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Parasurameswar Temple

I begin this Temple Trail series with the last temple that we visited on a day spent on foot, walking around the old town part of Bhubaneswar city, on a pleasant winter morning. Having seen bigger temples earlier in the day with beautiful stone carvings (about which I'll be eventually writing about), the first thought on seeing this temple was how small it was compared to the others. But then, the feeling slowly began to sink in. This was built in the year 650 A.D., meaning it's been standing there since more than 1,300 years! Can you imagine that? More than a millenium! Wow!
This temple was built in the 7th century by the Sailodbhavas, whose family deity was Lord Shiva. This is a fine example of early Kalinga architecture, with all characteristic features like a rising Vimana or the tall structure constructed over the sanctum sanctorum (or the garbagriha), and the jagamohan or the rectangular area from where devotees pray to the deity placed inside the sanctum. 
The walls are c…

Kori Aajadina (Mangalorean style Chicken Sukka)

This post has been written as a part of Livogen Iron Chef Contest, an initiative by Livogen to spread the awareness regarding the importance of Iron in our day-to-day diet, and also an effort to bring out crowd-sourced recipes rich in Iron. Simple yet effective modifications in our diet and lifestyle can go a long way in treating and preventing the development of Iron-deficiency anemia.  As a doctor myself, I advocate the use of iron rich food rather than taking mineral and vitamin supplements. Plus women in the child bearing age group are more prone than men to develop anemia. I urge all women to take care of their health first, as a healthy lady is the key to a healthy family!
This recipe was given by a lady who works at the same place as I do. In the local tongue (Tulu), it's referred to as 'Kori Aajadina', which simply means 'dry chicken'. Today it's more popularly known as 'Chicken Sukka'. The initial preparatory phase involves a bit of roasting and g…

Nimrah Cafe & Bakery

Anyone who's ever walked around the Charminar at Hyderabad would know how crowded the area is. The mornings are pretty quiet, as most shops around the area selling bangles, pearls and trinkets remain open way late into the night. The crowd usually starts building from late afternoon onwards.

So what does one do when he/she is tired walking around? Nothing to beat Chai and Biskut! There are many cafes and stalls selling wonderful smelling Chai. We had decided that a visit to Nimrah Cafe was warranted, and we weren't disappointed. This place is located right outside Charminar, and is ALWAYS crowded. It looks like people just keep flowing into and out of the cafe. Despite the heavy crowd, the service is impeccable. 

We were standing outside the place, wondering whether to go or give this place a skip looking at the crowd (after all it's just tea!), when the person in charge immediately got a counter cleared for us. Two cups of tea arrived, with a plate of assorted biscuits. …

Summer is Here!

The thought of impending summer is giving me a nightmare. It is so hot and humid already in Mangalore. Thinking of what the coming months have in store is quite scary! How I wish it'd rain a bit, cooling the parched surroundings. As of now, I can only go through old pictures taken during the monsoon, and look longingly at the overcast sky. Sharing a few pictures here that were taken during the late monsoon in September, while driving through, you guessed it right, my favorite place, Goa
The paddy fields glistened in the sunlight, with myriad hues of green. The dark clouds forming the background only added to the beautiful vista offered.

A Comeback- Long Overdue!

Hello folks! It's been what, a few months now? Close to half a year! The past few months have flown by, and have been beautiful in their own respect. I've met wonderful people, have had some memorable experiences, have learnt certain things for life. And, I have also realised that I miss writing on this space. Of course, I've been writing in my journal regularly. However, amidst the busy turn that life has now taken, this space has been left unattended to. This is something I plan to rectify. One cannot be ignored at the cost of another. Though I might not be able to make time everyday, I plan to write something at least once a week.
One change that I would be introducing is, from a blog mainly focused on travel, this space would now turn into a lifestyle blog. Meaning there would be a bit of travel, a bit of food and recipes, a few book reviews, local culture, and yes, the new additional entity would be short motivational pieces when I feel like it. Nah, I won't go all…