Absorbing the moment

Lucknow Imambara

enjoying the rains at Lucknow Imambara

It rained a short while when we visited the Imambara in Lucknow. we took shelter along the corridor. I guess she was also waiting for the rains to stop but in the meantime, she seemed to be enjoying the moment looking out the splashes and listening to the pitter-patter drops hitting the concrete ground of the lovely monument. She was not splashing around. She was not dancing in the rains. She did not seem forlorn. She did not seem to be in bliss. She was just absorbing the moment.

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A ‘rich’ winter street food: Daulat ki Chaat

daulat ki chaat

Daulat ki chaat

Old Delhi is a well known hub for those undaunted by the crowd and willing to explore. The Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, the markets, the eating joints and so on. In my earlier visits, I had not come across this street food because it was not in winter. Daulat ki chaat is sold on the streets of old delhi only in the winter. From what I have been told, it is mainly malai cream served with khoya and flavoured with safron and  rosewater. The cream gets easily spoilt and hence, it is seasonal as a street food.

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Daulat ki chaat being sold in the streets of Old Delhi

My first impression of the street food was its veil and I wondered why it was veiled like a lady!

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Anaconda in the Backwaters of Kerala

Anaconda in the Backwaters of Kerala

backwaters of Kerala

watched the film ‘Anaconda’? on our visit to Kovallam, we decided to do a tour of the famed backwaters of Kerala. we went to the one that was supposedly nearest to Kovallam beach. it was a pretty sight for sure. as we set sail entering the thick outgrowths, the boatman proudly tells us that this is the place where Anaconda was filmed. was i impressed? well, lets put it this way, my immediate question was, are there snakes here?

Underneath the blue skies, lies a green valley

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Underneath the blue skies, lies a green valley…………..only, it was a green carpet formed of siltation on a lake. on these carpets, people constructed  houses. it is said that houses would move with the direction of the winds and movement of the water. you may sleep in these houses in one part of this freshwater lake, and possibly wake up in another part of the lake. this is the Loktak Lake in Manipur, India. the green masses are locally called phumdi.  

of Bees and of Flowers: ©ingellei

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the early morning bee enjoying nectar

caught this a sight on an early morning walk inside the campus of Panjab University, Chandigarh. I don’t know which flower this is, but it sure looked pretty!

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update: just found out that this is the flower of the Barringtonia Acutangula also known as Freshwater Mangrove

Nothing like a splash to beat the heat!

Splash! Splash! ducks enjoying the water at Lalbagh garden, Bangalore; photo:  ©Ingallei

Bangalore was hotter than Delhi when i happened to visit there in March. what a disappointment! after everyone told me of the lovely climate there, i landed in the hottest season in Bangalore – the pre-Monsoon period! It was even hotter than Delhi. So hot that when the air hostess announced the temperature outside, all the passengers of the Delhi-Bengaluru flight gave a collective sigh! I wished i could splash in the water like this family of ducks in Lalbagh garden.

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In the garden of Lalbagh, Bengaluru:

‘O Yea! look at me – I am having fun!’  – ©Ingallei

could not resist taking a picture of these little creatures. they certainly did not seem to mind and definitely were more people-friendly than the ones in Delhi of Banaras where my encounter with the species has not been worth remembering!