Dance with Flames 

Kalaripayattu or kalari is a martial art which has its origins in the early 13th century AD (nearly 3000 years old) in Kerela. 

Crafted in ancient South India it basically draws inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms from Lion,Tiger,Elephant,Wild Boar,Snake & Crocodile. 

Some say it is considered to be the oldest fighting system in existence. Kung-fu, popularized by the monks of the Shaolin Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma – an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master. 

Incredible India!!! 

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‘Roti pe Boti’ 

Literally translated the phrase means ‘Meat pieces on an Indian bread’

This is a serving of succulent intensely marinated mutton pieces with a after zing of freshly chopped chillies and herbs which is first slowly steamed in its own juices and then slightly grilled before the marinade is added. It’s accompanied by ‘green chutney- a spicy mint based sauce’ with some freshly chopped onions and lime for that extra tang. 

‘Roti’- derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Rotika’ meaning ‘bread’ is a standard flat bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour widely consumed in the Indian subcontinent. It’s layered and has a flaky crunch after taste of burnt embers eminating from the crust leaving you for more. It is said no one can eat only one when freshly pulled out from the ‘tandoor’ -Indian baking oven with coals’. 

A normal Indian household has this as mostly an occasion celebratory meal. 

This dish prepared is a fusion blend presentation which could be deciphered and eaten as an Indian pizza for less messy rapid consumption or perhaps a wrap like a taco.

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What a Green Day

“Mama says, Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get” in Mr. Gumps words. And mine sure has a funny way of teaching self a thing or two. 

For one on the move across cities and fast paced jobs to shifting back to nature paddy fields galore. Now that’s a view to behold of on a daily basis. 

P.S. Peacock attractions are frequent during the rains mind you. 

I love this……feeling blessed. 

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A shot down Memory lane 

My first tryst with this magnificent beast (at that time a cub of course) was from an open 4×4. The feeling is rather indescribable when you see this majestic predator descent 100 feet in front of you from the mountain tops. 

Noctorunal by nature we waited patiently for him to descend as the last hints of light were fast dimming thus having to make split second corrective changes to my camera settings. Blurred lines was NOT an option. 

Ill equipped with the basic equipment (no zoom lens/ tripod) I prayed to the heavens to guide my hands a steady. And Voila. Just like magic quite near the feeling of falling in love the first time -your heart skips a beat (mine stopped literally) you perspire frantically, your dumbfounded and fall on words to your rescue but they seldom heed your call. 

All in all Wonderwall…. 

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A Ride in the Clouds 

John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you when your busy making other plans” 

When so many slumber on a Sunday early morning- me along with Anabelle (my Harley) head out with a few biker folk to witness these marvels with a nice cuppa chai and some hot batter fried onion and potato crisps (in India they are called pakoras quite the quintessential must have ‘snack’) 

The serenity and wonder of nature around us. It’s little moments like these that make life worth living. 

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Kudos to the tifecta

A surprise visit to a friends restaurant had me crave for the night to never end. After all one can never go wrong with some pepperoni wrapped dill glazed grilled king prawns for company washed down with some fine micro brew. 

For all you sweet tooths out there it’s a sin to leave without trying the chocolate mousse which is so pasty and creamy it makes you slurp your chops for more. 

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The gently wrapped pepperoni prawn blanket  

 The Micro Brewery   

The Bell Jar Salmon 

This concept of redefining fine dining took my breath away (literally speaking).

 Infused in a bell jar with aromatic flavours ranging from citrus to cinnamon and chives with a cheese after taste hit my senses the minute I opened it. 

The Virgin olives and feta cheese melted my senses numb to the point of no return. Just the perfect starter to an amazing 10 course tasting of fusion cuisine from around the world. 

An evening well savoured. 

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Post-it’s on a Crab

Some restaurants do fan walls some photo galleries. This one (Soul Soufflé) nestled near a lovely fresh water spring does this. 

It’s simple really. You choose a crab,they cook it to your taste and liking (mine was tossed in herbs and butter garlic) and once done is cleant for your good wishes. 

Might I add it was de-li-ci-oussssssss…..

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All You need is LOVE

Spent 3 months volunteering- with these amazing Tigers and Monks at the Tiger Temple,Kanchaniburi-Thailand 

It was one of the most humbling experiences ever. Praying,walking,feeding these over sized killer cats with a heady mix of peace and tranquility thrown in for good measure. A Once in a Lifetime experience.  

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