An Observation


There are fables where animals talk and act like human types they represent. My favorite is the familiar fable of fox and grapes, the fox after exerting all his wiles to get the grapes hanging beyond his reach, but in vain concludes that they are probably sour anyway.
In my opinion,one covert inference of the fable could be,”Human beings belittle what they cannot get”


How about the idea of feasting on strange Indian foods?

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This time, I decided to take a road less travelled by. Let’s traverse into the world of unexplored victuals. It’s time to decide for yourself, whether the platter served is freaking or exotic. You and I have grown watching Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America. I remember how this show used to excite me. Now that I have got an opportunity to embark on a new journey to taste bizarre foods in India, I’ll make the most out of it. It’s time to leave behind conventional foods and get the taste of something about which not much has been explored.

  • Snail Stew and Steamed Hornets, Kohima (Nagaland)

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Show us the daredevil side of yours by chomping this dish which is a common sight on the streets of Kohima. This state is abode to more than 15 tribes, each with its distinctive but strange style of cooking. This dish is relished with hornets, steamed bark of a tree.  I will suggest you to eat this dish atleast once as snails are high in protein, iron, vitamin b12 and magnesium as well as selenium, increases immunity in our body.

  • Red Ants Chutney, Chattisgarh

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Chutney enhances the flavour of food. Samosa and chutney is a deadly combination which all of you must be aware of. If you ever happen to taste this chutney, you’re guaranteed to gag. For the locals a dip of red ants and their eggs is not just a dish, it’s an adventure.  Many of you might relish the idea of ants being crushed with salt and spices. Hurry up! Book your tickets to Chattisgarh to taste this crispy and spicy dip.

  • Eri Polu,

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An exotic delicacy prepared from Silk Worm pupas. Eri silkwork are used only after it has spun its cocoon. This is generally eaten with ‘Khorisha’. Khar or Khorisha is a traditional meal in Assam. Assamese style of cooking is a confluence of cooking habits of the hills that favour fermentation and drying as forms of food preservation. Khorisa just like other Assamese dish is grated bamboo shoots in raw, fermented or pickled form.

Silkworm proteins are the pathway towards reduced Alzheimer’s disease, less diabetes, less fatigue; stronger muscles. The dish looks colourful, has a strong aroma and literally melts in your mouth. I will suggest you to eat this dish on your visit to Assam.

  • Dog Meat,

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How can they even think of eating dogs? Really strange!!! How can they slaughter such lovable innocent beings?

I was aware of the fact that dogs are relished in other countries, but was surprised to find this in India too. You will get to eat ‘hot dogs’ in literal sense. The cuisines of Nagaland are different from rest of India. Here people enjoy eating dogs, spiders, pork, beef, crabs, cats, chicken and even elephants. Dog is a delicacy in Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur’s tribal communities only. Dog meat is the most expensive of all meats.

  • Doh Khileh,

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A bizarre salad dish from Meghalaya. It is mildly spiced pork and onion salad garnished with steamed pig’s brain. A bowl of Doh Khileh might make your trip to Meghalaya worthwhile. Take a break from the traditional Indian gastronomy and try this dish once, you will like the succulent meaty taste with fresh salad dressing.

Fearless foodies start your journey now! To experience the world full of deadly delicacies.


Unexplored and Spectacular Southern Indian Temples

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“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”- Lao Tzu

This quote suffices our love for travelling which is shared by most of us. Travelling is a much needed break from monotonous life. It revitalizes you and relaxes your mind. You come back with abundant memories to cherish. You must visit these unexplored and spectacular southern temples at least once which stand out for their architecture and rich history. These below mentioned temples reflect the splendour of India’s antiquated past.

The temples are as follows:

  • Chausath Jogini Mandir:

It is situated in a hamlet called Hirapur. You will be surprised to know, this temple is built in circular fashion with blocks of sand stone. You will come across 56 idols of Goddess centring on the main idol of Goddess Kali, who stands on a human head representing triumph of goodness over vice. 64 Jogini temple is a tantric temple with hypaethral architecture as tantric prayer rituals involve worshipping 5 elements of nature- fire, water, earth, sky and ether. This temple is 20km outside Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa. You can reach this temple by road. You may visit this temple anytime round the year.


  • Halebidu, Karnataka:

Nestled in Hassan district of Karnataka, Halebidu is well connected by via road and rail to Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore. There are regular buses to Hassan. Halebidu is an exceptional example of Hoysala architecture. It is bustled with temples, shrines and other delectable pieces of architecture. A city famous for its spiritual significance, home to Hoysaleswara temple, Belur, Shantaleswara temple, Kedareswara temple and a number of Jain places of worship. October to February is the best period to visit Halebidu.


  • Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh:

Nestled in far flung town of Andhra Pradesh, is a place dedicated to Lord Veerbhadra- the fiery incarnation of lord Shiva. Murals of Ramayana and Mahabharata are painted on the walls and ceilings of buildings. Hanging pillar is the best part of the place in the main Lepakshi temple. Pillar is supported by nothing to the ground, but it is still standing. This temple is close to the Puttaparthi. From here, it is an hour’s drive to the temple. From Hyderabad it is about 480 km and about 130 km from Bangalore.

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  • Thekkekudi Rock Cut Cave Temple, Kerala:

Popularly known as Rock Cut Cave temple, this place is noteworthy for its historical importance and is preserved as a monument by the Archaeological Department. It has been built into Pallava Style of architecture and has compelled historians to date it to a period as old as eighth century AD. Temple’s engravings are one of the oldest in Kerala. The God revered here is Lord Shiva, represented in ‘Shivalinga which is three feet in length and carved out of rocks. The temple also has idols of Ganesh, Maharshi and Dwarapalakas. Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is about 125 km away.

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  • Sukriswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu:

This temple is as ancient as 10 century, built by Pandya rulers. Despite of Rich heritage and fascinating architecture this temple is unknown to tourist pilgrims owing to lack of advertisement. Mostly visited during ‘Pradosha’ and ‘Amavasi’ days. The temple is preserved as a monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Lord Shiva is worshipped as the main deity here. This place lacks even good approach roads and basic sanitation.

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Hope you would be enthusiastic enough to visit these temples and unearth the untold stories about these shrines.

Sisters Make the Best of Friends

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“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands”
― Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti is soo exact in her words. Your sister is selfless, caring, lovable and are best of buddies. There is a mutual admiration in this pristine relationship. She is non-judgemental.  She also knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most. And then you wish you were the only child.  You can always count on her, she is your lifeline.

She is the backbone of every family. She rescues you when your parents want to scold you. She wears your dresses as her own. She convinces parents to let you go out with friends. She comes up with most relevant suggestions she is an inborn counsellor. She is your partner in crime against quarrels with parents. She is blatant to tell you which dress suits you the most and which don’t. You can always approach her when you are unable to solve a mathematical equation or giving up on Shakespearean verse. She is too happy to celebrate your success and also keeps your both feet on the ground to prevent you from losing everything. She knows all your secrets and can read you like an open book. No matter who begins to fight first, it’s you who will always have to apologise. She is nurturing just like your mother. She wants to bring out the best in you. Life without a sister is uneventful as she brings colours in your life. You will not understand what it is like to be blessed with a sister. If the sky comes falling down for you, there’s nothing in this world that your sister wouldn’t do to save you. Thank God that you are gifted with sister.

Banaras the Spiritual Capital of India

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These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: “Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. This city is a spiritual renaissance whose origins are as old as Jerusalem, Athens and Peking. Banaras is exuberant for its old monuments and thousands of temples.

Banaras also known as Benaras, Kashi and Varanasi is situated in Uttar Pradesh, India and is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati. There is something surreal about Banaras, wide stretched river Ganges and the sites of sunrise and sunset will make you realise how beautiful your life is. The evening aarti(prayer),vedic chants, sounds of bell tolling ,smell of incense sticks from every nook and corner will make your day. Hindus believe that one who is blessed to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals.

Banaras is primarily famous for Kashi Vishwanath Temple which is dedicated to the lord of lords, lord Shiva. This temple stands on the western banks of the holy river Ganga. You must make prior arrangements if you are planning to visit this city in Maha Shiva Ratri or Savan Somvar as most of the hotels and lodgings are already booked. Main deity here is Vishvanatha meaning ruler of the universe. The spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism and played an important role in the development of Buddhism as well. Buddha founded Buddhism here around 528 BC when he gave his first sermon, ‘The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma’, nearby Sarnath. You must visit Sarnath for its serenity and quietness. Varanasi has also been a great centre of learning for ages. Varanasi promoted spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language and honoured authors such as the ever-famous novelist Prem Chand and Tulsi Das, the famous saint-poet who wrote Ram Charit Manas. Banaras Hindu University is one of the top notch Universities in India. If you are visiting Banaras then you may pay a visit to the University for its rich educational and cultivating environment. Banaras is not just a city but a divine experience.

Banaras is not just a spiritual capital but also a foodie’s paradise famed for its street foods like Tamaatar Chaat, Litti-Chokha, Kachori Sabji and Jalebi. Kachori is the most liked dish by the localites of Banaras. Kachoris are generally served with aloo-rassa, these are mildly spiced and you can gobble them easily. Gold embroidered Banarasi Sarees are a speciality of this place; don’t forget to get one for your mother when you visit Varanasi.

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Amrita Sher-Gil’s most acclaimed painting, Village Scene

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There are very few things as exciting as moving into a new house. And who doesn’t love the smell of freshly painted walls that magically makes you feel good? But there are a lot of things you need to know and keep in mind while giving your house that fresh look. We bring to you the must-know paintings by great Indian painters to decorate the house walls that will keep you on the top of the game!

M.F. Hussain
The name Maqbool Fida Husain has become almost synonymous with contemporary Indian art. His endless quest for his cultural roots and a fearlessly open-minded willingness to absorb diverse influences has made M.F. Husain one of the most recognizable figures of contemporary Indian art.

Often referred to as the ‘Picasso of India’, M.F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim and a founding member of ‘The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay’(PAG).

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His acclaimed narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre. His themes—sometimes treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the British raj along with the blend of motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works.

Two of his most famous paintings are Between the Spider & the Lamp and Sprinkling Horses.

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In Between the Spider and the Lamp we encounter the characters of Hussain’s dream world. They enact an episode or a situation which we recall as something we experienced but long, long ago and far away, as it were, in our dreams or as bits of poetry separated from their contexts combining to form a new whole.

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The subject of Sprinkling Horses– a dynamic depiction of horses paired with a human figure – is one of the hallmarks of Mr. Husain’s art. Inspired by Muslim Shiite iconography – Imam Husain is typically shown on a horse – the artist’s earliest depictions of the animal date back to the 1950s.

All you need to do is log on to the website to buy his most valued paintings. His paintings range for Rs 44,100 to Rs 58, 39,500.

Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil was an eminent Indian painter born to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother, sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo and today considered an important woman painter of 20th century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the masters of Bengal Renaissance, she is also the ‘most expensive’ woman painter of India. She was one of the pioneers of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement in India. She was visionary and was way ahead of her time. Her affairs with men and women were quite well known, with her using some of them as models for her work. In fact, her work Two Women is considered to be a painting of herself with her lover Marie Louise.

Self Portrait depicts a beautiful female figure whose face is a poignant reminder of the passing of youthful days. (3).jpg

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Group of Three Girls depicts three veiled women from village who are in a pensive mood. This painting might also imply social constraints on women.

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The original prices of Sher-Gils paintings range in crores. If you wish to embellish the walls of your house then don’t worry as you can get the pirated paintings of Sher-Gil in, it will not cost you more than just Rs 200.

Raja Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran

Raja Ravi Varma was a celebrated Indian painter and artist. He is the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. Firstly, his works are held to be among the best examples of the fusion of European techniques with a purely Indian sensibility. Crusading the tradition and aesthetics of Indian art, his paintings employed the latest European academic art techniques of the day. Secondly, he was notable for making affordable lithographs (the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing) of his paintings available to the public, which greatly enhanced his reach and influence as a painter and soon became a public figure. Indeed, his lithographs increased the involvement of masses with fine arts and defined artistic tastes for several decades. In particular, his depictions of Hindu deities and episodes from the epics and Puranas have received profound acceptance from the public and are found, often as objects of worship, across India.

Damayanti from Mahabharata is a painting inspired from Hindu mythology. A woman in a royal household is completely awe-struck by the beauty of the swan. (6).jpg

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Woman holding a fan is a painting rich is colours brings out the expressions of the woman who is bejewelled and draped in exquisite saree. (2).jpg

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The original price of Varma’s paintings is sky high. You can get his paintings from Amazon and in nominal price.

Francis Newton Souza

Commonly referred to as F. N. Souza, was an Indian artist. He was a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay and was the first post-independence Indian artist to achieve high recognition in the West. Souza’s style exhibited both low-life and high energy. Famous works are Last Supper and Still- life with Sewing Machine. Francis Newton Souza was an Indian artist known for his Expressionistic paintings depicting people and landscapes. His work features similar coloristic and graphic traits to the paintings of Paul Klee and other German Expressionists.

Still- life with Sewing Machine is an expressionistic depiction of a regular swing machine, blend of colours makes this a masterpiece.

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Last Supper is the retelling of the iconic last supper of Jesus Christ. (2).jpg

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Souza’s paintings will be auctioned at His paintings may cost you anywhere close to 2 to 3 lakhs.

Abanindranath Tagore

He was the principal artist and creator of ‘Indian Society of Oriental Art’. He was also the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting. He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Popularly known as ‘Aban Thakur’, his books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, Nalak, and Khirer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children’s literature.

Tagore modernised Mughal and Rajput styles to counter the influence of Western models of art, as taught in Art Schools under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of art. Such was the success of Tagore’s work that it was eventually accepted and promoted as a national Indian style within British art institutions under the epithet of Indian Society of Oriental Art.

The most famous image of Bharat Mata which we have seen innumerable times in our history books. (5).jpg

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The Passing of Shah Jahan , this painting successfully captures the minutest details and craftsmanship of Mughal architecture. (4).jpg

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I Miss a Time When Photos were Taken for Memories and Not for Social Networking Sites


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I miss a time when photos were taken for memories and not for social networking profiles. I am sure you remember the time when camera was handled delicately and with certain care. It was the family’s one of the most cherished valuables. How your mother asked you not to play with it and kept it nicely wrapped inside the cupboard.

The entire family came together just to see the photos. Photos brought warmth to the relations and helped them to strengthen. Kids, youngsters and even the grandparents picked up their spectacles to get a glimpse of photos. The house resonated with laughter and joy. How everyone created space for that last family member to fit in. How your grandparents speeded up to fix in the dentures prior to clicking who were otherwise slow. There were more of family portraits than individual pictures. Individual snaps were only taken when the person was getting ready for matrimonial alliance and that person used to be soo cautious about the pictures as the reels were not to be wasted. As a result he was clicked with pensive expressions rather than smiling. And to get a picture developed was a costly thing.

Today, we upload so many pictures in a day with different facial expressions, different styles of editing with our mobile phones. Our happiness is determined by the likes and comments below the picture. More likes are equated with being more social irrespective of how social you really are in your personal life.

Old sepia pictures managed to stand out despite its not so vibrant colour scheme. The odour of my old crumbled album makes me nostalgic and makes me wonder how mechanical we have become today. I would suggest you to save the priceless old pictures as those are the ones which make us laugh out loud in this habitual and cursory world.