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We are actually travelling freaks but due to various reasons we're confined to home since long time..Moreover after coming to Chennai we haven't visited much places around here..So this weekend we planned to visit Kanchi..Kancheepuram popularly known as Kanchi is one of the  nearest places to Chennai,just 71 km and easily reached by car..Due to hot summer season we started early at 6 am and reached there with in 1 and half hrs.Kanchi is known as the city of thousand temples..There are two parts named as Vishnu Kanchi and Siva Kanchi..We visited Kamakshi Amman temple,Varadaraja Perumal temple,Ekambareswara temple and Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam..Here are few pics..Wonderful pillars inside Eka...
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  March 25, 2014, 10:30 am
The novel 'The Fire on the Mountain' is a constant squabble between fiction and reality of life..One of the finest novelists of India,Anitha Desai has won the prestigious Sahitya Akademy award for this book..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe main character in the story,Nanda Kaul lives at Carignano,completely isolated and alone in the mountains of Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh)..Being fed up with her past busy life as Ex-Vice Chancellor's wife she so much longs for lonely life in peace..After fulfilling the responsibilities towards her family,she moves to Carignano after her husband's death and starts living there calmly..Her frozen heart starts melting with the undesirable visit of her gre...
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  February 25, 2014, 10:34 am
“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” ― Garth Nix, SabrielCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  February 15, 2014, 6:23 pm
The times when the position of woman is low in the society and the birth of a daughter was considered inauspicious,her dream was to become an empress of a great empire..When she was just eight years old,she thought,'why shouldn't I marry a prince ?'..When she was born as the fourth sibling in a Persian refugees family,her father Ghias Beg abandons her because of his inability to feed the little child,however fate had brought her back to her parents..Perhaps nobody would ever thought that one day,she is going to rule a powerful empire..This is the story of the most controversial queen of Mughal dynasty,Mehrunnisa (popularly known as Nur jahan)..It is a fascinating novel about a fascinating ti...
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  February 11, 2014, 1:17 pm
Mother tongue is the language of the heart..Reading in mother tongue is a lovely experience and complete bliss..My Dad sent these Telugu books from Vijayawada book fair..I'm almost flying guys..:)Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  February 4, 2014, 9:45 am
First and foremost,My heartfelt thanks to my best buddy for gifting me such a wonderful book..:-)I'm always flexible with books..It is OK while reading general books or fiction etc.but when the book is particularly related to spirituality or philosophy,this flexibility is causing a great deal of conflict in my mind..Because,these are entirely incompatible disciplines to the current way of living..So now the question is,Is it precise to cling to the traditional thought process ?? Or to take a complete U-turn ?Copyright A Homemaker's Utopia"What are you doing with your life" bring together excerpts from Jiddu Krishna Murthy's books,and is the first anthology of its king that offers the young a...
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  January 30, 2014, 11:39 am
With Gulzar's photo on the cover page,do you need any more luring factor to pick up this book ?? .Being a fan of Sampooran Singh Kalra,popularly known as Gulzar,I had few expectations over this book and it came out as a promising read..His eminence as a poet/lyricist is worldly acclaimed..This book adds to his caliber as a short story writer..If we observe,there is something most significant about his movies and writings.His words,straight away make their way deep in to the heart..This book has 25 stories,a few depicting the real life experiences of some popular people like,Kuldeep Nayyar,Sahir Ludhianvi,Javed Akhtar and Bhushan Banmali etc..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaAmong these stories,...
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  January 24, 2014, 8:50 am
'Durgeshnandini' is a popular Bengali novel written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.It was in my reading list since long time as the title itself fascinated me..This romantic historical fiction is the first novel by the author..Durgeshnandini literally means the daughter (nandini) of the lord of the fort (durgesh)..But the English title 'The Chieftain's daughter' is well suited in the given context.The story is a blend of  love,passion,war and vengeance..The historical background of the story is the Mughal-Pathan rivalry in the time of Akbar's ruling.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaHere are few lines from the book,'Some people have a propensity for presenting themselves as unyielding indi...
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  January 8, 2014, 9:07 am
This is what I call a perfect gift for the new year..I'm a great fan of Tagore and this is the most precious gift I've ever received from my hubby,in this new year :-) Just Awesome..Isn't it ??Copyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  January 2, 2014, 4:35 pm
'Kanthapura' is the first major Indian novel in English..The title Kanthapura is the name of a fictional village situated in Western ghats in the valley of Himavathy river in South India where people believe,the village is guarded by goddess Kenchamma..The plot of the novel is Indian freedom movement and the book was considered as a major land mark in Indian fiction.It is the story of how the Gandhian struggle for Independence came to one tiny village in south India..The story depicts blind beliefs and traditions of people in those days.The Author Raja Rao is a well known Indian writer in English..His notable work, 'The Serpent and the rope' has won the Sahitya Academy award and he was also ...
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  December 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
Some people create history,but some people remain as catalyst that partially alters the course of history..But at the same time there will be no great heroic tales about them to confer..The chief protagonist in this novel is a person about whom we know nothing but that the fact that he was born,married and died..His only claim to fame was that he was betrothed to a princess who is most remembered and quoted woman in Indian History..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe Rajput warriors learn warfare in the childhood itself..The Rajput chivalry never hesitate to go to any levels in order to protect their power,pride and honour..War is their dharma..It is about power and supremacy..But winning or l...
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  December 8, 2013, 4:38 pm
Everyone will go through a state of  perplexity about life and death in certain stages of life..We often term it as philosophy..The famous Russian author,Leo Tolstoy had gone through the same..After finishing his well known work 'War and Peace',in his full maturity and intellectual powers,bursting with vitality and success,he should have been a happy man.But,on the contrary,he turned more obsessed with the inevitability of death..At that moment he was actually under a great impact of the poisonous pessimism of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer..Later,having a very close & dreadful encounter with death,he constantly suffered from spiritual crisis..This work 'The death o...
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  September 20, 2013, 1:47 pm
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl ?? - Anne Frank ...
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  September 18, 2013, 10:58 am
Our journey to the abode of the snow was originated from Kasauli..It is a small yet beautiful hill station near Chandigarh city..Having our relatives there helped us to plan the further..It is located at an altitude of 1950 meters above sea level.. It has few tourist attractions like Sanawar, Dharmpur, Monkey Point, Sabathu, Dagshai..Among all the must see tourist places in Kasauli,Monkey Point is one of the highest points in the hill station that endows with the panoramic view of distant plains of Chandigarh and River Sutlej...Between July and August the climate is really fantastic,we surely feel like we are in the clouds...The plains in night will make you feel as if you are above the sky ...
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  September 5, 2013, 7:51 pm
One fine day,when I woke up, and about to get in to my kitchen work,I received a sweet good morning from these tiny pearls on the grass...Metro living couldn't afford the natural greenery .We feel happy with these little things...:-)Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  September 4, 2013, 10:25 pm
This is a re-sketch of Ravivarma's painting..:-)Copyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  August 20, 2013, 9:57 am
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”― George CarlinCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  August 19, 2013, 10:13 am
Whenever I grew restless watching the true colours of the real world,these colours help me paint my own  world on my canvas of imagination - NaginiCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  August 19, 2013, 9:30 am
There are very few books that entirely change your outlook towards life.Jiddu Krishna Murthy's 'The first and last freedom' is surely one of a kind.It has left a strong imprint on my mind and changed the formerly known definition of philosophy.Perhaps,'philosophy' is also not the right word to term his perspective of life.Initially,I struggled a bit to understand his approach.His concepts are very complex to grasp.I read some pages twice and thrice,then slowly understood his perception.I can say this is one of the best books I've ever read.Here I'm sharing few of his concepts from the book.image from googleIdeas always breed enmity, confusion, conflict. If you depend on books of the left or ...
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  July 11, 2013, 11:31 am
We often recollect the feminine characters from the epic Mahabharatha as helpless and weak.They usually  portrayed in a way that they were only meant for supporting their fathers,husbands and sons.Their true virtues are always underrated in the process of depicting them.Contradicting with that,writer Chitra Banerjee gave Draupadi,a powerful voice to justify her crucial and substantial role in the epic.The palace of Illisions written by    Chitra Banerjee Diwakaruni is the great epic Mahabharatha from Draupadi's perspective.She laughed our loud." I can't teach you that",she said."Love comes like lightening,and disappears the same way.If you are lucky it strikes you right.If not...
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  July 6, 2013, 8:32 am
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.-- Abraham Lincoln.Last year we Indians proudly celebrated our 60 years of Independence.We feel proud to be a citizen of  the greatest democracy in the world and our hearts swell with patriotism..We all say "Proud to be an Indian" ..But is India,a free country today ? Or all our patriotism has only confined to some world cup moments or Kargil victory moments ? "The White Tiger" is a very good answer for these questions.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaI hesitate to pick up award winning books.But Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger" gave me a  different reading experience.It has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for t...
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  June 10, 2013, 9:58 am
After visiting Sangla valley & Reckong peo we reached Manikaran via Rampur..Manikaran is located in Parwati Valley near the Beas river in Kullu district and is one of the popular pilgrimage center for Sikhs and Hindus.Manikaran is famous for the the Gurudwara and hot springs..There is a story related to this place,that Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life here only...The Parvati river flow in front and the steaming water pouring into it was superb.The accommodation at Gurudwara is not that great experience..The rooms were just o.k,and  washrooms are very untidy..So better you stay outside whenever you visit this place.One must visit this place and have the sacred bath in natura...
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  May 27, 2013, 7:12 pm
The purpose of life varies from person to person..For some it is an entertainment,but for some it is a life long adventure..Chander Pahar (Moon mountain in English) is a Bengali novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay,the author renowned for his earlier work 'Pather Panchali'..Surprisingly,the author had never  been to African forests,but he described them so well in this work..To live the life to the fullest,one should have strong bonding with nature..The best thing about the author's works is,he beautifully portraits the relationship between nature and man..The story set in the year of 1909,just 5 years before the world war I..I read the Telugu translation of the book..Th...
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  May 15, 2013, 8:14 am
We got an opportunity to bag some wonderful moments while visiting some nice places when we stayed at Coimbatore..Isha is the first one to recollect among them..Its just 30 km away and 1 hr drive from Coimbatore..The roads are very nice..Some misty mountains and coconut plantations on both sides give you a great experience of drive..Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev,is a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.It is operated by over 2 Million volunteers from more than 150 city-based centers spread worldwide. The headquarters,Isha Yoga Center,is located in the lush rain forest at the base of the Velliangiri mountains in sou...
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  May 3, 2013, 10:30 am
We got an opportunity to bag some wonderful moments while visiting some nice places when we stayed at Coimbatore..Isha is the first one to recollect among them..Its just 30 km away and 1 hr drive from Coimbatore..The roads are very nice..Some misty mountains and coconut plantations on both sides give you a great experience of drive..Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev,is a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.It is operated by over 2 Million volunteers from more than 150 city-based centers spread worldwide. The headquarters,Isha Yoga Center,is located in the lush rain forest at the base of the Velliangiri mountains in sou...
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  May 3, 2013, 10:30 am
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