City lights

March 29, 2019   Comments (0)
 

The Udaipur City Palace lights at night, reflecting in Lake Pichola. The photo was taken by me, but from @paddyvir's phone which has a far better camera than mine. . . . #nofilter #gorgeous #nightsky #citylights #cityoflakes #mightyudaipur #blog #udaipurlove #udaipurcity #Rajasthan #incredibleindia #worldtravelpics #worlderlust #wandering #pretty #nighttime #nighttimephotography | March 29, 2019 at 12:26PM
The Udaipur City Palace lights at night, reflecting in Lake Pichola. The photo was taken by me, but from @paddyvir’s phone which has a far better camera than mine. We were sitting on the small balcony at lake level and enjoying the view, even as the weather has turned much, much warmer than the last time I was here in December. Soon it will be bat season again. So far, it’s lapwings, herons, egrets, bats, pigeons, cormorants, kites, crows, and a few drongos in sight.
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picture perfect

March 28, 2019   Comments (0)
 


Gangaur Ghat gleams under a crescent moon over Lake Pichola, taken from the best spot for a visit or a meal ­čśÇ I’m a bit biased, I admit. But seriously, this view is ever changing and yet constantly mesmerizing and beautiful.

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Cenotaphs

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The Ahar cenotaphs. I learned the word “cenotaph” when I was 14. It means a “monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere” — a place holder for veneration, if you will.
I don’t think the folks who put together that dictionary ever dreamed of the way they’re done in Rajasthan, over acres and acres of land. The yellow stone Bada Bagh outside Jaisalmer might be the most famous, but near the old Pratap Nagar railway station in Udaipur is a huge tract of Chhatris in white.

Sadly, the grounds are unkempt and some structures are in disrepair (plus the caretaker is more than happy to take a bribe to break the posted rules.) Still, it’s serene and rather imposing in the early morning and I’m glad to have visited.

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Who did this?

January 30, 2019   Comments (0)
 

! Who did this? ­čśé Sai Baba cradles his head amidst the roots of a giant peepul tree. #beheaded #saints #foolsandsages #ModernIndia #funny #blog | January 30, 2019 at 07:40PM
! Who did this? ­čśé
Sai Baba cradles his head amidst the roots of a giant peepul tree.
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“healthy” cake

December 25, 2018   Comments (0)
 

The texture of flourless cakes is my most favorite thing ever. I took this boozy chocolate cake to @saminasodyssey's Christmas do and I was a greedy child who brought home leftovers. It's flourless and sugarless, but not eggless by any means... 8 eggs went in this beaut. Plus I added in some of the almond pulp from my almond mylk, which worked a charm. I ran out of dark rum so augmented it with fine Tawny Port. And of course, it's sweetened with dates, #norefinedsugar #yum #baking #homebaker #blog #decadent #dark #madagascarchocolate #singleoriginchocolate #Christmas #alcohol | December 25, 2018 at 10:39AM
The texture of flourless cakes is my most favorite thing ever. I took this boozy chocolate cake to @saminasodyssey’s Christmas do and I was a greedy child who brought home leftovers.

It’s flourless and sugarless, but not eggless by any means… 8 eggs went in this beaut.

Plus I added in some of the almond pulp from my almond mylk, which worked a charm. I ran out of dark rum so augmented it with fine Tawny Port. And of course, it’s sweetened with dates!

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Wow Vilnius

August 10, 2018   Comments (0)
 

#throwback to our trip to Vilnius and some fun things we did there. I loved this brilliant sculpture (top right) – an abstract portrait of 16th century Polish queen Barbara Radziwi┼é┼é, Grand Duchess of Lithuania – by Vladas Vild┼żi┼źnas, from 1979.

It’s on what translates as German Street and one side had to be completely rebuilt after the bombing in WWII.

I loved Vilnius more than I’d expected to. We’d planned only two days and 1 night here and we really lucked out. The location of our B&B was fabulous, the city was easy to navigate and I loved that the “old” town was a living city – I mean the university is smack in the┬á middle of it (like Krakow) and it was teaming with students and locals, not just tourists like Riga or Tallinn old town were.

Plus there was U┼żupis, the cheeky artists’ republic with their lovely constitution that affords respect to cats and humans alike. On our first evening there in the square of the Cathedral, we saw dozens of hot air balloons go past. And I just adored the sculpture of Grand Duke Gediminas. (Of course, we also found the lucky star and did little turns while making a wish.) Later we walked up the Hill of Three Crosses in Kalnai Park – it was a good climb and the wooden path kept disappearing down corners, a little stairway to … well, toward heaven.

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Egged on

July 5, 2018   Comments (0)
 


Somehow, last night, I forgot the cardinal rule of eggs and microwaves. Given that I exploded one in the shared kitchen back at King College and then repented at leisure while I cleaned the space and the microwave for hours…you’d think I’d know better. It’s done in tabata style – 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Everyone knows that. It’s fairly easy and I haven’t forgotten it in years.
But last night, I was re-heating a previously boiled egg. I stuck it in the microwave for one minute.
And then, I took it out and placed it on one of these suckers to slice: (more…)

 
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Work on the lake

June 1, 2018   Comments (2)
 

Lake Pichola, Udaipur


I’ve been spending a lot of time in Udaipur and with a view like this when I visit, how can I stay away?
Okay, that’s a little bit of hyperbole, I admit, but c’mon, the lake is gorgeous — any time of the day, all (more…)

 
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trucks, trains, and automobiles + camping

May 31, 2018   Comments (0)
 

Earlier this month, I went overlanding for the first time. What’s that? It’s defined like this: “Overlanding┬áis self-reliant┬áoverland┬átravel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.”

Seven of us got on a modified truck (called Bonnie, a beautiful orange BharatBenz), while her twin (Clyde, of course!) followed us (tricked out with loos, showers, hot water on one side and a kitchen on the other) and went from Jaipur to Gurgaon (where we were stopped by curious cops at every intersection, it seemed), on to Rishikesh, where we stayed in a room by the Ganges, then further up the mountains, following the Alaknanda river past Rudraprayag and Devprayag to Chopta, Uttarakhand. Here we stopped for two nights and camped amidst rhododendron trees, (more…)

 
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Smile like you mean it

April 12, 2018   Comments (0)
 

Look at that wicked smile!
Team AKA Meaty Glide running amok in Udaipur (well, slowly, because these are narrow streets in the old city after all). #rickshawrun #rickshawrun2018 #bloed via Instagram https://ift.tt/2JE7Ond and IFFT

 
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