Trip to Rajasthan…

2016 Year End! We are all set for our trip to Rajasthan

Day 1: The trip started from Bangalore when we were all excited for the travel. We reached the airport early in the morning to avoid last minute hurry as this was a trip after all to relax. But the flight got delayed due to bad weather, however, we reached Jodhpur by noon the same day. Jodhpur in my view was a clean and calm city. The roads were quite broad and well laid. After checking in into the hotel and refreshing, we headed to Jodhpur fort. The fort was really big, but was crowded which made sight seeing less enjoyable. The collection of weapons is definitely a great cultural heritage in our country. Close by the Jodhpur fort was Jaswant Thada, a clean and beautiful place. I had my time in peace and tried a bit of photography as well. The final place of visit in Jodhpur was Mandore garden, which I felt could have been maintained better to attract tourist. The garden had some architecturally well-built buildings and all-by-itself-grown bougainvilleas.

Day 2: We started from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. It was a long journey. Jaisalmer is one of the under-developed cities whose major source of living is tourism. We had a lunch and visited Gaddi Sagar lake. It was a pleasant lake for boating and it was a totally refreshing experience. It is a good place to shop, the lake had a few shops which had a good collection of dresses and Rajasthani stuff at reasonable prices. That evening we spent at sunset point. It was a breathtaking view of the sunset with a lot of photography explored.

Day 3: The most expected day of the trip. The day started in the War Museum, Jaisalmer. It is a tribute to all brave soldiers who lost their lives to save our country. Excellently maintained. After which we headed to Sam, on the way we visited Kuldara village, an abandoned village which looks haunted. We reached Sam. We visited Desert National Park, which in my view was a useless place visited during our whole trip. We did not even spot one desert animal. Next was the most exciting and thrilling jeep safari in the Sam Sand Dunes. Finally, we checked in into Desert Camp the most awaited part of the trip. It was a well spent evening with the sand dunes, sunset and Rajasthani folk dance.

Day 4: We started to Bikaner, which was again a long and tiring travel. We visited the Bikaner fort around noon. The fort was very well maintained. It had wonderful interior architecture and a large collection of weapons displayed at the museum. We checked in at the hotel and we need some rest so did not plan anything for the evening.

Day 5: We started to Jaipur, our final destination in the trip. We directly visited Amer fort where we did some shopping as well. We went via Hawa mahal, but did not stop there. The day was done.

Day 6: The day started off with our visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar had awesome scientific astronomical instruments which were built in the 18th and 19th century. Next was our visit to Jaigarh fort from where we had a good aerial view of Amer fort. Close by was Nahargarh fort which had a wax museum of celebrities. The wax models were really good and looking real. ALL DONE for the trip! We had lunch and headed to Jaipur airport for our return to Bangalore.

December is the right time to visit Rajasthan. Hope this helps to plan your trip!!!

 

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பெண்ணாக என் பயணம்…

அழகிய குடும்பத்தில்
மூத்த பிள்ளையாய்
முந்தி பிறந்தேன்….

வீடு பள்ளி
தவிர வேறு இடம்
தெரியாமல் வளர்ந்தேன்…

குழந்தை மனம்
ஆசை பட்டாலும்
பெற்றோருக்கு
சுமை கொடுக்க
மகள் மனம்
தடுக்க..
தடுமாறி..
பின்
நிலை கொண்டேன்…

ஒரு நல்ல தோழி
தங்கை என்று
உணராமல்
சண்டையிட்டு
பொறாமை கொண்டேன்…

அன்புத் தம்பியை
அரவணைத்த
தோழி ஆனேன்…

படிப்பை தவிர
வேறு கலைகள்
அறியேன்..

பள்ளி
படிப்பு
பட்டப்படிப்பு
பண்பு என
உயிர் தோழியை
பின் தொடர்ந்தேன்..

சோம்பேறியென
பட்டமளிக்க பட்டு
எதனாலென்று
புரியாமல் வியந்தேன்…

காதலில் சிக்க கூடாதென்றாலும்
மனம் தடுமாறிய சில நொடிகளை
வென்று வந்தேன்….

படிப்பில்
அலுவலில்
வெற்றி கொண்டாலும்
மனையாளாய்
வெற்றி காண தவிக்கிறேன்..

கணவனே
காதலனாக
தோழனுமாக
கர்வம் கொண்டேன்
வாழ்க்கையை
அவனிடமிருந்து
கற்றும் கொண்டேன்…

என் அடையாளத்தை
என்னால் மட்டுமே
மாற்ற முடியும்
என்றிருதேன்..
என்னை மாற்ற
எண்ணுக்குள்ளிருந்து
ஒருவன் வந்தான்..
என் மகனாய்!
மாறினேன்..

யாரையும்
புண்படுத்த கூடாது..
அனைவரின் சந்தோஷம்
என் சுயமரியாதை விருப்பத்திற்கு
இடையில் சிக்கி
இன்னல் வெளிப்படாமல்
இனிமையாய் சிரித்தேன்…

ஒவ்வொரு
அவமானத்திற்கும்
காலம் பதில் சொல்லுமென
காத்திருக்கிறேன்….

கண்ணீரை
ஆயுதமாக அல்ல!
என் மனஜன்னலை
உடைத்து
கொட்டினேன்…

வெற்றிகளை
மனதில் கொண்டு
முயற்சிகளில்
சோர்வுகொள்ளாமல்
பயணிக்கிறேன்…

நேற்றும் இன்றும்
எப்போதும்
உண்மையான நான்
யாரென தேடுகிறேன்…

சரண்யா பொன்குமாரக
பிறந்து
சரண்யா சங்கராக
பயணிக்கிறேன்…

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Thanks would be less!

It’s time for thanking someone 🙂

Each one of us would admire someone just because we weren’t able to be like the way they are. We could like their character, they way they carry themselves, the way the talk, it could be anything…

I am going to talk about one such person in my life!

If I idolize a girl, it would be her…

A girl who broke out of the shell created by our society…
A girl who loves to talk…
A girl who helps anyone in spite of her commitments…
A girl who takes care of everyone around…
A girl who reads a lot…
A girl who travels a lot…
A girl who bold enough to stand for her wishes and decisions…
A girl who is not taken away by other’s opinion…
A girl who is herself always!
A girl who loves herself!

A girl who is the reason behind my blog! I was inspired by her to write my own blog.

Thank you, Arunadevi Raju!!!

Follow such a personality @ https://msarunaraju.wordpress.com to know her world!

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South Indian Potato Sambar (for Tiffin)

A simple and yummy side dish for Dosa and Idly…

Ingredients:

Potato – 5
Onion – 1
Tomato – 2
Curry leaves
Green chilly- 2
Oil (any preferred cooking oil)
Mustard seeds (kaduku in Tamil)
Turmeric powder
Coconut
Red chilly- 2
Fennel seeds (Sombu in Tamil)
Cinamon (Pattai in Tamil)
Coriander leaves
Salt

Steps:

1. Pressure cook potatos and keep it aside.
2. Grind coconut, red chilly, fennel seeds and cinnamon into a paste and keep it aside.
3. Chop onion, tomato and green chilies into fine pieces.
4. Heat 4 to 5 spoons of oil in a pan.
5. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splatter.
6. Add curry leaves and green chilly. Saute it.
7. Add chopped onion, saute it until it turns brown.
8. Add cut tomato, saute it until it is cooked.
9. Add the cooked potatoes and then add turmeric powder, saute it.
10. Add some water (as per required consistency), salt as per taste and simmer it for 2-3 mins.
11. Add the ground coconut paste and allow it to cook for 5 mins.
12. Finally, add fresh coriander leaves and serve it hot.

NOTE: This sambar tastes best with Ghee Dosa.

Wait for more interesting recipes!!!

 

People judge others by their own Standards!

Every day we judge people and we are being judged by others. The judging is all about having an opinion about others.

Recollect the quote from one of my old blog posts

“Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.”

What I had believed in as a phrase has become true. When I am being judged by others, I realized that I am being evaluated by their standards. There were times when I used to take other’s opinion on me very seriously and had also worried about not being the way others wanted me to be. But then later, I realized that I was so crazy and how could it be even possible to live/behave the way others wanted, then who am I… what identity do I have… and likewise questions kept on rising…

As I started being aware that I am being taken down by other’s opinion about me, I slowly started evaluating myself (basically judging myself 😉 ). Then, I understood that I am the best person I ever know according to my standards. I have my own principles which I live by and as long as I am myself, I will be proud about that, just ignoring the comments or opinion others have on me, which is of no importance to me unless it comes from people whom I really respect.

According to my standards, the moment you start judging others you are going less by your standard.

          “Never judge others! Ignore the opinion from people, which adds no value to you!”

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