Archive | May 2014

Can you believe the whole city is painted PINK???

May 1st to May 4th, is undoubtedly the best time of my life. If Almighty appears right in front of me with a boon, I would want to turn back time to those FOUR memorable days. I will cherish my visit to the pink city with my beloved pal, Nitin , till eternity. Miss the genuine family time I experienced with Nitin’s Papa, Mum and my ever loving Divisha.  I was more comfortable at Manasarovar, Aravali Marg than with my own self.  Blood relation is not a criterion at all to be family. I feel happiness is to have a large, loving, caring, closely knit family in another city. And that is exactly what this blog is about readers.

I was at my best outfit; still now vividly remember my white banyan with bluish feminine embroidery in the centre. I reached the airport much ahead of time. Thanks to Bangalore Volvos. I decided to check in with Nitin. Grabbed a tea from Chai point, made myself comfortable in the steel chairs right opposite to gate number 8 with Rolf’s “The art of thinking clearly”. I was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t even notice Nitin waiting behind my seat to get my attention? That’s what he says. I am sure he is exaggerating.

After check in, came to know that our flight were delayed by 45 minutes. Window shopped. Got Divisha’s Ferro Rocher from the airport chocolate store. Discussed at length about liquor chocolate may be because we had nothing left to discuss. Ha Ha Ha.

Finally boarded the flight after cold coffee at CCD. Nitin was deeply depressed that he found no air hostesses of his taste. We prayed at least in our return journey, he could treat his eyes with some beautiful ravishing girls. God is so great, that in our return back to Bangalore, he entertained himself with Daisy Dee, though he got bored after staring at her for half an hour??? Guys are so very much Guys. Lol.

Nitin is blessed with a wonderful family. Got introduced to his mamaji’s, mami’s, cousin brothers and sister’s, grandparents and loads of relatives. Skyped with his sister for hours together who is at Germany. Even for a moment, I never felt I was meeting them for the first time. Felt at home.  Ate from a single plate. Could genuinely feel  so much of love, concern, care, freedom, comfort, attention, security?? Hats off. Slept like a baby without fear or tension.

Apart  from the family time and 2 States movie at Crystal Palm, the next best is “SIGHTSEEING”.

DAY 3 = Uncle’s Masala Chai + Sabudana Vada for breakfast + Govind dev Ji temple + Hawa Mahal + City Palace + Albert Hall Museum + Orange candy at Jantar Mantar + Amer Fort + Jaigarh Fort had the world’s biggest cannon on wheels + Kulfi at Jal Mahal + Shopping at Indira Bazar + Birla Mandir + Rambagh Palace + Crystal Palm + World Trade Park + Sumptuous north Indian lunch at Legendary + Kohle ki Hanumanji + Dungri Ganapathi + Ice cream at Relaince + Pizza Hut + Kuzhalappam + 44 degrees temperature + etc etc etc

Can you believe a whole city is painted pink? You better believe it readers.  JAIPUR – capital city of the colorful state of Rajasthan, famous for its unique and outstanding architecture worldwide – one of the best planned cities in the world – located in the desert lands – Paris of India – planned according to vasthu shastra for the comfort and prosperity of the citizens – streets, walls, forts, markets, gardens, monuments and all other architecture is a state of art. I can go and on, folks.

Let me share some amazing facts about Jaipur. Or let me rephrase it as“ Believe it or not” or “Do you Know” ???

  • When I was out in the road, I noticed each street and market of the city was directed from East to West or North to South?
  • 0141 is the STD code of Jaipur
  • Jaipur was not always a Pink city. It was painted pink in 19th century to welcome the Prince of Wales.
  • The largest exporter of diamond, gold and stone in Asia
  • The only city in the world to finish blue diamond

Funny things to do at Jaipur

  • Elephant ride specially on the way to Amber fort
  • Camel ride
  • Wear Pagadi
  • Enjoy Hukkah
  • Tracing Mehandi
  • Wear Rajasthani apparels
  • Play Iktara
  • Fly a kite
  • Win hearts by speaking Rajasthani language.

Let me conclude by writing travel isn’t fun if you didn’t get to see or do what is wanted, it would merely be a different type of work in a different place.

Miss Jaipur !!! Miss Family !!! Miss home!!! Miss me!!!

 

 

 

CAPSICUMS!!!CAPSICUMS!!!CAPSICUMS!!! FLORICA – HEAVEN ON EARTH

For a change, dear readers, I am not here today to give free self help advice. Let me write about my weekend ride in our Manza to a capsicum farm, FLORICA, owned by my husband’s friend, Ramesh, which is around 33kms from my house. Ramesh had been consistently inviting the newly married couple to his vegetable garden. And finally, yesterday was that D day. I shamelessly admit that remembering road names at Bangalore is close to impossible, but if my memory doesn’t deceive me, this heavenly farm is located past Chandapura.

 After bananas, the next in my favourite list is CAPSICUM! CAPSICUM! CAPSICUM! Yipppeeeee…. I was so excited about this picnic like a baby, that I packed my camera ( but foolish me I forgot to charge the batteries????) , umbrellas, munchies and eats, lots of mp3’s in my SanDisk, Calicut famous halwa for Ramesh and his family to delight their taste buds. I dressed up in my favourite white color salwar as my friend hinted, white would look elegant and graceful and stunning and whatsoever, when I pose for snaps for my Nikon in between the bushy capsicum creepers.

I was so elated when Ramesh’s father said we are at Tamilnadu border. OMG !!!  I would give my life for Chennai. Can you imagine, that I made kheer when Jayalalitha won the elections? That sums it all folks.

Now lets get into business. CAPSICUMS….They are grown under shade net houses or greenhouses to get good quality and better yield round the year. Adequate moisture must be available in the soil at the time of plantation.I witnessed a raised bed of red laterite soil, which was highly porous, well drained, providing adequate aeration for root development. If I am not wrong, the seedling was sown in two rows on the raised beds with plastic mulch on order to save water and it checked the growth of weeds.

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Some varieties are very vigorous & plant can become as tall as 10 feet plus and they produce about 4 – 5 kg fruits on one plant in their life cycle. As stems are weak, they need support system. Plant stem after transplantation is tied by a plastic or nylon string. Twines are vertical ropes that are tied to horizontal wires on the ceiling at one end and to the crop at another end. If the wire is weak it will break and lead to losses.

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SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CAPSICUM PLANT

Harvesting of capsicum is done at green, breaker and coloured (red/ yellow etc.) stage. Harvesting starts after 60 to 75 days after transplanting. Harvesting at the proper stage of maturity, careful and minimal handling of the produce will help in maintaining better fruit quality and reduce storage losses. Harvesting of capsicum is done by skilled worker in green house and kept in plastic containers and send to the packaging hall.

The capsicums should be graded into same size and color lots according to market requirements.Sorting is done on the basis of shape and weight of capsicum.

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Now, the heart and soul of FLORICA – RAMESH AND KAVITHA!!! I will always cherish Florica for their genuine and sincere hospitality, non spicy buttermilk, steaming hot samiya kheer, sweet lemon juice which has never tasted better ever, mahindra bolero, the humidity which the greenhouse showered on me and the list would go and on.

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Last but not the least, let me introduce with pride the new brand ambassador for FLORICA capsicums, the ravishing, the beautiful, the stunning, the gorgeousness herself. Here you goooooooooooo….

 

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