Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
This is among the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and comes as the finale of the nine-day festival, Navaraatri. This festival of victory is preceded by worship of Saraswati the Goddess of Learning and of Durgaa the Goddess of Strength. Grand processions of all Gods and goddesses are taken out in every town and village on this day, signifying the victory of the forces of righteousness over those of wickedness.
Various have been the names of the Goddess of Strength - Durgaa, Mahaa Kaali, Mahishasura Mardini etc., under which that supreme protectress of the good and the holy put to rout, time and again, the demoniac forces and established the supremacy of the righteous. Refer...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Eating ice cream really does make you happy. Scientists have found that a spoonful of the cold stuff lights up the same pleasure centre in the brain as winning money or listening to your favourite music. Refer...
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Groceries are sold via wholesale traders who provide them on large quantities, indian households are known to stock up the grains on monthly and sometimes on yearly basis ...this unorganized sector constitutes larger share vs organised market.
Monday, September 25, 2006
The history of CCIE dates back to 1948. Today, Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE) brings the arts and crafts from different parts of the country to both the international and Indian shopper through its conveniently located emporia in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai and Hyderabad.
At Cottage, it is an ongoing endeavour to preserve the traditional craftsmanship and excellence of skill as part of the National. Heritage. The felicitations we have received are ample testimony of our endeavour to excel.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Yes, it's here Bangalore's all new sightseeing service - 'City Swaps' - is provided by a private company called Conceptree Enterprise. They claim to be 'India's FIRST hop on hop off tourism sightseeing service. The tickets are valid for 24 hours on any of the buses that ply every 30 minutes covering more than 15 tourist points in the city. One can get down any number of times on the route(s) or take as many rides on any of the buses. This provides a great deal of flexibility and customisation to suit individual preferences and tastes.
Some of the other highlights of the service include accessible seating for senior citizens and physically challenged persons on the lower deck, an on-board cafe, flexible ticketing for families, children and senior citizens. Besides this, City Swaps will also offer annual memberships to corporate houses and frequent visitors.
Friday, September 22, 2006
The bus stop of BMTC on the CMH road... off peak hours it is a hangout spot and a preffered meeting point too...
Thursday, September 21, 2006
ING Vysya Bank, headquarters in Bangalore on M.G. Road has a display of different type of locks...
A lock puzzle is a type of mechanical puzzle. It consists of a lock with unusual or hidden mechanics. Such locks are sometimes called trick locks, because opening them is like performing a magic trick. A matching key may or may not be used in this trick. Lock puzzles have a long history. Other lock puzzles stem from the necessity to invent secure locks in the Middle Ages. Lock puzzles are closely related to puzzle boxes.
They are innovative and quite an artifacts...
Securing ones possessions' has long been a concern of people throughout the world. Beyond hiding the objects or constantly guarding them the most frequently used option is to secure them with a device. Early solutions included knots to either detect, like the Thief knot, or hamper, like the Gordian knot. Refer ...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Mehndi (or mehendi or mehandi or mylanji) is the application of henna (Urdu: حنا) as a temporary form of skin decoration, most popular in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia as well as India. It is typically employed for special occasions, particularly weddings. It is usually drawn on the hands and feet, where the designs will last the longest due to the fact that it only penetrates the dead cells of the stratum corneum.
Henna paste is usually applied to the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush, but sometimes a small metal-tipped jacquard bottle used for silk painting (a jac bottle) is used. The affected area is then wrapped with tissue, plastic, or medical tape to lock in body heat, creating a more intense colour on the skin. The wrap is worn overnight and then removed. The final colour is reddish brown and can last anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the quality of the paste. More ...
The lance- shaped leaves from the bush are harvested, dried and then crushed to make the henna powder. Henna is used for hair dye, as a skin conditioner and as a reliever for rashes. Refer ...
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Gems are classified into different groups, species, and varieties. For example, ruby is the red variety of the species corundum, while any other color of corundum is considered sapphire. Emerald (green), aquamarine (blue), bixbite (red), goshenite (colorless), heliodor (yellow), and morganite (pink) are all varieties of the mineral species beryl.
A gemstone is prized especially for great beauty or perfection so appearance is almost always the most important attribute of gemstones. Characteristics that make a stone beautiful or desirable are colour, unusual optical phenomena within the stone, an interesting inclusion such as a fossil, rarity, and sometimes the form of the natural crystal. Diamond is prized highly as a gemstone since it is the hardest naturally occurring substance known and is able to reflect light with fire and sparkle when faceted. However, diamonds are far from rare with millions of carats mined each year.
Traditionally, common gemstones were classified into precious stones (cardinal gems) and semi-precious stones. The former category was largely determined by a history of ecclesiastical, devotional or ceremonial use and rarity. Only five types of gemstones were considered precious: diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Chana Jor Garam - a mouthwatering Indian traditional snack made out of black gram!! This crunchy snack, when consumed rejuvenates you and makes you feel energitic. Quick roadside snack for the munchers found to be healthy as it is made up of channa ( lentil )
Lentils are relatively tolerant to drought and are grown throughout the world. About half of the worldwide production of lentils is from India, most of which is consumed in the domestic market. With 25% protein it is the vegetable with the highest level of protein other than soybeans, and because of this it is a very important part of the diet in many parts of the world, and especially South Indiawhich has a large vegetarian population.
Check out the recepie here..
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Beautiful wooden carving of lord 'Shiva' in a showcase on M.G.road made out of Sandalwood...
Shiva is one of the Trimurti (i.e "trinity"). In the Trimurti, Shiva is the destroyer, and Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. Even though he represents destruction, Shiva is viewed as a positive force (The Destroyer of Evil), since creation follows destruction.
He destroys our imperfections in order to ensure our spiritual progress.
He destroys our illusions, desires and ignorance.
He destroys our evil and negative nature.
He destroys our old memories, so that we can move on with the movement of time.
He destroys our relationships, attachment, impurities, physical and mental wrong doings, the effects of bad karma, our passions and emotions and many things that stand between us and God as impediments to our progress and inner transformation.
And in the end when we have made sufficient progress, when we are ready and prepared, and when we are willing without any inner conflict, he destroys death. Refer...
Shiva is usually represented by the Shiva linga (or lingam), usually depicted as a clay mound with three horizontal stripes on it, or visualised as a blazing pillar. In anthropomorphised images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation on Mount Kailash, his traditional abode. Refer...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sri Krishna Sweets was started in Coimbatore in 1948 as a small shop by Madhav Iyer. It took him 30 years to start the second outlet, The business house now has about 50 stores as well as one popular store in Dubai, its only foreign outlet. It shot into fame when it recently provided BHEL, Bangalore, with 17.5 tonnes of Mysorepak in 72 hours for a celebration.
Mysore pak, also known as ‘mysurpa’ is a sweet south Indian dish, usually served as a dessert. It is made up of generous amount of ghee (clarified butter), sugar and chick pea ( besan) flour. The dish is renowned for it’s unrivalled richness and fantastic sweetness.
Monday, September 11, 2006
As you pass by the M.G.Road, this building, The Barton Center will sure to catch your attention for it's big mural ...an elephant with the rider... besides a large commerical center this building houses many elite offices and Perched on the top two penthouse floors of Barton Center the "Ivory Tower" hotel offers the convenience of location while still promising you a peaceful stay with a breath taking view of the city.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewellery and couture, home decor, chandeliers, and beads and rhinestones for manufacturers and artists. Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The beauty of Swarovski crystal is unmatched. Unique cuts and a seemingly endless spectrum of colors set Swarovski crystal apart. Refer...
Friday, September 08, 2006
Saving herself from scroching sun, a street vendor saves for herself making comfortable seat in a bamboo basket under the vegatable cart and enjoys her meals...
Thursday, September 07, 2006
The General Post Office, Bangalore is the central post office of the city of Bangalore. The post-office handles most of the city's inbound and outbound mail and parcels. Situated in the city center since year 1800 when it opened, it has been a key player of Indian Postal Service serving the Bangalore city. The e-Post service introduced three years ago has become popular as pPeople without regular access to the Internet can send and receive email through select post offices.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Early morning one more doorstep delivery takes me to a bit surprize, fresh cow's milk delivered on demand... despite the era of packaged milk there are many takers for the fresh options..
Cow's milk is so ubiquitous that it doesn't even need a description. Whether poured on breakfast cereal, have it with your morning tea/coffee or enjoyed alone as a cold glass of milk, this beverage has become a staple diet that can be enjoyed year-round...
Cow's milk, the basis for all other dairy products, promotes strong bones by being a very good source of vitamin D and calcium, and a good source of vitamin K--three nutrients essential to bone health. In addition, cow's milk is a very good source of iodine, a mineral essential for thyroid function; and a very good source of riboflavin and good source of vitamin B12, two B vitamins that are necessary for cardiovascular health and energy production. Cow's milk is also a good source of vitamin A, a critical nutrient for immune function, and potassium, a nutrient important for cardiovacular health. Refer ..