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Yesterday we went for another long drive which was completely unplanned but it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences..First of all it was heavily raining here and asusual we forgot to carry umbrellas with us :P ..But you know what,this time we carried some hot coffee with us..We stopped at few scenic places amidst the lavishly green tea plantations and enjoyed the serene calmness and beautiful view of cloud filled mountain peaks...Some school children were also enjoying the rain while returning from school..They waved us cheerfully with beaming smiles..At Ripon estate in Meppadi we saw few tea pluckers returning from their work,asked curiously our whereabouts..We sipped some...
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  January 29, 2017, 10:23 pm
There is a favourite dialogue from Imtiaz's movie Highway..""Jahan se tum mujhe laye ho, main wahan wapas nahin jana chahti, jahan bhi le jaa rahe ho wahan pahuchna nahin chahti, par ye raasta, ye bahut accha hai, main chahti hoon ke ye raasta kabhi khatm na ho.""Every time we for a road trip here in Kerala,I remember those lines for sure..So coming to the post,the next day of Pongal we visited Gopalaswamy temple which is on Gopalaswamy betta in Karnataka..Yeah Karnataka,when you are staying in a forest area which adjoins three states,you've got a rare opportunity to visit so many places nearby..Indeed you need not plan anything prior to your trip..All you got to do is just finish your food,...
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  January 20, 2017, 11:30 pm
On Pongal we happened to visit Thirunelli Maha vishnu temple which is known as one of the most ancient temples in Kerala,located on the Brahmagiri hill in Wayanad..The temple is surrounded by deep forests..As it was Pongal time,we started around 11 am without any planning or hurry..The temple is 60 km away from Sulthan Bathery and it took nearly 2 hours for us to reach the place as we stopped at some scenic points on the way..The drive via Mananthavady was a nice experience with greenery on either sides through out the  way...By the time we reached the place the temple was closed and they told that it will be opened again at 5.30 pm only..Meanwhile we finished our lunch in the nearby ho...
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  January 16, 2017, 9:26 pm
Kuruva Dweep is one of the popular tourist spots in Wayanad..It is located around 14 km from  Mananthavady in the northern district of Wayanad..The place is a group of Islets formed from the tributaries of Kabini river in around 950 acres of forest..There are two routes from Sulthan Bathery to reach Kuruva islands..1)  via Panamaram - Nadavayal - Beenachi Rd  (38 km)2)  via Pulpally - Sultan Bathery High way (45km)However we reached there in the first route which is also forest route,this includes a ferry ride..The place didn't excite me except from the ferry part..The water bodies place share some similarities with Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram forests in Andhra Prades...
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  December 22, 2016, 5:23 pm
Staying in Wayanad is a blissful experience indeed..The heavenly Western Ghats with the beautiful landscapes offers spectacular view of the greenery wherever you go..Here,the misty mountains,lakes and grass fields are one of a kind with enchanting greenery all around..When you are having the luxury of staying here,every weekend you get to go somewhere just for a long drive,and you surely end up reaching some pretty good place to hang on..Karapuzha dam is one such place we visited last weekend..The dam is said to be one of the biggest earth dams in India built on Karapuzha river which was tributary of the Kabini River...We drove nearly half an hour from Sulthan Bathery to reach the place whic...
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  December 21, 2016, 1:43 pm
On the occasion of my parents brief visit in this February we happened to visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram.. This is first one among the four destinations we visited in a row,Gangaikonda Cholapuram,Vaideeswaran Koil,Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai (Arunachalam)..Chidambaram was long time due in our travel list,despite several times planning during our stay at Coimbatore,it doesn't work somehow..On the first day of our trip,we took a cab from Chennai to Gangaikonda Cholapuram which is around 5 hours journey and reached the place before noon..The temple was clearly a replica of the gigantic Brihadeswarar Temple in Thanjavur..The architecture and sculptural beauty is so similar as it was built by th...
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  December 21, 2016, 12:53 pm
A : Why are you reading all that life complicating stuff ? Read Ramayana and Bhagavatha instead..They would give you peace and happiness..I'm telling you,they are good for you...B : But those are 'Rule books' right !!A : What ?B : Yeah,'Rule books'..They simply teach you 'How one must live an ideal life'..A : I didn't get you..B : See I'm neither talking about good or bad nor referring to any religion...I would like to experience life's darkness and brightness,both on my own..It's just I want to find my own meaning...However the good books in your opinion must have written by someone out of their experiences right !..You know Camus once told that 'man is the only creature on earth who denies...
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  July 16, 2016, 5:20 pm
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken." - Albert Camus. These popular Camus words summoned up into my mind after completing the book,'Dark Star-The loneliness of being Rajesh Khanna',written by Gautam Chinamani..In my schooldays,I happened to watch Anand for the very first time on TV..Though I'm not old enough to understand all that serious existential sort of stuff at that moment,this movie gave me an entirely different perspective on life..Must say,it introduced an unfamiliar sense of life to a 14 year old quite eloquently..Perhaps that's the very first time I sensed 'death',and thus I sensed 'life'..Till that moment I'm unaware of the word 'melanc...
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  June 17, 2016, 5:00 pm
The grand Chennai book fair that was to be held January was postponed for the first time in 38 years due to heavy floods in November..But instead a semi Pongal book fair was held in January this year with around 250 stalls...So here again,after a long time wait The Chennai book fair was started from 1st June and will be held till 13th of June..This time also it is organized in a grand scale with 700 stalls..We visited it yesterday and bought few more books,mostly for my kiddoo..So regarding books it's double pleasure this year..We were there at sharp 11 am,opening time and had a really great time visiting each and every stall to our hearts content..As usual most of the stalls were Tamil book...
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  June 6, 2016, 12:39 pm
She is like the other half of the moon..Dark and dusky some times..Bright with light sometimes..Whoever she is..she says 'no' to all my wishes..And always asks me questions..Why do you think you are sane..while you'd love to hang out with me..?? She says...I couldn't ignore her..For I loved her as much as I hated her..Her presence gives me a strong sense of self,but also throws me in to an abyss of isolation..We are in conflict with each other all the time..Yet she is essential to my identity..She is like my own shadow I couldn't get rid of..Poor me..I'm too tired and gave up trying..I have no other way but to embrace her...For I need to feel complete now..Image courtesy Google...
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  April 11, 2016, 10:44 pm
Any sort of expression in it's most sincerest form is irresistible..I would love to listen to people who speak their mind with all honesty...A pure expression of despair,joy,sadness or not to mention,it could be bad vibes,but what ever,that honesty in expressing themselves always appear quite  fascinating for me..But these days everyone is trying their level best to be the best version of themselves in front of society..Needless to say we afraid of revealing our true selves to others because they might take advantage..So we usually put our best smile on,although our life is a complete mess some times..I know,I'm not an exception though..Then I stopped indulging in formal,forcible and me...
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  March 9, 2016, 1:33 pm
These Japanese authors I've read so far,their novels have a unique way of narration..From Yasunari Kawabata to Kazuo Ishiguro,and now Haruki Murakami,every write-up has an undercurrent of a certain calmness and sadness..When you start reading these novels,initially nothing much appears exciting or soul stirring..In most of the plots,always the agitation stays in the background..And the foreground is beautifully trimmed by simple talks...I mean very simple..You never get to know when you are falling into a ravine all of a sudden because the calmness is surprisingly seasoned by intense emotions and Catch 22 situations..Image courtesy Google'Norwegian wood' is one such beautifully crafted story...
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  March 4, 2016, 12:43 pm
So many minds..So much of thinking..Pouring opinions all around..Political,religious,national...What not ! the list is endless..So much of conflict..So many verdicts..Nobody is here to listen to your unique voice..in fact nobody cares..Everyone is here for 'approval' of their own cries...So many views...So many voices...So many vibes..In the end every voice is going to melt away in the endless noise..Unconcerned....Unnoticed..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 25, 2016, 12:39 pm
Turning every page...reading every chapter...Immersing myself in to the deep ocean of words..I was looking for someone..Some stranger from faraway places...But wherever I go I found her right before me..Every time smiling and asking,"Do you remember me ?"I was perplexed and said "No" and moved on..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 5, 2016, 10:15 am
Her thoughts flow in to the streams of linguistic disorders..Like a wild fall from the misty mountains..The two weird streams from the same origin aspiring to unite in an orderly channel..Forsaken and flake off,deceived by her own duality..The wild flow is insignificant in the infinite calm sea...Image courtesy Google...
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  January 8, 2016, 6:47 pm
Our next stop from Manikaran was Manali via Kullu..As we were already acquainted with the most interior and rural Himachal,(Sangla and Chitkul) Manali appeared to be a bit commercialized and crowded place when compared to those,nevertheless it was as awesome as any other place in Himachal with wonderful sceneries..The best thing about Manali is Bias river quietly flowing on one side of the road..Here we go with the pics..Manali main street..The most popular Hadimba temple...Man with Yak...Vashishta temple..This is the view from our cottage..Bias riverSome strange fruits called Persimmon fruits or Japani fruits..We had our dinners in Chopsticks restaurant during our stay..The Chinese food is ...
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  December 23, 2015, 11:06 am
We had been to Jhalori pass and Reckong Peo almost three years back but finally now I get to post about our travel experience..What to do !!! Lazy me.. We had stopped at Jhalori pass on our way to Manikaran via Karcham..It is known as one of the world's most spectacular and dangerous roads..Only those who are good behind the wheels can try this way and we were really lucky enough to have a skillful driver with us on this tour..I must say,it is the most adventurous ways traveled so far..We enjoyed this adventurous drive more than Rohtang pass..The drive through the narrow dangerous curves was a memorable one...Jalori Pass is at an elevation of 10,800 ft above sea level in the Kullu dt. o...
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  December 19, 2015, 9:42 am
Our next plan in our road trip was from Sangla Valley to Reckong Peo..We started from Sangla in the morning around 9.30 after finishing breakfast,I still remember the delicious garma garam Paranthas at  our Sangla stay..We reached Recong Peo in one and half hour..Reckong Peo,simply called 'Peo' by locals is headquarters of Kinnaur dt.,It is situated at a height of 2,290 mt..We spent few hours  hours in that beautiful little town and headed towards Rampur for our night stay..Rampur is just 98 km away from Reckong Peo and it took nearly 3 and half hours for us to reach there..We crossed  Shongtong Bridge,built on Sutlej at Raang on our way...From there it took nearly 2 hrs to re...
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  December 18, 2015, 11:19 am
On the way from Horanadu to Sringeri there is a Lord Shiva temple in Kalasa,known as Kalaseshwara temple..Kalasa is just 6 km away from Horanadu and is situated on the banks of Bhadra river in Chikmagalur dst...On the way to Sringeri there are few scenic places and wonderful  coffee plantations...Here we go with the pics, Coffee seeds...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCoffee plantations..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe beauty of Western Ghats...Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaKalaseshwara templa,KalasaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  December 13, 2015, 12:21 am
When we reached Mangalore from Chennai,our pre-booked cab was ready for us...From there we set off towards Horanadu via Kudremukh at nearly 9.30 am...The distance was around 130 km by road..On the way,we visited Hanumangundi falls and Vasanadu temple(which is also Annapurneshwari temple)...The drive was joyful and comfortable as the roads were really good with lots of greenery on both sides..Kudremukh mountain range was an eye feast...In Horanadu we stayed in 'Bhadra Nivas' which is a temple accommodation with minimal charges...It was newly built and the rooms were very good and spacious..The temple was less crowded when we visited it..With nature..Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A H...
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  December 12, 2015, 10:21 pm
The book starts with an introduction like,Saadat Hasan Manto wrote his own epitaph six months before he died..This is what he said:Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing.Under tons of earth he lies,still wondering who among the two is the greater short-story writer: God or he.Copyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThese lines clearly indicate the author's caliber as a short-story writer..Saadat Hasan Manto is known as the most celebrated author in Urdu although his writings are considered as obscene in those times..I was quite reluctant to write my reading experience about this work,as I know I couldn't justify my actual de...
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  December 8, 2015, 5:45 pm
A couple of weeks back it seems,I scribbled few lines like "What am I reading""...Yes after finishing this dirty and filthy read I couldn't help but questioning myself ""What the**** am I reading ?" Forgive me for writing this way,but this must be Bukowski effect for sure..And this is going to be my first and last read from this author..The other day I stumbled upon some of his impressive quotes on net and without a second thought I picked up his work..I'm used to picking up a book with blank impression for I feel getting to know the details always spoil the actual experience of reading..Image courtesy GoogleHowever I would always enjoy a book,either good or bad when it comes to reading,for ...
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  November 14, 2015, 11:50 pm
I believe climate always plays vital role in sight seeing..That too when it's a heavy rainy day and you are in a house,a one fifty years old one,in a village full of greenery all around,when you remember every word your grannies told you about their villages,their culture and their way of living...This is what happen to you when you visit Dakshinachitra Heritage museum situated in East Coast road (ECR),Chennai..This place mirrors the life style,architecture and cultural heritage of South Indian villages..There are several model houses of Andhra,Karnataka,Tamilandu and Kerala in this museum..Especially it's a must visit for metro people who crave for greenery and are so sick of the modern lif...
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  November 12, 2015, 5:03 pm
Earlier this month when I was browsing through my reading shelf,this book with the title 'Winter Journal' caught my eye..As the Indian winter is almost here I thought this would be the befitting title to read..This is my first book from this author,Paul Auster,about whom I learnt sometime back when I was looking for stuff on 'Existentialism',my new passion these days..Though Camus and Hesse introduced me to this very topic,Paul Auster's approach was a bit more simple and transparent when compared to their theories..The absurdity in Hesse and Camus seems somewhat intense,inapplicable to practicality where as Paul Auster's journal come with more feasible explanations.Image Courtesy GoogleIt's ...
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  November 3, 2015, 12:39 pm
Yesterday we had a wonderful experience of  Godavari Nitya Haarathi..It's a regular event conducted in Rajahmudry by govt.of Andhra Pradesh since Godavari Pushkaralu..Here I'm sharing few pics of that memorable experience..The sunset viewCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaThe golden tresses of GodavariCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's UtopiaCopyright A Homemaker's Utopia...
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  October 21, 2015, 4:13 pm
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