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June 03, 2015

Mumbai Daily

Our world

Morning in Bandra Kurla Complex.
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June 03, 2015 06:40 AM (IST)

Vintage Garden

A vintage Ford in the Vintage Garden in Bandra.
June 03, 2015 06:00 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Poetry in Stone - 26

This is twenty-sixth in the series on the rich cultural heritage of ancient temples in India. The ancient temples are exceptionally carved.
The external wall and the tower of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Bhadravati is beautifully carved. On the external wall in the middle layer there are  various   sculptures  of Hindu deities. On the layer above one can see carvings that resemble  small towers.
Similar tower like carvings of bigger size can also [...]
June 03, 2015 06:00 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

Nubra Valley in Ladakh – River, Greenery and Slow Travel

I found my ideal do-nothing place in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley. It was a place for long walks in the meadows, reading books with a cup of tea in a garden chair, eating seabuckthorn fruits on the riverbed, relishing apricots straight off the tree, hiding behind the bush watching a herd of Bactrian Camel in the wild, chasing shepherds, walking along the river and watching sunsets while listening to sweet sound of the flow. The days in Nubra were filled with activity and yet I wasn’t really doing [...]
June 03, 2015 05:03 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6 Links

Registration Links:
Individual Registrations
Group Registration
Awareness Campaigns:
CTC Mugs
Plastic Collection Mela
CTC Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Call for Volunteers - Recycle Shops
Waste Management at Apartments
Role Model Series:
Role Model I
Role Model II
Post 1
Post 2
Five Things You Shouldn't Be Missing Out In CCC6
India Clean Sweep: 
Coimbatore - Vizag - Thanjavur
Hyderabad [...]
June 03, 2015 03:05 AM (IST)

Daughters of Tomorrow


Sometimes you learn so much from your kids.

Yesterday, I had to fetch Yaya from the library and it is a pretty long drive. So, I asked my son if he would like to come along. ( mostly so I could spend some time alone with him and partly to alleviate boredom).

As I drove out from my house to the main road,  the road is a steep hill and as I  reached the top, I noticed that the moon was rising in the horizon. It was such a magnificent sight and I told my son, “look it is a full moon”. [...]

June 03, 2015 03:02 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Paradise of Western Odisha – ‘Pradhanpat’

Nature has different dimensions to enhance the beauty of various places. It could be in the form of flowing streams, static lakes, hills or forests. 
The state of Odisha is full of natural beauty and resources. Most of them are explored and maintained by OTDC and associated districts administration. There are still a few unexplored or uncovered places that are full of natural beauty and which needs to be highlighted.
Nature has never neglected our state. It has gifted a lot of [...]
June 03, 2015 02:58 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup - Final Countdown has begun....

Green Army

The strength of our troops is growing day by day as we are readying ourselves for the battle against plastics - close to  8000 volunteers  are gearing up for this Sunday. Final call to be part of history:  individuals  &  groups .

The battle will be fought on 18 different fronts simultaneously starting Sunday 6am. Update your  FB Wall Cover  to sensitize your friends.

Sponsors & Partners

We are thanking our official Sponsors and Partners [...]

June 03, 2015 02:48 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Art, sea and city - COCHIN BIENNALE 2014

I travelled to Cochin during the Christmas eve of 2014. The focus of the trip was Fort Cochin. The protagonist was drenched in the spirit of Biennale. Biennale is a contemporary art festival that pitches itself once in every two years. During the festival, the sleepy town of fort Cochin with its 2000 inhabitants transforms itself into a thriving hub of art and tourism.
The setting welcomes all kind of tourists from local to international, from backpackers who would trod open the city on foot [...]
June 03, 2015 01:41 AM (IST)

June 02, 2015


Brilliant coding .... and it is not about IT..

One exists the way one does,  because one's parents donated 23 chromosomes each , making one the proud holder of 46 chromosomes in the nucleus of every cell in one's body.
A chromosome consists of hundreds and thousands of genes, and , many personal traits  are determined  by sets of these genes.   The entire structure, and functioning of your body and possibly your mind is decided by the types and amounts of proteins your body synthesizes, and  genes are the managers  [...]
June 02, 2015 11:12 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

India Clean Sweep II - Coastal Cleanup @ Pondicherry


Participating Groups


In Pondicherry the programme was organized in June 2014 under  ‘India Clean Sweep’  campaign by the CTC members & volunteers at Pondicherry.  To educate and sensitize the public on the non-use of plastics  various stage shows was successfully conducted by team of volunteer’s in Pondicherry beach road. From June 3 rd  to [...]

June 02, 2015 10:36 PM (IST)


Maruti Ciaz VXi+ automatic review

Zoom car had been reluctant to add Maruti cars to their self drive fleet. Ertiga, Swift and Swift Dzire were very popular cars and extremely driver friendly and fun to drive. But for some reason they stayed clear of Maruti. Very recently they added Maruti Ciaz to their fleet- that too an automatic one. Maruti Ciaz with all doors open Maruti’s strength has been in small cars and they didn’t
June 02, 2015 10:11 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Master of mayhem

June 02, 2015 08:58 PM (IST)

Thejesh G N

Checkin: Coffee

Trying to checkin from Costa. A good coffee to end the day is the best thing that can happen to you. Wondering how much coffee should I carry for the trip. Two espresso’s per day may need two kgs. So let’s pack it.

Checkin: Coffee
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June 02, 2015 08:15 PM (IST)


Exploring Bengaluru with Oyo Rooms!

I had the chance to experience Oyo rooms in Bengaluru, thanks to a campaign by Indiblogger and Oyo Rooms. We spent  a day at Oyo Premium Hotel Bengaluru International near Shivananda Circle. I have reviewed the hotel separately in the previous post. Here in this post, I am detailing about the concept of Oyo, #Oyoxplorer activities we did and their features/value additions. Some quick FAQs to
June 02, 2015 07:35 PM (IST)

Samyak Kaninde

Chukar calling in snow

Samyak ( posted a photo:

Chukar partridge live in high altitude mountains of himalayas. In winter, due to excessive snow over the mountain tops, they come down nearby to the villages for grazing from the ground.
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June 02, 2015 07:25 PM (IST)

Shruthi Hallucinations!

Letters from home - or not

I was looking through some papers, intending to clear some of them, when I came across a file that contained papers and documents dating to my time in Mumbai.

I found my first appointment letter, promotion later, the documents which outlined how much salary I would get. I found a cringe-worthy resume running to four pages, written much before I worked as a resume writer. And then I found letters from home.


When I worked in Mumbai, my father regularly posted to my PG address, envelopes containing [...]

June 02, 2015 06:52 PM (IST)


Last week, I took out four plastic bags of memorabilia from my cupboard, intending to clean out the chaff and condense them into one single bag.
One of the bags was full of diaries, written in my teens and early twenties (before the internet era.) One was bursting with letters and postcards and greeting cards (from my high school days.) and had a file with articles I'd cut out from Target magazine. The third bag contained my project reports - grad, and post-grad. The fourth ... had my certificates and [...]
June 02, 2015 06:51 PM (IST)

Dreamland, according to Puttachi

Last night, I wasn't feeling too good, so decided to turn in early. Puttachi sat next to me and told me a bedtime story - about how we get dreams. It is a lot more detailed, of course, but it goes something like this:

She: After we fall asleep, we hop into a car that takes us from our house on a long, straight road to a place called Dreamland. Each person's road leads to their own gate to Dreamland. But once you get in, Dreamland is the same for everybody. Some parts of it are beautiful, [...]

June 02, 2015 06:51 PM (IST)

Articles in Brainwave Magazine

Brainwave is a pretty cool magazine for kids. The articles are fun, the layout catchy, and the illustrations are attractive. And oh, it is quite informative!
I have a piece on the history of the atom in the May issue which is about Atoms, and a piece on what aliens are probably made up of in the June issue, which is about, well, Aliens.
Pick up a copy - chances are that your child will like it.
June 02, 2015 06:51 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana

Hathnikund Barrage is at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana. It is about 40 km from the Yamunanagar town on the road to Paonta Saheb, a famous Sikh shrine 23 km ahead and Dehradun.
Scenic Hathnikund Barrage with the Hiamalaya foothills in the background 
The road is very good except the last part where you have to leave the National Highway and take the Major District Road (MDR). In fact it is hardly a road and it is not even a levelled kutcha (non-metalled) [...]
June 02, 2015 03:57 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi

Sri Krishna Math at Udupi is one of the prominent place and is surrounded by many other temples. It was founded in the 13th century by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya one of the greatest saints, philosophers, and religious reformers of India. 
It is here that he installed the idol of Lord Krishna that he found in the sea that was covered in sandalwood. Present temple has seen many renovations and  has become very colorful.
Adjacent to the temple is sacred tank, where it is believed [...]
June 02, 2015 02:20 PM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog

Proud to be a Rajasthani!

June 02, 2015 10:30 AM (IST)


Oyo Premium Hotel Bangalore International Review

Hotel Bengaluru International is one of the many hotels located in the heart of Bengaluru. Located on Crescent road, between Race course and Shivananda circle, Hotel Bangalore International is an Oyo Premium property. In this post I am focusing about pros and cons of Hotel Bengaluru International as a facility, based on my 1 day stay here during Oyo Explorer activity last weekend. I have
June 02, 2015 07:54 AM (IST)

Affordable Gym Equipment in Sheshadripuram park, Blr

I spotted these equipment in a park near Sheshadripuram today morning during my morning walk from Oyo Premium Hotel Bangalore International (that will be detailed in another post later). Parks usually have some metal structures as play zone for kids. It is little rate to find open fitness equipment. I was surprised to see these. Most of us have seen the gym variants of these fitness equipment-
June 02, 2015 05:40 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

Kite shops on the streets of Jaipur

Last December, I spent a few days in Jaipur exploring some interesting places in the city and in the periphery. One of those days, we visited this street where they have several shops making and selling kites. The narrow streets filled with kites made a beautiful decor.

Related Posts Streets of Jaipur Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi – Street Photography An evening with pigeons at Amber Fort, Jaipur.

The post Kite shops on the streets of Jaipur appeared first on India Travel & Photography [...]

June 02, 2015 05:23 AM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Roopkund Trek

June 02, 2015 01:43 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6, June 7th - Group Registration Open

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Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6, June 7th - Group Registration

Welcome to the 6th year edition of the Chennai Coastal Cleanup organized by The Chennai Trekking ClubOur ambitious target for June 7th is to collect 50+ tons of garbage from 20+km of Chennai beaches with 5000+ volunteers both individual volunteers, corporates, schools and NGOs all joining hands together to create a strong message of environmental [...]

June 02, 2015 12:52 AM (IST)


Lalbagh Mango and Jackfruit festival, Bengaluru

I arrived at Bengaluru on Saturday morning and had half a day to spare before checkin time at Oyo Premium Hotel Bengaluru International. I went to Lalbagh to check out mango and jackfruit festival. Lalbagh is one of the big gardens in Bengaluru, with a popular glass house in the centre, a lake and many other attractions. Twice an year, during republic day and Independence day, flower
June 02, 2015 12:02 AM (IST)

June 01, 2015

Be on the road

Hello from Washington DC

11 days ago, I was at Los Angeles. Today, I am typing this post out from a hotel room in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC. In between, I traveled nearly all of USA’s south and boy did I enjoy myself. If you had been following my social channels or the hashtags of #DiscoverAmerica and #RoadTripUSA over the last 11 days, you would have seen the amount of fun I had at Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans, Baltimore and now at Washington DC.
Each place had such a unique character. Their [...]
June 01, 2015 11:42 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Butterfly Park, Mysore

Butterfly Park is located in the nature park surrounding the Karanji Lake at  Mysore . So far about 45 species of butterflies have been identified here.
Among many other butterflies we spotted the common Dark Blue Tiger butterfly.
In this park there are various nectar plants are grown that are essential for the breeding of butterflies.
The park is also visited my many birds every now and then.
Mosaic Monday
June 01, 2015 08:44 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Egg Yolk Cake

Egg Yolk Cake
4 egg yolks
An egg
250g sugar
250g flour
100g thick cream
100g butter
     A pinch of salt
  2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp rum
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Beat egg yolks & an egg with sugar.
Add cream to the beaten eggs & mix.
  Melt butter in a microwave oven.
Mix it with vanilla powder.
Sieve the flour and baking powder together [...]
June 01, 2015 08:38 PM (IST)

Dil Dhadakne Do Frm 'Pehli Baar'

Movie : 'Pehli Baar'   (2015)
Actors :  Ranveer Singh & Anushka Sharma   
Song : Dil Dhadakne Do  b y  Sukriti Kakkar & Siddharth Mahadevan 
June 01, 2015 08:38 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Red wattled Lapwing at Nagarhole

June 01, 2015 08:13 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

CTC - Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6 2015 - Yet to Register?

15 days to go

​​ Is your Company/NGO/College/

​​ School

​/ Individuals

​ ​ not yet in the list below?

Is your Organization yet to register for Chennai's biggest  cleanup  event ?
It's high time to join forces now -   individuals  &  group registrations .

Motivate your friends, colleagues, your company CSR department to join hands with us.

Stepping into the second week, we have so far received 60+  registrations  from [...]

June 01, 2015 08:09 PM (IST)

Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6th edition - June 7 2015 - Battle to save our Shores

Chennai is Rising an Army to fight the war against plastics !!!

Have you Enlisted yourselves yet ??? 

Better late than never, last few days left to join the Forces.

Enlist yourselves  here  !!

Enlist your group  here  !!

Entering the last week of open registrations for India's Biggest Cleanup Effort, the volunteers count is rising high and approaching the 7k mark, including both individual and group registrations. With all the major corporates joining hands with [...]

June 01, 2015 05:30 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

The Pillars of Tadoba

“They used to light a torch right on top of that” insisted our guide. “How do you think they climbed up?” I asked, amused at the thought of someone clambering up the smooth pillar without even a hold of any kind. “They must have carried a ladder” replied our guide, his tone implying that he had never been questioned before. “Or maybe they rode elephants, and stood atop it to light the torch” added my husband, and the guide gleefully jumped at the idea, satisfied that the discussion was over. [...]
June 01, 2015 11:37 AM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog

The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

June 01, 2015 10:30 AM (IST)

Mumbai Daily

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Stylish and Monochrome mania

Stylish clay art by Sultana Khan at the Studio Potters' Market in Bandra.
Click here to visit CDP Theme day images from all over the world.
Click here to check out some classic monochromes.
June 01, 2015 06:00 AM (IST)

In a Traveler's words

Dubrovnik Chronicles

That one best panoramic shot from the top of the walls
June 01, 2015 04:21 AM (IST)

Daily SEO

How Does A Solar Panel Work?

In researching the topic of “How does a solar panel”, we find contradictory information on how energy is produced by the panels and the cells themselves. A number of solar cells should be connected in series to achieve a usable voltage for use with a storage device or electric.

The electricity generated by the panel is a direct current (DC) that is usually identified by their negative and positive terminals. As also has a battery positive and negative terminals, the cells operate [...]

June 01, 2015 03:09 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Only the ocean and you: Summer travel tips to Andaman Islands

After living in a metropolitan city for the span of their existence, for a lot of people the whole point of going on a vacation is to go someplace where the crowds are missing, roads are rough and the vistas – oh the magnificent vistas! A good deal of the urban population is often found travelling to lesser known places throughout the year, especially in summers. Summer is that time of the year when a city like Delhi suddenly gets transformed into an oversized microwave and unluckily so for its population [...]
June 01, 2015 12:46 AM (IST)

May 31, 2015

Windy Skies

On A String

At the three-day Sindhi festival, the puppeteer grabs a quick bite while the puppets look on.
May 31, 2015 11:45 PM (IST)

Aarathi's Hobbies

Cat Tails from Mom's Garden.

Cat Tail (Acalypha hispida)
Dwarf Cat Tail (Acalypha hispaniole)
May 31, 2015 10:36 PM (IST)

Thru' the Lens

Female Elephant at Muthanga

May 31, 2015 08:19 PM (IST)

Mumbai Daily


Breakfast with the birds at the Sewree mudflats.
May 31, 2015 07:49 PM (IST)

Travel with a Couple

Lombok: Go Beyond Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia for most travellers begins and ends in Bali. Little do they realize that the Indonesian archipelago has several other stunning islands, too, and Bali’s...
May 31, 2015 06:45 PM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

Ethics of Post Processing Images in Photography

Ever since photography went digital, a debate has raged on how much post-processing is acceptable. There have been strong debates – one that calls post-processing as creative freedom and the other calling it as manipulation. Here is a look at all the arguments about post-processing–both for and against–that I hear from people or read about.

The idea for this post came to me when I was working on one of my images. I was participating in a social-media campaign and was planning to [...]

May 31, 2015 04:43 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Beauty has an address...Oman

When I got an invite to attend a road show of Oman Tourism at Hyatt Regency in Delhi frankly speaking the destination image that I had of Oman was desert, desert and more desert.
Oman has something to offer to everyone
But all this perception changed dramatically when Lubaina Sheerazi, the India Representative of Oman Tourism took us on a journey to Oman via her presentation. It was then that I realised that Oman is so much different from other Middle-East countries.
It is a mix of culture, nature [...]
May 31, 2015 03:19 PM (IST)

Mohkum Photoblog

In touch with nature!

May 31, 2015 10:30 AM (IST)