Monday, 1 January 2018

Wish you a very happy new year


Wishing my blogger friends and the readers of this blog a wonderful, and awesome New Year 2018. A special day on which everyone all over the world makes it a point to greet others with a warm smile and new year wishes, a wonderful day on which numerous resolutions are made with much enthusiasm, a beautiful day of renewed hope, joy, and fun!

Enjoy this beautiful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6-E53zsdfI

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Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!

I wish all my blogger friends a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Let this joyous occasion bring you joy, happiness, and success. The whole world is celebrating the birth of a divine soul which has brought hope to the hopeless, joy to the unhappy and peace in times of trouble. Amidst the festivities let us also remember the oppressed and the less fortunate people and extend help and support to them as well so as to make them also feel better.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Lal bagh botanical garden, Bengaluru, India


Lalbagh botanical garden is situated in the heart of the city of Bengaluru (previously Bangalore) in India. Bengaluru is known as the garden city of India and Lalbagh which spreads about forty acres is a huge paradise of lush greenery, trees, beautiful flowery plants, ponds, and a lake.


This garden was built by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore in the seventeenth century which was later developed by his son Tippu Sultan. Following this, the British, the Rajahs of Mysore and after the independence dedicated officials toiled hard to add more and more beauty to this amazing garden. The notable names in the British rule are Sir Mark Cubbon and Sir John Cameron. Dr. M. H. Marigowda, who was the Superintendent of the garden had put a lot of effort to develop it.


Now it is a sprawling space of about two hundred and forty acres filled with rare plants, trees, and flowers. Truly a paradise for nature lovers!


This has become a must visit spot for the tourists visiting Bengaluru. School, college students, and botanists from all over the world come here frequently as part of their study and research because this garden has a wonderful collection of rare and exotic plant species.
      


This garden is easily accessible since it is situated a few kilometers from the Vidhan Soudha, the State legislature house at the central part of the city. I have posted only a few images here, this is a very vast place and there are so many attractions with lots of photo opportunities. Bengaluru is our neighbour State.

Check the video of this beautiful garden https://youtu.be/FS9xkI5puTU



Bengaluru is a beautiful city in India, check my old post about the amazing shopping malls in this vibrant city  https://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2013/07/shopping-malls-in-bangalore-south-india.html     


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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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