Sunday, 20 April 2014

Global village, Dubai

Global village in Dubai is an awesome attraction for tourists and residents alike. Started in 1997 at the Dubai creek modestly it has emerged as a destination of great global importance attracting millions to Dubai in December until April every year during the time of Dubai shopping festival.

From 2005 it had found a permanent location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Exit 37.
The abra ( traditional boat ) ride along the canal traversing the village was fantastic !

These pictures were shot in 2013 during the shopping festival season.

The Sunset was awesome !

Pavilions of many countries like Germany, Turkey, China, Kingdom of Thailand, India, all middle eastern countries are present. Visit here and you will see the unique attractions of those countries.


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Friday, 18 April 2014

Lulu mall, Kochi, a world of happiness, an update

This is an update about Lulu mall, here in Kochi, Kerala. So many top brands in the world have made their presence here recently. 

I have already blogged about this beautiful mall. It is only walking distance from where I live. This huge mall has changed the entire infrastructure of this metro city.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Costa coffee outlet in Kochi, Kerala

Enjoyed Costa coffee during one of the weekends recently.
I liked their hot chocolate. Cool drink !
The panini was yummy :)
Costa opened their outlet in Lulu mall in January, 2014. So it is within walking distance from my home :)

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala :)
Kerala, in India, is known as ' God's own country'. The state is blessed with lush greenery all over, with coconut trees, rivers, backwaters and a beautiful coastline with awesome beaches !

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Vishu - a popular festival in Kerala

Today we people in Kerala in India celebrated Vishu. 

The day of Vishu is considered as the first day in malayalam calendar, akin to the new year, according to the astrological calculations based on the movements of Sun. The most important event is Vishukkani, the arrangement of items like rice, fruits, vegetables, coins, religious texts etc. in a rounded vessel called 'Uruli' in front of the Gods and goddesses in the prayer room in households and viewing these as the first thing in the morning signifying 'all the very best' in the year throughout. The state flower of Kerala, Kanikkonna ( Cassia fistula ) depicted in the picture is an essential part of this auspicious occasion. 

Visit to temples is considered sacred and some offer their prayers to Gods and have darshan, as vishukkani, of their favorite deity as the first thing in the early hours of the morning. 

A grand feast on banana leaves follows at noon. Crackers and sparklers are common accompaniments of this festival almost everywhere.

Elders give vishukkaineettam, gift in the form of money and new clothes to the young on the day of Vishu. 

In many parts of the world especially in Burma, Nepal and Thailand as well, similar festivals take place. The popular Songhran in Thailand also falls during this period.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy vishu :) 

Let you all be blessed with luck, prosperity, happiness and love all throughout each day in the coming year :)

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