Palme d'OR,Cannes-Grand Prize of the festival
Monday, December 29, 2008
Palme d'OR,Cannes-Grand Prize of the festival
Friday, December 26, 2008
A little about the wine. Sula Vineyard is a premium wine company from India. We chose red wine and we got to taste the Satori Merlot. It describes itself as "a balanced, round structure with a silky mouth feel and lingering finish. Its soft, fruity style with a hint of spice invites early enjoyment and marries perfectly with a wide variety of foods. Pair with tomato-based pasta dishes and most red meat dishes. Serve lightly chilled, at 12-15°C." To go with Indian dishes go for Madera Red. Satori means sudden enlightenment.The artist Jaideep Mehrotra has painted the wine label. It even has the mandatory green dot signifying 100% vegetarian.We paid Rs1250 including VAT. Finally for dessert we had plum cake from Hot Breads at Anna Nagar.
This is an amazing tree opposite my apartment. This tree is like a barometre for the current season. And this is a Winter pic in Chennai.Talking about seasons I saw this movie called "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" a 2003 Korean movie directed by Kim Ki-duk.Its about a Buddhist monastery floating on a lake in a pristine valley. The location is simple awesome. The story tracks the life of a young monk through the seasons of his life from childhood to old age.This movie has won several awards.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Yesterday I visited Parashurama Lingeshwarar at Ayyanavaram for Pradosham. The temple was teeming with crowds. Parashuramar is supposed to have prayed here for expiating his sin of beheading his mother. The sthala vrisham was simply gorgeous. Both the trees that is the peepal tree and the neem were growing together. There were a number of roosters. The temple also houses three peacocks. My mom lit a ghee lamp to appease Lord Shiva.There is a belief that the creator of the Universe Lord Brahma (ayan) took a dip in the temple pond and worshipped the Lord here.Hence this area is called ayyanavaram close to anna nagar.This is also an ancient temple, a thousand year old one at that.
This morning I had yummy soft idlis from Murugan idli kadai. They have the best idlis in town.I also love their chakara pongal.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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one and a half cup raw rice
15 jack fruit pods(without seeds)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 cup jaggery powder
Ghee or oil for cooking
Soak the raw rice for one hour ,drain the water.
Make a batter of rice,jack fruit,coconut and jaggery.
Grind the batter to a fine paste.
Spread the batter on the skillet and cook on both sides
Serve with butter or honey.
Sending this to Sweet tooth Friday
Karthigai Pori Urudai( aval and Nel Pori)
M2 and me made Pori Urundai for karthigai. Pls note you have to use Paghu vellam or black jaggery for this recipe. We use two different kinds of Pori. Nel Pori(paddy Flakes) and Aval Pori(Puffed paddy flakes).Here goes the recipe.
Pori-i/4 kg,black jaggery-400gms,finecut coconut pieces-1 cup,dry ginger a pinch, cardamom 6.
This was the full moon on DEC 12 2008. And I luckily captured it!!
According to a report in National Geographic News, although a full moon happens every month, the one that rises on 12 dec 2008 will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the other full moons seen so far this year.This will happen because the moon will be much closer than usual. It will be at its closest perigee, which is the nearest that it can get to Earth during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet. At its farthest from Earth, the moon is said to be at apogee.Perigee and apogee each happen generally once a month, but the moon's wobbly orbit means that its exact distance at each of those events varies over the year. The moon's phase can also be different during each apogee and perigee. "Typically, we don't have the full moon phase and perigee coinciding at the same time, so that makes this event particularly special," said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.What's more, today's event will be the closest lunar perigee since 1993, at 221,560 miles (356,566 kilometers) from Earth.Because this unusually close perigee is happening during a full moon, it is expected to have an effect on Earth's tides
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These are the pictures of karthigai deepam celebrated at my place.Worshipping the divine in the form of light is an amazing concept. The hymn "Lead Kindly light " comes to my mind
Lead, Kindly Light
"Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!The night is dark, and I am far from home,Lead Thou me on!Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to seeThe distant scene; one step enough for me."
This festival is special for Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga. The house is cleaned thoroughly during karthigai.I think this is a form of spring cleaning. Clearing up old energy and making way for new. I enjoyed lighting up the earthen lamps.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thou art in rythm with the universe,
Abounding in nobility, compassion and wisdom.
You live true to your mission,
the mission of helping others.
We use every moral fibre of your soul,
Still you stand tall grazing the azure sky.
What an original creation,
You personify the Buddha Nature
Thou art insentient full of divine consciousness!!
Peepal tree at the temple
On Lord Shiva's special day (a day most suited for propitiating him-pradosham), I visited a temple dedicated to the Goddess MaaKali, it also houses a spatika(quartz) Lingam.This is located in Anna Nagar 4th Main road chennai. Every temple houses a Sthala Vriksham(a temple tree). Being a tree hugger I just love the concept of temple tree! "Hindus associate the tree with the three gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Vishnu being reputed to have been born under a Peepul, which is therefore Vishnu himself in the form of a tree."Women tie a yellow thread around the bark of the tree for their wishes to be fulfilled.The message of conservation has beautifully been woven in to this milieu.This temple also houses a Peepal tree(Sacred Fig)( Ficus religiosa).It is called Arasa Maram in tamil.Women generally go around the tree to worship it. Again it proves to be very beneficial because of the copious supply of oxygen.It is such a mood uplifter and a good form of exercise.What a beautiful metaphor. Buddha also attained enlightenment under the peepal tree.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Milk gives long life
Ghee gives Moksha state
Curd gives good children
Honey gives melodious voice
Rice powder frees from debts
Sugar cane juice gives good health
Panjamrutham gives wealth
Lemon removes fear of death
Sugar removes enmity
Tender coconut gives enjoyment
Cooked Rice(Annam) gives majestic life
Sandal gives Lakshmi's grace
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Definitely soy is not soul food. I was recommended by a doctor to eat soy and give up rice to steady my hormones. I do know that eating polished white rice is useless. Iam sure our ancestors ate rice with its husks intact.The point im trying to make is Soy is not good for you. Pls check this site out especially women http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/03soymyths.htm. It is an endocrine disrupter and just 4 tbsp of it will ensure that you get hypothyroidism. I actually had this for a year God save me.Pls stay away from soy these days they are adding this ingredient in chocolates and biscuits pls do read the labels.Health is wealth indeed.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We have visited Chidambaram thrice. During these three visits we were not able to visit this temple.The last time we had a key hole dharsanam because the temple was closed.This time though the temple was surging with devotees we managed to get a darshan.This temple is present on the North of the famous Chidambaram Temple.Thillai refers to the thillai trees that were present in the bye gone era.The Goddess is said to have come here,after accepting defeat in the dance duel with Lord Shiva.
1)Vanagaram Muruga Siddhar Temple
2)Anjaneyar Temple at Nanganallur
3)Panchmukha Anjaneyar temple Tiruvallur
5)Ishta Siddhi Vinayagar Temple,Anna Nagar
6)Nagalingeshwari Temple,Anna Nagar
7)Samayapuram Mariamman Temple Anna Nagar
8) Amman Temple next to Samayapuram Mariamman Anna Nagar
9)Karungaleeshwarar Temple Koyambedu
10) Vadivudai Amman Thiruvotriyur
12) Siddhar Temple Tambaram
13) Dheenupureeshwarar Tambaram
14) Gangadheeshwarar Purasiawalkam
15 ) Kanchipuram Kamakshi
16) Ekambareeshwarar Kanchipuram
17) Elamman Temple Uthukadu
18)Karuvazhaikarai Kamakshi Amman Temple Mayavaram
19) Siruvapuri Murugan Temple
20) Vadapalani Temple
21) Vadapalani Siddhar Temple
22) Ashok nagar Anjaneyar Temple
21) Kodi-Idai Amman Temple Tirumullaivoyal
22)Pachai Amman Temple Tirumullaivoyal
23)Vaishnavi Temple Tirumullaivoyal
24) Gangai Amman Temple near Anna Nagar
24) Angala Parameshwari Aynavaram
25) Ganesh temple near bougainvillea park Anna Nagar
26)Chidambaram Natarajar Temple
27)Thillai Kali Temple Chidambaram
Chidambaram Siva Temple
Karuvazhaikarai Kamakshi Amman
My mom is big fan of visiting temples.She never fails to buy her precious tamil dailies which reports on the various temples. This particular trip was long due.This temple is my husbands Kula Deivam. My mom always says " Kula Deivathai Kondadanum". True to this spirit we undertook this trip when Sakti Vikatan announced that the temple is conducting Kumbahishegam on the 10th Nov 2008. We could not go to the Kumbabhishegam but we attended the mandala abhishegam on the 16th Nov 2008.My mom says that one has to visit the temple within 45 days of rejuvenating it. We started from chennai at 4.00 am and booked a Qualis A/C from Venkatesh Tours and travels Anna Nagar. We took the Chennai-Dindivanam-Pondicherry-Cuddulore-Mayavaram route.The driver was too safe,in the sense that he was deprived of forty winks the previous nite,he kept taking tea breaks.We again stopped at hotel Satabhishegam to refresh on the way to the temple.We reached the temple around 12 in the noon and the gurukal just started with the pooja. The mamis were busy making maa-vilakku.It was such an appetising sight.We witnessed the pooja for one and a half hours. The diety according to the bhaktas is a wish granting goddess.She was apparently found in a pond by three friends all of them who belonged to different communities 600 years ago. They belonged to the Iyer,Iyengar and Pillai communities. Unity in diversity indeed.
She is principally a village guardian known as Mariamman,now known as Kamakshi Amman.The Kumbabhishegam was a lavish affair.My mom wants to make another trip after listening to stories about her glory. We finished the worship and headed off for lunch at Kariyakudi.This is the best places to eat at Mayavaram.We had pitlay,takali kai kootu,Neer more etc. The food satiated our appetites.On our way back we visited Chidambaram Natarajar Temple and thillai Kali temple.After our chidambaram visit we stopped for dinner at Sathguru Hotel in Pondicherry. We got back home around 1am the same day.We covered a distance of 585 kms. The minimum outstation charges for 225 kms is Rs10/kms. We paid Rs 6,000 plus taxes.(including night charges,Permit charges).On the whole it was a much anticipated and long delayed trip. Thanx to my moms initiative and constant prodding and of course thanx to the indispensable Sakti Vikatan which sparked of my maiden visit to my husband's kula deivam.My dad took the picture of goddess Kamakshi from Sakti Vikatan from his Sony cybershot W120.The other picture is a collage of Karuvazhaikarai temple pictures.