A glittering keepsake of my every expedition, the way i see the world and enjoy it
Everybody likes munching something and when it comes to munching i believe the best thing comes to my mind is Banana Chips. They are a very popular snack in Kerala (that’s my home, Gods Own Country) known locally as nenthra-kaaya oopperi. They are thin sliced banana fried in coconut oil sprinkled with salt. Usually raw banana/plantain are used to make banana chips, but chips made from ripe banana is sweet.
It was my favorite snack until few years back, Now i totally disagree with this snack and trying my level best to educate people on the dark side of it. I demonstrate to them by burning a single piece with a lighter to see at least 16 drops of oil dripping out of it. Guess what it can do to your body. But, trust me once you start eating them; God help you to stop it.
Calories – 519 (Per 100gm)
Fat – 34g (Per 100gm)
Posted for Sunday Stills challenge: Snacks
Wild boar is a close relative of domestic pig. But could be the most ugliest and deadly. Body of wild boars is covered with double coat of fur that can be brown, red, black or grey. Upper coat is composed of harsh, bristly hair. Undercoat is much softer. Tusks on the bottom lip are one of the most prominent features of a wild boar. Unlike females, males possess extra tusk on the upper lip which is used for sharpening of the lower tusk.
Wild boars are nocturnal animals (active during the night). They will spend 12h in sleep during the day, hidden in the nests made of leaves.
Wild boars live in groups (called sounds) that are composed of females and their offspring. Males live solitary life, except during the mating season.
Location: Chinnar, Kerala – India
Although wild boars do not generally pose a threat to people, they occasionally attack humans. During violent contact the impact is considerably large, hard-skulled head may cause considerable damage itself, most damage is inflicted by the boar’s tusk. When ramming into a person, the boar will slash the tusks upwards, creating sizeable open lacerations on the skin. Due to the height of the boar relative to a human, most wounds are inflicted to the upper legs. Some attacks are provoked, such as when hunters wound a boar which then counterattacks. Male boars become most aggressive during the mating season and may charge at humans at such times. Occasionally, female boars will attack if they feel their piglets are threatened, especially if a human physically comes between them and their young. Although a majority of boar attack victims recover with medical treatment, fatalities do occasionally occur.
Survival Techniques: Climb or go around a tree or rock, never get out of your car…….finally show him your kung-fu and karate steps and run for your life
You take care, challenging them in wild
A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. Mural painting is inherently different from all other forms of pictorial art in that it is organically connected with architecture. The use of colour, design, and thematic treatment can radically alter the sensation of spatial proportions of the building; in this sense mural is the only form of painting that is truly three-dimensional, since it modifies and partakes of a given space, or more simple to understand the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. They are presumed to be the oldest human art form, as cave paintings at numerous ancient human settlements suggest, and can be found all over the world.
Posted for Sunday-Stills photography challenge: Graffiti or Murals
Location: Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Our world, our planet Earth is home to many species. Every single creature in it deserve to live its life freely. There is a respectable and safe distance we should always maintain with Wilderness, it is the most important thing i take for granted whenever i venture in to wild; especially if am not alone.
Elephants may curl their tails, swing their trunks meaningless, hold their ears out; mind you ….the Animal is stressed with your presence. If it is kicking up dirt, making a loud cry then its preparing for a mock attack, allowing you to leave the place. If you still braved to challenge the situation by posing a threat to the elephant and seeking its attention, you are asking for trouble. If its chasing you get yourself behind a large rock or tree. If that isn’t an option, run downhill – elephants are slower (just slower) going downhill. If you are in a vehicle, the scenario and options changes to entirely different definition. Put the lights on, race the engine and plan to retrieve for your dear life J
Posted for Sundaystills Photography Challenge – Things we take for granted
Location: Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Waynad – Kerala
Heavy monsoon is the hardest time for Fishermen in kerala. The government imposes a 50-day ban on fishing for those heavy motor fishing boats as breeding increases during the monsoon, its then the best time for traditional fishermen to venture in to sea for their best harvest for the year. A very rough weather and highly turbulent sea during monsoon will keep the traditional fishermen indoors, holding them back from making the best use of their exemption from the ban on monsoon fishing. The sea could be very rough and would advance more in to the land seizing whatever comes in their path. The amount of destruction could be very high and many poor fishermen gives up their boats and houses overnight to save their dear life.
I don’t understand why people would pay high on fashion, gadgets or fast food upright; same time enjoy negotiating with fisherman or a fruit seller. Please do give it a serious thought next time.
Posted for Sunday Stills Challenge : Bad Weather
Location: Vadanapilly Beach, Thrissur – Kerala
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system. Its top noted feature is combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return). It has the best SUSTAINED TURN RATE of any aircraft to date, Basically, the F-16 can make the longest, hardest, tightest 9G turns without hull stress or failure.
F16 First flown on January 20, 1974, by Phil Oestricher,
A single unit cost: $14.6 – $18.6 million
Flying speed: 1500 KM/Hr
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters)
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
From Al Ain Air Show 2013
Posted for Sunday Stills Challenge - F
…a feeling of being blessed
…that makes you proud
…those joyful moments even memories of them
…when you feel secured
…very much in trust
…more in kindness
…doubled when shared
…being in love
…having friends around at all times
and most importantly it makes me happy whenever I believe in myself
I would proudly say, when you have all of the above as a package its called a family. A precious gift from God which makes you complete as a human being and that reminds you to be grateful to him always.
Posted for Sunday Stills challenge : Happiness
Our son Heiden on his 3rd day
Instead of building walls, we should be building bridges; Long, Wide, Open, Strong, Bold and Beautiful
My family admiring the same bridge on a different day
Posted for Sunday Stills photo challenge: Bridges
Location: Bateen, Abu Dhabi
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.
Creativity of the Creator is beyond our imagination. How better a flower could be if colour white projects purity, fresh beginnings, cleanliness, and neutrality. Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment and happiness.
Posted for Sunday Stills challenge – White
Look at its’ face, i think there is a lot we can learn from a dog like obedience, love, loyalty, vigilance, discipline, affection, courage, tolerance, honesty…………..for us a life is not enough to live like a dog.
Posted for SundayStills challenge: “Going to the dogs”
Thanks to a lovely couple who happily allowed me to photograph their dogs
The decorations & fairy lights on Christmas tree was adopted in 18th-century, where earlier it was occasionally decorated with candles, which at the time was a comparatively expensive light source. The Candles for the tree on those days were glued with melted wax to a tree branch. Later, candle holders were used for Christmas candles. Soon it give way to small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles. Early electric Christmas lights were introduced with electrification, beginning in the 1880s which changed the entire concept of decorating the tree up to the LED lights which is more smaller, merrier and more greener
Contributing to Sunday Stills challenge: Holiday lights & decorations
The hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine
Contributing to Sunday-stills challenge: in your hands
Perhaps nowhere else on earth is more associated with the camel than the Arabian Peninsula.
An amazing pet that thrives most of the isolated conditions on earth, but it is their temperament that is truly endeared the camel to man. Docile and sweet under a caring hand, but stubborn and angry if ill treated, the camel both wins your heart and your respect.
Nose-rubbing is like a traditional code among the Bedouins, it has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a unique way of greeting, showing friendship and deep respect.
Thanks to Omeir Al Mansouri and family for a wonderful day we spend with them, their hospitality was outstanding.
Location: Liwa, Abu Dhabi
Camping is one of the best outdoor activity you can have here in UAE during the winter season (that is end of November until end of February every year). This is much more fun with a BBQ and to wake up watching the sunrise at sea. If you love beach then Fujeirah, Khorfakhan, Diba are the best. If you love mountains, trekking, hiking then Ras Al Khaima stays top. If youn’t experience gazing at stars in the night, try Liwa which is nothing but sand dunes and a sky full surprises.
I found many essential advice from Google for the perfect camping trip, thanks to many experienced individuals and organisations for sharing the information.
Check out some of the top camping tips for the perfect camping trip.
Know before you go
Be prepared, take the right gear, check the weather forecast, have the right clothing. Know about where you’re going. Try to research on local living, availability of supplies, emergency services etc
Use a checklist
There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite only to discover you forgot your toothbrush (or the loo roll!). So always write out a checklist of all the items you will need to take and ‘tick’ them off as you pack each item. When you are leaving the campsite ‘tick’ everything off again so you don’t leave anything behind.
Practice in the garden
It is always worth practicing pitching your tent and sleeping in it, in the garden (or down the local park if you don’t have a garden). You may feel a bit silly but it is time well spent getting to know your equipment before having to pitch your tent on a dark windy evening!
Clear the area
Before pitching your tent always ensure the ground is free of stones, sticks or any other objects that may either damage your tent or cause discomfort whilst sleeping. It is always well worth clearing the area around your tent and the path to the toilets of any dog or cow mess too!
Protect your tent
Tents can be expensive! Look after it and it will look after you. On rough ground use a tough sheet of plastic slipped under the tent to protect the sewn in groundsheet. As once damaged this can be expensive to repair or replace. Once you get home always remove any dirt with warm water (no soap!) and a soft brush and ensure your tent is bone dry before storing it otherwise mildew will ruin the fabrics.
Many tents are now supplied with reflective guy lines to prevent being a trip hazard at night. If not, you can add reflective guy lines yourself. Always mark guy lines with electrical tape to make them even more visible. Also, in severe weather conditions make the effort to check guy lines regularly as a little discomfort in getting up to check them will far outweigh the huge discomfort of losing your tent!
Always take spare tent pegs as these are easily lost, bent or broken! A couple of spare guy lines in case of breakages, and some ‘duck-tape’ for quick repairs to your tent are all essential spares. Many outdoor retailers also sell small tent repair kits with pieces of tent fabric and silicon sealant to make more effective repairs in the field.
Avoid a soaking
When camping near a river, or on the beach, always ensure you are not going to be caught out by rising water levels and wake up either stranded or underwater! Flat, level ground will become waterlogged easily so try to select a pitch with a gentle slope which will drain more quickly.
Protection from the wind
Pitch your tent so any prevailing wind will be effectively deflected by the tents shape and design. If you have a tent with a single entrance then keep the entrance out of the wind to prevent a gust of wind lifting your tent or blowing rain inside.
Close but not TOO close
It is always desirable to be close facilities such as showers, toilets and water supplies. But don’t get too close as activities here can generate a lot of noise early in the morning or at night, not to mention the unwanted odours from the ablutions!
Use common sense
Avoid obvious dangers such as overhanging trees which could drop branches onto your tent, rabbit or badger holes that can twist your ankle. If you camp in a working farm always ensure you use the correct paths and close gates behind you, so as not to let a stampede of cattle escape from their field into a campsite!
Keep it tidy
Once you’re inside your tent keep everything organised and tidy. When you’ve used an item, such as the tin opener, stow it back in the same place. Being tidy and organised means you know where things are and don’t spend half your day emptying the contents of the tent to find something!
Keep it safe
Always keep any toxic chemicals, for example, stove fuel, lighter fluid, cooking gas canisters or bottles out of your inner tent. Many of these chemicals are highly volatile and can have ill effects once breathed in. Chemicals stored in your outer tent should always be kept in an air tight container. Proper fuel bottles should be used to store liquid fuel for stoves and keep all harmful chemicals and sharp implements in ‘child proof’ containers.
Always store food inside your inner tent, this will avoid your food being eaten by uninvited guests. Hedgehogs, foxes and badgers, can be quite bold around campsites as they have lost their natural fear of humans.
Always take plenty of bags with you for storing litter. Do not leave litter around a campsite as it is unsightly and damages the environment as well as attracting scavengers, such as foxes, into the area. Store litter in the inner tent to avoid scavengers and in sealed bags to avoid unwanted smells. Take everything out with you that you brought in, bury all excreta.
Use a head torch
Head torches that are worn on a band around the head are invaluable as, instead of holding a torch, they offer hands free illumination in your tent keeping both your hands free for tasks such as eating or getting dressed. The light always points at what you are looking at.
Avoid fire hazards
Never have candles or any naked flames in a tent. Many tent and sleeping bag materials are highly flammable and just one spark from a cigarette could result in disaster! In bad weather, sit in the porch of your tent to protect you from the elements but always keep your stove well away from your tent.
If you have to make a fire, make a fire ring [a ring of stones to keep the fire contained]. Every time you build a fire it damages the soil underneath. Try to find a place that’s been used for a fire before, not on virgin ground. Monitor the smoke is not disturbing your neighbours
Keep it handy
Sleep with anything you might need in a hurry close to hand, for example; torch, loo roll or any extra clothing you might want to put on if you wake up feeling cold. There is no better way to upset your friends than to take wake up and rummage around in the dark for ten minutes to find your torch and wake everyone else in the process.
Get into the habit of always removing your boots or shoes when entering the tent and leaving footwear outside. Many harmful germs, bacteria and diseases can be picked up around your campsite so avoid these coming into contact with your sleeping area.
Avoid the crowds
Do you really want to spend half of your weekend away sat in traffic jams on the motorways only to arrive at an overcrowded campsite? If the answer is ‘No’ then avoid booking your camping vacation during peak times such as bank vacation weekends or school half-terms. Booking a couple of weeks prior to a bank vacation means that local shops and restaurants will not have run out of goods (or their sense of humour!).
The last tip for enjoyable camping is to always be considerate to others. Consider how close you pitch your tent to other groups or families as people always appreciate some privacy and space. In addition be considerate with any late night music or parties when people are trying to sleep.
Don’t approach them, don’t feed them, don’t follow them and don’t chase them.
Leave what you find
Just take photographs and memories with you, don’t take anything else. Even shells should be left behind so they can be enjoyed by the next user.
Leave No Trace
Try to leave the spot you pitch up at exactly the same as you found it.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand a life better
Our Sundaystills challenge is to post ‘favourite subject’. For me it was, it is and it will be NATURE forever. Until the end of time i would pause my life to enjoy her calmness, her beauty, her freedom, her music, her purity, her happiness and her blessings.
Location: Marayoor, Kerala – India
This time Sunday Stills challenge was to come out with something blue, something unique that is not our regular sky or sea. I spend good time looking out for a blue, which is not my fav’ colour at all. Then i spotted a blue Ferrari…………….wow!….. ‘a blue Ferrari ? what on earth someone would go for that? My thoughts fly high until i came across this cute little blue scooter on my boss’s desk. Am sure chances to spot a scooter in this part of the world is 1 out of 1000. Yes!! That’s unique and its blue. Here i am
Contributing to SundayStills photography challenge “Billboards/Signboards”, not a professional though…
I have never seen such a powerful sign board anywhere like this one, its placed near a tiger pit in Mysore Zoo in India. I repeat, only ‘SURVIVORS’ will be prosecuted, but still you have to survive.
The fall colours, autumn could be one of the beautiful season which brings most amazing show of colours from nature, and one of the best time & subject for photographic enthusiasts. I always wanted to something much more than a leaf and just colours. Sometimes a total emptiness is just gorgeous.
I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty
Posted for Sundaystills challenge: Tree/Fall colours
Location: Sholayar, Kerala – India
A beautiful and serine natural pool near Dorset in Britain. A wonderful place where i have experienced nature to its best. The place, the friendly people and the purity of atmosphere as a whole is a unique experience. I remember we couldn’t find any space in the hotels near by and had to spend the whole night in one of these shorelines without any camping gear, but just a camp fire we set up collecting dried branches and pieces of woods burned by Smirnoff…………..wow, that was exciting. The very next morning revealed the beauty of this place. A walk could bless you with more wonders of nature like Durdle Door. A must see destination in England.
Posted for SundayStills challenge: Shorelines
Location: Poole near Dorset, England
I admire & respect mother nature to the fullest.
These are my sincere efforts to keep the life moving always in high spirits.
My aspirations are simple, be positive & enjoy the best moments. My glitters are just spur-of-the-moment, and definitely want to add a positive reflection and do the best to preserve nature at its best.