Dodh-E-Pather Aka Doodhpatri, The Valley Of Milk

When the husband, the bub and I embarked on our drive to Doodhpatri, some 40-odd kilometers away from Srinagar (where we were staying), little did we know that we would absolutely fall in love with the place. Neither did we know that Doodhpatri would force us to think deep and hard about human nature.

Read my detailed story, just in on my photo blog!

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Street Food Journey In Ahmedabad

The latest post on my photo blog is a little attempt at demystifying the beautiful thing that Gujarati food is. It is an account of some of the street food that we tried out on our recent visit to Ahmedabad. Of course, that is not all there is to Gujarati food – I have barely scratched the surface! These just form part of the proverbial iceberg!

Do check out the post, here!

Postcards From Cherrapunji, The Wet And Gorgeous Land

‘Cherrapunji is the wettest place on earth. It gets the highest amount of rainfall in the world,‘ I remember reading time and time again in my geography textbooks at school. Like many, that was my first introduction to Cherrapunji, via school books.

Well, the mantle of ‘wettest place on earth’ has now been passed to the neighbouring village of Mawsynram. Still, I am so thrilled to have had a chance to actually visit Cherrapunji aka Sohra, this place straight out of my school books, on our holiday to North-East India! And, guess what? We happened to visit Cherrapunji right in the midst of the monsoon, when it was at its wettest, wild, gorgeous best!

Read all about our experiences in Cherrapunji, just in on my photo blog!

Sharjah Shake Recipe| How To Make Sharjah Milkshake

Sharjah Shake is a milkshake that you will find in most bakeries in Kerala. A concoction made of milk, coffee powder, sometimes chocolate, peanuts, bananas, vanilla ice cream and Boost, Horlicks or Bournvita, it tastes absolutely delicious. This might sound like a weird combination, but don’t let that deter you from trying this out – like I said, this milkshake is finger-lickingly delish!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Enchanted At The Mawphlang Sacred Grove, Meghalaya

“This is no ordinary forest you are about to enter. This is a sacred grove, home to La Basa, a protective deity who safeguards all of us. He watches over this forest. Anyone who enters with bad intentions will have to face dire consequences. You can be inside for as long as you want, but please remember that you cannot take away anything from this forest – not even a single leaf or a dried twig,” our guide warns the husband and me, in no uncertain terms.

We are about to enter the Mawphlang Sacred Grove, in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, a bare 25 km or so away from Shillong.

Check out my latest photo blog post to find out how our visit to Mawphlang progressed. Click here!

Postcards From The Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum

Did you know that Mysore houses a sand sculpture museum? I didn’t, till our last visit to the city, in 2016. I’m glad we checked out this museum on our last visit to Mysore!

Join me on a virtual tour of the Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, just in on my photo blog. Let me take you through some of the sand installations we loved the best here!

Check out my post here!

Discovering The Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit/Findla) In Ahmedabad

When the husband and I set out to attend the International Kite Festival 2018, on our recent visit to Ahmedabad, little did we know that we were going to make a foodie discovery!

It was at the kite festival that I spotted these prickly, pretty pinkish-red fruits displayed in a basket. I was drawn in, and absolutely had to go and find out what these were. Soon enough, I gathered that these were the fruits of the wild cactus – called ‘Findla‘ in Gujarati, often referred to as ‘Cactus Pear’ or ‘Prickly Pear’ – and… they are very much edible!

Check out my post about the Cactus Pear aka Findla or Prickly Pear, on my photo blog!

 

A Less Than Awe-Inspiring Boat Ride On River Umngot, Dawki

I’m sure many of you would have seen pictures of a green, green, green crystal-clear river in Meghalaya, a rustic boat floating gently on its surface, the water so transparent that one can even see the rocks and vegetation below. The place looks magical, other-worldly, like Fairyland. Have you?

Well, the river in question is Umngot, which flows through the little village of Dawki in Meghalaya, barely 95 km from Shillong. The specialty of the Umngot is its pristine water, so clean and clear that you can see right through to the river bed in spite of it being about 20 feet deep. The water here usually has a beautiful greenish hue, and is so transparent that the boats plying on it look as if they are floating in mid-air. When the husband and I visited Dawki in May 2017, we came with huge expectations. Sadly, the sight we met with was less than magical and our boat ride across the Umngot was definitely not the awe-inspiring thing that we had imagined it would be.

Read all about our experience, just in on my photo blog!

Podi Ari Upma| Broken Matta Rice Upma

On our recent trip to Wayanad, I picked up a bag of broken matta rice at a departmental store, so I could get home and try it out. Following an online recipe, with a few variations of my own, I used the broken matta rice to make vegetable upma in a pressure cooker, which turned out absolutely delicious! The upma was a delight, especially when eaten warm! Mildly spiced, lovely in taste, and a breeze to cook, the upma – known in Kerala as Podi Ari Upma – was a huge hit at home.

Check out the recipe for the broken matta rice upma, just in on my photo blog!