Archive | November, 2007

Have you seen this in Goa ?

26 Nov

Goa is famous for beaches,churches and temples.

But there is more to Goa..

Waterfalls, spice gardens,heritage sites…

Check out this site and know about Netravali. It is  gloriously clean here- undisturbed by tourists…


Dhakti and Vhadli Deepavali in Goa

26 Nov

Each festival in Goa is  uniquely people follow most od our traditions and there are some special ones which are unknown to many.

 Naraka Chaturdashi is called Dhakti(small ) Deepawali.Though it is celebrated on a large scale…. The previous night huge Narkasurs are burnt in most streets.Cultural organisations hold narkasur making contests.The tradition of going around to people’s houses to greet is quite common everywhere. The  snacks that are made here during this time is very traditional. reddish avalakki   is used for several preparations called Fauv.Sweet Fauv is accompanied by savoury ones served with Ambat chutney.

In the morning   after the aarti  all the family members stamp a bitter fruit symbolising the end of evil.

Crackers are not limited to Deepawali here. A lot more crackers are burnt during Ganeshotsav.

Tulsi Lagna is called Vhadli (big) Deepawali.A branch of a tree is kept along with Tulsi in the vrindavana which are freshly painted and a bhatji (priest ) comes to solemnise  the divine wedding.   An antarpata is used and a grand feast follows.

Though I have lived here for many years, I don’t have much knowledge about these traditions. The local paper has started publishing these tidbits this year.I thought I must share this on my blog.

Ide nanna uttaraa.. Answers to vani’s tag

25 Nov

Q1. Are you happy/ satisfied with your blog, with its content and look?
wrt content ..ok for a person who literally robs time to blog. Looks : not very..

Q2. Does your family know about your blog?

Q3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?
       No . But I don’t tell all and sundry about it.

Q4. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?
       Yes, my ‘vision’  has  improved !!

Q5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?     

    I do explore—when time permits.
Q6. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?    

    It does.
Q7. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?     

 Yes. I have met only a very few of my fellow bloggers.

Q8. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?
      Yes. It helps in getting things off one’s chest. It also works as a sounding board . 

Q9. Do you think that bloggers’ society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?
      No .

Q10. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?    

 It doesn’t annoy me.
Q11. Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?    I avoid commenting on controversial posts blogs.
 Q12. Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?     

   I did not know this. 
Q13. Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?    


.Q14. What do you like to hear? What’s the song you might like to put a link to, in your blog?     

   I like many songs.        I would like to put a link   to :            1.   S. Janaki’s    Karedaru kelade,             2.    Rafi’s    Man tadapat        3.    SPB’s    koodakke kukkrahalli kere….     4.   Kishore Kumar’s   Paanch ruppaiyya…

     5.    Geeta Dutt’s      Vakt ne kiya  kya haseen sitam

     6.    Dr. Balamuralikrishna’s   bhakta  ramdas’s bhajans.

     7.   Hariprasad Chaurasia’s   Ahir bhairav

     8.  Shiv Kumar Sharma’s  call of the valley.

And many more…..

I tag Nikhil of milcote


And the award goes to…

13 Nov

 Srik of

has been magnanimous in giving  me  the Schmooze Blogger award.Thanks.

Schmoozing as defined by is the ability “to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.”

The citation says I am a friendly teacher..Thanks.

Now the tradition is to pass on this award to five more bloggers.

I give this award to :

Vijay of

His posts are humourous and have a solid  impact.The posts are written as if he is talking to an “antarangada  mitra”.Yet they bring joy to all.Truly schmooze.

Next the award goes to  Balachandra Shetty of

Here is a blogger whose posts   have an easy conversational style. Way to go!

The award now goes to Vani  of

Her posts are eminently readable.They are schmoozingly informative .

The award also goes to Su of

She has such a wonderful ability to converse that even plants and animals will nod their heads to her talk..

Finally the award goes to Prashant of

As he has the ability to capture the attention of the reader with simple words and scintillating snaps..

I hope these bloggers will keep the tradition of Schmooze awards alive..

Tag-Wag award- waward main kya jaanu re?

11 Nov

Many days ago rkji tagged me by using Inky Pinky method…and here I am

I judge: Myself-constantly and my poor son 😉

Also as a normal human being I judge these for satisfying my thirst to criticize ..

  • People who lie
  •  People who don’t follow traffic rules (if it affects my smooth ride..)
  • People who rob flowers from others’ gardens for pooja (though I don’t have a garden ..)
  • Lethargic people like me
  • People who can’t keep their personal problems away from their professional life,

I admire :

  • People who keep themselves fit by exercising regularly
  • People who age gracefully
  • Singers like Mohd. rafi, SPB, Geeta Dutt,Balamurali Krishna
  • Sportspersons like Steffi Graf, Boris Becker, I Lendl, Agassi,
  • Writers like Shivarama Karanth, Triveni, Irving Wallace,Wodehouse,Jane Austen,R K Narayan,Premchand,PD James, Thomas Hardy…
  • Workoholics who retain a little sense of humour
  • People who can laugh at themselves

 and myself…ok… atleast sometimes  😉

I tag  Vani of

    Su of
    srik of
    Have fun.


8 Nov

–AWARENESS is the first defence. 

I read an article in The Hindu recently and felt that I must write about breast cancer.

It has been a fearsome dagger hanging on many women in the recent past.

Women who are have had premature menopause, obesity,and a familly history are more likely to develop breast cancer .For many  people the word that scares  is ‘surgery’.ther are other options(-depending on the stage though).

The author has dealt very well with financial implications. She has also warned readers about the possibilities of patients being shortchanged.

One can read about it in detail here..