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Climbing a Mountain – Part 2 (Day 21)

Published January 21, 2015 by Bingo's Mom

First half an hour went wondering about the place. It was so fresh. No pollution. Cool breeze. Pleasant smell et all. After some time I started gasping continuously as we were climbing up without stopping anywhere. And the path is not with steps or road or something. It’s filled with stones and there is no proper way to walk. We need to walk for sometime and then climb the rocks and then walking on the root of the wild trees and so on. We had one small bag which had few bananas, biscuit packet and a small water bottle. We stopped at one place and ate 2 biscuits each and drank very little water because, we were not sure how many more kilo meters we have to climb and most importantly to control our bladder.

We enjoyed our walk by inhaling fresh air and chatting random stuff. It was creepy to find so many leeches on our way. I got goosebumps every time I spot a leech. At one place I almost saw a snake running while BD told it was my imagination. That stick given by that old man was very helpful. After 2 hours, I walked only with the help of that. It was around 11 a.m. and we could not see any gopurams nearby. We were just walking on the little line what was called path. Suddenly we heard someone whistling. I held BD’s hand I asked him what was that. The sound was coming nearer and we spot a man holding a small bag full of flowers. When we enquired he told he is taking pooja items for the god on top for ‘uchi kaala poojai’. We relieved a bit thinking at least we were travelling in a right path. What astonished me was his speed. He came and went like a storm. Later, we found it is his daily job of climbing up and down of the mountain. Apart from him we found one more couple climbing up and they also went very fast. Later we found they used to come every month. Apart from them we didn’t see any human being all the way.

By the time we reach the temple (which is 3000 feet above from the land level, by the way) it was noon and we finished our darshan and I told god that if at all he is not fulfilling my wish it is not even an easy job for me to come again and fight with him. We were so hungry and we had nothing to eat except banana and coconut. We had them and started climbing down.We had tough time ‘shooing away the monkeys. Climbing down was easy but we had to keep control over our speed. When we reached down the time was 2.15 p.m. Totally six hours of adventurous journey.

We went with our normal slippers which we found the most un-comfortable thing during our trekking. We went there without proper knowledge of the place. That’s the mistake we did. We thought the temple will be like malaikkottai. Last time when my in-laws climbed the mountain was for the first mundan ceremony of BD!!


The stick which helped me: 20122014335 The path: DSC01132

Temple View:

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Yours Truly:

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Video** for you to show the temple:

 

 

** Few photos from google and video from youtube.

Climbing a Mountain – Day 20

Published January 20, 2015 by Bingo's Mom

Last time when we went to Tamilnadu, my mil suggested us to visit our kuladeivam koil. I accepted immediately because I never visited the place. I have heard many stories about the place and I really wanted to visit. We decided to go there the very next day after landing at Srirangam, that is, we reached my in-laws place at 9.30 p.m. after a tiring train journey and left the house next day morning at 5.30 a.m. after packing lunch.

When we reached the place it was 8 a.m. people there suggested us to start as early as possible. I looked up the mountain and confused for a moment. What I thought was a small mountain where we can see the temple from down like malaikkottai. What I saw was a big mountain and a wild forest kind of place. When we asked about the climbing up the mountain, people there asked whether we are coming for the first time. When we told yes, they told if we start now, we can come down around 4 in the evening. I forgot to breath for few seconds. What?? 8 hours??!! Then something pushed me to climb and BD was also ok. My in-laws took Bingo from us and waved bye. We started exactly at 8.15 a.m. Within 10 minutes a small temple came and I thought that was the temple. But, people there told us this is ‘perumal paadham’ ad asked us whether we are going to climb the mountain. When we told yes that man,in his 50’s, handed me a long strong stick and told me to be careful while climbing up. BD and I looked at each other and I got little scared too.

to be continued..

Food Tag – Day 18

Published January 18, 2015 by Bingo's Mom

While I am struggling to write at least 2 lines everyday for marathon, this awesome lady cooks something.. takes picture and posts recipe. Wow..

And she is sweet enough to create a tag and pass it to me. Here are my answers:

Rules:

  • Answer these 13 questions.
  • Happily pass it on to others

13 questions:

What is the first dish that you cooked?

Failure attempt: Enna kathrika

Success attempt: Chutney

What is the first dish that you cooked for your better half? (If you are not married, you can tell us what you are planning to cook for him/her)?

Dum Aloo

Which food were you reserved to try first but then liked later it since you acquired the taste?

Kichdi

What is your comfort food?

Idly and curd rice.

Which dish of yours you like the best?

Pav bhaji

Which dish of yours your family likes the best?

Pav bhaji 🙂

What is your favorite street food?

Pani poori and samosa chat.

Tell us about any of your kitchen disaster story.

There are many. One time I thought of rolling the left over maavu, after preparing ribbon pakoda, into seedai. In the next few minutes my kitchen took bath in hot oil. Luckily I just went to soak all the vessels that I used for making pakoda. phew. That was literally a disaster.

Any one or two food confessions 😉 😉

mmm…. nothing coming to my mind now 😉

Apart from basic stuff, like milk, yogurt, veggies what you have in your fridge or in pantry? (Name any 3 items)

you want only 3? There are plenty.

Sambar podi

Tamarind

Diwali legiyam

Bajji bonda mix

Murukku maavu

Horse gram

Nuts

Powdered elaichi

Rava

Any food related or cooking resolutions for this year?

Not a resolution but would like to buy oven.

In our custom when you goto Kasi, you need to give up one of your favorite veggie and fruit. So you cannot eat that veggie or fruit from then on. Which one you would you give up? (It should be your favorite one)

How can I stop eating my favourite veg / fruit??!! Naan kaasikellam pogave maatten.

You need to prepare a 3 course meal for a party? What dishes will be there in your menu?

Baby corn bajji, salad, phulka, dhal, mixed veg. dry subzi, curd rice, Gulab jamun.

 

As usual, I am passing this tag to everyone who are in this blogathon. Enjoy.