Moving homes?

I have stayed in nine different stations in my 11 years of married life.Thanks to my Hubby’s job!We’ve never stayed in the same place for more than six months.Such is the nature of his job that we’ve had to go out on short two-three months courses and come back again.I think packing and moving don’t scare me anymore.And I have never taken the help of Movers and Packers.The furniture packing is handled by my husband and his buddy pair mostly.Here are some tips which may come in handy to all who have to shift frequently.

1.Follow the GUTS mantra-Give,Use,Throw and Sell.What you may not find useful may be a treasure for others.So lighten your belongings.It also gives you an opportunity to shop and stay updated with new trends in fashion and lifestyle.

2.Wooden boxes are suitable for glassware and crockery.Wrap the glassware with dampened newspaper.The damp newspaper swells after drying and gives your glassware the much needed cushioning.

3.Use steel trunks or boxes to pack clothing.

4.Prepare and involve the children in the process of packing- especially their own stuff.Talking about the new place prepares them to accept situations more easily.

5.If you are like me who does not want to part with her pots and plants,it is advisable to transfer all your saplings and plants you wish to carry in small plastic bags like they keep in a nursery.Prepare a crate lined with gunny and hay to keep them safe in the long and harsh conditions of the journey.

6.Carry important documents with you.This includes your child’s Transfer Certificate/marksheet/report card,medical papers,gas connection books,cheque books etc.

Once you’ve settled down you may intimate the change in address to all important associates.

I hope that this list is of some help to people like me.It is not as easy as it sounds.Packing and moving requires a lot of planning.But if properly planned,it can definitely be less stressful.

 

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The Dassam Falls,Ranchi

I hope you’ve read about our visit to the elegant Sun temple in Ranchi here.

Our next destination was the famous Dassam Waterfall about 34 kms from Ranchi where the river Kanchi falls from a height of 144 kms.Dassam means ten and the fall is so named because whenever it is seen,ten streams of water can be seen falling.The sound of the water cascading echoes through the entire region.ranchi 042ranchi 041

Falling from a height of 144 kms

Falling from a height of 144 kms

To reach the bottom of the falls one has to walk down 230 steps.As soon as I reached the site of the falls,I was mystified.The naked hills,the clouds descending,the sweet sound of the water falling et all.

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Rendevouz in Ranchi

Where sylvan are the climes
Where holy bells chime
Beauty, at dozen a dime
When the Rain Gods wash it green
Is when you witness beauty unseen
The serenading falls
The cuckoo calls
The sweet zephyr
The rustic being
Its time to explore Ranchi indeed.

Its been more than a month in Ranchi and I am slowly beginning to like the place despite missing my home town where we had spent the last three years.Ranchi the “City of waterfalls'”,is the capital of Jharkhand.The name Ranchi comes from the name of a local bird.It is also called ‘The Manchester of the East’ from the times of the British Raj.The climate here is adorable.Its been raining since the time I landed and temperatures are pretty much lower than those up North which is a huge relief.

So,with the intent of exploring our current home,this weekend we took off on a long drive to visit some must-visit attractions on the list.We managed to tick off two of them.The drive to the temple itself was a refreshing one with a cool breeze throughout and light drizzles in between.The smell of wet earth and the sight of green terrain filled our senses.
Our first stop was the Sun temple situated 40 kms from Ranchi in Bundu.The temple is built in the form of a chariot with 18 wheels drawn by seven white horses.The temple is dedicated to Sun God and is surrounded by a pond which is used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping Sun God.The surroundings are even more majestic and add to the beauty of the temple structure…

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The jharokha inside the temple

The jharokha inside the temple

The gorgeous view outside

The gorgeous view outside

The Sun God

The Sun God

Another view from inside the temple

Another view from inside the temple

The black skies beyond

The black skies beyond

This is not all…I’ll have the second spot we visited in my next post soon.

Keep waiting…

A Treasure trove…Dilli Haat

I love visiting Dilli Haat …each time I go to Delhi.If not for anything then just to drool over all the vibrant and colourful stalls displaying the Art,the Culture,the Cuisine and the Craftsmanship of the artisans from all over the country.For me moving from one stall to another is like discovering each state bit by bit.I love the way even I interact with the shopkeepers- talking to one in Bengali when I spot Kanthawork,telling the one from MP that I  have stayed there for some time while bargaining a Maheshwari and conversing in English with the girl from Manipur for the beautiful cane bags and black stone crockery.People who stay in Delhi may argue that Dilli Haat is too expensive since they have access to a lot of fairs throughout the year but for me going from a small town where such events hardly take place,  Dilli Haat  is the hotspot where I can pick up just about anything I had been craving to buy .I find it worth the money spent if you are good at bargaining which my hubby definitely is.So I decide what to buy and leave the haggling over price to him.Shopping is incomplete without that .DSC09478DSC09472DSC09480DSC09471DSC09474DSC094762013-05-20 15.13.04I just love this section although I cannot buy as much as I would like to because of luggage constraints and also considering that I had still some more to shop from Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat and Janpath…the list goes on.

Keep falling in love with all this pottery.

Keep falling in love with all this pottery.

I am a big fan of Madhubani art and dilli haat offers wide choices

I am a big fan of Madhubani art and Dilli haat offers wide choices

I specially love the fact that after so much hard work , you can gorge on delicacies from all over India — Fish roll,mutton roll,prawn curry  at the West Bengal stall,mouth-watering Momos from Sikkim,Daal baati from Bihar,Idlis from Kerala,Biryani from Hyderabad…….the list goes on.Have I tempted you enough?

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        A Delightsome Life

Visit to The Taj

On our way back from Delhi,we took a break at Agra to relive my visit to one of the most valued Seven Wonders of the World and to live it again through Munch ,who had accompanied us on this road trip.(Perk having abandoned us to go back home with Nani and dadu by train).And I lived to admire my own decision to do so,, as going to a place which is the greatest monument of love till date ,with my hubby ,was something different.

Here is a photologue…

the West gate where we entered

the West gate where we entered

 First view from inside the gate

First view from inside the gate

The Majestic Taj

The Majestic Taj

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From inside the monument-the vies of the mosque for the ladies.

From inside the monument-the vies of the mosque for the ladies.

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Munch and Papa-It was terribly hot and we were barefoot

Munch and Papa-It was terribly hot and we were barefoot

A journey into Purani Dilli

In spite  of my innumerable visits to Delhi,I had never had the chance to walk down the streets of Old Delhi.I had seen them pictures in magazines and watched many a travel and food channels showing the age-old “Parathe-waali galis”.Being the foodies that we are,I coaxed my husband to do this trip with me despite the heat and the humidity This time I was determined We decided not to take our car but the Delhi Metro we got off at Chawri Bazaar metro station just before Chandni Chowk.As it was almost lunch time when we reached there,we decided  we were going to start our journey into puraani dilli by having our lunch at the Karim’s.The place is famous for its Biryanis and kababs and Mutton Qorma and Sheermaal.If you are a true non vegetarian,this is one place in delhi which is not to be missed.Right next to the Jama Masjid,the restaurant is now a chain all over Delhi but who can beat the taste of the original although  the place issaid to be crowded on Fridays, we got a place easily and Yes the restaurant is air conditioned.

Thereafter we took a rickshaw  to Chandni Chowk and straight into the famous Paranthe waali gali.Too full for the parathas, we still had space for some lovely looking Kulfi Faluda. And we bought some laddoos ,karachi halwa,samose and kachoris for later.I tried to imagine Kajol staying in Chandni Chowk in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.The noise,the crowds,the sweat and the rising smoke from the constant frying of parathas filled my nostrils.This was Delhi as it must have been years ago minus the skyscrapers,the innumerable vehicles on roads,the Metros and the Malls.After getting a whole variety of parathas packed for dinner,we took the metro back home as the girls not being used to walking through narrow lanes were getting all restless.Hubby and I winked at each other and with an understanding nod promised to return again without the kids.We knew that this place still had lots to be explored.The magic of puraani Dilli still lingers on with me….

Yes of course,I have some pics for you…

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim's

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim’s

Yummy Biryanis in pots
Yummy Biryanis in pots

Rumalis and Naans

Rumalis and Naans

The Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid

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The Goodies

The Goodies

More goodies

More goodies

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Kinaari Bazaar

Kinaari Bazaar

 

An ancient stepwell- Ugrasen ki Baoli

Hi Friends!

I am back after a short and much needed break from work and home.We were in the National capital for a week and I have a lot of things to share with you all.Needless to say,the whole of North India is reeling under an intense heat wave ,despite the fact I made as much of this short break as I could.I planned visits to various museums and indoor activities for Munch and Perk.And on alternate days the hubby and I went on a well deserved retail therapy.So we came back with a lot more baggage than we had expected but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.Delhi being one of my favourite cities, where there is always something more to see and soak in which you never had done earlier.And that is exactly what I did.Delhi has both history and modernity and both are well balanced and running parallel to each other.I was all the more happy to do this with Munch who is now old enough to take in a few things and appreciate nature and history.

Today I will share pictures of an ancient stairwell with you – Ugrasen ki Baoli.A stepwell (Baoli) is an underground structure for the storage of water to cater for fluctuations in the availability of water.This stepwell is said to have been built by Raja Ugrasen.The architectural features of this well resemble those of the Tuglaq or Lodi period. Very few people in Delhi know about this gorgeous piece of history. The place has an aura about it and is stunning example of the artistic intelligence of its builders.There is a mosque adjacent to this well too.I loved the way this ancient structure stood and held its own amidst the backdrop of skyscrapers of the modern Delhi.I loved its arches and long flight of steps.There is not much to do here but you must pay a visit if you are passing that way.

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delhi 196At the bottom of the well.Lots of bats stuck to the ceiling.

I will be back with more stories of our visit.Till then,take care.