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A-Z s about Me!!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Borrowing this idea from Zannachan---I tried to give all honest answers!!!

A-ge:56 years ,8 months,17 days
B-ed: Large Double Bed(Queen sized)
C-hores you hate: I loathe Dusting----it makes me sneeze as I'm allergic to Dust!!!
D-ogs names: They were called Ming and Tina(no dog now)
E-ssential start of the Day: 1 tsp.Wheat Grass powder with a glass of Water---- first thing each day
F-avourite Colour:Many but just adore Royal Blue and Emerald Green
G-old or Silver: Love the glitter of Gold-----the sheen of Silver is very appealing too----love the soft glow of Pearls the most!!!
H-eight: 5'5"
I-nstruments played----Used to look forward to playing the "Tabla"(Indian Percussion Instrument) on my daughters' bums whenever they needed to be spanked!!!
J-ob Title:Home Maker for 39 years
K-ids: 2 Daughters-38 & 35 years old (They're gonna hate my giving out their ages!!!)
Living Arrangements-A self owned Apartment in South Mumbai
M-other's name:Saraswati Devi---quite a mouthful!!!Means "Goddess of Learning"
N-ickname:"Kombdi" means Hen in Marathi---I cluck and fuss all the time!!!
O-vernight Stay in Hospital other than Birth:Thrice---10 days during Dengue,2 days for Breast(Cancer) Lumpectomy,8 days after Heart Attack and Angioplasty combined
P-et Peeve:Anyone who's dominating and pushy-----I hate being nagged, heckled and wheedled into doing things!!!
Q-uote from a Movie:"I'll think about it Tomorrow---Tomorrow is another day!!"
R-ight handed or Left handed: Right handed
S-iblings:2 younger Sisters---52 years & 49 years old
T-ime to wake up: Usually 7a.m.
U-first word that comes to mind: Umbrella--- needed as a shield from both Sun and Rain!!!
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W-ays you run late:Forgetting either my House Keys or Cell Phone and rushing back in to collect them!!
X-Rays you've had:Teeth,Chest,Uterus,Breast----loads in fact!!!
Y-ummy Food that you make:Traditional Indian Food---too many to list.Not Conceit--but actual statement of Fact!!
Z-oo Favourite: Peacocks----Love their gorgeous Plumage and when the Tail is spread out during their dance-----their colours are so richly beautiful and iridiscent----simply out of this World!!!
There---the Fat Lady gave it a go!!!

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EACHDAYAGIFT 5/25/2010 5:22PM

    Never knew you were a percussionist!
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RAIN454 5/24/2010 6:10PM

    "giggling" was a great adjective (thx, rajashree)
I especially loved I (because it literally made me laugh out loud), K (because I would have given you the "evil" eye had you been my mother-lol) and Z (because peacocks ARE gorgeous!!)



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RAJASHREE108 5/21/2010 3:06PM

    This is a great way of knowing you, giggling to your funny answers. Thank you for sweet words to help me cope in a positive way.

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ZANNACHAN 5/21/2010 2:22PM

    Thank you for sharing! See, I told you that you wouldn't be boring *grin*

By the way, tips that might help with dusting--if it's really bad, dust while wearing a dust mask. You may feel really silly, but it works wonders. Also, we have these microfiber clothes that are fantastic--they trap the dust so not so much of it gets stirred into the air. Also, if you have central air/central heating, check your filters--the better the filter, the less dust you have to dust.

I'm a bit of a fanatic about dusting and I'm VERY allergic to household dust, but between the better filters on our furnace here (yay!) and the microclothes it's an easy, painless chore. I even kind of like it, since I tend to do it in small increments--sometimes as little as a bookcase at a time--and it gives me a chance to touch things that have a lot of happy memories attached to them.

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ASHWINI383 5/21/2010 1:47PM

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SRITHI97 5/21/2010 9:44AM

    it is great to know you, thanks for sharing. emerald green, royal blue wooo they are my fav. colors too.. especially think abt that combination on a pattu ( silk saree) simply elegant. emoticon

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ATMANI 5/21/2010 9:41AM

    Hey brave lady, thanks for sharing.

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RAGGARWALAX 5/21/2010 9:23AM

    Komal - emoticon for sharing...what a great way to learn so much about one another! Just out of curiousity - what do you take the wheat grass for (I gather it is for health reasons)? I like the instruments that you have played but I'm sure you must have been an amateur at it as your daughters would have been well behaved emoticon

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*MADHU* 5/21/2010 8:17AM

    I loved reading so much about you emoticonfor sharing !

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MESSENE 5/21/2010 7:18AM

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Panhaalaa Fort Pictures

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

  
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RAGGARWALAX 5/21/2010 10:52PM

    Great pictures and memories to cherish forever!

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ZANNACHAN 5/19/2010 1:07PM

    Great pictures! Everyone looks beautiful and the sunset is spectacular!

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KOMAL53 5/19/2010 12:45PM

    Pic 1---My Aunts----Shashi Kaki and her sister Akka Maushi,Ashwini,sister Sangeeta and me below the Mango Tree.
Pic 2,3,4 The Sunset
Pic4 All of us
Pic 5,6---The Fruit laden Mango Tree
Pic 7 Shyam Kaka & Shashi Kaki
Pic 8 Sudhir and Sanju

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Back Home

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We had a rocking time in Kolhapur---after a very long time I just lay back and watched Time passing me by!!!Since Hotel Opal is co-owned by Shyamkaka it is like being at home-------each day brought with it total relaxation----a necessity in today's scenario!!!Two of the original three Partners-----Shyamkaka and MohanRaokaka------the former 86 years and the latter 91 years old------both were sorry to see us go.God willing we'll meet them again when we go back for another trip.
My sister-in-law Ashwini loves Food---and she's a fabulous Cook----so Dinners at her home are just fabulous!!!Last Wednesday we ate Dinner at her place-------she'd cooked sumptous spread---Goat Meat Biryani(Rice Pilaff),Goat Liver Masala(Spicy thick Curry),Goat Meat Sukka(Dry Dish) and Goat Meat Tambada Rassa(Red Curry)----in Kolhapur the quality of Goat Meat or "Mutton" as it is called is excellent------so guests are treated to a surfeit of Meat Dishes-----for lunches and Dinners.Traditional Kolhapuri Food is a renowned Cuisine of Maharashtra---- a hot,spicy and pungent treat---both Vegetarian as well as Non-Vegetarian-----the "Tambada Rassa" is red, fiery,hot and spicy while the "Paandhra Rassa"or White Curry is not so pungent but extremely tasty----both are a must have preparations-----any trip to Kolhapur is incomplete withoput tasting these!!!The following Sunday---16th.May----was Dinner at Shyamkaka's home----and Shashikaki's Food------the Sukka Mutton and Tambada Mutton Rassa with huge, soft melting Chappaaties and steamed White Rice------tasting exactly the same as in the bygone years---- revived all those wonderful memories of similar culinary treats eaten in the old home in Shukrawar Peth----- Vacations of my childhood,early adulthood and motherhood were vividly brought to life again-----it was a fitting finale to our wonderful trip!!!
On Monday 17th.May we left Kolhapur to drive back to Mumbai------with another precious cache of Memories added to my precious hoard------my heart sad but already looking forward to the next trip to my Roots.I said my silent "Bye Byes" to all the Hills,Forts Trees and Shrubs we passed on the way back---they too languidly acknowledged my leaving asking us to return soon.

  
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ZANNACHAN 5/19/2010 12:00PM

    I'm so glad that you had a wonderful trip--it all sounded really beautiful. And the food! Wow, now I'm starving emoticon It sounds like an incredible spread.

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MESSENE 5/19/2010 10:55AM

    Oh! The food sounds so emoticon emoticonYummy! I just love mutton! Wish I was there. emoticon
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RAJASHREE108 5/19/2010 10:30AM

    So sweet.. I visited Kolhapur along with you.. emoticon

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RAGGARWALAX 5/19/2010 9:26AM

    Wow - sounds like it was a wonderful feast and a fabulous time but I'm sure you must be happy to be home!

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SRITHI97 5/19/2010 7:59AM

    Glad you had a wonderful trip and are back home safe. it is always hard to leave one's childhood place or birthplace and come back. it happens to me all the time, when i fly back from chennai, i come with a heavy heart, and always long for my trip home, to my place and my family. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ATMANI 5/19/2010 7:29AM

    So, what are the ingredients in both curry pastes?

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The Beautiful Panhaalaa Sunset!!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kolhapur was ruled by a Maharaja-----who was awarded a 21 Gun Salute by the British during the Raj --------this Maharaja was Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj,scion of the Bhosaley Family tracing it's roots back to 350-400 years back from today.
This is a rich fertile Land today known for it's Sugar Barons and Sugar Industry----as well as it's Leather Works and and the tiny, hot pungent and fiery "Lavangi" or Clove Chillies.The historic Panhaalaa fort rests on top of the Hill and is one of the best Forts connected to Maratha History----more of that later some day!!!
We drove up there last Thursday evening----to a beautiful Resort called "Valley View"-----over looking the Valley.This beautiful Resort is owned by the daughter of one of Bollywood's greats---V.Shantaram.Built around the vast acreage surrounding his Bungalow---which has been retained in it's original state------this Resort is an ideal place to view the Sunset from-----it's truly magical!!!!
The entire area is planted with beautiful Flora and Fauna---one of which was a Mango Tree---just groaning under the weight of it's Green unripe produce----I've never seen so many "Kairies"---Green Mangoes-----literally pulling the branches down with their weight!!!!Nor have I seen the raw Green fruit within an arms reach----in my childhood this luscious sour treats would always be just out of reach---prompting us to climb the Tree to pluck them or if too high up,stone them down----many are the times that I've "scraped a knee and torn a dress" a la "Maria" from the "Sound of Music"!!!Today when I can't even think of eating these without getting a sore throat----they hang from the Tree easily within reach!!!Alas and Alack dear Friends----ours not to question why!!!The whole area is thickly wooded---hence wonderfully cool---providing a wonderful foil for different species of Flowers and Birds---the whole place was resounding with Bird song----I wish Time would stand still on such occasions!!!
The Sun gradually turned into a fiery Orange Ball and slowly sank behind some Cirrus clouds on the opposite bluff----sending Rainbow Ribbons of Colour streaking across the darkening Sky----the Twilight turned into a misty,hazy and magical time as slowly lights began twinkling in the tiny Hamlets on the Valley floor far below us----the thin ribbon of the road turned into a necklace of Rubies and Diamonds as the vehicles wound their way around it's bends----a hush fell over the entire landscape-----Time came to a stand still!!!
We ordered fresh hot Coffee and "Onion Bhaji known as "Khekda Bhaji" or Crab Fritters" in local parlance----just yummy!!!After this came the spicy,sour and crunchy "Kolhapuri Bhel" followed by an "Ice Golaa" or a ball of Ice with Fruit Syrup sprinkled over it to end a perfect evening-----another perfect Pearl in my Necklace of Memories!!!In the gathering darkness we then descended back to the Valley------refreshed and humbled by the grandeur of God's Canvas---Nature!!!

  
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RAJASHREE108 5/19/2010 10:36AM

    You are amazing.. it was better than being there (couldn't have resisted khekda bhajis and bhel for sure). I have stayed at Valley view.. such peaceful place..

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RAGGARWALAX 5/18/2010 9:39PM

    Komal - sounds like it was absolutely beautiful and your poetic words just painted a lovely picture! If you have pictures, maybe you will get some time to post!


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ATMANI 5/18/2010 3:06PM

    Thanks for sharing. Now, I feel like visiting the place.

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ZANNACHAN 5/18/2010 12:23PM

    Oh, that is beautiful! What a lovely vacation you are having, and what gorgeous memories it's giving you!

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MESSENE 5/18/2010 8:06AM

    emoticonWhat wonderful memories emoticonSo nice , & Peaceful. emoticon

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The "Real" Taste!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My brother Sanju's home has plenty of Fruit Trees----two of which are very much productive now----the Papaya(Pawpaw)Tree and the Hog Plum(Jaambhool/Jaamun) Tree------both are giving forth fresh luscious Fruit in large numbers--------eating Fruit fresh from the Tree has a different feeling----both the freshness and taste are incomparable!!!!
The fresh Air,relaxed laid back lifestyle and the organically grown fresh Vegetables and Fruit are wonderful pick me ups in today's harried world----my Uncle Shyamkaka is an excellent example of following the the pastoral life----he's running 87 but is as fit as a fiddle----touchwood!!!!

  
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ZANNACHAN 5/17/2010 1:08PM

    I've never had hog plums, but that sounds delightful. Nothing tastes quite like fruit eaten straight off the plant... I have really fond memories of eating raspberries I was supposed to be picking for later! *grin*

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RAJASHREE108 5/17/2010 9:59AM

    Miss jambhool the most as we don't get it here in US..and if I don't go to India in Summer, then miss it there too. emoticon

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SRITHI97 5/13/2010 11:07PM

    Sounds Yummy! enjoy yourself! yummy!

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RAGGARWALAX 5/13/2010 9:41PM

    My mouth is watering just thinking of the luscious fruit! I will have to satisfy myself with some cold water to quench my thirst and imagine that it is the fruit that is going down my throat!

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MESSENE 5/13/2010 5:03PM

    emoticonYum! Love Papaya! And it's so good for the body too! First time I heard of the hog plum, it must be a giant plum! emoticonStill sounds yummy! Wow! Your uncle is so lucky! emoticon emoticon

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SAASHA17 5/13/2010 1:23PM

    yum..jamun..my fav...yeah fruits plucked from the tree have a different taste...I remember hanging on the guava tree when i was a kid..now i dont think it can take my weight..lol...

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EACHDAYAGIFT 5/13/2010 8:22AM

    In America, I think we call something else PawPaw, something that grows in a "patch", not an orchard. I remember a line from a song my southern mom used to sing, "Way down yonder in the PawPaw patch".

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ATMANI 5/13/2010 8:15AM

    Is PawPaw really Papaya?

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PARKERB2 5/13/2010 7:22AM

    Never heard of hog plum. What is it? emoticon

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