Tag Archives: travel

Some photographs of Prague – 2012

16 Feb

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Madurai – Meenakshi Temple Photo Tour

6 Jul

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View of Temple complex from nearby hill hotel Taj Gateway Madurai

 

 

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Early morning view of Meenkashi temple complex

 

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Evening view of South Temple Gopura

 

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B&W Stone idol of ganesh

 

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Room with 998 stone pillars, amazing structure

 

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15 year old female elephant at the temple

 

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Light of devotion – women praying

 

 

 

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Praying with lights to Nandi

 

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Lovely Ganesh idol adorned with gold

 

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Fantastic stone carved corridors

 

 

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View of the central pond complex

 

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East gopuras

 

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View from the street

 

The Kathi Rolls of Kolkata

27 Feb

Whenever I travel to different parts of India, I like to try out the local foods. Once such Indian “Fast food” which originated in Kolkata and is now available in most parts of India is the Kathi Roll or the Kathi Kabab Roll as it is called in different parts of the country.

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Attached is a wikipedia link, for historical details, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kati_roll

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I visited Nizam’s the source where this form of the roll originated. Nizam’s is located behind the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata. To get to it one needs to walk through extremely crowded streets till one gets to an old building which probably looks the same since it was started 70 years ago.

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The menu was limited, just rolls, biryanis and some gravies with rotis and parathas. Different types of rolls were available, in combination, of egg, vegetable, chicken and mutton, with options of single or double portions.

The ratio of waiters, dressed in islamic green costumes,  to customers was almost 1:1, so service was fast. A large suspicious looking board read, “No Beef”.

I chose the grandest of the rolls, a Double Paratha, double egg, double mutton roll (No wimpy chicken rolls for me). Even this hefty combination cost Rs. 62/- a small sum considering similar meals in other towns wold set you back Rs. 200/-. I asked for what was available to drink and got an answer, coke, limca or sweet lassi. I went with the conservative limca.

The roll arrived in ten minutes wrapped in paper, with the waiter telling me, that he had included a lemon and that I need to squeeze it on the roll.

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I grabbed the roll with both my hands and gave it a big bite. I was delicious, lovely crisp paratha, the double egg had been spread on both sides of the paratha and was perfectly cooked, lots of raw thin spirals of onion and well cooked and wonderfully flavoured pieces of mutton, they also appear to have added a tart sauce on some kind on the mutton. All in all a wonderful experience, one of the best rolls I have eaten anywhere in India. The quantity was plenty and I was glad I hadn’t ordered two. Great value for money and worth the walk into this crowded location.

A must for any foodie when one visits Kolkata.

 

Ashwath Ram

February 26th 2011