  capacity with a captain and used to give a spin amidst the sea. Next moment you could be singing “water, water everywhere…..” It was a breathtaking experience.

We were damn hungry after the thrilling rides and decided to fill our bellies. There were variety of food n snacks stalls outlining the sea – side

Proud  Mr. Ravishankar and Anoushka

A poster @ Sydney Opera House

and later on we found an Indian Restaurant too which was having a Ganesha idol at the entrance. (Food is never a problem in Australia.)  We went to the Royal Botanic Gardens nearby Opera house for a walk. Its very charming to walk along the sea.

Another major attaction is The Harbour Bridge which is most clearly visible while cruising / speedboating. You can also climb on the bridge with permission and get a certificate of the same !! It is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries all kind of traffic, be it rail, vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian, between the Sydney CBD and theNorth Shore. The beautiful  view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic representation of Sydney or you can say Australia. …….to be continued…….    



The Sydney Harbour Bridge

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HMDA Park – Near Hyderguda, Rajendra Nagar Mandal, Hyderabad

These are some pics from a small park in Hyderguda area in Hyderabad.

The complete address is – HMDA  Chinna Talla Kunta Park, Hyderguda, Rajendra Nagar.

Landmark : Opposite to Pillar No. 152 of P.V. Narsimha Rao Expressway (which starts near Mehdipattnam and goes till AaramGhar and turns right towards Agricultural University).

A Ticket of Rs. 10 is charged, kids go free.

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Voter id related info for people in AP

How to Get an voter id in AP

Hi folks !!

 its time for some information. If you have any problem related to your voter id card in AP, follow the link given below and click on the e-registration option. I hope this is going to help you. Have a nice day !!

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