Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Heritage ( Botanical ) Garden - Ooty

Heritage garden was the first place we visited in Ooty. You might think you have seen many like this before but it has it's own natural touch. The huge Eucalyptus trees with their heavy trunks , the fossil tree trunk, the Italian garden are some of the things you wouldn't find everywhere. The flora and fauna there are exquisite and it's worth every penny you pay to visit Ooty.



The garden is part of the bio-reserve. Did you guys know that Nilgiris is a bio-reserve. Now I didn't know this until I went there. What a dumb idiot I am. You might not take more than an hour in the garden if you are not too much into gardening and related stuff.


Beware of the monkeys in the garden. We also bought some oils and spices in the garden which was being sold in a van. We were told by the lady in the garden that it was a Govt. van. Also the oils you find outside the garden might be a little costly and not as pure as the ones you find inside the garden.


On our way to the garden, there was a Tibetan market from where we bought sweaters, woollen gloves and half caps. There is a famous shop in Ooty named Mohan's which would be your one stop shop for everything including antiques but the Tibetan market is a better bet for warm clothing. These Tibetan people have been there since 1930 as told by the lady from whom we bought the warm clothes.



Coming to the garden, I felt it wasn't being treated the way it should have been at some places, like the pond which had lotus leaves and some plastic bottles thrown in. Did you guys know that the Nilgiris is a plastic free place? I didn't know that too until I got there. Anyways, when I saw the pond, my heart was broken.


This fossil tree trunk seen in the above picture is 20 million years old and it was carried by rivers and deposited in the rocks and the outer woody covering was replaced with silica to preserve the tree trunk. Isn't it interesting? The wide varieties of trees and flowers found here are itself very interesting that is what makes the garden a worthy visit.
All in all a must visit place for all the nature lovers.
Till the next post, take care and happy blogging !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
R

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Snooty Ooty

Hello Everyone, I have been to Ooty and Mysore the past week along with my husband and we had an amazing holiday. I just can't wait to share all my experiences and the places I visited in and around the Nilgiris.

So here it comes. We took a trian to Coimbatore and then took a bus to Ooty. Coimbatore is the nearest railway station to Ooty which connects to all the main cities. It was almost a day's journey. You can get a bus easily from the main bus stand in Coimbatore to Ooty. To get to the local bus stand, we took a local bus from the railway station.
You can take a train from Coimbatore which connects to Mettupalayam and from there you can take the toy trian to Ooty but the train from Coimbatore leaves at 7:20 in the morning and we reached way too late to catch the train on time. Not to get disappointed. You can always take the toy train ride from Ooty but make sure to reserve in advance.
The bus journey from Coimbatore was just amazing. This was my first trip to any hill station and I was very excited and the bus journey just added on to my excitement. The bus passes through Mettupalayam, Coonoor, Wellington and then reaches Ooty. It would take 3 hours to get to Ooty from Coimbatore. The ghat section has breathtaking views. A thoroughly enjoyable ride if you are not scared of heights as I am.
I'll leave you guys with these pictures for now till my next post. Keep watching this space for more on Ooty and Mysore. Trust me you are going to find a lotta stuff you didn't know.
Till the next post keep smiling!!!!!!!!!!!!
R

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jagannath Ratha Yatra

Jagannath Ratha Yatra is celebrated today in Puri,Orissa.Three idols made of wood Lord Jagannath,Subhadra(sister),Balaram(Elder brother) are placed in seperate chariots.Lakhs and lakhs of people attend this ratha yatra.Thousand of poeple pull the chariot.Pulling the chariot is seems to be very auspicious.
I don't have photos to upload.However,you can have a look through the link below to see the rat
Watch this Video for Ratha Yatra..

Spinach-Tofu Paratha

For Spinach-Tofu Paratha

You Need
  • Wheat Flour,
  • Salt to taste,
  • Green chillies cut into very small pieces,
  • Tofu cut into very small pieces,
  • Coriander leaves for flavor(Dhaniya patta),
  • Spinach.

Procedure:
  • Boil spinach in water for few minutes until it gets little tender.Drain the water.
  • Cut coriander leaves into small pieces.
  • Add Tofu,coriander,spinach,wheat flour,salt,chillies.
  • Make a tight dough balls by mixing all the above ingredients.
  • Need not add water to the mixer as spinach is already half boiled.Press it as you do for chapati.
Place the press dough on a heated pan.If you want add some oil on the edges.Serve hot with achar(pickle) or curd.
It is a healthy meal.It contains protein rich tofu and vitamins rich spinach.Tofu adds taste to the paratha.



Healthy Eating!!!!

Love
T

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What is wrong with the people???????????

Hi guys, I apologise for being away for so long. I got busy and I have started working now. The working hours are so hectic that I hardly get time to post. Today is my weekly off and so here's my new post. Wondering what I'm going to talk in this post??????
Well............. the other evening I was getting back home from work. I take bus and it takes me 1 hour to get back home. There was this man in the bus who seemed to be 40 years old and was standing right next to me. The buses here are very crowdy, same as the other metropolitan cities. People just push eachother to find a place to stand. That evening there wasn't much crowd. This man was literally falling on to me. I told him that he's causing inconvenience to me and the woman sitting next to me. Every time I looked at him to say that before, he looked away just then, I knew he was intentionally doing that. Finally, I did tell him. He didn't stop even after me telling him that. Finally I got so vexed, I told him " Probably you are too tired and too weak to stand that you are falling, I think you should sit down" and I offered him my place. He didn't sit, instead he just got down from the bus when it stopped in the next stop.
I was so upset with his behaviour. This is not the first time I was seeing something like this. I heard my friends say similar things to me before.
I just do not understand what is wrong with people? What fun do they get out of trying to rub their private parts on to others' shoulders? Also, I found that acts like these are mostly done by men in their 40s. I guess this is because of the over harmonal activity at that age. But there sure is a limit. Can't they wait till they get back home to their partner? If they dont have one, they sure can go to those who are willing to have sex with them but why trouble everyone like this?
After a long day and going through tiresome journey, is it necessary to face something like this????????????? For once I felt like slapping him but before I do that I wanted to know if this man was doing it intentionally or was he really weak and tired that he was falling on me. Now I think I should have slapped him and then may be he wouldn't dare do that to another woman in future.
I was so upset that day. The next day I told my colleagues and they told me even worse had happened to them. To name a few, 2 girls who work with me were hit on their bums by a guy on bike in 2 different situations. One girl's friend was rubbed on her thighs by a man in 40s when she was travelling in the bus. She slapped him in front of everyone right then. Kudos to her.
I really wish there comes a time when men would be scared to get out of the house and stay out late nights. All these men who trouble women should be troubled by the same women so that these men know what those women went through when they were put through such ugly situations.
R