B for Bombay but…

Well its my blog and so whilst B was supposed to be for Bombay I say bloody hell I want to post this beautiful picture I managed to take and these few lines I had to write about it! 😀

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Enveloped under petals,
Slowly,
Lazily,
It blooms,
Raising is yellow limbs,
Reaching out,
Stretching itself,
In misty weather,
Embracing,
Rains!

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The Monsoon Road Trip! (a photo post)

As is usual with me, I start my day early on holiday's! Unlike quite a few who go to holidays to relax I just can't rest easy... I want to take in as much of my holiday as I can and hence am up early always! It was raining crazily at 6.14 in the morning as we set out for our trip Sunday morning! :D

As is usual with me, I start my day early on holiday’s! Unlike quite a few who go to holidays to relax I just can’t rest easy… I want to take in as much of my holiday as I can and hence am up early always! It was raining crazily at 6.14 in the morning as we set out for our trip Sunday morning! 😀

The monsoons are a great time to drive in the country side, the national highways in Gujarat are kind of boring with 6 lanes and no trees. These smaller state highways with green tunnels have always appealed to me more! :D

The monsoons are a great time to drive in the country side, the national highways in Gujarat are kind of boring with 6 lanes and no trees. These smaller state highways with green tunnels have always appealed to me more! 😀

Add to that the magic of passing a National Park on the way, the park was closed for monsoon. No, we didn't spot anything along the park either, still we were enthused that we might spot something all of a sudden! :D

Add to that the magic of passing a National Park on the way, the park was closed for monsoon. No, we didn’t spot anything along the park either, still we were enthused that we might spot something all of a sudden! 😀

Getting stuck in a mad rush on Sunday of tourists to Saputara was one of those things.. the glistening mirror though added magic to the whole thing!

Getting stuck in a mad rush on Sunday of tourists to Saputara was one of those things.. the glistening mirror though added magic to the whole thing!

 

The woods though were supremely green, lush and tall! A slight incentive that kept people calm during the traffic jams! :)

The woods though were supremely green, lush and tall! A slight incentive that kept people calm during the traffic jams! 🙂

 

Impromptu Kanda Bhajji breaks with Chai were the order of the day to keep the energy up! :D

Impromptu Kanda Bhajji breaks with Chai were the order of the day to keep the energy up! 😀

 

Picturesque the journey surely was!

Picturesque the journey surely was!

Greenery that just soothes your soul and keeps you gushing at the vibrancy!

Greenery that just soothes your soul and keeps you gushing at the vibrancy!

A few table plated mountains that seemed to be pretty happily taking all they could from the grey skies!

A table plated mountains that seemed to be pretty happily taking all they could from the grey skies!

A quaint lil settlement with a lovely pond! This comes straight out of some British novel! :D

A quaint lil settlement with a lovely pond! This comes straight out of some British novel! 😀

Another little village on the banks of a river.

Another little village on the banks of a river.

The co-explorers! :D

The co-explorers! 😀

Our chariot! :D

Our chariot! 😀

Ramblings

Nothing really worth enough material to post and yet I feel my blog has been neglected way too much and I again need to start the writing habit of mine. Apparently so much action is happening in life that there is barely time to sit back relax and form a post.

 

Either I am working out investment portfolio’s for clients or sorting out badly sold insurance policies to them if that were not enough the renovation/extension work at home takes up hours and worst is it comes up at any time and the plumber/carpenter/mason are even more important and vip people then my clients. They get first preference, also it seems that the work just doesn’t get over either. Even though the major work seems to be done there is no decrease in the hours it takes of mine. Sporadically I do manage to still venture on FB and give my system the much needed virtual injection. 😛 Then there is so much of sporting action happening everywhere, Olympics, India v SL, NZ v WI and Eng v SA. Actually I am complaining of too much on my palate sigh…

 

It was a treat to watch Saina Nehwal play, I must confess I have not watched her earlier but she did play like a champ and I was pretty hopeful she would get a Gold but then not everything we wish for happens. But it was a wonderful feeling watching her play, full of concentration, focus and skill. The shooter’s doubled their medal tally from last year. The hockey team though tried their best I guess the loss in the first two matches in which I thought they fought quite well took its toll and knocked the stuffing out of them. They would probably be feeling very disappointed having lost all 5 matches. But lets not focus on that, lets talk about Mary Kom, honestly I didn’t know much about her before a week. I am kinda amazed at the achievements of the woman a 5 time World Champion, a mother of 5 year old twins and boxing like this !!!!!!!!! Gee… I am gaping and ashamed that I take the elevator to reach a third floor in the building ! :-/

 

In the world of friendly cricket matches, SL managed to almost lose everything but our blokes decided one day to collectively have a brain fail during a batting display in the second ODI giving something to our friendly neighbours.

 

The other highlight of the last week was Kevin Pietersen’s batting against Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Whilst England were pummeled into submission in the first test, in the second in Headingly in a tricky situation KP showed why he is badly necessary for cricket. With all due respect to Sachin, Brian, Ricky this has to be one of the most manly attacks on a bowling line up I have seen recently. No he didn’t score a 60 ball 100 but the manner in which he took on Steyn and Morkel and their short pitched stuff and the thumping he gave was superb. No it was not cover drives, there were hooks with 3 players on the leg side boundary. Don’t be-little him, it was Steyn and Morkel, it was Yorkshire not Chennai and yet I saw Dale Steyn shaking his head at the helplessness he felt in front of KP’s assault. Then as usual, KP’s innings was overshadowed by none other than his own stand-off with the ECB. Pity this man can’t just focus and play Test Cricket.

that is Dale Steyn going over the straight boundary

 

Guess he is a bit like me can’t do one thing at a time, must always focus on multiple things in life ! 😛 Talking of other multiple things clogging my timeline were planning for a Monsoon trip to Goa and well its my first visit to the Travel Capital of India it seems, rarely have I met anyone who has not been to Goa. Fair in another fortnight’s time I will be able to join all those people. Apparently it seems I can’t really take to the beaches or the water sports there but Monsoon promises its own share of beauty. What with Outlook Traveller featuring Goa in the Monsoons and whetting my appetite. My raincoats are ready and I can’t wait to rent an Activa and drive on the tar roads bordered with the fresh green vegetation. :mrgreen:

 

Well, I think I must stop my ramble here and get ready to shop for curtains or else my wife is going to make me sleep in the balcony by the look of things… 😛 But before I shop for the curtains I will leave you with this song that is on my lips at the moment 🙂

 

Leftover Rice Bhajiya’s !

If ever there was a season that the God’s love or is their favourite it has to be the Monsoon ! No wonder its my favourite season, I doubt anyone waits for Summers or Winters as much as we all wait for rains, we yearn for it and when it does its a welcome relief aint it ? The smell of the earth when it rains is totally divine ! Nothing can compare, this is the weather that Smitha & Pallavi may call gloomy since they live in UK but I can bet had they been living in India and been through this searing summer heat they’d kill for this weather !! Everything about this weather is so fresh, all leaves washed up, all birds, squirrels around my house tend to give their vocal approval all that much more.. ! Everyone seems to get a new leash of life !!!


By the way after getting wet in the rains the next best thing you can hope for is getting a “KADAK” Ginger Chai and some really cook pakora’s !!!! Sitting in our Verandah with a cup of Hot Tea (no, not coffee) is one of our favourite time pass in this season. The feel of the rain when the wind brings in some droplets on your face is sheer bliss I must say !!!!

Sigh… before I keep on digressing and keep on describing how much I love this season, let me get to the reason for this post, here is my recipe for Leftover Rice Bhajiya’s… ! Yes they are not bhajji’s as they write in English, in my language they are Bhajiya’s !!! 😛 😛 😛 These rice bhajiya’s are extremely tender and very very yummy to eat. I can vouch for it, we have been having it for years now, not sure if they are common or rare !!!!

They turned out Awesome, here are a few pics… followed by the recipe !!!

The recipe is quite simple…

Use Left over cooked Rice, chop a few onions, loads of coriander and green chillies mix them with Besan and add a bit of suji to it to give it a crispy feel mix them with water or curd or buttermilk as per your preference. I used Curd. Make a nice dough with salt, red chilli and turmeric as per taste… !

I added Capsicum and Tomato for the sake of making it different and to add more colour and we all actually loved it serve it with Chutney or Tea !!! As you like it… !

Yes it was me who made it all from chopping onions to mixing the dough all with my own Hands !!!! I hope Monu you approve of my amateur effort !!!!!