Healthy Whole Wheat Cake

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Here is a healthy cake that you can give your kids in their snack box or in the evening with their glass of milk. The best part about this cake is that it uses ingredients like whole wheat flour (atta) and jaggery that are more nutritious that refined products that are usually used. Another thing I liked about this cake is that it was really easy to whisk. I used just about one mixing bowl and a spoon. Utensils required were minimum and my kitchen was left absolutely clean. The last time I felt that way was long ago, when I baked an eggless vanilla cake. Continue reading

Mint Melon Cooler

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Here is an absolutely refreshing drink that I submitted to the Mother’s World magazine for their November ’12 Edition. I remember while shooting this drink, the day was rather hot. After a few shots I got thirsty. It was not only the heat but also the chilled out maroon beauty that was tempting me through the tall glass. I decided to take a sip and I didn’t realize that it was a rather long one. When I got back behind the lens my jaw dropped. The glass was half empty! So I stopped shooting and sat down to finish the rest of the drink because in this case I couldn’t optimistically look at the part that was half full 🙂 Continue reading

A few beautiful days in Bananki

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This winter break we made a trip to Bananki, a place close to Shimoga.  We spent about 3 days at a home stay in the wild woods. The entire family made the trip with us. My mom, Mayank’s brother’s family, my sister’s family was there in full attendance. I think a home stay experience is best enjoyed in a big group. Luckily for the kids, Santa Claus had no trouble getting there. Wonder how he manages to find us , every year, no matter where we are. Continue reading

Ganesh Pooja Year 2012

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On Sunday, Ganeshji left our home for this year. It was special this time as I made the Ganesh idol myself. The Think Green team in our apartment organized a 2-day workshop on idol making. They invited a person who is a graduate from a Japanese school in ceramic arts & pottery. I found the instructor very knowledgable and am glad I got to learn a few interesting techniques in clay modeling from him. Continue reading

Beautiful Backwaters of Ashtamudi

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We visited Ashtamudi about a week ago. It was the first time I saw the scenic backwaters of Kerala. I now know why it’s called God’s own country. The wide lakes lined with lush green coconut trees,  tiny fishes trying to escape the local fishermen,  birds perched on tree trunks singing the local melodies, all come together to create a memorable portrait of Ashtamudi. Continue reading

Dishwasher one-o-one

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I first thought of buying a dishwasher nearly a year ago. I was inspired when I saw my friend who stays in my building, using one. I remember the day, last year, when I went to her place to understand the value it could bring to life. I was confused about what I wanted. For those of you who might not know this, in India, it’s still very common to have a lady who comes in to wash the dishes. Dishwashers are not usually used. However, the culture is slowly shifting as maids are becoming hard to find.

I have been using my Siemens dishwasher for a few weeks now and I feel that whatever I heard from my friends before purchasing it, is all correct. A big thanks to Venkatraj and Rajani, my neighbors who have patiently answered all my queries. They have been using a dishwasher for nearly 4 years now. This post includes information on usage of detergents, which I gained mostly from them. To make the decision a bit easier for those who might be considering buying a dishwasher, I have elaborated on the pros and cons of using one. Continue reading

Black & White Wednesday Week #42 Round-up!

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Thank you all for enthusiastically participating in Black & White Wednesday Week 42. The gallery presents a wide spectrum of images right from Wines to kulfis. Being a great fan of B&W images I really enjoyed putting this collection together. The BWW event for week 43 will be hosted by Simona of Briciole.

Folks – An Abstract , by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen Folks – An Abstract , by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen Continue reading

Dishwasher Delight

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We recently installed a Siemen’s dishwasher and I am all high on its presence in my house. I’ve been planning to get one for a long time now but was apprehensive because of the dozen things one hears about it. In India, dish washing is primarily done by ladies who come in to clean the house, usually called maids. I think ‘maid’ is one topic which causes a burst of emotions in every lady I know. Most of us at some point of time have felt jilted, cheated, hurt, etc. due to some maid. Just like in olden days they would say that you need great luck to find a good spouse, in today’s world you need to be very lucky to find a good maid (if at all there is someone like that). That’s why we can change the saying to “maid for each other”. Continue reading

Inviting Black & White pictures for Week #42

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I’m guest hosting Black & White Wednesday (BWW) for week #42. This event has been around for a long time now and everyone has been enthusiastically participating in it with their culinary B&W photographs. I personally love B&W pictures. Their ability to highlight subjects helps convey the essence of a shot better.
Whenever I get a chance I like to observe pictures that were shot during the times of our grandparents. The simple B&W pictures speak volumes of the times back then. I am truly happy to be guest hosting B&W Wednesday Week #42. Looking forward to your participation.

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