Monday, May 30, 2011

Mr.Froggy finds green seat.

As I packed and unpacked, shifted and relocated, I got busy with all my other paraphernalia. My love for plants cant cease. I shifted them too. Offloaded by transport they landed in a messy corner. Only to seem as home for this frog.

I dedicate this post to the F-Day of round 9 of ABC Wednesday meme. Please click here for details and more shots.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

See the Sea

See the sea through my eyes. Feel my experience through my words.

Introduction:   Malpe  a small town in South Karnataka is renowned for beach, fishery. Has a small Port. Forms a part of the enchanting konkan coast, which I did mention in my "Gokarn Visit" post too.  St.Mary's Island that stands few kilometres away from the shores of malpe is a heavenly place. About 20-30 minutes by ship[passenger trips twice a day] from the shore. Each visit to the island lured us for more. Never to cease natural beauty that attracts a  decent tourist crowd.

Regular city buses carrying local and outside passengers is a common scene. A conductor is seen dangling at the bus-door,  calling out for passengers, by whistling loudest, screaming at his highest vocals and constantly beating the sides of the bus as if it were his drum for the day.

Zoomed in view-St.Mary's Island from Malpe Shore.

Silhouette of little figure
Ecstatic rush, splashing waves, a happy run
Teeny weeny gal greets waves with  fun.

Waves- Malpe Shore
Roaring waves hands clasped with the cloud
A rhythm they make as they sing aloud
Waving at every human eye pointing at them

Beckoning you with its ultimate charm

Recent developments in the Udupi district did throw Malpe in the limelight with its new traveller's Bungalow. One lasted for more than a decade in its ruined state with some doors and windows in its vestiges. As children, during our visits we had named it "bhooth bangla". Parking lots more organised now. Also the eat out stalls where fresh "fish fry" is served too!

P.S:- If you happen to visit don't forget the fish fry. Vegetarians you have the "Churmuri" that is puffed rice fully spiced with scrumptious spices, onions,tomatoes,coconut oil garnished with coriander leaves]


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Manipal Rains

It poured cats and dogs.
She loved it as heart sang,
Oh rain dont go away rain,
I like the wind blow, the water flow.
The rains...let it pour, I love it to its core.

From heaven poured happy showers.
Of which the green member too is a lover. Wee, sings the tree, in mirth.

Poor Peahen,
Lost in rains, wonder when.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Upkari"- From my kitchen

Serve hot, eat at one shot, even a  lot.
Let me know, if you give this a shot
1. Not a good cook.
2. I eat to live not other way.
3.Special cookeries are out of my dictionary.
My cooking calibre projected. Yet I present this mouth watering "upkari" that's the pride of my kitchen today.
picture courtesy: self
1] Tindora [ivy gourd, tondli, tendli are few names it is familiar with in India]
2] Fresh cashews
Cutting method:-length wise slits
3]Fresh grated coconut
4] Mustard seeds, Red chillies, Curry leaves
5] Cooking oil [preferably sunflower oil]

Heat a spoon full oil in pan. Add mustard seeds. As it splutters, add curry leaves and red chillies[whole,slit or pieces]. Next add Tindas, sprinkle salt. Cover it and cook on low flame. Once the vegetable is cooked add the cashews and cook little more. Just before we put off the flame, sprinkle freshly grated coconut.

Simplest & tastier. It is a common- typical and notable Konkani dish called 'upkari". Easier to pronounce and memorise than the names of any Italian Dish or French that we rattle off, isn't it?

I dedicate this post to the U-Day of round 9 of ABC Wednesday meme. Please click here for details and more shots.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Interesting board

A pathetic board that hung in the inside of a passenger boat of Corniche-Doha

Who's stronger, bugs or drugs?

Its all about the diminishing effects of the antibiotics/irrational use of it; and/or the increased mutations of the bugs like bacteria or virus.
Times of India ran a small article here -click this.

Do we give up easily today for  infections, conveniently consuming loads of antibiotics? At least this is what I hear and fear is happenning around us many times.
Last morning I happened to watch a regional"kannada" TV Channel also featuring a program on this topic.
We catch cold, fever,sinusitis often. Just as we feel we are getting better it doesn't. So what do we do. We are prescribed antibiotics. But will "antibiotics" kill virus? VIRUS being main cause for the infections of throat, nose, eyes. They only are portions of our DNA unlike living bacteria which cannot be killed by antibiotic medicines. Hence the target turns out to be the living cells, infections are curbed, and immune system takes over the viral attack after consuming antibiotics.
However it points at the condition that our inclination to antibiotics for any minor viral attack is to be curbed. We need to build up immune system stronger, goes the thought today.
How does the antibiotics work ? The infectious toxins produced by bacteria are so quick that it challenges the immune system of the body. Hence antibiotics come in picture to kill the bacteria directly.
But antibiotics loose effectiveness with time. Often they tend to kill the bacteria super quick making one feel better fast too. Yet, threats of leaving behind some mutations of the target bacteria poses danger of infections to recurring return which harms the body. These off springs of the bacteria reproduce and fight against body's immune system. Frequency of usage and the dosage matter a lot.
So is frequent usage of antibiotics not advised? Read this piece of news- frequent usage.
Where do we stand now?. Some recent news stating about irrational use of antibiotics was this -click here for that news.

Perhaps it all points towards the fact of stressing on consuming lot much of food rich in nutrition; avoiding junk as much as possible; work on immune systems. Especially with today children who devour a variety of junk or non- home made food frequently?

Note:- Am promised a guest post on this topic again by my doctor sister. Hope soon we will read the doctors version on this one.