Friday, November 21, 2014

Being Local - 4



The driver for our trip to Sholayar and Valparai. He deserves special mention because, he was desperate to show my kid at least one elephant in the jungle and went up to the extend of climbing the top of the car to find out one. Alas we could not find one but really appreciate his serious attempt.

'Being Local' is a series where I can post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention. You can find others in the series here.

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Being Local - 3



The Coconut seller at Nishat Bagh, Srinagar who was eagar to pose when I asked him.

'Being Local' is a series where I can post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention. You can find others in the series here.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bengali Lunch on a Fine Sunday

Bengallis are often coined as 'Bhojan Rasik', which would ideally mean that they love to eat and eat anything which is tasty - no matter whether they are higenic or not. The variety of food in a Bengalli household would be something which is admired all over the world.

It would be difficult to find a Bengali house where you will not see an item of fish in the daily menu. I am an exception though; Lately after finding a shop in the market besides JNTU crossing, fish became an item in our meals too - at least 2-3 times a week now. The specialty of this shop is you can buy live Rohu fish and that is the only shop in the entire market.

One such fine Sunday morning, we had a wonderful 'fishy' lunch with Fried fish, fish curry and Alur Khosha Bhaja (Potato Skin Fry).

Fish Fried


Fish Curry

Alur Khosha Bhaja is not an item which you would be hearing often. This is prepared from the peeled skin of potato. Believe it or not, potato skin is not only nutritious but tasty. Peel the potato and keep the skin a little thick than usual. Peel onions as well. Add salt as per your taste. Mix poppy seeds and fry till it mixes well with the peeled potato skin and onions. Fry till this is red and crispy.

Alur Khosha Bhaja

And that's a WOW lunch. Simple yet mouth watery. Isn't it, what's your opinion?

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

India Unexplored - Explore the less travelled Indian destinations

Lonely Planet have started a contest called India Unexplored, which is mainly to promote avid travelers to share their offbeat travel experiences. The entries are categorized into 4 themes - See, Do, Eat and Shop.  Entries would be visible upon approval from the moderation team. The campaign is running from 4 October to 17 November, 2014 and the voting has begun.

I have the privilege of sharing 4 entries in the contest as below:

Shop:
Nirmalhttp://unexplored.lonelyplanet.in/discovery/entry/629.html
Pochampallyhttp://unexplored.lonelyplanet.in/discovery/entry/632.html

Eat:
Absolute Barbequehttp://unexplored.lonelyplanet.in/discovery/entry/737.html
Rhinchen Cafeteriahttp://unexplored.lonelyplanet.in/discovery/entry/747.html

For more details on the places, you can visit the link of the names.

Please vote for my entries as below in Lonely Plannet - India Unexplored if you find it interesting.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Being Local - 2


The Chaiwali at the Kuntala Waterfalls, Nirmal. Be there water in the falls or not, there is always tea in her kettle for the visitors. 

'Being Local' is a series where I can post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention. You can find others in the series here.
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