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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Cenotaphs

March 28, 2019   Comments (0)
 

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? 😂 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? 😂
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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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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Grand Canyon roadtrip 

November 17, 2016   Comments (2)
 


The fog and the snow clouds dispersed pretty quickly and after we warmed up a bit we decided to drive up to Desert view (above) and then Moran point (below). (more…)

 
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Postkarte von Berlin

September 5, 2016   Comments (0)
 

Funny stuff in Kreutzberg

Grumpy cat had a message, I was reminded that I cannot wait for the Ab Fab movie, and in dry German fashion, a witty name for a minimalist coffee shop – all in the Kreutzberg area of fun restaurants and a gazillion coffee shops that all smelled good and all seemed full even on a Monday afternoon.

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Off the rails

December 31, 2015   Comments (0)
 

I spent an afternoon poking around the sheds with the engineers while researching a story on the Indian Railways’ mandate to switch from the very unsanitary drop-chute toilets we inherited from the British to zero-waste bio-toilets. It was totally fascinating. I was fully enthralled by all the various maintenance sections and tasks — rakes on elevated tracks, being painted, welded, shunted. All very cool.

And everyone at the Central Railways was delightful. I’ve never dealt with a branch of the government so efficient and eager to help. I’ve come away not only equipped with more respect and understanding for what they do (and how uphill a task it is to cater to our great unwashed junta) but also impressed with the engineers and the CPRO. Ask me about my contrasting *other* experience to really get why I’m so floored. 😉

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Soaring

September 15, 2015   Comments (0)
 

 
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Jars of good stuff

September 11, 2015   Comments (0)
 


These beauties are from Rummy’s Kitchen

 
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