Thursday, 14 April 2016

Vishu, the beginning of malayalam new year 2016



I wish you all a very happy Vishu !

We, Keralites, celebrated Vishu today, as usual, in a grand manner.

This auspicious day marks the beginning of new year according to our traditional calendar. 'Kanikaanal' is an important event that takes place early morning in every Hindu household here when an elder person ushers other family members keeping their eyes closed to the pooja room to have darshan of "Kani", where 'Kanikkonna', the golden yellow flower that you see on the GIF image and many other sacred items are placed in an 'uruli' in front of deities symbolically representing prayers and offerings for a prosperous, happy and blessed year ahead !

I have blogged about this festival before too, kindly check :


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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sandisk ultra dual USB 3.0 flash drive, 64 GB, for OTG smart phones and tablets, a review


Bought this cool gadget from Amazon India.

This is a tiny USB 3.0 flash drive that makes it possible data transfer at amazing speeds. In my experience this is much faster than the USB 2.0 transfer and all my gadgets are now  USB 3.0 enabled.

The advantage of this ultra dual USB flash drive is that it can be directly plugged into an OTG smart phone and tablet. There is no need for an OTG ( On The Go ) cable. The drive is very small in size and it has two sliding adapters. The smaller one gets easily into a smartphone charger slot and the other into a laptop's USB socket but we cannot connect both simultaneously.  Identify the USB 3.0 socket and off you go !

Huge capacity drive...64 GB ! 

A must have accessory !


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Monday, 7 March 2016

Summer wear


Summer is very fierce this time in Kerala.

The newspapers often write about people developing severe Sunburn in many parts of the State. It looks like the hot weather during these times over the years have been increasing in severity. Living in a tropical country we easily tolerate Sun but things are getting difficult as yeas go by. Even for a brief period when we get out in the Sun the heat becomes intolerable. Aircons and Room coolers are selling like hot cakes here. The temperature reaches 33 degree centigrade and with increasing humidity it is like steamy even at night. Drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fruits and spending more time indoors running aircon to the maximum possible.

My recent shopping included 100 % linen shirts and Linen viscose blend trousers and a pair of crocs. Linen is much better than pure 100 % cotton according to my experience during Summer. India produces world class Linen and cotton. Even though Linen is costlier than cotton, it is catching up here too as the preferred fabric specifically in Summer. There are plenty of only Linen and a variety of blends like cotton or viscose garments available in India. Viscose or Rayon is made from plant cellulose and the debate is still continuing if it can be called a purely natural product.

Bought this trousers from the M&S outlet at Lulu mall, Kochi. The shirt is from the MCR outlet at the same mall.

Linen fibers are made from Flax plant. This has better absorbent properties than cotton.



Crocs footwear is available in India. Many shops are selling this cool footwear. It is available online too.

In the Burgoyne outlet at Centre Square mall, Kochi Irish linen is available. Bought the following from there too. Awesome fabric, cool garments !

http://www.clubburgoyne.co.in



Hope with all these I will be able to beat the heat of Summer :)


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Thursday, 18 February 2016

My tea collection




This is my tea collection.
I like Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company's ( KDHP ) tea. They have an exotic collection of teas that are available for online purchase in addition to their depot sales all over Munnar, Kerala, the famous hill station. I have already blogged about Munnar, a famous tourist attraction nestled among the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats.




   
         










They have some Organic varieties too.
The Purple colored one is Ripple premium Rose tea which I bought this time. It is awesome !
All these varieties are priced reasonably. I bought some of their teas when I visited there last year and thereafter I began buying many more from them. Prompt and efficient customer service; things arrive by courier smoothly. Last week I visited Lulu mall and I was overjoyed to see some of their teas on their shelves too.




















I have already outlined the health benefits of tea in general and specifically green tea in my earlier posts.

Tea or Coffee ? I enjoy both :)

Check the following links for more info about this and Munnar.
http://kdhptea.com

http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2016/02/happy-valentines-day-2016.html
http://magicalpresent.blogspot.com/2013/07/green-tea.html


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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentine's day 2016


February 14th, St Valentine's day...:)



These beautiful flowers are photographed at Rose Gardens, Munnar. Munnar is a famous hill resort in Kerala. This spot is studded with tea plantations, beautiful flowers and blue hills !




Greenery...flowers...everywhere !



Enjoyed the cool weather !



Beautiful !



A spot where you can enjoy boating !



The famous Kanan Devan Hill Tea Plantations are here. They export tea to different parts of the world. They have many outlets here from where we can buy all sorts of exotic teas.



Wow !



Hills enveloped by fluffy mist !




A cool place to celebrate Valentine's day !



Shout and you hear the echo clearly here !



Picture perfect scenery !




Happy Valentine's day !


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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Chocolate room, a cafe with zen-like ambiance at Kochi Lulu mall


I am a regular visitor at Chocolate room cafe on the second floor of Lulu mall at Kochi, Kerala. Situated in a very quiet spot this cafe, in my opinion, has a zen-like ambiance. Away from the hustles and bustles of the mall we can enjoy a variety of pastries and drinks leisurely. The menu has lot of variety and I think everyone can find something of their liking here.

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Ladies' finger, organic cultivation at home

                

My 100th post...!

This is my second post about Okra / Bhindi / Vendakkai / Ladies finger cultivation at home organically.

This variety is different from what I have cultivated before. This is giant sized elephant tusk shaped ladies finger popularly known as 'Anakkomban venda', in malayalam, our local language.
I ate the ones plucked today raw ! Yummy !

Check my old post http://magicalpresent.blogspot.in/2015/03/organic-okra-ladys-finger-cultivation.html

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy Republic day, India


The Constitution of India came into effect on 26th January, 1950 and India celebrates Republic day on the 26th of January every year.

Today we celebrated the 67th Republic day ! 

The main celebration takes place at Rajpath, in New Delhi, the capital city of India before the President of India. Our Prime minister and all other dignitaries will be present and before them the Army, Navy, Air force wings, paramilitary, allied and related troops parade. There will be numerous tableau from different States and Ministries. Military hardware also will be on display.

The Chief guest this year was Mr. Francois Hollande, the President of France.

There was live telecast of the event by Doordarshan, our national TV. Their coverage was excellent ! Their camera layout was awesome ! They have uploaded the same on You tube as well.

What I liked most was the Motorcycle acrobatic display by Corps of Signals, the parade of the Camel contingent about which Google doodled today and the brilliant display of the Indian Air force flypast!

French troops participated in the parade. This is the first time a foreign country is allowed to participate in Republic day parade, a historic event !

Happy Republic day !

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Some videos that I have uploaded in My channel on Youtube


I posted about the boat ride at Marine drive, a popular hangout place in Kochi, the other day. This is a video of the same.



This is a video uploaded of the house boat cruise along the Kerala backwaters.



A humble magician at work ! Awesome video !



Magnificent view of the backwaters shot from a house boat !


Check the posts :
http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2016/01/marine-drive-kochi.html
http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2015/07/house-boat-cruise-backwaters-of-kerala.html



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Monday, 18 January 2016

Lavazza, Italy's favourite coffee


LAVAZZA, is Italy's favorite coffee.

Founded in Turin, Italy in the year 1895 by Luigi Lavazza, this brand has crossed continents to win the hearts and palates of millions of people around the world. This is now available on supermarket shelves in India too.

I am a fan of Nescafe and Starbucks. Now I feel Lavazza is also competing and in the near future I may have to include this too in the favorites. There is no Starbucks store in Kerala; hope they will start asap one here too, the potential is huge ! Nearest one is at Bangalore about which I have blogged sometime ago when we visited there. I have tried their blends ; they are wonderful !

I love Nescafe Gold by Nestle. The rich aroma, the unique flavor, the way it tickles the palate, the feeling it gives...thumbs up ! Nestle has provided unique coffee to us for years and I give 5 star rating to it because of the consistency of that brand in giving full satisfaction for such a very long time.

Now Lavazza...let us see how it will fare in the long run.

Coffee or tea ? 
I love both. In my case there are coffee days, tea days, coffee and tea weeks, that's it. I have a collection of exotic coffees and teas like these, green teas, white teas etc. all included.

Now let us look into the health benefits of drinking coffee.
  • Protection from Alzheimer's disease, related disorders and dementia.
Coffee drinkers have lower risk for developing this degenerative disease that affects brain. You all are familiar with the serious problems associated with this disease for which there is no known cure. When our loved elders do not recognize us or start talking nonsense it doesn't feel good.
  • Protection for the liver; prevents development of cirrhosis
Coffee drinkers are found to be less susceptible to the development of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can develop in alcoholics, in hepatitis and also if the liver becomes fatty. Coffee may help in cases of fatty liver due to non-alcoholic causes. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a very common problem nowadays.
  • Coffee for weight loss; burns fat
This may be due to the increased metabolic rate induced by caffeine. This is a common ingredient in most of the fat loss supplements.
  • Some protection from developing Type - 2 Diabetes
This is a proven fact as depicted by many studies but reasons are unknown.
  • Better mental performance
No need to explain about this. As soon as we start sipping the black colored liquid the general well being improves; we tend to become alert.
  • Improved physical performance, reduces fatigue
A cup of coffee after a vigorous workout in Gym will reduce muscle soreness. Moderate caffeine intake before workout boosts energy levels.
  • Lowers risk of developing stroke
Some studies have shown that in regular coffee drinkers the incidence of stroke is less.
  • Lowers risk of developing Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder. Clumsiness of movement, tremors are some of the
features of this disease.
  • Antioxidants
Coffee is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body that produce diseases.
  • Antidepressant
No doubt, caffeine elevates mood and fights depression.
  • Anti-cancerous
Coffee might afford some protection against colorectal and liver cancers.


Heart disease and BP
In the olden times coffee has fallen into disrepute because of its stimulatory effects on the heart and circulatory system. If you have heart beat rhythm irregularity or high blood pressure be careful in consuming caffeine. Please note that tea also contains caffeine so anything that has caffeine in it may trigger some untoward effects.

Promote Organic ! If the main stream multinational companies give more importance to organic produce it will bring the price down, will increase availability and will improve health of everybody.

The focus about the health benefits until recently was on tea in general and green tea in particular. Statistics tells us that the numbers of coffee drinkers are huge and tea less. Caffeine is said to be the most popular, addictive drug, if we label it scientifically, and tea and coffee both contain it. But recent research have unveiled the above facts that have given coffee lovers huge relief. Nowadays, we can see many exotic tea blends in Coffee shops also and that is a welcome change. Some cafes offer health teas too like Camomile.

Green tea, Macha green tea, white tea, all have proven health benefits. Coffee too is a winner.
If you are a die-hard fan of green tea then enjoy this poem http://magicalpresent.blogspot.in/2013/07/green-tea.html

So tea, coffee or both ?
Enjoy all things good !


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