An Evening in Dibrugarh

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We had an evening to spend in Dibrugarh before we started our awaited journey towards Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. We just strolled around to experience the evening in the quaint little town of Assam on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river dotted with numerous tea gardens. A walk through the streets was the best way to get a picture of a slow and a laid back life in this beautiful town.

I’ll let the pictures tell you about our evening spent in Dibrugarh.

1. Supari (Betel nut)

is everywhere. Supari Trees everywhere in the town and supari in everyone’s mouth. :). People are not tired of chewing suparis the whole day and night.
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Wandering with Healthy Taste Buds

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When I had started “Wandering Taste Buds”, I had a plan of compiling and bringing to you food and cuisine from all around the country. Mostly the food which I would have been writing would have been unhealthy though I did not think them as unhealthy at that point of time. The blogs would have been tempting with the aroma of mouthwatering Biryanis from Ambur, Kolhapur, Hyderabad, Lucknow etc, Chicken and Mutton dishes, the Kebabs, crispy Dosas, sizzling sizzlers, Death by Chocolate, hot Jalebis and all those tempting and tasty food. Now I have realized the unhealthiness part of it.

But 8 months back when I was diagnosed with one of the incurable (as defined by medical science) autoimmune disease “Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent)”, I was first disappointed that I would not be able to have any sweet or dessert even though I was not a sweet tooth( you know it better. When you are not allowed to eat something you feel like eating that :P). I had to take insulin shots and I was not enjoying that obviously and especially when you have been told that you would have to be dependent on it for the lifetime. That was not an easy one. I had always hated medicine and never took medicines be it fever, headache or any other pain atleast from the time I was on my own and they are asking me to take this pricky, painful injections four times a day. Not fair. Continue reading

Mango Days

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Come Summer and we waited for the King of all Fruits – Mangoes!!! Wait, wait don’t flashback to your childhood when back at home bags full of mangoes were stored in the kitchen or the store room. All the family members would sit together and just keep eating mangoes – no cutting into pieces. Who had the patience to cut and then eat. The fun was in eating the whole mango by squeezing and sucking the pulp and juice straight from the top, juice dripping all over the fingers, palm and to the arms, the mouth covered with the juice. And adding to this fun was everyone eating and enjoying together. The bags never used to get empty for the whole season.

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Experiencing Rural East MadhyaPradesh

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My last memory of Madhya Pradesh(M.P) is strolling along the fields in one of the villages. I had spent the morning bird-watching among the tall trees in the Sal forest, listening to the enchanting music of bansuri (flute) travelling from a distance and had a simple but tasty meal.

I had shown up in this part of M.P to relax and rejuvenate myself. And I am happy that I spent nearly a month here. It gave me the time, space and natural beauty to think and appreciate the beauty which is nowhere to be found in the cities.

I pen this post from Bangalore and while I was flipping through these photos, it reminds me of those sunshine days. Planning to visit the countryside? Here is my list which would make you yearn to visit the villages. And these villages are still little cut off from the mainstream city. Many of you might have spent your childhood in the village and this might refresh your memories as it did for me.

1) Escape into the Woods of the Countryside

I was in the small village of Pauni in the district of Balaghat. The forest here are mostly of dense and tall Sal trees locally known as ‘Sarai Van‘. The tree trunks are long and straight and the air is filled with a strong and sweet fragrance. Just sit among the trees and you would be able to enjoy the sound of woodpecker, dove, sunbird, flowerpecker and all simultaneously.  Sal Forest

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