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Chili Pepper in India

Chili comes from regions of South America, and the Portuguese brought it to India. Essentially, Indians distinguish mostly green fresh chili – and several types of ground red chili pepper – hotter and milder, Kashmiri. The sale of fresh red chili peppers is rare. Most often it represents the paprika Capsicum anum, sometimes Capsicum frutescens. Nowadays in India, there are…

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Indian cinema legend Dilip Kumar dies at 98

Dilip Kumar, one of Indian cinema’s most iconic actors, has died in the western city of Mumbai, 30 June, his family said. He was 98 and ailing for some time. “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago,” Faisal Farooqui posted on Kumar’s official Twitter on Wednesday. The…

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Zika virus detected in India’s Kerala state

Authorities in India’s southern Kerala state have issued a statewide alert after a case of the Zika virus was confirmed, officials said. A further 13 suspected cases were being investigated, state’s Health Minister Veena George said on Friday. A 24-year-old pregnant woman was found to be infected with the mosquito-borne disease and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram…

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Hariyo Saag: Green leafy vegetables in Nepal

Winter months – December, January, and February are the peak of the green vegetable season, from southern India to the Himalayas. Today I present a selection of salads, spinach, and greens available in the winter season on the market in Kathmandu. A typical Nepali meal consists of rice, daal – a sauce prepared based on one of the types of…

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Large heatwave in India and shortage of water

Tens of millions of people in India are suffering under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in the capital New Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed at least 6,500 people in the world’s second-most populous nation since 2010, and scientists say climate change is making them harsher and more frequent….

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Thali – Rice with whole set of sauces

Thali means a plate with rice and a set of sauces that traditionally has to offer all five flavors. The word ‘thali’ means a plate in Hindi and Nepali. The dish under this name is offered throughout northern India and Nepal. Restaurants compete in the quantity – and of course, sometimes and in quality – of the sauces offered in…

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Tulsi – holy basil

Tulsi contains strong antioxidants, has antibacterial, antiviral, antidiabetic, antimalarial, antiallergic, adaptogenic, and immune properties, and also gives the beverage a refreshing but delicate taste. The plant shows great variation depending on the type of soil, rainfall, and the place where it grows. The growing environment affects the size of the herb, its strength, and medical efficiency. Tulasi has a sweet-sharp…

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What is puri and how to make it.

Puri – popular crispy bread

 Puri is a popular crispy bread known in India, although it is also a traditional Nepali dish. It is a bread made of whole wheat flour, usually eaten with Potato Curry (Aaloo ko tarkari). Recipe for 20 pieces: Preparation: Mix flour and salt in a bowl and add water little by little to dough while kneading. Add 1 spoon of…

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The journey of a woman seeking truth and the meaning of life

This is the story of Ekananga and her reason for being here in India. I never wanted to go to India, I was always scared of India. I always said that I will never go there, that I want to go to America. When I was a teenager in the seventies, India was very fashionable for the Hippies. I was…

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A story of finding a scorpion in our backyard, India

What was it like to find a scorpion in our backyard? Well, I wasn’t there at the exact moment but the story is longer than that. I never thought of meeting a scorpion in India but well, life can be exciting! We lived in India already for a few months and this time we were renting a place in Auroville…

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Our story of spicy food in India

How to deal with spicy food in India? When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food, if you are like us. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or a restaurant, you should ask for not…

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Auroville: Last School - The Best School Of My Life

Auroville: Last School – The Best School Of My Life

How does the perfect school look for a teenager? A school named ‘Last School’ from Auroville was the best school of my life. I was 13 years old when we moved to Tamil Nadu, Auroville. It was already 3rd month of our stay in India. At that time there were holidays, so it was a perfect time to join the…

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Gajar Halva – Carrot Halva

Gajar means carrot in Hindi, Bangla and Nepali. This is a very unique dessert, very simple to prepare, popular in all of northern India and Nepal. We got to know it in West Bengal. Indians say that it is impossible to not add ghee to halva, as it will not have the proper aroma. Cardamon is added only by some Indians, many do…

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Cancer – fear sickness from keeping the emotions inside

What is cancer and where does it come from? You might think that cancer comes from eating certain things or drinking, that it is a strictly chemical-biological process. Well, you are right, but there is much more behind it than you might think. ‘Experienced physicians say, that there is some relationship between the nature of emotions of a man and…

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Why Indian people paint eyes of their children

Perhaps you are in shock seeing,  for the first time, a small child with intensely painted eyes. However, it has been very common in Hindu culture for a long time. Also today, many mothers, in India, Nepal, and the Middle East, paint their children’s eyes with kayal – an Indian equivalent of eye-liner – obtained from oil, herbs, and soot….

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10 Ayurvedic ways to speed up metabolism

According to the teachings of Ayurveda, overweight is associated with the advantage of Kapha dosha. Overweight of the body strengthens the Kapha trait, and in turn building, Kapha leads to overweight. Thus, a return to balance requires some effort and actions directed towards the opposite – towards the light, focus, heat, dryness, mobility, roughness, fluidity, subtlety. Practice yoga every day…

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Biryani – rice with vegetables

Although biryani is very commonly consumed all over India, few know what it really is and how it differs from the popular fried rice or Indian pulao. Biryani is often prepared with the addition of vegetables – as here – or additionally with an egg (egg biryani) or chicken (chicken biryani). However, not on these additives, the dish relies, above…

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Ras malai

  My favorite dessert in India. Sweet and delicate in the same time. To prepare it you must make: Rabri – the sauce you put chenna into Chenna – means paneer Sweet syrup – to soak paneer in it Notes: To make chenna you can use ordinary milk If you don’t have the cardamom powder you can crush the fresh…

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Breath-hold Championship

Breath-hold Championship

 Yoga – the good old method of psycho-physical Indian culture. And if all the physical culture as though it is clear – you need as far as possible to train and keep the body in good shape. With the exercise of the psyche, it is not so obvious and clear. And here in yoga for many thousands of years, it…

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Lemongrass: to mosquito and cold say ‘No!’

Lemongrass, gingergrass or palmarosa – ‘Cymbopogon martini’ Known in India as ganjan or gavti cha, is a species of grasses. It grows wild in wetlands of rural areas of India, Nepal, China and neighboring countries. In Ayurveda known as Rohisha – is a component of many ayurvedic prescriptions and is used in traditions of natural healing. The Chinese usually use the…

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Railway Communication In India

Indians love to travel and do not need the Passports. Aware of their national wealth still run back and forth – whether it is a pilgrimage to the holy places or just as tourists to see the legacy of centuries of India, or to visit a family… Anyway – the second most populous nation in the world loves to be…

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Hijra – the third gender in India

Hijra is one of the castes in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, which includes representatives of the “third sex”: a community of transgender people, bisexuals, homosexuals, and eunuchs. They dress and behave like women, call themselves a female name. The number of Hijra varies according to different estimates from 50 thousand to 5 million. But traveling in India and meeting men…

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Sita Subedi: one-legged dancer

Katthak is one of the classic Indian dance styles, also practiced in Nepal. “Now I present a well-known katthak dancer from Nepal, whose special feature is to overcome her imperfections on the way to fulfill her life dream. The katthak style is characterized by very quick leg movements at certain times. Sita has one leg and is very good at…

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Indian Visa in Bangladesh

That’s it friends. I have recently described in detail how to complete the visa application correctly and what the Indian visa procedure requires. We did all the necessary activities. One of the applications we corrected twice, using the computer at the Visa Center for the second time thanks to the courtesy of the clerk who was selling the coffee. Submission…

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Why is Krishna blue

Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky. Anything which is larger than your perception tends to be blue because blue is the basis of all-inclusiveness. It is based on this that so many gods…

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Mahabharata: Kali yuga is coming

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere but what…

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Mahabharata: A tale of true friendship

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere but what…

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Mahabharata: Karna’s Last Test

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere but what…

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Mahabharata: How Udupi fed the Kurukshetra warriors

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration actually deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere…

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Mahabharata: Story of body and matter

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Here is one of the stories telling about the true view of the human body. ‘There was once an extremely beautiful young woman, everybody fell in love with her, as soon they saw her. One king, in particular, wanted her very badly and he was hypnotized by…

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Bangladesh: Applying for Indian Visa

While we are in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, we started to look out how to apply for an Indian visa. In Bangladesh, there are only 2 cities where foreigners can make an Indian visa. Dhaka and Chittagong. Getting Information There are 2 websites where we looked for needed documents, fees and all that. Indian Visa Application is made here…

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India – the country of simple and cheerful people

Continuing the theme of video from India, I bring to your attention a selection of material collected in the city of Puri, Orissa. Indians are simple and normal people with no pretensions to life. Western domestic culture has not yet spoiled consciousness with standards of well-being. And besides, it’s very hot in India. Therefore, life is unhurried and calm. It…

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Moments from Puri

The city of Puri in the Indian state of Orissa (in the old transcription as Odisha) is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is an Indian Mecca, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims annually flock. Imagine a marathon in 60-100-200km when you have on your shoulder a ritual stick with pots filled with some substance weighing 4-8kg. And…

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Khulna and Indian Visa Center

Can you make an Indian visa in Khulna, Bangladesh? While traveling from the borders of India to Bangladesh we went by bus to Khulna paying 150 Taka (1.77$) for one place. To Khulna We arrived on the 15th in the evening, and our aim was Jalico Hotel. We paid for a rickshaw 100 Taka but he didn’t know where the…

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Trough the borders India – Bangladesh

Trains to Bangladesh Railway connections across the border are two: Maitre Express – it travels 6 days a week. It connects Calcutta and Dhaka. Bhandan Express only goes on Thursdays in the morning. It connects Calcutta and a small town not far from the border under the name Khulna. Check-in takes place at the railway station, so that the delays of…

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Making Bangladesh visa in Kolkata

When we got to Kolkata 9th of September we had to find a hotel near the Deputy High Commission Of Bangladesh. By Kolkata’s yellow taxi we drove near the place and left the bags to look for a hotel. Kolkata We found a small hotel nearby, called Bengal Hotel. It is located on Circus Avenue surrounded by mosques. We rented…

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By train Puri – Kolkata

Journey 8th  in the morning we woke up and made all we could to organize and pack everything. Dad went to manager and ordered a rikshaw for 5 o’clock. At 8 o’clock we had the train. When we did everything we ate lunch, packed some food, and had cleaned a little bit. At the right time we took our bags,…

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Journey: Puri to Dhaka

22 September So finally after 2 weeks of travel, we are home again. Bangladesh with its culture and people welcomed us. The religion in Bangladesh is Islam which is an interesting new experience for us. People are different and surroundment is too. Kolkata So 8th of September we packed and went by train from Puri to Howrah, which is attached…

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Tickets Puri – Howrah/Kolkata

Few days before our journey we went to the train station to buy a ticket. Our new destination was Kolkata. Train Apps I have few apps on my phone that track the trains. I used them to check the available trains but it had no use. Each showed the same which wasn’t true. There were few available; One had no…

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State Orissa

Orissa is situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is an ancient region with many ornaments. It is full of beaches, rivers, mighty waterfalls, forests, hills and rich wild life. You will find in Orissa ancient temples, historic monuments as well as pieces of modern engineering feat. History In its long history spanning more than just the present millennium, the region of modern Orissa…

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India states: 8 north-eastern sisters

The North East end of West Bengal covers the corridor leading to several Indian states in the Bramhaputra river basin. There is a Siliguri – a city which is a transport hub for traveling to all the neighboring countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and also to the Eight Sisters – 8 eastern states of India. They include – Sikkim,…

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Konark Sun Temple – Orissa

An architecture marvel of Eastern India and a symbol of India’s heritage, Konark Sun Temple, commonly known as Konark is situated in the eastern state of Orissa, India and is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word ‘Konark’ is a combination of two words ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’. ‘Kona’ means ‘Corner’…

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The awaiting journey to a new destination – Bangladesh

As the end of our Indian visa comes in bigs steps, we have to pack and pick up a new destination. We have been trice to Nepal, each time for 5 months. And in Sri Lanka too but it is far and the foundation does not allow us for the journey. We have chosen to visit Bangladesh. A new place…

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Few facts about Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest man of India well known around the globe. Here are few interesting, as well as important facts about this great man. He wrote a letter to Adolf Hitler. In 1939, he wrote a request letter to Hitler to avoid war, but it never reached its intended recipient because of an intervention by the British government. During his…

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Mahatma Gandhi: Return to India

Gandhi left South Africa forever and returned to India in July 1914. Initially he stayed at Shantivan ashram of Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. By 1917, he had established Satyagraha ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river . In 1917, Gandhiji led a successful satyagraha campaign fighting for the rights of the indigo planters at Champaran. Champaran was a turning point…

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Mahatma Gandhi: South Africa

Gandhi arrived in Durban, Natal (now kwaZulu-Natal) in 1893 to serve as legal counsel to a merchant Dada Abdulla. In June, Dada Abdulla asked him to undertake a rail trip to Pretoria, Transvaal, a journey which first took Gandhi to Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Hard Experience There, Gandhi was seated in the first-class compartment, as he had purchased a first-class ticket. A White…

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Mahatma Gandhi: Education

The most extraordinary person from India, Mahatma Gandhi. About education. Before leave Gandhi came from a poor family, and he had to chose one of the cheapest college he could afford. Mavji Dave Joshiji, a Brahmin priest and family friend, advised Gandhi and his family that he should consider law studies in London. In July 1888, his wife Kasturba gave…

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Ma-am one photo please!

Whoever tried to visit anyplace with children in Asia knows that it is not hop and go. Actually, being politically correct, you should deal with posing for pictures, setting up children and maintaining relationships. With blond babies, and sometimes even without them, you become the main tourist attraction, even if there are over a thousand years old walls carved with the contents of…

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Puri: tea shop of Mr. Prasan Das

Wandering around the holiest temple of Sri Jagannath, we stumbled upon Prasan’s pram. Wandering around Jagannatha and recording an amazing mix of characters, various vegetables, sanctity of temples, buffaloes and mountains of garbage, we suddenly stopped stunned with this heavy herbal scent that came to us from afar. Description The tea stand a trolley on wheels standing picturesquely below the banyan….

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Mahatma Gandhi: Childhood

While learning about Mahatma Gandhi, I found this and it’s really great. I leave this piece of work here to pass on… “In a small, white-washed house in Porbandar, on the coast of Kathiawad in western India, Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. His parents were Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai. He was small and dark, and looked no…

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Mahatma Gandhi – Mother and the traditions

Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest known person in India. He is saved in the pages of history as the one who showed the path to the freedom, the one who fought to the end. His history is long and has many different sides. His childhood, education in Great Britain, war in Africa, racist discrimination, and fight for freedom in India….

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Biography of Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi is the greatest known person in India. He is saved in the pages of history as the one who showed the path to the freedom, the one who fought to the end. His history is long and has many different sides. His childhood, education in Great Britain, war in Africa, racist discrimination, and fight for freedom in India….

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India’s Independence Day

This anniversary is one of the three most important national holidays of the country. The other two are Republic Day celebrated 26th January and Gandhi Jayanti, birthday of Mahatma Gandhi celebrated 2nd October. History Since India regained its independence from British rule in 1947, the anniversary is celebrated throughout the country on August 15. India remained under British rule for almost two centuries….

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The biggest kitchen in the world

Guess where will you find the biggest kitchen in the World. In Puri! And specifically, in the Jaganath Temple. Sri Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe. His kitchen is considered as the largest and the biggest kitchen in the world. The length of the kitchen is 150 feet, breadth is 100 feet and height is about 20 feet. It consists…

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Gallery: Kathmandu, Boudhanath

Kathmandu is a big city and this is a galery with the pictures from Boudhanath and its region. Boudhanath Sadak – at the entrance to the passage around the great stupa A view from Boudhanath  Tamang Gumba against Boudhanath Boudhanath sale of Ayurvedic herbs Boudhanath reading sutras in public  Boudhanath students on truancy? View from Boudhanath Boudhanath – this nun is always…

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Visva Bharati University

Visva Bharati University is a school located in Santiniketan, West Bengal. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who called it Visva-Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India. The University provides all kind of education. As well as Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary education. The University provides hostels, cafeteria, hospital, libraries and good quality Wi-Fi. The university has two guest houses: Ratan Palli and…

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta, India into a wealthy Brahmin family. After a brief stay in England (1878) to attempt to study law, he returned to India, and instead pursued a career as a writer, playwright, songwriter, poet, philosopher and educator. During the first 51 years of his life he achieved some success in the Calcuttaarea of India where…

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Puri: Dog and Duck Lodge

A small family guest house located on the coastal Chakra Tirtha Road. Dog and Duck is actually located in the center of indigenous Puri residents engaged in fishing. From the roof terrace of the hotel you can listen to the sound of waves or watch the life of local people. Orissa’s culture is extremely rich in specific events like festivals…

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Orissa: pilgrimage of orange pilgrims

Today, on the main Konark Highway, next to us, were going an unlimited amounts of orange pilgrims. Whenever I looked out the window on the stretch of road visible from our home, we could see singing Indians dressed in orange colors. Each of them carried on a shoulder a two-meter-long stick with plastic-covered symbols of Hindu culture. The stick was completed…

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Forgotten Walls

Wandering trough the streets of  Puri, I came across this object covered with green. It is an old temple of Krishna facing a newly built one. Inspired by this subject, I dug other old photos …        Below are photos from the Portuguese Fort in Canacona, the state of Goa.    Here is an old abandoned house built in the…

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Meena Kumari – Actress of Indian Cinema

Today I’m writing about an Indian actress. Meena Kumari was born with the birth name Mahajabeen into the family of Ali Bux and Iqbal Begum (known as Prabhawati Devi before her marriage and conversion to Islam). At home, Mahajabeen’s family fondly called her by the name “Munna”. Vijay Bhatt, Director, Producer and Proprietor of Prakash Studio was approached by Ali…

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Bhaji Aloo Parwal – Vegetables with potato and parwal

Today I have another recipe from the Indian cuisine. The dish is well know in Orissa. It uses the vegetable that is similar to cucumber. But it’s small in size and is orange inside. Its seeds are totally not like cucumber’s as they are big and round. After good frying they are crunchy. And it’s not juicy inside. Parwal goes very…

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Aloo Chana – Potato with chickpeas

This is a recipe for a delicious Exotic meal. It’s well known dish in all Nepal and north India, served with chapati or puri made for breakfast. Recipe for 5 servings: Notes Depending on the and the softnes you want to acheve, you need to boil it different amout of time. There are 2 types of chickpeas, one is big and…

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Few facts about fasting and me

Today I’m writing a little about myself and the interesting facts that I met. First of all, like many other people, I like to eat. Whenever I’m outside and there are thousand of shops around us, mostly with food or clothes I want to go to the one with the food. It’s this terrible human addiction. Well it doesn’t work…

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Maya’s 17th birthday

23rd July I had my 17th birthday. I actually kind of forgot about it, I mean to write about it. Now I understand, I woudn’t say adult but, grownups in not being so excited about a birthday. I was happy but not so excited as the previous years. Its just another year; cake, more food, playing with sisters, new things….

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Puri: Swan Regale

We moved some time ago to the Swan Regal estate. Now we live in a multi-family block as in a big housing estate. The fact that we are in India, however, causes several important differences in the landscape. I am thinking especially of the habits of Indian residents supported in this fragrant concrete modernity of the place. Bonfires on the estate…

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Puri: Ratha Yatra – the biggest festival of the year

Rath Yatra Festival, an annual “chariot journey”. Traditionally located in Puri – in the state of Orissa – is associated with the figure of Sri Jagannatha. When the festival falls Rath Yatra takes place on Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya, which is the second day after the new month of Ashadha’s Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, this time falls on…

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Gallery: Puri, fish village

A few scenes from the coast area in Puri. The seaside region separates from the rest of the city Chakra Tirtha Road known for bhang shops there. Between this alley and the shores of the Bay of Bengal are settlements of fishing families. At dawn, the bay is full of boats. In the morning, families unravel the nets on the…

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Paneer curry

Paneer is Indian / South Asian white curd that goes great with many other products. And it also maintains its shape during thermal processing. I did not believe that this cheese would behave so well during frying, that’s why my pieces of cheese are oblong and a bit larger than they should be. However, a cube with a side of…

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Sabut moong daal curry

This dish of daal prepared from the green moong bean comes from the state of Gujarat. Gujarat is known for its huge salt places, people work there, with no access to traditional fruits and vegetables. Maybe that’s why this special life-giving bean got so popular there. Green bean moong is prepared when you want to increase the level of iron. Moong has…

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Rajma Sandheko – bean salad

Being on the wave of Sandheko, or Nepalese salads, I composed this dish … I actually used up what was just available in the village and at home, with the exception of tomatoes that were not present today. Rajma, or kidney bean is rather hard even after long soaking and cooking. It’s great for chewing when watching a movie. I…

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Meth sabji – potato wth coconut

Methi bhaji or methi sabji – vegetables with fenugreek – is a standard dish prepared during the Navratri festival. If the dish is called sabji, it does not mean a colorful bouquet of vegetables. In India, the main vegetable is potato and onion, followed by – in the frequency – other vegetable plants … Fenugreek is a popular vegetable in…

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Peas sauce for potato

Green peas are one of the widely available vegetables in India. Seasonally fresh, then dried. A grain sauce is a topic for families with small children who are not used to ubiquitous chili in Indian cuisine. Best in the set with potatoes – fried, fried, boiled … who likes it. We like to have a bit mild, a bit spicy…

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Little about Orissa

This place is called Jagannath Puri, or Puri, the land of Jagannatha Essentially, in our tightly defined categories that most often include only the “four major world religions” or simply “our world” and “exoticism” one could conclude that Hinduism prevails in this land as well as in the rest of India. This, however, is a very flattening subject, I would…

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Gallery – Orissa: In the village

Orissa, otherwise Odisha is unexpectedly a bit different piece of India … though like the same. So we are sitting in a land where Jagannath exists. We got to a seaside hotel, where the eternal sound of waves soothes all children to sleep. In search of a larger apartment for our six, we made a trip to the countryside in the Orissa…

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Little bit about Polish lifestyle

From which we escaped … Deciding on the offspring, we would usually want it to grow into happy people. What does it mean to someone – a different matter … a happy life depends on the relationship with the desired person, the popularity on social networks, the number of people haunting the house, most – more or less – wants…

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Last views from Varanashi

We left our nice Guest House and till departure we had a whole day. Leaving backpacks at the station Cloak Room (15 rs for 1 luggage for 24 hours, it is required to have a padlock for the backpack) we went for a walk around the Varanasi Junction railway station. Among the ghats of Ganges, the closest to the station…

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Samsara

Samsara is to see the mistakes of others. Tilopa …….. Judge not, and you will not be judged. For a judgment you judge will judge you; and they will measure you with a measure that you measure. Why do you see the splinter in the eye of your brother, and the beams in your own eyes do you not see? Or how…

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Saag curry – cooked leafs

Saag is a cooked leafy greenery. In the Nepalese restaurant, ordering a daal bhat you will get rice with a number of bowls with sauces and almost always there will be saag. In India and Nepal, many different types of salads are used in the kitchen under the general name of saag or spinach. It is a delicacy for those…

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Chaat – Asian fast food

Chaat is a specialty of street snack vendors … It comes from the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India, now popular throughout Asia. We met for the first time in Nepal under this name. I would say that chaat is a conversation of several Asian dishes: samosa, daal and a few sauces, which is a good combination of hot and…

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From Varanasi to Puri – Orisa

29 June we had a train to Puri. We had to leave the city of lights and our guest house. On previous Monday we bought a ticket. The journey was to take less than 1 day and it actually took about 23 hours. We paid 2250 Rs for 3 seats. The departure was set for 8:10 pm. We had spent…

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Ankurit chana

Chana is an Indian name for chickpeas. Ankuri Chana is chickpea sprouts or a North Indian salad made from them. In the picture Ankuri Chana sold in Gorakhpur from a trolley, given on a leaf and eaten with a leaf – yes, the big leaf that protrudes from my salad is a “spoon”. Chick soak three days earlier, leave at room temperature. Notes:…

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The Cremation of dead bodies in Varanashi

Varanasi, Monday, 25/06/2018 My name is Deliv, I will tell about the cremation ritual in Hindu tradition, just as we keep it here in Benares. We are currently at Harish Chandra Ghat. Here, all bodies are cremated, with no distinction between castes and religions. Cremation here also includes electrical combustion. Besides, there is another ghat in Varanasi, where only Hindu…

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Gauhar Jaan – legendary dancer and singer

Today is the 145th birth anniversary of legendary dancer and singer Gauhar Jaan. Gauhar Jan was a very noteworthy artist of Calcutta at the turn of the 20th century.  It seems strange that today she is largely unknown, but at the time, she was one of the most famous vocalist in India.  She was one of India’s first recording stars. She was…

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Varanashi – Gallery

This time we are visiting Varanashi – the city of light. Althought we don’t go around much, we had made some pictures.

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From Kathmandu to Varanashi 2018

Again on the road. This time we are planning to go to Orissa. Sadly we didn’t get six months as we applied we only got 3 months. Our Nepali visa finished 22nd June and we where set off 21st. The day before, we got ready, packed and cleaned everything. The next day we sayed goodbye to our friends and took…

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Kalachakra Tantra – ancient total science

Name of Kalachakra: Circle of Time. Kala – means time is an aspect of unchanging bliss. Chakra – this is a circle, aspect of elusiveness, emptiness of everything. Thus, the term Kalachakra may mean the unity of eternal bliss and the emptiness of everything that manifests. It is Kalachakra Outer, Inner and Secret. Outer Kalachakra is the world around us:…

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Kids entertainment while traveling

While traveling in a train for 3 days or staying in a rented house for 5 months, we, and specially children need some entertainment. Besides books, mobile games and videos, we make games. It, of course, depends if you are currently traveling or staying. In the first case there is a smaller diapason. The easiest are word games like ‘make a…

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A recipe for bolognese in Nepal

Spagetti bolonese

Mom and the cooking Everyday my mom cooks. Mostly she makes dall bhat which is rice with legume sos. Sometimes, also aloo dum, potato curry. She is a busy woman. Beside housework and cooking she writes and makes movies for our Polish website. And its her favorite occupation. Sometimes she wants some more time for her artistic expressions, so she…

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The story of the Shehnai instrument

History: Shehnai, traditional wind instrument

Quick Introduction Emperor Aurangzeb was considered as the last great Mughal Emperor who extended the Empire over nearly all the Indian subcontinent. He was born in 1618 and ruled for 49 years. He brought to his rule a strict Islamic law called Fatawa-e-Alamgiri. It was said that he imposed a ban on music but it seems that not completely. The story Long ago…

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The cremation and how they do it

Cremation in India and Nepal

The traditions Traditions of funerals are different all around the world. We bury dead people, in Tibet, they give them to vultures, in India they mostly burn them, sometimes they bury, and sometimes they just let them into the Ganges. By the way, mummified are always the rich and famous ones. In Tibet only high lamas and in Egypt pharaohs. Everywhere in different ways,…

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A recipe for fish in curry with coconut

Kerala Fish Curry

I’m sharing this wonderful Kerala recipe, thanks to which my sisters – who turn away from the fish – took extra portion. For 4 portions: Notes: The original fish is put fresh, raw to the curry and stewed together. This is a good option, especially if you have a good sea fish. If you have a deep-frozen fish, it is worth frying it….

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Arai keerai curry – Tamil green sauce

Arai Keerai appears on Tamil stalls in January and remains there for several months. Arai is a plant from a wide range of edible salads belonging to the amaranth family. Tamil word Keerai means ‘greens’. As every green here, arai keerai is quite cheap – for a large bunch we pay 10 rs. At a similar price was also a variety…

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A recipe for Vendakai sambar meaning sauce made of lady finger.

Vendakai sambar – lady finger sauce

Sambar is a popular type of hot vegetable sauce prepared on the basis of tur daal (pigeon pea), in the southern states of India – especially in Tamil Nadu. Vendakai in Tamil meansr, or lady finger, a popular vegetable throughout India – and more recently in Europe, especially due to its specific throat and respiratory healing abilities. The seeds contained in the…

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Roti – fried breads

When 8 eggs bought from the store land unexpectedly on the ground … … our neighbor said she would show how to make roti. This is a kind of bread fried in oil. Sometimes with egg, sometimes not. My roti made according to the instructions of the neighbor pleases me the most. She recommends eating it with vegetable curry. We, of course, prefer with…

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A recipe for a vegetable curry. Perfect with fried pancakes or rice.

Sabji curry – Vegetable sauce

The word „sabji” means vegetables. Maybe we sometimes forget that the potato is also a vegetable … now we can remind ourselfs of this fact. Potato is the most commonly added vegetable in India and Nepal in various types of combinations. Sabji curry is also made of cauliflower, peas and cabbage. Bengal sabji puri – that is, vegetables with fried bread, popular, warming…

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Coconut biscuit from India. Made of nuts, raisins and coconut.

Nariyal barfi – Coconut biscuit

Delicious Indian coconut coocies. Nariyal barfi is an Indian cookie flavored with cardamom with fresh coconut flakes, nuts and raisins. Preparation: Dissolve a glass of sugar in a glass of water in a pan Put on the fire, bring to a boil, reduce the gas and leave the syrup to get a bit thick. Remove the cardamom seeds from the…

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Recipe for pancakes with legumes perfect for lunch.

Masoor Daal Paratha – Indian pancakes with masoor lentils

Masoor daal is a shelled red lentil It has a pleasant earthy taste that blends well with onion and chilli. Masseur lentil is especially easy in digestion, it is the first meal made for the baby. The consistency of cooked lentils is ideal for flour applications. For around 10 pieces: Notes: You can add a bit of kumin (jeera – 1…

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Beet Poriyal from Tamil Nadu

The Tamils ​​sometimes compare the aromas of freshly cut beetroots to manvasanai – the smell of dried earth sprinkled by rain. Tamil Nadu is a state in the south of India, where the biggest delicacy and source of food for people of all caste is coconut and its products. This duo – a fresh coconut with beet, today I presen…

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Goan Shark

The shark was fresh and very small and did not resemble a monster of any Hollywood production … of course, apart from its specific shape of mouth and dorsal fin. The shark does not scratch, you have to take the skin off it. Here you can see the removal of shark skin and a few other exotic films … Our…

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