In our part of the world Tulsi is considered a very sacred plant and it is mostly planted in the front of the main entrance of the house. It is believed to be sacred not only due to its religious importance but also for the medicinal value. It can cure cough, cold, fever, flu, chest congestion, throat infection, joint pains and many more. It is a cure for almost every type of fever. You can just chew the leaves or make it’s paste to apply on skin or just boil the leaves in water to drink it as a tonic. Fortunately I have got this Tulsi plant near my kitchen garden, beautifully maintained by the previous occupants. I was so happy to see this small pillar surrounded with green hedge. I daily water the plant and lit a diya. You can call it sacred, let me call it a habit, a ritual I have been doing it since my childhood. I believe that in our religion why they must have called a number of trees sacred so that the coming generations keep on planting these species. Even if they do so please Gods there is no harm until they become superstitious. We have to draw the line and understand the difference between sacred and fear of religion. Hope I conveyed my point.
I still hear the echo of water. It could be heard from a distance too while I was desperately waiting to get the first glimpse of the massive, voluminous waterfall. It was like a marvel of nature and the only source of sound in this silent, lush green valley. Breathtaking view which echoes in my memory forever.
The other picture is of a old Mughal Fort where the echo from the glorious past can be heard even today. The intricate workmanship, the architecture, the feel, the royal ambience makes you call those kings from the past and you definitely hear the echo of their footsteps.
Hope you would like my perception on today’s prompt.
- Who can beat the Indians when it comes to culture and traditions. It is deeply rooted in us right from our childhood. Children grow up watching their mothers and grandmothers doing all rituals dedicately. Though the joint family culture is declining fast and working parents are finding it difficult to preserve the values, they still try to pass it on to their generation next.
- Presenting you a collage of pictures where you can see me sharing and preserving our culture. Recently we shifted to a new house. As luck would have been we entered the house on the most auspicious day of Hindu calendar…. it was Diwali festival on that day. You can see the rangoli, diyas and my temple where I made my idols sit so that they can bless us. My house looked so good in blue lights and what a beginning in the new city! My boys enjoyed and are ready to learn their culture and traditions. Looking forward to culture all around the world. Right now I am going to watch ‘Dr. Strange’ in a mall. See you all after the show. Have a good day.
The moment I came to know Secunderabad was going to be our new hometown for the next two years, Hyderabadi Biryani was the first thing which came to my mind…. aromatic & world famous dish of South India. Those who don’t know where Secunderabad is, let me tell you. It is popularly known as twin city of Hyderabad. Located in the Indian state of Telangana. Named after Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, Secunderabad was founded in 1806 as a British cantonment. You can search Google for more.
So now from Western India we have moved towards Southern part of the country. The exotic aroma of Idli sambhar, Dosa and Nizam food especially ‘biryani’is simply irresistible. The sated thoughts will come and pour till you don’t indulge yourself in delicacy of rice. The moment we landed in Secunderabad we hit to the biryani joint to sate our hunger and what else could be a better choice than world famous Paradise hotel and a Roof Top restaurant to have it. A Legend since 1953 !
Biryani, a dish of Indian origin, more prominently considered to be dish of Nizam (Ruler of the state of Deccan). Though we have Lucknowi Biryani also which has more of Awadhi taste but in terms of spices this one wins hands down.
South India has more varieties of biryani than any other part of the subcontinent. Moreover rice is more a staple food in South India than any other state.Hyderabadi biryani is a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisine, originated in the kitchens of the Nizam, rulers of the historic Hyderabad State. Hyderabadi Biryani is also a integral part of Pakistani Cuisine due to its exotic flavor and aromatic taste.
So next time while you visit this part of the world you know where you can have stomach sated fully filled!
If you don’t like where you are
Move, you are not a tree
That was not the reason I moved
I moved because I ought to
Not because I was deprived of anything
Rather it was time to detach myself
My husband had completed his tenure
Two years gone and it was time to pack
Time to leave my work place,
beautiful house, lush green lawns,
Wonderful friends, the fields, the plateaus
Everything related to that place
Moved to a new land, finding my roots
Searching for the new world, my world, our world……
It’s easier said than done
The experience makes me stronger
At the same time I want to stay longer
Adapting to every situation
Leaving behind all that you achieved
In terms of profession and personal
My son is again a new kid on the block
And I am a new member in the ladies meet
The scene looks too chaotic in the beginning
Slowly it becomes manageable
That’s why was away for last few months
Juggling with boxes and cartons
Altering curtains and filing rations
Wandering, what would have happening
in the lives of my blogger friends
But used to snore like pig after day’s slog.
Now that the house is functional
I look forward to have more interaction
Really we received countless blessings and wishes for our younger son Pratyush who by God’s grace has scored 87% in his ICSE higher secondary boards. His result was out two days before and from that day onwards there has been celebration time in our home.
We watched two movies- Captain America and X-Men Apocalypse back to back, did shopping for both the sons. Luckily my elder son also came home last month to spend his summer vacations.
I know I couldn’t read and write blogs but last two days were dedicated to my son no. 2. All relatives and friends congratulated him for his bright future ahead. He has to now focus on his intermediate. Also he has to take the big decision of chosing a right stream. As of now he is going strongly on Commerce stream. Science is totally out.
I hope he takes the right decision and moves ahead with confidence. I will be visiting you all soon. Right now very tired and off to bed. Good night.
Now at this point of life I wonder at times that do dreams really get fulfilled?
If yes then right now I am sitting at the bank of the river and dreaming to float forever…,,
Floating, I dream to enter the other continents..,,,,
I dream of meeting those wonderful people living on other land masses.,,,
I dream of smelling those flowers blooming in their gardens…..
I dream of learning a trick or two about photography…… of woods and bridges outside the houses..,..
I wish to capture Mr. & Mrs. W in their nests.
I dream….. to get time to blog daily…..
I dream to get my youth again..,..O yes, I am sweet sixteen again…eyes full of dreams and heart full of passion to be successful in life……to do something worth in life…