WPC: Narrow

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge : Narrow

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The narrow, winding village paths beckon me.

Gram Chara Oi Ranga Mati-r Poth

Amar Mon Bhulay Re

– Rabindranath Tagore

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WPC: Trio

In response to WPC: Trio:What comes in threes? Submit an image for this week’s photo theme, Trio.

 It is a very  early morning on Pondicherry beach. Mr. Crow, perched on the promenade fence is watching the sunrise. 

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The Sun is still low on the horizon. Soft, pastel hues of red, orange and pink are slowly filling up the sky. The fishermen are already at work. They had gone out to the sea before dawn and spread their nets.Now, it is time to haul in the catch.IMG_0160

‘Caw,Caw,Caw!’ Mr. Crow is joined by three friends. They meet-and-greet.

Caw,Caw,Caw – Buddies, ready for Mrs.Iyer’s kitchen raid today?’ The trio plan and plot.

Mr. Crow moves away from the trio. At present, he prefers to watch the sunrise.

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Do we take time out of our busy schedules to watch and appreciate nature?

Turmeric

Haldi Nayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ………NO    TURMERIC…….. ?????”

Beethi’s booming voice sent a shock wave through the house;the doors and windows rattled, the picture frames on the wall shook, AND my concentration broke.

I closed my laptop and looked up. Beethi was already standing in front of me. In her pudgy fingers, she held the empty spice box. As soon as our eyes met,she thrust the box under my nose. She was purple with anger.

Her anger was justified. For many years now, Beethi has been taking care of my family’s most basic requirement – food. The kitchen is her fortress. She takes great pride in preparing the tastiest, spiciest food for us.

How on Earth will she cook today without Haldi ( Tumeric) ?

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Haldi or Turmeric is the most essential spice in an Indian kitchen. It adds a yellow color and a musky flavor to our dals and curries. We marinate our fish and meat with salt and turmeric. At times, we use it as a substitute for saffron.

For generations, Indian mothers have used Haldi paste as antiseptic to heal cuts and burns. At bedtime she has coaxed her children to drink Haldi milk to help them fight against colds and strengthen their immunity. She has included the wonder spice in her beauty regimen too.

Lot of studies are being done in labs worldwide to understand the benefits of Haldi or Turmeric.

So, go ahead and spice up your meals with a pinch of  this ‘yellow wonder‘ !!

Summer Cool !!! ( WPC)

This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer Lovin’

Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who. Get creative!

With mercury levels in India, hovering around 40°C,  anyone Summer Lovin’ ???

Yes !! Yes !!! As the humid, sweltering summer approaches we get the opportunity to escape the heat and travel to hill stations which have little to do with rising temperature and hustle and bustle of city life.

Here we are on our way to World’s highest Organic Tea Garden – Kolukkumalai Tea Estate.

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At 8000 ft above sea level, located precariously atop a hill range, the drive is most scenic and breath taking.

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Finally, we reach the sprawling tea estate.

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The orthodox tea making process is a seven step process – withering, rolling, sieving, fermenting, drying, fiber extraction and grading. This small factory in the center of the estate was built by the British in 1930.

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