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Gokarna means Cow's ear..It is one of the foremost holy places in India..The main temple's deity is Lord Siva who is worshiped as Gokarneshwara or Mahabaleswara..It is not only a temple town but also a holiday destination..The place looked fabulous with streets having shops on both sides and traditional brick houses..There are several beaches here and also as this place is nearby Goa,we saw many foreigners passing through the streets.Here are few pics taken during our visit to the temple,The entrance of the temple,Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaChariot in temple premises...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe flowers for worshipingCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaA stall of Puja articles..Copyright...
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  June 23, 2015, 10:12 am
Kollur Mookambika temple also known as 'Shri Kshetram' is situated in the Udupi Disctrict of Karnataka..We started after lunch from Sringeri,nearly at 1.45 pm and reached Kollur at 4.30 pm..On the way there is a beautiful sunset point in the rain forest..Here are few pics taken while our visit to the temple.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  June 23, 2015, 10:11 am
'An artist of the floating world' is written by Kazuo Ishiguro who was born in Nagasaki moved to England when he was five..This work has won Whitbread Prize..The story was set in Japan,a couple of years after world war II..It is the story of a retired famous artist  Masuji Ono..The novel is narrated by Ono himself where he describes about the conditions of Japan before and after war..With his wife and son killed in the war,he lives with his younger daughter Noriko..The elder daugher Setsuko was already married and she has a son named Ichiro and Noriko was yet to get married..Ono feels Noriko's engagement was cancelled as the boy's party were concerned about his past..He constantly sees ...
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  May 25, 2015, 9:57 am
Seems it's philosophy season for me..It's Camus work again..Albeit I made several attempts to stay away,I would easily drawn to this without much effort...Lately I was introduced to the concept of absurd philosophy by Hesse's Steppenwolf..Just a strange coincidence,I found a lot of similarities between these two concepts of Existentialism..Must say a timely read for me..In fact these kind of  reads take a huge toll on me..After finishing one such book,I could't make myself read any sort of lighter tone work for some time,perhaps it's due to lack of emphasis..Is it a sort of obsession ?..Or 'Crisis',might be the precise word !!! After staying in Hesse's world for a little while,I dared t...
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  May 18, 2015, 11:40 am
If I start reading a book I've got a habit of reading it fully whether it is good or bad..But some time back 'The Catcher in the rye' forced me to break that practice..Somehow,I was too impatient towards the narration..Now when I was reading 'The Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian' I felt the narration was so similar to that book..But the difference here is,I loved this one..I remembered Oscar Wilde's quote somehow,"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.”...The Author simply followed that rule in his semi-autobiographical work..Despite of many heartbreaking revelations,Author Sherman Alexie maintained the witty narration throughout the b...
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  May 4, 2015, 10:42 am
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  April 30, 2015, 3:52 pm
Absolutely brilliant..!!!Harry Haller notebooks found with a headline..""Not for every one ---  For mad people only"..For me,'Steppenwolf' is Hesse's second novel after 'Siddhartha'..The later was a haunting read,but after reading this,that work seems like a tiny tale..I picked up this book taking Siddhartha's lighter tone in to account,but it turned out to be absolutely complex and abstruse philosophy..Yes you heard me right,philosophy again..'Steppenwolf' was written by the German-Swiss Noble laureate,Hermann Hesse,who was immensely influenced by the mysticism of Eastern philosophy..Courtesy GoogleThis work is an autobiographical work of Hesse himself as the protagonist Harry Haller,a...
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  April 28, 2015, 11:53 am
The 2015 Folio award winning novel 'Family life' is the second novel after 'The obedient father' ,written by the Indo-American author Akhil Sharma..The autobiographical memoir,based upon his childhood experiences took nearly nine long years to complete.The story is narrated in the first person,by eight year old boy Ajay..It all starts in Delhi,when the two boys,Ajay(8) and his elder brother,Birju receive their visa for America.Image from GoogleThe Mishra family moves to America in the late seventies as America opened doors to immigration policy..The parents with high expectations,Mr.and Mrs. Mishra were very happy when their elder son,Birju got admission in the prestigious Bronx high school ...
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  March 30, 2015, 9:27 am
Erotic sadness...The first ever Japanese Noble laureate Yasunari Kawabata's 'Beauty and Sadness' is a placid,passionate and elegant love story..Though the story mainly describes the love of Miss Ueno Otoko and Oki,there is another similar tale of love between Otoko and Keiko..The story takes off when Toshio Oki,a 54 year old novelist travels to Kyoto to meet his ex love Otoko,after 24 years...Image from GoogleOtoko,a painter by profession was only half his age when Oki seduced her at the age of 15..Later,she delivers a dead baby and tries to commit suicide out of depression but luckily she survives...Oki would not marry her as he was already a married man with a son..Otoko's mother leaves To...
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  March 16, 2015, 7:13 pm
Murudeshwar was situated in the coast of Arabian sea in Bhatkal taluk in Uttara Kannada district,Karnata..It is famous for the largest Lord Shiva Idol and Mudeshwar temple..The town is also connected with Konkan railway route..We got out accommodation at RNS guest house which is situated in temple premises...Let us take the picture tour of the temple..The main entrance of the temple...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaTerrific view from the 18th floor of the temple gopuram (temple tower)Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCo...
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  March 12, 2015, 1:43 pm
An extremely short novel with a good message,'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' was written by an American author,Richard Bach..It depicts the life of ambitious bird,Jonathan Livingston Seagull,who resembles all those special individuals who strive to attain perfection in whatever they do..The story was told using metaphors like birds,flight,sky and flock etc and it has some beautiful pictures fitting the narration.Image from googleCompletely dissatisfied with his routine life,Jonathan Seagull tries to reach perfection in flying..(Here 'flying' was used as a metaphor for the thing which is most important in a person's life)..In that process,the bird practices various methods in flying which seems...
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  February 6, 2015, 2:27 pm
Our starting point to reach Sringeri was Horanadu..We started at 8.30 am and reached Sringeri at around 11.30 am..On the way we stopped at two points,one is Kalasa where there is a Swayambhoolinga temple and another one is Rambapuri where there is a Rukmini Acharya ashram ..It is the first Veerasaiva kshetra among five kshetras...(Srisailam,Ujjain,Kedarnatha and Kasi) I felt this ashram was not having great significance when compared to the remaining places..Our schedule did not allow us to meet the present Jagadguru Shankaracharya,Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji..Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada established the first of the four Amnaya Peethams at Sringeri around twelve centu...
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  February 5, 2015, 11:09 am
I deliberately missed last year's Chennai book fair as the number of books I'm reading is considerably less than the books that are piling up in my shelves...Being mother of a single child I've many more responsibilities and duties other than being a 'book worm'..Thus I'm dragging myself to household duties and most importantly to fulfill my primary duties as a mother...I always try to keep 'reading' as a hobby,but you never know when it will take the form of an obsession...Anyways,my kiddoo always complain about my blog posts that I'm very partial,and I always post pics about my books but not his books..So this year I promised him that I'll post few pics of his books here..Though he already...
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  February 1, 2015, 3:22 pm
Udupi was famous for Srikrishna temple or Srikrishna Matt...We reached Udupi from Gokarna around 9.30 pm...It is 178 km from Gokarna and it took approximately 3 and half hours to reach there via cab...Without any difficulty we easily found the accommodation in the temple guest house even it was night time..Our stay,Srinivasa residency was very comfortable hotel with tidy rooms and good service..After the tiresome journey we took rest for the day and the next morning we went for darshan..Regarding darshan,It was a blissful experience and just beyond words..The unique feature of Sri Krishna Mutt is that the God is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki.The...
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  January 30, 2015, 10:33 am
आज कल पाँव जमींपर नही पड़ते मेरेबोलो देखा है कभी तुमने मुझे उड़ते हुए.. :)Yes..Have you seen me flying ?? :P...Now you guys would ask me,what's the silly reason after all ?? (As always)..Cause,this new year I found some new 'treasures'.Yes, Plenty of books..:) :) I'm pretty excited that I'm going to read some of the legendary authors this year..Earlier 'reading' was just a time pass for me..Then slowly it turned in to a hobby..Later an addiction...Then Passion...Now it's pure obsession..:)Here I would like to share my joy with you all..These are few among them which I would be wait...
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  January 6, 2015, 9:55 am
We humans always dream for an Ideal society where there wouldn't be any traces of hunger,war or pain..If we observe the process of  human evolution,slowly are heading towards a comfortable,nearly Utopian society where we seldom have to take risks,pain or pressures..If something aches inside our body we can afford to take a simple  antibiotic or pill to get rid of the pain instantly..Our modern culture and life style bestow us with such sort of comfort..Ofcourse it is much necessary to some extent but,what if loneliness,depression,pressure,love and passion like emotions could also be kept under control with the help of a small pill ?? What if we can avoid the war in advance by provi...
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  January 2, 2015, 11:11 pm
Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is a historical place near Chennai..It's just 45 minutes drive from the city,located in the East Coast Road..Mahabalipuram is very famous for its rock-cut shore temples..This was built in 7th century by the Pallava king Narasihma Varma..A lone lighthouse on a hill watches over a group of temples below...You will see some breathtaking rock carvings on the roadside..The craftsmanship is simply amazing...Here we go with few pictures of this wonderful place...The shore temple-The famous Shore Temple being actually a complex of three temples : West facing: RajasimhesvaraEast facing : Kshatriyasimesvara and the smaller one facing East : Nrupatisim...
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  December 9, 2014, 12:24 pm
Just like rainbow,life has various shades..Some dark some grey some green and some purple..Now which shade do you prefer to see ?? I know I know green obviously...Here is that 'Green' shade..These pics were taken during our visit to Mahabalipuram..Somehow I'm very much pleased to see this foreigner cheering kids and taking photos at the temple..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThese children were trying to build a sand castle again and again,while the waves taking it away..Seems they were not ready to give up yet..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaAn old woman selling her crafts and shells...Probably she would give you the best answer for what is there in being independent at that age..Copyright A ...
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  December 8, 2014, 5:39 pm
If you wan't to read this book I suggest you to skip this post..Of course,I'm not going to tell you the whole story..But some sort of scantiness is making me write this..Usually what does you readers expect from a detective story or a thriller mystery ? You would be unable to sleep till you read the last line of the book..right ? You feel like you deserve to know every little truth of the story..But you know what,this author,very graciously snatches away your right..You couldn't even blame him,for he assures you with beauty in the untold story itself...At the end,we poor readers will remain thinking that "What would have happened to her !!!"..The book Missing Person was written by the Noble ...
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  November 14, 2014, 2:20 pm
My obsession with the memoirs of writers and artists made me pick this book..Though I was not well acquainted with the author's works,the controversy tag of the book was enough to tempt me..'My Story' is an autobiography of Kamala Das (Kamala Surayya or Madhavi Kutty), a renowned Malayali  poetess,novelist and short story writer..This autobiography depicts her intensely personal and most private relations and experiences in her passage to womanhood..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaLike all my earlier readings,I started reading her with a blank impression..I set aside all the preconceived notions on her controversial life..The memoir starts when she was a child and her suffering under the ...
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  November 10, 2014, 12:07 pm
It's already winter..And winter is for reading..So many books are piling up in my bookshelf but I'm too busy with my kiddoo and daily household works that I could hardly afford the luxury of winter reading..Chilling nights are only time left for books..After the end of a very tiring day,wrapped up in the blankets with a book in my hand,I was too lazy to drop few lines in the blog...So thought of posting a couple of pics instead of the regular blah blah blah... So guys Have a good coffee....Read a book....Enjoy the winter..:)Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaHappy winter reading friends..:)...
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  October 31, 2014, 2:06 pm
In these Dassara holidays we had a brief visit to the destination of flowers,Kadiyam Nurseries as my kid is immensely passionate about flowers and plants..He is having a peculiar hobby of collecting different flowers from roadside while playing with his friends..Coming to the place,Kadiyam is a small village having 630 flower nurseries,exporting Rs 150 crore worth of production every year to different parts of the country and giving direct and indirect employment to around 25,000 people.An important industry for Kadiyapulanka is horticulture, with the area's nurseries exporting flowers throughout India.Also this tiny village is famous for the flower show, which is held in January every year ...
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  October 14, 2014, 6:59 pm
Reading two books consecutively from the same author is perhaps first time for me..I get easily bored with one author's story and would always search for different tales from different authors and genres..But J.M.Coetzee's writing style captivated my mind..As the Noble prize winning author needs no introduction,I'm skipping that part here..My earlier read was 'Youth' which is a story of an youngster..Surprisingly,back-to-back I picked 'Disgrace' which is a story of a 52 years old man..Somehow,through out reading I was comparing the disparities of both age groups..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaComing to the novel 'Disgrace',Twice divorced,David Lurie (52) a professor in Technical university o...
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  October 10, 2014, 9:10 am
This is my first read from J.M.Coetzee..Even before I was half-way through the book,I fell in love with his writing style and ordered a couple of books on the same day..The author J.M.Coetzee is a South African novelist,winner of Noble prize in literature..He has also won The Man Booker prize(twice)..'Youth' is a autobiographical novel,set in the period of 1960's..It falls under the category of a semi fictional autobiography..Image from GoogleComing to the story:sorry,a habitual mistake..Actually there is no story in this book..It's all about a young man's thoughts and experiences..John from South Africa travels to London leaving behind his trapped mother and feckless father to build a caree...
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  October 8, 2014, 8:54 am
Image from googleThe path was unfamiliar to me...yet I progressed in the distant waySharp stones hurting my tender feet..darkness prevailed everywhereBut I was unaware of the pain...I was lost in the beauty of nature aroundThe birds singing and flowers dancing..I realized I lost my way out therethis path would take me nowhere I found myself in the middle of wild woodsDear me,I forgot all the wounds on my feet All I remembered was the birds singing and flowers dancing...
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  September 11, 2014, 10:32 am
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