Our first endless bliss

Our first meet made

me alive again

from a dead star

Our first talk made

me go inarticulate

Our first touch made

me feel quiver

and Our first kiss made

me feel heaven on earth.

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The Taste of Tongue through Curries

I recently visited Sri Lanka and I was searching for some really sweet tangy flavor. As I am a vegetarian so I was looking for a veggie option. Curries feature heavily in Sri Lankan food with flavourful of spices added in it. To name it a few Chicken Curry, Fish Curry, Potato Curry, Garlic Curry, Jackfruit Curry, Dhal Curry, Beetroot Curry. They use different types of curry powder, dependent on what ingredients are in the dish. Plain curry powder is used for vegetable dishes and roasted curry powder for Non- Vegetarian dishes. So I ordered Raw Mango Curry and it was Yum!

When I came back home. For the very first time I gave it a try to make a Raw Mango Curry and it came out really well. I loved the juicy, flavorful, tangy, pulpy cooked raw mango in spicy curry. It takes about 15 minutes to cook and is loaded with a number of vitamins and minerals, which make it an effective antidote for summer ailments.

Raw mango cures Stomach Troubles, treats Scurvy, takes good care of Liver, Heart, and Intestine and protects From Intense Heat and Dehydration.

All we need is

  • Raw mangoes peeled cut into wedges – 4
  • Mustard Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 7
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 inch
  • Onion chopped- 1 medium
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Curry powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh coconut scraped for Garnishing
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Dried red chilies- 2-3
  • Brown sugar/Jaggery- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, cinnamon, coriander seeds, and mix. Add onion and saute till golden brown.

Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and curry powder and mix well. Add ginger-garlic paste and dried red chilies and mix well for 2-3 minutes.

Add raw mango and mix. Add water to cover raw mangoes and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add brown sugar/jaggery and salt and mix well. Continue cooking for a minute.

Garnish it with some fresh scraped coconut.

Enjoy this meal with rice, Chapati or Bread.

The Sacred Flower that blooms once in a year.

Amazed with the title! Yes, you read it right. I was too amazed when I came to know about it from my maid that sacred flower is Brahma Kamal. I was so carried away by its fascinating facts and beliefs. So I thought why not I share my Information with you Guys.

Brahma Kamal botanically known as Epiphyllum Oxypetalum blooms only once a year. The flower is white in color and has a pleasant smell. It blooms after 7 PM onwards and takes about two hours to bloom fully. It remains in full bloom only till daylight and is also known as Night Queen.

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum

It has several other Common names which vary with region. I’ll name some of the popular ones like Orchid cactus, Queen of the Night, Nishagandhi, Keng Hwa, Tan-Hua, Gul-E-Bakawali.

It is native to Southern Mexico. It belongs to the Cactaceae family. It is popularly known as Brahma Kamal in South India which is named after the Hindu god, Lord Brahma. It is believed that wishes of the people are fulfilled while the flower is blooming as you get a rare chance to see it bloom. So, consider yourself lucky to see it bloom!

Cultivation: It is an easily cultivated plant and grows very fast. It is a shrub and is perennial. Simply cut a leaf and put it deep inside the soil and water it after every two days. It flowers in late spring through late summer.

Description: Its stems are greenish-white, erect and profusely branched. Flowers are produced from flattened portions.

Flowers Blooming from leaves.
Flowers Blooming from leaves

Besides, it is also packed with Medicinal Properties. The flower is finely chopped and a soup is made from them. It is effective in treating Urinary Tract Infections, Liver Tonic, Cold, Cough and is a good Appetizer.

I recently brought it from a nursery and has cost me around 500 bucks. Let’s see when I’ll consider myself lucky to see the flower blooming.

Fly Geyser

The Unfolded side of Nature.

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Fly Geyser commonly known as Fly Ranch Geyser is a man-made accidental creation.  It is a small geothermal geyser located about 20 miles north of Gerlach in Washoe County, Nevada.  But unfortunately, it is not open to public.  The only access is via road when travelling from State Route 34.  It continuously spouts hot water about five feet high into the air and gets collected in many terraced pools.  It all started in 1917 as part of an effort to make a small portion of Black Rock Desert feasible for farming.  A well was drilled and a hot geothermal boiling water was encountered which was not suitable for irrigation so they abandoned the well. Eventually it started depositing Calcium Carbonate and a 12-foot cone was formed.

In 1964, a geothermal company started exploring for all possible sources of geothermal energy.  So, they drilled a well at the same site and…

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Best places to Travel in India and Abroad from June to December

It’s almost the end of the monsoons when our thoughts drift to getting away from work and this is the chance to spend time outdoors with family, friends or with yourself.  Be it inside or off from the country, the fun, delight, and amusement of the trip stay all the same! A soft cool breeze creating its way past you, blowing your hair, refreshing your senses. What more you want?

Here is the list of some of the spectacular places to visit during June to December in India.

Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Shillong – Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Kashmir

Sandakphu – Darjeeling – Kalimpong, West Bengal

Gangtok – Dzongu, Sikkim

Ooty — Kudremukh

Lakshadweep Islands

Munnar — Thekkady — Alleppey, Kerala

However, neither you nor I will deny the very fact that when it comes to going International, the primary issue that hinders all our plans is the ‘Budget’ estimation.Most of the times, our Budget exceeds our limit and eventually, we tend to drop our plans! Well, if Budget is bothering your International tours, think again as there’s a number of cheapest International destinations from India which can simply fit into your Budget.

Some of the spectacular places to visit during June to December are as follows: 

The United Arab Emirates

Thailand

Indonesia

Bhutan

South Korea

Singapore

Qatar

Sultanate of Oman

Malaysia

Sri Lanka

Hong Kong

Nepal

Cambodia

Vietnam

Myanmar

China

Kenya

Taiwan

Japan

Among above Kerala was one destination that was on my mind for a long time. 

A holiday in Kerala will fill you with recollections. Witness pristine backwaters with snug houseboats, lush green hill stations, waterfalls, and plantations of tea and spice. Enjoy the pleasure of an Ayurvedic massage or taste exotic cuisines which will complete the picture of peace and calm and make Kerala State one in all the foremost sought the place for hill stations.

Popular Hill stations of Kerala:

Weather:  

With the onset of monsoons by the end of December, Kerala enjoys a moderate weather with the average temperature that ranges between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night.

Munnar

Munnar is well-known as the “Spice bag of Kerala” snuggled within the Kannan-devan hills at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level rinsed by the assemblage of three mountain streams namely – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. A destination of summer retreat for the bygone British Empire is a scenic ideal town with colonial bungalows, comfort hotels, rich green tea estates adorned in condensation and mystery, forests, reservoirs, waterfalls, lakes, magnificent views, and winding lanes create a special charm. Anamudi a mountain that rises at an altitude of 2695 m noted for its trekking tracks and “Neelakurunji flowers” that blossoms every twelve years covers the hills in blue creating Munnar one amongst the foremost haunted after hill stations in the Nilgiris.

Major Attractions: 

Sightseeing places -Tata Tea Museum, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, and  Eravikulam National park.

Things to Do: 

Explore the beauty of the verdant Coffee and Tea gardens, Shopping- Tea, Green Tea, Coffee, Cashew – Nuts, Homemade chocolates, and spices at decent prices.

How to Reach: 

Kochi (Cochin) airport is the nearest which is 130 kms/4hrs drive by road to Munnar.

Thekkady

Thekkady noted as the “Wildlife destination of Kerala” has unique and abundantly rich with flora and fauna.

Major Attractions: 

Kathakali show and Elephant ride, Periyar Lake which flows through the Periyar tiger reserve.

Things to Do: 

Kathakali show and Elephant ride. Boat ride in Periyar Lake which flows through the Periyar tiger reserve and watch the wild animals like Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Deer etc. are roaming on the shore. Apart from this, it has various other options such as Trekking, Wildlife train, Bamboo rafting, Border hiking, and Rock climbing.

How to Reach: 

From Munnar 110 kms/3hrs drive by road to Thekkady.

Alleppey Houseboat

Weather: 

The sea temperature enjoys a moderate weather with the average temperature of 28°C.

Major Attractions: 

The hottest backwater city “Alleppey” which is known for its traditional houseboat called the Kettuvalam/Cruise. This enchanting cruise/traditional houseboat experience across Alleppey and Kumarakom by houseboat are sure going to be a lifetime experience.

Kumarakom is the world’s best-known Backwater Destination and recognized by many International Tourism organizations and Travel Magazines. In the latest statistic, the resorts here are ranked as the best Backwater Resorts. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary. In the evening go for a sunset cruise or enjoy the beauty of Backwater with lovely views all around by just relaxing near Vembanadu Lake.

How to Reach: 

From Thekkady 137 kms/5hrs drive by road to Alleppey and from Alleppey Houseboat to Kumarakom 32 kms.

8 Hacks to overcome English Errors

Errors are everywhere. It is a part of our life. We are Humans and we often do make Errors. But it does not mean that it is a life-threatening process. It is only a gateway to improvement and is essential to our development. Without it, there will be no progress. The only key mantra is that you should not stumble in the learning process.

Remember! Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are the four pillars to avoid language errors.

Before moving on it’s important to know the difference between Mistake and Error. Mistakes happen when you know a rule but violate it accidentally and error happens unintentionally.

To Begin always use simple language and if you’re not sure how to say something, don’t say it. Whenever you’re not sure how to use a word, look it up in a dictionary or Google it. It’s ok to be slow, careful and correct than to be incorrect.

 -Pronunciation

It is a key point to remember as mispronouncing some words can cause confusion. Some pronunciation of words in one language doesn’t correspond to the pronunciation of words in another. For example, Spanish people struggle when they speak English as they make “th” sound more often. The best way to solve these Errors is through the listening process. The more you hear the pronunciation of words, the clearer they’ll be. For this YouTube is the best option to cover tricky sounds.

-Vocabulary                                                   

It occurs when you lack a clear understanding of specific words. Even if you’re an expert in grammar rules, but not having enough words in your stock will hinder all. A clear understanding of a term is very necessary. It can only be increased by reading more and more novels, newspapers or magazines or anything that increases the vocab.

-Grammar

This Error is often a result of incomplete or inaccurate studying. To avoid grammatical errors, it’s important to study not only grammar rules but also exceptions to these rules.

-Disproportion of Skills

As said earlier Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening are the four pillars to avoid language errors. If there is an imbalance in these you can’t communicate fully. You can accomplish it by using different resources online and offline both.

-Patience

How long it takes to avoid Errors will be based on your Skill, Focus and Commitment. A lot of people expect an immediate result, but this just isn’t going to happen. Immediate results can’t be achieved. Patience is the key to success.

-Time Management

Schedule your time in the learning process. Like one day focus on speaking skills and another day on writing skills and so on. Don’t be so hard on yourself by doing altogether in one day. Fix your hours and do it. Do not dwell on long hours to study. 1-2 Hours are sufficient. Make your learning fun. Enjoy it.

-Attitude

Make a habit to learn from your Errors. At the end of each day take a few moments to write down the errors you made today in your learning process. Then, next to each error write what you have learned from that and how you can improve it the next time around. After a while, your mind will naturally start to work accordingly and you will look at them as an opportunity for improvement.

-Resources

Gone are the times, when learning was expensive. Technology advances each day, which provides us with an endless supply of resources to choose from. No matter what you choose, it’s important to choose your resources carefully. And not to forget to keep yourself motivated always. It is as necessary as food to the body in the learning process.

 

 

Basic Skills of a Content Writer

The basic skills to become a good content writer that everyone must know is.

Write fresh and easy to understand the content. Give good Introduction and Heading. So that more audience engagement is there. Produce more quality content instead of being quantitative. Choose the right Keywords at the right place which will generate traffic for the content. Be up to date with current trends, latest updates, and changes in practices.

Be a good researcher. Research from multiple sources and do include some journals in it. To have more originality in your concept. You need to be updated with social media. You should understand your audience that what is going on in the market. Long, the written content is good when writing white papers but when writing for Articles or Ad posts or News or Blogs you must stick to the point and provide correct information. In short, you must adapt different Writing styles. Do hyperlinking of your content and keep updating the links.

Before publishing the content, Proofreading is a must. It should be free from Plagiarism, grammatical mistakes, word usage, and punctuations.

Last be Patient. Sometimes a complicated article takes time to reach the publish ready stage. In that case, Patience will pay off. It will provide you with the ability to research for more good words to match your content.

And not to forget to become a Great Writers one should practice reading their content aloud. It will help give a better feel for pacing.