In the picture - is Lord Shani at Shinganapur, about 70 kms from Shirdi. Yep, that's oil being poured on the diety using electric motors and pumps. Making the best use of the technology and also to avoid mishaps where people tripped and fell while doing the same in past years.
We went on a short 2 day trip to Shirdi and on our way to Shani Shinganapur, the driver stopped to beat the heat with a glass of THE most delicious sugarcane juice made the traditional way. No electricity needed, the animal walks round and round as the sugarcane sticks are crushed between those two logs!
I read the previoustwo books of this Good Vs Evil Shiva Trilogy and today I finished reading the last book as well - The Oath of Vayuputras. One thing that's missing from this edition when compared to other two is an element of surprises. The plot progresses predictably. Yet, there are parts of the book written very well like the episode where Sati fights ferociously all by herself in a duel in Devagiri but at times things tend to get very slow & all you would want to do is just skim through the pages, without caring for much details. All in all, Amish definitely deserves a pat on the back for creating such lively characters especially Shiva and Sati.
There is this quaint little terrace garden restaurant in Jubilee Hills here in Hyderabad called 'So'. The first time I went there was for a dinner with my girl pals Arundati and Preethi. Today I took Srini and he simply fell in love with it just like I did. The food is superb, service immaculate and the dim lighting with light breeze & greenery all around your dinner table make the experience even more wonderful.
My mom has this habit of churning the boiled dal before adding to cooked raw mango pieces and tadka. It does give a nice creamy taste to the dal. Yum! That's was our dinner yesterday along with mango pickle, papadams and rice + yogurt..
It has been almost 5 years that I graduated from Syracuse University, New York. Its amazing how they mailed me their Fall issue all the way to Hyderabad. A few glimpses of the campus photographs and I was transported to my college days again. :-)
We have recently started working on our own roof garden where we planted few veggies, fruits and flowers. Reaping the benefits now. Even if its just a small tomato, there is definitely a sense of pride to it ;-)
Cravings are a mean mean thing, especially the ones for junk/fast food! I usually don't frequently indulge in any but I wanted to try Pizza Hut's Crown Pizza since it was launched months ago. With the addition of sweet corn + other veggies, it is priced at 445 Rupees and it easily serves two people. The kebabs which form the 'crown' were quite moist and delicious.