Posted in Poetry ... an attempt !

The petrichor and my senses

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The sun retreated into his den

While drops of rain kissed the earth.

July first it was-

When I first saw you walking by.

I heard the music nature played,

Elation was when you smiled back at me.

To cross the road, when  your hand found my waist

Our first touch it became.


Oh! the smell of fresh rain brings me back memories

Bittersweet reminiscences of a monochromatic past.

But the taste of those smoky lips still lingers

On my lips……

Lips that have forgotten how to kiss!

Shruti.

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Posted in My travelling shoe

Islands, caves and hidden rooms!

Hiya! 😛

As promised and after much delay I am back with yet another Thai post. Phew! It’s time for our next trip and I am still stuck in this one. 😦 This post is on our trip to Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, my second favourite day of them all. First, of course, was tiger kingdom. This time I have saved you from my chitter-chatter and instead let the images do the talking. Honestly speaking, it’s  been almost a year and my memory has become selectively permeable.

We travelled to Phuket by train and that too in a non-AC coach to get an unadulterated Thai feel. Unfortunately for us the idea backfired because of the rain and mosquitoes. I was up all night.

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The railway stations and trains look very much similar to their Indian counterparts except for their coach interiors. They are spacious and more comfortable.
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We were picked up from our hotel at 6.00 A.M. Phang-Nga Bay is closer to Phuket than Phi-Phi and the sea is calmer. Hence, it is okay to skip the sea sickness meds. Phang-Nga is famous for its picturesque limestone karst islands and hidden rooms which might have formed due to the collapsing of caves leaving it to be surrounded by limestone walls on all sides.
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Limestone Cave(‘Hongs’ in Thai) explorations and kayaking are the main activities. 🙂  The caves are accessible only by canoes and that too when the tide is not too high.

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We even saw a walking fish. 🙂
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This was one of the hidden rooms of Phang-Nga.

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James Bond Island. Did you like our t-shirts?
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Aha! That’s me again 😛
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We had this beach to ourselves, can you believe it?
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Nok Air (Phuket to Bangkok). Isn’t this flight a cutie?

I hope you guys enjoyed this photo tour of Phang-Nga. Do check out the firstsecondthirdfourthfifth posts, you will love them too. Have a great evening!

Tc,

Love,

Shruti.

Posted in Excerpts from life, Tickling your tastebuds

It’s time to be happy again!

Hiya!

Before I celebrated my little bloggie’s first birthday, I was rather despondent. I could blame it on my pms or on something else, but I am doing neither. Instead, I decided to be happy again and put it behind me. 😛

My husband and I are both foodies and we enjoy eating out a lot.  It is also because we get to spend time together. Sadly that hardly happens anymore when we are at home because internet plays the spoiler.  But when we are out and there is no active mobile data, it is just the two of us doing what we love, together. Sometimes I feel we should really be taken and dropped in some prehistoric era for good. I wish! Yes, the two of us share a common love for history, culture and geography too :-).

We frequent Yemeni restaurants a lot. But this time I wanted to get some pics clicked so that I can put it up here on my blog.  Now, what can I say? Yemeni cuisine is healthier, tastier, satiating and yes, affordable! Isn’t that wonderful? 😛

Yemeni restaurants are themed with beautiful landscapes of the historically and culturally rich Yemen. It is disheartening to see lives being taken away or threatened along with our rich past and heritage. And all this in the name of GOD. What a Pity! Sorry for getting carried away, a myriad of thoughts keep fighting for their share of space here. If you have been to a Yemeni restaurant before or if you are a vegetarian you might as well  skip the rest of my post but if you haven’t let me show you how it is, a traditional Yemeni cuisine.

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My Di :-*
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How I love being clicked. And there are cushions too 🙂

Another interesting thing that is the availability of private rooms where we can be comfortable, relaxed and enjoy our food without worrying about being disturbed. Isn’t that great?   People in the Middle East respect food and believe in equality before it. So we eat from one plate and that too with our hand ( I have no complaints at all).

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Ta Da! Ready to gorge.
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On a closer view.

Maraq or lamb broth is always served at the beginning of the meal.  We ordered Chicken Madhbi with rice and dry liver( oops! I forgot the name). There is also the famous Chicken Mandi with rice and Chicken Madfoon with rice. The rice is Basmati  mixed with spices and is same for all the three dishes which differs in the way the meat is cooked. For Mandi, it is cooked in Tandoor, for Madfoon the meat is buried and cooked under coal and for Madhbi the meat is roasted. If you are a gravy person you might  not enjoy it much but it is definitely worth a try.  Sahawiq is a tomato based Yemeni sauce that comes along with the rice. Mulawah, the Yemeni bread was also served along with a salad.  And they were all delicious, even the rice.

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For some more posing 😛
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Need anything? Just ring the bell.

I heard banana with milk is  very popular and so are their desserts. This time we decided to skip the desserts, though. Guilt finally caught up, I say. 😦 How can Arabic dinner be Arabic dinner without the Arabic tea? :-O

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Cheers! 🙂

Oh! The feeling you get after drinking Arabic mint tea, heavenly. Coming from a non-coffee, non-tea person like me it is definitely worth a try. And with this post I am back to being my happy self again. Happy eating! 🙂

Love,

Shruti.

Posted in Excerpts from life

Happy Birthday!

Hiya!

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Any guesses for who is celebrating her first birthday today? 😛 Yup, it is my little bloggie here. Honestly, when I started blogging I never thought I would come this far. Now that I did, I must say, I am in love with this world of words which has given me nothing but joy.   I just can’t express my gratitude for having made such wonderful friends here in the blogosphere. Thank you so much,  for being there for me even at those times when I was missing for long. I love you all and I do hope she goes on to celebrate many more  such birthdays  surrounded by all those she love.

Take care and happy blogging! 😀

Love,

Shruti.